Three (and Free) in the Morning

source: The Beauty of Wildlife
source: The Beauty of Wildlife

I woke up at 3:33 am, and thought about this Rumi quote:

“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth
across the door sill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep!”

So I decided to write something.

The thoughts that come to me are about how blessed I feel, how every breath and moment holds so much meaning. Just thinking and feeling blessed can sometimes move me to tears, but now I realize it’s because my ego sometimes feels overwhelmed at how worthy it truly is, trying as it might to prove itself.

When we move from the paradigm of proving our worth to knowing our worth, every single particle of the universe looks different. It’s as if we can see for the first time. Will we like everything we see? No, but we’ll see its worth. When this shift in our perspective happens, we’ve moved from living from the outside in, to living from the inside out.

Living from the outside in is all about looking to others for direction — what do others think we should be, do, or have — while living from the inside out means we look to ourselves for our direction in life. We decide for ourselves what we want to be, do, or have.

When we’re living from the inside out, we communicate with others in order to learn something new and enjoy each others company, but we don’t need others to tell us what to do, how to think, or how to feel about anything, and vice versa.

We allow people to be who they are. We set everyone free. From the ego’s point of view, it takes courage in order to be free. It’s like releasing a wild animal that’s been kept in captivity. It’s cautious at first, but its free spirit soon takes over.

And off it goes.



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