I love those moments when night becomes day. Watching the sun coming up on the horizon and coloring our world — the sky, the clouds, the water — is, for me, an unmatchable spectacle. I simply adore this quiet time of observation, reflection and introspection.
I was again at the beach this morning– meditating and watching the sunrise. Birds were gliding effortlessly above the water. Fish were jumping. I felt the cool morning air filling my lungs, and I was grateful for it. I felt the breeze on my skin, and as the sun came up, I felt its warmth on my face. Everything was perfect and serene.
As I was standing at the shoreline, suddenly, out of nowhere, this little child, about two years old, came running to me with open arms and a big smile on his face. He was so close and running with such a clear confidence in me, that I didn’t have time to think twice; I instinctively squatted down and took him into my arms. As I stood and lifted him up, he held my cheeks with both hands, looked me in the eyes, and gave me the most beautiful smile.
I was astounded. I turned around to see where his parents were, but didn’t see anyone else. Awkwardly, it was just the two of us.
His head was now moving in all directions. He was clearly in awe with the beauty around him, looking at everything with the wonder of one who is seeing for the first time. He softly rested one arm on my shoulders, around my neck, and with the other hand he pointed at the sun, the clouds, the birds, as if inviting me to look at them too. I accepted his invitation, and immediately we found ourselves together in a place of beauty where distances shortened and time slowed down.
I looked at him again and noticed that he seemed oddly familiar, and suddenly I realized that the one I was holding in my arms was me. I was that beautiful, innocent child. The Universe had brought me as a little one back to meet me now, at this point in time when I am completing sixty one years of journeying on this planet.
I was instantly filled with immense love for this little boy, a love that inundated me in such an overwhelming way that I began to cry. I was in a state of supreme exhilaration, and uncontrollable tears of joy ran down my face.
There I was, experiencing this colossal love for this child, while holding him in my arms. “What can I tell him?” I thought. “He has his whole life ahead of him. I cannot let this opportunity go by without telling him everything that I have learned. There’s so much I know now. I must tell him not to waste time. I must tell him to pursue his dreams and follow his bliss…” While I was in the middle of my thoughts, the child held my cheeks again, looked me in the eyes, and smiled. With that, I was immediately transported to a dimension of calm and peace where, without uttering a word, I heard him say, “Everything is OK. Everything will always be OK. Don’t worry about anything. Just be grateful, and give away the gifts that you were brought here to give. Don’t hold them back. And know that you are loved. I love you.”
In that moment, in the middle of all my sobbing, I felt the weight of the world being lifted from my shoulders, and I knew that I was healed.
In that very moment, I realized who the real teacher was. I smiled, brought his body closer to mine, hugged him with all tenderness of the Universe, and gave thanks.
Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.
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