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A Presence Like the Wind

 

“Live fast, die old, and make very sure everyone knows you were there.”
— Alan Cox

 

There is something to be said for fame or even infamy but when its all over I would rather be like the wind. Most people only recognize the wind in passing tho they may feel thankful for the cool breeze. Others may find the wind overwhelming as a storm topples buildings and trees remarkable not for itself but for the reminder that little is permanent. The wind communicates music and whispers of those who are close to us. The wind lifts up kites and occasionally hopes. People need not know I was there as long as for some I made a difference.
Blessings, G

 

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Creating AnewCreating Anew by G A Rosenberg

 

Flame KeepFlame Keep by G A Rosenberg

 

Being Present

 

“The Tao can never be known until it interprets the most trivial actions of everyday routine. It is a fatal mistake to discriminate between the spiritual importance of meditation and playing golf. To do so is to create an internal conflict. “Let there be no difference made among you between any one thing & any other thing; for thereby there cometh hurt.” He who knows the Tao knows it to be the source of all things soever.”
— Aleister Crowley, from his introduction to the Tao Te Ching

 

It is easy to feel spiritual and present and focused after a half hour of meditation. Is it as easy to feel that way in a business meeting? How about when taking out the garbage or doing the dishes? So much of our daily modern lives seems spent avoiding what we are doing in the present moment. Either we are planning the evening activities or thinking about the hot man or woman we just saw or our vacation or even how much our arm itches or how soon we need to hit the bathroom. Yet if we see each thing we do as an opportunity to be present, it can lead to all kinds of inner discovery. It can change walking the dog from an arduous chore to something unique and interesting. Paying bills can become sublime if that is what we are doing. It is as if the way we normally do these activities is monochrome and by our mere focus and presence we add colour. I am not suggesting we do this all day every day. I am not sure that this is possible. Yet focusing on being in the moment for at least one or two activities a day will be life changing and enhance our conscious awareness immeasurably.
Blessings, G

 

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Verigated EscapeVariegated Escape by G A Rosenberg

 

Echoes of 15Echoes of 15 by G A Rosenberg

 

Quote of the Day – February 12 2013

“This day will never come again and anyone who fails to eat and drink and taste and smell it will never have it offered to him again in all eternity. The sun will never shine as it does today…But you must play your part and sing a song, one of your best. ”
― Hermann Hesse

 

Celebrate this day with song and story
Celebrate it with life
Honour it with pleasure
Surrender it your pain
The gift of the present
as it swiftly moves away

I’ve said most of this before but it bears repeating. Even in those moments that life sucks, where everything feels black, appreciate them. When will you feel exactly this way for this reason ever again. Each instance is rare (some are occasionally well-done and those deserve celebration even more perhaps). This perspective of the moment and knowing that it could lead anywhere has gotten me through some very tough times. So especially if you can’t see the sense of it and all seems rough, use it as a benchmark to revisit when things seem great and you can appreciate how far you’ve come. So good or bad or anywhere on the spectrum in between, each day deserves celebration.
Blessings, G

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Pinwheel2
Pinwheel by G A Rosenberg
New Expansions
New Expansions by G A Rosenberg