If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?

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An old mirror hangs above the fireplace in the dining room. Difficult to rub clean, difficult to polish. I need to listen to Rumi’s words – I’m getting older.

If you would only switch on the light of awareness and observe yourself and everything around you throughout the day, if you would see yourself reflected in the mirror of awareness the way you see your face reflected in a looking glass, that is, accurately, clearly, exactly as it is without the slightest distortion or addition, and if you observed this reflection without any judgment or condemnation, you would experience all sorts of marvelous changes coming about in you. Only you will not be in control of those changes, or be able to plan them in advance, or decide how and when they are to take place. It is this nonjudgmental awareness alone that heals and changes and makes one grow. But in its own way and at its own time.

~ Anthony DeMello

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