Hello fellow “ordinary guru” seeking tribe members
I met a wonderful unassuming guru today. A small girl (probably age 3 or so), was having her first experience in the presence of a parrot. I had Shakespeare, my friend of 34 years, on my shoulder. Shakespeare is a beautiful double yellow-headed Amazon parrot, and this little girl was sitting in her carriage just staring at him in amazement. This took place at the local arboretum.
When the little girl’s mom started to explain to her about parrots – the fact that parrots can talk, and look at his pretty feathers, and all of that stuff – the little girl said, “Shhh mom. I can’t look at him if I have to listen to you.” Mom and I laughed. However, what that little unassuming guru taught me was this: adults turn experiences in concepts by explaining and espousing and chattering on about what’s going down. In fact, we can manage to talk an experience to death. Now there’s no experience, just a lot of chatter.
The little girl reminded me that if I am truly to experience the moment (whatever the moment may be), I have to just be, just be, just be. Don’t talk about it; just be with it. Do you get it? It’s great to understand things, but it’s even greater to experience them. Describe the beauty and the sweet scent of a rose. Now clam up, and simply look at a rose and smell its pedals. Do it again. What do you think?
Blessings & love to all of you, Rob
PS We live at levels. We must leave the lower to get to the higher. Talking about what it is to live a great life is lower-level living. Getting out there and jumping into life – that’s higher-level living.