Living in OnenessKnow Only Love
Most of us remember the song Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree by Tony Orlando. In the song, the singer tells us that he got into trouble and went to prison. Now, he is on his way home and he needs to know if his girl still wants him. If she does, she is supposed to tie a yellow ribbon around the oak tree to let him know. Of course, when he gets home, he sees a hundred yellow ribbons.
When people ask you what’s new, they are usually interested in what is new for you. They want to know what has changed in your outer world. The better question is, “What’s new in you?” How have you changed in your inner world?
Please Call Me by My True Names is a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh. I had not read it in many years but a dear friend, Eileen Getches, recently brought it back to my attention. I am so glad that she sent it to me and I can share it with you. Maybe you know this poem and maybe it will be new to you. Either way, take it into your heart and know who you are.
Fear has been a primary survival tool for the lower-self since the beginning of life on this planet. This fear is the experience for all creatures who have been participating in the Experiment in Duality. The need for fear not only affects how we live inside the illusion, but it also affects our spiritual evolution.
I find joy in the simplest of things, like my new tea kettle. Locating a good quality kettle under two quarts was not easy. For more than a year, I tried every store and website I could find and came up empty. A few weeks ago, three kettles that met my criteria appeared on Amazon. I was so happy.
One of Buddha’s parables is The Stupid Man Takes Salt… A stupid man who went to dinner at another man’s home. He complained that the food was bland so the host added a little salt. The stupid man found it better and added even more salt. Later, he ate just plain salt on an empty stomach and became very ill.