Inspiration

Sunday inspiration: What to remember when waking

 

sunrise

 

 © 1999

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

 

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the waiting desk?

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By | 2013-08-18T05:43:10+00:00 August 18th, 2013|Inspiration|0 Comments

Creating Intention: An Act of Prayer

prayerThe efficacy of prayer has been proven recently in the scientific arena. Dr. Larry Dossey is well-known for his studies demonstrating that prayer has a healing effect even when performed from a distance and without the patient knowing that prayer is occurring. The National Institute for Health Care Research found that out of 158 professional studies, 75% demonstrated that a religious commitment translated into benefits in psychological well-being, overall survival rates, or quality of life for everyone from cancer patients to drug abusers. Research is now being conducted at major universities all over the country to determine the connection between prayer and healing. Is this the intervention of a divine entity? Or is it that when we create an intention we focus our mind to align with the divine within ourselves, thereby harnessing an enormous creative force of manifestation?

It is tempting to relinquish our personal power to the will of the divine and give up our own will in the name of humility. Often there is a deep spiritual experience that results from sublimating one’s personal desires; however, a deep transformational empowerment can result from creating strong intentions for one’s life experiences that brings us closer to fulfilling our soul’s purpose and to becoming the amazing beings that we truly are. In order to do so, it is crucial to honor the divine within ourselves that deserves to live a beautiful and abundant life.

Often we may find ourselves stuck in patterns of negative thought that prevent us from realizing most fully the power of our creative intention. Perhaps we inherited these thought patterns and scripts from our families. Perhaps difficult life experiences have made it difficult for us to believe in our own soul’s beauty […]

By | 2013-08-11T06:03:19+00:00 August 11th, 2013|Consciousness, Favorite posts, Inspiration|2 Comments

We are the leaders now

Tina Malia’s voice and music is expansive and opens the heart and soul to the yearning for awakening and the hope that transformation is truly possible, for the planet and for all people. This video is of the beautiful song Heal this Land.

In “Leading with Vision and Trust”  Warren Bennis writes:

Why did India’s poor march to the sea with Gandhi against the salt tax? Because they trusted him. Trust is based on predictability: trusted leaders make themselves known and make their positions clear. Four leadership qualities together engender trust:

  • Vision
  • Empathy
  • Consistency
  • Integrity

Creating a vision

Leaders manage the dream: they have the capacity to create a compelling, over-arching vision that takes people to a new place.

A vision is a portrait of the future that grabs. Initially it grabs the leader, and then their magnetic intensity and commitment to it draw others in. Leaders love what they do. The passion that comes from knowing what they want, that is demonstrated by their unswerving commitment to a vision, communicates hope and inspiration.

Visions animate, inspire and transform purpose into action. Visions bring about confidence and a belief in others that they are capable of performing to their full potential.

Communicating the vision

Believing in one’s dreams is not enough. Without communication nothing can be realised.

Leadership is a transaction between leaders and followers. Neither could exist without the other. Leaders must understand their followers, and followers must understand those who lead. This interaction creates a unified focus that flows from the communication of a clear, compelling, vivid and exciting image of a desired state of affairs.

Communication creates meaning. Mismanagement of meaning and lack of clarity only lead to evasion of responsibility and guilt.

Leaders must be able to influence and organise meaning, and to focus more on thinking than “facts” or “knowing”, on the […]

By | 2013-08-03T07:56:39+00:00 August 3rd, 2013|Inspiration|1 Comment

Sunday inspiration: Finding balance in the Capricorn Moon

June Supermoon from Theoi.com

Today’s Full Moon is getting a lot of press because it’s literally the biggest Full Moon of the year – a Supermoon as coined by astrologer

From a post on the : “When the Moon’s feminine energy is combined with Capricorn’s discipline and drive for success, the result is a powerful, successful and disciplined female. The Greek goddess Athena immediately came to mind as a feminine archetype that knows her own worth and is not afraid to engage in the affairs of the world.”

That combination of engaging deeply in the realm of feelings and the inner heart (Cancer) and mastering the affairs of the world (Capricorn), like all polarities, can be difficult to achieve.  The appellation Athena means “Divine intelligence” and she was born literally from the mind of god (the head of her father Zeus).

When we live too entirely within the realm of feeling (Cancer) we risk losing the intelligence of the world that aids us in its mastery.  But if we place our entire attention on the machinations of the outer world and building structures to contain our lives (Capricorn) we risk losing the intuitive intelligence that connects us to others and helps us to work together for more effective life strategies.

That makes this image of Athena a brilliant one for the Capricorn Full Moon – she embodies the Divine Intelligence that helps us to bridge compassion and effectiveness, nurturing and discipline, the inner emotional realm and achievement and success.  Protecting one’s inner world and loved ones (Cancer) in order to grant success in the material world (Capricorn) is in fact Athena’s domain.

So at this Full Moon we seek to allow our hearts to […]

By | 2013-06-23T06:43:50+00:00 June 23rd, 2013|Inspiration|4 Comments

Sunday Inspiration: Your one wild and precious life

 

I have always loved this poem by Mary Oliver which I posted back in 2007.   These days it has even more significance as I ponder the life of my late mother.  I have tried not to annoy you, dear readers, with a constant revelation of my every thought over the past six months dealing with the end of my mother’s life but the one constant is a deep regret at what I perceive as her living just a shadow of her life rather than delving into its rich beauty and discovering the nuggets of gold that lie underneath the often distressing and sometimes tragic realities of human experience.

We only get to live one wild and precious life at a time – although we have a series of lifetimes and shift in and out of one body to another, we do not get to live parallel lives.  We only have the one, and every moment is precious.  Now that I am past the 60 year mark, each year goes by more quickly.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

Unfortunately, this is something I do NOT do well.  I rarely pay attention, being too concerned with what needs to be done.  I am not good at being idle, or strolling through fields.  But this IS what I want to do with my one wild and precious life, beginning today!

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By | 2013-05-26T07:59:52+00:00 May 26th, 2013|Inspiration|8 Comments
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