Live Like The Roar In A Lion's Throat

Pavithra Mehta

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Awakin FeatureDo you live in your days like a forgotten ticket stub in someone's jacket? As if the show were behind you? As if you went out one evening to watch your life, and decided halfway through that it wasn't worth the price of admission.

Other things more interesting stole your attention, even though we've been told and told that all that glitters is not gold, we are so easily seduced by sparkle and the kind of food that fills our mouths but not our stomachs and never our souls.

How we gorge on the insubstantial, and substitute the vibrant, risky, full-bodied occupation of life with a weak-kneed, lukewarm stupor.

Do you live in your days like an unmarked bottle in the back of the fridge? A bottle that has been there so long that no one remembers what's in it. Do you live in your days like a lone sock in the drawer whose match disappeared in the wash weeks or years ago.

Think. Think hard. What shape are you holding and in what container are you held? Those are not questions to be asked or answered lightly.

Live like the roar in the cave of the lion's throat. Live like the mustard seed that is dropped into hot oil -- ready to explode its flavor into everything. Like the wick in a candle. Flickering. Fierce. Alive.

Pavithra Mehta is a poet, award-winning filmmaker and ‚Äčauthor, and ServiceSpace visionary. Her film and book "Infinite Vision," tell the improbable story of a crippled, retired eye surgeon who integrated innovation with empathy, service with business principles, and inner change with outer transformation.

Seed questions for reflection: What does living like the roar in the cave of the lion's throat mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you felt like you were ready to explode your flavor into everything? What helps you be like the wick in a candle -- flickering, fierce, alive?

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    On Jul 31, 2018 Viginia May-Schiros wrote:

    Powerful thoughts here to motivate a willingness to allow transformation to occur. Thanks for helping me to feel brave this morning!


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    On Jul 31, 2018 Smriti wrote:

     Magnificent. I completely resonate with it. What a way to wake up this Tuesday morning 


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    On Jul 31, 2018 Debra Roberts wrote:

     Love this so much. THANK you. Such an elegant tribute and invitation to living on the pulse of life.


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    On Jul 31, 2018 AMITA MISTRY wrote:

    what a powerful passage!!!
    It is awakin itself. Yes, I too do live with tiny stuff on earth. but after reading this, i realised to roar as well. this is so positive communication. Thank you Awakin. 


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    On Jul 31, 2018 Suzanne Toro wrote:

    Magnificent  


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    On Jul 31, 2018 Melissa Nunez Brown wrote:

     Absolutely stunning. Thank you for this. xxx


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    On Jul 30, 2018 Shyam wrote:

     Wonderful piece of article. Jolts you up.


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    On Jul 30, 2018 david doane wrote:

     When expressed, the lion's roar is powerful, heeded, respected, and even feared.  When held in the cave of the lion's throat, there is no roar to be heard.  I'm much more fulfilled when I live like the lion's roar, which means embracing and expressing my real self, rather than keeping me in my cave, unheard and unknown.  When I live like the lion's roar, I explode my flavor into everyting, and I make a difference.  I have done that many times, which is satisfying.  I have also imploded or held me in or toned me down many times which is frustrating and dissatisfying.  What helps me be like the wick in a candle, on fire and alive, is accepting and expressing my self, which sometimes takes courage and usually is rewarding..


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    On Jul 29, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
     I love the different metaphors Pavithra has used in this beautiful and thoughtful poem.To me living like a roar in the cave of the lion's throat is finding your own voice and expressing it and living by it. Your voice becomes you in  all walks of life.It means to be true to oneslf. It means finding your own less traveled path and if needed to walk alone. It means following your own bliss. It means finding your original face. As I was growing up I was inpisred by Mahatma Gandhi finding and walking on his path fierecely, undaunted and learning from his long walks. I remember his response to a question asked by a journalist, " Whaht is your life's message?," His answer was, "My life is my message." Finding your own path is not that easy for most of us. I did not go through fierce struggles as there were not many choices for me to select. When I was studying in a college, I started tutoring highschool students to make my both ends meet. I enjoyed tutoring . I loved helping stud... [View Full Comment]

     I love the different metaphors Pavithra has used in this beautiful and thoughtful poem.To me living like a roar in the cave of the lion's throat is finding your own voice and expressing it and living by it. Your voice becomes you in  all walks of life.It means to be true to oneslf. It means finding your own less traveled path and if needed to walk alone. It means following your own bliss. It means finding your original face. As I was growing up I was inpisred by Mahatma Gandhi finding and walking on his path fierecely, undaunted and learning from his long walks. I remember his response to a question asked by a journalist, " Whaht is your life's message?," His answer was, "My life is my message."

    Finding your own path is not that easy for most of us. I did not go through fierce struggles as there were not many choices for me to select. When I was studying in a college, I started tutoring highschool students to make my both ends meet. I enjoyed tutoring . I loved helping students who needed help. Many of them have remained in contact with me. There were  times I forgot to watch the time, the one hour of tutoring. I found my bliss. And I have been follwowing that path of teaching and serving all my  life.I do not have any regrets about choosing and following my path. I want to live singing my song on my lips until time comes for me to go.

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    On Jul 27, 2018 Rajesh wrote:

    What a beautiful passage! It takes fierce courage to live this way. I specially resonate with the statement "Think. Think hard. What shape are you holding and in what container are you held? Those are not questions to be asked or answered lightly." Indeed, its a lifelong quest to ask and answer this question.


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