Tag: identity

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We Are Not Our Bodies

When we look at one another as bodies, we create separation. It seems fairly obvious, doesn’t it? I look different from  you, and you look different from the next person. We all look different. Therefore, we must be different, right? Wrong. This is where humanity stalls and sets up walls that create division between people. Seeing one another as different is a choice that we make. I didn’t realize that I had a choice for a good part of my life. I had been conditioned to see myself as an individual in a world of billions of other individuals. I learned at an early age that it would take hard work, effort, and perseverance to achieve success in this world. Achieving success would mean attaining what I wanted through competition. I had to work harder and be better than the others who wanted the positions that I sought. Reaching my goals would mean that […]

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Help Our Children Discover Life Beyond Entitlement

O child of my heart, I wanted to give you everything… … lay the world at your feet …. make all your wishes come true … create a fairy tale existence of happily ever after. All for you, Child of my heart.   O child of my dreams, I wanted to give you everything I imagined I didn’t have growing up… … recognition of how special and worthy you are … opportunities to have and experience everything other kids got to enjoy … rewards for doing your best… and sometimes, not even your best. Every first… and second and third… every little thing… had to be recorded and displayed in honour of you and your life… … albums and digital folders and walls of photos … posts on social media seeking affirmation of all that I see in you. You were the star of everything you did. I made the world […]

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Love Isn’t a Feeling

On this beautiful Sunday morning, I savour the brilliant green of newly opened leaves. I breathe in the heady perfume of the lilac blossoms and smile at the sweetness of the birdsong. I thrill at the warmth of the sun’s kiss on my skin. Witnessing the beauty of God’s creation that surrounds me, I am moved to write about love. I have come to understand that love is not a word or a feeling. It is a way of being… it is being an expression of God. Love is living from a holy space within each of us — a space through which God’s eternal love is experienced and expressed in this world. Love is opening ourselves up to what is always here for us — even when we lose our way and feel completely lost and alone — and that is God’s Love. When we recognize who we are as God’s children […]

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All That You Seek Is Within You

It seems to me that everyone is searching… for  the perfect job, the perfect partner, the perfect home, the perfect look, the perfect vehicle, the perfect holiday, the perfect deal.. and the list goes on. One only needs to take note of people’s actions and comments over a short period of time to observe this endless quest. Just stand back and observe people in a shopping mall. Listen to people’s conversations over a meal or at coffee. Watch the media messages that bombard us every day. The underlying belief is that these external markers of success will make us happy. Hmmmm… questionable logic seems to be at work here. “When I have/get [insert wish here], I will be happy.” When did having or getting anything ever result in lasting happiness? Might you experience happiness in the attainment of something? Of course. You might experience excitement, a surge of joy, delight, or even a […]

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Great Big Love with a Capital L

Love is all there is. Love is all that sustains. Love is all that endures. Nothing, absolutely nothing, of this world lasts. In this time-bound world, everything is susceptible to decay and death. But there is one thing that endures and is always here for us, and that is Love. This Love with a capital L is love far beyond the word that is tossed around with such careless abandon to express what we are drawn to in the material world. How often do we hear, “Oh, I just love that outfit/photo/car/—-!” This Love also goes beyond the expression of emotional attachment between two individuals when they fall in “love.” It even goes beyond the love of a parent for a child. In the human experience, love is often limited, conditional, and finite. Love can be withdrawn. Love can even end in this physical existence. This is not great big […]

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What Do We Really Want?

It seems to me that as the most evolved species on this planet, we should know what we are doing. Observation of our actions should validate our self-proclaimed top position on the evolutionary ladder. When I think of highly evolved, qualities that come to mind include intelligence, compassion, perceptiveness, wisdom, integrity, love — a species motivated by altruism. I imagine a species that cares for its people and the planet on which it lives; a species that survives and flourishes within a system based on respect, harmony, and caring for one another and the environment. Pause for a moment and consider the observations someone from a more global vantage point might make: a species that destroys the planet on which it lives; a species that attacks and destroys its own; a species that ignores the wisdom of its more learned advisers and continues on its perpetual search for money, power, prestige, […]

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When Our Children Leave Home

Where they were…           is only silence and empty space. My life’s focus is gone; Years of giving myself heart and soul… complete. This home,            once vibrant with the energy of their existence…                     rings quiet… And my heart cries out with missing them. I thought I was ready — I even looked forward to the time I would have…            and now that it’s here, all I want to do is go back. I wander through my memories,            pausing here and there to hold them close, to picture them as they were                     when they were mine; But they are no longer mine…           They never were. They came to this world through me,           but they are not mine. They experienced this world through my existence,     […]

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