Non-judgement creates silence in your mind.
Non-judgement creates silence in your mind.
Hey there, I know it has been awhile. Playing with grandchildren transcends a lot and is way fun!!
This morning I’ve been thinking about manifesting my dreams. Yes, even at the tender age of 72 1/2 I am still dreaming! Here’s what I’ve had on my mind:
When heartfelt desires
create clear intentions,
the fulfillment of my visions and dreams
can manifest well beyond what
I can envision and dream…
when I surrender the details
to the Divine.
Nisargadatta Maharaj, a sage in Bombay, once said:
Wisdom is knowing I am nothing.
Love is knowing I am everything.
And between the two my life moves.
Words from a song I learned as a child…A song I have sung more times in my life than I could ever count. It comes to mind this morning, July 4, 2018, as I sit in my rocker sipping coffee. I’m thinking about my family’s history here, which began with my grandparents. I’m thinking about my country’s history, which began when people wanting the freedom to be who they were sailed into the unknown and found her shores. Did you know my ancestors from northern Spain were master ship builders? Basque craftsmen designed and built the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria.
Now my mind wanders forward to those new Americans who fought England for their right to rule themselves. Later they fought each other over whether to be united or separate. We still honor those early Americans when we visit the battlefields and museums that remind us of our own history. Our history matters and it deserves our respect now more than ever.
I need to remember this morning that Americans have never agreed about everything. We have, however, found ways to work together and move forward in spite of our differences and disagreements. AND THIS IS IMPORTANT:
It seems to me that our forward movement has usually been about allowing more people the freedom to be who they are.
We have stumbled in this process and made unfair decisions along the way. Can anyone overlook our treatment of Native Americans, survivors of slavery and their descendants, Japanese American citizens….the list goes on does it not? And, yes, it takes too long. Many still fight for truly equal rights like Black Americans, women, same-sex couples, and more.
We are not a perfect nation but we are a nation that does not give up. We fight for human rights – not just our own as individuals – but even the rights of those we don’t really understand or relate to easily. I still shake my head when a news report reminds me that the KKK still exists-what?
So, dear hearts, we aren’t going to agree on everything but we all have the right to be heard. Is your voice being heard? Are you speaking out intelligently and without defaming others? Are you calling your reps in state and national offices? Are you voting? Are you?
God bless us all and may we be free to be.
Namaste everyone! May you be abundantly blessed as this day unfolds. I am sitting in my rocking chair and re-reading the notes I took while studying an online course titled “ Primordial Sound Meditation.” It is an available through the Chopra Center.
Toward the end of the course is an exercise entitled: Empower Yourself
I stopped and did the 5 Minute practice and knew I wanted to share it. A meditation anyone can do that can benefit the practitioner and others. Oh, the power of 5 minutes! Sit where you can see a clock or set a quiet timer if you like. Here it is.
Sit comfortable with your hands resting on your heart. Close your eyes. Slow your breath down so that you can feel yourself breathing and you still feel comfortable.
As you inhale, breathe in Compassion for yourself.
As you exhale, breathe out Compassion for others (it might be one in particular or your family, office, country, etc.)
When you finish, sit quietly for a moment and open your eyes. Notice how you feel and allow gratitude.
Is anyone else as weary as I am of the fighting and squabbling? Do we not live in the United States of America? Do we not elect our leaders?
Are we communicating with those we elect or are we just arguing and demanding that everyone agree with our personal point of view? How is that working out in Washington?
So, I’m asking each of you to take a breath. Then contact those who represent you on the national, state, and local levels. Express your views and vision for your community and our nation without bashing those who think differently than you do. Support them in working as Americans, across party lines to find solutions NOW.
This country has done it before and it can do it now…but we must stop going after each other and start going after reasonable answers instead. Please join me in praying, meditating, seeking wisdom and then living in that wisdom to bring healing to our communities and our nation. And let’s begin by creating healing and peace in our own lives to begin the process.
Thank you, catherine.
From THE DHAMMAPADA, translated by Eknath Easwaran:
As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrow straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shake their minds.
(Ch 6, verse 80 The wisdom of Buddha still leads us today.)
Love and Peace my dear ones.