Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On Nature's Kiss

 Just when I was enmeshed in the turmoil of politics and feeling an unsettling I could not seem to calm, nature came along and kissed me! That day I was in my front yard when a contractor’s workman beckoned to me to look into a neighboring yard where he was working. “Cannabis, cannabis!” I thought I heard him say through a thick accent. Now that could be interesting, I thought. Turns out he was excitedly saying, “Honeybees, honeybees!” There, on a large boulder beneath a leafy bush, was a thriving, moving swarm of bees, with arrivals zooming in and out of the mass. When and how they came, we did not know, but they reminded me that, throughout man’s harum scarum antics, nature is busy doing its thing…effortlessly, simply and beautifully unconcerned with our thrashings. No wonder the workman was excited! So was I! It had been decades since I’d seen a swarm of bees…and here they were, a gift unimagined in the day’s mischief. As I watched, I was softly settling into peace.

A new queen's search...

Later in that day I came back to visit but by then the bees had gone, probably on a new queen’s search for a permanent hive, sojourning for a spell but not staying. Still, the gift was fully received and remained, a simple joy in my "troubled bosom", so to speak, for many hours.

A beautiful thing...

I was reminded that a beautiful thing need not last forever or be elaborately complicated. And it can be perched for a while in our front yards if we will but see. I have long felt that the Universal Mind always knows what I need. Well, it certainly did that ordinary day!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

On Rule # 1

          Anyone who has spent any time engaged in caring for others knows that there is a cardinal rule that must be observed. To ignore this rule is to invite eventual disappointment and maybe even disaster. And what is this famous Rule #1? Simply, it is right self care… rest, times out, laying back and nourishing the needs of the self! Anyone who thinks that we are selfish when our needs come to the top of the list is being short sighted and very na├»ve’.

Caring takes energy...

Consider that caring takes energy; being a part of others’ lives takes personal expenditures, and loving usually requires action. If these are not replaced with proper awareness of our own needs, we will absolutely find ourselves eventually running on empty. Our bodies need rest, and our emotions cannot endlessly be run ragged by the needs of others.

Our personal humanity must be recognized...

It is not enough for us to declare ourselves “above” the satisfaction of our own personal requirements, and we do not become more “spiritual” if we do. We are as completely spiritual as we are ever going to be, and we are always entering into the depth of our spirituality when we think, dream and act. We cannot keep from doing so since we believe that we are unified with Essential Spirit and carry Its characteristics within us. The wisdom comes when we understand this and also understand that our personal humanity must be recognized as part of our spiritual living and given the self love and self care that it deserves!

The Infinite Flow of Good...

The Infinite Flow of Good which we willingly gear toward the healthy living of others must naturally have Its way in us as well!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On Never Good Enough

  Some of us, somewhere, somehow, got it into our heads that nothing we did was ever good enough, and this is one helluva spot to be in as a spiritual being. Frankly, it does not make sense that, if we have awareness of our personal spirituality, there would somehow be a place for “not enough.” However, rationality is not all we possess. There is that sometime spot, clouded by emotion, that can allow us to hold lack and limitation within ourselves, together with our natural spirituality. 

"Not enough-ness"

How does this happen? Perhaps we were taught this by others who did not know who we are…parents, perhaps, older siblings, people whose opinion we valued. Perhaps we were young and vulnerable, and we believed them. Or maybe “not enough-ness” was something we made up about ourselves, particularly if we did not know who we are.

"Get over ourselves!"

If we find these overtones ringing within us every time we attempt something that does not match our perfectionist standards, today is a good day to, as they say, “get over ourselves!” Life needs us too much for us to spend precious time flagellating ourselves for real or imagined shortcomings. Nobody gets it right all the time; why should we expect that we will? Besides, aren’t mistakes something from which to learn? Wouldn’t this make us more interesting…and compassionate?

 Numberless divine do-overs....

We are made with numberless divine do-overs at our fingertips. Why shouldn’t we take advantage of them any day, every day? If we believe we are made of Infinite Stuff, doesn’t it make sense to use the Gifts of the Spirit that are ours?

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