Full-Empty-Wholeness-Separation–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 26

I’ve been working with a meditation that has these words, “Change is easily manifesting in my life through God’s Divine Grace and Love. As each aspect of my life that needs changing now surfaces before me, I LOVE it FREE, and forgive myself for any perceived transgression of the laws of harmony and balance”. Let me tell you. I’ve been having so many opportunities to LOVE things FREE. Yeah. Not as easy as it sounds, but here’s a recent hands-on opportunity.

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Guiding Thought

When we look within and see the radiance of Love, we remember our wholeness. We are wholly loving and wholly lovable. In the purity of Love lies peace, which we share with all in gratitude.

Reflection

How do you see the world? You know the saying about the glass being half full or half empty? The other day, I had a very direct and literal experience in which I saw the “glass” full, and someone else saw it “empty”.

Last week, I had made lunch for my colleagues at work. After everyone ate their fill, I put the food away, and set aside a small container of each of the dishes for a colleague (we had emailed the previous day about leftovers and I had offered some, if there were any). Then I emailed the colleague and said, “3 containers. Top shelf. Yours.” Based on our emails the previous day, and the fact that there had just been a bunch of food out, I guess I thought the word “full” in front of “containers” was redundant… or that “full” was implied.

When she saw me a bit later, she said, in response to my email, “Oh, and those containers, you can have them….” and I thought, “Cool. More for me”, but I said, “Really? You don’t want them”? And in that moment, I could see her pause and think, “Wait a minute…what did I just say ‘no’ to?” while she shook her head and said, “No”. I “saw” that she had the word “empty” in front of “containers”, instead of “full”–of course she did not want empty containers!

We “see” things in our imaginations. What adjectives do you use unconsciously in front of words in your head? How do you see the world? John Randolph Price, in his book, The Angels Within Us talks about changing your projection–literally. Change how you see, change the adjectives that you have in front of words.

Here is another example that just happened this morning, in which it was who needed to change my projection:

My H.R. rep. is known to (selectively) nit-pick about people’s time, schedules, use of sick days/vacation/personal days. One employee who came in 30 minutes early every morning received a reprimand for leaving 5 minutes early one day.

This morning, after I had been at work 20 minutes, my H.R. rep. came up to me and said, “Did you have trouble getting to work today”? From any other person, this could have been an innocent query, one about traffic, or the weather, or an accident, etc., but from my H.R. rep., it felt like an accusation–as though she was implying I had been late, and I felt this flush of guilt, for something I hadn’t done.

After the interaction, I felt infuriated. I really don’t like to be falsely accused, and I definitely felt falsely accused. (Though, just now, the scripture occurs to me: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.)

I remembered my meditation (words above), about things that need to be changed coming up…and loving them free. So, I started loving really loving my H.R. rep., and the situation, and releasing whatever it was that was asking to be released. I began to feel better.

Shortly after that, I spoke with a friend of mine who said this, “Maybe she just had a difficult time getting to work and wondered if anyone else experienced the same. Maybe she was wanting to feel connected with someone rather than feeling isolated and alone. As though she was seeking validation, like, me too, something must be going on out there in the world, because now I know you had trouble, too getting to work, now we are an us and that “out there” causing us “getting to work trouble” is them; It’s an opportunity to unite!

I thought, that’s it! From that moment, I decided that she was reaching out, connecting with me, and I was there to help her not feel isolated and alone. I changed my projection and became a support for her experience (in my head, in my imagination). It totally changed my outlook, my day, and any subsequent interaction. I was able to shift from feeling guilty and infuriated to feeling release, freedom, cooperation, unity, connection, even Love.

I choose to see with Love’s eyes… As much as I am able!

 

 

 

Feelin’ the Love…mostly–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 25

Today is about the ups and downs of emotions and enlightenment. World. Heaven. World. Heaven. World. Heaven. More Heaven. Thank goodness. But then world again. Today, a lot.

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Guiding Thought

When we are aware of our Self of Love, we see the world through new eyes. Love is the Source of all we see, all we experience; it is the very activity of Life itself. We place our faith in the principle of Love and receive with gratitude all our experiences.

