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Monday, December 21, 2009

Relief and Calm (mostly)

Today, Creator of the Universe, we ask that you open our heart and open our eyes so we can enjoy all of your creations and live in eternal love with you.  Help us to see you in everything we perceive with our eyes, with our ears, with our heart, with all our senses.  Let us perceive with eyes of love so that we find you wherever we go and see you in everything you create.  Let us see you in every cell of our body, in every emotion of our mind, in every dream, in every flower, in every person we meet.  You cannot hide from us because you are everywhere, and we are one with you.  Let us be aware of this truth.       Don Miguel Ruiz

My Little Beauties

It's been busy around here with the plethora of Christmasy things going on, and I can happily say that I've checked most of the "to do's" off my list.  And the good news is that it's mostly been good, pretty free of stress for the most part.  That's a serious relief and isn't the way it's always been. 

I used to over-think every detail of every gift, worry that "they" wouldn't like it, worry that it wouldn't get there in time, worry that it's not enough or too much, and on and on.  Ugh.  What relief it is to have let go of most of that--it so defeats the purpose of what all of this is "supposed" to be about.  It's not that my mind hasn't wanted desperately to take me in all kinds of useless directions.  It's that I have become more of the observer of my anxious,  always-trying-to-find-a-reason-to-be-frazzled, busy-body mind.  I just kind-of watch it do its thing and try to stay conscious enough to stay in whatever moment I'm in. 

Not that (by any means) I'm always "successful" at this, but I often am and, for now, I'm good with that. 

What a difference it makes to see through the "supposed to's" and "shoulds" and all of the conventional ways of doing things.  Really, we have a choice, always.  And why choose a way that brings us to tension and worry?  Why not stay away from anything that brings us tension and worry and instead find the way that brings relief and calm.  Ahhh, yes...relief and calm.  And love.  That sounds so very nice. 

So, for these next few weeks of dinner parties and present wrapping and gift opening and baking and little girl fighting and lots of family time and far less creative time, I will say the above prayer.  And try to remember to watch my mind rather than allowing it to toss me all over the place.  I will try to remember to take deep, cleansing breaths.  I will try to remember that it's all about love, it's all about love.  It's all about love. 

Here's to perceiving with eyes of love.  To relief and calm.  To finding the joy in every bite, every song, every word, every giggle, every smile, every little hand we hold.  Here's to warmth and full bellies, to sweetness and acceptance and to love, love, love.

Happiest of holidays to you all.

P.S:  It will be quiet around here over the next few weeks as I turn toward all of the loveliness that surrounds. 

1 comment :

  1. What a beautiful post. Thank you for having the courage to live with beauty, and to embrace each magical moment with simplicity and love. I cherish you!


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