By Kay Packard
Spring growth and color is spell binding after the chill of winter. Hearing the birds and feeling the warmth of the sun is a welcome change. Regardless of the season, our lives are full of activity. Nature keeps busy too, in perhaps a more sensible way. Take notice of nature.
What happens when you ignore the caution sign to slow down but you keep your foot on the accelerator? I know; it’s not a pretty sight. With practice we can experience ease and tranquility as routine?
Let’s start with our minds. Our minds manage our bodies. Our thoughts determine our outer experiences. Our minds need to be trained to concentrate and focus so that we can free ourselves from the excessive chaos. Yes, nature has her torrential storms which support the cycle of life – death and regeneration. Some storms may appear as chaos, and can create pandemonium in our lives, if we allow it. How we see ‘it’ is key.
Do you choose to see the light or the dark, the happy or the sad, the peace or the turmoil? Or neither? I’m not proposing that there is a right answer. I am suggesting we notice how we ‘see things’ in our lives. Looking at something slightly differently may bring a new level of peace and calm to any situation.
A Course in Miracles is a curriculum to learn to see differently. With Spring time a midst us, I wanted to share one excerpt from Lesson 189. “Be still, and lay aside all thoughts of what you are and what God is; all concepts you have learned about the world; all images you hold about yourself. Empty your mind of everything it thinks is either true or false, or good or bad, of every thought it judges worthy and all the ideas of which it is ashamed. Hold on to nothing. Do not bring with you one thought the past has taught nor one belief you ever learned before from anything. Forget this world, forget this course, and come with wholly empty hands unto your God.”
Just for a moment consider this simple instruction above. If we allow our selves to, just for an instant, let go of everything, and sit in the present moment, we will get a glimpse into our true nature from a new perspective. With an empty mind, watch your Spirit bloom.