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Life, like music, love, and baseball, is a series of tests and lessons, punctuated by seasons of inspired bliss.
The power of intention is indeed powerful – but to put all one’s eggs in that basket is to risk falling into the trap of attachment to results in the world. The wheel of fortune may bring success where efforts are applied … but as the wheel turns round we are met with transience, decay, and insistent sand blowing in the gears of progress.
On the heels of apparent success, comes obstruction, new challenge, and the shadow of the hungry ghost. Suddenly I understand, as the page I open in the Tao Te Ching (trans. Colin Mallard, p. 149) reveals:
To act with intention brings failure.
Grasp something and it slips through the fingers.
The sage has no intention
So he cannot fail
Since he grasps nothing
Nothing is lost.
Into the midst of depression over that unintended failure, a germ of understanding comes to sprout. Nurtured by meditation, it reveals a glowing orb of joy:
“The more we can feel a spiritual happiness within and the growth of wisdom, the more courage we will have and the less empty we will feel within.” – Rosemary and Steve Weissman, a little inspirational book, p. 113
Going deeper, I revisit the field of action with fresh motivation to refine, engaging with clarified intent – not simply to attain or achieve, but simply to express from the heart of what is, dancing to the only song I am granted to sing.
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