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True Union

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Awake early after going to bed late
and I feel just fine.
My spirit calls me out of slumber
to commune in quiet
with the best part of my Self—
the precious treasure
at the center of my being.
This treasure is yours too,
the Universal Soul
that moves and expresses itself
through all of us.
Maybe one morning
you’ll rise too
and meet me
in the place
where past, present and future converge,
in the place
where true union is possible.

Ready For Something New?

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Ok, so I get it.
Life isn’t simple or easy.
It’s a struggle, right?
It’s normal to feel down, right?
It’s normal to feel angry,
sad, uptight, out of sorts.
Don’t complain.
Do your duty.
But wait.
What if it weren’t
necessarily this way?
Stop.
Get still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe OUT fully.
Then breathe in.
Breathe in more.
Hold this breath in.
Wait
Wait
Wait
Wait
Wait
Wait more.
Then exhale slowly.
Exhale all the way.
Exhale more.
Get really empty.
How do you feel now?
Are you ready now?
Ready for something new?

Mindfulness at the Symphony

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I went to the symphony
with my mom and sister tonight.
I again practiced retaining awareness of myself
instead of becoming so caught up
that I forgot where I was and who I am.
It was interesting to note my likes and dislikes,
to sit in the seat of witness
and watch my beliefs
about what kinds of music
were appropriate for Christmas.
I see now that each moment
is an opportunity for mindfulness.
Even simple things
like sitting and listening to music
have so much to teach me
when I view them through
an alert, stable mind.
I see the ripples
of craving and aversion.
The witness self
sits still and observes.

Applying Myself to My Work

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Late, everyone else was asleep
and all was quiet in the house,
save for the whir of my sewing machine
as I seamed up the start of another project,
an apron made with
Thanksgiving themed fabric.
Each time I pinned and stitched and pressed,
each time I smoothed and clipped and examined,
the fabric cheerfully reminded me
to be grateful,
love friends and family,
have a thankful heart.
And it struck me all of a sudden,
out of the blue,
as if awakening from a dream,
I’m doing what I love to do,
I’m doing what I want to do,
right now.
And I realized that for so long
I have fixated on longing to do
what I have wanted to do,
and I have trapped myself in the story
of not enough time,
not enough energy,
not enough support,
not enough space.
Such stories blind me
to what good there is in my life…
But I didn’t tell that story tonight.
Tonight the simple act
of applying myself to
my work
awakened me to
this miraculous moment
and the pure joy
of being present.
Now,
what would happen
if we all experienced our work
in this way?