Teach us to delight in simple things.
This quote on my calendar this morning caught my eye. It brought to mind the last couple of weeks. There has been so much energy flinging itself around and in our lives literally under our feet.
A friend was caught in the fire zone of the Camp fire in Northern California. Along with her roommate, their two dogs and her laptop they ran for their lives. Everything else, her possessions, her life went up into creating a charred and forever changed reality for her. My sense is that her recovery in being well will take some time.
Another friend had his reality split in an earthquake in Alaska earlier this week. We have not yet heard from him but we know no one is reported dead. His computer is silent and his phone emits a busy signal. My sense is that he is fine and I know he is helping and holding his neighbors as that is the kind of man he is.
When we are stripped down to our essence and remove the emotional anchors, life is full of possibilities. Navigating the emotional state of loss can feel devastating and new anchors in reality have to take place. Attachment to what we have made our lives and our self identity to be about anchors us no matter what that life might be about or enjoyed, envied or resented.
Many of us hold as part of our self identity as the who gives help to others, lends a hand. It can be hard to shift from that to the other side of the equation which is to be the one receiving help. That is a big reality shift at times.
In the hoopla of our days that life holds us in we experience an every growing field of stuff that defines us. We are full of things. We can get lost under the weight and distraction of glitz, glamour and energy of more is good, built in obsolesce is even better. How many televisions, phones, devices have become essential these days?
Just how many rooms to fill with stuff to points of excess are really important? I am not saying you have to spend your money the way I think you do. Yours is not my life. You have the freedom to define what is important to you.
What is it you take with you when you have no time to take anyone thing and much less a bag of things?
Access Heart Centered Awareness as you sit on your working toilet. Give thanks for the cold rim and the paper to wipe your butt and start counting. Count your blessings and start with the simple things like life, love, compassion and others to share in life in easy and challenging ways.Then be grateful for the ease of communicating. The stuff is the clutter.
And in my world of synchronicity I just received this link from a friend. https://youtu.be/ww--ko8kKF8
Life in the Beyond/Journeys Into Enlightenment