Buttercup (not taking her eyes off her human)
As I was leaving the post office in Manchester VT yesterday, I noticed the sweetest little face looking at me from the passenger seat of a car parked in the lot. This little dog (dressed in a holiday sweater and snuggled up in a soft dog bed) was sitting in such an alert posture (obviously waiting for its human) that I decided to wait too. After a couple of minutes, an elderly woman came out of the post office, and slowly made her way closer. She had a kind smile, and a serenity about her that welcomed interaction. She wasn’t in a hurry.
She told me that “Buttercup” was a rescue dog from Tennessee, and how this little dog had been such a blessing to her. We talked for about 5 minutes and as people passed us, most seemed to know her….all smiled. This woman had time, and she was spending it well.
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going fast–you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” Eddie Cantor
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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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