Nature is superior to our human mistakes. The vastness of her power is beyond our comprehension. One way to celebrate Earth Day, beyond enjoying time outdoors, is to focus on what is working. Certainly let’s take action with conserving energy, purchasing less and repurposing more. But let’s also help with our minds and hearts as we pay attention to what is working. Let’s focus on building the new. Together, with Nature’s awesome power and our opportunities for making a difference, we can fix this. Happy Earth Day! And let’s BE HAPPY for Earth Day. Namaste.
“We need to have the courage to claim our spiritual identity in the midst of a world afraid of light. We don’t need to flaunt our spirituality, argue about it, or attack anyone who does not see or agree with it; we just need to live it. The path of mastery does not require us to convince anyone else of anything; it simply asks us to remember who we are and be it.” ~Alan Cohen, Dare To Be Yourself
“There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,
The soul that rises with us, our life’s star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home.
O God, we are one with You. You have made us one with You. You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us. Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts. Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection. O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit. Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love. Love has overcome. Love is victorious. Amen.
~Thomas Merton, his prayer from an informal address delivered in Calcutta, India, October 1968 [source]
As the snow continues falling I find myself more at peace with it today. Yesterday my inner pendulum had swung away from my recent admiration of snow’s beauty in the wind, to feeling trapped indoors behind daggers of ice. The icicle display of freeze-thaw evidence is harmless and really quite beautiful depending on the viewer’s perspective. [my other blog’s post]
Peace begins within.
Not being at peace with what IS is akin to trying to push the river or stop the dawn. Yet much of my life used to be filled with angst generated by my inability to accept what was happening in a particular moment. Take traffic for example.
Years ago I had an epiphany* in traffic that improved my driving. And my life. It was during a frequent merge, up an incline with a curve to the right and a very long length of lane to accelerate to highway speed (110km/h). I was directly behind a car that was going 40km/h under the speed limit. Practically growling at their (or their vehicle’s) incompetence, I glanced frantically over my shoulder with hopes of passing. In seeing a line of traffic led by a massive truck, I sat back and momentarily took my foot off the gas to allow space from the slow car.
In that moment I observed, as if from a distance (my Higher Self), how my blood pressure had shot up. I saw how my wheel-clutching tension had materialized suddenly from what had been, moments earlier, a peaceful and loving morning at home. It was in that instant of really seeing myself that I let go and felt the tension melt away. All semblance of hardness left me, replaced with the softness of grace. I actually felt taller as a blanket of gentleness settled over me and I saw that I was resisting What Is. This is my moment, right here and right now, and just look at how lovely the sky is ahead. Those clouds are beautiful. There we go, that’s more like it! Feeling like my peaceful self again.
Peace rediscovered in an instant behind a slow-moving car that I had erroneously given away my power to. I had given an external happenstance the power over my emotions and how my day was unfolding. In a moment of grace as I like to call it, or the lovely multi-syllable word epiphany, I reclaimed my power by birthright. Free will. The power of choice and I choose peace. A radiant peace began emanating from my heart. Everywhere. At the driver of that slow car, and the truck that whizzed past. I gave thanks to the drivers behind me who hadn’t honked, but even if they had I was too busy relishing my happiness to have even noticed or cared.
That hard feeling of inflexibility doesn’t stand a chance when met with the encompassing power of grace that comes with the acceptance of What Is. Happiness blooms in my heart as I remember to be gentle and calm. No matter if I’m being detained, or they’re sold out of something I need, or it’s snowing when I want warm sunshine. No outer event need ruffle my inner pond of peace. Peace blossoms with letting go, and letting the moment just be. It Is and I Am. Thank You God For This Day.
May I remember to say this phrase of unconditional love and gratitude for this precise moment.
May I overflow with peace and thankfulness that I am alive and breathing and here. May we all.
May peace prevail. Namaste. Gina
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
*Epiphany: ‘the moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you, or a powerful religious experience’ [source]. I share this note for my love of the word, and not because any reader here wouldn’t know. It’s celebrating this word over saying ‘an AHA moment’ although I love all moments of insight and growth, no matter what they’re called.
Taking action is how we increase our connectedness to Spirit. If we’re heeding our true calling, we must be willing to act on that mission. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Proverbs 14:23 NIV ~ All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
True imagination is not fanciful daydreaming; it is fire from heaven.
~ Ernest Holmes
“You simply cannot give to the world all that you have to give if you do not remain true to your own ‘selfish’ desires. You have a unique set of precious values that can only be fulfilled by pursuing what drives you the most: your passions and dreams.
Could Thomas Edison have tended to the downtrodden as Mother Teresa did?
Could Albert Einstein have preached salvation as Martin Luther King Jr. did?
