The month of March is often said to come in like a lion and out like a lamb. While this may be true in the snowy and cold states, in Hawaii the weather variable is usually only 5 degrees. Nevertheless, the idea of life being hard and then easing up is quite appealing to me. When I remember that life moves in cycles and everything changes, I am able to relax and trust that whatever is happening, no matter how difficult it may be, will pass. The gift of learning this acceptance of life has come with experience. When I was younger I always yearned for some fantasy in the future that would fill my life with immense joy. Now, I rest easy in the moment, allowing life to gently massage me with her sometimes soft caress and sometimes deep tissue strokes. I’ve let go of needing to understand the process, control it, or judge it. Instead, I am happy to be alive and enjoy life as a holy expression of the divine being in the perfect moment right now.
Sometimes life offers us opportunities to bond more deeply with other people than we normally do in our day to day lives. On January 13th, 2018 at 8:07 AM a message appeared on my cell phone saying that a missile was heading toward Hawaii and to take cover. For the next 38 minutes before the “false alarm” text came in I made a number of choices. First, I prayed together with my neighbor. Then I called my son on Maui and we shared how much we love one another. This was followed with a prayer of gratitude towards my other children on the mainland and the realization that we have such a loving connection. After this brief reflection, I then I drove to my daughter’s house and sat at the kitchen table with her, and her husband and kids. Imagining that this is the last time to see your loved ones bring a very special poignancy to the moment. Then just as suddenly as the original text of doom and gloom had come in, another text flashed across my iPhone screen. “False Alarm” it said. I quickly said a “thank you” inside for another day of life and another day to love. I will forever be bonded more closely with those I shared those priceless 38 minutes with.
Happy New Year! I love the turning of the wheel of time when the Earth completes another rotation around the Sun. This 12 month period marks the ending of one year and the hopeful beginning of another. Please join me in my New Year’s prayer for a peaceful world that works together in harmony to share Mother Nature’s resources, and love one another. I trust that Spirit Divine is moving in this direction, even if at times there may be doubt that this is true. In my lifetime, I have already seen so much change for good in society and I am convinced that humanity has love deep at the core, and that this love is the most powerful force in the universe and can bring miraculous changes. May your New Year be blessed and may you know that you are love.
December brings thoughts of gift giving and receiving. But perhaps the greatest gift of all is simply the gift of giving time and attention to another. During the busy holiday season there may be a tendency to rush or squeeze too much into the day. I invite you instead, to slow down and take a minute to reflect on your inner light and let go of the external world while breathing in a sense of deep peace. Then from this place of inner connection reach out and share your heart, time and presence with another. Let us celebrate the gifts that we are and rather than focusing on the material presents, give the gift of love instead. Happy holidays!