My vacation was postponed until next week, so I’ll see ya back in two weeks!
Today I have a very simple message….one that is ringing through me right in this moment.
That’s it, just openness.
Now take some deep breaths and let that word flow in and through you for a minute.
It’s time for a new day. It’s always time for a new day. You know how it is when you clean out your closet and then go buy some new clothes? You just want something new, perhaps a new look, or new colors, or new expressions.
Well, it’s time to allow an openness to the new in our lives…..because NEW is knocking on our door.
Who are you? What do you like? Who are your friends? How about some new answers to these questions? How about letting go of what you think you know so that you can know more than you’ve ever known?
Okay so we all want to evolve right?
We want to move on from the places and things that are not for our highest good.
We want to leave behind old “programming” that keeps us going around the same mountain.
We want to reach and stretch and live the most joyous lives we can.
One of the first steps in realizing this evolution is a very simple one. So simple in fact I bet we often overlook it and then wonder why we still feel stuck.
Trust has been a theme word for me lately and also with a number of close friends in my life. Hmmm, perhaps the Universe is trying to convey a relevant message.
How many things are going on in your life right now that you would love to have a deep peace about? I mean, like a solid knowing that the details are being worked out, the path is being made clear, and all is well?
Perfect time for a free fall.
Even when life is flowing magnificently there are still life processes evolving.
Even in the very best of experiences being encountered, life still being lived out in an ebb and flow process.
There will never be a time in our human experience when everything is in complete order because that actually isn’t what we are here for…..and quite honestly it would be SO boring, oh my gosh!
Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting which basically means, “I honor the place in you of light, of love, of truth, and of peace.” Or another version which I love as well, “The Divine in me honors and recognizes the Divine in you.”
Imagine for a moment if we greeted everyone with this perspective and posture. What if we actually paused long enough to look at another when we came into their presence and acknowledge their light?
We move through life so quickly. And even when we choose to go more slowly, our patterning is geared to go from one thing to another, and we can easily miss the sacred in the simple.
My birthday was on Earth Day, April 22nd.
I had an amazing birthday celebration that went on for days. It was full of life, joy, laughter, family, and good friends.
And as I reflect back upon all that “went down”, the birthday experience is now full of so many more things than I originally noticed.
As I’ve taken time to “re-live” moments and look carefully at those moments, I am seeing so much more abundance and blessing than I even first experienced or was aware of.
It’s like seeing a photograph of a flower or raindrop really close up in all its vibrancy, color and nuances. It’s astounding what you can see when you take a moment to sit right in the middle of something. Breathtaking. Overwhelming. Exhilarating.
I wonder how much Goodness passes right by us because we aren’t looking for it?
I wonder how much love we miss when we don’t stop long enough to See, with a capital S?
I wonder how many gifts of God never get acknowledged because we zoom through life?
Now I’m sure we see in part and feel gratitude and even get all excited about it. But WHAT IF we could see so much more….and feel so much more of the Good life?
The 18th century Japanese artist, Hokusai, puts it pretty brilliantly:
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” Rumi
I was talking on the phone yesterday with my mother, telling her about an experience I’d had with my boys that day that was pretty “out there” let’s just say. Not your everyday run of the mill teen experience, nor adult one for that matter.
And it was fabulous!
Now for me, today, “alternative” experiences are quite normal and quite wonderful, but there was a long stretch of my life when that was not so.
It was the kind of thing I would not have even discussed in my younger years for fear it was “wrong” or “new age”.
I started laughing with Mom about how rigid I had been in my 20’s and 30’s. Yes, carefree to a certain point, but oh did I know what was right and wrong and did I ever live it with a passion.
I look back and wonder how I ever made it with such certainty about black and white, good and bad, moral and immoral. How did I survive the inflexibility, the stifling box of rules, and the muffling sound of “righteousness”?
So much of what I was so sure about has been turned on it’s head, and I’ve come to see what is truly good, holy and beautiful about life and love.
I’m really excited this week to share with you with my first guest blogger (woots!) and the perfect “Part 2″ to last week’s message on Relating and Love. Lynnivere is an incredible woman who writes with profound insight and fills every post with wisdom, integrity and authenticity. Today’s message speaks deeply to me and teaches me anew how to inquire into the purpose and value of the relationships in my life. I’m so grateful for Lynnivere’s heart and talent. You will be blessed–she’s the real deal!
Mirrors Ala the Ancient Essenes
The ancient Essenes wrote a great deal about inter-personal relationships and what I call “Mirrors of Relationship” as seen in ourselves and others. 7 different mirrors were described that dealt with everything from longing to addictions.
Seeing ourselves clearly is an excellent way to find balance in our lives. How we choose to respond, react and interact with others can be very enlightening. We can learn a great deal about ourselves and solve many of our own internal struggles by understanding our relationship to others. It’s fascinating how those around us mirror who we really are. The insight of what we observe through others can make us realize (real eyes) the truest nature of ourselves.
Peer and see if you can recognize how your life is affected by the 3 most common mirrors.
I’m wondering if there is a university degree called Master of Relating? I have always enjoyed studying and learning about relating and how to have the best relationships possible. I think it’s such a fascinating subject, and one that is in every aspect of our lives. We relate to our co-workers, our pets, ourselves, our God, our spouses, our friends, and even our beliefs.
Over the 46 years of this lifetime, I have experienced incredible love and intimacy in marriage and friendships and in relating with family members and others. And I have also had my fair share of heartache, pain and unhealthy relating. Oh boy yes.
It’s the combination of all of the above that compels and draws me to explore the in’s and out’s of living and loving. How can we be with others with the greatest expression of love and honesty and still be true to ourselves? What awareness will foster health and well-being and unconditional love? What is “normal” anyway?
The following paragraph is from Kim Eng, Eckhart Tolle’s partner and associate. This one paragraph has induced significant changes in the way I view loving and relating with others.
As some of you might know it’s the time of the NCAA College tournaments, called March Madness. Something about that title reminds me of what I don’t want in my life…..madness, craziness, drama, hecticness, and busy-ness.
As we are winding down March and heading into a new month, I thought we could look at what our experience of life has been this month and perhaps set ourselves up to experience something new in April.
Now perhaps you have had a wonderful month of March—I sure have! And I would not say it’s been madness at all, and yet still there is a greater deeper experience I am beholding for April.
I just returned from a week long ski trip with my two teenage sons. If any of you saw my Facebook status you would know it was heavenly! We got there right in the middle of loads of fresh powder so the skiing was supreme.
The name of our resort was Solitude, and that name turned out to so characterize our whole trip.
I’m heading off to the mountains of Utah tomorrow to go skiing with my teenage boys, so I am posting this a day early. I’m so excited to go on this trip…I feel like I’m off to meet a lover or something. For real, it’s like I know I am going to meet someone very dear that has a message and a gift for us. I don’t that this “someone” is a literal person….more like the mountains are the person, waiting to envelop us with God, with Good.
So this has me thinking, isn’t every day like this trip? Could it be? Could I live with the same expectancy of Good each day when I get out of bed? And what if I did? What if I chose to think and feel and imagine with the same zeal and eagerness that I have today in preparation for this trip?
Do you ever wonder what this life is all about? Like do you ever just stop and in a moment wonder? In the middle of doing your grocery shopping, in the middle of the shower, while you are cleaning house, walking your dog, or waking up in the morning?
I certainly do. AND, even though I am pretty darn clear what this life is for, I’m engaging this inquiry in a fresh new way.