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.