Always we hope

Always we hope

The following poem was the theme for a recent practice group I lead in our training room in County Durham.
It’s such a powerful reminder to be here now, that within us lay the answers to life’s mysteries, and that the present moment is all we have to work with. How often do we want things to be different from how they are, or that the solution to life’s difficulties is somehow dependent upon someone else? How often have you read that the answers lie within?

It may well be fear that creates this dependency, we know what we want, but seek reassurance that we can achieve the desired outcome. This is especially relevant when you are moving beyond the confines of societies norms, when your authenticity creates ideas that perhaps others cannot grasp or understand. Yet, how will humanity develop if we stay with the known, the familiar, and the expected?

Wherever you find yourself on life’s journey, and before you reach out to others for guidance, perhaps taking time to read this poem. Then allowing yourself to settle into meditation practice, or silent reflection.

Always we hope
Someone else has the answer
Some other place will be better
Some other time it will all turn out
This is it
No one else has the answer
No other place will be better
And it has already turned out
At the center of your being
You have the answer
You know who you are
And you know what you want
There is no need
To run outside
For better seeing
Nor to peer from a window
Rather abide at the center of your being:
For the more you leave it, the less you learn.
Search your heart
And see
The way to do
Is to be

Lao Tzu

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