It can feel like a shit-storm out there. And sometimes it seems smart to respond by bracing myself against it or hiding from it. But i think these reactions only strengthen my fear or anger - the thing I was trying to avoid or fight against seems to get bigger. What’s the alternative? How can I find any relief – let alone happiness? And how can I make a difference? First I ask myself the question “Does the world determine my state of mind?” The answer is sometimes yes. If I have strayed from that which centres and grounds me, nourishes and relaxes me, then I have lost my power and seem to be at the mercy of what’s happening out there. The truth is that I can be happy no matter what’s going on. I’ve proven that to myself. No matter who’s shooting who or how sick I feel, I am able – at times – to dwell in a state of peaceful awareness. Sometimes even joy. It’s taken years of practice, but man is it worth it. You can be of great influence in times of trouble simply by staying steady while things around you seem to fall apart. While others panic and take action that is based on fear and resistance (and therefore generally doomed to fail), you are untroubled and your choices are made from clarity. Your actions are powerful and they serve the greatest good.
So I stay close to what centres and grounds me, nourishes and relaxes me, so that I determine my own state of mind. I choose what I allow to influence me, what I allow to surround me. I take frequent steps back from the busyness of life and the incredible influx of information that can overwhelm. I take a breath. I remember that the only safe place is inside me, and it can feel very beautiful here once I’ve made a friend of my Self. How do I find this safe place within? I come home to this moment, my point of power. I feel my feet on the ground. I hear the clock tick or the birds sing or the refrigerator running or the murmur of voices or traffic . . . And the silence that holds it all. I feel my heartbeat. Becoming aware of the present moment is the doorway to the peace that we are. Nothing can move us from this peace, this intelligent love, this creative power. Like I said, it’s taken years of practice. But the growing sense that in the big picture, all is well . . . what a treasure. It’s worth the “effort” of letting go into the moment. It can start with just one breath.
(I invite you to join me in Spirit at 5:00pm this sunday, Jan 29th, 2016, for a meditation on these thoughts, for a few minutes or the whole 45. Feel free to print this out and have it with you for that time)