The Heart’s Gift
A Never Alone Story Inspired by Ancient Wisdom
Once upon a time in a mystical, magical place there was a lake. It was a huge lake, still and beautiful and deep. In it were many treasures and mysteries. At first look, some seemed scary and mysterious and menacing.
Upon a closer look, it became apparent that there was a great root – a great stem – that emerged from the mud under the very center of that still, deep lake. That great, long stem bloomed into the most beautiful lotus flower that anyone had ever seen.
When people saw that flower in a dream, or in their mind’s eye, or in their hearts, they began to sing or dance or hum or play. Sometimes they would run to give someone a hug or begin to spontaneously tickle someone nearby or play hide and seek or laugh out loud.
The flower was so beautiful some people even cried when they saw it.
One day a swan heard about that beautiful lotus flower and appeared on the lake to take a look. The swan and the lotus flower were happy to see each other! The swan’s eyes reflected the beautiful lotus flower, and the lotus flower began to smell more wonderful than it already did. The swan wanted to share his* happiness with someone else. She looked into the lotus flower and out came another swan, serene and diving. “I am here with you,” said the swan. “I have always been here with you even when you couldn’t see me.” The first swan was so happy and grateful, she cried tears of joy. Each swan looked into the other swan’s eyes. They were seeing through eyes of love.
They swam in the deep, still lake. They drank nectar from the beautiful lotus flower. And they looked at each other with eyes of love.
They were never apart again. To this day, those two swans are in that lake together.
They enjoy the lovely treasures within the lake. Together, the treasures aren’t scary or menacing at all. Some things are still mysterious though.
When you are really quiet and still and hear your heart beating and feel yourself breathing in, breathing out, you might discover the swans’ presence and love right here, in your very own heart.
*Pronouns include masculine and feminine deliberately, to indicate inclusivity.
Story by Rhonda Mills, Inspired by the Saundaryalahari – Verse 38
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