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Courage beneath the surface

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 March 2017, 4.43am

Day Four of the Enneagram retreat, and again, I’m smuggling this out early.

There will be a six-hour silence later today.

Silence can appear scary to some though it almost always ends up as a friend.

And I’ll probably be using this meditation before it starts.

It’s a meditation about the emotional and psychological courage I see being shown here. And courage brings its own rewards.

It’s called ‘Courage beneath the surface.’

I contemplate the flower.

Yet more than delighting in its beauty this morning, I find myself admiring its courage.

Truly, here is a story of courage beyond the call of duty.

I remember it when it was a seed, you see…a rather hard and self-contained little object.

In that state, there was nothing to link it with the colourful glory I now view.

It had stayed hidden in a seed packet at the back of my drawer for years, showing no signs of anything.

And if I hadn’t come across it when looking for some matches, it would still be there now.

But here’s the thing and the reason why I write: once taken from the drawer and put in the soil, a remarkable thing occurred: it chose its own death.

After years as a seed in a packet, it allowed the soil to dismantle its boundaried little existence.

It meant the end of everything it knew of itself, a terrible void, change and struggle.

Such courage…and I have to say, such trust.

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