The Root of all Suffering: Relationships and the Actions taken (and sometimes not) through life’s transformationsNov 08, 2022
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein was published in 1964 and continues today to open philosophical discussion for all ages.
Today, using the book as a muse for contemplation & meditation, I offer an inward look at the importance of relationships and transformation. The two, relationships and transformation intertwine throughout one’s life and the practice is a continuous undulation. The common denominator is the action taken or not taken resulting ease or discomfort in the many moments in life.
In Patanjali’s 8 Limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas provide us with an outline for relationships, Yamas reflect the relationship with the world…our friends, family & even those we do not know, and Niyamas, the relationship with self.
In the book, the tree offers presence – the tree is rooted and doesn’t move. In Standing Pose (Tadasana), the tree stands tall and reaches out through its limbs. This act provides stability to the undulation and transformations to come for both the tree and the boy. Here, we too, are searching for contentment; the balance & strength to root through life’s transformations.
I offer a contemplation (Dharana) meditation and journal practice prompts below:
- What actions do you take to create stability in your life? How do you root?
- When you give something to someone (which includes time), do you expect something in return?
- Can anger and love be present simultaneously?
- Do you need others in order to be happy?
To explore more about relationships and the tools for deeper contemplation and actionable steps visit my other blogs, Yamas - Chaos to Harmony and Niyamas: How You Show Up Matters
Want to read the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, click here
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