This time of the year is always the busiest for our family. Graduations, end of year concerts and awards and planning for the the Fall pull me firmly back into more mundane activities, leaving less time for spiritual pursuits. In the flurry of all of this, I try to routinely spend some time reflecting on the choices I have made in response to greater demands on my time and looking for ways to incorporate my experiences into a balance of body, mind and spirit. I came across this posting made in February of 2009 and as is always the way with these things, it was exactly the reminder I needed at this moment. Perhaps it will calm some of your own busy-ness….Enjoy
February 23, 2009
“When we spend time reflecting on our life path, we awaken our inner wisdom and gain greater insight about the choices that are right for us. It is easy to become confused by the multitude of choices facing us each day, and we might resist the decision-making process for lack of understanding about what we truly want. If we can quiet our minds and reflect on the possibilities before us, we can connect more deeply with ourselves and know instinctively which choices are best for us. With our new sense of clarity, we are then able to move forward with confidence and optimism about the future. Simply quieting and calming your thoughts today will connect you more deeply with your inner self so that you can see your life in clearer focus.”
… excerpted from Daily OM – Aquarius …
How often have we been told that spending some quiet time with SELF is the best way to access the right action? Reading this today sent me down this well worn path of good intention. And, try as I might to remember to access this simple, yet quite profound, action Life gets in the way… “I” get in the way. So, perhaps the best strategy is to factor this into the LIFE equation. To move through my days and weeks in such a way that reflection, greater insight and work, play and love become intrinsically intertwined. That listening to and for that still small voice within, becomes just as habitual as that venti coffee in the morning to fuel my day. Perhaps by making a conscious decision to work collaboratively with my Higher SELF, the myriad of choices will blend into the one true PATH and the clarity I seek will simply need the opening of my eyes.
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Happy Mother’s Day to those who have given birth to children, ideas, dreams, art, music and writing.
Happy Mother’s Day to those who have nurtured and prodded, encouraged and loved enough to bring out the best in another.
Happy Mother’s Day to those who have fought, cried out and stood in support of a cause or idea that would have fallen into the deep tombs apathy.
Happy Mother’s Day to those who have sacrificed and given their all when nothing was left to give to ensure the success of what they had given birth to.
Happy Mother’s Day to those who have boldly declared that no woman is barren and the fruits of her womb and the merit of her worth need not only be measured in physical life, but also in those seeds of inspiration and hope that enliven the aspirations of others.
Happy Mother’s Day top ALL women everywhere, for within each of you is the seed potential for creation!
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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within is. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
From Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love and was quoted by Nobel Prize–winner Nelson Mandela in his inaugural address.
I love this statement. The thought and action called for is so simple, yet most of us continually stand just at the brink of stepping into our own power. We wait to have our actions affirmed. We clamor for the degree or certificate or job that will announce our “arrival to success”. We eat less, exercise more and seek out the latest interventions to eradicate age, weight and appearance that in the eyes of others we think will diminish our beauty and strength. In reality, all have to do is look in the mirror of our souls to see the power that is ours; listen to the words of those who love us unconditionally or see how another’s face lights up when we offer a smile or extend a hand. When we embrace these things, as the quote above says … “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
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