What would you take if you had to leave your home in a matter of minutes? Other than having all human inhabitants on board, and your pets should you have them, what is important to you? Would you take your grandmother’s teapot, or her lovingly warn silver that holds many a tale? Time is ticking, and the fire is licking at your doorstep, what will you take?
Fortunately, for me we had been on voluntary evacuation for days, and then pre-evacuation for a few hours before the witching hour came, and thus I had what I considered my most important items packed in my car (photos). All that was left for me in those final moments, was to grab my personal hygiene items, take a quick walk around the house and say a final goodbye, goodbye to the memories of a life spent in both great happiness and grief, but heartfelt memories all the same. Suddenly nothing material had any meaning, it was all about the heart and in those final moments there was one thing I grabbed, a little heart shaped ceramic dish with the word happiness scrolled on the bottom. I carried my heart with me out of the fire; I carried the heart of my family and all the memories we created in that home out of the fire. Material things suddenly had no reference for me, only the heart.
Where is your heart today and what are you carrying in it? Carrying a clear and open heart is one of the most important things you can do for yourself as it allows you freedom, freedom to love, to fully feel all emotions. An open heart is what gives you the freedom to be happy and joyful. There is no price to pay for a clear and open heart. No material goods can give you this quality as it exists free of charge and free to all be they rich or poor, regardless of race or religion. When the time comes for you to choose what to take, what would you take? I choose a free and open heart for with it comes the capacity to live life to the fullest. When you live with compassion, you are able to exist in unity and in that moment all those material things you collected over a lifetime are no longer important. Of course, this is easier said then done, and I was able to return to my home unlike so many others. The test of the experience is to learn to pare down, to let go on many levels. In letting go, we are best able to serve the universe with an open, compassionate heart.
”The intuitive, compassionate heart is the doorway to our unity.”
♥ Ram Dass