how an oak tree grows: a zen parable about awakening

hello, dear friends.

it’s wednesday evening, and it’s already been pitch black dark for about 4 and a half hours. i’m snuggled under the blanket, curled up in the corner of the sofa. my love is putting a puzzle together on the floor, and we’re both trying to keep up with the current episode of “homeland” on our netflix screen. cozy, huh? we think so. hehe.

anyway, i haven’t been blogging much this week. i’ve got lots on my mind. there is energy and inspiration swirling around inside of me. a knowledge that this is the time that i am ready to become who my future self is calling me to be. what i mean, is, i can feel that seeds that have been planted over the past few years have grown. it is time for me to create, build, work, and live what i have learned.

so, instead of blogging, i am planning and preparing for the tips, courses, themes, and ideas for the holiday season and for all of 2016. and it is freaking exciting.

me zola meditation

in doing that, i am spending my days moving between meditating and keeping my head buried in my moleskin notebook, scribbling down thoughts and musings. lists and words. organizing and reorganizing. writing and creating. it is time for me to stop using what other people have done, and create my own materials, resources, and offerings.

as i have been gathering information and putting my thoughts down on paper, i came across a quote from elizabeth gilbert. as usual, her words are right in line with my thoughts, speaking directly to me. perfectly timed inspiration, in other words.

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so, i thought i’d pass this little story along to you. a story of learning and growing into exactly who we are supposed to be. what an amazing way of thinking about things – and exactly what it feels like is going on in my life right now.

“My thoughts turn to something I read once, something the Zen Buddhists believe. They say that an oak tree is brought into creation by two forces at the same time. Obviously, there is the acorn from which it all begins, the seed which holds all the promise and potential, which grows into the tree. Everybody can see that. But only a few can recognize that there is another force operating here as well – the future tree itself, which wants so badly to exist that it pulls the acorn into being, drawing the seedling forth with longing out of the void, guiding the evolution from nothingness to maturity. In this respect, say the Zens, it is the oak tree that creates the very acorn from which it was born.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

behind us is everything we’ve known. ahead of us is the opening to the unknown. now, is the time to leap.
onwards + upwards! xoxo

5 thoughts on “how an oak tree grows: a zen parable about awakening

  1. I have been a reader (lurker) for some time so I thought I should drop a comment to say how much I enjoy your blog. And the message of this one in particular.

    1. Hello to you. It is so great of you to drop me a line! Thank you for following along and reading. It means so much to me, though, to “meet” someone, as I will then become a lurker of their blog. 😉 I am so glad that this message meant something to you. It just was such a great way of thinking about being true to myself, I thought. Have a wonderful Thursday!

  2. I love that quote and it was very fitting for the whole process I’m in now… so maybe I should’t think about how to best juggle work and child but more what I want my future self to look like… and then put measures in place to allow for that to happen!

  3. I’m so excited for you that you have all this energy swirling around and that you’re able to let it truly inspire you and help you on your journey to becoming your future self. I think it’s difficult sometimes when it feels like you’re being bombarded or pulled by outside forces/energies to retain focus and clarity and I think it’s vital to do whatever is necessary (like not blogging or directing all your energy to other people) in order to take advantage of it. But — it’s such an exciting feeling! Gah!. Love and strength to you! xoxo

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