Jan 02

2018: A New Year Sunrise

The beginning of 2018 and a full moon all occurring if ever there was a time to put things behind us and look to the Future this is at!  33 degrees with Gusty winds at 25 knots north-northeast making me feel more like I was in Maine than the Texas Coastal Bend area.

 

One New Year’s Day morning in  Maine, when I started my New Year watching the sunrise, I was in Deer Isle chatting it up with some of the fishermen who were wondering why I was doing out in the cold so early in the morning when I didn’t have to be. Today I sit at another fishing area. There are no fishermen around. Too cold to be fishing in Texas. So I sat waiting for the sunrise.

No colorful light or shimmering rays today.  There were just grey 

skies over a gray, white-capped water as I sat at the boat launch, in my car watching the day grow lighter. My first light of 2018 had no fanfare. It was just me and some shorebirds, a few turkey vultures and grackles. The Tamaulipas Crow that had been seen in the area didn’t even make an appearance. A peaceful dawn.

 

Peaceful is what this viewing location needs now. It is recovering from a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey in 2017.  Each day is a testament to the area’s strength and endurance.  Life moves on.

I don’t wake to see the first sunrise of the year to be entertained by the beauty of the event.  I view it to experience the first light of a new year. The first impressions are my guidance for the year.  The location and signs are all part of the messages delivered by Spirit. I am never exactly sure where I am going to view the sunrise. I allow the events to unfold and have faith that I am led to where I need to be,

 

This year was no different.  I stepped into the morning having released 2017.  I entered 2018 a witness to nature and its beauty. I have no expectations beyond the moment I am experiencing. I am open to seeing the blessings life brings; the people I care for, the places I visit, new friends, and opportunities to encounter the beauty of my surroundings. This morning there were many blessings.

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Mar 05

Practice Detachment

“He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.”
Meister EckhartLessons to Learn:  Practicing DetachmentDetachment allows us to separate ourselves from the demands of our physical existence and reminds us that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.  Detachment allows us to put events as they occur into perspective.  It eliminates the ego and gives us the chance to see things from outside of the experience.

In your daily life you are confronted by challenging situations and people that cause you to forget your true self, the DIVINE you.

During these moments it is important to remember, the reasons people respond as they do in any situation.  It is because of their thinking, feelings, and reactions to an event.
The way they treat you is never because of you.  It is always because of their thinking in response to a situation.

The way you respond to events in life and others is also because of your own thinking and feelings.  Not because of someone else.

It is easy to say, “You made me”, or “Because of you”, but these are only expressions used by a person who made choices they are not willing to accept responsibility for making.

Stay in control of your ego and witness any given situation by truly seeing it for what it is.  Practice detachment.  Remember who you are.  Feel compassion for others and the lessons they are learning but do not become part of the drama.   We all have a journey to complete in this incarnation. Detachment is a lesson we must learn. The better we are able to detach from stressful situations the better we are able to control our energy levels and empower ourselves.

Staying focused in the moment will allow you to be detached when necessary; maintaining your true self, your true identity, the true you
“When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.”

Norman Vincent Peale

 

Practice Detachment

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Dec 23

Unlikely Teacher

 I watch as they soar over my head riding the air currents, gliding.  They fly effortlessly, hardly flapping their massive wings while catching the next wave of air to lift them higher.  They seem to fly for the pure joy of it. Playing in the air. Seeing which of them could float the currents the longest as they ascend and descend with grace.

I’ve grown to love this bird and have spent hours watching them during my breaks while hiking or visiting scenic locations in Texas this past year.  Who’d have known I’d develop such an appreciation for the buzzard.

buzzardtreeYes, I have seen a “Texas Picnic”. (A gathering of buzzards around roadkill.)  I will admit I winced at the first few sightings and found it unsettling.  I was reminded of a phrase I read in The Tantric Mysticism of Tibet, by Blofeld,  “see Nirvana in everything around us, hear all sounds as mantras and see all beings as Buddhas.”  

I have spent some time in meditation over the buzzard recently.  I opened myself to learning from this Buddha.  I know!  Buzzards as a meditation focus, go figure!

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Turkey Vulture

During my reflections, I realized I was biased. Vultures are less majestic than other birds and their diet seemed unsavory to me. Where was the beauty here?  So I watched. From my most basic of observations, buzzards serve a great purpose to humans. Because of us, there is roadkill. Turkey and black vultures clear the remains. It was a start and I eased my way into my quest into a deeper understanding of this creature and why it had been put on my path.

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Black Vulture

During my meditations, the buzzard showed me I was intolerant and impetuous.  I had made  some abrupt judgements about them as well as other aspects of life that jaded my perspective.  Good/Bad. Ugly/Pretty. Productive/Sterile.  No person or situation is as it seems.  I needed to hear that. AGAIN.  My unlikely teacher taught me to rise above to truly see what lies before me. They taught me to be patient and resourceful before making any decisions.

The perfect lesson at the perfect time.  Spirit has a way of providing us with what we need.  We need to ask and be observant for the answers.  We also need to be open to lessons however they may arrive, even if the teacher is a vulture.

No such thing as coincidence.

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