The field is tilled before the seed is planted, the garden is weeded before the flower blooms and the self must know stillness before it can discover its true song. – The Book of Runes
When we are able to truly see our self, joy becomes our mirror image.
I am present within myself.
I can center myself with the ease of my breath.
I feel grounded, confident, worthy and whole.
Breathing in, I calm body and Mind. Breathing out I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Change is constant. Often in our lives we may find ourselves scared or resistant to change. What if the caterpillar resisted or refused to change? What beauty and life experience it would never realize. When the winds of change blow, some build walls and others build windmills. As you move beyond your mat and into your life, consider tearing down the walls and embracing the winds of change.
Let whatever you do today be enough. Let go of the judgement you have about what you should be or could be doing and today, allow yourself to simply be. Comparing yourself and your journey may be habitual, but it gets you nowhere. It makes you feel worse and keeps you stuck. So stop fixating on where everyone else is and five your self permission to be exactly where you are. Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and trust that in this moment, who you are , where you are at and what you are doing is enough. You will get to where you need to be. Until then, Breathe. Breathe and be patient with yourself and your process. You are doing the best you can, and that is all you can ask yourself. It is enough. You are enough.
My Credo of Life
By, Pat. A Fleming
Let me live within the moment. Let me feel all that I can.
Let me cherish life for all it’s worth, with everything I am.
Let me see what’s right in front of me, with vision crystal clear.
And face what’s waiting there for me, with no hesitance or fear.
May I wake each day with gratitude, for all my life may be.
And always feel that wonderment at the world surrounding me.
May I welcome any strangers with an open heart and mind.
And always stand for what is right with all the strength that I can find.
Let me forgive myself for my mistakes, while forgiving others theirs.
And never grow indifferent but always strive to care.
Let me not forget what matters in the scheme of every day,
to live each precious moment in a kind and loving way.
For this moment now is everything, nothing matters but today.
So I’ll willingly embrace it and not let it slip away.
For it passes all so quickly, and one chance is all we get.
And a life of wasted moments is a life filled with regrets.
Let it Go
Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectations – Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go. Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you receive it gently or with all of your quills raised to defend against invaders. Take this on faith: the mind may never find the explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward nonetheless. Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to known shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of rest peace, and certain transformation.
Seeking just begets more seeking, an endless quest to fill the void. When I sit with the soul’s silence, seeking yields to finding. Only then can I choose to know what I know and be what I really am, openly, and without apology.
Look to this day, for yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, there for, to this day. – Anskrit Proverb
For the highs and lows and moments in between, mountains and valleys and rivers and streams, for where you are now and where you will go, for “I’ve always known” and “I told you so”, for “nothing is happening” and “all has gone wrong” it is here in this journey you will learn to be strong, you will get where you’re going, landing where you belong – Morgan Harper
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk through the world and know it’s beauty all the days of your life.
Where you are is exactly where you need to be.
We cannot always control what goes on outside ourselves, but we can always control what goes on within ourselves.
In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of the things not meant for you. -Buddha
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bvantu – May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may all thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.
In our lives we often feel that we are not enough. Maybe it is something we do to ourselves or maybe others have told us or made us feel this way. What if we decided that the only person’s opinion that mattered is our own? What if we decided to unconditionally love ourselves, accept ourselves, forgive ourselves and trust ourselves?
The simple truth is that the choice has always been your own. I think we are hardest on ourselves. But we don’t have to be. Let yourself be enough. Allow yourself to accept yourself exactly as you are.
Immeasurable Minds – Thich Nhat Hanh
Loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity are described as unlimited states of mind because they continue to grow and they cannot be measured. The more you practice, the more you see your love growing and growing until there is no limit. The more you practice compassion, the more it grows. The more you cultivate joy, the more joy you will feel and be able to share. The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand. They are two sides of one reality. The mind of love and the mind of understanding are the same.
Right Path – Thich Nhat Hahn
Happiness means feeling you are on the right path every moment. You don’t need to arrive at the end of the path in order to be happy. The right path refers to the very concrete ways you live your life in every moment…
…Look at the tree in the front yard. The tree doesn’t seem to be doing anything. It stands there, vigorous, fresh and beautiful, and everyone profits from it. That’s the miracle of being. If a tree were less than a real tree, all of us would be in trouble. But if a tree is just a real tree, then there is hope and joy. That’s what if you can be yourself, that is already action. Action is based on nonfiction; action is being.
There are people who do a lot, but who also cause a lot of trouble. The more they try to help, the more trouble they create even if they have the best intentions. They are not peaceful, they’re not happy. It’s better not to try to so hard but just to be. Then pace and compassion are possible in every moment. On that foundation, everything you say or do can only be helpful. If you can make someone suffer less, if you can make them smile, you’ll feel rewarded and you’ll receive a lot of happiness. When you have a path and you enjoy every step on your path, you are already someone; you don’t need to become someone else…happiness is possible only when you stop running and cherish the present moment and who you are. You don’t need to be someone else; you’re already a wonder of life.
Loving Kindness Meditation – Jack Kornfield
May you be filled with loving kindness
May you be well
May you be peaceful and at ease
May you be happy