This is the moment of embarking.
All auspicious signs are in place.
In the beginning, all things are hopeful. We prepare ourselves to
start anew. Though we may be intent on the magnificent journey ahead,
all things are contained in this first moment: our optimism, our faith,
our resolution, our innocence.
In order to start, we must make a decision. This decision is a
commitment to daily self-cultivation. We must make a strong connection
to our inner selves. Outside matters are superfluous. Alone and naked,
we negotiate all of life's travails. Therefore, we alone must make
something of ourselves, transforming ourselves into the instruments for
experiencing the deepest spiritual essence of life.
Once we make our decision, all things will come to us. Auspicious
signs are not a superstition, but a confirmation. They are a response.
It is said that if one chooses to pray to a rock with enough devotion,
even that rock will come alive. In the same way, once we choose to
commit ourselves to spiritual practice, even the mountains and valleys
will reverberate to the sound of our purpose.
365 Tao: Daily Meditations