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The Bird in the Cage
November 28, 2016

The Sufis have a story of a bird that was kept in a cage. The bird was looked after well by her owner. He fed her and kept her warm and her cage was close by a large window so the bird had plenty of light during the long days while the owner went to work. But still she was trapped and every day, the bird could see other birds flying free across the sky. And the bird longed to join them.

And then one day, the owner went to work leaving both the cage door and the window open. And very soon the bird gingerly hopped out of the cage and onto the window ledge. And from this vantage point, she could see so much more. She could see distant mountains and valleys and when the bird looked down she could see more of the hustle and bustle of what lay before her and all around her. There were so many other birds and people and all kinds of things. And the bird just stayed on the ledge - stupefied and amazed and dazed and stayed and stayed and stayed. And the bird was still there when her owner arrived home. So he locked the bird up back in her cage where she was again fed and looked after.

You can move away from that ledge at just the pace you wish. And in fact you could just circle around for one day or a number of days knowing that the next day you would be free to go just a little bit further.

by Sophia Yasmeen

    A wise person once said " the source of a true smile is an awakened mind" I believe this to be very true at least in my case. When I open up myself to the unknown, accept and see things as they are and not as I want them to be, I let go of the things I cannot change, relinquish grasping, relax and free myself from holding on to old habits, ideas, thoughts, emotions then no matter how bad the situation is, I am capable of finding that lost smile even in a wild daisy. It is important to trust this feeling of letting go and ease. We often think that things should belong to places where we are conditioned to think it is right. This is where we welcome judgements and before we know a whole stream of waste thoughts clouded our mind and our peace is gone. It does not work like that our personal sense of wanting something to be different does not change the reality. The truth is because it is here, in this moment so it belongs.

Sophia is a beautiful writer and I am happily sharing her work in my Feelbetter Newsletter.

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