At the end of the day it’s acceptance

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At the end

At the end of the day

It all boils down to this,

Awareness, acceptance.

Allowing yourself to be where you are

Allowing yourself to be who you are

To feel what you feel

Without judgment.

This is the way

To get out of your own way.

It’s the best solution,

To accept what is

Instead of wishing, hoping, worrying

About what isn’t.

To be in the present moment

Completely, wholly as it is

Will set me free.

The present moment is

An inevitable piece of human existence

You can’t live in the past or the future

No matter how hard you try

No matter how much you think

And imagine

Living behind closed eyes.

It is not possible.

When you can breathe

And accept that

A world

Brilliant beyond compare will open up

You will be free

To live exactly as you are

Flaws and all

And it will be perfect

Merely because it is.

 

After having a wonderful conversation with a great friend of mine, I was inspired to write this. We talked about lots of things especially the difficult things we are each dealing with. What we both realize and are working on is that accepting where we are, and what we are feeling is the key. It’s not always easy to sit with the way you are feeling and let it be, but it is the only way to loose yourself from emotions tight grasp. After this conversation a wonderfully talented woman posted about a similar idea in her post Just Like You and I knew it’s a reinforcement of what I already was feeling about needing to sit with my emotions. I love the synchronicities of life!

What happens when you accept where you are?

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It only takes a moment to know

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A moment of knowing

 

It only takes a moment

Only one small breath

To know.

A calm settles and I can hear

Yes singing deep inside.

A knowing with deep roots

This is right,

I have found it

My place, my path.

No matter how illogical,

How incomprehensible,

How impractical

I know

It will be,

It is.

I need not know the

Earthly details to know

The truth.

With time it always comes to be.

In wondrous and miraculous ways

That I never could have imagined.

That is trust,

That is knowing.

Letting go the need to control and micro-manage

Every aspect of life

Allowing the universe to do some work

On my behalf.

 

Just one moment can bring trust and knowing back. I have been lucky to have moments where I just know that something is right for me in that moment. Now that doesn’t mean that over time things didn’t change or that I haven’t had struggles along the way. But I have had the privilege of knowing trust and faith and watching as those things paired with patience have allowed wonderful things to blossom in my life. In times when I’m feeling impatient and frustrated I try to remember how in the past things have worked out even when I didn’t know how they ever could. 

What helps you stay in faith and trust?

Joy from…

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Joy From…

 

One foot moving in rhythm

After the other,

Step, step.

Quieting the mind,

All attention on breathing

In, out.

Heightened senses

Hear all the sounds

Smell each home as I walk by

Feel my body working, sweating, moving.

Until I’m no longer my body,

It’s moving of its own accord,

I feel the pull of gravity

As I jog down the hills.

I am free,

Joy can be understated

Simple and quiet.

Joy from

Letting go of attachment.

Joy from allowing

Life to be.

Joy from

Hope in love and light.

Joy from walking

On a warm night,

With the wind in my hair.

 

I am always so grateful when there is joy in my life, or rather when I can see and accept joy into my life. I find that so often joy comes from the smallest things. Going for a walk on a warm evening, drinking a cup of tea, laughing with friends, the list goes on and it’s not filled with giant adventures, but rather little steps along the way. Even though giant adventures like my trip to South Africa are wonderful and great it’s not the bigness of the trip that I remember or that brought me joy, it was the little things that added up to make it a joyful trip. Sometimes I am tempted to hold tightly to the things that bring me joy, but I know the best way to enjoy them is with an open hand, allowing them to flow easily in and easily out again. Trusting that joy will come again. What brings you joy?