Archive for March, 2014

I receive a daily email from Oceans of Dharma, and a couple of the recent quotes they’ve shared have spoken to me. More specifically are the ones on the attempts of being spiritual. And I immediately thought about this concept that I’ve been formulating in my thoughts and beliefs but have been unable to formulate the words to properly describe my thoughts.

Quite often I refer to the facets of the various subjects I’m discussing. That’s because to me all of life, of our being, our personalities, beliefs, etc are multifaceted. There are many layers to a concept, to the meaning of the words we speak, and many dimensions to our emotions.

Here is one quote from Chögyam Trungpa’s “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” in A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers:

“People have difficulty beginning a spiritual practice because they put a lot of energy into looking for the best and easiest way to get into it. We might have to change our attitude and give up looking for the best or easiest way. Actually, there is no choice. Whatever approach we take, we will have to deal with what we are already. We have to look at who we are.”

I can relate so much to this. Early on in my journey all I wanted was to already know about the subject, already be able to do this thing, to already be this type of person. I kept looking ahead of where I was into wanting to be over there. Does that make sense?

At some point, I stopped wishing and focusing on what I wasn’t and what I wanted to be and just started living into what I am. As Chögyam Trungpa says “we have to deal with what we are already”. I’ll paraphrase it a little differently and say be present with who we are, where we are already.

I have one quote taped to the wall right beside my computer that states: Patience is being at peace with the process of life. Once I became at peace with the process of my journey, of being me, I enjoyed my spiritual journey.

Wishing you a beautiful month – Namaste~


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March is going out like a lion! It is snowing, and though we’ve had several decent snows this year, I am making sure to enjoy each of them. I figure it does me no good to grumble wishing for warmer weather, as my grumbling has no affect at all on the outcome of Mother Nature’s decisions. And the whole concept of being present and in the moment is to be where you without resistance. This does not mean to just give up and stay in an unpleasant place; you can still make decisions and plan actions, but from a place of being rather than of conflict. So with this snow, instead of ‘hating’ it or being tired of it, I look for the beauty of the snow on the tree limbs, and how it swirls in the wind.

I have so many wonderful and exciting things happening this month. Among them, my beloved son is coming home for a visit. Needless to say, that is the most anticipated and most special of my occasions. Aside from his visit, I’ve been in a place of seeking out activities to experience. And I think the word ‘experience’ is the key here, because that is my main focus or desire is to experience life.

I’ve been writing little bits here and there about the changes in my life the last few years.  One of the most recent and biggest changes is going back to work full-time in a company atmosphere. While I find myself in the 9 to 5 schedule again, I started having time on my hands. Slowly I realized that I have these evenings and these weekends to do with as I please. This truly was a new phenomenon for me having come from raising my son, to owning my own business, to being a caretaker for my mother, and then from juggling about 5 part-time jobs! I am now seeking out activities to enjoy.

So I’ve started piano lessons, and I’ve got the new Parks & Rec guide and have several items circled! I’m working at not letting fear and self-doubt derail my decision to take beginning tennis. I’m also looking for a way to kayak this summer – please let me know if you know where or how I can rent a kayak.

All in all, I’d say the same Lion of March is also roaring within me, and with much excitement and anticipation I plan to enjoy – especially the World Dance class!

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