Reflection

I am Love. 

When I had that thought early this morning, it was a thought about God, as though God was saying, “I am Love”. For my whole life, whenever I’ve thought about God, It’s “that guy ‘out there'” (I was raised Catholic…you know God is an old guy with a long beard, right?) or some other “highest divine good”, but still out there. For much of my life, I have envisioned God outside of myself. Even when I think about the Divine within, even when I think about God being in my heart, in my mind, God is still out there, primarily.

Such entrenched habits are hard to break. This is one area, in my opinion that the cliché of unpeeling the onion really fits. How many layers are there before really realizing that God is within, abiding, residing, filling, overflowing? I get close, but with every approach, I find more layers. Each approach opens my eyes, opens my heart, opens my mind–I am certainly not complaining. But with an infinite God, the approaches and layers are also infinite.

I am Love.

For the first time ever, this morning, I thought to myself, “I thought that thought. God did not think the thought, ‘I am Love’, I did. Then, only after I thought that thought, I referred it to God….But wait. If God is Love, and I am Love, then God did think that thought.” 

It’s a bit confusing, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s so hard to put into words what I’ve felt or seen or experienced. Think about it this way: Imagine God (however you imagine God), gazing lovingly down (or up or across) at you, and saying to you, “I am Love”. Feel ALL that Love coming from God, pouring into you, palpable, accessible. Then realize that your thought about God is YOUR thought about God, and all that Love that you are feeling and imagining is inside your own head. Feel what you are capable of! The depth and fullness of your own love!

I’ve been going between this kind of feeling and understanding, and being really frustrated and impatient with the world. I seem to have a well-anchored center, but my experiences, and how I see the world, have really been on a yo-yo string. I have long moments like the one I just described, feeling love, feeling loved, wanting only love, to see only love…and then I access media and see arguments and hostility and snide remarks and oh! You know.

I am thankful that I am peeling away the layers and accessing more and more of infinite Love, but I still feel a long way from receiving with gratitude all my experiences.

 

Love like Love–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 24

 

 

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Guiding Thought

Through gratitude, our consciousness of Love expands, connecting each with All. Gratitude increases our awareness of unity; gratitude shows us our Wholeness. Gratitude is the bridge to knowing each other as One. What gifts we are to each other!

Reflection

Can you imagine a world in which we appreciate everyone as a gift? Can you imagine a world in which everyone sees everyone as gifts to each other? Can you imagine a world of appreciating the uniqueness of each person, of seeing it as valuable and beautiful?

This is what gratitude does. It shows us how unique, valuable, and beautiful each person is.

However, because gratitude is a bridge to Unity, Oneness, and a greater consciousness of Love, our hearts and minds must be open to that Oneness, Unity, and Love, in order for gratitude to do what it does. When our minds and hearts are stuck within a certain perimeter, then anything outside that perimeter is excluded from the Oneness, Unity, and Love.

The thing is, Oneness, Unity, and Love do not exclude anything or anyone. 

If you find yourself excluding someone…because of a skin color, garments, hairstyle, makeup, tattoos or piercings, a head-covering, or for any reasonyou have limited what gratitude can do through you and for you; you have limited your access to the infinity of Love.

Love like Love loves you. Love with abandon. Love freely. Love generously. If you do not know how Love loves you, learn. Go after it. Seek it. When you get a glimpse of how much Love loves you, you will see that Love really is infinite. There is Love enough for ALL, forever and always, for every form, every person, every being, every bit of everything.

“I embraced her in sympathy and then it happened…Love in all its expansiveness, beyond all words, flowed through me. My self was dissolved in it; I was no longer present; the feeling of happiness was indescribable, infinite. “I” didn’t exist as such anymore. Love was all there was. Everything contained in it…

Then the first fleeting thought came into awareness, ‘what are you doing?’…Slowly and steadily, I became conscious of my body… ‘I drank from you’, she said.”

From Babaji the Unfathomable, p. 18

Resist polarization–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 23

Today I talk a little about the externalization of the Shadow-self, and how to deny it, transform it, allow it to be corrected by and with Love. In an ironic twist, I just realized that my feeling before writing this, and as I was writing it, could very well have been an externalization of my Shadow-self. You see, I was feeling annoyed, even angry, at the general “state of the world”. Writing brings to consciousness that which is unconscious…you see how well the Journey worked today! Instantaneously!

