what color is your lens?

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What color is your lens? How do you see reality?  Do you see shades of joy and happiness or is it mostly gloom? Have you noticed that reality is nothing static and that it is often (if not always) a reflection of our own lens?

How we choose to see the World is what the World will be to us. This is not to say that if we always look through a “happy” lens that the World will always be joyful.  It’s not that simple.  It’s more to say that if we choose to keep our thoughts and our lens focused on that which is good, that which is positive, that which we can be grateful for; then, yes, our journey in life will reflect that same goodness back to us.

On days where my heart feels heavy, for whatever reason it may be, the sunshine always comes back when I become consciously grateful for the next breath I have.  The sunshine always comes back when I realize that my responsibility is just to live and enjoy the present moment and not worry about what comes next or what was before.

May our lens for life always keep us mindful that our next breath is not granted and that each moment of our lives is not only precious but a sacred gift.

 

that we always know ….

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That we may always know that life is now;
and that all we have to do is remain still.

That we may always know that all we need is within us, already;
and that through stillness and surrender we can access all the wisdom, the courage and strength.

That we may always know that right now is all we have;
and that all the regrets from the past or worries for tomorrow are not ours to carry.

That we may always know that we are not alone;
and that we realize that all the support we need will divinely be provided.

That we may always know that good deeds last for ever;
and that doing good is only but a loving energy we leave for generations to come.

That we may always be thankful for those who came before us:
and that today in time of need and sorrow, it their good deeds that send angels along our way.

That we may always know to be thankful;
and that we remember that the breaks we get in life might not be a right, but a Grace of God.

That we may always know….

knowing that all we need is within us already

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That we may always know that life is now. That we have all we need right now, right here and that in the present moment all the wisdom, courage, strength and insight is within ourselves. All we have to do is remain still.

saying “yes” to the gift of NOW

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From all the creations of the World, we, humans, are the rare species with the capacity to understand the concept of time. We can think of the past. We can dream of the future. We have the choice of living aware of the present time.

Yet, as much this is a very special gift, it does come with its share of complexity.

Growing up I remember Almazesha getting up each morning at about 4AM to spend time in Prayer. She did this all her life.

Until very recently, I just could not imagine how she could wake up so early each day and I understood even less the consistency in which she lived out her spiritual life.

Well, although I don’t wake up at 4AM yet, but I am happy about having managed to start my day with time for silence, prayer and meditation. This morning, I read a passage in my book of Prayers. Often when after praying, I pick a passage randomly from the books of Prayers I have; and as I read, I do so trusting that the passage I picked will carry a message important for me to hear. This morning the passage spoke of how much most of our stress and anxiety comes from being stuck in the past or from trying to see what is in the future. At times our stress comes even from the fear of what we imagine we will see or not see in the future, or of what will happen or not happen.

They say it is so much easier to accept the gift of the choice we have in living “now”. It is so much easier to say yes to the present moment. Of course, this is not how our minds have been used to thinking or working – but, it is certainly something worth learning to do.

The past weeks have been quite stressful for me. The presence of stress has subsequently caused many undesired results (too long to list here). Reading this passage this morning was like a quick reminder to me. If there is nothing I can do about the past or about the future, why should I give thoughts about the past, the future and even about today the power to clutter my mind. How much more peace would I possibly have, if I manage to let that go?

Rationally, I completely understand why I should say “yes” to the gift of NOW. The challenge will be in living that very way.

keep your eyes on the horizon

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As much as opportunities, pleasurable times and treasures along this journey of ours; we are also bound to encounter challenges, difficulties and times of testing.  It is all part of life and living.  It is all part of what allows us to grow our spirit.  There is however a pitfall in all this.  The pitfall is forgetting to maintain perspective.

“My child, she would say, keep you eye on the horizon and as you journey through life, always be mindful knowing that all things shall pass; knowing that nothing is good or bad per se, it all depends how we look at it.  It all depends what we make of it. It all depends on the decisions and choices we make.  It all depends on so many things.  Remain mindful of impermanence, in this way you will pace yourself in times of glory; and you will remember to also pace yourself in times of tribulations.  Pace yourself always.  Keep your eyes on the horizon and walk on knowing that you are accountable to no one but the One and Only that Created us”.