The Water Beckons Us

The Divine Source of Everything has unconditionally provided us a precious, transparent fuel.

The water one consumes has served many. Gaze into your glass, contemplate where this water has been, ponder who it has helped and what it has supported. Consider the many ways it might serve you. It is after all, an integral part of everything that nurtures our physical body, from the matrix that holds together the trillions of cells that comprise us to the blood that flows through our veins.

All too often we take this life-sustaining fluid for granted, even to the point of polluting it. We should never hoard this resource because if it remains still, water will certainly stagnate. But if it’s allowed to flow, it will stay pure. Therein lies one of its many lessons.

The nature of water is not to seek the high places rising above anything else, rather water settles into the lowest of places. It beckons us in the humblest of ways to do the same. It encourages us to remain low, never seeking praise or attention. It reminds us to be receptive and respectful of everyone, particularly those who may not routinely receive such reverence.

History has graced us with role models who have practiced this humility of living while remaining low. They include Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, the Buddha, Abraham, Mohammed, Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and now, Pope Francis. We should strive to become members of this tribe of humanitarians who have dedicated their lives to the service of those less fortunate, wishing nothing in return.

With your next glass of water, silently remind yourself with each sip to nourish others in the same life-flourishing way that streams offer themselves to animals and rain delivers to plants.

Say a prayer of gratitude for this life-sustaining, always-flowing substance — our teacher. May we come to see the parallels between this precious fluid and ourselves; for as the water sustains life in harmony with everything that lives . . . so can we.

The Eyes Are The Portal To The Soul

Terry talks about how he become attuned to what the others eyes say through a lesson he learned from his son. He shares a turning point in his life when he experienced the tragic story of a child that lost his life on a football field at school due to cardiac arrest. This propelled Terry to fight to get heart defibrillators put into schools and to help make a difference.

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The Body Is Only a Temporary Vehicle

Terry explains that our physical body is on loan to us from the Universe. We must be cautious not to place too much emphasis on the rental property. Yes, the body is our temple, but we should not worship it!

Recharging Your Battery

The mind is capable of many levels of activity that span the full gamut from utter chaos and hyperactivity to serenity and peace. The commotion of the mind is analogous to the surface of a raging river as it rapidly travels downstream. Deeper in that same flowing body of water, the turbulence is less chaotic, its movement much less than that found on the surface. The deepest part, the bottom of the river, has barely perceptible motion to it at all.

Life in its hectic phase can be like the river’s rough surface churned up by the wind. Those waves represent the flurry of thoughts, the recurrent worrying thoughts stirred up by the perceived windstorms of life. The incessant nature of these streams of thought, the constant chatter generally gets us nowhere, imprisoning us in an unending eddy of discontent. If we are not mindful of its trap, we can get caught in its current as it drags us into the abyss of the turmoil that created the thoughts in the first place.

Meditation allows one to transcend limitations of the human experience. It allows one to become more reflective, coaxing us toward self-realization, ultimately enabling us to commune with the consciousness of the Divine.

When one is able to turn off the incessant internal dialogue reverberating in the mind reaching a space of quietness and serenity, it is like looking into a calm pool where one can see with absolute clarity all the way to the bottom. It is through meditation that one can find this respite, this conduit through which you can gently reach the deep recesses of the mind, arriving at the bottom where calmness prevails, a place where things are peacefully quiet.

When the sound ceases, the lessons of silence will reveal themselves.

The peace offered by achieving inner silence is cleansing in the sense of emptying and clearing one’s mind of the chatter and chaos of everyday life. It allows purification of thought, a simplification of thought, clarity of thought that, in my experience is achievable in no other way.

In The Power of Now written by Eckhart Tolle, he states, “True inner silence puts you in touch with the deeper dimensions of being and knowing. Nothing in this world is so like God as silence.”

It has been said that when we pray to God we are talking to Him. But when we meditate, that is when we hear God speaking to us.