"Nothing can bring you peace
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
It should be obvious from the last several posts that I am spending a bit of wonderful time with the wisdom, awareness and insight of Ralph Waldo Emerson. He continues to amaze me more all the time.
Yesterday I talked about some ways to adopt that will help avoid getting down about things, whatever they may be. We seem to have this natural egotistic tendency to make problems so much larger than they really are. In fact, we make them problems when they really are not. Instead, they are just experiences.
I mentioned that you can go do something, go somewhere, watch an uplifting movie and more, and I failed to mention something that I think is ultra important. That is that we have this tendency to transfer our mental anguish solution on some future event; such as, a vacation, going on retreat, getting out of Dodge, going to Europe, waiting for the weekend, waiting for the ______. That's all smoke and mirrors.
Truth is, none of that is needed. All that is needed is to open your eyes anew to what is going on around you, out the window, the feeling of the breeze on your body, your hair, the sound of the birds, the whir of the machine, the gleam in an eye, the smile on some lips, a loving thought, something you appreciate.
Don't get me wrong. It is lovely to get away, to go on a trip, take a vacation and such, but the need to go and do something, plan something, is not what is needed to let go of the burden you're carrying. It is only a new look and a different point of view. It is a new feeling of peace that comes from laying down the rope, letting go of holding on, allowing yourself to just experience what is true and real in the very moment right now this second, and then the next and the next and so on. Be amazed. Be encouraged. Be enlightened. Be refreshed, Be alive. Experience the now.
Whatever Problems That Remain Will Be There When You Get Back. This, Of Course, Assumes That You Will Want To Come Back. . .
Spread Some Joy Today--Breathe deeply and slowly. Close your eyes for a bit, then reopen them to a brand new view of reality.