THE CLEARING

a fog

Have you ever felt as if you were living in a fog, where the long awaited clearing seems to never come? Well you are not alone! The weather can be sunny with short periods of overcast, but not in your world. The birds are singing the flowers are blooming, but not in your world.

It’s hard to imagine that soon this feeling of despair will lift and reveal the beauty of life even if it’s raining. We can be so over come with sadness, and anxiety that all we can think about is how to get past the next few minutes. We dwell on why me and how is it that everyone else around me seems to have it all?

Your heart is so heavy it cannot send the right signals to the brain to provide the help needed to snap you out of the suffering that you are putting yourself through. We have all become so distant from our true nature, the essence of who we are that we begin to forget how miraculous our bodies are that it allows us not to be in control because then we would forget the one key ingredient for survival, “Just Breathe”

The act of breathing when concentrated on relieves our aching souls for that brief moment that will have allowed for peace to enter even for just a few seconds. Dwelling on the negative gets so much more of a rap than it deserves. People in our lives constantly remind us of our limitations when the positive is so much more important.

Remember none of us were born with the answers and it’s unfair to think that just because our elders are older that have an inside track to the answers needed for us to solve our deepest concerns. Each one of us is unique and gifted in a way that no one else is, and it’s not realistic to think that anyone has the information you need when they are on a path of their own.

If a past event is causing you to constantly be in a state of grief because you do not know how to function without the thought form it has created in your memory bank, it’s time to realize all the past is a recollection in the present thought forms. You have power to change the thought form by letting it go where it belongs, in the past,a place where you were to learn from the experience and move on to the present, for that is where life is and that’s why it’s called “The Present”.

It’s the opportunity to get it right, to free you from the bondage of the past and all those who live there reminding you constantly of the mis-takes you’ve made, who do not possess the gift of forgiveness and unconditional love!!

Why live there, a place the sun never shines? and only in forgiving yourself and when you can fall in love with yourself will you be free to find those who think your are pretty awesome. We are all beautiful and unique onto ourselves, and those who do not embrace you because you think or behave differently, and that you are not worthy of the air you breathe have such lessons to learn that they will have nothing to offer you except repeat patterns and stories that are boring and ultimately no longer relevant.

But you are relevant!! You have a potential to be brilliant and recognizable to yourself, and to those who need your brilliance, that gift which comes in the “present”a time and place we have the privilege to be in.

So get up shake yourself off of all that which does not serve you, smell the coffee, and start the day in gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to get it right.

THE TRUTH ABOUT WINTER

chinese monks walking in stillness

As winter approaches and the weather begins to show us who truly is the boss, many start to head to warmer regions, escaping the frigid temperatures that force us to stay home. For many this adds to the dread of the season and depression, boredom, frustration, begin to set in.

The thought that soon spring will arrive and then all will be well is of little comfort, for the winter is long and cold. There will be snow days and school and work may become impossible to attend, driving is dangerous, and as a result we are what some consider under house arrest, creating an atmosphere of doom and gloom.

So lets take another look at the painting above, the three monks seem to have a spunk in their step and are prepared to walk in the winter weather. They do this because they understand the wisdom in the season of STILLNESS.

For thousand of years the winter months represented a time of hibernation, instead of fighting the elements they embraced and welcomed a long awaited rest from the daily chores  the other seasons represent.

The sages relate this season as the time of wisdom, where in the quiet of the landscape stillness speaks in a way that only the silence the blanket of snow  creates.  The pure white color illuminates in the long hours of darkness assuring us that nature provides what’s needed even in it’s limitation.

Instinctually  the animals retreat and wait patiently for nature to return to its fullest potential providing all that’s needed to sustain them for another winter. They understand  the cycles of life and going with the flow becomes a way of  “accepting what is”. They work with the laws of nature not against it.

The arrival of the cold and wintery storms for modern day humans is greeted by the joy of Christmas and the New Year, and from that point  on quickly deteriorates as the winter seems to go on and on.

So perhaps this winter season can be used as time of quiet reflection, a clean out project that allows for the recycling of stuff not used that is greatly needed by others.  A time to reconnect with loved ones and be thankful they are in your life.

The winters of our lives is a time of contemplation, allowing for the growth of new perceptions as we enter the season of spring, providing the sprouting of new ideas, as we become more familiar with ourselves and those around us.

Allow winter to be your reason for being content with what you have, read a book, bake a cake, read to your children and grandchildren, for they too need a break from the everyday hustle and bussle the other seasons do not limit.

Walking or playing in the snow allows for the child hidden in our hearts to express themselves without being noticed.  So go ahead take a walk in the silent beauty of a winter snow fall, take the example of the monks and rejoice with them in the beauty that Mother Earth provides.

 

Love and Laughter

 

Barra