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As True as You Are

Within this moment the Truth resides. It wants for nothing as it knows abundance beyond all form.

How does an ordinary person find this Truth?

The first steps are looking inside and listening to what the mind has to say. You may not like what you hear but at least you are noticing.

There is power in the noticing.

It is not up to you to change the mind.  It morphs at the speed of light.  It is rare anyone can catch it.  Even if you do cast a net wide enough to envelop your thoughts, they will slip through the openings to be replaced by the mind’s next great disaster.

There is power in letting thoughts be.

Fill your heart-stores up with compassion because as you let go of controlling your thoughts, fear may start to seep in and wash away your resolve.

It feels easier to revert to control when our feelings begin to surface.

For this moment, what if we gave ourselves permission to be exactly as we are?

Of course we would still be flawed in deep and interesting ways, but could we learn of a truer version of ourselves?

Give yourself five minutes a day where no change is required in thought, body or mind.

In these moments, what might you find?

Peace? Beauty? Love?

Each glimmer a lifeline towards hope and wholeness.

Already arrived and permanent.

As True as you are and always have been.

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Us

In knowing your Truth, be less concerned with the particulars and turn your awareness inward.  Within each of us is an indescribable something that watches everything and knows All.  When you are connected to this stillness your personal judgments lessen and a steady peace rises.  This peace fills every open space and beyond.

It is up to each and everyone of us to clear the way for this peace to bloom.

Some of us will clear our hearts so completely, we will become unrecognizable except to the few who have done their work.

This work is not for everyone.  This work makes you far removed from personal contexts and attachments.  This work, if done to its full extent, heals everything.  It heals the One so the Many may find their Way.

The workers for peace look like you and me.

In fact, they are you and me.  Some of us Know this and most of us don’t.

For those of Us who Know, we leave behind all we thought we were to become what we actually are.

Free.

 

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Small Moments

As you come to embody your personal experience more fully, you will begin to notice life in a new way.  Living in Presence affords you the beauty of seeing Love’s abundance surrounding you.

Small moments become deeply moving as your heart awakens.

With all this noticing of Beauty, you come to know other truths about yourself.  You may find searing judgments and criticism below the surface of your life.  In fact, you may be shocked at how harshly you speak to yourself.

Therefore, as mindfulness breathes awareness through your experience, you have to fill your emotional stores replete with forgiveness.

Yet, as you grow your heart in its most Loving direction, you will become more adept at handling the hurtful stories you tell yourself.

Space begins to form around difficulty.  From this opening, healing may enter and wisdom may rise to your consciousness.

The greatest salve of humanity is forgiveness.  Forgiveness of the world, forgiveness of ourselves and forgiveness of each other.

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The Unfolding of Life

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When a problem arises, we are conditioned to ‘think our way through it’.  If we spend enough time and effort reshaping our life based on what our minds tell us to do, eventually life will submit to our will.

But what if it does not?  What if the harder we try to problem-solve or the deeper we delve into logic, we are still stuck with the exact same life and the exact same conflicts.

Maybe our life is not a problem to be solved.  What if life is simply an unfolding we need to experience without interference?

In its unfolding, we welcome All.

Everything expresses to its fullness.

When this happens, sometimes what we label as ‘ugly’ tumbles into beauty.

Maybe it’s time to let life be.

“We can’t understand the nature of reality until we let go of controlling our experience.”

-True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Tara Brach)

 

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Healing Reimagined

In my years of searching for Truth, my motivation rested in changing the self that I am.  The amount of effort I poured into finding inner peace rivaled that of an athlete training for the Olympics.  I read countless books, meditated daily, had a spiritual mentor and began a yoga practice in earnest.

Each of these may or may not have been valuable on this path.  I have no regrets only compassion.  The self that searched with all her might endured a suffering few can imagine.  When a self experiences the world as a dream but then is dropped back into the personal experience of it, all hell breaks loose.

This self did all she could to survive and mitigate the internal, constant noise of ‘living in two worlds’.

Over the past few months, this self’s course has down-shifted.  There is less urgency to reach a goal of peace.  Rather, the emphasis has changed to accepting where this self is on the journey.

Peace may come to stay, but it is okay if it does not.  A healed mind may manifest, but it is okay if it does not.

There is something to be found in loving the present moment exactly as it is.  There is great value in accepting ourselves right here, right now.

“…, you are already perfect just as you are, in the sense of already being perfectly who you are, including all the imperfections.”

-Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

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It is helpful to redefine healing in a way that will make it available to you wherever you are on your path to wholeness.  The shift comes by focusing on accepting what is and letting go of the constant striving for change.

Jon Kabat-Zinn redefines healing beautifully in Full Catastrophe Living:

” … my working definition of healing is coming to terms with things as they are.”

Healing will find us if we breathe open-heartedly into this present moment.

Let it be.

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Where Your Words Meet Your Mind

In the middle of the night, the quiet that settles over us is meant to inspire us.  It is meant to Love us back to Truth.

The body awakens and the mind races unsure why sleep escapes us.  Logic seems to work in our favor.  It appears to be the route we must travel for peace.  It tries to work through our problems and understand the source of our wakefulness.

But it does not help.

Logic cannot comfort in the dark.  It can only dance us away from what is Whole and True within us.

Before you believe everything you think, breathe into where your words meet your mind.

At this crux, if only a sliver of light escapes its way Home, follow it with everything you are.

There, beyond, is the garden full of sparkling blooms waiting for you to gather them up in your empty arms.

All you need is in this garden.

It will bloom until dawn comes.

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A Tiny Spark

There comes a time on the path to enlightenment where we might question the progress.

We wonder if this feeling of standing still means that we have lost the Way entirely.

There is no need for worry.

In stillness as in motion, we are always where we need to be.

It is only when we begin judging ourselves or the path, that our journey slows considerably.

This is the trick of self-preservation.  The small self would rather indulge in defining the path and deeming it less-than or more-than instead of flowing towards freedom.

When we allow ourselves to get lost in the flow, less-than and more-than things still appear to happen, but we remain suspended in peace as we let these experiences pass through our awareness untouched by judgment.

But, if we must qualify our Light-minding ways to Knowing, we can hold tight to this truth:

“A tiny spark of willingness is all that is needed to embody Peace.”

You have done more than you know.

You have done more than was needed.

Rest well, fellow traveler.  The path needs us not, as we are the path.

We are the Way.

We are the Light.

Now go set the world ablaze.

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