I once heard a story about a frog.
At the bottom of his dark and cold well, the frog feels so happy. He is happy because he is bigger than the tadpoles, worms, and insects. He lived to play in the small puddles of water until one day he looked up and noticed light at the top of the well. He got curious.
The frog decided to explore the light and hopped his way to the top of the well.
At the top of the well, much to his surprise, he saw a hundred times more water in which to play! There was a pond out there.
He played in the pond for a while, and continued to hop until he found himself staring at a lake. The lake was so much larger than the pond!
He continued to journey on, finding his way into a stream, which finally lead him to the great ocean.
A vast ocean! More water than he ever imagined. It was there all along, just waiting to be discovered.
The Great Ocean of Inner Discovery.
Sometimes we find beautiful places in which to snorkel; seeing beauty we never knew existed, because it sits just below the surface. Sometimes we want to go deeper, and we put our scuba gear on. And as we go deeper into the unknown, we may discover an abandoned ship, and decide to explore.
The practice of mindfulness takes us on an inner exploration that can be ridiculously fun. It doesn’t always feel safe and comfortable in there, but neither does scuba diving. Much like scuba diving, when the “not so pleasant” elements are present, the undercurrent of exploration, fun, and discovery, help support us in the process. We can discover long, lost, abandoned places within ourselves that we have been longing for. And when we rise to the surface, we are overjoyed with the entire experience!
You are waiting to be discovered! Get out of the well. Take the adventure into the great ocean.
* Laura C Meyer, MS, is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia, a mental health and addiction therapist, and founder of livemorestudio.com.
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