Sunday, August 27, 2017

Meditate to remember

"You don't have a soul.  You are a soul.
You have a body."
C.S Lewis 

For about two years my friend Aaron Conner has been encouraging me to get back to my meditation practice, patiently waiting for me to find that space again.  Last Sunday, I finally made the drive to Body Synergie in Rockwall for the 2:00 pm True Awareness Sangha.  Returning to a mindful practice always feels like coming home, and Aaron's warm smile and calm presence filled the dimly lit room with instant sunshine.

In the past, meditation has helped me to look inward to see who I am, but last week Aaron shared that meditation can also show us what (who) we are not.

We are not our bodies, small and vulnerable.  Too fat, too thin, too old, too tired.
We are not our egos, thinking we're more impressive when we put on airs.
We are not our minds, filled with fear and doubt.
We are not carpool lines or trips to the grocery store.
We are not excel spreadsheets or Google, or schedules.
We are not our addictions or illnesses.
We are not our past.
We are not our future.

A Course in Miracles states:  "The journey into darkness has been long and cruel, and you have gone deep into it."  
You are only love and light, perfect in every way.
Perhaps instead of busying ourselves to forget, we could take a few minutes to get still, sit quietly, and meditate to remember.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Willingness to See Things Differently

"I see only the perishable.
I see nothing that will last.
What I see is not real.
What I see is a form of vengeance.
Is this the world I really want to see?"
A Course in Miracles

We live in a fearful world. We are afraid of each other and afraid of ourselves.
In our minds eye we see vengeance and anger; scarcity and lack. We don't trust each other.
We've lost faith.
The stories of our past haunt us because we believe these hallucinations to be our truth, but the real truth is that attack thoughts are never real.
You are never upset for the reason you think.  You are upset because you see what is not there.

A Course in Miracles states that "what I see is the projection of my own errors of thought.  How could I understand when I have judged amiss? Our thoughts are not our own thoughts, because we are thinking without God."

Authentically,  God is love.
We are love.

If you believed that everyone was God- would you have a willingness to see things differently?
God (Love) is that person you so easily judge.
God (Love)  is your family.
God (Love)  is your co-workers.
God (Love) is that homeless man on the corner.
God  (Love) is your spouse.

"Loveliness can light your images, and so transform them that you will love them, even though they are made of hate."  A Course In Miracles
You are not trapped in your images, at any moment you can change what you believe.
You can be fearless instead of fearful.  Grateful instead of mindless.
Open instead of closed. Trusting instead of suspicious.

My goal is to see differently.  
Could I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it?
Can I recognize attack thoughts?
Am I willing to let go of judgement?
Can I see that you are perfect? And that I am as well?

If so, there is no war between ourselves or others.  There is only love.
Everyday- I choose to ask the questions.... to see differently.
Love is the only way.  I choose to see love.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The more I pay attention, the more I see

"Only LOVE is real." 
A Course in Miracles 

The more I pay attention, the more I see that its not about me at all.

It's not about accomplishments; for we all are quite spectacular.

It's not about pain, endurance or suffering; because it's not about struggle.

It's not about money or possessions; each insignificant.

It's not about the body; for life is in our spirit.

It's not about me; its about us.

It's about a shift in perception. A return to love.