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Archive for the ‘Finding Your Center’ Category

Serenity

I recently came across this analogy from Zen which says that ‘trying to find serenity in a chaotic world is like trying to catch a river in a bucket.’

I am still (over a week later) ruminating on this. I feel I see the obvious. I know from personal experience that staying centered, grounded and serene is like the ebb and flow of the tides. When the tide is in I am in the zone. Staying in my inner peace place is easy, daily prayer and meditation are effortless. Then the tide goes out. I am aghast at how easy it is to slip out of my daily routine. But it is not just about the timing of my daily excersise. There is also a qualitative aspect.

When I am not expending great effort ‘…to catch the river in a bucket’, I feel so connected to the Holy Spirit. I believe I understand the cyclic nature of this process, yet rather than total surrender, I still find myself looking for a bucket for my trip to the river.

Vision

This wonderful quote is from The Original Angel Cards Book. It is so beautifully relevant to the process that I wanted to share it with you.

“Look at the world with soul sight. Use your imagination, inner sense,and peripheral promptings to see the bigger picture and shape the future you desire.”

Magic

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” Goethe

This is an outstanding definition of ‘magic’ and a perfect meditation for the coming week.

Your Energy Budget

I recently came across this quote from Duke Ellington, “I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.”

This is a good example and great inspiration for re-directing the negative energy that we all feel and experience at times. We do have a choice. We can choose to entertain negative thinking or we can switch gears and re-frame our thinking along more positive paths.

In the quote above Mr. Ellington didn’t try to push his pout away or try to force himself to get over it. Instead, he used the creative, energetic process to give voice to his negative feelings thereby transforming them into a beautiful, powerful expression of feeling. He used his energy in a positive rather than negative manner.

Daily Bread

One of the books I am currently reading is Entering the Castle by Carolyn Myss.  One short sentence is having an enormous impact:

‘Intention without discipline is useless.’

In my personal struggle to secure my daily bread, incorporating the spiritual component has precedence for me.  Yet, the daily demands of the mundane clatter ceaselessly for my attention.  Discipline is the heart of my effort.  Discipline is a word that for me means can’t; can’t have, can’t do, can’t become, can’t, can’t, can’t.  The favorite chant of my negative chatter-box. 

As part of my personal growth work,  I am focusing on countering that definition of discipline.  So following definitions (discipline as teaching; teaching as guidance; guidance as nurturing) I am now working to change the negative impact of discipline to a positive, supportive self-nurturing.

My intention is to grow in spirit, to mature wisely, to live a disciplined life.  I am having great success in some places and not so great in others.  And discipline is becoming the well-worn path of self-nurturing as I seek my daily bread.

Spring

Seasonal change is upon us. Spring brings renewal. As we prepare for spring-cleaning and yard sprucing, I invite you to look into ‘spring-cleaning’ your mind and renewing your spirit at this most sacred time of year.

Take a day. Honor the gift of life in all it’s myriad forms and all it’s magical beauty.

Active Spirituality

I recently read an excellent article in Spirituality & Health by Thomas Moore in which he stated what is to me a basic spiritual truth.  It is not what you believe that reflects your spirituality, but rather, “…the way you live.”

Japan

There are many times in life that we are left feeling helpless.  Certainly the situation in Japan is one of those fateful moments.  Yet, we are not powerless.  Beyond the rescue efforts in myriad forms, there is the power of prayer.  I invite you to prayers of comfort and healing for our fellow man.

From the Sanskrit

This quote  from a book I read yesterday really stuck with me and I wanted to share it with you: 

“Look to this day!  For it is life,  the very life of life… For yesterday is already a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision;  But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Pussywillow  by Mama San Ra-Ab Rampa

Seize The Day

As we stealthily move into 2011, I invite you to seize everyday however it comes to you.  Everyday presenting the opportunity to put your best foot forward.