Greetings and salutations fellow traveler on this journey towards happiness!
Are you familiar with the myth of the Phoenix?
According to rumors, the Phoenix was a mythical bird which made its home in ancient Arabia. Every five hundred years the Phoenix would explode in a furious blaze, seemingly destroying itself and leaving only ashes. The Phoenix had a colorful plumage and tail with colors like scarlet, gold, green, purple and blue.
Plenty of stories on the mythical Phoenix differ but one notion remains the same and is especially pertinent to today’s search for happiness: in all versions the Phoenix had the ability to resurrect. The cyclical process of death and life is captured perfectly in this tale.
High atop the Kaf Mountain the Phoenix made it’s home conveniently adjacent to the Seven Valleys. The Seven Valleys were named after elements of human life and interaction : Absence, Surprise, Oneness, Exception, Skill, Love, and Wish.
The story goes that the Phoenix survived three separate endings of the world in it’s time. The long life of the Phoenix ensured that it had the most complete knowledge of the world and it’s inhabitants. People believed that its tears and wings with one touch were therapeutic.
Many civilizations have different names for the Phoenix: China calls this mighty flaming bird “Rokh.” Arabic peoples called it by the name “Anka.” The Persians referred to the Phoenix as “Simurg.” Turkish folk commonly called it “Tugrul.”
In addition to the previous “Phoenix Phacts” the mythical bird was said to never, ever touch the ground in it’s entire life. Nor water did it place its flaming feet.
“To rise like a phoenix from the ashes. ”
Does that stir something in you to read that? It should! You too can rise from the ashes of mistakes, missteps and any negativity that has come into your life.
Today’s Meditation Challenge : focus on the phoenix and take time to ponder how humans, despite different cultures and time periods, have always looked to the story of this mythical bird as a source of strength in tough times.
And, as always, safe travels on your path to happiness.