Thursday, September 16, 2010

Get on the Boat

“All the diamonds in this world that mean anything to me
are conjured up by wind and sunlight,
sparkling on the sea.
I ran aground in a harbor town, lost the taste for being free…
Thank God he sent some gull chased ship
to carry me to sea.

-Bruce Coburn-

What happens to this man when he finds himself having to live without the ocean? He tells us of his longing and emptiness when he says, “…lost the taste for being free.” How can someone lose the taste for being free?

What I think happens is that he makes himself believe that he lost the taste for the ocean because otherwise he would be inconsolable having to live on the land. I imagine that he finds a trade, has relations, and accumulates his possessions just like everyone else in this town.

I am sure that he finds satisfaction in life; he loves, he laughs and he plays; but as the song shows us he never loses the taste for his soul, he just forgets. The same can happen for ourselves. Our attachments to our house, our trade, our possessions and the life we thought we should make dissolves when we are reunited with our soul. This is something that we are all bound to discover when our ship finally comes into the harbor.

The man’s longing for the ocean and the oceans longing for the man, are really the same. They are both one part of something bigger. One completes the other, but they don’t know it without first being lost to each other.

I read recently some writing by Bronnie Ware. She was contemplating her work in hospice care for the dying. She talked about how people at the end of their life have similar regrets. These were the top four:

"1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I didn't work so hard.

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier."

How many times each day do you miss your boat? Life holds hundreds of opportunities for you to let go, love or choose joy. You can do this just where you are , just by choosing to dance, or laugh, or to be silly or play. Take the time to tell those people you love that you love them.

Get on the boat. I will be waiting for you!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

You don't have to save the world. Tend to yourself.

"Isn't that why you want to save the world in the first place? So that
you can be happy? Well, skip the middleman, and be happy from here!
You're it." -Byron Katie


So true!!!!

I always thought that I would be happy:
When I had enough money,
When I did not have to work so hard,
When I would have ( ever elusive) more time,

When I could spend more time with my children and just enjoy life.

I also dreamed of "prosperity" as a moment in the future. This was where I could hire someone to live the parts of my life that were difficult ( laundry, dishes, cleaning up.)

Until that time, I felt stressed and not happy with "now" because I was always on the go trying the create that better future.

Lately, I have experienced a great shift where I realized that the happiness is now. The prosperity is now. The love and the time to enjoy that is now.

I started by taking the time to notice and celebrate all that was good with my life. This only takes seconds at first, but I have found that these moments are getting longer and longer and taking up my whole life.

Pause:
We are eating dinner. Everyone is full.
Pause.
A smiling and happy moment of closeness and joy and laughter with my child.
Pause.
A good client who appreciates me and does their part.
Pause.
Warmth from the sun.
Pause.
A kitty purring.
Pause.
Kids playing and laughing.
Pause.
Depositing money into the bank. ( whoo hoo)
Pause.
Rain.
Pause.
Having enough to pay each bill as it comes. (yay)
Pause.
Seeing my children's book come to life through a painter's hands.( yay)
Pause.

I think it all started when I truly turned inward and started to act from what I wanted. Also taking the time to experience gratitude all through out the day. One second at a time.

Barbara

Sunday, March 28, 2010

On Abundance- All We Have is Now

How do you get in the "vortex" or go with the flow?

Life is magical and filled with wondrous things if you are still enough to
receive them.

There is a gift hidden in everything, no matter what it looks like.
Be curious about this moment, "What are my gifts here?"

"What will this thing reveal to me?"

Life is now. It is happening now. We all get this moment; in fact, it is all we
really have. What gifts does this moment have for you? Look around.

In every moment, there is something to be had, appreciated, enjoyed, tasted,
explored or loved.

When that slips away, there will always be more because Beingness is abundant
and unending.

All we have is Now.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A new view of prosperity

In my home growing up there has always been a pattern of complaint about gaining extra money. "Whenever I get ahead," they said, "something comes up where I have to spend it all anyway."

This took the form of things like car breakdowns, furnace repairs and dentist visits. If an extra $500 was gained by some miracle, $500 would soon be spent.

"Just our bad luck," they would say.

Recently I realized, that this money is a gift from the Universe (or God or All-That-Is, call this what you will.) supporting me beforehand.

Last year my husband and I got more than we expected from taxes, we were so happy. A week later I was in a car accident that totaled my car. Together with the insurance money and the taxes there was enough money to pay for the van that I had been envisioning,and additional car (which my husband had been envisioning).

Looking at things this way I can re-write the story of my life from lack, to being completely supported in life.

That is the meaning of prosperity.

Barbara

Birthing personal power.

I have found that the key to living a joyful and satisfied life lies within this present moment, and so I write!

I am inspired to write about my exploration and appreciation of these wonderful doorways to a fuller more joyful life. I call them, "realizations."

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you enjoy it.

Barbara
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