Category Archives: Inspiration

Wake Up!

Image Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

You may be hearing the word awakening being thrown around a lot right now.  Many people in our world today believe we are being called to wake up.  I am one of them.  If the current social, political, religious and economic turmoil around the world isn’t a wake up call, I don’t know what is.

This is a time of awakening.  So… awakening to what?

Our true nature.  Being created in the image and likeness of the creator of the universe, we are born to be creative.  We create our own world with our thoughts and actions.  When we begin to wake up and join together we create a world that works for all.

Our oneness.   Any separation we experience is an illusion we create ourselves.  We name, label and exclude others and declare it to be so, but it is all still an illusion.  When will the current climate of hatred, fear and hostility begin to turn around?  When when remember our oneness.

Our responsibility to care for the earth.   As a Christian, I believe were placed on this planet to care for it — to tend the garden, not destroy it.  Will we wake up to this reality before it is too late?  I certainly hope so.

Our dependence on each other.  We live in a time when we brag about not needing anyone.  We think we can take care of ourselves.  We ostracize those who openly can’t do things for themselves.  But sooner or later we will realize this is not true.  We all need each other and there is no shame in needing or asking for help and nothing to boast or complain about in helping others.

So this month we are talking about awakening.  We live in a time of what appears to be great darkness.  This can be a frightening time.  But it is also an exciting time.  The world is changing.  Something new is begin born and we are experiencing labor pains.

The time has come for those who have been awakening to start to come together.  Not to form new institutions or churches which have not worked in the past, but to bring a new way of living and being into the world.

Wake up!  You are light.  Shine!

 

Tune In: MIndfulness in a Changing World

This is a time of year that we tend to get caught up in the past and the future.  We analyze what we did “wrong” last year and are determined to do “better” this year.  We set lofty goals for the upcoming year that are often forgotten by June.  So what’s wrong with this picture?

Life happens in the present moment.  If we focus on past “mistakes” or future “dreams”  we miss out on all of the richness of life happening all around us right now.

Some of us are so goal and achievement focused that we miss what is going on around us.  Children grow, friends and family die, dreams come and go and we wonder where time went.

If you are an empath or highly sensitive you may intentionally block out the world around you.  When light is too bright, sound is too loud and touch is painful the easiest way to deal with things is to shut the outside world out.  Been there done that.  It doesn’t work.

We always have the present moment, but how often do we miss it? We listen to the constant chatter of our mind and believe that is what life is all about.  Believe me it isn’t.

Take a minute and notice your breath.  Breathe in. Beathe out.  Can you hear your breath?  Can you hear or feel your heart beat?  What can you hear around you?  Are there birds singing you never noticed?  Can you see the bird?  If thoughts come up, and they will, set them aside.  Stay centered in the present moment and your breath.

This is not just something to do when we are meditating.  We can take it out into the world with us.  When we begin to stay in the present moment we will realize the joy and beauty of right now..  Be there with and  for those who accompany you on your journey.  Savor these moments.  Don’t let regrets of the past and worry about the future steal them from you.

Being Summoned to Make a Transition

Inage Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“In the hero stories, the call to go on a journey takes the form of a loss, an error, a wound, an unexplainable longing, or a sense of a mission. When any of these happens to us, we are being summoned to make a transition. It will always mean leaving something behind,…The paradox here is that loss is a path to gain.”
― David RichoHow to Be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration

Seasonal Changes

Copyright 2010 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

The changing seasons are regularly occurring transitions.  They happen every year — four times.  Yet each transitions is different, with each season having it’s own unique blessings and challenges.

As I get older I find myself more and more in tune with the changing seasons.  Perhaps when I was younger I thought I was too busy to listen to messages from our mother the earth, or maybe I thought doing so would make me seem weird.  As you get older, being weird doesn’t matter as much.

While I love Spring and Summer with clear days and lots of time spent outside by the lake, I have to admit that  Fall and Winter have been more productive.  As the temperatures cool and my thoughts turn to naps and nice bowls of piping hot homemade soup I also feel my mind and body start to calm down and get ready to receive inspiration and to work.

Winter is the time much of my art gets created.  For me preparation for winter includes not only winterizing the house and car, stocking the pantry and getting out the winter clothes.  My winter preparations would not be complete without stocking up on art supplies.

Listen to the wisdom of the changing seasons.  This is mother earth’s way of preparing us for what lies ahead.  We already know what we need to weather the upcoming changes.  We just have to listen.  These regular transitions can help prepare us for the unexpected ones if we just let them.

Everything Has Seasons

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognize when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great metaphor for endings.” —Henry Cloud
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To Everything There is a Season…

You may be familiar with these words from the beautiful poetry of the third chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible.  Or perhaps you are more familiar with the musical setting by Pete Seegar known as Turn, Turn, Turn or popular renditions by Judy Collins or The Byrds.

These are words people turn to for comfort in times of change.  This is a Scripture that is often read at funerals.  So why do we find these words so comforting and reassuring?  I believe it is because they speak to us of Divine Order.  They remind us that life does have “seasons” that come and go, but the world keeps turning and life goes on.  To everything there is a season…

 

Transitions

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The Espirational.com theme for October is “Transitions.”

The world around us is in a constant state of change, often forcing us to change too.  Scattered among the changes are the major life transitions we all face throughout life, from birth to death with some good ones like moving from childhood to adolescence and adolescence to adulthood, marriage (and sometimes divorce), aging, career changes and spiritual awakening scattered in between.

So how do we navigate this maze of transitions throughout our life?  This is what we will explore during October here at Espirational.com