Making Music and Spirit Shine
Most of us have seen this inspirational poem at some point in our lives. I always loved it, but had only read it on the run. When I took a moment to absorb it slowly and really let it sink in, it gave me a sense of grounding, hope, peace and a brightened perspective. Kinda like a mini-vacation.
And I've added some waves for your enjoyment. (the mp3 will open in a new screen but you can click back here and listen while they are playing)
So go for it – Give yourself a 3 minute vacation!
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(Desiderata translates as Desired Things or Things that are hoped for)
Go Placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less that the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy
Hope you had a great trip :)
Love & Light to you
The Brainiac in me couldn’t just send the poem without also offering the origins…
This poem was written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. It was first publicly distributed in 1956 by a Reverend Kates in Baltimore as part of the church’s devotional materials. It gained popularity when it was found at the bedside of Adlai Stevenson (US presidential candidate) at the time of his death in 1965. And continued to spread through our culture through various sound recordings, most notably Leonard Nimoy aka Spock (1968 & 1995) & Les Crane (1971). Now we can buy it on posters at Wal-Mart, kind of an interesting cultural trajectory!
I don't claim to have the answer, but I am really excited to share with
you, some insights that I gleaned from last weekends workshop
What Is Oneness?
The reality is that a shift in consciousness occurs when we realize we all share the state of being human and we’re all in this together. We are One being.
Our human minds have created an illusion of separateness because of both
One of the lessons here is that oftentimes, what goes on within us is a mirror of what is going outside of us.
We fight under the pretext of They are different from me... Often this thought mirrors the judgment, intolerance, hatred that humans have cultivated on the inside for other humans. The large scale result is war & extreme violence between humans.
On a small scale, our individual anxieties and thoughts create the world around us. We feel stressed and out of control our actions will often create stressed and out of control situations in the immediate world around us as well as stressed and out of control reactions from the people around us. Just noticing these patterns (we all have em ;)) can create huge changes!
I love this Rumi Quote….
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today, I am wise, so I am changing myself”
It all begins with the shift of each individual mind. It’s an exciting time of transition in our planetary consciousness! And I believe that as each individual takes a step forward in their path of grace, it helps to create a higher vibration in the collective consciousness.
How does Oneness give us tools to do that?
It’s pretty simple actually – yay!
It’s called Deeksha which translates as blessing.
The Deeksha blessing is a transfer of energy (somewhat similar to Reiki, but a different modality) where the practitioner places their hands on someone’s head for approximately a minute. The result actually creates changes in neuro-brain chemistry, helps create a greater sense of peace, and also helps to release past negative thought patterns. Sounds crazy right?
Well, remember, I am originally from New York so sarcasm & skepticism are in my DNA…… But I can tell you it’s been an amazing ride with some very happy shifts in my world as well as for the people with whom I've shared this blessing.
Happy to share it all with you too!
Drop a line back and I can send it your way remotely or find me around town :)
Til’ Next Time
May you be blessed with Peace, Joy and Grace
What is Love?
To attempt to define it seems like a tall order and perhaps even a presumptuous undertaking….. Therefore I am also bringing in 3 of my favorite sages…. Brene Brown, Dali Lama and Winnie the Pooh….
I’m not sure definition is possible, but I believe that any discussion brings clarity. And a little chat about the positive light of love, can only help it’s beauty grow…..
I realized it is a feeling of wholeness, of balance, of peace. Sometimes it’s fireworks, but not the kind that leave an aftermath of ashes or weave a path of destruction. It’s being able to exhale and feel safe. It is the core of connection between all things – so sacred that it can’t be defined - it is just felt in recognizing the beauty and light within all things. It’s the daring to acknowledge that such pure energy exists within us, all of us, everyone. It’s not something we can hold onto or easily let go of - it’s an energy that lives in the air we share and the air we breathe.
“We cultivate Love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.
Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.” (Brene Brown – ‘Daring Greatly’)
It also appears to me that Love can perhaps be defined as ‘compassion,’ a simple expression of kindness, an exhale into understanding. Love is nurtured by Love. It is both a reflection and a mirror. The more we can cultivate compassion & kindness, within & towards ourselves – the more chance we have of sharing that sense of love towards others. It grows proportionately and it can be cultivated through practice.
“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” The Dali Lama
And when in doubt?
I think this beautiful insight from one of my favorite sages sums it up nicely….
What are some of your thoughts? Please drop a line back and share, would 'love' to hear them :)
May you experience Love and Light in all that you do!
Labels help to organize our brains, so we tend to create boxes to interpret our experiences – good, bad, happy, sad, etc…
In my experience, it’s the assumptions and interpretations that make my head spin and my thoughts swirl. It’s the judgment of the experiences that tends to create crazymaking emotions…
Imagine if we were able to suspend judgment for a moment and just look at things as they are.
The magic of thinking this way is that it enables us to just be, in the moment with what Is. Which makes life more about what happens and less about our perception of it.
It’s hard to ever know for sure the long term result of any circumstance. Imagine if we trust that everything (good & bad) has a purpose and is meant to guide us on our perfect path. In times of stress that helps me to exhale!
That is the real secret. To accept what happens as perfect synchronicity in our lives regardless of how good or bad we perceive experiences to be. Imagine if we believed that our life has always been in perfect alignment for our highest good and it always will be…
When we are living in peace, there is more peace around us. When the mind waxes into chaos it tends to create more chaos around us. A peaceful mind enables us to float through life with much more ease.
So Here, I share one of my new favorites stories cause I think it perfectly illustrates a pretty hip, albeit waaaay Zen, mindset of peace.
The Farmers Luck…
It’s the tale of a farmer in China, long ago. One day the farmer’s only horse runs away.
All of the farmer’s neighbors say “Oh, what bad fortune!”
The farmer merely replies “Perhaps. We’ll see.”
Then, the next day, the farmer’s horse returns to the farm with a wild stallion. Now the farmer has two horses.
“Oh, what great fortune!” the neighbors say.
“Perhaps. We’ll see,” replies the farmer.
Then, the farmer’s only son needs to tame the wild stallion. In the process, the son is thrown off the horse, and the young man breaks his leg.
“Oh, what bad fortune!” all the neighbors say.
“Perhaps. We’ll see,” replies the farmer once again.
A couple of weeks later, the army comes into town, to round up men to fight in the war. The farmer’s son cannot join the army, because of his broken leg.
“Ah, what wonderful fortune that your son cannot go to fight in the war, because he broke his leg, because he was taming the wild stallion, because your first horse ran away in the first place!”
“Perhaps…” said the farmer again.
Oftentimes we can’t control life anyway. So the best we can do is strive to do our best. The bumps in the road that happen along the way? Are they actually good or bad? We Don’t Know – in that moment what feels terrible may turn out to be a blessing or visa versa.
The only thing we know for sure is that events are fleeting - within time we are on to the next thing. When we pass judgment, this just gives us more baggage to carry on the journey!
And as my mom would say, “This too shall pass” and yeah, that’s also true for the good stuff.
But is anything actually good or bad? PERHAPS?...... WE’LL SEE”
Til next time,
Sending you Love, Light and Peace
It’s amazing how little things can make a big difference.
To be honest….
when I sat down to write this note, I was feeling a little blue…perhaps overtired, over-pollened with allergies and not my brightest self. But what’s amazing is that as I read Maya’s quotes, a little bit of the fog is lifting :) And that to me is the mark of a truly amazing spirit - Someone who is a bearer of light when our road looks dark.
Dr Maya Angelou was truly a “Phenomenal Woman.”A modern day renaissance goddess via the stage, movies, dance, music, words, activism, education & the list goes on…..
If you are interested, full bio HERE.
For many people (including me) she has been a voice of strength, inspiration & light.
I think it is a great loss – but we are blessed because the beauty of her wisdom will forever live on – So I think the best memorial is to share her words.
And, Dr. Angelou, in my thoughts.... you are....
Love, Light and Inspiration to you all,