Our own Loving Presence is our personal connection with Divine Mind. Attuned to our own Loving Presence, we Know ourselves as Whole and Holy. As we feel our inner unity, we Know: this is all we want; we have found all we seek.
I’ve been given a gift that I see now is essential to the remainder of this Journey. I’ve been given the gift of time, 30 days to heal. What a gift!
Like many of you, I have a job and a family, a home, and general material responsibilities of paying bills, buying gas and groceries, feeding myself and my family. My spirit is that of a monk; my lifestyle is that of a busy person living in the 21st century. In this active 21st century lifestyle, who has time for stillness? Who has time for peace? The time we have is time we carve out between all the other activities we must accomplish, so that even the time for stillness and peace are constructed through gaps in activity, not through an organic experience of stillness or peace. “Ok, I have 30 minutes to meditate before I have to meet this person/run that errand/make dinner…”
On days that I am working, I have “solved” this by getting up at 5 a.m., doing my practices, and then getting ready for work. But even so, I can feel the time factor always pressing upon me; I can’t go too deep or get too relaxed, because I am just going to have to stop soon….
Sometimes, I feel angry about feeling like my practices are compromised due to time constraints. But then work, errands, cooking, have become practices, all part of the larger practice of Life, part of every Journey. My monk-soul yearns for the peace of 6 months alone on a mountain. I do the best I can with the life I have.
And now, I’ve been given a gift! 30 days of no work! 30 days not being constrained by “it’s time to get in the shower”! 30 days to allow myself to relax and go as deep as I want for as long as I want! It’s not a mountain, but it certainly is the best I can have right now, with a 21st century lifestyle.
I am going to spend the next 30 days being very gentle with myself, really caring for myself—body, mind, and soul; I am going to love myself, relax, and enjoy stillness. I can already feel the effects. Something as simple as releasing time can have an enormous impact.
How does all this relate to today’s Guiding Thought?
How do we Know ourselves in time, with its constraints, with everything to do and “no time to do it?” How can we really Know ourselves that way? When, in a 21st century lifestyle, do we have time love ourselves, to relax with ourselves, to be gentle with ourselves?
I know that we are Unity, Oneness, Love, and the Fullness of Being. But living in life can be distracting. It takes effort to connect with Divine Mind, to be attuned to our own Loving Presence, and to feel our inner unity…to heal and to Know Wholeness. It takes even more effort when there are distractions.
That’s why these 30 days are essential to the remainder of the Journey. Some of my distractions have been evaporated—poof! Now, I can focus, I can relax, I can truly seek and find.
Thank you, Life for throwing me this curve-ball blessing.
P.S. For those of you who are interested in doing the cleanse with me, it will begin, in earnest, on July 5th! (We’re already drinking our smoothies, but we’re not blind to it being July 4th holiday. 😉 ) I’ll be posting thoughts, information, and updates on this page over the weekend.