Today . . . I am thinking about this quotation by Eckhart Tolle:
To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is not dependent upon things being a certain way, good, or bad. Watch any animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is. Observe its surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being.
What marvelous teachers our animal friends are. I live in the beautiful Massanutten Mountains and quite frequently see deer, bear, turkey, and other interesting wildlife in my backyard.
At the beginning of summer, I planted impatiens in my backyard shade gardens. Yesterday, I was admiring their prolifically beautiful shades of pink and lavender. Today, I stood mesmerized as two spotted fawns cavorted and played in my backyard, rolling in the grass and kicking up dirt. They were having such fun!
Now, all I have is the memory of my lovely pink and lavender impatiens (they were eaten by the fawns), and the reminder from my animal friends of the impermanence of all things and the importance of enjoying the moment.
In what way has an animal taught you the acceptance of what is?