Jun. 22nd, 2009

justkimu: (shambala)
There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.
– Bhagavad Gita


In our modern civilization we try to cling to time as it rushes past, almost begging time to stop. We want to continue to be what we are now. We don’t want to be subjected to the ruthless physical changes that are an inescapable part of life. Yet it is the nature of the body to change, up to the last change we call death. Anybody who tries to cling to what is changing cannot help feeling insecure.

Yet we needn’t be helplessly caught in time. There are a number of very simple steps we can take to begin to free ourselves. One of the easiest is to get up early in the morning. This gives us the opportunity to start the day with a leisurely pace – to take a short walk, if we like, and then to have our meditation, without worrying about catching the bus or being on time for school.

from Eknath Easwaran's Words to Live By


This weekend has been very powerful for me. When I was paying attention I got answers to questions I didn't know I'd asked.

Having an "awakening" like this makes me think of the song, Simple Gifts

After my walk with the little ones, I thought of all the things I am "turning" and "turning in" to. So that I may look at them again, if needed, I'm posting them online...as I often do. :)

I am turning...
~ running into walking
~ veganism into listening to the needs of my body
~ religion into faith
~ worry into compassion
~ fear into courage
~ losing weight into becoming more healthy
~ fostering chaos into welcoming calm
~ chasing rainbows into honoring the present
~ doubting myself into thanking my intuition
~ focusing on what we don't have into realizing how blessed we truly are
~ knowledge into wisdom
~ crisis situations into blessings

There are a few more things I'm "turning," but for now these are enough to keep me busy. ;)

I am very thankful for the "simple gifts" All That Is has given me. Never did I realize how lucky I truly am, until I sunk down to my lowest low.

Much love to each of you!
Kim



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