Today, do not feel
about your life. Do not look up in the sky and see the hands of the clock
ticking away and feel that desperate need to accomplish something right now. Do
not spend your time and emotional energy in cataloging all of your faults and
asking yourself over and over why you cannot seem to accomplish something, why
you continue repeating old patterns which do not serve you, why, why.
Cease this desperation and
move toward peace.
This very desperation and
pressure which you put upon yourself is intensifying each old pattern. It is
keeping you prisoner to your old ways. You do not escape old patterns through
desperation and asking why. You do not escape the deep rut you have been
walking in by beating yourself up with criticism.
The answer is in releasing
the desperation. The answer is in going beneath the emotional response. The
answer is in releasing the past and focusing in the present. The answer is in
ceasing to ask ‘why’ and beginning instead to just ask ‘how’, how can I live
well in this moment?
You escape the narrow rut
of your habitual life by lifting the heavy burdens of the past and the future,
releasing the emotions, and becoming so peaceful and so light that you begin to
float up out of those problems and cares, lifting up with lightness and a
buoyancy born of love, joy and peace, high enough that you are free of the
prison you have kept yourself in and can then look around and see where you
would like to fly to, now that you are light enough to move freely.
Life Face to Face
There are times when life
presents obstacles in your path that seem enormous; you cannot see your way
past them, over them, or how to move them even one inch.
These are the times for you
to dig deep and find yourself. These are the times for you to find your courage
and your strength, to pull out all that you are and show it to the world.
Nothing is gained by
feeling sorry for yourself or by asking, “Why me?”
Everything is gained by
digging deep and finding out who you are in the face of adversity. Everything
is gained by testing your courage, strength and patience against whatever the
world tosses your way. Everything is gained by believing in your strength and
the help that is there for you.
How can you know who you
are, if you do not know who you are when tested? These are the times which
matter and you are equal to them, every one. Dig deep into your well and you
will emerge stronger, truer and more full of love for yourself and for life
itself. For when you meet life face to face, when you rise to meet each
occasion, no matter how frightening it may first seem, you and life will develop
a deep respect for each other, a respect which will turn to love over time.
Surrender to the Flow of Life
Today would be
excellent day to gracefully surrender to the flow of life, accepting things as
they are in this moment and moving into the next moment from that place of
To surrender does not mean
that you no longer care about your life. It is not apathy. It is acceptance
that fighting the current will only exhaust you. It is acceptance that the best
way to move in a certain direction is to use the power of the river, sensing how
things are and just gently dipping down an arm as a tiller, so that you might
catch the fork of the river that appeals to you.
Surrendering to the flow
can also be recognition that if you allow life to propel you, you can do so
easily and gracefully, with very little effort indeed.
Look forward, feel the
power and use it. If you spend your time looking back at what has been, you
will not see the wonderful things flowing toward you, nor will you notice the
approaching rapids until it is too late to avoid them.
Relax into the flow. Steer
yourself gently, taking advantage of the movement and current which surround
you. Watch and feel how things are and gently join the flow of life.
'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.'
The Universal Heart Center