Be The Peace You Want

“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.” ~ Wayne Dyer

We may not be able to control what awaits us when we cross the bridge, but what we do with what we find is entirely our choice.

We may not be able to control what awaits us when we cross the bridge, but what we do with what we find is entirely our choice.

This week has been one of unrest. The media is pointing fingers. Society at large blames politics, religion, race, or anyone but themselves. It’s not a pretty sight and it’s not a good feeling. Many factors add up to a certain point in time, but ultimately we make choices. Casting blame, making excuses, nor stating opinions changes anything. Be the change you want to see in the world. One person might not change the entire world; but if you are the change you want it can start with you.

We are each responsible for our actions or inaction. We daily make choices to hurt or heal. Accountability starts with me and you.

Personally, I’m going to concentrate on maintaining my own inner peace amongst the chaos and negativity.

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Finding Your Groove

“The state of self-realization, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and which you always have been.” — Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Do you ever find yourself so absorbed in something you lose track of time? It’s as if the rest of the world has disappeared and you are one with your focus. We do this with work and play. Even daydreaming. Creativity draws us in and swallows us. We lose ourselves within ourselves when we tap into the flow. Whether we are singing, painting, playing music, or writing we reach a part of ourselves we know by instinct to be truth. While in the zone, no one can touch us.

When fixated on art, we enter a realm of collective separateness. We are uniquely touched whether we are the creator or the inspired, and at the same time we share the holiness of the experience with those likewise heartened.

Have you ever watched someone perform/share his gift? He transforms into the gift. As a witness you are a recipient of the gift.  It is one of the most beautiful moments I’ve witnessed. What a beautiful and magical moment to see someone living out his destiny.

If you listen intently while someone is speaking of his passion, you will hear the life in his voice and feel the love in his vibration. You know that person was born to teach, create, perform surgery, or whatever. They move with a rhythm that makes you want to dance with them.  Above all you remember them long after your encounter.

I have met many such people as entertainers like musicians and storytellers. I know chefs, business owners, doctors, and teachers who live their dreams.

Have you ever met such a person? How was your life affected?

Where do you lose yourself? Between the lines you write? Within the words of your song? The strokes of your paintbrush? Amid the stitches of fiber? When your hands are digging in the dirt? Funny isn’t it that it streams from your heart to your fingers and then to the world? Have you found your groove? Tell me your story.

On Death and Rebirth

“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.” ― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

We die and rebirth aspects of ourselves time again as we discover our true selves. We let go of conditioned beliefs as we begin to think for ourselves. People leave our lives and new ones enter throughout the seasons of a lifetime. Our experiences bring wisdom to our souls. There is a peace about us when we learn to accept what we once didn’t.  When we love ourselves, we see the beauty of life and find joy in the simple state of being. At stages of our lives we take things for granted, and later have a great appreciation for them. I experienced one of these moments this past weekend.

I was sitting on my mother’s porch (out in the country) early in the morning drinking a cup of coffee. While it seemed the world was sleeping, people that is, life around me was in full swing. Cardinals and blue jays were singing and the squirrels were rustling about the oaks, cedars, and maples. I could hear the train keening over the mountain. Once the echo disappeared in the distance I heard something I’d never heard from my position. The gurgle from the small creek below the property played like a lullaby upon my soul. I spent much of my youth perched upon the bank or rocks in the creek writing poetry while listening to that very sound. It was such a joy to hear this at the house. I wonder if I could hear the flow of the creek because the water was up from recent downfalls or because I was quiet enough within to listen. My point about death and rebirth within ourselves is many years ago my mind was filled with chatter. This morning meditation filled my heart with love and set my day with graceful intention, a balance I welcome.

Tell me your story of a newfound appreciation.

Instant Gratification or Fulfillment?

It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit ~Denis Waitley

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I’ve been thinking lately. Dangerous territory, huh? How often do I choose instant gratification instead of long-term fulfillment? In reflection I see I do it much less than in my past. I used to chase happiness while thinking things would fill that void. I now know those type of jollies are fleeting. Today I am happy in simply being. Finding contentment in nature and connection with others may seem simple, but love, peace, compassion, and abiding joy soothe souls. That to me is long term fulfillment.

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It is of little significance how I get where I’m going or even where I end up. I find what I encounter along the way touches my life in deeper ways.

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Life is budding everywhere. You are flowering as well.

I hope today you encounter simple beauty soothing to your soul.

I hope you take in vast blue sky and stretch of life, whether lush and green or concrete and steel, and know this is where you are supposed to be at this minute.

I hope you hear the robins sing and crickets chirp.

I hope you smell the sweet fragrance of spring hyacinths.

I hope you feel the silkiness of flower petals upon your skin or the soft bristle of a fallen feather. I hope you experience a gentle breeze that fills your lungs with life.

Wherever your journey takes you today, I hope you taste the sweetness of life.

Within the heartbeats around you, I hope today your life speaks to you.

I ask you…Instant gratification or long-term fulfillment?

Amidst Treasure

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in the magic will never find it!” — Roald Dahl

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There are times we seem to be stuck in a rut. We forget how precious life is. We take people for granted. We lack appreciation for all we have and are able to do. Lately, I’ve been absent from my blog, but I’ve been totally present in life.

These days I am doing little writing. I am busy traveling to visit with loved ones. I’m exploring the neighborhood and beyond, taking in the colors and scents of spring…my spirit is enjoying this, but my allergies disagree, ha! Still taking some photos with my new camera, but not getting any better with post processing, probably because that part of photography is too much like work rather than fun. I’ve made some quilts. I’ve gone on a few outings with friends. Surprisingly enough, I’ve actually been to gatherings AND have lots of fun! (Of course, I did have to go home and have some down time afterward…)

I suppose it sounds like I am indeed in a rut, not doing many new things. When I do things with new eyes or refreshed enthusiasm I find many gems along the way.

Here’s wishing you the opportunity to get out and enjoy this lovely spring day. I hope your spirit is refreshed and your allergies not irritated. And remember when you’re just enjoying yourself and not looking for treasure you’re most likely to find it. Tell me what you’ve been up to.