Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pain vs. Suffering

"The Difference Between Pain and Suffering

There is a Buddhist teaching that says that when you get hurt, say, by an arrow, that is pain. The arrow hitting your arm, it hurts. Pain. However, there is a second arrow, which is your reaction to the arrow, the getting angry, the planning revenge, that is beyond pain, that is suffering."

Excerpt from:
8 Zen Master Stories That Illustrate Important Truths
Claudia Azula Altucher


I had a moment of truth while reading this...when I can express it in words I will.  In the meantime read this slowly, take your time to really digest it.  Then let it "percolate"...who knows what will happen for you!

Read this article and see if it resonates for you:  reality
Title of Article:  Consciousness in the Cosmos by Ervin Laslo

Enlightenment or Ego??

Well I realized today just how many of us think we are seeking some spiritual enlightenment but we are actually working from a place firmly rooted in is only when we completely surrender and recognize that ego will always fail that we have a chance.

Take a look at this article for a more complete explanation:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Body vs. Spirit

To the many highly sensitive, intuitive and/or empathic people...we don't have a loving connection to our bodies which are of this Earth.  They are human, 3 dimensional, available to pain and disease, etc.

We intuitive, empathic souls are spirit first and foremost.

So...why would we treat our bodies right?  For those mired in addiction, illness or chronic pain, it makes sense.  Why wouldn't we attempt to "kill" or "destroy" this body that keeps us tied to an earthly realm?  After all, it is our deepest desire to be released and returned to the loving embrace of spirit.

But the truth is, we must find a loving and kind way to integrate our higher spirits with our lower body.  We have a learning purpose here on Earth and as such, we are required to be clothed in a body.

Realize this necessity and seek to love both:
   - The spirit using a body for its own unique experience.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

What I Need

I saw this young man tonight huddled near a trash can outside a CVS Store.  I passed by him on my way in with that uncomfortable feeling that said "Please don't ask me for money."

On my way out, I ignored him again until I got to my car...something told me to ask him if he had eaten anything.  He said he had eaten early in the morning.  I had a hamburger in my car for dinner but gave it to him.  He was very grateful and tore into the food.

As I left, I realized he probably needed one thing more than that hamburger.  He probably needed a hug.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hello my Angels!  What a wonderful day I had and how it started was extraordinary!

I had to go out very early this morning and decided after my errand to stop at McDonalds for an Egg McMuffin!!!  It was a misty, bordering on rainy day as I looked ahead, stopping my desperate search for the three pennies I needed to pay the cashier at "Window 1"!!!  

As I looked ahead, I noticed a man wrapped in a blanket who had a shopping cart.  I noticed more that he had a husky cough that (having worked in medicine) worried me.

Having found the three pennies, I decided to concentrated on what to offer this man who was just barely tolerating the misty, wet weather.  Long ago I had the conversation with myself about giving people money -"oh, they will just spend it on alcohol, blah, blah, blah"  and then I decided who am I to judge what they spend it on.  Once I give it, it is a gift...not mine to decide where it goes.

So I reached into my wallet and saw three ones and two twenties.  I did not hesitate...I pulled out a twenty.  I got my food, folded up the twenty and drove up to the man to hand him the money.

It was at this moment I was astounded!  I was looking into the face of an Angel!  A real, honest to good Angel.  I was so startled that I mumbled, "You have a good day....and God Bless."  He replied back with perfect peace and love, "You have a good day too."  There was no need for him to bless me as I had already been blessed simply by his presence.

I wish I could tell you how I knew this man was an angel but he was and maybe we all have to find out for ourselves just what it feels like to look into the face of an angel and perfect love.  It is indescribable and changing.  Even more so, when you expect to see the downtrodden look of a homeless man waiting in the misty rain!

I am astounded by what I notice when I am paying attention to God's miracles...can you imagine what we miss when we are NOT paying attention?

Thank you, God for your blessed gift to me every day of every year...may I never ever miss any of  them.