You’ve been doing the work – things have come together, and a new facet of the Diamond is revealed! Congratulations. Well done.
Even if in this moment things feel the same, I realize everything is new and different. I am not the person that I used to be. I have stepped into a larger and more expansive version of myself. It is time for quiet celebration and expressions of gratitude. I am inspired. I play with the flow of new ideas, feeling in no rush to act on them yet. I'll know when the time is right to proceed with more tangible steps. Right now, I let the good feelings wash over me and allow myself to feel delighted with my own thoughts and accomplishments, big or tiny. I trust my instincts now more than ever. If I could give a new name to myself or to this new cycle of my life, what would it be?
The old falls easily away – there is no need to look back. Knowing that attachment to this phase hinders the flow, I don't get too excited. Bathing in an atmosphere of my own luminous energy, I notice what looks different around me and simply absorb the beauty of life. I am prepared for a waterfall of good fortune. I keep my thoughts to myself for now, and just enjoy this stage – I've earned it!
Out of the ashes, I rise and spread my wings.
Light shines from the cathedral tower, falling on the daisy growing from the cracks below. The flower bows: recognition; resonance.
Life is far richer than we give it a chance to be. Love, beauty, truth are shown to us in a thousand different ways each day that we miss completely because we are looking in another direction.
In Buddhism it is said that to be born into a human life is an inconceivably rare occurrence. Am I glad to be alive? Whether the answer today is yes or no, I will benefit from inviting an experience of reverence. What might bring it on? Giving over to a sunrise? Prayer or meditation? Connection with a holy person, or a smiling infant? A creative act? I may want to make a list of what I most respect and appreciate first about myself, then about my loved ones, then about those that drive me crazy. What are they teaching me?
In reverence, time seems to drop away. The moment becomes saturated with something very alive; maybe ordinary life seems to shimmer and glow for a moment. Maybe I simply feel something inside shift and expand and I am deeply moved. I recognize both my smallness and my connection to something large. I stand in awe before the sanctity of Life.
The world outside – and in our heads – can be full of noise and drama. There is a place of stillness within the commotion where we can rest and begin gently to shine again.
It’s time to slow down. I envision a quiet & safe place. If I really want a sense of distance from the world, I pretend that this sacred spot exists on another planet – maybe the most beautiful planet I can imagine, from which tiny Earth is barely visible. Here, in this perfect and protected retreat space, I drop my luggage outside the gate and enter, embraced by the rich silence. A loving and wise being greets me, invites me to rest, and then departs. Breathing deeply, I let go of it all. Everything that I thought was important fades into the background as I remember who I am and what sustains me.
Whether there is a temple or retreat-house I can travel to, or I stay home and bury my phone and light a candle, I make time for the care of my soul. I surrender my weariness, confusion, pain, and I rest in the arms of the Universe. In this Space, I naturally commune with my deepest Self. I feel supported and secure. Nothing is required of me. Withdrawing from the world, I am replenished and renewed.