Once upon a time in a peaceful village, a boy found a dove sitting next to his garden tools. It did not move at all so he assumed it must be ill. It was marked though, had a ring around its left leg and looked different from the other village doves. Finer, with stripes running along its sides. If he came too close it brushed up and looked like a furry ball. But it didn’t look scared, not at all.
He threw a few crumbles of his bread at it, but no. Nothing. Not a sound. No movement.
If he would have been as wise as his grandmother who watched the whole scene from her window, he would know that the dove had a message for him.
It showed him how to just sit with whatever presented itself. To be still. To let the world be what it was at the moment and to take a rest from hunger and movement.
Just sit with it.
Let go of impressions, wishes, stories, reactions, travel, wind swirls and threats, real or imagined.
Just sit with it. Whispered grandma from the kitchen.