Saturday, October 19, 2013

Creating Greater Heart Space

When I remember to act more friendly and loving-kind I deeply enrich my present experience.  Also this increases my compassion and gratitude to best show up to bring greater joy to my world.  Giving a thankful attitudemay I be filled with peace, joy or love.” I  help myself, loved ones, and all things with a spirit of light.  The more I can offer the following prayers “may I be happy, free and relaxed” the greater my heart expands. Offering any expression of loving presence helps me feel less separate or afraid.

When I adopt this mind-set of friendliness based on benefiting the greater good I reinforce an inner positive feedback loop. Cultivating this warm hearted feeling of fellowship, empathy and compassion I overcome my negative mind states. This liberates me with a all-embracing friendliness of unconditional love for all things. Also I heal a dark part of me that feels isolated and disconnected.

Treating all beings with this sacred attention activates my greater and highest self.  Bringing attention to this intention I find it benefits me, others and my environment.  Such loving kindness enhances my greater welfare since we are all interconnected to all things bringing us abundant, deep and intense peace and happiness.

This shift elevating my consciousness gives me from me greater possibilities and insight. Remembering to practice this in my daily meditation allows me to develop this greater heart space where profound wisdom emerges.  This practice of greeting things as part of my greater self with universal love heals both me and others.  Creating a greater heart spaces gives me joy, peace and greater freedom. Instead of being a victim I transform my curses with an appreciative light of  awareness.  May I and we enjoy the benefits to waking up to simple joys of the here and now. 

Adapted from Buddha's Words on Kindness (Metta Sutta)*

May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;

Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all things:
Radiating kindness over the entire world,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Greater Connection- We all Connected

"When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." -  John Muir

Have you ever observed how all things are woven together and share common bonds? Nothing in this world is separate.  Everything is somehow tied together. Truly we are all interdependent or connected by many strands of chemical, biological, and psychological common denominators.   Observe how carbon, oxygen, and other essentials chemicals make up the shared building blocks of what sustains us.  Such an exploration reveals how we all are interconnected.  

Various truths come up from this inquiry.  First we are not separate selves. Second that all things are transient and finally everything is somehow tied to everything else.  We all share this mutual connection here and now.  The challenge is to see how these strands interface.  We merge as a greater collective organism, bonded by mutual interlocking elements that give us life.  Even the non-living elements are essential ingredients to support our life cycles.  Rocks, soil, and other elements make up this wonderful spider’s web we all reside in.

The very basis of all our relationships is that we are interrelated.  Everything is I am related with. Seeing the nature of all our relationships directly ties us closer together.  For example, all of life depends upon and inter-changes water.  The water cycle like the carbon cycle further extends our amazing shared time here on this terra firma.

When I see how we all are so inter –connected this insight leads me to a greater joy.  By illuminating this truth of oneness I find a new tremendous devotion.  This provides me greater courage to overcome the numerous obstacles and fears. Also I relate to how all things are sacred since there is whole not just a sum of the parts.  Accepting this truth I better understand what hinders me to allow greater freedom to go beyond my delusion.

Beholding my greater connection allows me to delight in this fantastic cosmic mystery.  With mirth and curiosity I better make the connections to all facets of my life, family, friends, and extended network of fellow beings.  Wisdom, humility and courage emerge from this discovery of my greater connections. This new light beacons my travels upon the darks seas of new possibilities? May I become the actor not reactor to show by example how we are not separate.  Heraclitus over 2600 years ago wisely stated, All things come out of the one and the one out of all things.”

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty- John Muir