Those who experience the unity of life see their own self in all beings and all beings in their own self. – Buddha
Imagine an endless net where in each knot of the infinite mass of intersecting squares, a jewel is sewn. Each pristine jewel reflects all the other jewels in the net, the same method produced when two-way mirrors are placed opposite each other and reflect an image ad infinitum.
In Buddhist teachings this net is referred to as The Net of Indra. Each jewel represents an individual life form, atom, cell or unit of consciousness. Every jewel is intimately connected with all the others and a change in one jewel means a change, however slight, in all the others.
Stephen Mitchell, in his book The Enlightened Mind, wrote: “The Net of Indra is a profound metaphor for the structure of reality.” It reveals what physicists agree to be a powerful illustration of our universe and what Science of Mind often refers to as the interconnectedness of all things. It...
You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.– Rumi
We are all in hospice. From the moment we arrive through the portal of birth, we begin the journey towards another, equally shared portal for our exit.
The origin of the word hospice refers to being either guests or hosts. This world is our host and we are its guests. As guests moving towards that same exit portal, we are free to ‘do life’ with regard to how we think, how we speak and how we choose to treat the billions of other guests who are journeying towards the same destination. Regardless of what kind of guests we choose to be, the world is a non-partisan host whose arrival portal remains open to every soul who enters.
After an evening meditation class, I drove to an area hospice to be with a member of our spiritual community. His crossing through the exit portal was immediate. I placed one hand near his heart and chest as the respiratory fluid shook his body. I sang his favorite congregational song...
You are not the same person you were 365 days ago.
There is cell, blood and tissue regeneration. People have come and gone. Countless miles traveled. Physical adventure and immeasurable displays of emotion. Old beliefs discarded and new ones nurtured.
Some of it conscious, most of it, not so much.
Every one of those “365 day – 24 hour” time-capsules carried equal importance. Day 148? Just as significant as day 241 or 300. So that third Thursday last Spring (the one you can’t remember) was just as beneficial as say New Year’s Day or the anniversary of your sobriety or cancer-in-remission checkup. And that arbitrary Monday last month holds as much significance in your growth as the day you walked across the stage and accepted your diploma or held your newborn for the first time. Every day contributed to where you are in this moment. And if you LIKE where you are at this time, then keep feeding your days with the same fuel of thoughts, words and...
The Latin phrase Carpe Diem (seize the day) was first attributed to a poem written by the famed Roman poet Horace during the reign of Augustus. It gained fresh awareness for many of us by the actor Robin Williams in the 1989 movie Dead
Poets Society. Williams, playing the role of an unconventional English professor, challenges his class of boys to be cognizant of the opportunities that are contained within every moment, “to gather ye rosebuds while you may.” Herding the boys around a trophy case filled with pictures of young athletes of yesteryear, he quips, “These boys are now fertilizing daffodils.” This leads to the moment where he emphatically whispers, “Carpe Diem”
Seize the day. Seize the day.
Gathering our rosebuds while we have the chance – seizing
the opportunities that each day offers is equal parts natural wisdom and mysterious seduction. I would venture to say that anyone reading this understands that in order to achieve a goal you...
It was never true.
All those years focusing on a belief that somehow you couldn’t do it – somehow you weren’t good enough, were years influenced by lies. All those decisions to not attempt a greater endeavor, to not initiate choices that carried passionate momentum due to some alliance you and I formed with futility and helplessness, were decisions rooted in illusion. Yes, regardless of who spoke of your supposed inabilities or how often you were told of them does not change the greater reality that it was all a lie.
The truth is that you are what you think you are. Not what someone else thinks you are, but what you continuously, habitually define yourself to be.
Time and energy spent begrudging family members, former friends or spouses, companies and institutions, teachers, bosses, circumstances and geographical locales is time spent in a misguided and pointless alliance. Blaming people...
Beloved comedienne Gilda Radner frequently joked, “It’s always something.”
So many see and relate to our everyday human existence with perpetual overwhelm. Life seems packed with situations we feel must be overcome. Our existence can be lived in a vibration of low or high panic, invading everyone’s days regardless of socioeconomic status. This is especially evident when we bemoan life solely as an obstacle course of unending challenge. Without a mental reframe about this thing called Life, our narrative devolves into futility and a belief in struggle as the norm.
Gilda was right. It is always something, yet that something can be viewed as possibility or problem. That consistent something can be realized as gifts for growth or accepted as burdens to endure.
Take this quiz.
How many of you are waiting for some specific thing to be over before you allow yourself to feel good or relieved? If so, that something has...