In a wonderful Hawaiian book written by Pali Jae Lee and Koko Willis, Tales from the Night Rainbow, a story is included that I’d like to share here, hoping you won’t mind a bit wordier post than usual for the minimalism theme. It seems to connect with my subject matter here on Monday mornings.
“Each child born has at birth, a Bowl of perfect Light. If he tends his Light it will grow in strength and he can do all things – swim with the shark, fly with the birds, know and understand all things. If, however, he becomes envious or jealous he drops a stone into his Bowl of Light and some of the Light goes out. Light and the stone cannot hold the same space. If he continues to put stones in the Bowl of Light, the Light will go out and he will become a stone. A stone does not grow, nor does it move. If at any time he tires of being a stone, all he needs to do is turn the bowl upside down and the stones will fall away and the Light will grow once more.”
Release the stones. All manner of stones. Make room for your Light. See what’s important.