Yes, it is Monday morning.
Yes, there is snow out there, but also there is bright sun.
Yes, there is a brand new week ahead of us.
I have my bucket of coffee right here in front of me, I have my to-do list, and I even have a pretty good night's sleep under my belt.
I have been learning that the most important thing is our lives is to be awake.
And by awake, I don't mean zombie-like, in-front-of-the-tv barely getting from day-to-day, caught in the consumerist lifestyle this culture encourages kind of awake.
filled with Gratitude
I recently met someone who uses the word "AWAKE" as all his pins and passwords, just for the reminder. It's a great idea to post little post-its around with this word to help us remember this.
Being awake means remembering your mission statement, remembering why you are here, remembering just what is the essence of your one short incarnation on this planet.
I have so many ideas that I overwhelm myself with ways I need my life to change; using less, reusing more, growing more of our food, walking my dog more, making joyful art, supporting all the amazing causes which come across my desk, making my art generate income for our household, saving the planet, and on and on.
For me, being awake means not getting too tossed about in this sea of good intention.
Being awake means being gentle on myself and my limitations.
Being awake means staying focused on a few core projects which express most strongly what I want to accomplish.
Being awake means remembering that sometimes, dropping what I am doing to help someone who needs me is the higher choice.
Being awake means not getting sucked into facebook memes, conspiracy theories, funny text threads, and the multitude of internet static, which although fun and entertaining, can suck away the hours like a tick you don't see that is attached to your skin.
Being awake means NOTICING.
Noticing that the world is a more light and beautiful place when I take the time to be centered and healthy and filled with gratitude.
I pray that your day today may bring you deep awakening.
That we all may continue to practice deep awakening every day with every bit of our beings.
and in this painting of mine, a hummingbird hovers over a calender, a reminder of how fragile time is:
"The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship, their oneness,
with the Universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center of the Universe
dwells the Great Spirit,
and that this center is really everywhere,
it is within each of us."
-- Black Elk, Oglala Sioux