I have seen two human births up close, and in both cases I was awestruck by the sound and fury from which we are all born into this world. It is a painful, long, journey for most of us. Gasping for our first breath into newly formed lungs. And, then we forget...
Soon we grown into a life where we expect to get more than we give. We expect to control our surroundings. We fool ourselves into thinking that we are in charge of our own destinies. Until disease, disaster, loss reminds us that we have a precious human life.
I sit here witnessing the birth of new land as the Goddess Pele or volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii roars through the earth to the sea spewing molten lava and sulfuric gases in her wake. Like a woman in childbirth screaming and sweating. We hold space for her to go through her process. We don't tell her how to give birth or try and control her birthing process. We honor her, the feminine principle capable of giving new life.
New life must come from the compost of old and so there is loss and destruction. We mourn but we do not hold onto that which we've lost. We let it slip out to sea, to be absorbed by the great Ocean. The great womb of creation.
What happens when you don't fight change, when you don't fear destruction, when you are able to just wait and watch. To get up and help when needed, to rest when you are not. To eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty, rest when you are tired.
Am I bored? At first yes. I read, I listen to audio books, I snack, I take walks. Yes, yes, I indulgently say, get it out of your system! And, then eventually, the body mind rests. Rests into the ocean of consciousness. Wide and deep and forgiving. Going out like a tide to serve when needed; receding back in again; resting; waiting; pregnant; what will come.
FIVE SLOGANS OF MACHIG LABDRON
Machig Labdron said to her teacher:
I want to wake up, because I want to alleviate suffering in this world....
What should I do? Her teacher gave her the following instruction:
1) Confess your hidden faults
2) Approach what you find repulsive
3) Help those you think you cannot help
4) Anything you are attached to, give that/let it go
5) Go to places that scare you.
Source: Pema Chodron