If God said, Rumi, pay homage to everything that has helped you enter my arms, there would not be one experience of my life, not one thought, not one feeling, not any act, I would not bow to.
~ Jalaludin Rumi (1207-1273)
In a meditation recently I recalled myself as a young girl, lying on my belly watching red ants go in and out of an ant hill. In that moment, I saw the wonder, innocence and beauty of my childhood. I saw how many times I was happy and carefree and all the wonderful experiences that I had. It surprised me to be seeing my youth in such a positive light. The truth was that other things happened to me in my youth which were not beautiful….far from it. Regretfully, those were the things that I chose to spend the majority of my life focusing upon.
In my willingness to forgive and let go of all that seemed hurtful and destructive to me at the time, I can now look back on my life from a new perspective and see all the many blessings. The negative experiences no longer have power over me. Rumi said it so beautifully….everything is sacred. In our awakening, we remember who we are as precious innocence. We claim our divinity. We embrace everything and everyone as part of the whole and we can see, perhaps for the first time, our complete life as a masterpiece.
Now I see my past as precious and exciting and filled with possibility and I claim that for my present and for my future as well. As Rumi so beautifully says “there is no experience of my life, not one thought, not one feeling, not any act I would not bow to.” All of it brought me to my Self……God, and for that, I am forever grateful.
My whole life is a blessing and I am grateful!
Rev. Karen Wylie