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Are You Growing Like Bamboo?

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Hey, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going

to talk about being patient

with our own growth process.

So are you in a place right now in

your life where you're putting in a

lot of effort, but not necessarily

reaping any perceived rewards?

Have you ever had an experience like

that where you're trying really hard at

something, but not seeing the results?

Maybe your growth is just happening

in a way that you can't yet perceive.

I remember a while back when I

was training in jujitsu, I went

through a period of, of this,

myself, of just feeling stagnant.

And I talked to my teacher, Milton Regis

about this, and he told me a story.

He said, Cory, let me

tell you how bamboo grows.

I was like, okay, I don't

know where this is going.

He says, when you plant bamboo

seeds, in the first five

years, you don't see anything.

Nothing arises just dirt.

And it almost seems like

a dud, nothing happens.

But five years later, seemingly

out of nowhere, the bamboo shoots

up out of the ground, but not just

in the place that you planted.

Ten feet in all directions, multiple

feet beyond that in all directions

and, and shoots up high and large,

very quickly and very strongly.

And now anyone that's ever experienced

what it's like to have bamboo on their

property or ever walked through bamboo,

you know, that can be pervasive.

It's hard to get rid of, very

strong foundation, very strong base.

And what he said is that what's

happening during those five

years is the bamboo is spreading.

It's growing its roots.

It's creating a strong, solid foundation.

And he told me that's what's

happening for you right now.

Although you may not see anything

sprouting from the surface, you

may not be able to perceive the

growth happening, there are things

happening beneath the surface.

You're laying your foundation.

You're strengthening that foundation.

You're growing your roots.

So I offer that to you as well.

You might be putting in a lot of

effort and maybe you feel like a

plant and you're giving yourself a lot

of water, a lot of sunshine, taking

care of yourself, doing the best you

can to try and help yourself grow.

And if you're in this place of not

feeling like anything's happening,

I hope you can be patient.

And I hope you can come back

to the idea of maybe you're

just growing like the bamboo.

And although nothing is sprouting yet

trust that you're planting your roots,

you're spreading wide and deep, and

you're preparing for the great emergence.

Patience takes time.

It's one of the things that

mindfulness practice helps us do.

Trust the process.

Something will sprout eventually.

Thank you for your practice.

I'll talk to you in the

meditation and take care.

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