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Guiding Thought

We fill our minds with the Light of the Truth of Love. What more is there? In the Light of the Truth, we are Free. What more is there? Our consciousness expands in the Truth of Love, forever One, forever Joyful, forever in Peace.

Reflection

A few days ago, I wrote about right use of desire, which grew out of the A Course in Miracles concept, proper use of denial: 

This peace is totally incapable of being shaken by errors of any kind. It denies the ability of anything not of God to affect you. This is the proper use of denial. It is not used to hide anything, but to correct error. It brings all error into the light, and since error and darkness are the same, it corrects error automatically.

True denial is a powerful protective device. You can and should deny any belief that error can hurt you. This kind of denial is not a concealment but a correction.

Since then, the concept has been slowly stewing in my little brain, regarding other ways that proper use can be applied, and if there is a general rule about it.

I think, regarding the general rule, the above quote is instructive. Proper use corrects error, and denies anything that limits the Peace of God. 

What inhibits or prohibits the Peace of God? Jealousy, anger, blame, greed, hatred, deceit, carving out divisions, polarities, factions, “for” and “against”…and we are seeing a lot of these recently.

… Deny these things. Resist them. Release them. Stop feeding them. …and when I say this, I mean within yourself. Stop contributing your energy, your mind, your heart to the ideas and actions that prevent your awareness of the Peace of God within you. Start focusing your energy, mind, and heart to ideas and actions that allow the Peace of God to be present within you.

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. Everyone carries a Shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.” ~ Carl G. Jung

If Jung has it right, then perhaps we (collective humanity, Americans, etc.), are experiencing the “fate” of our Shadow. We are experiencing “coming to consciousness”–and it’s painful. If Jung has it right, then one approach to a remedy is to face your own Soul, face your shadow, bring the unconscious to consciousness. If you do it, if you allow it, and transform your Shadow willingly, it won’t “appear as fate”. Allowing your Shadow to continue, without denying it as an error, without replacing it with Love, leaves you vulnerable to its whims.

If true denial is a powerful protective device, then using it will increase your strength against even your own shadow when it exposes itself in your external world.

Two final thoughts:

  • What does this have to do with gratitude? Our consciousness expands in the Truth of Love, forever One, forever Joyful, forever in Peace. In order to be grateful for Life as Love, it’s important to experience, really experience, the Truth of Love. We cannot do that if internally we feel divided, abandoned, worthless, or unheard. Love wants us to be with It, for It is always with us. When we choose to accept (rather than deny) the things that keep our consciousness too limited to be with Love, we cannot get to the place of experiencing Love, which means we cannot be grateful for all our experiences, which are always of Love. 
  • Today’s reflection foreshadows the next Journey, Journey of Courage. It takes courage to face the dark places inside you, to allow them to come out for transformation, to bring them into the light. If you are experiencing tumult, conflict, anxiety, distress, fear, these are pointing you toward your dark places. Take Courage! Go deeper. We’ll do more work with this in about a month.

For now, love yourself. Forgive yourself. Know that you do not know as much as you think you do, and allow that thought to comfort you. All is as it should be.

 

 

 

 

Beyond surrender–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 22

Put on your thinking caps! This one takes you through a little bit of a mental exercise. But, if you’re interested in surrender, or you’ve done any work on it for yourself, you may find some insight here–I know I did!

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Guiding Thought

We lift our minds and hearts to the Truth of Being, to all that Is, to All We Are. We accept our Self in Truth and offer our Self to All in gratitude for Its Being.

Reflection

I’ve done a lot of work here about surrender, or “Thy Will be done” (see this, this, or this). I feel like today’s Guiding Thought presumes surrender, or “Thy Will be done”. It’s step beyond needing to think about surrender.

