The world was made for you! The entirety of everything beneath and above and around the swirling stars was made for your delight.
You have been taught that this is selfish. That such thinking is of the ego. You have been taught to take nothing for yourself or at the most to take very little. You must be humble. You must not desire or demand. You must not be so self-centred so as to think that you can have whatever your heart may burst with pleasure for.
How clouded our understanding has become. And how alien we have become to ourselves in the process. But do we not occasionally break through the shadow life of stale crumbs to know the truth?
The lover’s ecstasy shatters the glass that has kept her trapped in a diminished life. Kneeling before a sunrise or sunset so too does the tapestry of lies unravel to reveal the infinitely abundant plate from which we may eat.
Open wide your arms and gather all the world towards you for all the world is yours to have. Ask not for less but for more. More, more!
But as you open wide to receive all that is offered know this too. If all the world was made for you, and it was, it is, then all the world was also made for your neighbour and your neighbour’s neighbour and your neighbour’s neighbour’s cat and the frogs who live in the pond at the bottom of their garden and the crows who frequent the old horse chestnut tree and the old horse chestnut tree himself. The world cannot be made all for you without it also being made all for everyone and everything else.
What to do? How can you have everything whilst everyone and everything else must also be allowed to have everything?
It is simple.
You take it all and you give it all back. With every sunrise you honour life not by asking less of it, but by asking more of it. Asking for the fullness of it. And with each sunset you honour life again by giving back the bounty of beauty you have received.
Only by taking a full breath in can we give a full breath out.
Love and courage,