There is a beautiful oak tree right outside my office window – and that itself is a blessing. When I began working here the blinds were always down and it wasn’t until the days began to get shorter that I began opening them up to let more light in. That’s when I realised I could see this Cathedral. It is a beautiful building; a sign invites people to come in to meditate. What really excites me is the Chartres-style labrynth in the courtyard. Roberta Binder and I walked it after the feng shui certification course at Kingfisher. Whenever I need a boost of energy or some calmness I look out the window at the Cathedral and it is better. I am reminded of something larger than whatever is happening in the moment. This view sustains me and gives me a sense of peace.
Even when you tear its petals off one after another,
the rose keeps laughing and doesn’t bend in pain.
“Why should I be afflicted because of a thorn?
It is the thorn which taught me how to laugh.”
Whatever you lost through fate,
be certain that it saved you from pain.
A Sheikh was asked: “What is Sufism?”
He said: “To feel joy in the heart when sorrow appears.”
From: “Breathing Truth” Trans. Muriel Maufroy
I have a Kwan Yin statue by my front door. I would love this statue anywhere, but by my front door it sets the energy and the tone for my home: calm, peaceful and creative. The first thing I saw when I came out of my bedroom on this gloriously sunny fall day, was Kwan Yin bathed in golden light. It only lasted a few minutes, so a few minutes earlier or later and I would have missed it. Or, perhaps I would have been up but already caught up in something and it wouldn’t have struck me as something so gorgeous. Life is so often like that: a combination of opportunity and receptivity for finding what is beautiful in the moment.
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