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A Life That Matters

Last week I watched Steve Kroschel’s documentary Dying to Have Known which examined the efficacy of the Gerson Therapy in treating cancer. At the end of the informative film Kroschel reads a poem entitled Character Counts. A quick internet search revealed that the poem was from The Josephson Institute of Ethics.

I want to share it with you:

For each of us, it will one day come to an end. 

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will be passed to someone else.

Your fame, your wealth and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or owed.

Your grudges, frustrations and jealousy will finally disappear.

So too your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It will not matter where you came from, or what side of the tracks you lived.

At the end it won’t matter if you are beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?

How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built.

Not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is that every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that empowered enriched or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew but how many will feel a lasting loss when you are gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those that learned to love from you.

A life lived that matters is not of circumstance but of choice.

Every time I see a bumper sticker which proclaims “He who dies with the most toys wins,” I think something similar to the truth that “what matters is not what you have bought, but what you have built.”

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Every time I see a celebrity, unable to control their various addictions, I think “what will matter,” once you are gone, “is not your success but your significance.”

Every time I see some individual or organization preaching hatred, through acts or words, I think when their time comes “it will not matter what they learned but what they taught.”

Every time I read of a person who bilked people out of their pensions so that they might enjoy some type of temporary decadence I think, when your time comes “what will matter is your character” not your skill at working the system.

When I read of humble people whose simple lives have touched millions I think to myself: “there is a person who knew how to live.”

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Whenever I have been asked to speak at a funeral I have always included my belief that the ultimate measure of a person’s success is found through his/her ability to love.

Knowing these beliefs by which I strive to live my life makes it quite obvious why this poem resonated with me. I totally agree with the wisdom which states that “A life lived that matters is not of circumstance but of choice.” These choices are not just the monumental ones in life but the minute by minute decisions which define our daily existence. May all of your choices reflect your values and lead you to a life which is not only peaceful but which lives on in the hearts and minds of those who remain in form long after you are gone.

A Really Simple Secret to Peace

This morning I was preparing some tweets to share on Twitter when I noticed this quote from Paul Ferrini’s book Love Without Conditions: “Let go of the past, and you will have no grievances. It is simple, is it not?”

I thought to myself, “That is the simplest Secret to Peace I have ever heard.”

Nearly all the stress in our lives comes from one of two situations: either we are carrying pain from the past or we are afraid about what is to come in our future.

Of course the past is dead and gone and the future exists only in our imagination, but it can be hard to remember these truths in the midst of a full-blown emotional hi-jacking.

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Ferrini’s advice is a really simple way to tackle one of these situations. Simply let go of anything that has happened in the past which you perceived as having caused you harm.

Whenever I mention this, I always receive a lot of resistance because people hear me saying something I am not. It is important that we extract whatever life has to teach us from every situation we are given. In no way am I saying that we should forget any of life’s lessons. What I am suggesting is that we release our pain; that we free ourselves of the emotional baggage that we carry with us.

Forgetting is the most complete form of forgiveness. Letting go of life’s hurts must include some degree of forgetting, but that does not mean abandoning any wisdom which serves us. I would never suggest that it is wise to allow another to use or abuse you under any circumstance.

Letting go is never about excusing someone’s actions. It is about freeing yourself from the unnecessary pain your memory creates in your life.

That idea really is quite simple, isn’t it?

Imagine Your Return to TRUTH

In Love Without Conditions, Reflections of the Christ Mind, Paul Ferrini asks: “Can you imagine a world in which each person understood that his only responsibility was to give and receive love?

Well, can you?

The plain and simple Truth is this: Our ONLY responsibility in life is to be the LOVE that we are. LOVE is the only Truth of who and what we are. Everything else is contrived.

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So, if the above statements are true, why do we live in a world which is filled with fear, hatred, conflict, and chaos? Is it just a matter that we choose to reject this Truth?

Well, yes and no.

While it is true that we ARE LOVE and only LOVE, we are also, mostly, completely oblivious to this fact. Many of us go through our entire lives and never even hear this Truth.

Those of us who have learned of this TRUTH often have more history living according to life’s lies than we have at applying this wisdom to our own existence. The sad fact is that even when we are exposed to and have some understanding of the Truth of our nature, learning to use this information in order to improve the quality of our day-to-day experience can take the rest of our days.

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It is one thing to know that we are Love in human form, but it another to be able to apply this information so that the quality of our lives is improved in some real and meaningful way. Not to be negative about this, but just being exposed to this information is not enough. For this knowledge to have any real impact on our lives we must take action.

