We know so many things. Our minds are filled with so many words and thoughts. We are full but we feel empty. There is never enough stuff to stop the longing for more. What we really need to do is downsize. We have been needing and wanting, when what we really desire is to be and do. We need to be love and do peace.
We are too full of things, we need to be empty. We are too involved, we need to be still. We have too much stuff, we need to give. We are encumbered, we need to be free. We cling, we need to let go. We have been collecting, we need to distribute.
In all things and in every way, we need to release to be filled with what and who we really are.
In meditation today, I began to pray in desperation to be delivered from failure. I felt I had failed in my life as a mother, wife and friend. Then I realized, I hadn’t allowed myself to be successful in these areas. I saw myself as a failure because I forgot to let go of the struggle and idea of what I thought it should look like. I was trying to create a success out of material things. Things will never demonstrate to anyone the true attribute of success because things are not real.
I forgot the Spiritual journey I’m on is a continual correction of missteps and falling short. I am successful just because I have chosen to be on this journey. I am successful because I can always forgive and readjust. It is a part of the journey to recognize, forgive and move closer to my destination. I am constantly being love, peace, joy every moment. And, when I miss it, I recognize it and continue on without participating in blaming and accusing. I can stay present because I chose to be present. I am love because I choose to be love.
I took this picture of a moon set in the Caribbean earlier this year. I find myself being moved by different scenery and this moonscape thrilled me. This is what I felt when I was writing ‘Marissa’. When I began to write ‘Marissa’, I had no idea it would be the cathartic trip it became. There is always a part of yourself you leave in anything you are observing. In this case, I discovered something’s I had buried so deeply the story pulled everything out with little help from me. I found myself crying, laughing, and aroused as the story unfolded. I was as surprised and pleased at the outcome of this story as I hope my readers will be.
I hope to have Marissa published early next year.
Today was the second week of meditation with Oprah and Deepak. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered something about myself. This mantra today hit me where I have always lived. Wondering, what I really want. For a 69 year old who has had to work and raise two boys and support a mother in my youth,, this was a luxury I couldn’t afford to consider. Now I am retired and am finally able to take writing seriously. I never knew I could take my years of writing seriously. I thought it was just my way of coping. When I first began the meditation, and asked myself what I really wanted, my answer was to write many books. Then Depok asked us to go deeper, and I began to cry. In this quiet state of harmony with all that is, and with my hand on my heart, the real answer was, I want to matter. Who knew, at this age, I would have an Oprah ‘AHA’ moment.
While trying to understand the difference between religion and spirituality (and there is a difference). I coined the phrase “Spiritual Psychology”, this term needs to be included in any conversation we engage in about the subject. It is the language that separates Religion from Spirituality. It is the intention to either follow a family tradition or to search for Spiritual truth. One leads to a handed down belief, the other leads to a paradigm in ones own psychology that turns something on that was never on before. it is ‘enlightenment’ that is not an exclusive word to Eastern Religion Experience. Language and intention are what separates East from West. One says ‘Enlightenment’ the other says ‘New Birth’. I would venture a guess that many teachers who instruct others in religious faiths have never had a spiritual experience of their own. Spiritual Psychology informs your mind-you intellect- that something has changed in your inner most being- your spirit. It unveils the language that before was unutterable And reveals what is true at the deepest level of your humanity. It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with your intention to know-your desire to know truth brings an experience that cannot exist outside of your spiritual self. When your mind knows something you have learned, what you have learned can be updated, changed or reordered with time. When your spirit experiences something it is a constant truth that will never change, but it will change you.
Our intention informs our purpose, reason, or will. I will to know God or I will follow what others have told me.
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