Thoughts & Readings!
Love is not the fabric of everything, the fabric of everything is beauty and our reaction to seeing that beauty, is love. ~ Dr Patrick Gentempo
The following is transcribed from a meditation with Deepak Chopra. I shared some of this in class.
"We have all experienced many different kinds of relationships. Some may have been loving and intimate while others have stalled or even self destructed at the ego and personality level. Whether we are with a person for a lifetime or only a few minutes, the most fulfilling relationships unfold when we see with the eyes of spirit. This begins with seeing ourselves as we truly are. Looking beyond the labels, titles and other temporary identities we take on and seeing that at our essence we are pure love, pure awareness and pure divine spirit. Spirit is the real you beyond all divisions of good and bad, desirable and undesirable, lovable and unlovable. While your personality or ego may suffer from limitations, weakness or unworthiness, your true self is established in peace and joy. seeing yourself with the eyes of love makes it natural to see the divine spirit in everyone you meet.
The Sanskrit word 'Namaste' which is commonly used as a greeting in India, means - The spirit in me, honours the spirit in you. Namaste is the recognition that we are all expressions of the same infinite divine spirit.
We are souls first and persons second. When we reverse the equation, relating first as persons, troubles are inevitable because at the personal level we have our own agendas, likes and dislikes.But when we relate to each other from the soul we open the door to miracles. Instead of dividing ourselves into categories of us and them, we experience our common humanity." - Deepak Chopra.
This photo is from my dear friend Jo's lounge room. It is a beautiful piece of art work from Aboriginal artist Jane Crawford. I am grateful to Jo for letting me stream one of my classes from her lounge while visiting my parents in Rushworth, which is where I am right now as I write this. Their internet is not strong enough to cope with streaming so I drove 20 mins to Tatura to Zoom the class to you. Many of you commented on how beautiful this painting is. So go and check out her work.
WHERE COURAGE RESIDES.
You don't need fear; you need strength; and it is already within you.
The heart is the place where the courage resides, the courage to move on, to go forward, to fulfill who you really are.
The heart is the place where your truest wisdom resides. The heart is the place where you will find your passion. The heart is the place where you will find your compassion. The heart is the place where you will find the quest, the thirst for being fulfilled.
All that is good in you—not from the perspective of the world, but that is good in you from the perspective of a human being—is the place where all these beautiful things reside. And that is the place referred to conveniently as being the most important, and thus called “the heart.”
That’s what a heart is. The courage. The courage to seek clarity in the midst of confusion. When everything is going wrong, the courage to say, “No! I want clarity; I want to be fulfilled.”
Have you experienced this courage? Have you felt this courage? Have you understood this courage? It’s your power to thrive in this world—to thrive, to shine, to be.
You don’t need fear; you need strength. And the strength that I am talking about is inside of you. Knowledge of the self, of you! So you can understand, so you can see, so you can feel, so you know.
To welcome every single day like you will not get another one—and that’s when every day starts to become a gift.
– Prem Rawat