What do I mean by taking action?

Consider the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, from The Phenomenon of Man  “Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing until it embraces the totality of men and the earth.

To use the Truth that we are Love in a way that consistently improves the quality of our lives, we must love. Not only must Love be the Noun that we are, it must also be the Verb that we are doing. It is only when “what we are” becomes one with “what we do” that we begin to embrace our True Nature.

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I love de Chardin’s concept of imagining that we are loving until it becomes our only nature. Always love first, second, and forever until we become One with our deepest Truth.

To this end, the quickest path to becoming the “Love we are” is through forgiving and loving those whom we find most challenging. We grow closer to expressing our True nature any time we love, but quantum growth occurs when we are able to overcome old injury, replacing it with current love. In the words of A Course in Miracles, “The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.”

So, allow me to summarize:

1)   We are LOVE. That is the TRUTH of our being. Knowing this is wonderful but:

2)   To become the greatest and highest expression of this Truth, we must act on the LOVE that we are.

3)   We accomplish this by constantly identifying areas where we withhold love, forgiving our perceived perpetrators, and imagining that we can love those who challenge us until we LOVE in deed and in thought.

4)   Finally, we need to forgive ourselves for believing we are anything other than Love, and then learn to love ourselves without conditions.

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Apply these action steps and repeat as often as necessary. Eventually there will be nothing but LIGHT in your life.

Life is a Journey, Not an Obstacle

Life is a journey, filled with myriad destinations:  some near, some far, some purposeful, others surprising. The journey itself is a paradox: Nothing is as it seems. The senses betray us, though not on purpose. The mind misleads, though without any malice or intention.

Many advise us not to think; but being alive requires an inquiring mind. Still others teach us not to reach conclusions, but the brain thrives on analysis and will often do as it chooses.

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Others teach us to train the mind, and while I agree somewhat with this endeavor, I refuse to vilify this amazing asset.

Some teach that we must overcome the body, yet I find the body, and all the baggage it drags along, to be one of my most consistent and profound teachers.

Consider these words from Jan Phillips from her book Divining the Body:

We are not here to transcend life, but to be fully immersed in it. Our bodies are not something we must triumph over. They are the medium of our transformation, the cauldron in which the elements of heaven and earth are steeped until they transmute one day into the being of which we are now the embryo. The journey we are on is a journey to fulfill this destiny, and we accomplish it through remembering our true nature, not through learning.

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I agree with Jan. Life is not some obstacle to be overcome, neither is the body nor the mind. Life is for living, fully and completely, each moment of every day. If we find we have forgotten, temporarily of course, that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience (as Teilhard de Chardin taught us), and find ourselves believing in the limitations which our bodies and minds offer as reality, we do need to correct our thinking; but such belief is never some type of affliction which we must battle. Thinking that way leaves us feeling as though these wonderful servants are our enemies.

Our bodies and our minds are gateways through which we may savor our awareness of the Divine. They are not obstacles to be overcome; they are excellent servants which simply need loving, albeit firm, guidance.  Once we learn to fully love our bodies and our brains, we are poised to overcome the foolish notion that these helpful instruments must be conquered. Then the real fun begins and we may enjoy the dance which is our day to day experience, always moving us closer to becoming the LOVE we are here to express.

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What peace we enjoy when LIFE itself becomes our song and YES our only dance.

One Man’s Evolution

When I was twenty-one years old, I became a Police Officer. I had been a Police Cadet for two and one-half years and went on the streets one day after my twenty-first birthday. Within a week I was riding by myself, patrolling the West End of Kansas City, Kansas, which was the quiet side of town. I worked from 11 P.M. until 7 A.M. five days a week. For a short while I absolutely loved my job; after-all for the entire two and one half years, spent as a police cadet, I could barely wait until I became an officer.

Within two months of beginning my patrol duties I began to see my work as routine. What had once filled me with excitement now became boring and predictable, which is funny because if you ask any police officer what they love most about their job, they always reply that no two days are alike; that they never know what to expect when they go to work.

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Due to my lack of enthusiasm for patrolling the suburban neighborhoods, I transferred into accident investigation. The advantage here was that on the midnight shift you were free to roam the whole city and be involved in anything you chose  (when you were not investigating accidents, of course.) This was stimulating for a while. I would hurry up and finish my accident reports so that I could help catch armed robbers or burglars. I was good at it too. I always had a sixth sense of what route the fleeing felon might take and I was able to capture “bad” guys on a regular basis.

