People keep appearing before me and giving me the exact message that I need to hear. Questions are being answered; even those that I had yet to surface in my conscious mind!
The swirl of political and cultural discontent around me is dizzying and off-putting; I can't escape no matter how I try. The answer to this dilemma came in several forms. The first was from a talk Sw. Hamsananda offered Sunday morning. She referred me to Ramana Maharishi's teachings, recalling: "There are no others". Then Monday, a friend approached me at lunch, and during our chat, I mentioned that I felt surprised that I can't even avoid political talk at the ashram, of all places! He said he gets nothing, it's not even on his radar; something inside me must be attracting that negative talk. At first, although I was open to his suggestion, I took it personally and felt privately defensive. It questioned my interior thoughts: "What negative thoughts am I holding on to that are attracting other negative comments?". I couldn't find any; honestly, I've been trying tooffer positivity around this topic. Later it came to me, each time a person spoke up about American political and cultural issues, I would offer a positive remark in answer, and try to the discussion a more positive slant. Therefore, I AM attracting these negative comments, but the purpose of that I shine LIGHT and LOVE and the events and people.
To offer further transparency, in circumspection this morning, I can admit that I have been having negative thoughts about current events by allowing myself to get drawn in to discussions and listening to others' rants, rather than protecting my inner peace. There is a slice of negativity that lies within, and this is what has attracted negativity outside myself. Since that talk Saturday morning, I have been diligently working to rid myself of those negative thoughts by sending prayers for love and happiness to Donald Trump and all our world leaders, and focusing on peace and love for our country. I can't fight reality, but I can accept it with love and know that it's always for good!
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I was fine until you held my eyes with your own
For a moment too long.
Then I was once again pulled under
And pulled away--
Caught in a riptide of longing
I fight once again not to drown in that gaze
Nor be carried out to that ocean
Gasping for air and begging
But I fight against my own desire
To sink into the depths of that gaze
I know if I just relax and let go
I will find my way back.
Reality has as much beauty.
Copyright 2017 Regina J McMurray
...Small actions in a dynamic system will trigger vast and unexpected changes