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The Guest House

For many years I have struggled with how hard it is to plan for anything. When you have chronic pain, no two days are alike and you never know how your day is going to be until you wake up in the morning. Sometimes you’re blessed and it’s easier to manage, other times it takes a longer start to get going, and yet other times you can’t seem to get going period. Just recently I posted about the Pain body and how it reached havoc in my days for some time now. From there one of my followers shared “The Guest House” from Jalaluddin Rumi with me and it was divine timing as I had never heard it. Thank you John. I related with it so much, and it mirrored my own journey of trying to Embrace the rain as well as the pain. Rumi reminds us to acknowledge whoever shows up in the morning and to be grateful, for everything has meaning and a place. Yep, even when it hurts like hell and when it doesn’t make sense like so often. You may also take comfort in knowing that God’s and the Universe’s soldiers, it’s healers and light workers will always carry heavier burdens. Simply because they can handle them although it doesn’t seem fair. Still someone needs to share the light and bring those messages to others to inspire and help. This is exactly what I’m trying to do today and thank you to John who has shared it with me, I now share The Guest House with you.

The Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of it’s furniture, still treat each guest honorable. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.,

~Rumi

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Wise words by Osho

Have you heard of Osho? Surely you must have and perhaps you too relate to much of his wisdom. There quotes recently found their way into my life. Perhaps at a time when I needed to hear them since I don’t believe n coincidences. Today, I feel compelled to share them with you, or at least write them out here for future reference.

The first one is all about self love. Of being comfortable in your own skin. Of facing some fears and perhaps his one relates to many of us. Here it is…

“First become alone. First start enjoying yourself. First love yourself. First become so authentically happy that it nobody comes it doesn’t matter; you are full, overflowing. If nobody knocks at your door it is perfectly okay – you are not missing. You are not waiting for somebody to come and knock at the door. You are at home. If somebody comes, good, beautiful. If nobody comes, that too is beautiful and good. Then move into relationship. Now you move like a master, not like a beggar. Now you move like an emperor, not like a beggar.”

The second one is all about contentment. Of going with the flow. Of dropping expectations. Of letting go of control, of being at peace. Here it is…

“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.”

The last one goes back to self love. To forgiveness and taking a leap of faith challenging the status quo and everything you have learned in life. It’s an undoing, an unlearning, a chance to summon your courage and follow your own truth. Here it is…

“Accept yourself as you are. And that is the most difficult thing in the world, because it goes against your training, education, your culture. From the very beginning you have been told how you should be. Nobody has ever told you that you are good as you are.”

I hope somebody needed to read these today. Read them slowly, see how they apply and then forge your plan and general outline. Know in your heart where you want to go. Visualize it and see it. Notice a smile gracing your face as you see it. Hold on to it and give thanks as if it happened already. And now surrender and let go. 🙏🏼💙

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Eliminating distraction

Distractions are all around us and sometimes too much of a good thing is simply too much. You might wonder what this black and white photograph has to do with it and I’m merely using it as a simple example. You see, in my case it actually looked better when I stripped it of its color. I saw more in the monotone range, including the light and the shadows of the subject. The stark contrast of what needed to stand out and the soft disappearing of subjects in the background that needed to fade away.

I don’t know why it spoke to me in a quote, in the process of elimination and the concept of less is more. Par for my course and journey so far I suppose. Perhaps a sign that I am in track.

“And sometimes the simplicity of black and white is all that is needed to eliminate the distraction.”

~Rhapsody Bohème

Keep it simple and don’t add more elements that you can handle. Even dreaming in color is sometimes too much. What can you eliminate today?

🙏🏼💙

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Quotes and random musings

Picture: Google

Food for thought. Actions and reactions. Give and take. Cause and effect. Being a sucker for quotes, they always seem to find me at the right time, speaking their magic meaning, often leaving me reassured, at times pondering, and sometimes on the heels of revelations and aha moments. I never heard it quite like this when it comes to the quote below, but I find truths between those lines and I’m sure we each have a little Story to tell.

“Be careful what you tolerate, you are teaching people how to treat you.”

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This post has been scheduled for over a week now and I feel the need to edit and add to it a little. While I still believe in much of it’s content, I have learned a few things in the past week. When I read the quote now, there is a deeper meaning that emerges. A meaning that tells me that a statement like this comes from trauma, a previous experience that has left a wound, a scar if you will. Because of this scar and the fear to experience this pain again, a warning is given to be careful of what you tolerate, putting the responsibility and the burden into your corner as if it was entirely up to you what follows next. Is it really all within your control, the control we urge ourselves so often to let go of? And is it fair to place such burdens onto ourselves? Surely everything has it’s limits, no different when it comes to this quote, but my main goal here would be not to let my experiences define me and harden my heart. Not to be obsessed with having control and the upper hand, but to trust and believe in the good of every situation, even if it has challenges attached.