Before long, this too began to bore me. When bids came up again, I switched to working traffic on the afternoon shift. It was so busy that there was hardly ever time to eat lunch. I literally ran from call to call, some traffic and some disturbances, robberies, burglaries, and all other manner of calls for service.

Once again, I was soon bored. While my adrenaline was on overdrive, the job itself quickly became routine. It seemed like the only reason for the existence of police officers was to protect citizens from drunks and druggies. Nearly every call involved someone stupid from the effects of alcohol or drugs. Add to that the guilt I felt when I went into someone’s home and found it burglarized and vandalized by some dope-head, and I soon felt compelled to join the ranks of those who self-medicated with alcohol to ease the pain of living the life of a cop.

After only fourteen months on the streets as a patrolman I requested a leave of absence and went into the Army for three years and two months. Because of my test scores I was able to land an MOS in INSCOM, the intelligence branch of the Army and I spent twenty one months in training. It was in this three years and two months that two significant events occurred in my life.

First, I was introduced to marijuana and subsequently other chemical highs. Secondly, I was exposed to a book, the title of which remains a mystery, but the contents of which changed my life.

I bring up the marijuana use because I basically became an addict for the next eleven years of my life. I absolutely loved pot. One of the reasons for my affection was that it always made me feel so smart and creative. When I finally mustered the courage to quit it was because of an epiphany that I could enjoy the bliss offered by the drugs without the harmful effects to my body. Once I discovered meditation and the ecstasy of living life “In-LOVE” the attraction to mind-altering chemicals no longer held any power.

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Marijuana does nothing to actually make one smarter or more creative, it is just one of the lies it tells. I know this because I used to get high and then I would try to write or I would talk into a tape recorder. I was certain that I would find amazing words of wisdom when I checked the tapes or the writings, but as any of you know who have ever tried such an exercise, what I found was that it was all illusion. The thoughts that I put on paper and the ones which I recorded were all over the map. What I was convinced was profound, was in fact dribble. Once this illusion was shattered, it was only a matter of time before I was able to overcome the physical addiction, which pot smokers insist does not exist, but take my word, it does.

The second event, the introduction to the Teachings of Mother, forever changed my life. When I read these words of wisdom it was the first time I had heard anyone outside of my own heart, share her ideas, which I immediately recognized  as Truth.

When I got out of the Army I returned to the Police Department and within the first year I was shot, and my career as a Kansas City, Kansas Police Officer came to a close. While in the Army I had bought eight acres and a three bedroom home in Georgia and I had a dream of living off the land. Eventually, this adventure lead me to the University of Georgia where I renewed my exploration of Eastern Philosophy.

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Even though I have never found the exact book which was shared with me while I was stationed in Korea, I have, to this date, continued investigating the teachings of Masters from the East. Meditation,  which is taught by any Master worth his or her salt, has changed my life. In fact, I would say that meditation has saved my life. I quit smoking pot over twenty five years ago and I gave up alcohol many years ago as well. I have no intention of ever putting anything into my body temple again, which may have harmful effects. I love my life too much to have it altered by any type of intoxicants.

Why am I sharing all this information today?

I am merely answering a call I feel to dispel the myth that marijuana and other mind-altering substances makes one wise. In my experiments I learned that these drugs had exactly the opposite effect. I truly thought my mind was expanded and that I had all the answers to life when I was high. I was convinced that I had something to share, something that most people did not have access to. I am here to tell you, some twenty five years plus after giving up drugs, that it was all a pack of lies. None of that made me a bit smarter nor even a little more creative than I was when I was clean and sober.

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Meditation, on the other hand, has put me in touch with who and what I truly am. It has opened my eyes and my heart to experiences I could never quite reach when I ingested intoxicants and hallucinogens. In retrospect, I know I was searching for something when I used the mind-altering substances. I knew there was more to life than I was experiencing, but the drugs never did deliver. If I still had the tapes today to show you how stupid drugs made me, especially when I was convinced that I was so smart, you would laugh as I did once my eyes were opened.

I have shared these stories with prison inmates who, like me, believed that mind-altering meant mind-expanding, but I have never shared them with my children. If they read this, they may learn something about their father which they did not know. It’s a risk I must take, however, because for whatever reason this story needs to be told today. If this speaks to you, I hope it somehow helps. When I was getting high, it was because at some level my life was not working and being high was preferable to ordinary life. I have wished, many times, that I could have those eleven years and billions of brain cells back, but that is not the way life works. In the end, I needed to do what I did to bring myself to where I am, and where I am is really good.

