A shift in perception
The last time I was in the heart of the pine grove there was a pile of pine cones right where I wanted to do my tai chi. My instinct was to move them aside so they would not be in my way; instead, I left them where they were and practiced around what I perceived to be an obstacle under my feet. As water moves around rocks, I moved around the pile of pine cones while doing my tai chi form.
Today when I arrived, the pile of cones had been formed into a circle. Seeing the transformation of the pile into a circle awakened my perception. First, I realized that my view of the pine cone pile as an obstacle was perceived by another person as a chance to create.
Secondly, I realized that when I let things be, possibilities can blossom forth. I do not always have to be the doer making effort to change something. I can allow space to see what manifests.
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I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.