Let me go into that a little bit more: If I feel like I need to surrender, then a part of me recognizes that I am not fully embracing Divine Will. Or, a part of me is resisting. Or, a part of me wants to do my own thing…my will be done. In order for me to have the idea that surrender is necessary, there must be an acknowledgment of the part that is not surrendered. It’s when I have this type of resistance or barrier that I “need to work on” surrender.

If I were fully and completely surrendered, there would be nothing else. If I were fully aligned and embracing Divine Will, there would not be the little tapping at my shoulder, whispering, “Hey, you’re not fully in it…” I would not need to work on anything because there would be nothing except my cooperation with Divine Will.

With that, what do I mean when writing above “…today’s Guiding Thought presumes surrender”?

Surrender, in this context, means cooperating 100% with Divine Will. Every thought, every action is working with Divine Will. Because of this cooperation, every situation or encounter is perceived as what it is: an extension of Divine Will, through you. Then, every person, every interaction, becomes an opportunity to experience Divine Will in a different way, to experience the Divine through you in a different way. There is no need “to surrender” because you are fully surrendered.

When you get to that point, there’s an opening. It’s like your whole being unfolds, and says, “Oh, yeah, baby, give me more”. And it’s at that point that you naturally and easily offer your Self to All, because you see yourself as All, and All as yourself, in a beautiful dance of integration through Divine Will.

And at that point, that opening becomes a request to receive more, while simultaneously being an offering, a gift to All… in gratitude for Its Being.

 

The Love you ARE–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 21

Welcome to Round 3! How are you doing? Still with me? –The other day I walked up to a counter and said a very standard, “Hello, how are you?” to the woman at the computer. She said, “I woke up this morning; it’s a great day.” With that standard American greeting, I thought, “That’s it!” Be grateful for life. It’s that simple. Be grateful for LIFE! –We change things up again for this round. If you’re new here, see this page, under “Four Rounds” to see what’s going on.

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Guiding Thought

We remember our Self and recognize the Love within, the Love we Are. We see this Love as all we are and all there is, the reality of you, the reality of we, and the reality that is the Life of All. We honor this Love and this Life, and offer our gratitude for Its Being. What Joy there is in Being!

Reflection

You know what I just realized? This Guiding Thought picks up at the previous Guiding Thought. Or, at least, they are integrated.

Love is always with you. We remember our Self and recognize the Love within, the Love we Are.

If we are Love, of course Love is always with us!

Focus your whole Self on being entirely with Love. We see this Love as all we are and all there is, the reality of you, the reality of we, and the reality that is the Life of All.

Your whole self, entirely with Love… is all you are, all there is, the reality of you, the reality of Life!

I came upon this understanding, because I was a fixated yesterday on the last line of yesterday’s Thought: Being with Love, as Love is with you. I thought about it all night, working on trying to feel how to be with Love, as Love is with me.

and I repeat: If we are Love, then Love is always with us.

Then, why does it seem hard? If I AM LOVE, why does it feel like I have to work at being with Love as Love is with me? Does that make any sense?

Isn’t that the point? I Shouldn’t have to work at it, if I AM LOVE.

That must be what I am learning… and more!

 

Getting out of my own head, seeing the macrocosm–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 20

Energy Masters are those who wish to fully access more of their inherent power to not only be personally freer of the collective weight, but to also experience the greater freedom of being human, and then to deliver and share their divine action with people and ALL energies on this Earth. -Lee Harris 

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Guiding Thought

Love is always with you. Focus your whole Self on being entirely with Love. Tune out distractions and place your entire focus on simply being with the Love that is always with you. This is the return. This is eternal Comfort and Peace: Being with Love, as Love is with you.

Reflection

“Tune out distractions”… There is a lot going on in the world to distract us these days.

Most often, when I do this day, this Guiding Thought, the distractions have to do with my own mind, how it spins, and goes on tangents, and generally “has a mind of its own”. Today, this Guiding Thought speaks to me of everything going on in the world. 

There is a lot of opportunity to be pulled away from Love, if you pay attention to politics, culture, the environment, the economy. Collectively, especially in the United States, we are seeing a lot of anxiety, near-panic or panic, distress, uncertainty, fear.

