To Be Diligent

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.~Buddha

Careful with thought, aware of our next steps..as not to disrupt the existing peacefulness within the Canvas of Life.We are to remain mindful of our every being…as not to be disturbed by the natural chaos of that which blinds us.

sleeping buddha

The Length of my Hand

I return seated once again in the dark, in that dark place within my being. But I find nothing, darkness…alone.
In the distance there is a small light I cannot reach. Silent…only my thoughts remain. Reaching for the light…I still cannot grasp it.
Unattainable by the length of my hand, I return to my heart. Through my heart I see the light…I am the light. Opening the eyes of flesh…it is gone.
Retreating to my heart to see all I need to see…the darkness vanishes, the light returns. The world around me is illuminated, awaiting my thoughts to be infused…

return to my heart

Worry Paints a Bleak Picture Upon the Canvas

looking through glass of water

In the observation of things, it is easy to note how we react to life around us. Rudeness, Impatience of others, constant flux of “being busy.” It is common to think we have no choice as to how our day may unfold, but it is an illusion that we cannot change how we react to the events.

Recently, I observed a Father and Son discussing the topic of worry and heard a beautiful analogy given by the father.

glass-of-water

Dad: “Son, have you ever heard the phrase…you are going to worry yourself sick!”

Yes

Dad: “Where do you think that phrase came from?”

I don’t know.

Dad: “It came from a logical place of our own worries. As we worry about the world around us, whether great or small, we attract more negative energy into our bodies…creating a negative environment for decay.”

Do you see this glass of water?

Yes

Dad: “Imagine this glass as a symbol of our divine perfection, filled with a pure, healing environment. Now imagine we have a bottle of food coloring, symbolizing negativity and fear. What do you think happens when we drop the food coloring into the water?”

It turns the water colors.

food coloring

Dad: “So if food coloring represents fear and negativity and we add it to our pure water, what do you think happens?”

It turns colors and the water is no longer clear.

Dad: “That’s right. And the more food coloring we add to the water, the cloudier or darker the water becomes…removing the clear positive divinity that was once within the water. So, how do you think we clear our glass of water?”

Dump it out?

Dad: “We could dump it out and yes that would be the quickest way to do it, but what happens if we slowly add more clear water?”

The colored water goes away?!

Dad: “Yes! Now imagine you are the water glass and you have filled yourself with negative food coloring, let’s call it fear or worry, how do think we can get rid of this impure water within us?”

Drink more clear water?!

Dad: “Yes! We know that food coloring exists and we know the clear water exists, but we do not have to let the food coloring taint our precious water. If we choose to allow that food coloring in, we cloud our water tables.”

Boy: “So I am to drink more clear water? Does that mean I am to see the negativity in the food coloring but ‘choose’ to add it or not?”

Yes!

Boy: “But how does this make me sick?”

Dad: “Well, let’s say now instead of just food coloring we add sugar or some form of food to this water. What do you think happens?”

I don’t know.

Dad: “Well, if we add the food coloring it turns our water colors, but if we add sugar or other organic substance…but remains impure…it harbors bacteria and takes form as mold upon the water. The same happens to our bodies. If we feed too much negativity and we feed it with something that which is not beneficial to the body it creates the same thing in our bodies…only this time it takes form as a cold, flu, or even worse. Let go of the food coloring and just enjoy a clear glass of water.”

Boy: “I get dad…stop worrying and just enjoy the glass of water.”

Yes

So what do we worry about? Do we worry about whether our favorite team is going to win? Did we turn off the coffee pot? Did we do a good job at the office today? The list could go on and on, but if we enjoyed the glass of water versus worrying about whether it was going to get tainted or not…we would simply enjoy the splendor of the many miracles already within our life.

