Mindful Speaking

One of the sweetest and most powerful gifts of compassion is mindful speech. It must be preceded by mindful listening of course. I find that it also requires that I hear my own thoughts and my own inner voice. How am I speaking to myself? Do I listen to my own pain? Do I speak gently to myself, even when I need to call myself to higher ground? If not, how will I ever give this to another? When someone is talking, am I listening or am I planning what I will say when it is my turn?

We all need to be seen, heard, spoken to, and loved. What we put in, comes out. In other words, what I am seeing, hearing, saying to, and loving in myself will express itself in how I see, hear, speak to, and love others. We’ve heard this all of our lives in one form or another: karma, you reap what you sow, etc. However, have we understood that it begins with what we give to ourselves or have we believed that it is based on what we give others so that they (or someone) will give us what we need?

Tend the inner garden and you will have little work to do “out there” because you will bear ripe, luscious fruit of the soul to share freely and easily with others.

I love this! And most of this at the end I have never said or heard myself (quite like this) before!

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The Karmic Journey of Life

This is where I find myself in my journey:

When presented with my own limitations, like old habits of circular thinking or thoughts of never getting it quite right, I go into my Soul’s peace, love, and rest. I accept myself and I love myself where I am today. This frees me to do the same toward others. I can love them and let them move through their karmic journey just as I am moving through mine.

I am beginning to see karma as a very positive process; it is bringing my consciousness to the levels necessary to fulfill the reason for being, i.e. To manifest my spirituality, the Divine Light and Love that I Am, while in human form.

It is a process. My intention is to be aware and present in it. It is not always comfortable but it is always beneficial to be present and aware. I am all that I am and that is all that I can be in any given moment.

Love is. Namaste.

Speak Your Truth

How?

First, you must know Your Truth. Truth transcends opinion. It is not about religion or politics or ideology.

Truth is Who I Am on the most fundamental level. My personal truth is that I Am a spiritual being who is currently having a human experience. My purpose is to discover on every level of awareness the Divine Love and Light that I Am and then to manifest that Divine Love and Light while in human form.

One of the nuances of this discovery and purpose is that it guides me in how to speak my truth. My practice is to speak my truth with love and compassion toward myself and others. Love and compassion toward myself requires me to set reasonable boundaries with others – boundaries that express self-respect on my part and that ask them to respect me. Love and compassion toward others requires me to communicate my boundaries gently and clearly rather than in a way that amounts to controlling their behavior. I can only ask that my boundaries be respected. Love does not force. Hopefully, trust develops as well as friendship, etc.

I cannot always have what I want; there may be a loved one that I long to invite into my inner circle but who does not respect and honor me. I will always love that person even though our relationship will be more distant, more on the surface that I would prefer. Love still prevails but with wisdom and self-respect. I respect myself enough to accept the current reality. I respect the other person enough to not force change, to not demand that they be someone they are not.

Know and Speak Your Truth with Love and Compassion for Yourself and Others. This may be the deepest experience of your spiritual journey, beloved.

Spiritual Simplicity

There is more space than substance in the physical body.

The Divine Essence occupies that space – even the space within each atom.

The breath is the bridge that connects and unifies body, mind, emotions, and spirit or soul.

The Divine is expressed in the flow of breath…the breath of Life.

To breathe gently, fully, deeply, consciously is to experience Oneness with the Divine Essence that occupies the space within the body, mind, and emotions.

The breath is the river of Divine Essence that leads to the seat of the Soul where love, peace, and joy abide.

Now, Breathe.

Longevitiy

I had a conversation recently with an enlightened soul sister. She made a comment that reminded me of things I read years ago about people living several hundred years. Yesterday I had a three hour coffee break with an enlightened soul brother and the topic of how long we live came up again. When something surfaces more than once in a short amount of time, I begin to pay attention. Spirit is calling my awareness to something important.

As I walked home yesterday, I acknowledged that my own life span and expectancy had been on my mind quite a lot this past year. In January I will mark the completion of my 70th year in this body and this personality. I have been experiencing this thing called time and our current belief system about life spans. My mother made her transition at age 76 (She lived much longer than either of her parents. Her mother died when she was 6 months old and her father when she was 6 years old). My father made his transition one month after his 89th birthday.

