State of elation

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In my waking breath, I start and start again this day’s long pace.

I have a choice to walk it right or throw the day to waste?

Can stay captive to the mind-noise that yesterday I fought,

or carry forth the truth set in unencumbered thought.

 

I can busy [me,] my self, in the ego-sea of [me,]

or journey to a world of those around who’ve been set free.

Can nod to no importance, ignore beauty through my eyes,

or linger in the peacefulness, seeing splendor beyond the skies.

 

If my heart is beyond shallow I won’t hear the crying sound,

I’m destined to the sadness of a horrid day gone down,

and patterns that have made Me [me,]

repeating, reseeding, a lost strategy.

 

This thing we’re all built on, truth and love and willing,

it’s time to set a new stride and keep the dark from killing.

It’s time to offer Gratitude and Loving arms embrace,

it’s time to see our lives are just a wasteland ‘cept for Grace.

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“A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.” – Rumi

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[This montage image was produced with a series of photos taken with an iPhone while imagining nothing and beginning with no idea for the outcome. It was spontaneous combustion, through the sheer joy of experimentation and exploration. A photographic doodle of sorts.]

The world of form is enlivened by our senses, without which we would have no response to life. Those senses spark emotions inside us that play with the mind and move us to communicate responses. We are the experience of our perceptions.

With all the shuttering-in we’re a part of now I thought it would be nice to post back our “Journey to 500.” A guided meditation through time, it can be a salve and a calming for our jittered state. So put on the headphones, find a gazing point and get ready for your flight into the future of your mind, your body and your soul.

 

How can I Appreciate more the the magic of living and life;
when every day seems to bring more
chaos and worry and strife?
How can I Appreciate more the gifts that my soul has in store;
by living the heart instead of the mind I now can Appreciate more.

This blogger’s thoughts on Appreciation.

more from Letter Twenty-Two “Appreciation

…One more important thing I must add: Appreciation is the
source of all joy. Joy is what appreciation feels like. Joy arises only
from within, as distinguished from happiness, which is an outer
emotion. Appreciation is the source of feeling abundance in our
lives, indeed in yours as well. Happiness is a fleeting condition, de-
pendent of situations and events. It arises through avoidance of its
opposite, sadness or disappointment. Appreciation and joy embrace
all—even so-called opposites. As soon as you link with objectless
appreciation, there is a joy and gratitude that wells up inside you,
limited only by your own openness to accept it.

“You said appreciation is the value of awareness. What does
that mean?”

Appreciation is a qualification of awareness, a quality of being.
As I’ve pointed out before, there are infinite forms of awareness,
from subatomic to inter-galactic. Our vigilan sense of appreciation
is just one more. But for us it is the defining quality of our species,
as the ego was for you. These functions are the gateways of feeling,
the ways we reach into our experiences on this Earth. They are the
value of our lives.

Copyright © 2009 by Robert Potter