I know, I’ve been feeling it too. It took me some time, but I came to understand that very few of the charged emotions that I am feeling are mine. There is a collective anxiety rippling around the world, especially in the United States. It comes, it passes, another wave comes, and they just keep coming. Do you feel it?

In this environment, the Guiding Thought takes on a whole ‘nother dimension and meaning. Those ripples and waves of emotion can distract you from what’s real–Love. The distractions are just on a larger scale than when you only have the distractions in your own mind. Being with the Love that is always with you, as the collective emotions are heightened, is simply an opportunity to expand and strengthen your practice, strengthen your relationship with Love.

There are upheavals going on all around the world. How do we make it through this?

We matter. This work matters. Being with Love matters. Love is always with us.

If you have anxiety, uncertainty, panic…first ask yourself if it’s yours. You may be picking up on the collective mind. If it’s not yours, observe it, name it, talk about the feeling as something flowing through you, not something you are.

Your healing matters. Whether the heightened emotion is yours or not, help to heal it, transmute it, release it. Your practices are so important–they will keep you anchored and steady, as you return to them during this time. Whether it’s prayer, yoga, meditation, taking a bath, or painting, or working with me through these Journeys, use your practices. Heal. Release. Intend Good Will for all. Keep going.

If all you can do each and every day is show up, and offer yourself to Love, in Its service, THAT is not only enough, it is exactly what the world needs.

If any of this resonates with you, I encourage you to click the link above to Lee Harris. I had never heard of him before today, but he has some (in my opinion) wise and comforting words on that page.

You’ve got some expandin’ to do–Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 19

A day of analysis. Words have meanings; how words are put together make up meanings. The order, sequence, and references, contribute to and constitute the meaning. Sometimes looking at one word, its placement, and how it interacts with all the other words clarifies meaning. Don’t worry, today, I’ve done it for you. You don’t have to think… just read (but, by all means, think if you would like, and let me know what you come up with!)

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Guiding Thought

Gratitude makes all things new! When you are aware of your Source in Love, you see its activity everywhere. It is the Substance of Life itself! You are in the flow and create and expand with Love, in Life!

Reflection

When you are aware of your Source in Love, you see its activity everywhere. The its is your Source’s activity, right? Grammatically speaking, Source is the referent for its.

Two things come to mind about that:

1) the phrasing is not saying that when you are aware Source suddenly springs into action. no. Rather, what it’s saying is that Source is always acting, but when you are aware, you see it. Which means, that when you are not aware, you are not noticing the activity of Source.

The next sentence makes sense, in this regard: It (Source) is the Substance of Life itself! Everything is Source, expressing itself. Life is Source; the substance of Life is Source. You are always in it; it is always “acting” (or “being”–it’s probably more accurate in this regard to say “Life always just is”). It’s up to you to recognize that Life is and you are in it, and it is in you.

2) Your Source in Love: Source is always “in” Love. Love is what the rest of the phrases refer to. Love is the substance, the activity, and the flow. Love is the All of Life. It is what is in us, surrounds us; it is what is us.

And this is why gratitude makes all things new. The kind of gratitude which makes all things new is the gratitude for Life in Love. Gratitude for All that is, which is Life in Love, including me, including you, including every being on this planet. Gratitude for Life in Love is what opens our eyes to the activity of Love everywhere, in me, in you, in every being on this planet.

When this happens…when we open our hearts to this kind of gratitude, we become the flow, and we expand into Love, into Life…which is infinite, on and on. 

 

Rejoice!– Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 18

In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, there are hymns, called Akathists,  which have refrains that begin with rejoice! Each line of the refrain offers something new to rejoice! about. Rejoice! redemption of the tears of Eve! Rejoice! height inaccessible to human thought! Rejoice! Depth indiscernible even for the eyes of angels!  and on and on, rejoice! How close to gratitude is rejoicing!

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Guiding Thought

Seek only to Love in Unity. Love is Pure in Oneness. Love All, including yourself, in Oneness, that you may Know gratitude as the result of Being Whole in Love.

Reflection

I began this morning, as I so often do, (working on) establishing a connection with the Divine. Today, it was the Divine Mother towards whom I was focusing my attention. I’ve been working on purity, depth, sincerity, authenticity: I want to approach the Divine with the right frame of mind and heart.

