Space Within Substance

There is more space than substance in everything that we can see, touch, experience in the physical world. The Divine Presence dwells in those spaces. It is in the space between the breaths that I meet the Divine. Therefore…

Aware of the spaces within the substance of Who I Am, I breathe the Divine.

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When Something Is Taken

Glennon Doyle was one of the speakers on our Alaskan Cruise adventure. A few of her thoughts:

We are here to love and be loved. It is simple but not easy.

A life, role, or identity is not taken from us unless something truer or more real is waiting for us.

Love is a journey. It cannot be rigid. There is no solid ground.

Freedom is turning within to know your own Soul.

Freedom is turning within to answer the question “Who am I”

May your journey today be one of conscious freedom to turn within and discover that you are Divinely and Infinitely loved. You are Love and Light in form. From my sweet Soul to yours, I love you. Namaste.

Another Alaska Story

The next day our cruise ship sailed through Glacier Bay. Things feel timeless there. We decide to find quiet places to experience this wonder-filled place. I am grateful beyond words…my face is less swollen but the virus is raging today. From my journal:

Today I am wounded…..uncomfortable…..face flaming

yet I walk the deck in the cold, 2 miles in 30 mins. Smiling. Feeling life and strength.

yet—somewhere inside is…..sadness, discouragement, deep weariness.

My faces though much less swollen is so red! Almost raw looking.

I know I must not use the mineral powder to partially disguise it today. I must let my poor skin breathe; it needs the pure, clean air here to heal.

BUT today my resiliency is gone. I feel vulnerable and exposed, as though I must protect others from the sight of me.

I sit now in a barely lit corner of the Crow’s Nest on the Observation Deck. I fought and won as I chose to leave the stateroom for the fourth time today.

I will not deny myself the vastness and grace of this place to avoid being seen.

Around the corner from where I sit, the number of voices increases and I want to leave…

not yet, though tears are just below the surface…..my sadness reflected in the gray of the sky.

My thoughts as I reflected later on what I had written:

This too shall pass in spite of how I feel in this moment.

This experience is preparing me for a new level of awareness, understanding, peace, wisdom, clarity, compassion, love of self and others.

I embrace the suffering of the moment in the hope and expectation of the gift to come❤️

If you are suffering today, my prayers are with you. May you find peace and strength in this present moment, catherine. 💫💖

Alaska in July

July 2017:  I am on an Alaskan cruise with my gracious, loving daughter. It was her gift to me. A few days before I left the cold sore virus emerged on the left side of my upper lip. By the time we met in Seattle it had spread into the crease of my nose and up to the edge of my left eyelid. That side of my face was swollen and tender; the sores harsh and angry-looking. I knew I would return with few pictures that included me! Vanity be damned; Alaska here I come!

My body required more rest than usual yet I was able to participate in everything important to me…like our whale watching excursion! The following are my brief notes from that experience. I hope you can catch the Essence of the experience.

Humpback Whales – a few minor sightings at first and , almost at the end, one huge Humpback gave us its face, its hump, its power and grace.

When the head emerged straight up, the pleated folds of the underside showed white against its skin and I felt chills running through every cell of my body.

Just the, I would not have traded that moment for any other. I felt myself a privileged Soul.

My thoughts later:

Present & Aware in Every Moment

Ease…..Laughter…..Love…..Bliss

I am Enough

A Quote from Gandhi

Don’t let people walk through your mind with dirty feet.

When I heard someone quote him not too long ago, my Inner Voice added “whether they were in your life in the past or have shown up in the present.”

If that person is from your past, a memory is recycling. It is not a current experience but it can become one if you continue to entertain it in the present moment.

If that person has recently entered your life and was unknowingly welcomed by you, it is your choice whether or not that person remains.

I believe this is worth giving thought to….how about you?

Aum Shanti, dear hearts. Transcending Peace.

Freedom

True freedom is found in the ability to face life’s realities and challenges while  embracing the comfort and even pain involved.

True freedom is looking within for strength, wisdom, and guidance rather than looking outside of oneself.

Freedom is knowing True Self, your Soul.

How? The path leading to your Soul is found in the Silence within.  I know many of you think there is no silence within you but it is there for it is the dwelling place of the Soul. Meditations with background music, chanting, or a soft guiding voice are often the starting place for those of us who find only busyness within.  Persevere, dear hearts.  Your path will lead you home to the truth of your Soul. 💫💖