by Sarah Devika Sumnauth

Zen Buddhists believe that an Oak tree is brought into creation by two forces at the same time. Obviously, there is the acorn from which it all begins, the seed which holds all the promise and potential, which grows into the tree. Everybody can see that.

But only a few can recognize that there is another force operating here as well - the future tree itself, which wants so badly to exist that it pulls the acorn into being drawing the seedling forth with longing out of the void, guiding the evolution from nothingness to maturity. In this respect, says the Zens, it is the Oak tree that creates the very acorn from which it is born.

Day 55: The Mighty Oak

I love this quote a lot.  It makes me think that maybe I’m not crazy for throwing myself into this huge cyclone of a journey.  It makes me feel like maybe I’ve made a very perceptive, intuitive choice in putting myself slowly but surely on the path less taken, that I’ve been smart in listening to the incessant chatter inside my head that used to bump up against and rudely interrupt my other thoughts, just trying to get a word in edgewise about “hey maybe, we should start a business.  We could go far.  Trust me…you’ll see…” 

I like to think that whoever that bossy, stubborn voice belongs to just so happens to also be a smarter, wiser version of myself, who obviously has already been there (wherever I’m going) and is just simply doing her due diligence, and letting me in on the big secret, but just like me, isn’t gonna give up all the goods right away.

Or at least that’s what I’d like to think.

I would love to be like an Oak tree, because unlike the Oak tree, I don’t always feel mighty and even more unlike it I don’t have the option to be around for 1500 years.  But like the Oak tree, I will use the power that is within me and heed that voice, that calling, that invisible guiding hand that is making sure I take my vitamins, and cut out overly processed foods, and drink my water every day, so that I can do this the right way and feel good, stretch up my leaves and sink down my roots into the wide, wonderful, world around me.  

Thanks Zen…