Balance, defined as a state of equilibrium. . . mental steadiness or emotional stability. And yet, it seems to be the one thing many of us lack, especially in these times. Of course, one could pose the question that perhaps we humans have always had an issue with balance, and that is why we historically have sought things like religion and more to feel like we have achieved balance. Balance is something we all have access to inside our selves. It is our choice how we react to a situation, to another’s words, etc. This is not always easy to achieve or maintain, and that is why we practice each and every day to be in balance, to live in harmony with nature and other human beings. This quote is an excellent place to begin this practice. I invite you to hold this thought as you move throughout your day. Namaste.
Wisdom is knowing I am nothing,
Love is knowing I am everything,
And between the two my life moves.
Why are we all so afraid of change? We cling to the familiar, even when it no longer serves us. We don’t want to open the box as it might contain darkness! We all want things to remain the same, keep the ‘status quo’. However, our world has changed. It has changed from its climate, to the policy values of its politicians. The Earth cannot sustain its current human population, and yet we live in abject fear of making any change to our lives. While watching the attached video about fear and change, it resonated deeply in my core. I wanted to share it on my FB page, and yet I did not for fear it would offend some of my conservative friends. I did not want them to feel any discomfort. In fact, I hold in my mind and heart what one friend shared about how her mother ‘unfriended’ people who shared any political opinions on FB! Could she be on to something, should we simply be using this platform to share cute photos of puppy dogs and kittens? Should we just share our light moments, and keep the rest to ourselves? Perhaps. However, for me life is messy, and it is real. If I don’t share some things on FB, be they what I deem to be well written articles, to following certain politicians, to conservation groups, and more, all of whom are out there attempting to make a change, then what good am I doing to uphold our fragile society? Or is it keeping our society safe and is it enough to simply like puppy dogs and kittens? What I do know is that yes, I am still sitting here in fear. I am also trying to make the right decisions, trying to be kind, and trying to share love from my heart. This video resonated with me, and I want to leave behind my fears. What about you, how does this video make you feel?
After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
This is one of my favorite paintings by a new artist I recently found, Helen McCullagh from Australia. Her paintings are happy paintings, and they create (for me) a sense of wonder and amazement. Anne Morrow Lindbergh is a favored poet, and these words create an internal reflection of gratitude. Life is all about gratitude, and that is often found in the simple moments. When we can find and hold gratitude for the small things, we are able to push through some of the darkest moments we experience. If you are sitting in a dark place, I encourage you to look up and out, even for one brief moment, and find something that might create even a glimmer of gratitude. One foot in front of the other, one moment at a time, stopping to take a breath in between the lightness and the darkness that make up both our universe and our souls.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet . . . I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. ~ Jack London
Sometimes these words are difficult to follow, like when one is sitting in the overwhelming grief of loss, or you are going through rough times with a loved one, or . . . the list is endless! All of life can be a rough time if we allow it to be that way. Or, we can acknowledge our pain and suffering, and then attempt to get back to the business of living our life. There is no road map for how long any of it may take, and I would rather not judge anyone on his or her path, but remain on my own. I have suffered the depths of loss and had my soul rattled, yet somehow I found my way back to the light. I love this quote in that it serves to remind all of us, use your precious time wisely and make the most of your life. Today I will attempt to live fully. My hope is that you too may shine like a superb atom and never lose your faith, hope, or joy for living.
Poets always inspire me, especially when I am feeling sad and alone in this vast universe. Mary Oliver is one of the finest, and I often share her poem, Wild Geese, in my grief journaling classes. My hope is that it touches your heart today, and that each of you reading this poem know you belong. We are truly all interconnected. Let love lift us all.