Earth Day

IMG_1561“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” 
― Henry David Thoreau,

How can we look at our beautiful world and not wish to preserve it the best we can.


Let do our part. Choose from the list.

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The Waiting Game

Buddha under the Magnolia Tree

“Patience is the training in abiding with the restlessness of our energy and letting things evolve at their own speed.” Pema Chodron

“The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. (…) rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.” Dalai Lama

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”  Joyce Meyer

The waiting game is difficult  until I settle down and learn the rules. Really, they are the same as the rules of life.

1. The present moment is all I have. I am happiest when I can relax in it and not waste it on worry or fast-forwarding.

2. It is what it is. No amount of mental and emotional machinations will change what it is.

3. Whatever the outcome – good news/bad news – he calls/he doesn’t call – it arrives/it doesn’t arrive..I will deal with it. I am capable and strong and can be flexible.

4.The best I can do for myself is to continue my life as I would do if I weren’t waiting.

Remembering the rules is the trick, isn’t it?

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As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (IV.4.5)  

Ah…to think that i my destiny may be nurured in the arms of my unacknowledged desires. That I may not even be aware of what drives me toward it.

This possibility exists because desire is  powerful. It is not my everyday want or wish. It isn’t a random thought that passes through my mind, “Oh, that would be nice…”

Desires are more than that. They are the secrets of my soul that I sometimes tamp down to do what I “should”. They can be buried in my words and actions that continually repeat, “i can’t”.

So then I wonder what it takes to crack me open and let my destiny beome reality. How many layers must I peel away before the shell of my structured life is vulnerable enough to break open – until my essence spills from my clutched fists and allows me to be who I must ultimately be.

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