Sowing the Seeds of Possibility

I am an eternal optimist.

Despite the challenges, the horrible acts of mankind, the hatred, the storms of deception, and the rampant, pervasive, growing maelstrom of anger – I hold every day, that there is hope for our humanity. I believe there is a possibility for transformation and growth. I have faith that we can each evolve into wiser, more compassionate human beings.  Less reactive, able to not only speak our own truth but hear the truth of others.  More proactive in stepping out and speaking out peacefully, and with an open heart, when we see and experience wrongdoing to our fellow human being no matter the religious belief, political ideology, or color of skin.  Each of us able to take greater self-responsibility, not just with words but through our actions.

With these thoughts in mind, I wanted to share with all of you the following words from Robert Wright’s book Why Buddhism Is True.  I needed these words this week as my heart sunk with the horrific death of George Floyd and the resulting looting and tearing apart of a city washed with anger and hatred.  All I could think of, “is oh my – where are headed?” I felt a deep fear for humanity.  And so, Robert Wright’s words brought me back to some sense of solace and hope.

Back to believing that transformation is possible and that even one individual’s path creates a ripple of change in the world.

Robert Wright shares the following thoughts on our world today and our path forward.

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Mindful Living Dispositions: ALLOW

The Dichotomy and the Question

Around the world, millions of individuals are celebrating Passover, Easter, and the rebirth of the spring season – a time of wonder, of miracles, and of possibility. And yet at the same moment, we find ourselves in a world-wide Pandemic.   A time filled with fear, uncertainty, and so many unknowns. I feel these days the glaring dichotomy that is our life here on this planet. Never have moments of joy and comfort been so clearly contrasted against pain and suffering for so many at the same time.  My daughter wrote a text to me last night, “I just really am having such a hard time processing all of this pain in the world.  I just don’t understand it.”   

I do not understand it either.  What I do believe is that inside of Jesse’s question is a demand for us to notice the suffering while being present to who we are in every moment.  I think it is our call to wake up each day, use the tools of self-awareness, and do our very best to not be the creators of more pain; that we notice our own emotions, fears, our thoughts, and our actions to contribute to all that is good in our humanity.

The Practice

The tools of living mindfully, the practices of mindful meditation, help us to cultivate self-awareness and support us to let go of what we BELIEVE SHOULD BE and accept what is with grace and faith.

 I shared the below poem last Friday during our morning online Uniting in Mindfulness session. The poem shares such a beautiful and genuine sentiment that continues to support me through this time.

Take a moment today to read this poem and then sit quietly with yourself. 

SO HUM

There is a wonderful mantra meditation, “SO HUM.”  As you inhale, speak softly to yourself, “SO,” and as you exhale, speak softly to yourself, “HUM.”

The mantra “SO” connects us to our essence, to “I am.” “HUM” joins us to “all that is” or universal consciousness.

This meditation is an opportunity to reflect on the mystery of our individual being amid the absolute interdependent nature of all beings.

Take a moment today to just ALLOW, to just be, observe, contemplate the wonder, and find a moment of grace.

Namaste

ALLOW, A poem by Danna Faulds

There is no controlling life.

Try corralling a lightning bolt,

containing a tornado.  Dam a

stream and it will create a new

channel.  Resist, and the tide

will sweep you off your feet.

Allow, and grace will carry

you to higher ground.  The only

safety lies in letting it all in –

the wild and the weak; fear,

fantasies, failures, and success.

When loss rips off the doors of

the heart, or sadness veils your

vision with despair, practice

becomes simply bearing the truth.

In the choice to let go of your

known way of being, the whole

world is revealed to your new eyes.

Send Your Roots Down Into Soil That Nourishes Your Soul

Overnight my phone rang at 3 am.  It was my daughter who lives in Nashville TN.  Over the past few weeks she and her fiancé have been through a tornado which destroyed their new neighborhood of east Nashville. They have, as all of have, made many difficult adjustments to their lives due to the spread of coronavirus.  And last night – the phone call.  Their living roof caved in and collapsed on their dog crate (yes – dog inside) and all over their living room.

Strength, Gratitude, and Loving Kindness

A lot to cope with.  And yet, when I spoke to her this morning her attitude was upbeat, they had a friend helping them store some items, had saved their artwork, and prepared their home for the contractors as they pack up and head to Montana to wait out this outbreak. They are safe and un-harmed, and the dogs are safe and unharmed.  Thank goodness. The new couch is completely ruined.  That, we can handle. We are so grateful.

I was reminded of a phrase my father has shared me often when I have faced difficult times.  “God never hands you more than you can handle.”  I know this to be true.  We are all stronger than we think we are.  There will be pain and there will be loss. There will be days where it feels like the roof is collapsing over our heads and spreading dust and chaos everywhere.

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