“We often think that there is just one way to look at things - the way we always have. In fact, there are an infinite number of ways to look at most everything. An open mind allows for a multitude of perspectives from which to choose in any given moment. That suppleness of mind allows for true choice, and opens us to a whole new realm of possibility.”
― Jeffrey R. Anderson, The Nature of Things - Navigating Everyday Life with Grace
Awareness requires opening. Like the bud of a rose, its beauty is hidden until it opens and stretches its delicate petals to the sky. Suddenly, its fragrance comes forth. It becomes vulnerable to the vicissitudes of weather and random lovers who pluck it from its living. It is willing to give.
In like manner, you no longer need to remain closed, cloaking the stunning beauty of your soul in your running about, your ego, ambition, addictions, and your many obsessions that sate your life. When you open your heart to others, becoming vulnerable and genuine, your awakening begins. When you open your soul to the light, peace can stream forth. Your awareness can grow that we all are one, that this life, your life, has purpose and meaning, and that serenity and joy are our natural soul-state of being.
To begin, seek solitude and quiet, both in your world and in your mind. Learn to meditate/pray, to seek quietly, to center your consciousness on the mysteries of life and the wonder of the universe. Learn to breath for the first time. Open your willingness so that you may learn and expand. Let go of old concepts that no longer serve you and welcome a new awareness of your spirit and its journey. Allow your new awareness to enter your living, all parts of it, all aspects, and all nuances of who you are.
Open the questions in your heart and seek the answers within you as well as outside of you. In your opening, drink in the beauty of your unfolding. Think about your mission and the values you wish to espouse but so long ago forgot. Ponder what god you will honor, and live your life in the awareness of that god. Open the vault of your imagination, intuition, and creativity. Study the works of humanitarians and spiritual masters. There are many to guide you!
Post Script: After rereading this entry several times, I was surprised at its exhortative nature. After thinking about it, I realized this was a plea from my inner self that I must heed.