Sunday, June 26, 2011
It can be hard, in the hustle and bustle of life, as appointments and "to do lists" and calendar days fly by, as our differences cause us to clash and collide, as disappointments and frustrations deride us and we feel restless, upset, or hopeless, to achieve and maintain that inner peace. This weekend was really fun, but it also involved some serious conversations, and a lot of thinking about things that are lacking from my life. Sometimes we think we have things figured out, only to have a thought or realization that throws everything up in the air again and has us trying to put together a puzzle we've already put together, dangit! When moments like this arise and we feel ourselves on a precipice of change or big decisions, it can be wise to pause, reflect, and gain some inner peace.
I love to turn to writing, reading, and meditation, but a nice long talk with my Mom also helps. We are impatient creatures, but it helps to slow down, take a deep breath, think things through, and realize that answers usually come when we need them, things work out if we are true to ourselves, and the Master is aware of every possibility our lives contain.
“Anything is possible when you have inner peace.” Shifu
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Or in other words, you can start with a whole new army of shampoos, body sprays, face washes, even clothes and accessories. You can start a new day, a new week, a new month. You can travel to the other side of the world, live in a place where no one knows you, and you are surrounded by new things. And yet, you are still You. Every time I embark on a new phase of life, I have so many hopes for making changes in my life, and this newest adventure was no different. However, I quickly discovered that I would have the same struggles here as at home, or anywhere. To make real and lasting changes, they must come from a place deep within. They must start as a spark within us and be fanned with enthusiasm and persistence.
And so, here I am, still me, liking to stay up late and sleep in, inconsistent and flighty, just in another country. I wanted to become another person while I was here, but what I should have focused on was being a better version of myself.