Fear is only an illusion. It is the illusion that creates the feeling of separateness -- the false sense of isolation that exists only in your imagination.—Jeraldine Sounders
We are one. We are connected, interdependent parts of the whole. We are not separate from each other except in the mind, in our false understanding of reality. As we come to understand our connectedness, our need for one another to complete the whole of creation, our fears will die.
It is often said we learn who we really are by closely observing our behavior toward the people in our lives. We meet ourselves in those others. They are our reflections. They are, perhaps, parts we ourselves have not yet learned to love. As we continue our inner work, our new internal message is to trust, to have faith; our higher power is in control. We are faced with no person, no situation too big to handle if we trust the process, if we remember the connections among us all.
I will look around today at others, with knowledge of our oneness. Fearing not, I will smile upon the wholeness of life.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
It does make a difference what you call things.—Kate Douglas Wiggin
Most of us think of dandelions as weeds. We buy special tools and poisons when they crop up and complain about them as surely as we welcome the spring that brings them. Yet is there anything more lovely than a sea of yellow dandelions by the side of the road in June? Or as remarkable in transformation as the filaments of the mature dandelion blowing on the wind? Sometimes we let someone else define for us what are weeds and what are flowers. We don't have to. Much of the beauty of the world is that we ourselves decide what is beautiful according to our own feelings. How lucky we are that, when we choose to, we can open our eyes and see!
Action for the Day: Can I see the beauty in those around me right now?
There is no more aloneness, with that awful ache,
so deep in the heart of every alcoholic and addict, that nothing, before, could ever reach it.
That ache is gone and never need return again.
Now there is a sense of belonging, of being wanted and needed and loved.
In return for a bottle and a hangover,
I have been given the Keys of the Kingdom.
- Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 276
Thought to Ponder . . .
I'm not alone anymore.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
Y A N A = You Are Not Alone.
The time you have
Life’s abundance comes to you continuously in great big, rich gobs of now. To experience the abundance, make full use of now.
The value of this moment is in the possibilities. To connect with the most value, work to fulfill the best possibilities.
Life is good to the degree that you give your attention and effort to it. This day is meaningful to the degree that you give your unique, creative and loving essence to living it fully.
It can be nice to remember the past and to dream about the future. Yet the time in which you actually live, in which you can make a real, positive difference, is now.
If you intend to make something happen, you must make the effort now. This, right now, is the time you have, so make full and effective use of it while it’s here.
Feel the goodness, love the beauty, fulfill the possibilities, now. The most powerful time in your life is now here, so make it count for something truly great.
— Ralph Marston