Today, I am happy, peaceful, and healthy. Today, I love life. That is not something I could have honestly said during my hazy days, even though I loved being high, I could not have said that I loved life when I was not.

I am very grateful for the life I now have.

I am grateful for the experiences I had which have brought me to this point in my life.

I am very grateful for the young man who shared the wisdom of The Mother with me. He probably never knew what an impact that sharing had on my life.

I am very grateful for the Awareness I have become and am still becoming.

Life is Grand. Thank you for sharing it with me.

Life’s Greatest Mystery

Until we know God we will always be hungry.

The type of knowing I am speaking of is Gnosis. It is a knowledge which is felt and understood by the heart and soul, not by the head. The brain, the source of our human mind, will recognize that something, unnamed, is missing and will seek to solve this compelling riddle with all manner of solutions, none of which will satisfy our longing.

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What we seek, whether we are able to name it or not, is communion with our Source. Consider these words from John Kirvan in his book titled God Hunger:

We seek the God of the mystics who alone can make of us all that we are meant to be. We seek the God who can expand our souls to the point of bursting, the God whose gift of freedom shatters our every expectation, the God who is love writ so large that we will never exhaust its promises.

The God we seek is not the first cause, the last temptation, the chilly abstraction of the best our minds can do, but the subject and object of a passion that overwhelms us even as it releases the very heart of our fallible and finite humanity.

There is so much in these two short paragraphs. I think the imagery is just outstanding. We do seek an experience of Love, so complete, that our souls expand beyond where we surely feel we could burst. This is why we love “falling in love.” We are hungry for the ecstasy known only to the lover. To be so in-Love, always expands our sense of Self beyond our brains idea of human limitation.

Photo courtesy of barunpatro at sxc

Photo courtesy of barunpatro at sxc

Love, by its very nature, offers the freedom to release all expectation, allowing us, instead, to simply BE ONE in Life’s Flow, present in a manner that the human mind can neither understand nor control. One glimpse of this Peace which surpasses understanding and we can never fit back into the box which formerly defined our boundaries. Until that discovery, we will always have a longing which is nameless but nonetheless compelling.

In closing I encourage you to consider John Kirvan’s words again (from the same book): “What you seek on your journey is not a solution to a problem, not the answer to a question, but an encounter with mystery that will by very definition far exceed the best efforts of your mind, the uttermost limits of your imagination.” The experience of Oneness which will fill the void, you feel but cannot name, will be unmistakable. It will change what you know to be reality for the rest of your life. Life offers no greater pursuit.

My 2014 Vision for Us

It is another New Year and I am more excited than I have ever been. I cannot say that I am enthused about anything in particular, just about life in general. I do have some simple goals, and I believe they are, for the most part, obtainable. I will not share them here, but I will with anyone who asks. 2014 500 pix new yearsI have only one New Year’s Resolution, the same one I have every year, and I will share that: “I want to take each and every day of this New Year, as it comes, and use it to help me discover how to become a greater expression of the Love that I Am.”

My New Year’s vision for each of us is powerful. Here is what I am going to hold as truth for everyone touched by this writing:

This year:

  1. You shall enjoy each and every day because, like me,  you are evolving into a greater expression of the Love you are. What is exciting about this is the fact that you will find great joy in the day-to-day process.
  2. You will discover that the journey to surpass your every dream is illuminated by beauty.  When in doubt, about any choices you need to make this year, you shall follow the course which you find most beautiful.
  3. You will find manifestation easier than it has ever been. You shall use this powerful ability to heal everything in your life which needs strengthening and empowering.
  4. Your heart shall continue to expand so that it becomes the master of your consciousness; replacing the brain as the center from which you live, move, and enjoy your day-to-day experience.
  5. Will be the year when you receive a new, unexpected vision for how you will use your gifts and talents for the remainder of your life. This is the year you will become highly skilled at saying “Yes.” Commit, right now, to saying “Yes” to all you discover about yourself as you open to these new, unanticipated possibilities.
  6. May you walk each day in Light and sleep each night in the Peace which enfolds those who live in-Love.
  7. I expect that you, your family and all of your loved ones will find 2014 to be the best year yet. praying hands 600

2014 will be a year of challenges, perhaps more demanding than most years. The wonderful thing about adversity, which we morph into blessings, is that there is so much joy to be discovered through the transformation process.  It is my prayer that each obstacle you encounter becomes a stepping stone to new, unexplored, and deLIGHTful territory. With that objective, each challenging circumstance becomes a profound opportunity.

