There is a young girl who walks along a dirt path. Her hair is barely shoulder lengh, black, and done up in a bun on her head. She smiles and strides down the path with ease although the path is hard and she has no shoes. The girl has walked many paths, and imagined many more in her mind, she knows there are more difficult paths. Indeed, even if this is the most difficult path to walk, she still knows that there is an end. Whether in death or in life the girl trusts that she will find an end to this painful reality. She whistles and carries on her way.
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Now look at the girl. She is talking to her boyfriend. How he yells at her. She listens to him and inquires about his problems. The young man accuses her and she accepts blame for all she has done. Nothing is harder than this, it twists her heart up in knots. But she still smiles and talks to her boyfriend who promptly smacks her and walks away. Tears rise into her eyes but she knows the truth. Unity in the universe consoles her and she can breath a sigh of relief because she sees the picture. How wise this young girl is to accept all this anger and pain with nothing more than a tear and a smile.
Look again at this young woman. She is laying in bed and fear rattles her bones. She is looking out over the cliff and breathing in thick air. She watches the Buddist monk and smiles when he lifts the rocks over his head. She watches young Indian men transform the bones of animals to gold and silver. She touches the neck of the dragon and he purrs down at her. She is protected by his ancient spirit. Why does her heart shimmer with such radience? Because she believes in what we have forgotten. With hand, head, and heart she loves the questions that no one answers. Certainly each day is a struggle for her, but she cherishes that struggle and looks forward to the return that she will experience.
Ask this wise young woman, "what is reality?"
She will say, "everything divided and then rejoined."
Ask her, "how do I know?"
She will tell you, "you feel it and your mind agrees."
Ask her, "what is just?"
She will say, "just is a word. Look for the action."
But she will look you in the eye and tell you not to follow her path. Use it as a blue print and build your own. Find reality, hold it in your hand. The only key is love and an accepting mind. Then she will kiss your check and wave goodbye. Wonderful sage!
"God grant me distraction."