Fable of the Eagle and the Chicken

A fable is told about an eagle that thought he was a chicken. When the eagle was very small, he fell from the safety of his nest. A chicken farmer found the eagle, brought him to the farm, and raised him in a chicken coop among his many chickens. The eagle grew up doing what chickens do, living like a chicken, and believing he was a chicken. A naturalist came to the chicken farm to see if what he had heard about an eagle acting like a chicken was really true. He knew that an eagle is king of the sky. He was surprised to see the eagle strutting around the chicken coop, pecking at the ground, and acting very much like a chicken. The farmer explained to the naturalist that this bird was no longer an eagle. He was now a chicken because he had been trained to be a chicken and he believed that he was a chicken. The naturalist knew there was more to this great bird than his actions showed as he “pretended” to be a chicken. He was born an eagle and had the heart of an eagle, and nothing could change that. The man lifted the eagle onto the fence surrounding the chicken coop and said, “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The eagle moved slightly, only to look at the man; then he glanced down at his home among the chickens in the chicken coop where he was comfortable. He jumped off the fence and continued doing what chickens do. The farmer was satisfied. “I told you it was a chicken,” he said. The naturalist returned the next day and tried again to convince the farmer and the eagle that the eagle was born for something greater. He took the eagle to the top of the farmhouse and spoke to him: “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The large bird looked at the man, then again down into the chicken coop. He jumped from the man’s arm onto the roof of the farmhouse. Knowing what eagles are really about, the naturalist asked the farmer to let him try one more time. He would return the next day and prove that this bird was an eagle. The farmer, convinced otherwise, said, “It is a chicken.” The naturalist returned the next morning to the chicken farm and took the eagle and the farmer some distance away to the foot of a high mountain. They could not see the farm nor the chicken coop from this new setting. The man held the eagle on his arm and pointed high into the sky where the bright sun was beckoning above. He spoke: “Eagle, thou art an eagle! Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” This time the eagle stared skyward into the bright sun, straightened his large body, and stretched his massive wings. His wings moved, slowly at first, then surely and powerfully. With the mighty screech of an eagle, he flew.

–(In Walk Tall, You’re A Daughter Of God, by Jamie Glenn)

 

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You are what you believe you are.

Self – Love

“Stop terrorising yourself with your thoughts” …
oh yes…. but how?

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Do things you like to do
Don’t stay in a job you don’t like
Participate in life at the highest level you can
Stop terrorising yourself with your thoughts
Be gentle and kind and patient with yourself
Give yourself the simple pleasures of life abundantly
Wear clothes you feel good in, get a massage etc
Watch what you say. Avoid self put-downs
Stop being critical of yourself and others
Take care of your body
Give it exercise and good food
Be willing to create a life-style that generates and nourishes self-esteem
Associate with others with high esteem
Acknowledge yourself frequently.
Keep a diary of your successes and accomplishments
Avoid comparing yourself with others
Remember that it’s who we are, not what we do, that’s important
Give yourself permission to do nothing periodically
Schedule time by yourself
Frequently take deep breaths
Discover the benefit and pleasure of breathing fully
Eat first…

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The Path is the Goal, This is Home

Excellent post! I’ll be re-reading this one repeatedly.

Creative by Nature

“See simplicity in the complicated, seek greatness in small things. In the Universe, the difficult things are done as if they were easy.”    ~Lao Tsu

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As Gandhi put it, “The path is the goal.” Our destination is HERE, learning to be fully peaceful, loving, mindful and present. We arrive when we let go of society’s obsessions, becoming grateful for every moment of our lives. Awakening joyfully to the miracle of our existence here upon our planet.

“Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.” ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

There is no far off destination to be reached. The message of all great spiritual traditions and mystics is that the past does not exist behind us, the…

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Focus

your focus determines your reality   A short little video reminding us to focus on the positive.

 

Your reality is shaped by how you perceive your world, and your perception is affected by what you choose to focus your mind on.

 

Vi Keeland — ‘Don’t focus on the what ifs. Focus on what is.’

Each zodiac sign is linked to one of the Tarot cards in the Major Arcana

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Check yours out

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Your Tarot card is The Emperor, the guy who will always be there when you need him. This card represents your sign’s loyalty and ability to stick by your friends through thick and thin. Like the royal figure on your card, you use your authority and analytical powers to help others and to achieve your goals.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Your card, The Hierophant, represents learning from knowledgeable teachers who can help you search for higher truths by exploring tried and true traditions. Sifting through the superficial, these learned souls can lead you to the heart of matters where profound insights reveal important life lessons.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Every Gemini is blessed with a dual nature represented by your Tarot card, The Lovers. Turning points for you often involve making a moral choice…

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<3 this

What she says about holding on to anger is so true.  I only wish I had learned this many years ago.  She has a great channel.