“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity. Every second of the search is an encounter with God.”
You, the richest person in the World, have been laboring and struggling endlessly. Not knowing that you already posess all that you seek.
—The Lotus Sutra (via lazyyogi)
I believe in you.
My week started off one of my favorite ways to start a week, unplanned. I skipped my yoga class with my yogi friend and we had a coffee and chat instead. Sometimes it is the little things, these breaks in the normal that keep us feeling in charge and alive. As we were sitting there together, talking about all the important things in life, careers, family, the universe and of course the strange creature that is boys. I realized something, something very obvious as these realizations tend to be, yet so profound.
I realized as she was talking that there is nowhere else I would rather be. Deeper then just with that particular friend in that particular coffee shop, although both were rather magical. I meant in the present itself. There was no place I would rather be. I have practiced for a long to focus on being present, to work on feeling and being grounded in my day to day. Today I found one of the keys I was missing, the willingness. I have worked hard on being able to stay in the present despite fighting my past and craving my future. It struck me today though, I wanted to be here. In this moment, I didn’t want to think about what had already been experienced and I didn’t want to imagine what was yet to come. I had so much to see, feel and learn in the present moment, I didn’t want to be anywhere else.
How easy it is to be present, when we want to be there. Making it no work at all. Just life.
I hope you are enjoying whatever your present is today, smile it’s your gift.
I stepped to the side last week and took a little break. It was incredible timing too, the first week in September is something else. The city was all of sudden struck by this feeling that we have so much to do, we are out of time, and that everything is changing all at once. Maybe because it is, but either way, it doesn’t need to feel like that. We can take control of the only part we have a small amount of control over, not what is happening or how, when or even why. How we choose to feel about it though, that is always up to us.
My life like most of yours is changing all the time. Right now it is just particularly apparent. The good news is, that means everyone around me is shedding a skin as well, and although my skin did get rather comfortable. I know once everyone else is walking around in their shiny new coats, I will be praying for mine as well. That new coat, just like the old one will be equally comfortable in time. I just need to find a way to accept it and wear it proudly.
Enjoy your new skin Calgary, it fits you perfectly!