Peace Is SO Worth It

The longer I live and practice meditation the more convinced I am that it is the most sure path to Divine Love, Peace, and those are the essence of Enlightenment.

Most of you are familiar with this outer from Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken:”

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by.

And that road has made all the difference.

The practice (remember that practicing is doing something faithfully and consistently until it becomes natural to you) of meditation is one of the roads less traveled. It requires a change in one’s daily routine as well as the insight and willingness to retrain the mind. I find thinking in terms of being consistent, rather than telling myself to “get it right,” allows my Soul to invite me to sit in silence regularly.  As my practice becomes more consistent, the benefits flow more regularly and clearly,

For example, meditation supports my spiritual path of non-judgement. It encourages my heart and mind to see that others are like me: spiritual beings figuring out how to be human. The reading I am drawn to more and more guides me into higher understanding of truths I have known for decades. I also encounter beautiful thoughts and phrases that carry me through the challenges of human life.

One of the core teachings concerning creating a successful life is to become aware of where I put my attention in any given situation. As a result, I became aware that, in the past, I used to take the role of a victim when I was hurting. If only that other person had taken better care of me, been kinder, etc. My years of Hatha yoga and meditation helped me be more honest about my responsibility in almost every situation.

This morning I read a verse in the Dhammapada that made my heart open. It is a verse intended to bring awareness to what I can be doing, not an invitation to turn judgement inward….assessment rather than judgement is the key. I realized that focusing more deeply on the meditation side of yoga has internalized a key truth and that I am beginning to truly live it!

Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do. (Verse 50)

The result? PEACE of mind and body as well as the deepest awareness of Divine Love that I have ever known. 🙏🏻📿

Oh yes, dear hearts, that PEACE that passeth understanding is SO worth every ounce of effort, every moment I have taken a seat to be still. Please don’t give up. You deserve to live in peace. 💫💖

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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!

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!!