I tend to be very serious, believe it or not (really).  It’s like I just want to do things right. I want to be properly respectful, properly submissive, properly reverent in approaching the Divine. I never know if I’m doing it right, so I work really hard at it.

Do you know what it feels like to “work really hard at it”? Whatever that “it” is? Can you feel a time when you worked really hard at something, without knowing if you were doing the right thing to get the result you intended? It kind of feels like un-oiled gears, everything is just a little forced, a little slow and grinding, a lot of effort for little or no outcome.

That’s how I felt this morning. I was in that space of wanting to do it right, grinding gears, with SO much seriousness.

Then from out of nowhere, a line from the Akathist to the Holy Theotokos came to me: Rejoice! Thou Bride, unwedded!

I find it sometimes humorous how spirit chooses to communicate. Really? Rejoice! Thou Bride, unwedded! ?? What does that even mean?

But somehow, the words came with a burst of energy–the energy of Rejoice! The other words did not matter, Rejoice! was really what mattered.

All of the sudden in this energy of Rejoice! I felt a bridge to gratitude and peace, which then became a bridge to Love…Pure Love, in Oneness. It was like I was being told, “relax. just rejoice. appreciate. enjoy. just relax.” (I’ve been here before, by the way, but not for a long, long time.)

Gratitude is a bridge to Love. Rejoice is a bridge to gratitude. Love is a bridge to Oneness. Oneness is a bridge to Wholeness. Wholeness is a bridge to gratitude.

All roads lead to love, emanate from love, return to love. All roads intersect with every other road connected to love. All roads are infinite.

Rejoice! for thou treadest the path of love!

…very serious. very, very serious. 🙂

Finding beauty in beans– Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 17

There was a book, popular many years ago, called Chop wood, carry water. It was about finding (or seeing, or allowing), the mundane tasks of life to become teachers to your inner-self. When you notice the life-essence within everything that surrounds you, when you feel that essence as you and you as that essence, even the smallest, most tedious tasks show you Life in all its fullness.

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Guiding Thought

Life is beautiful. There is nothing other than Life. Life is within you; Life pours out from you. Everything everywhere is Life. Life is Being. You are Life. Offer all that you are in praise and thanks to all of Life.

Reflection

In a few months I’ll be doing a Journey that I have never done before: Journey of Beauty. As with all the Journeys, I’m doing that Journey to learn and to evolve. Last year, I realized that I have scant understanding of beauty: I don’t think I get it. I have never thought I have an aesthetic sense, I don’t know “what looks good”, etc. I’m a little nervous about that Journey, for that reason.

Yet, when I approached the Journey today, Life is Beautiful, I thought I might have a better understanding than I think I do.

You see, this morning, I was in the kitchen putting dinner, Kaali daal, together in the slow-cooker. The beans I use are whole urad daal. Each and every bean looks exactly the same:

black-gram-daal

Part of the preparation is to go through all the beans and pick out any small stones that may have found their way into the bunch of beans. Most of the time, I find this a tedious process, spreading out a bunch of beans, then looking over them, each and every one, to find the things that are “not like the others” (the stones).

But this morning, I thought about the unique nature of each and every bean. Like snowflakes that look like flimsy white clumps as they come down, but unique and beautiful crystalline structures when looked at closely, the same is true of each bean. To a superficial eye, the beans all look the same, but in fact, each one is unique and beautiful.

I started paying attention to the details of each bean, trying to notice and appreciate the uniqueness of each one. Then I realized each bean is also a seed of life. wow. When I added that to my thinking, I became almost reverent toward each and every bean.

Then I realized that this process of noticing and appreciating was a form of Love; I was loving each bean! What’s more, every little bit of love poured into each bean will then be ingested when I eat them for dinner, which will then energize me and allow me to love even more! It’s like the cycle of today’s Guiding Thought wrapped up in the chore of cleaning beans.

I suddenly started “seeing” how important it is to pay attention to every detail, every nuance, every bit of Life. Each and every little bit is the beauty of Life. We just have to notice, pay attention, see it, and allow ourselves to be in it fully, for it is already fully in us.