Thursday, November 22, 2012

Day 327; Foraging for the Good Stuff

Go beyond the surface
Dabblers and Divers
Happy, happy day of thanks. Make sure you take the time to list the things you are thankful for. Keep this list in a desk drawer or place where you will see it often enough to remind yourself of your gratitude.
Okay, now to the lesson, lesson. Yesterday my friend and brother Jerry sent a link to a PBS video called An Original Duckumentary. He knew that it was right up my alley. It was about the secret lives of the ducks we see every day, but give little attention to. (Watch and Enjoy)
I sat transfixed as I watched the ways of ducks. One of the things that stood out—and believe me, for a nerd like me there were many, was the different ways ducks find their food; some skim the surface of a pond or lake for all of the goodies that float to the top, while some tip their bodies over, and with hind parts in the air they search a little deeper for their food. These ducks are dabblers. Then there are the divers. Diver ducks use the little lung capacity they have to dive under the surface going all the way to the bottom to retrieve the most nutritional foods.
I went to sleep dreaming of diving deep to find the good stuff.
This morning I awoke with time to read. I opened Buddha’s Brain; The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom and read this:
It’s a remarkable fact that the people who have gone the very deepest into the mind—the sages and saints of every religious tradition—all say essentially the same thing: your fundamental nature is pure, conscious, peaceful, radiant, loving and wise and it is joined in mysterious ways with the ultimate underpinnings of reality by whatever name we give That. Although your true nature may be hidden momentarily by stress and worry, anger and unfulfilled longings, it still continues to exist. (Hanson, Mendius, 2009) (Read more about the book)
The question for you today is this; are you a surface seeker, a dabbler or a diver? How far will you go to find your true self? The deeper you forge the more peaceful and loving the experience.
Be you, be well, be thankful.
Bertice Berry, PhD.

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