Tuesday, March 6, 2012
If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace. Ajahn Chan XX century Buddhist Monk
Anxiety is often our first reaction to conflict, problems, or even our own fears. In those moments, detaching and getting peaceful may seem disloyal or apathetic. We think: If I really care, I'll worry; if this is really important to me, I must stay upset. We convince ourselves that outcomes will be positively affected by the amount of time we spend worrying.
Our best problem-solving resource is peace. Solutions arise easily and naturally out of a peaceful state. Often, fear and anxiety block solutions. Anxiety gives power to the problem, not the solution. It does not help to harbor turmoil. It does not help.
Peace is available if we choose it. In spite of chaos and unsolved problems around us, all is well. Things will work out. We can surround ourselves with the resources of the Universe: water, earth, a sunset, a walk, a prayer, a friend. We can relax and let ourselves feel peace.
Today, I will let go of my need to stay in turmoil. I will cultivate peace and trust that timely solutions and goodness will arise naturally and harmoniously out of the wellspring of peace. I will consciously let go and let God.
From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©
It feels good to express love, whether through a smile, a touch, or a prayer. It heightens our sense of being alive. Acknowledging another's presence means that we, too, are acknowledged. Each of us is familiar with feeling forgotten, unnoticed, or taken for granted, and recognition assures us all that we haven't been overlooked.
Knowing we are loved may be the key to our doing the things we fear. Love supports us to charge ahead, and we can support others to charge ahead. We know that if we fail, we have someone to turn to.
Love heals. It strengthens, making us courageous both when we receive it and when we give it.
Action for the Day: I need others. I need to strengthen my supports, my connections to others for the security, even success, of each of us. I can express my love today, and assure my loved ones that they are needed. Then, they and I will surge ahead with new life.
Spirituality is an awakening --
or is it all the loose ends woven together into a mellow fabric?
It's understanding -- or is it all the knowledge one need ever know?
It's freedom -- if you consider fear slavery. It's confidence --
or is it the belief that a higher power will see you through any storm or gale?
It's adhering to the dictates of your conscience -- or is it a deep, genuine,
living concern for the people and the planet? It's peace of mind
in the face of adversity. It's a keen and sharpened desire for survival.
- Came To Believe . . ., p. 5
Thought to Ponder . . .
Spirituality is the essence of being. It can shape reality.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
K I S S = Keeping It Simple, Spiritually.
Don’t be held back by what has not yet happened or by what is already over. Live now, with all you have.
There’s no need to wait for everything to be perfect. Live now in this moment while you have it, before its unique opportunities are gone.
Some things may turn out great, and other things may be disappointing. Live now, when you can do your best with what you have.
Even when the challenges seem impossibly overwhelming, there is always something you can do to make a positive difference. Live now, do it now, and work your way steadily forward.
No action is wasted when it is undertaken with authentic purpose behind it. Live now, with meaning, and use this moment to bring new richness to your world.
You are here right now to enjoy, to experience, to create and achieve, to love, and to live. Live now, for now is the precious moment when life is yours.
— Ralph Marston