Step of the Day

Stepping into the Canvas with Love and Compassion in our Hearts. As many will make a mad-dash for final savings in hopes of retrieving that “must have” gift, let us remember to be extra patient today. Patient with those around us: allowing them to go ahead of us, to skip in line, to get the last prize. It is not how fast we get to our destination or what gifts we wrap. Instead it is how we spend our time and the gifts we bring in our hearts. With the gifts we shall share this season, the greatest shall be of Love.

Growing Pains

When we were growing up, we often experienced growing pains. With pain in the legs, ankles, hands, arms and possibly even mental anguish. With physical growth we naturally expect physical growing pains with a hint of mental anguish as we learn more things about life. This is the natural process of life.

As we transition from morning to afternoon of our lives, we have slightly different growing pains. Instead of physical pain we encounter spiritual pain with a hint of mental anguish. This spiritual pain comes in many forms: broken heart, increased fatigue, depression, and yes more mental anguish.

In the morning of our lives we experience physical growing pains, but in the afternoon of our lives we experience Spiritual growing pains. Physical is the easiest of the two as we take pain medicine to mask the pain or we can call upon our divine essence, allowing the pain to dissipate on its own. Spiritual pain is not so easy to remedy for it requires reflections of the soul.

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively;

he must put himself in the place of another and of many others;

the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

To learn from this sort of pain, one must be willing to journey inward until the source of pain or emotional anguish can be located. If there are trapped emotions, they may be released. If there is trapped guilt, from earlier trespassing against another, then forgiveness is remedy for pain endured. It is said that we need only ask our Creator for forgiveness, but often times the human mind needs closure and needs to go to the source of the guilt…whomever they harmed. By asking for forgiveness they can be released from their sins.

Whether physical or spiritual, morning or afternoon, we all experience growing pains. How we handle these growing pains will determine how quickly we heal.

Stepping into the Canvas while embracing the Growing Pains, without them there may be no new growth. With them, there is surely growth. Whether morning or afternoon, physical or Spiritual, both have purpose and both lead to new growth. Enjoy the many miracles of life, while ‘witnessing’ these growing pains…

Step of the Day

Stepping into the Canvas with a new habit…a habit of excellence. We often think that we are what we repeatedly do, thereby making our actions a habit. Whatever habits of old, it is time for new. Making new habits of that which we most desire, serving to our highest good..

Witness

My heart is split in two,

Bleeding for those in need.

So many lost,

So much pain.

I can help and I can change the world.

Shine light, spreading Love wherever I go.

Merely witness…

…pain, offering a hand.

…struggle, offering a solution.

…lost, offering the way.

…anger, offering Peace.

…Darkness, offering light.

…weakness, offering strength.

…evil, offering good.

Just as Job learned, learn patience.

Be patient and those who wish, shall ask for help.

Those who come to you, open your arms…embracing them.

Embrace them…showing them Love is the answer!

Step of the Day

 

Stepping into the Canvas as to preserve everything in a pure, still Heart…letting go. Absorbing the beauty around us, we are infused therein. Let there be, for every pulse…gratitude; for every shadow…Light; for every breath…a new Canvas.

The Irony of Man

The Irony of Man is not a new problem, but a repeating cyclical behavior passed down from generation to generation. Aristophanes referred to this as eiron, Greek word for Irony, and applied its usage to any shady or annoying characters. The Irony in itself was that Aristophanes himself was a ‘jokester’ and often annoyed others within his time. Classic case of projecting shadows onto another.
Carl Jung proved the shadow effect to be that of projection of oneself onto another: In some cases we see positive in another, wishing we could be more like them; In others we see negative aspects of ourselves we do not care for, commenting on them as “Ironic” or as Aristophanes called annoying. The first example is self-explanatory as we want to be more like that which we desire to become, thereby causing a natural gravitational pull towards positive people in our lives. The second is not so apparent.
Our thoughts and attitudes need persistent training
in a world so intent on convincing us that we are who we are not
and that we are not who, in fact, we are.
~Debbie Ford
While projecting Shadows, we not only display judgment through bitterness but also express malicious verbal accusations of another. Failing to realize we are merely looking into the mirror with our own reflection projecting onto others, we find disgust with not just them but subconsciously ourselves. Those who remain in their own shadows either stay in darkness or turn towards the light.
We can chase our shadows of doubt
or we can turn our attention towards the source of Light,
leaving our shadows behind us for ever.
~Joseph
Our shadows have ability to shine brightly, as the source of Light, through which awareness and mindfulness is achieved. Remain in the shadows and that is where we remain. Turning attention towards source energy, we receive lessons of acceptance for all (you, me, he, she, we, they). Acceptance for all ironies of life, finding humor in the ironic behavior of man.
Isn’t it ironic that we pay for gym memberships when we could easily walk outside, getting more fresh air, vitamin D and an over-whelming feeling of well-being? We pay for ‘Coaches’ to tell us how to live, when we need only sit and ponder our lives. We want to get healthier but are unwilling to make changes in diets or lifestyles, instead paying someone to keep us on track. We have known health issues, but fail to change our ways…further paying someone to aid us with our health…usually in the form of a convenient pill. Our lives are filled with ironies.
Is it a case of laziness or subscribing in a belief of doing something every moment, forgetting to reconnect with the Canvas of Life. The Canvas of Life has no rules, but has consequences. We can choose to take our time while painting our canvas or we can rush through it, splattering paint everywhere with little care in how it falls. One can yield a peaceful, tranquil moment while embracing the Canvas and the other yields chaos, angst often misery. Misery brought on by deadlines and timelines…always living for the clock… missing the beauty provided by the Canvas.
While our moments may not always be what we expect them to be, it can be enjoyable no matter what. The Irony of Man does not have to complete the cycle anymore. We can actually break the cycle of Irony and begin a new cycle. A cycle that includes awareness, forgiveness, gratitude and Love. Wait no longer…change our worldly view. Turn from the shadows of darkness and turn towards the light.
If all we have in our hearts is Love,
there can be room for nothing else.
~Joseph
While the Pilgrim subscribes to the Irony of Man allowing the cycle to continue in his lineage, the Warrior (Ani Po) subscribes to a new irony…one of serendipity. On a personal level it can change with a single thought. On a global level, same thought. We find in ourselves, and in others, that not one human being is perfect. In this recognition we find perfection in all the imperfections.
Stepping into the Canvas serendipitously. With every step, every thought…may it be aligned with the seven generations. With our ability to alter the cycles, we align our thoughts with that of source energy. Focusing on our shadow, we remain in darkness: focusing on Light, we Shine On into another day. Shine On!

Step of the Day

 

Stepping into the Canvas as ‘Limitless.’ One’s true potential is established by removal of all roadblocks set by self-defeating thoughts “I cannot do that” or “I am not good enough.” The truth is, there is nothing that is not possible, once the intent is established. Taking one step at a time, whether the path is clear or not, trusting that All is Good.