“Don’t sift, drink” – How to be all embracing

“The goal is not to sift the thousand things held to the light, but to drink them” – Mark Nepo

What does it mean “not to sift the thousand things held to the light”?Is it possible not to sift, not to analyse, not to try and understand the thousand and one things that happen during the day in our interactions with each other?

We constantly analyse and judge so we understand through that sifting who we are in relation to what we observe and experience.

Repeatedly our ego gets strengthened in that process either by relating or rejecting what we see and observe and feel.

So how can we drink the thousand things without sifting?

When my ego is not requiring to be continuously reinforced I can drink the thousand things that I observe without sifting.

It would be like mixing sand, sugar and salt together and not trying to differentiate. All grains are of different sizes, shapes and colours but when mixed with water most of those grains will dissolve and the one’s that won’t dissolve will sink to the bottom of the water only to rise when stirred but soon settle again.

Without sifting and in drinking, what am I choosing to be – the sand or the salt or the sugar?

Do I want to dissolve completely or do I just want to sink to the bottom with my identity still intact ready to be stirred again and again only to settle and sink to the bottom.

Can I be all embracing knowing the impurities that the light is showing in me and in others when held up?

When the impurities shown are similar in nature but different in magnitude, shouldn’t compassion for myself and others rise in me like a wave rising out of an ocean?

Why this constant need to differentiate?

Why this constant urge to judge and compare so I can prove to be better or worse?

I want to drink the thousand things that I sift through the day, so I have dissolved like a grain of salt or sugar in the abundance of the waters of life.

I don’t wish to constantly sift the grains of sand only to bury to the bottom of the waters of life and get stirred at the slightest touch of the wind.

When I accept everything and everyone as a reflection of me, then it is possible to dissolve.

When I live the affirmation that “GOD IS….” what I observe, feel and experience, then I can be all embracing in the knowledge that I cannot eliminate loneliness, but I can hold; I cannot eliminate pain, but I can live a life of compassion.

Your thoughts?

Until next time

Padma Ayyagari




About Padma Ayyagari

I am a Human Values Activist, passionate about and trying to live steeped in Spirituality. I live with the knowledge that Love is the undercurrent of all human life. I believe in Unity of Faiths, Unity in diversity and try and live my life with unity in thought, word and deed. Helping others to lead a life of practical spirituality that will give peace of mind is my passion and life purpose.
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