Monthly Archives: July 2016

Finding New Life

FINDING NEW LIFE

 Stop looking for perfection – life is perfectly imperfect.

 It’s OK to be different. Don’t let others define you.

 Stop offering up excuses for your own failures and instead work regularly to correct them for a bigger, brighter future. Failures are only signposts on the road to progress and eventual success. They can instruct us on what we should do next, how we should proceed. Never miss an opportunity to learn from them.

 Focus more on your own behaviour rather than others.

 Always do your best but remember: you are not in charge of the universe; you are not responsible for the problems of the world.

 Listen and take notice of the subtle signs the universe is hanging out for your attention.

 Don’t construct an identity around a notion of yourself- you are not a fixed identity. Stop attaching to things and just gaze at the passing show. Become a participant observer of life, including your own. ….stay present, mindfully attending, just being rather than doing.

 Despite all the mental chatter to the contrary you are not your mind, you are larger than this.

 When we are upset – when irritation, annoyance, frustration enters our lives this is the very time to take stock. Come into your centre slowly, switching your attention to the breath…. in-breath, out-breath, in-breath, out—breath, staying with its rhythm, mindfully attending to it smoothing, healing pattern. Fairly soon a relaxing calm will settle. Stay with this presence as long as you can remembering that if you have to undertake some activity you can always return to this spacious stillness.  

 Never feel that you don’t have the time for relaxation, for when you make this judgement – often in haste whilst busily attending to work related matters -that is probably the very time that you need it the most. Stop focusing on external matters and take deep, mindful breaths. Tune your attention to your body and its need for relaxation/healing knowing that your power comes from ab intra – from within.

 Buried deeply in our intense pain lies pockets of acceptance and reconciliation – find them.

 Ultimately there is only surrender, the humility to accept without protest, without resistance, without reservation the deep mysteries of our lives.

 Michael Lewin

 

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Raymond Carver

At Least – Raymond Carver  

I want to get up early one more morning, before sunrise. Before the birds, even. I want to throw cold water on my face and be at my work table when the sky lightens and smoke begins to rise from the chimneys of the other houses. I want to see the waves break on this rocky beach, not just hear them break as I did all night in my sleep. I want to see again the ships that pass through the Strait from every seafaring country in the world— old, dirty freighters just barely moving along, and the swift new cargo vessels painted every color under the sun that cut the water as they pass. I want to keep an eye out for them. And for the little boat that plies the water between the ships and the pilot station near the lighthouse. I want to see them take a man off the ship and put another up on board. I want to spend the day watching this happen and reach my own conclusions. I hate to seem greedy—I have so much to be thankful for already. But I want to get up early one more morning, at least. And go to my place with some coffee and wait. Just wait, to see what’s going to happen.

Denise Levertov

Variation On A Theme By Rilke

By Denise Levertov
(1923 – 1997)

 

(The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem 1, Stanza 1)

A certain day became a presence to me;
there it was, confronting me — a sky, air, light:
a being. And before it started to descend
from the height of noon, it leaned over
and struck my shoulder as if with
the flat of a sword, granting me
honor and a task. The day’s blow
rang out, metallic — or it was I, a bell awakened,
and what I heard was my whole self
saying and singing what it knew: I can.