Friday, March 4, 2011

A New Earth

I'm re-reading Eckart Tolle's A New Earth for a class that begins March 15 and remembering how deeply nourishing that text is. It holds a vision that we can become aware of our deep soul nature and live from the peace of that being. In spite of all the things that demand our attention each day, we can still be connected with the wholeness that is the Source of life. No matter how we choose to place our attention as we move from task to task, there is still the hope that we'll remember that at our core we are one with all beings and one with God.

I'm heading out for a few days of R & R in warmer climes. I hope you've each had a chance to find rest this winter, too. In that rest is the hope that we'll re-member who we are and re-connect with the Source that gives us life.

Friday, February 25, 2011

During February a wonderful group of folks has gathered to talk about the book The Four Agreements. This book invites us to look at our beliefs about life to see how they either support our happiness or undermine it. Our basic beliefs are "agreements" we've made based on the way our families, schools, friends, and society have told us life is.

My agreements include "I am not an athlete" and "one can't own too many books." Each of us has thousands of these agreements which govern our automatic responses to life situations. If we have a fender bender we might respond from our "I have rotten luck" agreement, or from one which says, "accidents happen and they are no big deal." Clearly, the way we handle this situation will differ depending on the agreements which are operating.

The more aware we are of the agreements influencing us, the more control we have over our life choices. We can always choose to be happy, no matter what the situation. That choice becomes easier when we make new agreements that support happiness.

One of my new agreements is to blog more regularly, so watch for blog posts soon about the "four" agreements author Don Miguel Ruiz suggests will promote happiness for us all.