The Rabbit and the Garden, by Mark Nepo

The Rabbit and the Garden, by Mark Nepo

So, for those of you who don’t already know, I have been reading a book by Mark Nepo called, The Book of Awakening. In the book, he writes daily affirmations, and I read them (not diligently) but truly find them awakening. More often than not, they trigger thoughts about concepts that I feel already, that maybe I needed reminding of. He sends the right messages at the right times (well I’m sure it’s the universe doing that).

Yesterday’s was beautiful. My son-shine and I read it before school/work. I want to share it with you.

The Rabbit and the Garden:

In the movie Phenomenon, John Travolta’s character has done everything he can think of to keep this pesky rabbit out of his garden. He’s even put in fencing that goes three feet underground, and still everything he plants is nibbled through.

Suddenly one night he wakes and realizes he’s been going about this all wrong. In the moonlight, he quietly goes to his garden and opens the gate, then sits on his porch and waits.

To his surprise, as he begins to fall asleep, the rabbit scurries out the gate. While he’s been trying to keep it out, the rabbit was trapped in his garden, and he was inadvertently keeping it in.

How often do we barricade and fence up our lives against hurt and loss, thinking we’re keeping the painful things out, when they’re¬†already¬†trapped inside us eating at our roots, and what we really need to do is to open the gate and let them out?

This was a new perspective on an old thought. It wowed me. It wowed my little man. Mark Nepo, you rock. Thank you for this wisdom.

xoxo jules