What is the difference between contentment and happiness?
It is rather simple: happiness is a response to circumstances outside myself and contentment is a growing or enduring sense of wellbeing and joy within.
I experience happiness when I receive a call from a friend I haven’t spoken with in years or when one of my children or grandchildren gives me a hug or makes me laugh.
I have been growing in contentment for 45 years. Contentment is that state of being I find in the very core of my being. Life can be raging all around me but when I stop for just a moment and turn my awareness within I find peace and tranquility.
Where does it come from? I believe it simply is; it is my natural state of being. The process of “finding” it is really trusting that it is my true nature, learning to experience it, and living from that inner peace rather than letting life bounce me off the walls.
This affirmation came to my mind and heart during a time when I was just beginning to grasp the depth of communion or oneness that the Divine brings to my Soul. I often repeat it silently as I fall asleep or when taking a walk. May it be a blessing for you as well. (Because “God” is indefinable, “All That Is” is one of the ways Native American names for God is translated.)
In the Oneness of All That Is
I Am Whole
In the Wholeness of All That Is
I Am One
You are Love and Light in form. May you be blessed and a blessing as this day unfolds.
No one told me I was Love and Light in Form when I was growing up.
But I Am!
This form, my body, cannot exist apart from the spark of the Divine, my Soul, within. I was taught, very simply, that God is Love. Interesting, don’t you think, that neither “God” nor “Love” can be adequately defined and understood? And yet, we desire both with a passion that drives us. Why? I believe it is because we passionately seek to find the truth of who we truly are.
Sadly, many of us are taught that can only be found outside ourselves, and this Truth, The Truth, can only be found within….because God, Love and Light, manifests in me, and you….because
We are Love and Light in Form
Deepak Chopra, Daily Inspiration 7/08/17, Chopra.com
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there, buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.
Turn within, dear hearts. Your peace, love & compassion dwell there.
Like Life, Enlightenment is a journey rather than the destination.
Do I consider myself an enlightened being? Yes….in certain areas and ways of life, I get it…I have experienced true enlightenment. In other areas, I still don’t quite get it…my journey of enlightenment is not complete. If it were, I would definitely handle some things way better than I do after all of these years.
So I journey on, staying open and receptive to higher learning, higher understanding, deeper wisdom, love, and compassion. I am learning to let the journey be its own fulfillment. To think I have “arrived” is to set myself up for disappointment and a sense of futility. That does not sound like fun to me!
May your journey, and mine, be gentle today. Peace.
As I begin this new day I cannot help but realize how out of sync I felt with myself yesterday. I began the day tired rather than refreshed and still had quite a good morning. By mid-day, however, I was edgy and easily annoyed. When the sun finally set, I counted the last few hours until I could go to bed!
This morning I am reminded of that phrase from the first Star Wars movie: I sense a disturbance in the Force.
Yep, there is a disturbance in the force field of my life, several big ones in fact. My only sibling, my older brother, died unexpectedly recently. Though unexpected, it really wasn’t sudden and he suffered terribly in the process. Since I was born into his world, I have never known the world apart from his presence. And his presence was powerful; his energy easily absorbed the room and everyone in it. I knew energy would shift and I would be making adjustments on every level of my being. I had no idea and still am not fully tuned into what that feels like.
I returned from family services to learn the neighbors are doing a major expansion on their home and the deconstruction started a few days ago. The energy of my home and daily life has changed and will continue to mutate for months to come.
Yesterday, I not only sensed a disturbance in the force, I must have been caught in the whirlpool it created! Knowledge/Awareness is Power so today I hope to ride the waves of transition more competently. As I typed that sentence I had a visual image of my son surfing and then seeing the absolute joy on his face as he emerged from the water carrying his board.
I wonder if the waves of change in my life could be that much fun? Time will tell.
Namaste, dear hearts. Be blessed today. And be a blessing as well.
It’s OK to be OK, even when life is a challenge, even when life hurts…
People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. (Thick Nhat Hanh)
Life is what it is … most often it is people who confuse and perplex me. I can become hurt and angry, hopping mad we used to call it, so I get it. Meanness is something uniquely human and, though I see it and I know it exists, it is something I do not relate to on a personal level.
Currently I am reading Gandhi’s autobiography and the quote below resonates so deeply within my being that I want to share it this morning. Having been on the receiving end of people elevating themselves by demeaning me, I learned at a very young age what it feels like. It is a behavior that mystifies me. The things I have experienced cannot compare to the suffering of those who are treated as “less than” simply because they exist.
May our hearts and minds be open to our own attitudes and behaviors with regard to those we are angry with, those who have hurt us, those we do not understand or agree with, those simply different than us. May we be a force of love, peace, and compassion in a world torn by the differences of its people. May we find ways, no matter how small, to bridge the gaps of misunderstanding so that our differences create a collage of peace rather than a map for turmoil and war. May we spend our energy, time, and money supporting the ways and means that inspire and support us in creating a world that respects and honors its own diversity.
“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”
Excerpt From: M. K. Gandhi & Mahadev Desai. “An Autobiography.” The Floating Press. iBooks.
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This comment was made by Charles Dickens. Wouldn’t he be stunned by the way we communicate today! His comment more meaningful now than it was when he made it:
Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
The only thing I would add to his thought is that this is even more true when there is the need to resolve misunderstanding or conflict. Text message cannot communicate the tone of your voice or the feelings on your face and in your eyes.
Enough said. Blessings of love and light, dear hearts.
The Buddha said:
Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears; there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death.
I am, quite frankly, perplexed by those who demand that life at any cost is a higher, or more desired, outcome than a peaceful death.