Armadillo
Occasional Picture May 2010

armadillo wichita mountains

© 2010 Marina Rundell

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Excerpt from A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle:

"PARENTHOOD: ROLE OR FUNCTION?"

"The majority of adults, at some point in their lives, find themselves being a parent, one of the most universal roles. The all-important question is: Are you able to fulfill the function of being a parent and fulfill it well, without identifying with that function, that is, without it becoming a role?"

"Parents then cannot let go of being a parent even when the child grows into an adult. They can't let go of the need to be needed by their child. Even when the adult child is forty years old, parents can't let go of the notion 'I know what's best for you.' The role of parent is still being played compulsively, and so there is no authentic relationship. Parents define themselves by that role and are unconsciously afraid of loss of identity when they cease being parents. If their desire to control or influence the actions of their adult child is thwarted--as it usually is--they will start to criticize or show their disapproval, or try to make the child feel guilty, all in an unconscious attempt to preserve their role, their identity. On the surface it looks as if they were concerned about their child, and they themselves believe it, but they are only really concerned about preserving their role-identity. All egoic motivations are self-enhancement and self-interest, sometimes cleverly disguised, even from the person in whom the ego operates."

"If your parents are doing this to you, do not tell them they are unconscious and in the grip of the ego. That will likely make them even more unconscious, because the ego will take up a defensive position. It is enough for you to recognize that it is the ego in them, that it is not who they are. Egoic patterns, even long-standing ones, sometimes dissolve almost miraculously when you don't oppose them internally. Opposition only gives them renewed strength. But even if they don't, you can then accept your parents' behavior with compassion, without needing to react to it, that is to say, without personalizing it."

"Be aware of your own unconscious assumptions or expectations that lie behind your old, habitual reactions to them. 'My parents should approve of what I do. They should understand me and accept me for who I am.' Really? Why should they? The fact is they don't because they can't. Their evolving consciousness hasn't made the quantum leap to the level of awareness yet. They are not yet able to disidentify from their role.'"

 

 

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NBA Playoffs

The court’s in session,
microphones give opening remarks,
all accounted for, the ball gavels up.
Perfect time to get to work.

First pump fake misses
rebound fastbreak no-look slam dunk,
other side answers with 3-points and a smile
only to be wiped with an alley oop
and an opposing smile.
Perfect time to get to work.

Egos flare chins scrape brows cut
noses break elbows ignite,
referees whistle the rule of law,
foul is called, free throws awarded.
Perfect time to get to work.

Clock makes a closing statement
by running out, scoreboard as the jury
deliberates a decision by stopping,
eyewitnesses leave their seats
like an orderly miracle, bench is cleared.
Perfect time to get to work,
 
for this lowly mop.

© 2010 Marina Rundell

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