Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
2005 Stanford Commencement Address
If today was the last day of your life, what would you be doing?
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do no t now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet
I was in Cafe Gratitude in LA yesterday and I was struck by the question of the day and decided questions are a power invitation to explore, cultivate and embody our inspired life vision.
So, Thank You Cafe Gratitude – I’m now going to include questions in my posts. And I would love to see what bubbles up with you as love the questions themselves. Share your comment on today’s question:
What do you Love about You?
Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom and bay and spark creativity.
R. I. Fitzhenry
What is your reaction to uncertainty?
Most people experience great discomfort in the face of uncertainty. They make choices and take actions to relieve themselves of the anxiety generated by uncertainty, often at the cost of living their dreams.
About 30 years ago I was in a quandary, wondering – you guessed it! What do I do with the rest of my life? This uncertainty was keeping me up at night. I knew it was time for a change but I had no road map, no clear plan that would settle this question once and for all – ideally for the rest of my life!
One morning, during meditation, I asked, “How long will it take until I’m clear about my next chapter?” The answer I heard was immediate – loud and clear, “One year.” I opened my eyes feeling a sense of relief. Now I felt certain that in one year I would have a plan for my life.
But, my relief was short-lived as anxiety and confusion took center stage. A few days later as I was on my morning run in Central Park , during a moment of calm, I had this insight, after confusion comes clarity. In that moment uncertainty transformed from being my enemy to being the open space in which I could inquire, explore and experiment.
Since that time I honor the gift of uncertainty. Yes, there are still times that I don’t immediately like it – but generally after a few minutes or sometimes as much as a day, I remember that after confusion comes clarity – even though it may not occur as fast as I think it should!
Welcome your uncertainty – use the space it offers as an existential investigator. Inquire about your next step, your next chapter, or the resolution to a conflict, allowing whatever time is necessary for clarity to emerge and be revealed.
Inspired Life Practice: Cultivating the Gift of Uncertainty
Today’s Power Statement: I honor the gift of uncertainty – the space to inquire about my next chapter, my next step. When I open-heartedly acknowledge my confusion I am on the clarity path
When you have the courage to shape your life from the essence of who you are, you ignite, becoming truly alive. This requires letting go of everything that is inauthentic. But how can you even know your truth unless you slow down, in your own quiet company? When the inner walls to your soul are graffitied with advertisements, commercials, and the opinions of everyone who has ever known and labeled you, turning inwards requires nothing less than a major clean-up.
Traveling from the known to the unknown requires crossing an abyss of emptiness. We first experience disorientation and confusion. Then if we are willing to cross the abyss in curious and playful wonder, we enter an expansive and untamed country that has its own rhythm. Time melts and thoughts become stories, music, poems, images, ideas. This is the intelligence of the heart. It is here that we uncover our purpose and passion.
From, I Will Not Die and Unlived Life
Are you living your life from the essence of who you are?
Inspired Life Practice: Living From Your Essence
Today’s Power Statement: I cultivate living from my essence by giving myself the gift of silence to listen to the wisdom of my inner knowing.
As Seekers, the last thing we want to do is put our head in the sand when there is a problem and just “positive think” our way into denial and more pain. So, instead of just always being positive and that positivity being fake, we must also embrace the negative.
I have been writing Daily Inspiration messages since March 2009. This is a spiritual practice for me and is generated by:
In today’s message, Don’t Deny The Negative – Understand It – Here’s How, he highlights how important it is to embrace all the circumstances of our lives. Simply putting a positive spin on negative feelings, while still feeling the negative feelings leads to denial and ultimately causes more pain.
I find it so valuable to remember that when I experience negative feelings what is most potent is for me to acknowledge my feelings, become clear about the thoughts I’m having that are generating the negative feelings and from this awareness make choices that are aligned with my inspired life vision and serve to evolve the patterns that evoked the negative feelings in the first place.
Here’s what Mastin has to say:
We don’t deny the negative, we just put it in the proper context as being miracles for our own growth.
Many times in the personal growth and spiritual space we can confuse “positive thinking” and “positive denial.”
Positive denial can be very destructive. Positive thinking can be very helpful.
A Seekers, the last thing we want to do is put our head in the sand when there is a problem and just “positive think” our way info denial and more pain. So, instead of just always being positive and that positivity being fake, we must also embrace the negative.
In fact, it is when we give voice and healing to the negative thoughts, emotions and situations in our lives that we transform. When we choose to stare at negativity and pain and embrace them as lessons, we begin to shift and change. (read more…)
There is a vast difference between saying prayers and praying. . .
– Romans 8:26
Pray for Peace
by Ellen Bass
Pray to whomever you kneel down to: Jesus nailed to his wooden or plastic cross, his suffering face bent to kiss you, buddha still under the bo tree in the scorching heat, Adonai, Allah. raise your arms to Mary that she may lay her palm on our brows.
