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...
The secret to having it all is knowing you already do. – Unknown
If the gift of Life is already made, then our part must be to accept, receive, believe in and use it. - Ernest Holmes, “This Thing Called Life”
The four basic quadrants of human existence are considered to be, health, wealth, creative expression and relationships. Imagine these quadrants as ducks floating on the surface of the universal lake called life. What happens internally when you hear you can have all your ducks in a row?
Too often we justify and debate this as wishful thinking. We succumb to a worldly belief that in order to have success in one of these quadrants another area must suffer. In order for me to have a meaningful relationship, I must sacrifice my creative expression. It might drain me financially or take too many hours away from the office to live and act respectively regarding my health.
These ideas are human beliefs not spiritual truth. If my daily thoughts continually support...
The best propaganda is not pamphleteering, but for each one of us to try to live the life we would have the world live. – Gandhi
The saying goes that an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. A path of vengeance only perpetuates continuing retaliation. If I meet discord with more of the same then I am a complement to discord. In the field of psychology, a disruption to this monkey see, monkey do behavior is termed noncomplementary behavior – flipping the script and meeting hostility with non-violence and willing understanding.
One may sense that the majority of today’s behavioral interactions are conditional. Typically, warmth begats only warmth and insult guarantees insult. All we need do is look at our political landscape, racial disparity and religious conflict, to see this laid out with such vindictive regularity. It is a willingness to listen with an intent to understand that disrupts this polarizing intensity.
Threads of noncomplementary behavior...
Adaptability is key. - Marc Andreessen
Early 20th century experiments with parasites on plants found that when infested rose bushes were brought into a room and placed in front of a closed window and allowed to dry out, the parasites, previously wingless, changed to winged insects. After the metamorphosis, the insects left the plants, flew to the window, and then crept upwards on the glass towards slight cracks in the window frame.
Unable to secure nothing more to eat or drink from this now dead source, the tiny insects found that the only method by which they could save themselves from starvation was to grow temporary wings and fly.
The parasites desire changed their molecular structure through mental chemistry.
Mental chemistry was a term popularized by spiritual author Charles Haanel and was defined by him as the science of undergoing the changing of conditions through the operation of the mind.
Haanel indicated that even the lowest order of life makes use of mental...
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...
There is but one temple in this Universe: The Body. We speak to God whenever we lay our hands upon it. - Thomas Carlyle
We can sit in the shade or move into the sunshine. “The Science of Mind” page 411
Imagine a healing temple where only words of love and peace have been expressed since the temple’s inception. The consistency of this has caused a vibration of such potency to emanate throughout its walls that anyone who enters is instantly healed. This elevated energy is so mighty in strength that should any words of discord or imperfection be used at any time they would have no power. This is the ideal illustration of humanity.
We each are like a healing temple with the continuing opportunity to utter only words and think only thoughts of love, peace, life, harmony and perfection. In consistently doing this, our vibration would powerfully reverberate and deflect any conflict or fear. People in the presence of such high vibrational energy would instantaneously...
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. – Gandhi
If we want to be free from suffering, we have to stop inflicting it. If we want love, we have to love, no matter what anybody thinks of us. – Ernest Holmes, Creative Living
The job of a sentinel is to stand and keep watch. Hyper vigilance and keen awareness are not only essential but are part of the sentinel’s duty. No distractions. Stay awake. With this position there is no room for privileged thoughts of abstention and circumventing. You are there to safeguard and protect.
When you professed a belief in oneness and when you recited a pledge about liberty and justice for all, you became a spiritual sentinel.
As a spiritual sentinel you are here to guard the light. You are here to keep watch and protect kindness and offer support to those long denied it. You are to remain indefatigable in the pursuit to honor the huddled masses whose lives have been farmed as resource and to...
Beloved comedienne Gilda Radner frequently joked, “It’s always something.”
So many relate to the 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 the simple act of living regardless of socioeconomic status. This is especially evident when bemoaning how everything feels like an obstacle course of unending challenge. Without a mental reframe about this acquired perception, our personal narrative will only continue to devolve into futility and a belief that constant struggle is normal.
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...