Focus On What’s Coming

IMG_1746.PNG.pngFocus your thoughts on what’s coming towards you, not what you’ve left behind. If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next… don’t. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness. Don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present – each moment as it comes – because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart, where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again…

Let this poem be a coat rack 
you leave something on.
Something that you will be better off without.
Something that if you no longer carry its weight
then the scent of your love will reach others
and help draw them from their places of hiding
and their own shields they won’t need anymore. 
The world will be known as more miraculous,
tender, fun and always giving,
and then your hands, will carry God with you 
wherever you like to go.
You could set Him all around in places 
that you wish Him found. 

-HAFIZ

The ebbs and flows of life. They never cease. It is only our response to them that changes. Ever since that day when my trust was broken and my heart fell straight out of my chest, only to be carefully picked up and pieced together by my dear friends and family, I have been given an incredible opportunity. The opportunity to master my response to life.

Yoga gives us that opportunity every time we come to the mat. Every time we enter into a difficult pose. We can hold it together, push through being uncomfortable, test our strength.

And then. When you are in it. Really in it.

Can you let go a little more?

Can you breathe a little deeper?

Can you crack a smile? Maybe even laugh at yourself?

This is what yoga teaches us. Life requires us to be strong and remain resilient in the face of adversity. But can you find a way to soften in the midst of it? to be a little more flexible? This is how we create room for transformation and growth. By allowing things to come to us. We learn to give ourselves up to whatever the moment brings.

An effortless oneness with what is.

There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?

-RUMI

Farm Sanctuary

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“May our daily choices be a reflection of our deepest values, and may we use our voices to speak for those who need us most, those who have no voice, those who have no choice.”

So You Can Plant More Wheat

I would like to remove some rocks from your

field so that you can plant more wheat.

And those hills that I see that are part of you,

I have some trees in mind for them

and flowering grasses, so that you won’t erode

when the elements pour.

Are we not lovers? Cannot I speak to you like

this?

Do I need to ask your permission to hitch up

my ox and sing to him as I improve your vast

terrain?

The title to your heart came to my office. In

looking at it a great interest in your soul

developed. The care of your soul became mine.

So I would like to remove some stones from

your meadows; then an orchard you could grow,

and the world, and the world then, will come

to taste your riches.

-HAFIZ

Left a good job in the city
Workin’ for the man ev’ry night and day
And I never lost one minute of sleepin’
Worryin’ ’bout the way things might have been image1

 

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In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he offers this analogy on sacredness,

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

Don’t give things to people who dont appreciate them. who don’t understand the value of your gift…because they may throw it away and you will be hurt in the process.

It is an encouragement to surrender others to their path. Let go of the desire to mold and influence them on their journey. Stop giving directions to folks who aren’t asking. Some people need to wander alone in the desert for 40 years.

Understanding that no one belongs to you opens the door to an immeasurable freedom.

It frees you and it frees them.

People are free to choose their own path, as destructive and painful as it may be. One of the greatest lessons I have had to constantly re-learn in life is the Buddhist tenant of nonattachment. Buddhists say the root of suffering is attachment. Attachment to ideas, to people, to outcomes, to the way things unfold.

We learn to let go of people we love, people we like, and those we don’t particularly care for. We separate ourselves, and our process, from others and their process.

We relinquish our tight hold and our need to control in our relationships. We take responsibility for ourselves; we allow others to do the same. We detach with the understanding that life is unfolding exactly as it needs to, for others and ourselves. The way life unfolds is good, even when it hurts. 

I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds it. Scriptures says God holds my life in the palm of his hands. He has made me, He will carry me, He will sustain me and rescue me. I stand firm in these truths. Disappointments are just a way of the Universe saying, I have something better for you. Here’s to trusting in that promise.

The Road Less Traveled

Here’s the thing about being different

it requires you to Know yourself, Trust yourself, and to Honor yourself.

That is huge. To know yourself, really truly know who you are in this world

some people/most people, never get there.

This is a big, loud, noisy world. And for you to take that long journey inside of yourself, is no small task. It is uncomfortable. It’s uncharted territory. But when you do break through those comfort zones, you expand your understanding of your Self.

My encouragement to anyone embarking on that journey, on finding your Path, is to tune out anything and everything that distracts you from your higher purpose. Are you really here to bicker? To fuss over traffic? To stumble over gossip? Or, are you here to be of service to others? To Lift Up others? To use your voice to speak Truth to Power?

When I transition out of this world and into the next, I want to be remembered as one who contributed to the betterment of society, not just another mindless consumer. And to do that kind of work requires me to Know myself, Trust myself, and Honor myself. It requries me to not be concerned with the opinions of others, not keeping up with the Joneses, and not trying to fulfill other’s expectations of me. Every night when my head hits the pillow, I answer to Myself. Am I proud of who I was today? Did my Actions represent my Highest Self? Is this the Best Life I can be living? Can I do better?

Strive to be a person You are proud of. The type of person you think this world needs more of. You may be suprised where it leads you.