Am I Missing Something?

A smile is an opening

For the right words

But also for the right thoughts

Which create the capacity

For receiving 

What we could not receive before

“Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.” -Tagore

Create the capacity. Enjoy what you have been given. Get ready for amazement.

Steps for creating capacity:

  1. Smile at the future
  2. Forgive yourself
  3. Be gentle with others
  4. Relax into now
  5. Open your arms to give and receive
  6. See the gifts
  7. Feel the joy

Steps for shrinking our capacity:

  1. Feel cheated
  2. Mourn the loss
  3. Resist reality
  4. Hold grudges
  5. Worry about not having enough
  6. Be selfish
  7. Keep talking trash about ourselves, others, and the world

Find the Space

When it feels crowded in my head

And I can’t find a moment to rest

When things do not seem to be going well

 Or improving

When obstacle after obstacle is ahead

With wild dysfunction and disconnect

There is one thing that will help

(Even though I am skeptical

And it appears disturbingly counterproductive)

 

Give stillness the space it demands.

 

Stop talking, plotting, searching, texting, scrambling, and working

 

Give stillness the space it demands.

 

Go quickly, without resistance to that wide place

Where, inside me, I can find a cooperative universe

Unveiling a path into silence, acceptance, order, and confidence

 

Why, oh why, did I waste so much time getting there?

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(For those who have pin-ball brains similar to mine, stopping it is no easy task. Try this: Sit quietly and notice your breathing. With every breath in, think “just.” With every breath out, think “this.” Repeat as long as it takes for “just this” breath to be all you are thinking about.)

Two-Minute Tune-Up 2.15.13 Your Work Minus Stress

 “Only amidst the flowers and songbirds may the child fully express the hidden wealth of his or her natural endowment.”

– Tagore

It feels good just to read that line.

Tagore was speaking about education, but it brought to mind the universal law of least effort which reminds us to follow our natural endowment in our work.

To continuously drag ourselves out of bed and into a job for which we have no heart is brutallity.

Author, David Whyte said, “If you are not taking your soul to work with you, your soul will seep out in unhealthy ways.” 

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(BTW: Working other jobs can be stepping-stones, but we burglarize ourselves and the world when we settle down on the path before we reach our destination.)

 

 

 

Two-Minute Tune-Up 11.6.12 Election Day Prayer

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;

Where words come out from the depth of truth;

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;

Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action…

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

– Tagore

 

 And…

Where hyperbolic, negative words (about the other candidate or party) cease.

Tagore and Lincoln got my vote.

Two Minute Tune-up 8.2.11 With Eyes Wide Open

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life
was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. – Tagore

I’m not saying that service can fix everything, but I have seen enough evidence that suggests when our scope is broadened to encompass the needs of others, we benefit.

Last week I had the opportunity to volunteer in a camp for children with developmental delays. Most of the full-time counselors were 18-22 years old. Their work was intense, but their joy was even more so.

If you don’t know where to serve, try this: run your errands, but with eyes wide open to see the needs of others. Pass out kindness, attention, prayers and maybe even a little money.

Just see what happens.