I woke this morning with a sort of longing. Often I speak about how grateful I am for the stillness of the house in the morning. This morning I wanted to crawl inside of it; be one with the stillness instead of just witnessing it's calm properties. I have this option, as always, and yet lately I have chosen to DO other actions instead. It is so easy to get caught up in the actions of what is going on around me. Do I want to watch my local team in the World Series? Absolutely! Do I want to go have dinner with my parents and my grandpa? Of course! Do I want to walk the dogs, play in the leaves, edit engagement photos, work on my new projects, and a million other things? YES! In saying yes to all these things I am having a great week and yet I have not been sleeping as well. Why? I have not taken as much time to be; not just to witness the stillness but to become it. When I sit in stillness I am calm, peaceful, and happy. If I am just sitting in that place of stillness though, when I move back into the hustle and bustle of the day that calmness is gone. I find myself stressed, rushed, and my mind racing to keep tabs on the to do lists and the schedules. Instead, if I take the time to BE the stillness, truly invite it into my body, mind, and spirit then I can navigate the day knowing that I am where I need to be and what is meant to get done will get done. It takes conscious awareness throughout the day to be stillness. It requires and allows me to let go. And most importantly it reconnects me with that inner joy and peace that have been waiting for me. The World I see is a reflection of my inner world and I get to determine how still the reflection. Today I am making a conscious effort at BEING the stillness. I invite you to join me. What thoughts are causing ripples in your reflection? How can you let those rest? I'm so grateful to type slowly and mindfully of each key. I'm grateful to take the time to eat breakfast with my love, undistracted by the "need" to get my blog done or anything else that may be sitting on this imaginary to do list. I'm grateful to take the time to meditate and witness the thoughts that had been crowding my mind leave one by one. I'm grateful for the way the rising sun is cresting the house lighting the treetops in the back yard in golden light. I'm grateful for this healing peace reentering in my body once again. I'm grateful to know it is always there waiting for me and that at my core I am stillness. I'm grateful for the years of practice of learning truths about myself and I'm grateful to share my ideas with you. I'm grateful to be a "Rey of hope for a more positive world". I'm grateful to give myself care, love and forgiveness when I am not in tune with this place of stillness and love. And I'm grateful to recenter and bring myself back to it. May your day be blessed with stillness. May you find oneness with it and BE that stillness. May your world reflect the joy and love in your heart. Have a beautiful day!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.