Mindful Monday, January 25, 2021 Opening to Compassion
Good morning my friends. As we enter into this final week of January, I am experiencing an ebb and flow of emotions in my own being as well as in friends and family. Excitement and hope around the new availability of the covid 19 vaccine, sadness and loss around the continued increase in loss of life. The list of current paradoxical examples in politics and economics and social justice goes on and on. You can fill in the blanks. This is just the way of the world. At the same time though, I sense a pause occurring for most of us, a time to catch our breath a bit.
Perhaps this pause is allowing us to courageously revisit all that has occurred in the past 12 months, pleasant and unpleasant, offering us time to look inward, recognizing what truly matters in our lives and in our world, in this very moment. Notice what comes up for you first when you pay attention to what is going on inside, checking in with body, thoughts and emotions. Is this different than you expected or different than it was before this year of the pandemic? What is changing in you, if anything?
Give yourself some time and space to simply listen to your heart space. Embrace the stillness. Maybe life is becoming even more precious. Maybe we are realizing that we do only have moments to live. Truly, life moves one moment at a time. Maybe this time is challenging a belief system or opening hearts, cultivating more compassion. It is worth taking some time to consider how to intentionally move forward on even THIS new day.
Poem for reflection: Our True Heritage – by Thich Nhat Hahn
Our True Heritage
The cosmos is filled with precious gems.
I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem,
shining through and containing earth and sky,
water and clouds.
It needs you to breathe gently
for the miracles to be displayed.
Suddenly you hear the birds singing,
the pines chanting,
see the flowers blooming,
the blue sky,
the white clouds,
the smile and the marvelous look
of your beloved.
You, the richest person on Earth,
who have been going around begging for a living,
stop being the destitute child.
Come back and claim your heritage.
We should enjoy our happiness
and offer it to everyone.
Cherish this very moment.
Let go of the stream of distress
and embrace life fully in your arms.