Hello my fellow human Beings:
Yesterday, marked the first official day of spring for 2012.
As winter turns to spring, the seasons remind us of the universal truth that everything changes.
Yes, change happens. We can’t deny or prevent it.
If we embrace change, then we can ride life’s waves with a more balanced keel preventing us from getting too motion-sick.
However, if we focus only on the lows, the same-old doldrums, and the poor-me’s, then we suffer exponentially.
Yes, Buddhist teachings say that everyone suffers, with similar sentiments reflected in other teachings. Yet, suffering does not exist on its own. There is also beauty, wonder, joy and hope even in the darkest moments.
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn reminds us to look beyond the suffering when he remarks:
“Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.”
So with spring officially upon us, let us take the time to pause and focus on the beauty and wonders of spring evidenced by new life, new beginnings and new perspectives.
Find the time this week, to be still, PAUSE and …
- see the crocuses blooming;
- listen to the songs of the birds in the trees;
- taste a raindrop;
- smell the freshness of the warm, earthy air; or
- feel the sun warmly touching your skin.
Focus on the beauty of the world around you and within you. Be grateful that you are alive and can enjoy these wonders.
Motivational speaker and author, Norman Vincent Peale reiterates:
“If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.”
This doesn’t mean we must always think positively, but we must think realistically. Don’t just look down at the dirt and mud, but look up at the blue sky and new buds on the trees. Put things in perspective. Accept your suffering (whatever it may be), but know that you are much more than suffering.
BE DIFFERENT. BE THE CHANGE. BE BEAUTY. BE HOPE. BE JOY.
BE TRULY YOU.
Until next time, be still, focus on life’s wonders, connect to your True Self and live more abundantly!