Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Guest House

The Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all.
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

     The arrivals at the door of my guest house this morning are irritation, tiredness, lack of motivation, and sadness. I have a feeling these arrivals may be due to my constant lack of sleep. I'm wakened night after night with cramps in my calves, feet, and toes, frequent urination followed by night sweats, and noises in the neighborhood. I'm a light sleeper so I seem to hear everything.

     I long for a night of sleep and rest. I seem to walk in weariness and finally after a few nights of dozing on and off, I'll sleep 4-5 hours due to exhaustion. I've decided to let the tiredness in, and be compassionate and nurturing towards myself. So, today will be a day of rest. I'm going to the pool to do my exercise, then I have 3 errands to do. When I get home I'm going to hit the couch and read, nap, and watch movies for the rest of the day. No more work for me today.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Follow Your Bliss

" Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before." Joseph Campbell

 The word bliss means "exalted happiness, rapture, ecstasy,and spiritual joy." Following your bliss means to know in your heart what you're here for, what your path is, and to walk it with integrity and commitment.

We're separated from our bliss when we arrange and live our life according to others rules and expectations. Knowing our self is tantamount to spiritual joy.

What is your bliss? What makes you feel like you're functioning at 100%? When are you the happiest?

 Some signs that you've found your bliss are:

1. You feel alive
2. You could talk forever about what you're doing
3. Time ceases to exist
4. Your creativity increases
5. You have higher thoughts
6. You feel like someone has turned a light on inside of you
7. You are excited to start your day.

No one can find your bliss for you. It's a serious undertaking and it requires being attentive to life. Many times our bliss transcends our mind so it's not always what we think it might be. Being present to life helps us to find and walk our unique path, and that is where our bliss lies. Be happy and walk in joy.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Giving up the Drama

" When you feel peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others." Peace Pilgrim
When we are not at peace within, we usually live in a state of drama and chaos. We find a way to stir the pot, or beat the nest, until we can create a storm around us. When we're used to living in a state of unrest, and deflecting our unhealed issues at others, it can be easier to hang out with a swarm of angry hornets, than to sit by a quiet brook with nothing to do and no one to fight.

For most of my life I did not know how to just let things or people be. I needed some kind of drama or chaos, because living in the midst of a storm felt familiar. I was a huge drama queen, until one day, in the midst of my drama,  I saw what I was doing. Now, I'm not saying I no longer know how to stir the pot, because I do. The difference now is, when I start stirring up someone else by creating drama, I quickly see what I'm doing, and know that I'm at choice to stop or keep on stirring.

When I start feeling unimportant or unnoticed, and I find myself on edge looking for some action, I remember that it's okay to be at peace. Deciding to maintain my peaceful center empowers me to step away from the drama and just let life be okay, exactly where it is.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Reverie of Morning

I wrote this poem on February 18, 2008 and came across it this morning.

Early morning hours call to me,
gently whisper in my ear and resound in my soul.

         Come to me, be quiet, breathe, and listen
         Today is a new day. A day of creation.
         Get out your giant canvas and paint your world.

So, I paint....and I consciously create,

          Another day of peace, gentleness, abundance,
          relationships filled with love and light
          to guide my way and the way of all who live and breathe.

I inhale my brothers and sisters and they inhale me.
I exhale peace and light into the ether
Knowing my exhale will be inhaled by multitudes.

And so I create....a gentler world, a kinder world,
a world of knowing and conscious togetherness.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Creating Acceptance


One way to do this is by paying more attention to your life than to your situations. When you're stuck in a situation, separate yourself and take a moment to breathe deeply.

Your situation is a combination of circumstances, a state of affairs, while your life is your vital force, your existence, and your consciousness. Which, do you think, requires the most attention?

Be totally present to your life. Breathe in the moment and be grateful for all that is.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Spiritual Beings in Physical Form

"Each of us is here to discover our true Self...that essentially we are spiritual beings who have taken manifestation in physical form...that we're not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences...that we're spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences." Deepak Chopra
When we're connected to Spirit, we understand this truth in our heart. We are all Spirit beings who happen to be in a bio-body suit having an earthly experience. When you know that everyone you meet, everyone you see, everyone you have contact with is a Spirit being just like you, it changes your experience of them.

It's almost impossible to be angry or unforgiving when we understand that the person we're talking to is a Spirit being. War and violence, retaliation, spite, and pettiness are outside our sphere of existence when we understand that we're all Spirit.

From "The Art of Intuition" by Sophy Burnham

There were some monks living in a remote and crumbling monastery. The good years were over and there were a few remaining monks who were old, bitter, querulous, and spiteful. They quarreled with each other. The abbot was concerned so he rode out to consult a holy hermit to ask how to restore harmony and attract new members to the monastery. The hermit told the abbot he would pray on it and to come back in a week.
A week passed, and the abbot journeyed back to the hermit. "Tell your monks," said the holy man, "I have seen that one of them is Jesus Christ returned."
The abbot was astonished. One of his brothers was Christ returned to the earth? In his own monastery?
He went back with the news. But which one? No one knew.
They began to treat each other with respect and the adoration that they would give to Christ himself. Quarreling ceased. The monastery became a place of harmony, peace, and happiness. First thing they knew, young novitiates were being drawn to the wisdom and luminous serenity of the elder monks. The monastery flourished in joy because no one knew which monk was Christ.

What would our world look like if we treated each other with that kind of respect? Think about it and go about your day accordingly.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How You See Life

"When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters--one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity." John F. Kennedy
How we choose to view life is how life works for us. If we see good in people we will feel differently about life than people who see humanity as being flawed and dark.

I have a friend who sees herself as a victim and she expects to be victimized. She is super sensitive and hyper-vigilant and usually expects someone to take advantage of her, steal from her, cheat her, or hurt her.

I have another friend who expects to be treated with kindness, courtesy, and respect, and the thought that someone is out to get her does not cross her mind.

Can you guess the types of people and circumstances these women draw into their lives? I've noticed that they each get what they expect.

How do you view life and which lens do you use to filter your thoughts and expectations? Do you see crisis or do you see opportunity? It's worth taking a look at.