“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” ~ Lao Tzu

becoming who I am

Invariably or maybe inevitably, themes, or principles, like “Trust the universe” … or … “let go” … or … “allow it to happen” … are encountered in the journey of self discovery, …

… the journey where discovering one’s True Nature is the primary yearning

… the exquisite, endless, paradoxical journey of self realization … … …

Incorporating, or integrating, or living with such trust in one’s life is considered by many sages to be one of the signs of spiritual maturity.

… Here’s what Rumi has to say about this:

There is a small green island where one white cow lives
alone,  a meadow of an island.

green meadow

 The cow grazes till nightfall, full and fat, but during the
night she panics and grows thin as a single hair.

 “What shall I eat tomorrow? There is nothing left!”

 By dawn, the grass has grown up again, waist-high.

meadow with grass waist high

The cow starts eating and by dark
the meadow is clipped short.

white cow

She’s full of strength and energy, but she panics in the dark
as before, and grows abnormally thin overnight.

The cow does this over and over, and this is all she does.

 She never thinks, “This meadow has never failed to grow back.
Why should I be afraid every night that it won’t?”

ever present radiance

The cow is the bodily soul. The island field is this world
where that grows lean with fear and fat with blessing,
lean and fat.

White cow, don’t make yourself miserable
with what’s to come, or not to come.

~ Rumi


Opening Quote from Wisdom Commons.
Last quote from Good Reads.
Above Rumi Poem is from: The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks.

Images (edited & Logo added): 1) Antarctica by Christopher Michel, CC BY 2.0, 2) Scenic  Green Trees by k_r_craft, CCO Public Domain, 3) Natural Heritage in Ukraine, CC BY-SA 4.0, 4) Happy Cows by ADDCCO Public Domain, 5) Reflection Landscape by strikers, CCO Public Domain.

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