If today were the last day of this world before it blew up, how would I spend it? Many indigenous people talk about living each day as if it is your last. I heard it again recently and thought I would think about it while writing this blog posting.
Many thoughts ran through my mind. My family, my friends, memories of times past, regret for it being over, so many things to think about and ponder their value to me. What would I do for the last 24 hours of my time here in this world?
As I mulled it over and over, a structure began to outline itself and with that insight, peace began to flow through my Being. Peace, calmness and a sense of well-being. This is what I would do:
♥ I would go to a place in nature with water and plenty of dirt or sand to write in.
♥ I would write a gratitude list that the world ending would send back to Source.
♥ I would sit in the silence and savor the now moments as they strung into pearls of wisdom expressing this world and the beauty that It and I were together within its evolution.
♥ I would lovingly and joyfully embrace the change I was Becoming.
♥ I would completely surrender to the Moments expanding out into greater Beingness as I said good-bye to the last moment and welcomed the New Being I was birthing.
In Essence I would:
Be the Change
Embrace the Change
Enjoy every moment in every way
Love who I am, who I am becoming and Know that All is Well!
Open eyed meditations are fun. You can do them anywhere by looking at anything. In this instance, we are going to use the picture posted above. Just quickly read through the steps and then try it for yourself. Notice how quickly you can refresh yourself, give yourself an energy boost or release stress build-up.
♥ Take a moment and settle into a comfortable position.
♥ Take a deep breath and begin to gaze at the photo above. Notice the colors, the shapes and anything else that catches your eye.
♥ Now, allow your gaze to begin focusing on a specific section of the photo.
♥ Next, began to slow your breathing making each breath longer and longer until you no longer are thinking about your breath.
♥ Stay here as long as you wish and when you come back into yourself and again notice the world around you, take the time to savor your experience.
I love doing this type of meditation on a walk, at the lake, or in the garden. Nature in all of its many forms lends itself beautifully to this practice. In a busy day, this short type of meditation works well and integrates into all types of schedules. Try it and see if it can work for you!
When I was 10 years old, my grandmother started to teach me different forms of needlework. We lived on a fruit farm and in the summer I would go to her house to help out with the fruit stand. The needlework kept me from being bored. But it also did something else: it kept me focused on creating something beautiful.
Of all the forms of needlework, knitting was my favorite…perhaps because it appeared to move along faster in the creation process. I could see more of a result of my efforts than when I crocheted or embroidered. But there was something about the knitting motions, the click of the needles against each other that was very meditative and soothing.
Fascinated by the textures and colors
When I was 28, I started a job that had me working 13 hours a day, so I no longer knitted. Then one day I walked into a yarn shop just to look at all the colors of yarn. I was fascinated by all the colors, the patterns, the materials yarn was now made out of. When I was a little girl, we had cotton, wool, and acrylic. Now there was wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, cotton, silk, and lots of manmade fibers in shimmering and glittering colors. I walked out of that shop with a bag full of yarn, needles, and a pattern, and started knitting again.
I started with shawls because they were easier to knit, but yet allowed for the creative process to flow. Even with the same pattern, the shawls looked different based on the colors and textures of yarn chosen. So I knitted, and as I knitted, a person’s face or name would come into my mind—and I knew that was the person this shawl would be gifted to.
Knitting with love and grace
Knitting as a meditation allowed me to quiet my mind and channel all my energies to the needles…with my hands busy, my mind didn’t have to be. And I would find myself mentally singing and praying as I knitted. I would see patterns of light and sound inside of me, and they would go into the shawl I was knitting. The people I gave the shawls to told me they felt soothed by them—that they made them feel calm and safe…made them feel better. It became a ministry of love and grace.
I’ve knitted other items, but I always seem to come back to shawls. With the shawls I can wrap someone with love and grace. I can let them know they are appreciated for who they are. And perhaps the shawls will help someone step into the same still and comforting Presence I feel when I knit….maybe when they wrap themselves in the colors of the shawl, they too will feel a sense of Homecoming.
As I close the door on 2014 and prepare to begin 2015, I took some time to review the lessons I learned in 2014. What had I learned and what Wisdom am I taking with me as I begin the new year?
It was amazing how many little things I had relearned as well as new wisdom to add to my “jewel chest.” I had a friend who had shared this concept with me many years ago and I have found that it works for me. Common usage labels strengths, skills, techniques, etc. as a “tool chest.” While that is descriptive, it reeks of work and hard labor. On the other hand, acquiring jewels makes me think of color, beauty, life sparkle, and other adjectives that reflect how I would prefer to see my efforts out-picture.
So, Wisdom for me is a jewel to be treasured, nurtured and worn proudly! Let me share a few of the things I learned anew or relearned as I hadn’t paid enough attention to them the first time!
♥ Be patient and gentle with myself!
♥ Allow and accept help from others!
♥ Be present in my life!
♥ Appreciate what I have been graced with in this life!
Before you make a list setting out goals for the coming year, take the time to reflect on what you learned from last year. As you see your jewel chest overflowing with all of your colorful, sparkling, exciting jewels, notice how your life changes!
See your value in your wisdom!
Make a commitment to adding to your Jewel Chest in 2015!
It’s the end of one year and we are off and running into a new one. The new year is a metaphor for closure and new beginnings. However, we don’t have to wait until the end of the year. Each moment is a new beginning…if we choose.
There is an old saying, “when one door closes another opens.” It is all about choice. We can choose to let go, to release what doesn’t work for us, and go into the next moment, free and unencumbered. It’s a choice…your choice.
Just think…you have an opportunity to create something anew. You have the power of creation…just rearrange your thoughts into a new pattern, and “ta da!” a new line of probability opens. Whether you take that opportunity is up to you…again, your choice.
This is all about power, your power to make changes in your life by changing how you see life and by the choices you make. That’s why it’s called empowerment…in powerment…or the power within you. This power within you is the spark that can light your way to personal freedom, personal power. This allows you to choose, each moment, what you want to think about…what you want to feel…how you wish to respond to life’s challenges.
The Choice is in the Now Moment. The past is past, the future hasn’t arrived yet…the only moment is now. The Now Moment is the space between the past and the future. It is the creation point for each choice you make.
So, get ready to fly. And just like the airlines, it is much easier to fly if you leave a lot of your old baggage behind. So, what will you release? What thoughts, relationships, and old ways of doing things are you ready to release or change?
Oh look, the door you want is opening…
Let go…let go…let goooooooo!
Step into the future…