Play

“Love is in you.
Go inward.
Play with The Creator.
The Creator is waiting for you with Love.”
~Chalanda Sai Ma

Today’s Affirmation

I am at play with the Love that fills all things.

Today’s Meditation

Dear God,

In You, I am released from all cares and concerns.
In You, I play and relax.
With You, I let down my guard and rediscover the child like wonder of my soul.
There are times for serious activity and there are times to giggle.
Thank You for reminding me to have fun.
Amen

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Happiness

~This is a post that I found on on Ganesh’s blog~ Thanks Ganesh ~ The Laughing Jesus

While you’ve been busy with your attention captured by feelings and thinking of yourself as separate and limited, you’ve missed the absolute truth: you have always been all that you ever wanted.

The self-help industry is fundamentally flawed. It perpetuates the myth that we are limited, damaged, inadequate selves who need to be fixed. Sadly, it keeps millions of people just like you hoping for a better future when they will finally be happy and fulfilled.

But what if this inadequate self isn’t who you are? What if it’s possible, at any moment, to be happy and free?

Discovering this possibility is a journey that leads you to the amazing fact that all you seek has always been here. What you discover won’t be new or unfamiliar. You’ve always been who you really are despite your distractions.

You’ve already delighted in the burst of joy that comes out of nowhere, if only for an instant;
You’ve felt the all-consuming feeling of love;
You know the wondrous sense of the unity of all;
You’ve experienced the spark of unexpected creative expression, and
You’ve dissolved into a bout of uncontrollable laughter.

You know in your heart of hearts that you’re bigger than your imagined limits.

Happiness isn’t nearly as elusive as we might think—if we know where to look for it. There’s a current alive in each of us that flows toward contentment, toward resting effortlessly in peace and ease. This current is so strong that every action we take is an attempt to find happiness.

When you seek approval, you’re trying to feel whole and relaxed. If you strive for money or material goods, you’re searching for the moment of ease when you finally fulfill your desire. If you overdo anything, you’re really looking for happiness, peace, and relief from inner turmoil.

You might think you want a relationship or the perfect job or even your mother’s love. But, your real desire is the inner longing to be free of conflict, satisfied and complete, with no sense of something missing.

This is the ease of being you’ve been searching for your whole life. And you absolutely can know it in your own direct experience.

But you won’t discover it in the objects, people, and situations in the world. You won’t even discover it in your own thoughts. These are changeable, unreliable forms you can’t trust to make or keep you happy. If this is where you’re looking, then you probably already know your search will fail.

The good news—the most amazing news—is that the peace you long for is available, here and now, in this very moment…and endlessly. You come to know it when you learn how to stop relying on ideas about how you wish things were—and say “Yes!” to the reality of how things actually are.

The path to realizing the unlimited potential for happiness in every moment is radical. It involves a shift in consciousness that invites you to question everything you take to be true—all the stories, beliefs, hopes, expectations, and feelings that make up who you think you are—and discover that they’re the very source of your dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and personal suffering.

Take an honest look at the thoughts and feelings that consume your attention. Are you:

Waiting for others to do something so you can be happy?
Obsessing over all the things you don’t like about yourself?
Recycling thoughts about what should or shouldn’t happen in your life?
Living in fear, shame, worry, or depression?

No wonder you’re not happy. These everyday problems set you up for frustration and disappointment. They make you think the present is unfulfilling, and they delude you into believing that the ease you seek will be available at some future time.

This “if only” thinking keeps you chasing happiness rather than living it. And while you’re distracted by these thoughts and feelings, the deepest peace and happiness—available right now—go unnoticed.

Let me be clear: we’re not just talking about that smile-on-your-face feeling we call happiness. It’s not even the satisfaction you feel when things are going well—these are expressions of it. When you deeply accept everything as it is, the inner war with your own experience ends, and you’re not only peaceful, but joyful and content, as well.

This is your natural state: what you knew before any conditioned habits or emotional pain concealed it. It’s the pure aliveness that remains—when the pressure to do, fix, try, and accomplish falls away. Fear subsides, and you feel intimately connected with everything.

This is the happiness that is always available, always ready to be discovered. Even though you may not consciously experience it, you and I both know that it’s here. Even if it’s hidden, this loving presence is alive in your true heart.

– Gail Brenner

Source: http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/everyday-awakening-in-this-very-moment/

Patience

Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is life that; one stitch at a time taken patiently, and the pattern will come out all right, like embroidery.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Today’s Affirmation

I am always in the perfect place at the precise time.

Today’s Meditation

Dear God,

I relax into the silence and enjoy this time of quiet and reflection.
Moment by moment, I patiently follow Your guidance.
Your harmony and order are established in and through my thoughts, feelings and affairs.
I accept Your plan for my life.
I allow myself to be as You would have me be.
Thank You very much.
So it is.
Amen

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Forgive

“The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.”
~Catherine Ponder

Today’s Affirmation

I release my hold on the past and its problems.

Today’s Meditation

Dear God,

The past, its pain, and problems are over.
As I release what has been, I remove its power over the present.
My mind is free to consider the love that is freely available now.
My heart is light and my life is joy filled.
There is no other time for living than this moment.
Amen

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Little Things

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”
~Marian Wright-Edelman

Today’s Affirmation

I take advantage of each opportunity to spread love and joy.

Today’s Meditation

Dear God,

Instead of looking at the bigger challenges we face and wondering,
“What can I do to help?” we choose to be proactive and co-create a kinder world with You.
We do everything we can as individuals and as a group to spread love in our world.
Help us see the many opportunities we have each day to be instruments of change.
Guide our collected intentions and actions so that we are receptive and open to a new field of possibility for everyone.
There are many little things we can do: a smile shared, a kind word spoken, a compassionate ear, warm hugs, a little money to buy food for someone who is hungry, a telephone call to one who is lonely.
Help us live in a state of love with each other.
Help us to pray with our hands as well as our minds.
Multiply and magnify our efforts and fill us with courage and conviction.
Thank You, God!
Amen

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The Nature of Children

As little children, we are completely authentic. We never pretend to be what we are not. Our tendency is to play and explore, to live in the moment, to enjoy life.
Nobody teaches us to be that way; we are born that way.This is our true nature before we learn to speak.
~Don Miguel Ruiz

Today’s Affirmation

I am glad to be alive, to be where I am and to be who I am.

Today’s Meditation

Just exactly as you are, God loves you. All you need to do is to touch into that God part, the God-center within your heart. Because God created you, God sustains you. God lives within you as your ever-present help, your inner light, your sure compass, your sound guide. In this moment, realize that because God loves you, God is capable of taking care of your every need, just as you are. Open up to the divine resources that dwell within you. Catch the sense that you are so beloved of God that here is nothing holding you back from the heart-fountain of God that is pouring forth this wonderful energy of love. Feel it!

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The Present

“The present moment is as it is. Always. Can you let it be?”
~Eckhart Tolle

Today’s Affirmation

I now relax into the peace of God.

Today’s Meditation

Holy One,

Right now, in this very moment, I am blessed and peaceful.
I have everything I need to be happy, now.
I feel Your powerful presence and gentle joy.
I am immersed in a golden wave of liquid love.
I realize a deep sense of oneness with all creation and I bless each person.
There are no separations or distinctions in You, only deep connection.
Thank You for the life we share in You.
Amen

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