From page 174 of Deepak Chopra’s book The 13th Disciple:
Every life contains moments when a person sees beyond the illusion. The secret is to pay attention, because once the moment is gone, so is its power to change you. You must be open and alert to signals from your true self.
I sit in my bentwood rocker each morning. I love my rocking chair. It is rattan, made in Taiwan. It came back with me from Guam about 30 years ago. It welcomes me every morning as I settle in with a cup of coffee, inspirational reading, and a time of quiet to form my intention for the day.
This morning I am aware of the stark polarities in my world. Peace/War. Compassion/Understanding. Acceptance/Rejection. Love/Indifference. Hope/Fear.
I breathe into this moment and know that Love is. God is.
And because God is Love and both are indefinable, I am alert, aware, open, seeing, listening, receiving, trusting, be-ing.
What else makes any sense at all. The Divine simply Is. Knowing that, I simply am present in this moment being all that I am, resting in that awareness. It has to be enough because this moment is all there is, all I have. It is everything.
In the final pages of his book titled The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra comments:
We are travelers on a cosmic journey – stardust swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, once said,
This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, rushing by like a torrent down a steep mountain.
We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worth while.
This touches my heart and soul. May you feel the beauty of his words and may your heart be light 💫💖
Happiness, so often sought after or artificially stimulated, depends upon external circumstances and is fleeting.
Joy brings contentment even when circumstances are not ideal. Once true joy is experienced from within, happiness in any given moment is fun, especially when shared with others. There is, however, no longer the need to force or generate happiness because I know it’s very nature is to come and go.
Joy is lasting and abides because it is based on knowing the Truth of Who I Am.
Peace, dear ones.
My awareness is poised in the creativity of the present moment.
I open my blog this morning and I still have no words… No words for this recent school shooting. I grieve. I pray for families, friends, teachers, the community, all of us,
Is it wearing you down? Are you discouraged? I get it.
I have no magic answers. I do know there are an astounding number loving, compassionate, beautiful people in this world. There are discoveries being made that bring science and spirituality together. There are people growing in love and compassion every moment of every day because they are developing a personal spiritual practice. They come together to meditate and pray. They sit alone in the silence to meditate and pray. More than you might realize. On the Meditation program I alone use, called Insight Timer, hundreds of thousands of people meditate every day, some meditate more than once a day.
You will not read about us on your news feed or hear about us on television but we are here and we are growing personally and in our numbers. This morning I want to invite you to develop different kinds of news feeds.
My generation gave birth to the hippie movement in the 60s. Do you wonder what we’re doing now? It might be worth finding out. Years ago I met one of my peers at a dinner group who had spent 30 years of his life in a government think tank. He shaved his beard and wore a suit as he contributed to the growth of our country in ways that didn’t sound very government-minded to me. When he retired he grew his beard back, went to Paris and studied art. At the time I met him he was doing a series of dramatic, beautiful paintings to confront our world with the coming epidemic of AIDS. In New Orleans as I worked side-by-side with teenagers from one of our northern states to gut houses that had been underwater, I met a woman who was a journalist and had connections with many from my generation working in the DC area in all different areas of both government and social services.
My point is there are many people working to make our world a better place. What can I do? What can you do? Live where you are. Turn Within. Nurture your soul through meditation, prayer, community. Community can be at church, neighborhood, family, volunteer work, whatever brings you interaction with others of like-minded purpose.
Live in peace within your own soul. Live in peace and offer love and compassion to everyone you meet. Choose love for yourself and others over fear and anger. Be what you want our world to be.
I have a rattan rocking chair in my bedroom. I just sat down with a cup of coffee to begin my morning quiet time & meditation. All of you who read my blog come to mind as I settle into the moment.
When I think of you, whether I know you or not, I am blessed. This morning I want to send you a blessing in return:
Dear hearts, may your day unfold in peace and ease. May your heart be light as you remind yourself that you are Divinely and Eternally loved. May your need for peace, joy, healing, hope be met. May you be a blessing to those you meet in the course of your day. May you be the one who smiles first for you are Love and Light manifesting in human form.
Aum shanti, Peace.