W.O.W.~the yin and yang of bearing fruit {+audio}

Orange blossom and oranges. Taken by Ellen Lev...

blossoms & fruit at the same time (Image via Wikipedia)

WOW ~ what an incredible analogy
with the sage in the backyard orange tree story!
it sparked memories of the true meanings
of all the fruit trees we had growing in our yard
when i was a teen in washington state
with so many blossoms,
and oftentimes offering sweet fruit,
but sometimes yielding
bitter or blighted fruit …
and once in a long time
the tree bears no fruit at all,
yet miraculously blossoms again.
hope the fragrance of forgiveness
~ for others, for yourself ~
envelops you too.


Letting Go and Moving On: Lessons for an Orange Tree (tinybuddha.com)


Yet this year, the oranges are bitter; even the squirrels toss them away.

Right now, the tree has oranges on the branches and fresh new blooms all over it, as well. I guess we should pick the oranges to make room for the new, but it hasn’t been on the to-do list yet.

What keeps occurring to me is the faith of this 20-year-old tree. It doesn’t seem to be in mourning for the bitter oranges. It is filled with optimism about the future–abundant with sweet smelling blossoms. I believe it isn’t questioning what it did wrong or blaming us for not being better stewards. It is just living, moving forward, and being a tree, preparing for the sweet fruit to come.

What a lesson this is for me. How often I have given all of my focus to my “bitter oranges.” How easy it has been to hold tightly to the times I have felt misunderstood, unsupported, unseen. I’ve dissected every membrane of each orange, looking for reasons, for answers, for justification.

A business relationship that failed, broken apart by different expectations and a lack of honest communication. A family relationship frayed by differing values. A friend who discounts my viewpoint. I have so tightly held to my hurt, my indignation, my shame. I filled my basket with these bitter oranges and carried them with me everywhere I traveled. A heavy load, indeed.

I have not noticed that all around me are new blooms, ready to make new oranges. I could not see the possibilities of new relationships, based on what I had learned from the past. ~ Karen Mead via TinyBuddha.com – READ MORE …

Karen Mead is an alchemist, an explorer and a fellow traveler on this journey of life. Visit her blog, The Peaceful Journey , or check out her website, A Peaceful Path .

PLUS: here are today’s Words Of Wisdom from one of my Favorite blogsites ~ Tiny Buddha Dot Com:

“Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams.” ~Unknown

To Listen Press Play https://sarahneanbruce.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/audio-log-tomorrows-dreams-mp3.jpg

Listen to Voice Recording by sarah nean bruce (image via wikipedia)

tiny buddha ~ one of my favorite blog sites


3 responses to “W.O.W.~the yin and yang of bearing fruit {+audio}

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