Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Mirror and the "Me Roar"

Have you ever heard your Me roar? It's the ego shouting aloud or within that something is terribly wrong and that something is going to have a devastating effect on our wellbeing. Perhaps it is a colleague who gets the nod, instead of you for a promotion. It may be the boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, who wants to break up. It could be the driver in front of you that isn't turning its blinker off, or is driving too slow. It could also be you raising your hand in a class or workshop insistent on being heard because what you have to say is so important--or will demonstrate to others that you are smart or funny or thoughtful or insightful, and so on.

It's the Me, feeling worried that if something doesn't change, if you don't say or do something soon--maybe even NOW!--a once in a lifetime opportunity will be missed and ruin will follow.

In fact, all we have are "once in a moment opportunities" and we do wish to take advantage of them, bringing our better selves to the fore.

And while there is a part of us ready, willing, and able to do so, this pesky ego can get into away sometimes. It's not that the ego doesn't have a role to play, it surely does. It can be very helpful at noticing opportunities, and energizing ourselves to do something. But, often, it takes over the show. And because it is a little biased in its concern for "ME," when it calls most of the shots, outcomes can feel shallow and less than satisfying.

This is where the Mirror comes in. And because the ego is a somewhat complicated aspect of ourselves and the mirror is not so complicated, the rest of this blog will be short and leave you to experience what it is to be a mirror, rather than try to explain it.

Awareness--allowing, receptive, open, engaged--has nothing to say. It notices and in the noticing, our capacity to be present and respond with wisdom and compassion to the needs of the moment flows effortlessly.

A mirror doesn't speak.

Often there is much less to say or do than we believe. We can learn a great deal by engaging with others and responding the the call of events with fewer words and less doing.

A mirror doesn't move.

Just as when we sit in meditation, we do not speak or act in the face of myriad thoughts, feelings, and sensations--and in doing so, we learn a great deal about ourselves--spend a little time practicing in the sam manner when out and about.

A mirror reflects the beauty of each person who pass before it.

A mirror reflect the beauty of the world, as it is.