In this month’s ODE Magazine, there is a wonderful bit on the power we all have if we are willing to own it & use it. For those of you unfamiliar with ODE Magazine, it is a wonderful periodical written with the intent of expanding minds, challenging old habits, spreading good news, and sharing the stories of people who reach for the stars. Here’s the excerpt:
“A disciple sought out Rabbi Nahman of Braslaw and said, ‘I will no longer study the sacred texts. I live in a small house with my brothers & parents, and I never have the ideal conditions to be able to concentrate on what is important.’
Nahman pointed to the sun and asked his disciple to place his hand in front of his face, so as to hide it. The disciple did as he was told.
‘Your hand is small. However, it was able to entirely block the strength, the light, and the majesty of the huge sun. In the same way, small problems are able to give you the necessary excuse not to go on your spiritual search. Just as the hand has the power to hide the sun, mediocrity has the power of hiding your inner light. Do not blame others for your own incompetence.'”
– Published by Ode Magazine / June 2011 Edition