when the fruit falls

by michelle on November 17, 2011

I’ve been taking a lot of walks, asking nature to teach me.

The beautiful leaves in their falling.

From Ajahn Chah’s book, Food for the Heart:

Sometimes, when a fruit tree is in bloom, a breeze stirs and scatters some of its blossoms. Some buds remain and grow into small, green fruit. A wind blows and some of these fall to the ground. Other fruits ripen, and then they too fall.

And so it is with people. Like flowers and fruit in the wind, they fall at different stages of life.

When reflecting upon people, we consider the nature of the fruit in the wind: both are very uncertain.

Our minds are also similar. A mental impression arises, draws and pull at the mind; then the mind falls — ┬ájust like the fruit.

 

How do they know when to let go?

 

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Thais November 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

What a fabulous question. One I am struggling with almost everyday. How do we know?

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Sandy Kaufman November 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

i tend to let go when i realize the struggle is fruitless. acceptance falls into place and I am once again at a place of choice. i wasn’t at a place of choice struggling to hold on. sometimes, it means i am looking at creating a shift, sometimes a difficult one that will shift my situation and shape it to become more what i am desiring~

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