“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” ~John Milton
The mind is a powerful thing, and too often allow its running programs to take over and create our reality unchecked. How much better it is to learn to work with our minds to create a reality that works well for us.
What are you doing with your mind?
“There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Rumi
We are surrounded by beauty and goodness and wonders that we are so often blind to in our daily busyness. Taking the time to notice these treasures in our midst gives us so many chances to bow in awe in a hundred different ways.
When is the last time you paid attention to the wonder around you?
“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~Matsuo Basho
I can get so caught up in aiming toward arriving where I’m headed that I miss the journey, but the journey is where real life is lived. The journey itself is our home.
How does that perspective help you slow down and be in the present moment of wherever your journey is right now?
“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.” ~G.K. Chesterton
Small children have no problem with wonder. They find wonder in everything they see. But as adults we often lose our capacity for wonder, getting bogged down in the details and responsibilities of daily life.
The wonders of the world don’t go away. We just become oblivious to them, though they surround us at every moment.
If you’re looking for more joy in your days, reconnect to your childhood sense of wonder, and you’ll discover that there’s no lack of wonders all around you!
“Instead of asking ourselves, “How can I find security and happiness?” we could ask ourselves, “Can I touch the center of my pain? Can I sit with suffering, both yours and mine, without trying to make it go away? Can I stay present to the ache of loss or disgrace—disappointment in all its many forms—and let it open me?” This is the trick.” ~Pema Chödrön
How well are you able to sit with your own suffering? What about the suffering of others? The only way to heal our pain is by going through it, and that means being able to sit with it, open to it, and touch its very center. We need to be able to do that for ourselves and accompany others as they do the same, without rushing to make it all go away. This may be the hardest challenge most of us will ever face.