Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Delicious Kiwis

Due to the lack of frost, i'm still buying local kiwis at the farmstand. Since it's a new fruit, the farmstand markets them as "kiwi berries" and has a sample basket next to the cash register. "Try one."

Still, people hesitate to try something new. My sweetie, Bill encouraged a mother to try one, but she gave it to her 10-year-old son. "Interesting," he said. Then Bill offered another one to the mom. "Mmmm," she said, and he gently placed a little tub of kiwis in her shopping basket. (He's a born salesman, that Bill.)

We hesitate when we encounter a new path. We're afraid of something--distaste, harm, or "wrong-ness."

That's the reason, we venture onto the path of meditation one step at a time. First, we sit down, close our eyes, and watch our breath for a few minutes. Our mind has other ideas. Lots of them. We feel we're doing something wrong. We consult a book, a YouTube, a teacher, and find we are exactly in the right place.

As we build confidence, in kiwi berries or in meditation, we walk farther and farther down the path. Eventually, we might even admit: it's delicious, that calm.

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