“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have.” ~Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
“Consciousness is the ability to release the old and embrace the new with the awareness that all things end at the appropriate time and that all things begin at the appropriate time.
This truth is difficult to learn to live with because human beings seek stability – the absence of change. Therefore becoming conscious means living fully in the present moment, knowing that no situation or person will be exactly the same tomorrow.
As change does occur, we work to interpret it as a natural part of life and strive to ‘flow with it,’ as the Tao Te Ching counsels, and not against it. Trying to make things remain the same is useless as well as impossible.
Our task is to contribute the best of our energy to every situation with the understanding that we influence, but do not control, what we will experience tomorrow.”
~Carolyn Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit, p.241
Being Grateful = Being In Love With Your Life
Lately I’ve been observing that as I focus on gratitude my love affair with my own life increases and blossoms. If one can do no more, let us say, or even think ‘I am grateful. I am thankful. I am blessed. I am grateful. I am thankful. I am blessed.’ Repetition is encouraged.
This gorgeous group of artistic images makes my heart sing. From online sources I gathered them together as I pondered Jack Kerouac’s encouragement for us to ‘be in love with’ our own lives, every detail of it. I’ve shared this quote recently with different art because I like returning to themes as I examine a certain topic. . . such as, lately, being in love with our lives.
Love for life blossoms in the present moment as we are grateful for what is going well in our lives. As we contemplate and focus on what we’re already blessed with, we begin to really see. . . blessings are everywhere.
Even after the darkest of times the brightness of joy returns, just as spring follows winter and dawn follows night. Every dawn is a beautiful occasion to help us foster gratitude. Enjoy this incredible, brand new morning, waiting with untold opportunities of new and better things. Carpe diem!
© Gina ~Professions for Peace
[Images from Pinterest, Tumblr; original sources could not be found.]