Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Everything perfect, just as it is" (Bah, humbug!)

CO-GrumpyGranny is writing about the challenges—and occasional successes—of living by the Buddhist precept: "Everything perfect, just as it is."

This was in response to Walhydra's sharing her own favorite Zen precept: "After enlightenment, the laundry."

Walhydra hates spiritual truths which involve being responsible for your own life (even though she knows they are true).

Here's what Grumpy Granny writes:

I decided that I would open up to it, and make a conscious effort to understand that even when things are stressful, even when they are HORRIBLE out in the is all PERFECT.

There IS a reason for all this. We choose it.

We say it's because we're following "God's word" or whatever reason, but the bottom line is that we choose. We CHOOSE to hate and create chaos instead of peace. We CHOOSE to destroy rather than build.

Every single time, WE choose.

So, I am choosing. I am choosing to see the beauty and perfection in every single thing that surrounds me, from the mumbling doctor who drives me to distraction, to the beautiful quilt-block coloring that my grandson did for me for Christmas that hangs across from me as I type every day....

Walhydra says, "I don't wanna choose! I wanna blame someone else!"

Or blame the computer, or the customer service phone menu, or the gravity which makes the papers drop from her hands....


Basically, Walhydra is feeling very unhappy with her grouchy, achy old self lately. It seems as if she's having a serotonin deficiency relapse or something. All the "higher wisdom" she knows is worthless at present, because she just doesn't feel like following it!

"Boy! I can't wait till Imbolc gets here and everything that's been locked up in the dark gets released again...I hope...."

And so it is.

Blessèd Be.


Grumpy Granny said...

Boy! I totally relate to this post because I had a work MELT-DOWN yesterday when I got a "doctor" who couldn't speak English and wouldn't speak above a whisper. It took me over 2 hours to do a 20-minute report. I was NOT feeling the "perfection" of that moment, for sure!

But, later I laughed about it, and hopefully, this doc will learn how to speak up and pronouce her words better.

Today was better again. Perfection remains in the perspective.

BB and HUGS!


Cat Chapin-Bishop said...

I am, myself, currently struggling with a lot of anger towards, well, myself... for getting really, really angry with someone in my life at whom I ought not, for reasons of expediency as well as spiritual reasons, allow myself the nasty luxury of anger.

It makes me cross, when I start to get cross. Which does not help.

And when I start to comfort myself with the reflection that Mercury is in retrograde (and will come out of it later this week)--well, I know I'm in trouble.

I don't believe in astrology.

Except for Mercury being retrograde.

Thank GOODNESS Imbolc is coming. I need a break from all this heaviness!

Bright Crow said...


I've had to just tell myself that things are going way well, even though Mercury is not only retrograde but in caa caa.

"Oh. Yeah. That's right," Walhydra mumbles. "January is lie fallow month. So I should maybe not try to accomplish anything?"

She knows that doesn't mean goof off or be irresponsible. It just means don't expect anything to work out the way you want it to...or on time.


You each use phrases that resonate.

Igraine writes "work MELT-DOWN."

Cat writes "It makes me cross, when I start to get cross."

Ditto both of those.

On the up side (to steal a phrase from Grampa Ray Gun, who started us down the road on the unholy mess we're in now): "It's morning [for real] in America."

Blessèd Be Obama and all sentient beings...and all the others, too!!!

Blessèd Be.