I have been facing the thoughts and feelings of life getting shorter and time running out. It has been uncomfortable. It has also caused me to be more open and honest about my feelings for others. It has caused me to be clearer about my desires and my intentions, more present with myself and those I encounter in any given moment. My mantra when the discomfort arises has become “I am so not done yet!” My life choices are healthier with regard to food, exercise, fresh air, rest, and who I hang out with as I seek a higher level of expression of love, joy, and laughter. I am very grateful for the gifts this experience is bringing me.

In the past two days, a whole new thought came to me:

Stay however long you want.

What??!!                          Stay however long you want.

Are you kidding me? Every time, without exception, in the past year, when the feelings about life span and expectations about that came up in me, my internal response was “I am SO not done yet!” Today I believe that was my own Soul saying there is still much to learn, experience, share and do here. My Soul has been reminding me that I really am not done here and that a shift in awareness, desire, and intention is necessary. My physical choices are good and healthy. My thoughts and emotions are also healthier and more balanced. Now my practice is to align my body and my mind and my emotions with my Soul’s true desire. From now on my intention is to remain here as a healthy, happy and vibrant human being until my Soul’s desires and intentions are fulfilled – and I am open to being here for however long that takes! After all, it is starting to be extremely fun so why go any time soon?!

Wahoo! Another platform just took form in the zipline of my life!!

I LOVE IT AND I LOVE YOU!!

Personal Truth

How would you define the idea of Personal Truth? What do you believe about Truth? Is it the same for everyone? Does it have to be? Is there only one Truth? Where do you even begin to answer?

Our world is manifesting the existence of a variety of “truths” in very dramatic ways. How can a person walk into a room filled with people, young and old, and begin to fire an automatic weapon? That person is empowered by personal truth. How does one person in that same room lay their body down over another in hopes of shielding a stranger from certain death? That person is also empowered by personal truth.

I cannot claim to have all the answers. There are, however, some things I have come to understand through personal experience. My Personal Truth is only truly mine if I have journeyed in and through what I have been taught or told to believe. The courage to question with an open mind and an open heart, fearlessly and without guilt, can only lead to deeper understanding, higher wisdom, and an ever-unfolding path of enlightenment. There is only one truth I am responsible for and that is my own. This process can include intellectual pursuits but I find these necessary mainly to clarify and help me to articulate what I have come to know in ways that transcend the intellect. I simply know something is true because I came to know it as Truth within the very essence of my being. I know that I know.

What I experience on a spiritual level refines, matures, deepens and expands this consistently and without ceasing. Enlightened teachers open my mind and heart to newer levels of understanding and more expansive ways to live and share what I have come to know. Students bring my gifts into the light by asking questions and trusting my guidance. Their seeking stimulates my intuition, my knowing, my wisdom to come forth as I honor their path, their journey to their Personal Truth. And yes, their path may be very similar to mine, our Truths will resonate at high levels, our love and respect will be mutual and still this may not mean that we believe exactly all the same things, concepts, ways.

Personal Truth empowers the believer to walk their path with faith, clarity, strength, and commitment. The Truth that a person embraces as their own can also limit them and create judgement, separation, fear, anger, and destruction. Why is there such a stark difference in truths? Beloved, we live in a world, a dimension governed by duality – magnetic polarity of positive and negative forces hold the material world together, reproductive polarity of female and male recreate the material world in the vast majority of cases, belief systems draw us to the light of love or the darkness of fear. We are taught that there are winners and losers or those who are right and those who are wrong. This illusion we are living is based on these concepts.

Does this have to define me as an individual? Does this have to be my Personal Truth? Of course not! Look how many of us have already expanded beyond these beliefs while still accepting the precepts of this physical existence! Balance, oneness, wholeness do not necessarily require sameness, complete agreement in every detail. There is only one me and there is only one you. Each of us is divinely and wonderfully unique and rare in this moment. Together we are more than we are apart. Aren’t you glad we don’t all look the same and have the same-sounding voices? Not only would that be confusing, it might be quite colorless and boring.

What is my point today? I think it is to get you thinking about what you believe and how you came to believe it. You might even consider the idea that you are not yet finished discovering what you believe and where you can go with what you believe. Keep unfolding, keep expanding, keep becoming more and more the Truth of Who You Are!

Love abounds.