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It’s been an interesting few weeks. I’ve been challenged with children’s health issues, financial balancing acts, differing opinions between family members, working the entire time and keeping my famous Pollyanna perspective. I do think I fell down on the staying upbeat job just a bit here and there on the way through it all. Yesterday I made it out to the prairie to walk in the brisk 25 degree air before starting the work day and found my spirit lifting with each step.

Armed with my iPod and ear buds, step by meditative step, I turned inward while enjoying the outward surroundings. Turning round’ the bend away from the prairie into the grove of trees, I realized I needed this. It is absolutely necessary to be outside at some point during the day to connect with nature’s peace and beauty. No cell phone, no computer, no people, just quiet and time to blend with spiritual essence, remembering all is One.

Breathing in, breathing out, centered prayer, just peacefilled time. I forget the peace sometimes, I move away from it and inevitably end up standing in the midst of a Pandora’s box kinda’ day wondering how in the world did I get here? Nature brings me back to Spirit’s promise, the promise of hope, positive change and knowing I am never alone.

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Holy One, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Holy One, and I will change your lot…” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

Nature and Spirit’s Promise

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During meditation thoughts of family, work, friends and activities drift across minds inner landscape, a constant flow. I find I can now move through the flow. It’s like wading across a river to the other side. There on the river bank lies a cushion of peace-filled silence. It’s taken years of practice to move across the stream. Living and working in the physical, I am immersed in activity. Providing for others, caring for my home, pets, working full-time during the day, doing readings in the evenings, there seems little or no opportunity to step away. That autopilot wants to take over with no focus toward peace or self-nurturing.

What have I done? I’ve made sitting a priority by practicing meditation in the morning, grabbing five-minute pockets of time throughout the day, spending ten minutes centering when I get home and meditating in the evening from twenty to sixty minutes. I’m in my element. Dear reader, despite how busy you are, do it. Find the time. Start with sitting just a few minutes a day. It can be hard at first. Putting thought aside to reach that place of peace takes practice.

Once this becomes habit, there will be a heightened awareness, you’ll begin to listen more to instinct, you’ll see signs you’ve longed to see. Occasionally during meditations you may find answers sitting right there with you. Practice, practice, practice. Sitting quietly enriches living in the physical world. Reaching that riverbank takes you deeper toward understanding self and touching Spirit within. We are more than this…

“Our soul, where we are most deeply connected with God, is simply a wordless place of simply knowing what we know. It holds waves of feeling, insight and wisdom, beckoning us to dive into the mystery of the intuitive…The Beloved invites us to enter these soul-waters and surrender to the unconditional Love that supports and sustains us. There the voices of our deep, intuitive knowing will provide us with all we need to continue our journey.” ~ Doris Klein

Wading the River

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I love this Anais Nin quote. It holds a message for us all, to move away from “shallow living” into meaningful moments, minutes, hours, days, years…to move into more meaningful lives.

Reach out for your sons and daughters. Hug them, tell a lame joke, walk with them, enjoy their stories and laughter, watch a favorite cartoon, let them share the video games you don’t understand but they’re expert at, go to a sporting event, play mini golf, go bowling…share your time deeply.

Look into the eyes of your significant other when they’re talking, listen to the words they’re speaking, touch, fingers to fingers, remember what brought you to be sitting there in the first place, share the story again and how it felt, reminisce…connect deeply.

Show interest, become involved in hearing your friends and colleagues, spend time in dialogue, discussing, debating, laughing, loving, dance with them, sit for tea or coffee, have a beer, take a walk, be there now…hear deeply.

Walk prairie trails, run fingers across tall grasses, reach out for the Black-Eyed Susans and Queen Anne’s lace, hug a tree face to bark, sit on a bench with toes digging into blades of grass or by the creek, dip your feet…feel deeply.

Observe the cities, people walking and chatting, tall buildings, taxis, buses, hustle bustle, whistles, couriers, trains and planes, lakeside runners, sailboats and ferris wheels…see deeply.

Become a mermaid. We are more than this…

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Leave the Shallows

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by Christopher Vacher

 

Honor the joy surrounding you. This week I’ve talked about mindfulness and recognizing the sacred moments, taking time to sit quietly, to recognize the divine in those around you. Today let’s remember to in-joy! To bring the happiness that surrounds you, those joy-filled experiences with your spouse or partner, family member or friend, work colleagues, even pets, bring that love and laughter to the inner self. 

“I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings, my soul clings close to you…” Psalm 63:7-8 

Reflect on the week. Were there any experiences in particular that stand out as being joy-filled? Who was it with? What were you doing that brought happiness and reduced stress? How can you bring more of these experiences into your personal life? Work environment? Fall in love with life and living by bringing all of the Spirit gifted moments and those earth angels to the forefront, letting the undesirable fall away. We are more than this…

 Finding God in Everyday Moments

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” ~ Pedro Arrupe, SJ”

Honor the Joy

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Torso 11 “Hong Kong” by Naoka Tosa 2012

 

Last Sunday morning, I entered into meditation with a specific intent…wanting to know more about what it means to have free will? Are the choices we make really our decisions? Or is what we experience predetermined? I know with certainty that we are physical representations of Spirit Collective manifesting as individual selves. I know we collaborate in the spiritual realm by working together, sharing and planning what we will experience as human. So, I am left with this nagging question, “What is it we choose living as physical beings on our life path if we are making decisions on another level about what to experience?”

After moving into quiet silence to sit with my question, the meditation unfolded.  Immediately I was shown images of a body clothed head to toe in a patchwork of experiences and words, living snapshots of life. The patchwork appeared to make up physical self. I interpreted this image as representative of our liberty to choose experiences and the words impacting us as we walk the path born into.

Another image quickly followed, garments of flowing colors representing underlying character draped over hangers.  There were several of us browsing the many-colored themes, hues of blue, orange, yellows, and more, flowing energies of color that we wear. Having performed hundreds of aura readings over the years, I’ve recognized that we carry underlying color themes. For instance healers most often walk with hues of green, which indicate a natural healer. Sitting in the presence of a green-themed person can be a very restful, peaceful, healing experience.

A client I work with consistently emanates an underlying turquoise aura, which indicates a dynamic, highly energized personality, who easily influences other people. Individuals with a turquoise theme are multitaskers and good organizers. They have a tendency to feel bored when forced to concentrate on one thing. This completely fits the client I was reading. She is outgoing and charismatic with a strong work ethic, works in a position where it is necessary to jump from one task to the next and absolutely detests paperwork.

Despite theses meditative images, the question still nags at me. I’ve interpreted the images to mean that we are born into a circumstance with an underlying color theme and the ability to choose from a myriad of experiences as we move through life, experiences which then form memories and words that shape who we are at any given moment. Understanding free will and choice remains puzzling. I want to know more. What choices are we born with? How much freedom do we have in shaping our lives? What is predetermined, if anything?

When on this kind of quest I don’t stop until there is complete clarity and I can share information with others confidently. I’ve asked for continued mentoring and teaching in both the dream as well as meditative states regarding free will living in the physical world. I know the knowledge will come. So stay connected dear reader, we are more than this…

“We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing on two speeding side by-side horses — one foot is on the horse called ‘fate,’ the other on the horse called ‘free will.’ And the question you have to ask every day is–which horse is which? Which horse do I need to stop worrying about because it’s not under my control, and which do I need to steer with concentrated effort?”
―    Elizabeth Gilbert,   Eat, Pray, Love

On a Free-Will Quest