This blessing is how I see this New Year to be. I will hold this vision in my daily practice for everyone who reads this post. You may want to print this out or store it to review on December 31st and then write to me and share your stories about how these visions have played out in your life. I look forward to an amazing year and I know I already see myself receive many stories which exceed my wildest imagination.

I AM a Follower of Jesus

I have kept a file for some time of quotes that speak to me but which are too long to share on Twitter. Sometimes I share these quotes on Facebook and sometimes I use them to stimulate a posting to Secrets to Peace. It is my intention to start sharing, via Secrets more often. This month I have been writing a novel, as a part of NaNoWriMo an organization dedicated to helping authors get their voices heard, so I have not really had a lot of extra time to post anything.  I intend to start writing daily, again, starting January 1st of the new year.

Today I want to share a short writing by Eric Ashford. I received it at some point in an email. The email had a link in it to a blog, hosted at Blogger.com sites, but it is no longer maintained.

JESUS

I am a secret follower of yours.
Not the kind that are known
by a name you never pronounced.

Not the kind that raise   christ statue
icons of your torture
and call that worship                  

their love.

I did not kill you
nor does my soul depend
upon your forgiveness.

I am a follower in the sense
that the earth is a follower of the sun.
I follow your laughter and
the gift of your manhood.
Your gentle strength
and the way you loved women.
The way you healed
by seeing no illness.

I follow your silent reply
when they questioned you:

That silence still rings loudest.   

I and you are a secret,                    
I know you as I know myself;
my living breath is your temple.

I follow you Jesus
like the lofty hawk follows
the gospel of the wind.

                  –Eric Ashford

I share this because it closely approximates how I define my own love of Jesus. To me Jesus is my wayshower and my mentor. He is not some unique divine son born because of some miraculous intervention between God and a virgin, that myth has been reported all throughout recorded history.

What Jesus is to me is a man who discovered that divinity was his TRUE nature. His teaching is that each and every one of us is also capable of discovering and claiming the same Truth about our being.

The only True religion is LOVE. Jesus knew this and Jesus taught it. All of the parables, which survived Constantinople’s Nicean Council’s cleansing, teach this.

I love the Jesus who lives in my heart and soul. I am a follower of that man who discovered the Truth of Truths. If he were to show up today, he would not be recognized, nor would he recognize the churches which hate in his name or which teach that everyone is born a sinner.

Jesus’s teachings are the gift he offered the world, not his death. He was killed because he was too powerful. It wasn’t part of some divine plan. Humans never needed him to die for their sins. What a silly concept that is.

It was Jesus’s power that led to his death. He became a miracle worker and disregarded civil law when it suited him. The existing politicians feared this powerful man who challenged their authority. It was for that reason they killed him.

Yet even sentenced to death, he continued to demonstrate Love!

That is the Jesus I speak with.

That is the Jesus who lives in my heart.

That is the Jesus I strive to emulate.

Thank you Eric Ashford for sharing this beautiful prose. I dare say, by acknowledging how it resonates in my heart, that it speaks to many other Lovers as well. Wherever you are, know that you are loved and appreciated.

Final Note: After checking more on the web I did finally find Eric Ashford’s poetry on a couple of sites. The one which apparently belongs to him is: http://truevisionpoetry.blogspot.com/

Focus on the Miraculous

While looking through a book titled This Incredible World: The Wonder of Being Alive published by Norcross Books I read this poem by Walt Whitman:

Why, who makes much of a miracle?

As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,                         beautiful spring

Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,

Or dart my sights over the roofs of houses toward the sky,

Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,

Or stand under trees in the woods,    

Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,

Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,

Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,

Or animals feeding in the fields,

Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,

Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright,

Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;             

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 These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,

The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,

Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,

Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same.

 

To me the sea is a continual miracle,      

The fishes, rocks — the motion of the waves — the ships with men in them,     ALONE BY SEA

What stranger miracles are there?

 

This really spoke to me. It made me think of Albert Einstein’s famous quote which said: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

It becomes clear that how we view the world, we walk and move in, is a matter of simple choice. Michael A Singer in The Unteathered Soul said this: “Do you want to be happy, or do you not want to be happy? It’s really that simple.” Isn’t that really the bottom line?

The Buddha taught us that it is human nature to suffer, but just because that is our natural, or you might even say our default position, that can not mean we are unable to rise above that norm.

Also in The Unteathered Soul Singer stated: “The highest spiritual path is life itself. If you know how to live daily life, it all becomes a liberating experience.” What is the point of life if we can’t learn to rise above our default, natural behaviors?