Could Abraham Lincoln have built cars like Henry Ford? Always, the masses benefit from the individuals who insist on marching to the beat of their own drummer.” ~ Mike Dooley
If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that is may be the largest one possible for now. ~ Mildred McAfee
Why wait for inspiration to come? Inspiration may or may not arrive. If it does, it will only come periodically on the winds of chance. But if we court inspiration by setting time aside, if we create an atmosphere of expectancy, inspiration will find us irresistible and will come often. ~ Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery
You came to earth to express your unique gifts; to withhold them because you are afraid other people may not like them is to deny your own purpose here. Do not allow opinions to rule your life. They change with the capriciousness of the wind. Let your destiny be rooted in your heart’s desire, and your actions will bear fruit to nourish generations to come.
~ Alan Cohen, Dare to be Yourself
“The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something… To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.” ~ John Ruskin
Today really look around at your world: your family, your home, your pets,
your co-workers, and the strangers on the street. Smile at everyone you meet because you can see them. Never forget that the gift of vision was so important that when God created the world, the first command was for Light in order to see, and after the Great Creator was finished with each day’s task, He glanced back on his handiwork and “saw that is was good.” We need to see how good it is, too. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
With stammering lips and insufficient sounds,
I strive and struggle to deliver right
the music of my nature…
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that we become rich!” ~ Sarah Bernhardt
“But if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself.” ~ Carl Jung
Today realize that Great Spirit has no hands, head, or heart like yours. No one else on earth can do what you alone are called to do or can give to the world what you alone were sent to share through your authentic gifts.
It is through the expression and sharing of your gifts that you will feel fulfilled. Your gifts want to be expressed, and the use of them makes you feel good. Your gifts are God’s gift to you and the expression of your gifts truly help heal every aspect of your life.
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
My updated ABOUT page has me excitedly celebrating all the reasons why I blog! I consider myself to be an ‘Inspirational Blogger‘ with an ongoing intention to help uplift and inspire others.
Also through this process of blossoming with bliss I have discovered a book within me eagerly writing itself out. It is by focusing on and meditating with the question What do I love that I am relishing these new discoveries of my greatest passions.
Living joyfully is no accident. I did not just wake up out of a painful life one day, suddenly brimming with smiles and happiness. It is a habit to be developed like a spiritual muscle, and I am proud to ‘work out’ daily. And as with all things in life, it gets easier with practice.
I began this blog in April 2012 and wrote my first About page. Last month I posted about Martin Luther King Jr. on both my blogs, and I then decided to really pray for clarity about why I want to blog and why I have two locations. My hero MLK had clarity. He definitely knew who he was and what his purpose was. His life was my inspiration as I sought clarity for myself. I went within and asked Why do I blog? What do I want to say? What do I hope to accomplish? But when answers didn’t come I simply asked, What do I love?
Clarity about our purpose, like happiness, doesn’t just happen out of the blue. We must seek after it, lay the groundwork, and open our hearts for its arrival. Just as thoughts of gratitude and sharing kindness helps foster happiness, so too does regular prayer practice and meditation to quietly listen help foster our inner clarity.
This is worthy work and it’s worth every minute we devote to it. I encourage us all to work this spiritual muscle. Let us go within to find out who we are, what we love, and how we may be of service. What you discover on this adventure of introspection will help you to heal, blossom, and shine with happiness. Go for it! You’re worth it. And the world needs your light.
Copyright © 2014 Gina ~ Professions for PEACE
We experience God’s peace and harmony to the extent to which we love, forgive, and focus on the good in others and in ourselves. We ask God to help us do that, so that relationships that are new will be good, ones that are good will keep getting better, and ones that are broken will be repaired. God’s law is that we love one another. Obeying that law is the key to a happy life. ~ Marianne Williamson, Illuminata
I open to receive You.
Please enter where You already abide.
Please prepare me for greater service to You.
I surrender to You my doings this day.
I ask only that they serve You and the healing of the world.
May I bring Your love and light and goodness with me, to give unto others wherever I go.
Give me strength and compassion and courage and wisdom.
Make me the person You would have me be.
May my mind and heart be pure and true, and may I not deviate from the things of goodness.
Direct my footsteps, and show me what You would have me do.
Please give me the opportunity to expand my heart into the life of another in the holiest way, the most beautiful way, if that serves Your purpose. For I would learn the secrets of love and use what I learn to grace the life of another. What a marvelous possibility, Lord, that such a treasure would be placed in my hands.
May I become more fully a reflection of Your radiance.
May Your light that surrounds me, ever more shine through me.
Soften my heart.
Thank you God.
My prayer today is inspired by Marianne Williamson’s writing.
“Read my prayers or someone else’s,” Williamson says. “By all means, create your own.” Illuminata is a way to bring prayer into practical use, creating a sweeter, more abundant life for yourself and the people you care for. “No conventional therapy,” she says, “can release us from a deep and abiding psychic pain. Through prayer we find what we cannot find elsewhere: a peace that is not of this world.”
From the back cover of Illuminata: A Return to Prayer