I’ve read it before, but yesterday it jumped out at me: “Having the life you want by being present to the life you have.” This caption is printed across the bottom of the cover to The Book of Awakening, an offering of daily meditations for awareness. “Having the life you want by being present to the life you have.” It has played over and over in my mind. I’m a firm believer that signs and messages come to us in the most ordinary of ways, every day of our life–and here was a very clear one.
As if that wasn’t enough, I sat down this morning to read some of the “O” magazine that arrived yesterday. Two more messages came, offering further contemplation and perhaps a sense of peace nestled within. The first, a woman who shares “Five Things I Know for Sure About Aging.” Number one–the more we try to look young, the older we feel. It’s the same message isn’t it? Be who you are. Learn to love where you are in life. From here we naturally want to add: See the good in your life. But message number three makes clear it’s not all about joy and sunshine: Embrace the beast within. We are each made up of both beauty and beast.
Bringing these three messages together naturally leads to the spiritual journey (doesn’t everything though?). One of our greatest challenges here in Earth school is to live empowered, seeking out our own authenticity and living fully in who we are. As long as we focus on someone else’s life, youth, beauty–then we miss the experience of ourselves. THIS is the journey my friends.
Being present in the life you have doesn’t mean it’s all peaches and cream. What it does offer is an honest perspective of who you are, how you feel, what you desire and the deepest, most intimate truths of yourself. Trying to “look young” or even “stay young” equates to trying to always “be good.” So unrealistic for a human being–and what IS “being good” anyway? Aren’t we really here to be the best of ourselves? Perfectly imperfect? As for the “beast within”–that’s true for all of us. Understanding and accepting this removes the necessity of “being good,” does it not?
What I would love for each of us today is to embrace ourselves as living the life we are meant to live, having the challenges meant to strengthen us, aging and maturing with grace and elegance, and being who we truly are–all without apology or regret. We are Divinely engineered loved ones, by the greatest Architect there is. The truth of it lives within, waiting for us to awaken to its presence and power. Listen, for you will hear its voice…..deep within the whispers of your heart……