Saturday, October 29, 2011
I know that there is beauty all around. I also know that there have been times in my life when I failed to appreciate the miracles around me or the beauty that predominates just because I was lost in thought or worse, familiarity. Perhaps that in and of it'self is why the practice of watching one's breath can bring so many benefits. Just letting go of thought and forgetting about the familiar habit of breathing to experience each breath and appreciate it for the miracle that it is.
Today, I will keep it simple and short.
I challenge each of you to notice something that is a constant in your life, forget what you know or think you know and just appreciate, whatever it is, for the blessings or beauty or miracle that this one things is. It does not matter if this is a person, an object, a scene or any tangible item. Just chose one, appreciate it and admire it as if it were new to you. Take a moment and be present with it.
If you dare, take a moment and tell me what happens.
May you experience the miracle that is you!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Life is a ride. The day will come for each of us when we must look inside ourselves and realize that it is not about us.
Ask anyone who has truly lived, they will tell you that the moments of greatest impact in their lives, the moments of greatest joy and love have all occurred when they where focused on doing something greater than themselves. Whether it is a simple act of kindness or being part of some greater cause or assisting someone else to believe in them self or to helping them to see the bigger picture or even helping them take care of their basic needs so that they no longer have all of their attention on poverty of spirit or means. This is when fulfillment happens. When we become what we are created to be.
The greatest gift you can give to anyone is being completely present when you are with them. Presence is a marvelous thing that defies the laws of physics and fulfills the laws of spirit. The more you give it away and share it with others, the more of it you have! The more it grows the more it becomes contagious and blesses all who experience your presence, even if they themselves are not yet ready for it. It's like planting seeds. The seed is now there until the day that they are the fertile ground for it to grow and develop in.
That is the beauty of being on this ride. There is a song that Garth Brooks sings called "The Dance". Some of the lyrics of the song expresses for me how much of an incredible ride this life can be. Being a ride, we cannot know the outcome or where it will lead us, we simply choose to either enjoy it or not. I know which I choose.
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance
This particular song was at the top of the charts when our first daughter was born. She did not stay with us for the whole day before she left. I still have a hard time listening to this song in public. I am sure glad that she came and blessed our lives with her presence, no matter how brief.
Some of the greatest blessings of my life have come from her visit. I began my path to greater awareness of presence and inner peace because of her influence and the not always gentle nudges that life has given me.
I am thankful for every breath! I am grateful to know presence! I love life and could not, not live it having the perspective I do now.
May you live a fabulous day! May you be grateful for all you meet this fine day and may you share this gratitude with someone who needs to feel it.
Grace and love to you,