What do you think?

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The need for more need

Morning dew was evaporating during the first sunlight on this peaceful and serene day. A moment so simple, filled with minimalism and yet it was so profound, peaceful. I could feel it breathing calm and serenity into my existence as a deep sigh left my body. “This is what it’s all about isn’t it” I thought to myself.

Next came the realization of the exact opposite and our need for needing. If this felt so serene and peaceful, why was there even a need for more? And still, it seems like we have all found ourselves in that position before. Whether it is needing material things, affection, love, understanding, to be heard, a friend, a shoulder to lean on or whatever else, it’s part of the human condition.

We all have needs and if those needs are not met, we eventually start to question things. Often it is feeding our need that can produce the effect of making us feel better, when in actuality it is only a temporary solution, a bandaid so to say. You’ve heard of retail therapy for example. Perhaps even having a drink to forget. But isn’t reality always catching up with us, soon or later?

Recently I’ve read that needing is a state of the ego. That the ego tries to convince us that we are empty and need something to feel love, success and happiness.

In fact our true self requires nothing to feel complete. So who is this version of ourselves if not our true self that has such a need? Is there a way to recognize it for what it is, what we could change?

“Needing nothing attracts everything.

If you want to become full, let yourself be empty.

If you want to be reborn, let yourself die.

If you want to be given everything, give up everything.”

~Lao Tzu

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We are travelers

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

Paulo Coelho

Presence II by Robert Bissel

I think this is beautiful and it is my inspiration today. Thank you for stopping for a moment, for taking the time, for reading, and for making this a precious moment. It is definitely one to write down in my book of 365 blank pages for 2021.

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A kind heart

Life is hard, no doubt, and in many cases out of our control, but not in all. Through the journey of life, I feel it’s the reaction to our experiences, and our thoughts that shape us and determine the amount of misery we subject ourselves to. Everybody is fighting an unheard battle we know nothing about. Add our own opinion to it and it can easily turn into judgement if we are not careful. Remembering this, we realize that beauty is skin deep and a kind heart over physical beauty is the measure of who we truly are.

During my career in the beauty business and running, managing a store, I have worked with many beautiful people. Sadly, beautiful on the outside only and beyond the facade on the inner levels was much ugliness to be found. I look back and recognize the battles they themselves must have fought. I don’t believe one just decides to be mean and full judgement. There are always greater forces at work. But I also believe that we have some control over our actions and the choice we make. An old quite comes to mind to put this into perspective.

“When you produce a thought that is full of understanding, forgiveness, and compassion, that thought will immediately have a healing effect on both your physical and mental health and on those around you.

If you think a thought that is full of judgement and anger, that thought will immediately poison your body and mind and the people.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Be good to yourself. You have more control than you think. 🙏🏼

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Owning the good, the bad and the ugly

Picture taken during Birthday Week.

You know the feeling, and does your heart close a little more when unpleasantries arrive? Perhaps you have put up a protective barrier up, a wall of some sort in the hopes that your feelings will never get hurt again? I know that I have in the past, but I also worked hard to break these barriers. What in the world would possess me to do so you might wonder! Why would I allow pain back into my life! For me it started with a choice and because I felt a prisoner in these walls, unable to let my true light shine, always feeling I was under conditional circumstances. Within those walls I ran the risk of losing myself, of becoming hard, negative, and a victim. The turning point was in deciding that this wasn’t me and that it wasn’t how I wanted to turn out. The realization came after some soul searching and a hefty amount of courage.

Fact is that there will always be an uphill battle of some sort. You barely succeed one and another challenge is lingering in the shadows, waiting for you to summon a strengths you never knew you had. Personally I have gone through a lot of these challenges, and I would have never imagined myself saying that I’m ok and at peace with these mountains I had to climb. Would I change some things or avoid these heart wrenching lessons all together…you bet, but in my experience it’s never in our control to do so. Would we even be who we are today if we could? If you can accept even the most of difficult of times, remember the pain, but don’t let if defy you, if you can be grateful for what you learned and the life experiences toy have gained, then you have defied the odds and a great wisdom and inner peace is yours.

I hope you can look back at these times, not feeling a victim of life, but proud of yourself to have made it through another battle. I hope that the pain has become manageable and you can see the lesson and the experience that was necessary. I hope you have grown stronger without letting life turn you negative, and that your frame of mind and outlook has stayed optimistic and hopeful. Because after all…

“If we own the story then we can write the ending.”

~Brene Brown