The pray to the bus driver who takes you to work. On the bus, pray for everyone riding that bus, for everyone riding buses all over the world. Drop some silver and pray.
Waiting in line for the movies, for the ATM, for your latte and croissant, offer your plea. Make your eating and drinking a supplication, Make your slicing of carrots a holy act, each translucent layer of the onion, a deeper prayer.
To Hawk or Wolf, or the Great Whale, pray. Bow down to terriers and shepherds and Siamese cats. Fields of artichokes and elegant strawberries.
Make the brushing of your hair a prayer, every strand its own voice, singing in the choir of your head. As you wash your face, the water slipping through your fingers, a prayer: Water, softest thing on earth, gentleness that wears away rock.
When you walk to your car, to the mailbox, to the video store, let each step be a prayer that we all keep our legs, that we do not blow off any else’s legs. Or crush their skulls. And if you are riding on a bicycle or a skateboard, in a wheelchair, each revolution of the wheels a prayer as the earth revolves: less harm, less harm, less harm.
And as you work, typing with a new manicure, a tiny palm tree painted on one pearlescent nail or delivering soda or drawing blood into rubber-capped vials, writing on blackboard with yellow chalk, twirling pizzas–
With each breath in, take in the faith of those who have believed when belief seemed foolish, who persevered. With each breath out, cherish.
Pull weeds for peace, turn over in your sleep for peace, feed the birds, each shiny seed that spills onto the earth, another second of peace. Wash your dishes, call your mother, drink wine.
Shovel leaves or snow or trash from your sidewalk. Make a path. Fold a photo of a dead child around your VISA card. Scoop your holy water from the gutter. Gnaw your crust. Mumble along like a crazy person, stumbling your prayer through the streets.
Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are. – don Miguel Ruiz
I have studied, apprenticed and been guided by many great teachers in my life. Some have been teachers in the formal sense of the word and others have modeled life lessons through their actions independent of whatever their official title might be.
I first heard about Don Miguel when my friend, Shanti, was visiting me in East Hamton in September 1999. As we walked on the beach one morning she said, “You have to read The Four Agreements.” I said, “What are the four agreements?” to which she responded:
These sounded like good agreements to live by and we agreed that I’d stop at a bookstore and buy the book when I drove her to the airport later that day.
As we continued to walk along the water’s edge we decided that in October 2000 we would take a spiritual journey to Egypt. So, aloud, we declared our intention: Loving Energy of the Universe guide us to the perfect teacher for our journey to Egypt in October 2000 – for the highest good of all. And then we went on our way.
On the way to the airport I bought The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love. I left for Florida a few days later to visit my Mom and packed the books to read as I enjoyed a few days in sunny Florida.
I opened The Four Agreements, but before I read the first page I was drawn to the photo of Don Miguel on the back cover. I was mesmerized. I would read a few pages and then find myself gazing, entranced by his photo. By the next day each time I looked at his photo I heard these words echoing in my mind, ‘I’ve got to meet this guy!’
That thought stayed with me and when I got home and checked my answering machine there was a message from Shanti saying, “Don Miguel Ruiz is leading a journey to Egypt this November. I’m going. Do you want to go?”
I called her back immediately and as soon as she answered the phone I said, “Yes. YEs. YES – I’m going to Egypt with Don Miguel tol!”
This is how I began my three year apprenticeship with Don Miguel Ruiz. His wisdom, Love and commitment to Heaven on Earth continue to inform and inspire my life.
Death is not our biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are. – don Miguel Ruiz The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self Mastery
Are you fully alive and expressing the fullness of who you are?
Inspired Life Action: Expressing the Fullness of Who You Are
Today’s Power Statement: I Am (complete this statement expressing the fullness of who you are)
The warriors approach is to say “yes” to life: “yea” to it all.
– Joseph Campbell
My Godson recorded a new voicemail message during the past week. He says, “You’ve reached Ryan. My answer is, Yes and I’m sending you Love.” I have heard the message about four times since Sunday and each time I hear it my whole body bursts into a smile. I called him a few minutes ago, and when he answered I said, “I actually called to hear your message!”
Saying, “Yes,” to life – to love is a potent reminder of the power of accepting what is. This does not mean you are now stuck with what is, rather that you are acknowledging the present moment. If you want to get from point A to point B the only way to get there is to start where you are – in the present.
Remember: The present moment provides direct access to the most powerful moment that exists, NOW. It is in the present moment that you have the opportunity and responsibility to choose where you focus your attention.
Practice: Saying, “Yes”
Today’s Power Statement: I say, “YES” to Life.