My Love

earth hands

When you look at the above picture, what do you feel?  When you gaze at this beautiful blue jewel, can you feel her in your heart?

What I feel is: Love.  It’s amazing how much love I feel.

Our souls are connected to the soul of Mother Earth.  So, perhaps it is my own soul’s love that I am also feeling that fills me.  I also feel inspired to be my greatest self, to love more, and to help her.  Ilchi Lee often says, “We came to the Earth because the 21st-century Earth desperately needed us.”

I got such a big compliment on Friday.  My uncle called me in the morning – we do not speak all that frequently.  Perhaps he calls me once or twice a year.  He said, “I saw on Facebook that today is Earth Day.  And, well, that just makes me think of you.  So I wanted to call you to say ‘Happy Earth Day.'”

To know that when my uncle thinks of the Earth, he thinks of me, and when he thinks of me, he thinks of the Earth, made me feel that I am doing my job well 🙂

In order to share in this great love with our Mother Earth, I feel it is critical for us to love ourselves more and more truly.  If I cannot allow love for my own self into my heart, if I am always insulting and accusing myself, then there is no way that I can really commune with the majesty of Life that breathes within every fiber of this planet.  So, in celebration of Earth Day, let’s celebrate ourselves. Let’s love ourselves just a little bit more.  Let’s look into our own eyes in the mirror and say, “I love you so much.”  Why not?  The Earth, our Mother, our Home, needs us to have such courage.

On that note, I will conclude this post with a passage from the Living Tao book that I find to be incredibly beautiful and healing.  I hope you do too.  Thank you to all of you who are reading this and sharing this Earth with me at this time.  My fellow earth citizens, I love you.

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“No matter how hard you try, you can never fill your empty heart solely with the energy received through external recognition or success, for these are but temporary comforts. They are not eternal. You can discover within yourself a wellspring of eternal energy. That energy will start to spring forth when you acknowledge and love yourself. The joy you feel from acknowledging yourself is so great that it cannot be compared with the joy you feel from getting recognition from others. This is a matter of being recognized by your conscience and the heaven within you.

You don’t acknowledge and love yourself just by thinking about it. You must encounter the life energy within you. Slowly place your hands on your chest, one over the other. Now say this to yourself: ‘ Yes, I have myself. I have myself, who always watches over me, the one who is always on my side no matter what may come. It’s my soul and my true self. It is my eternally unchanging life.’  If you speak to yourself with sincerity, you’ll be able to feel the energy of the soul inside of you, the energy of life, reviving.

Those who know the true self within them are never lonely, no matter what may come. Their hearts are filled to overflowing with energy from the feeling of oneness with themselves, as if they possess the whole world. The tree of life, your soul, will grow strong, bloom with beautiful flowers, and bear good fruit to the extent it gets your interest, love, and recognition.”

~ Ilchi Lee

Checking Ourselves

It’s the beginning of April.  1/4th of our 2016 has passed.  How have you been living this year so far?  Have you been achieving the things you set out to do?

I was never one for making yearly goals but since doing so was such a transformative experience in 2015, I set out to do the same thing this year.  In fact, I even decided to name my year!  Last year was called “New Beginnings,”  which it really turned out to be in so many ways!  And this year I have titled “Breakthrough”.  So far, my 2016 has brought some breakthroughs, some hardships, and some things that I still need to improve.  Some goals are being met and some need a little more attention.  I am learning how to evaluate myself in a neutral way without being too hard or judgmental towards myself- just taking an inventory of where I’ve been, where I am and where I’d like to go.  This helps me to improve my use of the precious time this life has given to me.  Again, all new things to me.  In that way, it really is a year of breakthroughs!

So, let’s have courage to evaluate ourselves honestly and lovingly!  I’m sure we will have an even more fulfilling year if we do so!

I found one poem from Mahn Whol Dae Sunsa Nim (Jeongeun Son) that I thought was perfect for my Breakthrough year.  She writes so simply and sweetly, it always lightens my heart to read her things.  I was planning on posting some of my heavy adoption thoughts today (since I have my head in two books these days and have been processing a lot!) but for today it was resonating much more to greet you lightly and with hope.

Cheers to a bright year!

 

Courageous Soul

Starting today, I’m going to be a courageous soul.

Without fear, like the rising sun

Without making a sound, like the shining moon.

 

Just like that

I’m going to live as a courageous soul.

 

I won’t be surprised even when the world changes.

I will love everyone

Even when I am given the most difficult challenges

I’m going to accept them as a courageous soul.

 

I am alive,

I am living with courage

I am proud of myself.

 

And I won’t forget why I am living as a courageous soul

until the day I die.