Spring Notes (5)

Spring Notes (5)

Brief meditation posts for spring.

As a writer, a poet, I live with my ear to the ground.  Listening.  Silence being the great conductor of creativity.  Without that deep pause, without reflection, my thoughts would spin with repetition and mere habit, never taking me deeper.  Living on the surface of life, distracted by every event, every word, every headline, isn’t for me.  The poetry of life is actually overlooked when silence is missing.  We become reactionary, not thoughtful.  We let ego dictate our lives.  We don’t notice the first buds of spring.  The hint of color.  The life force brewing beneath our feet.  Allow the unmitigated pleasure of silence into your life.  Make it a wonderful, life-affirming priority.  Because one day, date unknown, we will return to the silence from whence we came. 

A wave of individuality rises from the unbounded ocean,
and for a time, forgets that it is the ocean in disguise.
When the wave begins looking inside, the memory of
wholeness is rekindled, and the wave again knows itself
as unbounded, infinite, and eternal. 
~David Simon, M.D.

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Spring Notes (4)

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Contemplation.  Meditation.  Reflection.  Inspiration.

… for spring …

SPRING NOTE (4)

As a young girl, I remember gazing up at the sky and wondering about the mystery of life.  One time I even thought: It isn’t fair.  We are here.  We get attached to people and places, then one day, it all vanishes.  I’m not sure of my age, but I was likely grappling with death for the first time.   An abstract notion for a young girl.  I was quite hung up on the fairness issue, I recall, finally deciding there had to be more to this story of life and death since death seemed so unfair.  Life moved on and I began to learn how nothing is truly “fair.”  That we can try, but in the end, measuring “fairness” is nearly impossible.  There are too many layers, too many complicating factors, to take into consideration.  Too many things we don’t know about something.  While we can almost grasp some issues, nearly hold them in our hands to study them, many questions of fairness involve big picture issues and circumstances that our minds tend to overlook.  Plus, we all only have access to “partial information.”  To actually weigh the entirety of a complicated matter in precise terms would take a genius, a spiritual guru, an enlightened soul.  Just something to ponder as we anticipate spring.  There are few issues as simplistic as we might try to make them.  There are few issues worth arguing about.  Because in the end … no on really knows.  An opinion is merely that, nothing more, and it can be refreshing to just let things be … to not draw in or rush to disagree.  True understanding takes much more than “reaction.”  More than an automatic ego response.  If we pause long enough to reflect on something, new insights, creative solutions, and fresh perspectives will come to mind.  Conflict and controversy seem excessive in our culture, in our world.  Maybe we all need to take a deep breath and spend more time gazing at the sky or dwelling on the inherent beauty of life.                  

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars,
and see yourself running with them.
~Marcus Aurelius

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Spring Notes (3)

Welcome back to Spring Notes.
 I hope you’ve enjoyed the previous notes, i.e., (1) and (2) —
brief weekly posts for meditation and contemplation.
Now through March 16th … 5 notes to prepare for a new season.

Spring Notes (3)

The Dalai Lama once said: I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.  I do not judge the universe.  Undoubtedly, this is one of the wisest thoughts I’ve encountered in my lifetime.  After all, who are we to judge anything, let alone the universe?  Just imagine how peaceful your day might be without the need to second guess what is happening in the world or why.  The drama of life is often based on judgement.  And while some judgement is needed to navigate life, perhaps, it is excessive.  Perhaps it leads to needless worry.  To senseless conflict.  To useless complications.  It’s spring … toss things around … see if this idea can be useful to you.  Get creative with your thinking.  Better yet, drop back from the endless back and forth our minds seem to crave, realizing that “thought” alone will never be enough.  It will always be limited and biased and, possibly, problematic.  Let your spiritual instincts take you beyond habitual patterns to experience greater peace.  Joy.  Contentment.  Since we can never truly understand another person’s “reality,” maybe we can find common ground by letting go of outdated and unnecessary opinions.  Our imaginings, primarily.  Can’t hurt to try …

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Spring Notes (2)

Welcome Back
Spring Notes (five brief posts, weekly, through March 16) are
for meditation — contemplation — silent reflection.
A creative way to prepare for a new season: for spring.

Spring Notes (2)

Much life discussion focuses on purpose.  How will I discover it, actualize it?  But it occurred to me that the entire idea might be overrated.  I don’t know, but sometimes it’s fun to pose a question like this … see what comes to mind.  It does complicate life … thinking we have a specific purpose … when maybe our purpose is primarily to bring the light of consciousness into the world (as Eckhart Tolle might say).  Maybe it’s the ego that is all caught up in “purpose.”  Maybe purpose unfolds around us each day amidst the basics; maybe our purpose is more abstract than we can imagine.  Maybe there are many ways to create and sustain purpose.  What if my purpose is simply to be a positive force in the world?  Or to realize my inherent spiritual capacity?  It’s nearly spring, a good time to think about a new season in our lives.  Also a wonderful time to turn things upside down, see what insights inch their way into our day.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking
new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~
Marcel Proust

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Spring Notes (1)

Spring.  Break.  Yes, it’s happening … even here in SunnyRoomStudio.  And assuming that many of you are also taking a bit of a break, I’ll just be sharing 5 brief posts (one per week) between now and March 16th.  I’m even turning off the comments section, because these posts, called “Spring Notes,” are primarily for meditation.  Contemplation.  Silent reflection.  So as we prepare for spring together, I hope you enjoy this approach to celebrating the coming of a new season.

Spring Notes (1)

When I meet someone for the first time or spend time with those who don’t know me well … I sometimes sense they have already put together some sort of quick story of “who I am” … yet, I also sense that this “story of convenience” is far afield from reality.  Ever felt that way?  Obviously, the story in their minds is a reflection of their inner world, their life experience, and their personal definition of self.  It has little to do with me or anyone else.  In the haste of life, we all lean on assumptions … we all jump to conclusions … we all want to know someone before we’ve taken the time to really know them.  Perhaps we can meditate this week on the merits of an open mind, reminding ourselves how each person is unique — not a cookie cutter version of someone you once knew or imagined.  The gifts of understanding and being understood are profound.  And are strong foundations for a more peaceful world.                 

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

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