Astonishment is the proper response to reality.
I didn’t come to planet Earth to please other people. I came here to live out my truth. -Ralph Smart
An old story speaks about a similar problem. A devoted meditator, after years concentrating on a particular mantra, had attained enough insight to begin teaching. The student’s humility was far from perfect, but the teachers at the monastery were not worried.
A few years of successful teaching left the meditator with no thoughts about learning from anyone; but upon hearing about a famous hermit living nearby, the opportunity was too exciting to be passed up.
The hermit lived alone on an island at the middle of a lake, so the meditator hired a man with a boat to row across to the island. The meditator was very respectful of the old hermit. As they shared some tea made with herbs the meditator asked him about his spiritual practice. The old man said he had no spiritual practice, except for a mantra which he repeated all the time to himself. The meditator was pleased: the hermit was using the same mantra he used himself – but when the hermit spoke the mantra aloud, the meditator was horrified!
“What’s wrong?” asked the hermit.
“I don’t know what to say. I’m afraid you’ve wasted your whole life! You are pronouncing the mantra incorrectly!”
“Oh, Dear! That is terrible. How should I say it?”
The meditator gave the correct pronunciation, and the old hermit was very grateful, asking to be left alone so he could get started right away. On the way back across the lake the meditator, now confirmed as an accomplished teacher, was pondering the sad fate of the hermit.
“It’s so fortunate that I came along. At least he will have a little time to practice correctly before he dies.” Just then, the meditator noticed that the boatman was looking quite shocked, and turned to see the hermit standing respectfully on the water, next to the boat.
“Excuse me, please. I hate to bother you, but I’ve forgotten the correct pronunciation again. Would you please repeat it for me?”
“You obviously don’t need it,” stammered the meditator; but the old man persisted in his polite request until the meditator relented and told him again the way he thought the mantra should be pronounced.
The old hermit was saying the mantra very carefully, slowly, over and over, as he walked across the surface of the water back to the island.
Preparation: brew a few cups of coffee. Eye ball about a tbs of cimmanon and a tbs of rosemary. Two tbs of cocoa and a pinch of salt. Measure half cup of cream and three tbs of sugar.
Brewing: combine in a big pot enough water that you can leave the high burner on for at least ten minutes combined with your cinnamon and rosemary. You’re going to want to have a tea ball or even what you can do is sacrifice a bag of tea and place the needle-like rosemary in there. Heat.
Combine cocoa and sugar along with cream and a pinch of salt in a small simmering pot to heat and stir. Brew coffee for enough people who will partake.
Rosemary has anti microbrial properties and should heal a sore throat. In addition it had aantioxidants. The cocoa is combined with coffee because theobromine in cocoa prevents crash in the use of caffeine on the one taking it. Cinnamon has a beautiful aroma so while the water is boiling down you should be hit with a pleasant winerty scent and in addition while taking sugar it lowers the glycemic index of it on the body.
When everything is done your going to want to combine into a tea kettle for reheating so you don’t need to take it all at once and can drink throughout the day. Make sure you pour your cinnamon brew slowly because the cinnamon solids will leave a sludge residue at the bottom (optional: use sticks to prevent having to worry about sludge). Discard rosemary.
Enjoy in colder winter months in between shoveling snow!
I just remembered a long forgotten memory.
Not sure if it’s a memory or a dream.