“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”
In my meditation today, I felt it in a way that I felt the depths of my experience of the innerness- my innerness and soul. I felt and saw grace, I felt it wash over my entire being, then I felt myself send it out to the world. The grace was comforting, like a blanket of love, with ease and knowingness that all is good. It really was a wonderful feeling and, as usual, exactly the messages I needed.
“The soul is your innermost being. The presence that you are beyond form. The consciousness that you are beyond form, that is the soul. That is who you are in essence.”
As I kept in the meditation, I got a visual of doing the dishes. It was a glowing image and felt warm. It was also a feeling of doing the dishes with mindfulness. It was a sense of doing what was in front of me, that this work is a blessing, that right now, I am to do what is in front of me. Do it with presence, gratitude and knowingness that it is right and perfect, all of it. There is wisdom in it, abundance in it, even in doing the dishes. The key is how I show up. Trust in the simple and trust in the Universe that I am fully supported and cared for. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I continue to have faith and to step out in love, and know that Life is love.
“The answer is, who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it’s beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment. In essence, you and what we call the present moment are, at the deepest level, one.”
As I was journaling all of this after my meditation, I really saw, felt, knew, that it is the little things that is the big, the playground for it all. Thich Nhat Hanh- ZEN master, author, and teacher- talks about this and how being mindful, present, awake, is the key to living a connected life. As I have been pondering my purpose, and what’s next in my life, I can get out there sometimes, wanting things to happen in a way my mind says. I put myself in a box, in a waiting pattern and that does not serve me. The more I see and know it’s all a divine purpose for me when I show up in presence, in openness and in love, to love with what is. And, to keep moving in the direction of my heart’s desires, knowing that I am blessed now.
“To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity, for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!”
―Thich Nhat Hanh
“When you wash your hands, when you make a cup of coffee, when you’re waiting for the elevator – instead of indulging in thinking, these are all opportunities for being there as a still, alert presence.”
As I write this, I think about so many of us working to do our best and staying as present as we can. I would encourage each of us to set some time aside to hear the inner voice, to allow our soul to speak. If we are already there, let’s continue with it, for it does have a life of its own- some days amazing, some days challenging. It has truly changed my life, and it’s a continual focus for me. This mediation was so powerful and other days are different and not as centered, more bouncing thoughts. I write this to encourage us all to stay with it. Each time we set time aside for our innerness, our soul, we are blessed regardless of the immediate experience. We continue to strengthen the inner ear, we hear the true song of our soul, our unique song that no one else has.
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi