It is our tradition here at Espirational to post a fun video on Thanksgiving Eve. So please take a minute to stop your busy preparations, take a break and enjoy it. (Hey, everyone, this is really cool. Take about three minutes to view this.—Bob.)
Some of you may not know we have a sing/song writer following Espirational. When Bill Tonnis shared this beautiful song earlier in the month I decided it would be the perfect way to end our month on Stillness. May this be our prayer… slow me down.
Bob and I live in a lakeside senior-mobile home/RV community called Lakewood Village. A large part of the natural beauty drawing people here is the large trees. But this little piece of heaven where we live is in Oklahoma which means we don’t have dirt, we have largely clay and rock. As large and, beautiful as our trees are, they don’t have deep roots. Trees actually blow over, root ball and all. This happens from time to time with some damage, but not like it happened when the big storm hit the last week of August this year (2019).
I’m not sure it’s been decided what kind of storm it was but winds were in excess of 100 mph and trees fell. They fell on houses, cars, across roads, knocking out power and for a while and shutting off our water supply. It took three days just to clear the trees enough that the big trucks could come in to start working. We are fine. Even with all the damage no one in our community was injured or killed. Bob and I escaped damage for the most part. We tried to stay out of the way and took care of ourselves. Not having i-phones we were forced to go through tech withdrawal, but after the first day, it wasn’t so bad.
But there is a spiritual message in our storm experience. What I really want to talk about today is what we can do to grow deep roots so that when we are blown about by the winds and storms of life we will not fall. Just as it takes time for a tree to dig down deep into the soil it takes time to grow spiritual, emotional and physical roots. So what can we do to help those roots grow?
*Eat healthy, nutritious foods.
*Move. Get at least some form of moderate exercise every day. Walking is good.
*Get adequate sleep.
*Take time to rest. Pushing our bodies and brains beyond their limits sooner or later will result in exhaustion and illness.
*Learn to take control of our thoughts. It’s not what happens to us, but how we think and react to what happens that counts.
*Determining personal beliefs and values will help us live in balance with our true nature. It will also help us determine our priorities, which is very important in learning how to use the resources of our physical bodies.
*Spend time in silence daily. This is how we connect to Source. It is also how we receive guidance.
*Spiritual practice is very important. Learning and putting into practice the spiritual lessons of the Sacred texts, taught by the great teachers and avatars show us how to live in this world.
I have been sitting with these ideas since the storm, waiting for the right time to share them. Finally, I realized that the month that we are focusing on being still is a perfect time.
If we do not take care of our physical bodies we will pay with poor health. The same thing applies to our emotional and spiritual being. Quieting our bodies and minds is an essential part of this. It is not a luxury. It is not laziness. It is not something we can leave out of our day to make more time for work and other activities.
We have to stop saying, “I just don’t have time.” We manage to make time for something we really want to do, don’t we? So, do you want to be strong, healthy, intelligent, spiritual and well-rooted in life?
I know sitting in silence can be uncomfortable. In the beginning, the mind races, thinking about the other things we “should” be doing. But eventually, we come to a place of stillness and peace where we realize there is nothing more important than this present moment.
This is what we were created for… to realize our oneness with the Creator and all of creation. When we forget that fact that life starts to fall apart and those “trees” in our lives start to topple over. Take the time to make the effort to grow those deep roots so you can stand in spite of the storms.