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I Aspire To Be A Duck



Snowboarding News | Saturday August 27, 2011 | Shared By: Tara Dakides

Here is something I read today that I love and wanted to share. It is called...

The Duck with a Human Mind

In the power of now, I mentioned my observation that after two ducks get into a fight, which never last long, they will separate and float off in opposite directions. Then each duck will flap its wing vigorously a few times, thus releasing the surplus energy that built up during the fight. After they flap their wings, they float on peacefully, as if nothing had ever happened. If the duck had a human mind, it would keep the fight alive by thinking, by story-making. This would probably be the duck's story: "I don't believe what he just did. He came to within five inches of me. He thinks he owns this pond. He has no consideration for my private space. I'll never trust him again. Next time he'll try something else just to annoy me. I'm sure he is plotting something already. But I'm not going to stand for this. I'll teach him a lesson he won't forget." And on and on the mind spins it's tale, still thinking and talking about it days, months, or years later. As far as the body is concerned, the fight is still continuing, and the energy it generates in response to all those thoughts is emotion, which in turn generate's more thinking. (As people say, "I'm to much in my head right now" syndrome) This becomes the emotional thinking of ego. You can see how problematic the ducks life would become if it had a human mind. But this is how humans live all the time. No situation or event is ever really finished. The mind and the mind-made "me and my story" keep it going.
We are species that has lost its way. Everything natural, every flower or tree, and every animal have important lessons to teach us if we would only stop, look, and listen. Our ducks lesson it this: Flap your wings-which translates as "let go of the story"-and return to the only place of power: the present moment.

An emotion that does harm to the body, stress, also infects the people you come into contact with and indirectly, through a process of chain reaction, countless others you never meet. There is a generic term for all negative emotion: unhappiness.
-Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

As I'm reading this I think of the forrest and how all living things in the forrest are connected. The most obvious example of this are Aspen Trees. So what makes people so different from the Aspen Tree???
I will think of myself as an Aspen tree of the world, all connected to one another. And when I cross the path of dysfunction and something negative, I will think of the Duck. So if you see me somewhere down the road doing the booty shake vigorously, it will not be because I want to be like J-Lo (although and good booty shake is sexy), but instead, letting something non enhancing for me go. If you ever have seen the movie Crash, the film tells this same story and is an Amazing film! Let's not crash into each other.

As for my last post of "My Sexy Waterfall" It has been my most viewed Blog by far. I hope you enjoyed it because I laughed my ass off writing it and so did a few friends. Keep it light and fun and don't forget to laugh!

What a beautiful thing to learn is to love and let go.


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