“There are only two days in a year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow.” -The Dalai Lama
All forms of guilt, regret, resentment, and bitterness are caused by too much past and not enough present.
All forms of anxiety, worry, stress, and fear are caused by too much future and not enough present.
If I seriously respect and inhabit the moment before I try to sort out or make sense of all other points on the time-space continuum, I won’t hurt as much.
How this spells out practically:
- Schedule daily reflection/meditation time.
- Deal ruthlessly with any of my wimpy objections or manic interruptions to this practice.
- Always stop, ground, and center before reacting to any unexpected or unwelcome circumstance.
If I am quick to condemn you
I will be quick to hide my own darkness
If I am quick to forgive you for being human
I’ll be quick to find my own lightness of being
Quick to heal from disappointment with myself
Quick to hear mercy calling my name
I am not afraid of your dark only because forgiveness provided the power to overcome and to make my own decisions in the light.
Go ahead and deny this stubborn truth.
Go ahead and talk about all the luxury and power that money can bring into your life; how people will notice you, pursue you, flock to supply your every need.
Then, if you are brave enough, tear open the veil and look into the brutal face of greed; you were never the attraction. Watch your flock disappear when your fortune fails or wanes.
Face the horror of the pathetic defeat of money in a bout with loneliness, disease, or death.
Bow to the heart that triumphs over greed.
Where does love live in my body?
In my eyes?
When they observe in gentleness
in no hurry to sneer or blink?
In my blood?
Rushing mile after mile, there and back
until every thirsty cell has its needed drink?
In my lungs?
Deeply breathing in the essential now
without thought for what comes next?
In my muscles?
Springing into action and relaxing
This poem was inspired by a meditation in the book, Practice You by Elena Brower.
(Thank you, Allison Graves, for the conduit of awareness.)
Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. -Albert Einstein
I love it when really smart people explain why my life sucked, scientifically.
I get it, now.
Before, I thought life was a what-the-hell-is-going-on judging game, versus what it really was: a simple, matching game.
Scoffing at Physics didn’t work. Being the abundance I want does.
One of the great perplexities of life is how everyone can have such strong opinions about how to fix the world and other people yet, no clue about how to fix themselves.
I’m trying to clear up my own airspace by not sharing my unsolicited, authoritative opinions so often. I think it may stop Global Boring.
(Like…take care of your own stuff, Pam.)
Wow, that was tiring sitting as judge and jury for the whole world. What a relief. I feel less fatigued already.
Now, for the real work.
“It’s easier to play God than to love God in others.” -Dr. Henri Nouwen
Tossing and turning last night, feeling weighed down and accosted by every subject that tore a path through my conscious mind, I finally found and grabbed onto three thoughts that lifted me out of the thoroughfare and eased me into slumber:
- I am not responsible for everything, only for doing my best.
- Life is only asking for what I have, not what I don’t have.
- My existence is a marvel to be enjoyed, not a burden to carry.
I wish I had “let out a little more string on my kite” earlier and remembered to distrust my heavy midnight judgement.