The moment one gives a close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world unto itself. – Henry Miller
Pure attention is what it takes to truly live in the moment. Without attention we live a hypnotized life. One in which we’re constantly lost in our thoughts. What do we miss when we live completely inside our head?
Life is beautiful. And yes it’s in the eye of the beholder. Actually it’s in the consciousness of the beholder. If the beholder doesn’t behold, does the beauty still exist?
Daily Affirmation: Today I AM empty in mind. I enjoy the wonders around me!
Recommendation: Savor This Moment
Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. – Rumi
As your internal (thought created) chatter dies down you can more easily connect with the under-current of Life itself. This can be best achieved via some form of meditation; and staying in the moment as much as is practical and possible.
Notice the thoughts that pop into your head through-out the day, especially when you practice stillness. All the higher thoughts, ones that are filled with love and creative ideas are the ones to focus on! Journal these thoughts, they then become a deeper part of you, which is the idea!
Recommendation: The Art of Meditation
Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. – John Donne
John Donne wrote this in the 17th century probably referring to the church bells that tolled during a funeral. We can make a lot of this beautiful quote.
Life is passing us by:
Don’t lose another moment to indecision, hate, callousness or despair. You never know when the bells might toll for you. Wake up, realize the power that resides inside you, claim it, smile and march into the day, you can take it on like a true child of the universe. Nothing holds you back, except you yourself.
The meaning in life:
The meaning we find in life is our own work; it involves our unique interpretation of what’s going on. When anything happens it’s up to us what we make of it. Watch yourself as you create your inner universe, be aware of how you paint an event or happenstance. You create your life each moment. When the bells toll; you decide what that means to you.
Recommendation: The Wisdom Way of Knowing
Be patient. Be wise in your counsel and eloquent in your lives. – The Urantia Papers
What does it mean to be patient? To me it means being patient first with yourself. Don’t have expectations that create a life that’s too hectic, one that allows not for true rest and reflection. It also means be patient with all others; don’t want others to live at the same pace you want to live. It means being patient with all other things in life. Flow with life; don’t feel anxious when things don’t transpire just the way you expect them to. Try to see the lesson in everything.
Be wise in your counsel to others; give advice only when asked for it; even then be to the point and apply your words to the person and situation.
Eloquence in our lives comes from living the life that you preach or want to preach. Let others imbibe in what you most want them to know through how you live your life. Words are not necessary.
Recommendation: The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power
There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. – General Douglas Macarthur
Ultimate security, of the spiritual kind, can be had. Material security just isn’t possible because our body has to perish sooner or later…
Opportunity abounds, if we only look and act. Interestingly those whose life is about to be cut short, witness Randy Pausch’s life, appear to make most of opportunities available to them!
Why is that?
How come the rest of us, who seem to think we live forever, often ignore opportunities even when such opportunities land in front of us!?
- How can we not miss such opportunities?
- How can we live secure lives and still jump at opportunities as though we had less than a year to live?
- When will we truly value what we have, in us and around us?
Recommendation: The Last Lecture
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for things we did not do that is inconsolable. – Sydney J. Harris
Our other regrets come from ways we couldn’t be. Like when we couldn’t be loving and patient, especially with our kids or our parents.
Regret is a lot of wasted energy. Instead of wallowing in what you couldn’t do or be, Do what you need to do and Be what you need to be, starting right now.
Then, we won’t have any ‘inconsolable’ regrets!
Recommendation: One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life