Accepting The Many Lessons Before Us

The Warrior, or as we have come to know her…Ani Po, elevating to a new level of consciousness arrives at a place of ‘Now What?” From the time she received the first call to elite status of warrior she is learning the lessons, elevating to new levels and wondering what next. She adapts to her new surroundings and quickly accepts next challenges.


When she first took the call, as in the story of Samuel, Ani Po began dumping excess baggage from the past allowing more freedom to emerge within the self. It is in our ability to let go of past beliefs, past experiences we allow true nature to emerge. It is in this true nature we find our true identity. In the case of Ani Po, she did not understand who or what she was to become until she first accepted a new reality as an ancient Warrior for Peace. Now standing for peace, she chooses only to engage when needed.


Even still, the Warrior learns lessons further arriving at the place of ‘now what?’ But the time spent within these lessons gets shorter, for she learns quickly and moves on to the next. Being able to flow like the river and change with every turn carved into the land, we learn to adapt quicker and quicker with each new lesson. Many battles lay ahead for the Warrior but she accepts whatever comes her way.


Stepping into the Canvas accepting many lessons before us. The Canvas displays new scenery every time we step up to it, but how we see it…is up to us. See the beauty or see despair, whichever way you see it shall be so. Be open to new beginnings and further embrace the many… ‘Now What?’

Beyond The Canvas

You have made the first step into the canvas, taken the second, but left in wonder about what comes next. Stepping into the Canvas means taking an active participating role in our OWN lives, while  inspiring others along the way. Do we have to do anything? The truth is we need to do very little. Even in dissent, we indirectly take an active role In the Canvas of Life.

So if we need to do nothing, why do we struggle day-to-day trying to find our purpose? A conditioned response to think that we have to change the world and the only way to do so is through action. Action in the normal sense means to actively seek ways towards success. Myth: success is measured by how far we get in life and how much ‘stuff’ we accumulate. Truth:  success is not defined on how much stuff we accumulate, but how much acceptance to oneself and tolerance for those around us. The world is changing on a daily basis,  yet we remain stuck exactly where we were yesterday. How do we make the leap to changing how we see the rest of the world as it changes daily? With a mere thought…stop worrying about what happened yesterday and begin living for today.

If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in the evening without regret.  ~Confucius

To be active in the canvas means to seek purpose, but our only purpose is to live fully, and leaving the details to our painter. Nature is the canvas and we are apart of the Canvas. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While we have a hand in co-creating our own reality, our only goal is finding happiness. Happiness cannot be found on the outside, but within.

Once we submit to our inner calling, happiness is sure to follow. Once it is found, give it all away. It is not enough to just step into the canvas, but it is getting beyond the belief that we have to do anything in life other than just be happy. Getting beyond the Canvas is not worrying about the outcome, but enjoying all there is.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.  ~Joseph Campbell

Life is too short…why would we spend it miserable, filled with judgmental thoughts, lacking acceptance and failing to hit the mark of happiness. The bulls-eye to happiness is at the center of our self. Being told to ‘do this’ or ‘do that,’ we still have the choice to do what we want. Is it monetary value that makes you tick, then go get it. Is it true love you seek, then find it. Whatever it is you are looking for, seek it out and make it true.

There are no extra pieces in the universe. 

Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill

and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.~ Deepak Chopra

Step into the Canvas doing nothing but being authentic today. Worrying not the outcomes, worrying not about deadlines. Instead worrying about living to the fullest, leaving the details of life to the painter. We are the Canvas… meant to paint as we see fit. Why not paint a picture you could be proud of?

Just Be.~ Ben Merens