Stepping into the Canvas with deep observation…observing all there exists around us, our thoughts, our actions, nature, the reactions of other human beings. We are simply to observe, learn and grow. How we react to the Canvas of Life is how we create our own masterpiece…

bleak picture

 

Acceptance

Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.~Michael J. Fox

No matter what the Canvas paints before you, there is always a brush with your name on it…waiting for the scenery to be repainted. If the day looks dull and grim, repaint it to how it suits you. Our imagination is the fist step of what could be, dissolving what “should” be. a way through it

 

 

Disconnect

Sometimes it is necessary to disconnect, only to reconnect.~Ani Po

Have you ever witnessed a time when electronics or favorite Social Media just doesn’t working properly. No matter how hard you try to connect with your friends, it fails to connect you. Is it the electronics acting up? Or is something greater happening we are just not understanding? It is my experience that it means we are to turn them off for some quiet time. Time to be still and enjoy fruits the Canvas has to offer. Yep, I am having one of those moments. The stubborn human in me keeps trying, but then a spiritual call tells me to unplug…

Disconnect

Lose Everything

Have you ever thought of what it would be like if you’ve lost everything? Attaching to things, materials, ideas, we never really know what we hold onto. Objects or thoughts of what life is suppose to be like? Does anyone really know?
What we really hold onto is something we just can’t grasp. The construct of the mind cannot grasp that which is not seen, so we seek shelter in fitness centers for our workouts, churches for prayer, schools for education, but yet none of it is found within the construct of those walls. Then where is it? Where is that “it” we are to find?

What we seek, dwells within the heart of man. Instead of going inward, we tend to look outward. Eventually we come to a place without walls…no boundaries. A place not confined by the human mind, but opened by the vast spirit of the self. Spiritual beings within the confines of flesh, trapped within the confines of the human mind…we remain as human. Dissolving the flesh we are left with Spirit.
This morning when I arrived at the gym, for my daily workout, I realized my notebook with 10 years of workouts was gone. My first response, as most of us do, was fear. Letting go of this fear, I grasped hope. Hope that someone turned it in. Thirdly I looked to faith that all will be well. Arriving at the third lesson, I am reminded of returning to the beginning. What this means is we can either remain in misery of fear, return to what we know or an even greater journey of learning from our past. For me it was time to start a new cycle…a cycle without cycles…simply allowing the universe to flow through me.
Just as my morning workout taught me, I am reminded of all things in life. As we hold on to what was, we never really understand what could be. Letting go, we receive something greater… Something that cannot be held within the hand but in the heart.

We all know what it is we are to do, but forget how to take the steps. When we stop listening to what others say we should or should not be doing, we simply allow our truth to come forward. We start living authentically as we came here to do…no self-judgment, no regrets.
Thankfully, my notebook was turned in by a good Samaritan at the front desk.

As I received my notebook with 10 years of work within it, I am relieved. Relieved not only for what this kind person has done, but for the lesson that presented me.
As I pondered the lesson, I chose to share with someone. That someone reiterated “maybe it’s time to go back to the beginning.” As I smiled in confirmation, I reflect on my journey back to the beginning. Losing what I know, a new lesson unfolds before me today. I would not be here without first letting go.

As if the notebook had become my own flesh, I am left empty inside with thoughts of incompleteness and fear. Letting go of the notebook and my own flesh, I am free once again to soar with the Spirit of the Eagle. Flying higher than ever before…anticipating my next flight.

Stepping into the Canvas Losing Everything. With empty hands and no thoughts of what life “should” be, I am free to explore what could be…

Remain as Human

Playing Games

What good is playing the game without ever experiencing it?

Too often I experience people spending most of their time playing games rather dealing with them. With troubles, and everybody has them, is it better to ignore them or deal with them head-on? We can cover things up, mask them, or just plain ignore them… but we will never find our happiness by covering it up. What are we spending our time on?
Do we ask questions of how we can achieve happiness? Do you dream of what could be, but never act upon it?
It is time to take a step towards this happiness. Stop playing games and start playing life.~Ani Po

playing games