One thing that I’ve always wanted to do is learn to dance. My son Tom’s upcoming wedding inspired me to me to book a lesson. Jack wasn’t feeling well that day, so instead of trying to talk him into it (or cancel the lesson) I decided to go alone …he was secretly relieved that he didn’t have to go…and I had a great time!
My friend Katy died a few weeks ago. Even though I hadn’t seen her in many years, I never considered that I wouldn’t be able to. This has made me ask myself, over and over, the questions, “What is really important now? How can I be fully in my life right here and right now?” When I got home from her memorial service, I contacted another old friend who I hadn’t seen in many years and we are meeting half-way for lunch today.
Katy influenced my life when she was here. She was a woman who didn’t put off living until all of her ducks were in a row. Maybe she intuitively knew that this was never going to happen. She is still influencing my life….by making me more aware of the preciousness of Now.
“In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do, now that it has happened.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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I have been getting a strong message lately that I need to slow down mentally, and step into more and more relaxation in everything that I do. There is a lot of energy “in the air” right now and many people are feeling it, including me. The other day, I was sautéing onions in a rather unpeaceful state of mind. I didn’t catch myself until I “tasted” one of the hot onions and burned my lip. The little burn sort of snapped me back into myself, and I realized that I had been pondering a situation in my life that I didn’t like.
When I am rushing around, feeling “all worked up”, it just reveals to me that in the moment, I have forgotten who I really am, and think that I am alone “out here”, afraid and struggling to make my life work well. This internal struggle will manifest in my outer world as unpleasant circumstances. James Allen said that circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him. We are much vaster beings than we realize. We are all “points of God consciousness”: deeply spiritual beings with the power to create.
Maybe we should join minds for the weekend and make a pact, to keep focused on the good things in our lives and to refuse to worry, just for a couple of days,… to give our over-worked brains a break, and to let the peace and calm of who we really are, bubble to the surface.
“You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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