Creating a quiet space that is full of answers…

By Sarah Petty L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. on May 9th, 2012

“The fact is,” said Rabbit, “we’ve missed our way somehow.”

They were having a rest in a small sand-pit on top of the Forest. Pooh was getting rather tired of that sand-pit, and suspected it of following them about, because whichever direction they started in, they always ended up at it, and each time, as it came through the mist at them, Rabbit said triumphantly, “Now I know where we are!” and Pooh said sadly, “So do I”, and Piglet said nothing. He had tried to think of something to say, but the only thing he could think of was “Help, help!” and it seemed silly to say that, when he had Pooh and Rabbit with him.

“Well,” said Rabbit, after a long silence in which nobody thanked him for the nice walk they were having, “we’d better get on, I suppose. Which way shall we try?”

“How would it be, ” said Pooh slowly, “if, as soon as we’re out of sight of this Pit, we try to find it again?”

“What’s the good of that?” said Rabbit.

“Well,” said Pooh, “we keep looking for Home and not finding it, so I thought that if we looked for this Pit, we’d be sure not to find it, which would be a Good Thing because then we might find something that we weren’t looking for, really.”

“I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit….

“If I walk away from the Pit, and then walked back to it, of course I should find it.”

“Well, I thought perhaps you wouldn’t,” said Pooh. “I just thought.”

“Try,” said Piglet suddenly. “We’ll wait here for you.”

Rabbit gave a laugh to show how silly Piglet was, and walked into the mist. After he had gone a hundred yards, he turned and walked back again…and after Pooh and Piglet had waited twenty minutes for him, Pooh got up.

“I just thought,” said Pooh. “Now then Piglet, let’s go home.”

“But Pooh, ” cried Piglet, all excited, “do you know the way?”

“No,” said Pooh. “But there are twelve pots of honey in my cupboard, and they’ve been calling me for hours. I couldn’t hear them properly before, because Rabbit would talk, but if nobody says anything except those twelve pots, I think, Piglet, I shall know where they are calling from. Come on.”

–A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

Hello all,

I wonder if this a trip down memory lane for some of you. This is one of my favorite excerpts from these brilliant children’s stories. When I read it, I imagine that Rabbit is my ego-mind. In other words, he represents my negative thoughts, my rational mind, my mental chatter, my internal noise. When that becomes our focus, we pull away from the soul-the place inside ourselves that is the eternal spark. My practice is to quiet such static so that I can feel the lightness of being.

I recently went to a support group meeting for family members of people who suffer from Bipolar Disorder. In this particular meeting, there were a lot of discouraging topics brought up that included the limitations and flaws of medications. As the topic switched to their loved ones failing to take responsibility, having lack of insight etc. I sat there quietly listening. After a while, I raised my hand to the tempestuous chatter and waited patiently to have the floor.

I said, “Ultimately, we wish for true healing for our loved ones and healing, regardless of illness, is a spiritual journey. No one can be healed without looking inside themselves. True healing can not be achieved by denying parts of ourselves. Through work, pieces of ourselves must be faced, illuminated and reflected upon. They are sick because they act out, rather than look in. This will be the hardest and most powerful part of their journey. It is for all of us.”

Commit yourself to quiet time each day. Come home to yourself. Listen and check in with your body. What is it saying? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you balancing work and play? Are your needs being met? Are you learning and practicing good habits? Are you appreciating and loving yourself? Are you filled with gratitude?

We are all powerful beings. We have choice. Choose Peace. Choose Discipline. Choose Love. And choose them now.

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