Today's meditation from The Book of Awakening (by Mark Nepo) is about Integrity.
Integrity is the ability to listen to a place inside
oneself that doesn't change, even though the life that carries it may change.
- Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man
Follows is a story about a troubled man who, exhausted from his suffering and confusion, asked a sage for help. The sage looked deeply into the troubled man and with compassion offered him a choice: "You may have either a map or a boat."
After looking at the many pilgrims about him, all of whom seemed equally troubled, the confused man said, "I'll take the boat."
The sage kissed him on the forehead and said, "Go then.
You are the boat. Life is the sea."
- sit quietly and put down all your maps for the moment,
- Let your breath take you safely out to sea
- Breathe gently and bob there...and simply listen...