Riding the horse called Yes

By Jena Griffiths | October 13, 2012

For all that has been: Thanks!
For all that shall be: Yes!

Dag Hammarskjöld
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Do you know about the horse called ‘Yes’
that’s always at your side?
Apparently you can climb up and ride it

no matter where you are right now,
in the darkest forests or the battlefields,
in times of pain or deep loss or joy.

The horse called Yes is mindful awareness.
Saying yes to the cards life deals you.
Trusting there’s a bigger scheme of things.

Sometimes lying in the mud ignoring this horse,
shouting at the universe feels so much better
than simply letting go.

Saying Yes is not defeat.

Saying Yes is not a numbing out of feeling.
It’s a yes to tears, to feeling so deeply that we can reach completion,
let go and move on.

I first read about the horse called Yes in David Richo’s brilliant book
‘The Five Things We Cannot Change and the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them.

I love this book nearly as much as I love Richo’s other work, Shadow Dance.
His words are full of deep wisdom but at the same time each page is a song.
Here’s a beautiful poem by Rumi about saying yes to feelings.


The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

 
~ Rumi ~

Wishing you a weekend called Yes
full of sunshine and laughter.
And may you be facing the same way your horse is going…
😉

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