Stepping into the Canvas with acceptance. Looking into the mirror we can see friend or fo, looking out we do the same. Once we accept the one in the mirror, we shall do the same with the others. Often times we project our negative thoughts of self-pity or disgust into the world, only to have them surface again in the mirror. Love thyself, Love thy world.
How many of us have the time to just sit and be still? How many of us are willing to take the time out of our busy day to enjoy the beauty of each given day? Too often we are traveling at neck breaking speeds: off to soccer, to a meeting, pick-up the kids, go to the…the list goes on. Stop…just for a moment…and breathe.In this moment you will reclaim “your time.”
This is a beautiful story shared by “The Mankind Project” and is a good reminder to us all…
A man sat at a metro station in Washington D.C. and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year-old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?
Stepping into the Canvas with an attentive ear. Taking the time to listen for the sweet music the Canvas of Life has to offer. In taking that moment to stop and listen we will reclaim our time, setting off a chain reaction of future moments of stopping to hear the sweet sounds the Life has to offer. Stop! Listen to the Music.
Stepping into the Canvas syncrosensationally. Living as our authentic self, listening to that voice within and leading by faith, we shall arrive exactly when we need to arrive. Every morsel shall taste sweeter, every step lighter and every interaction will be syncrosensational. In these moments of synchronicity, you will have no choice but to say “wow…that was sensational!” Enjoy your Syncrosensational Day!
Have you ever sat and pondered your actions or the implications they may have? What if your whole life was a lie? What if the reality you thought was true, resulted in more false reality to spread throughout a region? I invite you now to ponder throwing everything you have learned thus far…out the window. If you are reading this, you are ready for a change…
Do you feel that maybe, just maybe, our worldly leaders have all lied to us? All in the name of control? What if today for the first time, you awakened to a new reality? This will be the day you say “No More.” This will be the day of a new revolution. A day not fought with weapons of hate, but weapons of Love. On this day, we shall know: no more hate, no more war…we shall only know Peace within our Hearts, spreading more Love.
Ani Po, in her forties, thought she followed the “right” religion, the “right” political party, the “right” work ethics…the list goes on. Until one day, she heard a voice…a voice as if brought by the wind. This voice spoke to Ani Po with a question…”Do you want to know the truth?” She replied, puzzled, “what do you mean the truth?” As a young pilgrim filled with Ego-consciousness, she knew only the reality that she grew up into.
Intrigued by this question she asked again, “What do you mean the truth?” With a swift whisper, carried by the wind, she heard “You have been sleeping for forty years, I think it is time for you to arise from your sleep.”
“What do you mean?” Ani Po asked.
“You have been living a lie. You have been told your religion was the only way to paradise, you were told your political party had the best interest of the people, you were told to work your fingers to the bone, you were told to stone others who do not follow your beliefs…” Ani Po quickly interrupted this voice, as if she heard all she could take.
The voice continued, ignoring Ani Po’s request, “Tell your Brothers and Sisters to lay down their arms, embrace the others as their Brothers and Sisters. I have witnessed enough pain and suffering by my children and no longer want my children to hurt. Tell them to start Loving one another.”
Knowing what she knows now, just a few years later, Ani Po dissolved the common beliefs, adopting a higher, purposeful, belief system. It is a system of Love for all, regardless of: age, sex, sexual preference, religious beliefs, political views, working class, social class, etc. …it is an all-inclusive affair. She reflects on the voice she once heard, speaking of Love for all and releasing beliefs of old. Further reflecting on a teaching of “a narrow gate, gaining access to paradise.” She once thought this narrow gate was actually a narrow path, but now see it as a broadened path. The more vast the path, the narrower it gets. While the Warrior accepts everyone as Brother and Sister, the Pilgrim still views ‘the others’ as enemies.
What if the others threaten harm towards you and your family? It is your right to protect them. More courageously…it is your right to bless them. If we continue to see our Brothers and Sisters as enemies, that is where they shall remain. If we see them as they are, Brothers and Sisters, that is how they shall be. All parties are guilty of sinful behavior…put down the weapons of destruction and embrace the weapons of co-creation…the time for action is now.
Our actions today, will set off a chain reaction. Whether it destroys or creates, the power lay within our hands. We can continue the worldly destruction or we can choose a path of co-creation, creating a life that mirrors paradise.
Stepping into the Canvas of a new reality. With an empty canvas before us, we have the opportunity to not only paint the scenery for our own reality, but create a Domino Effect on behaviors of other “Master Artists.” This domino effect will cause a chain reaction of faith, hope and Love, instilling Peace wherever they go. More warriors shall step forward, standing firmly for peace…are you ready to lead the way?
Stepping into the Canvas as it was the first and last. Today is a new beginning, a time for sharing everything you Love about Life. The Canvas can be dull or filled with sunshine…the choice is up to you! Whether we share clouds of grey or Rays of Sunshine, this shall be our reality for the day…which to choose?
Have you ever been in a situation where you know something great is on its way, but you have to remain in a current situation? A situation where you are already checked out or they have already checked you off? Just as in Oh! The Places You Will Go, by Dr. Seuss, you find yourself in a most unpleasant place…the waiting place.
In between here and there,
The Darkness and Cold roll in.
No longer afraid,
But yet Alone the same.
An ending is near,
The Warrior steps in,
Only to step out.
She leaves behind Seeds,
Of Faith, Hope and Love.
Whether they grow,
Is no longer Her care.
It is time to move on,
More seeds to plant.
It is time Share the Light once more.
The Warrior awaits,
For the next task.
She is no longer here or there,
Remaining In Between.
Time will be soon,
To begin again.
Spreading Love from Here,
To there…and everywhere In Between.
Stepping into the Canvas remain in Love. Whether here or there or in the middle of nowhere, it is a great opportunity to share some Love with another. Even in the waiting place, Love is needed. Whether they have written you off or the niceties have run dry…remain in Love…spreading even more Love during your stay in the place of “In Between…”
Stepping into the Canvas with an open mind. Often adopting a belief system, handed down from generation to generation, filled with dogma and doctrine…Dare to throw it all away. Seeing the world with a new set of eyes. If you need a reminder, feel free to tape this phrase up where it is most visible…”I am open to new ideas and shall see the world with a fresh pair of eyes. Seeing not with eyes of flesh, but with eyes of spirit…”