JOY is an inside job!

“If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer and always have been. Didn’t you know?” ~Rumi

That “house of clay” Rumi speaks of is that aspect of our being so easily seduced by the pull of the human condition; that part of us that looks to the world for our sense of wholeness and happiness. Moving into our house of joy means taking the plunge from our head to our heart, where the presence of the One is felt, embodied, and then actualized in our lives.

A life without meaning is joyless, and a life without joy is meaningless.

As you go through your day, remember that you don’t need a special dispensation or a special occasion to be joyful. There is never a moment when joy is further away than your next thought or your very next breath.

taking a deep breath…

Rev. Donna

 

 

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Cleaning out and reorganizing

Most professional organizers suggest having three containers when beginning to reorganize. One box is for things to throw away, one box is for things to give away,  and one box is for things to keep.

Hmmm, wondering if it is possible to use this same procedure for cleaning out and reorganizing your mental and emotional habits as well? One box for all those negative thoughts in your mind about not being good enough, not having enough, not doing enough: throw away! One box is for those opportunities where you can give something to each person you encounter each day…a smile, a hello, patience rather than irritation, praise rather than criticism: give away! And one box is for recognizing the value of yourself, your divinity…all the positive, loving attributes that make you unique and worthy: keep forever!!

Start today to create a better tomorrow…and have fun with it!

 

Living “in gratitude”

We don’t teach meditation to young monks. They are not ready for it until they stop slamming doors.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

We stop slamming doors when we recognize that everything good in life is a gift. We can’t earn it – it is free. That is when we truly are living “in gratitude” every day. We remember that life is a gift to be grateful for and not a right to be claimed.

Set yourself free. Quit slamming doors. Change your mind and change your life. Live in gratitude.

walking thru life barefoot and stubbing my toe on the Truth…Donna

In The Flow

Writer Haruki Murakami says, “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.”

New growth comes, not by observation, quick resolve or loud proclamation, but an inner process that that expands our awareness.

Often we take a “spiritual bypass” which means we deny our feelings, do not work through our pain, put a smile on our face, and say we are ok.

How about slowing down, calming down, don’t worry, don’t hurry and trust the process and actually go through the process?

Affirm: I accept perfect timing for all good things!

A Word For Each Month

Every month I have one word to contemplate during my meditation time. I choose the words months ahead. The word for May is surrender…not a favorite word for me.

Surrender means to cease resisting or to relinquish control; and so I am practicing that today. Healing begins when we relax and surrender. Mental resistance keeps us in emotional turmoil and stops healing.

Spiritual surrender means trust…relaxing. It is an attitude.

Go with the flow. Surrender: relax, don’t cling.

Surrender to the source from where you come and to where one day you will go back again.

Pray for me. My intellectual understanding is far greater than my practical ability.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Seeing is not believing. Believing is seeing. You see things not as they are, but as you are.” ~Eric Butterworth

What we see in our outer world is a projection of what we are feeling in our inner world. If what we are seeing isn’t what we want, we can begin the work to change our life.

Since our outer world is a reflection of our inner world, we must change our inner world first. The entire process is mental. When we change our consciousness, our experiences change.

What we fail to see from within, we will never experience externally. We live from within out.

 

A Little Tincture of Time

There is a story about Pablo Picasso that holds a great life lesson for all of us. It seems that one morning in the French resort town of Nice, an American woman was shopping in the outdoor market when she saw a man who resembled the famous artist Pablo Picasso. She approached the man and asked him, “Excuse me, sir, but aren’t you Pablo Picasso? I am one of your biggest fans. Would you be willing to take just a few minutes and do a simple sketch of me? I’d be happy to pay you.”

Picasso studied the woman’s features and then, with a smile, said, “Yes, I will.”

Picasso picked up his sketchpad, opened his pad, took 2 pieces of charcoal from his jacket pocket and went to work. Fifteen minutes later he turned the pad and showed the woman his work. It was spectacular and she was thrilled!

She opened her purse, took our her checkbook and asked, “How much will that be?”

Picasso answered, “Five thousand dollars.”

Her jaw dropped. She said, “Five thousand dollars? But, sir, the picture took you only fifteen minutes to draw.”

“No, madam,” he responded, very seriously. “You don’t understand. The painting took me 80 years and 15 minutes to draw.”

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The life lessons you’ve learned…everything you have ever done…has led you to become who and what you are today, just like Picasso. Every win and every loss, every good person or evil one encountered and dealt with, every lesson you’ve learned along the way, has created the person you are today. Laughter and tears, mistakes, big wins…it’s all you!

It takes a lot of little things create a big thing. It isn’t just dumb luck. It isn’t just a fluke. Living your life with all its experiences has built a consciousness and created who and what you are today.

Keep on learning and seeking! Remember, if you are still alive and breathing, this isn’t the end of the trail. This may be where the next big adventure really begins!

I’m holding the high watch! Rev. Donna