The Tree & the Fruit
Heard an interesting question this morning, ‘When does a fruit fall from the tree?’ Answer: when it is ripe, simple! The Master’s message was aimed at delivering the idea that letting go is an essential part of the cycle of an experience, just like getting together is (the tree lets go the fruit). In fact, letting go, completes it.
I loved the analogy of the tree and the fruit since it is simple yet intense. We are hoarders, sort of (some like the word ‘collectors’ as well) and we like to hold on to ………(people/things/experiences). And we are indiscriminate about it. So while it may be beneficial to ‘hoard’ the pleasant ones, there is simply no justification to hold on to the unpleasant ones. Take an experience for example. Our experiences serve an important purpose, that of experiencing it and then drawing the learning from it as a result of experiencing it. Think of it this way, your favorite movie/s vs. the not-so-favorite ones, which ones do you end up watching more than once? Is it the same with your memories/experiences (mentally)?
I think it is also important to distinguish between an experience and experiencing that experience. The former is an outcome, a result, a past event and the latter happens in the moment, the now. Simply put, the former is an outcome of the latter. And here is one possible reason why we hold on, that when we were experiencing an experience, we were not present to experience it.
Have a think! What have you been holding on to? Is it serving or enslaving you? Does it empower or weaken? It is time to take the best from it and let it go, get lighter, more agile……a new beginning beckons!
Just received this in my inbox. Found it worth putting here! How strong is your presence in your present? :)