Enlightenment explained by a bird

I saw this video today and giggled at the fact that this bird’s quest is the perfect metaphor for my journey of self-discovery.

Just like this bird, I know where I am going and what I’m looking for. But just like the part of myself which I’m calling the sceptic, nothing seems to be happening: I throw my heart out and my piece of bread just gets smaller and smaller.

At least that’s what I think when I’m having a bad day. The truth is, I’m not losing anything. Worrying that I’m a misfit with no solution are all illusions of the sceptic that need to go. I am not throwing my tiny piece of bread into nothingness.

It’s just that I’m quickly becoming aware of things that were never right in my life, aspects of me which I ignored because I didn’t have the courage to face them. And it hurts to see them. But now I do. Now that I shine a light, I can see my dark corners. And having guilt or shame about these dark corners is not allowed because it’s all part of the process. And in a way, it’s beautiful.

So listen up, sceptic: I will be patient and I will keep you calm. That’s it. Try to cooperate. I’m just trying to make you feel it, even if only for a split-second. We are what we are looking for, man.

Can you feel it? The big fish is us.

Why is silence important to the yogi life?

The only true answer to this question is silence.

Because silence means not to follow any pattern or thought.
Silence means not to define anything as good or bad, as hopeful or despairing.
Silence means to observe with no judgement.
Silence stands outside of words, and therefore no words can describe silence.
And so the true answer for this can only be absolute silence.

And even if I were to respond to ‘why is silence important to the yogi life?’, I’d say it’s more the other way round. Silence is always important. It’s the Yogi life that is important to silence. Because silence is everywhere. But the yogi life gives us the opportunity to truly start listening to it, thoroughly, uninterruptedly.

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