Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Last Day New Tradition

I have a new tradition. Like lots of great things, it was born from a place of darkness. On the last day of our retreat, I was feeling sad. It was January 31st, I already missed everyone so much, and there's a good chance I had a cacao hangover. After we arrived in our hostel in San Marcos, I got in bed to read, passing on Liz and Sarah's invite to go out exploring with them. I read all of the days from January from my daily reader, Journey to the Heart. Some of the readings I remembered well, others I gleaned new wisdom from, and mostly, it helped me process what a big month January had been.

I did the same thing with all the pages of February on the last day of February and I just did the same with all the readings from March.

In case you don't already know, daily readers are books with 365 offerings in them, one for each day of the year. I have several daily readers that I read from before meditating in the morning. It's good for us to fill our minds with something inspiring first thing.

Here are some of the sentences I underlined from March as I read back through. They're all from Melody Beattie:

"You do no teach and lead your soul. Your soul leads and teaches you."

"A vision is a glimpse of light that shines and shows us our path. It is a quick flash of something that hasn't happened yet. It may tell us something about today or ten years from now. Visions occur when our souls look at a map of our lives, get a sense of where we're going, and tell our hearts how to find that place."

"But the most pressing job can be done best when we're relaxed. There are few things we need to do that can be enhanced by becoming tense, fearful, and worried. The more pressing the situation, the more pressing the need to be present for ourselves, and to be present for each moment."

Good stuff, yeah.

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