While celebrations are intended to honor life’s more momentous occasions, much of real life tends to happen during the in-between times. While moving from one moment in time to the next is seldom considered a significant occurrence, it is during those in-between times that we are most in tune with life’s most profound, albeit simple joys. The in-between times are seldom about landmark moments. You may want to celebrate the simple facts that you are alive and that every day is a chance to spend time with the people you care about or do the work that you love. Then again, when you look at the good that exists in your life, many reasons for celebrating the in-between times may become clear: a cup of your favorite tea, a beautiful sunrise, a good book, and the smell of fresh air can be reasons for celebration. It’s your focus of attention that can turn an in-between time into a celebration. You can also pay homage to the in-between times by slowing down and allowing yourself time to look around and allow your heart and mind to take in all of your life’s wonders. Far too often, we can let those simple moments of awe pass us by. The in-between times are when life happens to us between the pauses that we take to honor our milestones occasions. Without the in-between times, there would be no big moments to celebrate…..Daily Om
the minute snapshots of our lives hold all our secrets…..portraits etched and kneaded into a reflection of our sacred yearnings…..this opportunity for beauty invites us to reflect on our unique gifts, our inward journey masked in our roles and identities and our capacity to love without regretting our flaws….
The false self is a constriction of our whole being, including our mental and emotional functioning, and our physical body. This constriction creates gaps in our ability to experience life, which are ‘filled in’ with false images, compensatory attitudes, and inaccurate beliefs about ourselves and our environment. As long as we are embodied and on Earth, we each have some imbalance, some incompleteness that has not yet spun out into fundamental consciousness. It is as if we are each coiled around our own point in fundamental consciousness. Our unique design of defense and openness, what we have suffered and learned, our gifts and memories, give each of us a unique perspective on life, a unique way of experiencing life, and our own path toward complete enlightenment. As we realize fundamental consciousness, we gain more sense of truly existing, even though the superficial signposts of our identity lose credibility for us. Before we realize our essential self, we often have difficulty knowing our own feelings and desires, and we can be easily manipulated and confused by the world around us. But when we experience our essential self, we have direct access to even our most subtle responses and needs…..Judith Blackstone
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again,
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.