We have a choice, we can claim that it is just human nature to suffer or we can decide that we are going to take all that life throws at us and recognize it for the miracle it is. Who can possibly find time to suffer when they are busy naming the very air they breathe “miraculous?”

On Commitment, Being Awake, and Fulfilling my Purpose

I don’t know why it is that making commitments can bring up so much resistance in my life, but I have watched it happen so many times it is nearly frightening.

A couple of weeks ago I stated that my intention was to write every week day, even if some days the writing was very short. I managed to keep my commitment for three days. By the time the following Monday rolled around, I was so crippled I could not sit in a chair and type. This went on for four days and I finally was able to eke out one writing.SONY DSC

This last week I was not able to write even one time. I cannot even say for sure why. I had much to do but I should have had time to write a few short pieces; yet nothing was shared. Every time I decided that I would write, a phone call or some other distraction would pull me away and before long the day was gone, the writing packed away for another day.

I know better than to commit “out loud.” I know better because I have seen how my strong resistance works, time and time again. So, I am going to state that I will blog when I can. I would like that to be every week day, but I commit only to following the winds of my soul. If they insist that I spend the day helping a neighbor, or entertaining a guest, or working on a lawnmower, which suddenly quits working, so be it!

When I fight my own resistance there seems to be no winner. While my ‘goal’ may not be met, my heart seems less troubled because I am working where I have energy. I hope that makes sense.

Photo courtesy of Ambrozia on SXC

Photo courtesy of Ambrozia on SXC

All the goal experts insist that I should create goals and then not allow anything to stand in the way of completing those goals. I understand that reasoning, but it is not a way I am capable of living. Perhaps I just do not want the object of my goal badly enough. Undoubtedly, the goals are simply not important enough for me to chain myself to a chair when my soul insists I should be outside.

Commitments are important. It is important to keep my commitments. When I commit to having breakfast or lunch with someone I make every effort to keep that date. Sometimes, however, even with something that important to me, my body decides to keep me from walking or to keep me awake all night so I feel too poorly to be good company at the meet.

Whenever we make goals obstacles arise to test how badly we want to reach those goals.  Overcoming these obstacles makes obtaining the goals all the sweeter.

For now, I am going to change my goal to sharing a writing at least once a week. I am pretty certain I can keep that commitment. Goals should stretch the seeker. They are supposed to be challenging, so that the sense of accomplishment is its own reward. I am not sure that sharing one writing a week is a big enough goal to be all that rewarding, but considering the fact that I could not get one writing posted last week, it seems ominous enough for me, right now.

Today, I want to share the following from a book I am reading by a Sufi named Reshad Feild. The book is entitled, “The Alchemy of the Heart.”heart-of-love-

“When we get up in the morning the pattern of the day is set by how we feel about life. If we feel miserable then everything we encounter will be miserable, and we can make others miserable as well. If they do not go along with this misery we’ll get mad that they don’t agree with us and we’ll be even more miserable. But if we feel grateful then we will find things to be grateful for and people will be grateful to be around us. We set the pattern of the day by the level of our vibration. And life reflects the level of our vibration.

If you could realize this you would know what it means to enter a room with respect and awareness. You would know what it means to sit down at a table with respect for the food that God has given you. You would understand why you are asked to be respectful in every moment of your lives, giving the fullest attention to whatever you are doing, whether you’re sitting at a table eating, walking in the garden or making love. The future of life on this planet is in your hands. You set the pattern of the future for your children. And every time you fall asleep in denial of the great possibilities that you are, you deny the future of the planet and all that may be brought into the present moment. We are responsible for making the patterns for the future of mankind. We are responsible for laying the foundations of in the world, and this is why it is necessary to be awake.”

I share this piece by Feild because I feel it is more important to be awake, to be listening to my heart, and to do whatever I am led to do than to try to live up to some commitment I made without really paying attention. In other words I would rather not write than force a writing when there is nothing in my heart to share. I am far more concerned with the quality of what I offer my readers, than I am about the quantity.

Photo courtesy of davidlat at sxc

Photo courtesy of davidlat at sxc

Everything we do is far more significant than we realize. When I share writing I am not merely documenting notes from my journey. I am leaving a trail that hopefully, future generations will find useful in their own quest to remember who and what they are. It is essential that my writings reflect the Love that I feel for humanity and for Life itself. Hopefully, by writing when I feel inspired to write, instead of following some contrived schedule, I will fulfill this aspect of my life’s purpose.