To follow is another card to guide and support our upcoming week. Before I drew it, the words Joy, Innocence, Hope, and Creativity came to me. Not just the words, but the experience. Innocence seemed to blossom inside, and it felt fresh, tender, precious, sweet, powerful, and deeply moving.
The card that came up was Meditation & Prayer. Hmmmm, I thought. Maybe I was hoping for something more fun! But then I considered, and could see how it might relate. (But as always, I invite you to explore the connection for yourself). At the core of each of us there is innocence that can’t be injured or changed. It can be covered up, forgotten or denied. Coming home to the present moment through meditation and prayer is like waking up to our eternal inner blamelessness, purity, and optimism.
Can you remember a happy moment as a child? Maybe you were on your own, exploring, or making something, or singing or dancing. Maybe you were outside splashing in puddles, or jumping in fall leaves, or at the beach, or building a snow fort. Maybe you were happily looking out the window, daydreaming, making up stories, playing in other worlds.
In the coming week, let us allow the inner child to enter the moment. This moment. Let us come home to the place inside ourselves that knows that fun is good, and joy is everywhere when we're looking for it and expect to find it. This freedom, this happiness will be contagious!
The Inner Diamond MEDITATION & PRAYER card:
Come Home. Be still and Know.
Meditation and prayer are just words. The words suggest two similar vehicles (maybe one’s red, one’s blue) used to get the same place: here & now. Home. This is where the Light of the diamond shines. There are 10,000 ways to meditate and pray, and the right one is whatever leads you to your Self. It's been said that prayer is speaking to God, and meditation is listening to Him (or Her, or It, or our inner Buddha…) Both require a move from the head to the heart, or the belly, or the big toe – some way of discovering the space between thoughts. You could sit still and quiet, watch the breath, notice thoughts, let them go… it’s a good practice. Anything could be made into something sacred and holy, if it is done with love, if there is an intent to become free and joyful and connected with the flow of life. Taking out the garbage can be a meditation, exercising can be a prayer, so can doing the dishes, painting a picture, even speaking to someone. Your whole life can be a prayer of asking and receiving and celebrating and sharing. Every moment can be lived in awareness of the Beautiful Truth that rests behind and between the thoughts. But we can just start with one conscious breath today. Tomorrow, maybe two. It’s easy, when we stop trying so hard. Ahhhh…. enjoy.
Feel free to check in next week; I may post another card or two before September or I might take a little break. If so, have a beautiful rest of the summer. Take time to smell the roses.
Join me in spirit for a group meditation at 5pm EST today, Sunday, August 13th.