In Simple Terms

  • Journal Entry #5 — Seeing It Otherwise

Winter must surrender to spring.  And spring to summer.

We, as well, are called to surrender to aspects of life that are challenging.  Mysterious, confusing, painful, or fleeting.

But this kind of transition can be awe-inspring, because this is the creative expression of life itself.

Life and death continually unfolding around us.  Beginnings melding into endings and vice versa.

Sometimes we want to turn away, especially, when our perceptions cloud our vision.  And then the need to surrender can lead to inner resistance.

As I gaze out at late melting snow this last Friday of March, Good Friday, in fact, I feel surrender all around me.  And I am filled with awe, with a deeper awareness of how I am connected to all of this.  Now, and into eternity.

Surrender removes all the barriers between ego and spirit.  It liberates the soul, and leads to an underlying peace that is always enough — always complete.

It took a bundle of years to get to this place.

So it has seemed.  But maybe it was merely the blink of an eye.  ~ dh

  • For the next couple of weeks, keep it simple.  Try to become more aware of how you perceive whatever is happening around you.  How do you label your customary reactions?  Are there ways to see it otherwise; ways to alter your assumptions and usher in a season of greater peace and contentment?

Thanks for stopping by.  See you in a couple of weeks!

Seeing It Otherwise, our spiritual journey for 2013, focuses on exploring perceptions, assumptions, and reactions.  It’s a great opportunity to journal or meditate on the ideas and questions presented.  Blog posts will serve as brief journal entries every other Friday morning.  Next journal post: April 12th.

Special Note: I will have a Studio Guest on April 5th. 

Richard Gilbert, author of a forthcoming memoir of farming in Appalachia, teaches at Otterbein University and blogs about writing at Narrative

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