“Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval. Let go of old judgments and opinions. Die to all that, and fly free. Soar in the freedom of desirelessness.” — Lama Surya Das
“We tell the dead to rest in peace, when we should worry about telling the living to live in peace.”
“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.”
Have you noticed how busy everyone seems to be? So caught up in striving for success and perfection many “just don’t have time” to prepare or eat a healthy meal, talk to their children or sometimes even sleep.
This can even extend to our spiritual lives. We get so caught up looking for God we forget the divine is within us — as close as the air we breathe. All we have to do is connect.
I believe all this striving and running after success, perfection and even God is the reason for the spiritual sickness we see in this world. When was the last time you took a minute to take a deep breath, sit in stillness, and just be? This is important. This is when we hear from Spirit. It is also why our dreams are so important. Sometimes our sleep is the only time Spirit can reach us.
I know we live in a world where taking time to be still is considered a weakness. People who do this may even be called “lazy.” But taking time to rest our body, mind, and spirit and listen for guidance from Spirit is actually where we find our true strength.
I will leave you with this reminder from the Jewish/Christian Holy Bible.