Joy is so much deeper than the appearance of things.
Things sometimes look messy.
And sound and smell messy.
And may even feel messy -
when we're open
we can sense Joy
underneath and in
all that seems so messy.
When we're not resisting anything ...
when we're open to everything
joy, love, clarity
This week two people emailed me about insights they are having about resistance
and in a nutshell here is what they are now discovering:
Resistance is not something that’s just happening – it’s something I’m doing – or not doing.
Judgment of anything or anyone is resistance.
I’m beginning to see I have a choice to either judge - resist whatever’s happening or not.
When I do resist what’s happening it doesn’t feel good.
I feel tight - closed off to love and peace.
And when I’m not resisting there’s an open feeling … it feels so good.
Deep thanks to all you fellow explorers.
Peace and Love
The other day I got an email from a friend who believes she may have the coronavirus.
She is fully at peace with what is happening and, with her permission,
here is part of what she wrote:
Last night, I listened to an interesting perspective on what's happening, spiritually.
That the world is being forced to stop. Stop all the busyness and looking outward.
Many schools and institutions are closing, businesses coming to a trickle or stopping altogether.
Countries quarantined. We are being forced to stay home and face ourselves.
This feels huge.
Who are we when we are not constantly in motion?
Time to turn within and go a little deeper.
The stopping of so much of the external busyness
is a kind of invitation to go deeper to the stopping of the internal busyness.
When we're not in constant motion 'up in our head'
who are we really?
For decades I had a ‘monkey mind on steroids’ –
thoughts were constantly running, often repetitive
and largely negative and guilt producing.
It was not a very enjoyable way to live, to say the least.
And even after the initial glimpse of Wholeness
that monkey mind on steroids kept going.
The negative and repetitive nature of my thinking
did not slow down one bit for quite a while.
But even though all of that kept running – a few things did change.
I began to be aware of the running thoughts and
I began to be aware of my sense of Self when my attention was closed in on thoughts
and, most significantly, I began to be aware of my sense of Self
when my attention was open to simply observing the thoughts.
This was absolutely amazing!
Nothing had changed but everything had changed.
Awareness of thoughts running through rather than having attention hooked into them…
Awareness of the false sense of Self when attention is hooked into them …
And awareness of the true sense of Self when we are simply observing thoughts.
We are The Sky:
The Sky observes clouds without confusing itself to be what it is observing
In the midst of chores can there be gratitude – or only when chores are done?
Just the other morning while hanging up my pants
there was full Gratitude as I watched my hand placing the pants on a hook.
There was nothing else in that moment but that.
Although there was a lot scheduled for that day
without projection of what still 'needs' to be done
there was no missing what is Now.
as we take a step,
wash a dish,
chop the onions …
nothing else but this.
During this busy season,
may each of us know this Gratitude
more and more deeply
as we are fully present to and enjoy whatever we are now doing.
A Grateful Heart Sees Beauty and Feels Joy Now
Freedom in relationships is honored when we know and honor our own freedom.
It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things imagined, learn to see them as they are. When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face."