The Tao of Todd~

I found a hidden part of myself when our paths crossed. Sometimes our tête-à-tête have resulted in a primrose path and other times a warpath, I use that only to make you smile. Destiny defined as fate, a predetermined future, a concept based on belief there is a fixed natural order to the cosmos. The truth of that is of another time and place. Let’s unravel this. You were aware of our first intersecting path long before I. You, a seventh grade munchkin, the junior high prince. I, an eighth grade misfit, unaware of anything, except a deep inner pain, masked by anger and an intense need to be invisible. Regardless of that, you saw me. It speaks of the person you are. The humanitarian boy wonder even at the tender age of adolescence. As time marches on, as it will always do, you will search for your place in the world and I will find mine. After endless roads, highways and trails we would meet again, not as formidable opponents like so many of the arrangements of life. This is a relationship born in the truest form of kindness and grace. Over the years, I have been given the opportunity to forge friendships and meet people. Usually, for me there was this necessity to be the trombone of the orchestra. upset the fluidity of the strings. It simply is what it is. Finally as all that was removed I found my true nature, the flute. Your sonnet speaks so truthfully, one finds themselves listening free of intent or judgement. A gift of your faith and experience. With life in session we find ourselves in the most unforeseen and unfathomable events. You have lent me your ear in moments of tragedy, happiness, loneliness and joy. You have played endless games of silliness with my grandchild through laughter and disappointment. Even through your greatest despair as she reached out to console you, you found it in your finest moment of our friendship to console her. It is a testimony of your Tao that you have the capacity to make a child feel she is your equal and consider you one of her friends. None of those actions have gone unnoticed or unseen. Your place in my life will forever be inscribed as one of infinite measure. As I am humbled in prayer in the silence what comes to me are these words, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased.”  

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Mind over Scatter~

 Thoughts the most powerful definition of mind control. I use to believe thinking was trouble . In reality, my actions were the source of my path to discovery. I have this friend , she use say, there is no right or wrong, there just is. It certainly is a hard concept to embrace. I accept it today. The Universe hears your intention. The thought of that, is mind-blowing. Therefore keeping my head clean has its challenge. Me! Only me. Not anyone else. Powerful indeed. I tend to embrace , what I like to call, the deliberation detective. The thinking too much, the searching for hidden thought clues. A grown up version of blues clues. Not as cute, although quite child-like. The clues are as simple as, What does that mean? You look beautiful today! What? Was I not beautiful yesterday? I love you! Well, that’s not a good example. cause that just makes me thought, less. The need for a quiet head is essential for me as breathing. The scatter sucks me in as quickly as a Dyson. The whirl, the spin and the sprout of endless thought seeds. Which gives way to suspect, disbelief and distrust in myself. Which in the relationship of I, always places blame within. Worse yet, looks as if I am placing blame on others and that only leads to here it comes, drum roll. cymbals crashing. Victim. ewww, yuck. It is, what it is. Now, on to the hope. It really is what it is, when you are willing to look at it and change your thought pattern with meditation, for me the only form of freedom that works. The time spent saves my soul and the backlash of toe stomping hoards. Dramatic effect.  So back to the ohm of it all and a little bit of Namaste’ in my life.  My inner and outer Polly Anna restored. Bliss has returned to my happy head, also known as peace of mind.                                                         

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