Ten Bulls 5. Taming the Bull

5. Taming the Bull

Taming is done gently, firmly, consistently.

Never give up on the bull! Hold the rope!

This is how we keep growing in (thoughtless) awareness. Grace is in the struggle.

In time, the bull starts to follow the herdsman. As awareness persists, respect grows.

The herdsman no longer looks at the bull as he holds the rope.

Self-consciousness and consciousness are uniting.

Still the bull can struggle: stubbornness, wildness, deception.

Yet slowly, very slowly, the bull grows humble.

Say your mantra in the struggle. Keep going, persevere, remain faithful: one foot.

Practice good works. Attend to daily kindnesses: the other foot.

The bull is close, and now we see its scars: some new, some deep, some old. Long has the bull struggled.

Compassion grows. We see the bull with Divine eyes.

In time we see that the bull has emerged from the heart, the centre of consciousness.

The bellowing, the snorting eases. The bull is knowing true love.

We are losing egoism and finding heart.

As awareness, we love the bull.

‘For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.’ (Mathew 16:25)

About Andrew

I am journeying through life practicing a Christian spirituality. I am also an Oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation. View all posts by Andrew

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