The world seems angry, unsettled and out of balance at the moment.
The world seems loving, peaceful and (one)derful at the moment.
Which is it? Well, there’s a foundational principal that says this: ‘What we focus on expands.’
Please take a minute to go within, and remember this:
We grow stronger, body and soul, when we breathe intentionally. When we live, move, breathe and have our being in the presence of the Divine. So be quiet now, listen to your soul, and just breathe. God is good.
Meditation is not a way of escaping or avoiding the real world.
It is the real world.
Focus, expand, be. And just breathe.
This is fascinating: physicists are exploring the idea that there is no color in our physical world. We create it with our perceptions, moment by moment, as light from the sun reaches the receptors in our eyes. Deepak Chopra writes about it in his book, ‘You Are the Universe.’ The implication of course is that nothing exists until we perceive it. Very controversial book, I might add!
Did Van Gogh just see with different eyes? Or did he literally create the colors of the universe in his own image?
How will you choose to see today?
By the way, I never got much beyond Sam Cooke in my understanding of science. 😉
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes
Our lives flow in seasons and reasons, spirals and curves. Straight lines? Not so much! What happens when you reach a crossroads, an opportunity or a crisis?
Well, Psalm 119 tells us this: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
The great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh shares these words: “At any moment, you have a choice, and it either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”
And from an unknown, but very wise source: “Each next level of life will demand a different you.”
Are you facing choices? Decisions? Is shift happening?
Has God tapped you on the shoulder and invited you to dance?
Be willing to dive right in and explore. Trust that the wisdom is within you and know that the water is fine!
God is good.
We’ve been here in the North Georgia mountains for six months now, and I have to say I’m having the time of my life running-wise. And otherwise!
Running here is a completely different game compared to running in Florida. There, my favorite running spot was the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden. 22 miles of smooth asphalt, pretty much in a straight line with no elevation changes, and there are distance markers embedded in the trail at tenth of a mile intervals. I could look back through my running logs right now and tell you that on a particular day in, say, 2015 I ran 5.2 miles. 5.4 the day after that and so forth.
Here? Nothing is a straight line, you’re running up and down some fairly steep hills and the surface changes constantly. Mile markers? Ha!
It took me about two seconds to adapt. Somewhat to my surprise! I don’t track anything, I have no idea what my distances are, I have no idea what my times are.
Instead, I listen to my body. It’s pretty simple, really. You push to your (self perceived) limit and then do a little more. I’m getting better results than ever before. More joy, more freedom, more connection with the beautiful natural world around me.
Whether or not you run, is there some area of your life where that applies?