August 2011

Dear Friends,

I have been thinking about you and myself a lot in the last few weeks. I like letting my thoughts wander. I actually love thinking and waiting for my thoughts to reveal more clarity. Do you also have moments like these?

The ways our thoughts have with us are fascinating: they hang around in our heads, waiting for us to get in tune with them and with ourselves. Is it important for us to understand events, thoughts and people straight away? Or is it all right to let things evolve and for us to evolve with them? Acting in harmony with what is right for us has always been the most important thing to do. What occurs very often though is that we act out of impatience. I won’t go into the benefits of patience; you know my position about it. I prefer to insist on clarity and better vision in our own circumstances.

Our main problems originate in thoughts that we do not comprehend. However, what we do understand can be explained and we are able to make decisions about it. It is then easy to move on and go further with our queries and our life in general. What we do not figure out leaves us with uncertainties, misunderstandings, conflictive thoughts and doubts, etc.

Where is the solution? Is there one? It is up to us to decide what we need and what we do not. We need very little, right? When I travel I can see that much better than when I am in a settled environment: I get by with so little. Life is a journey; sometimes it does look like a short one, at other times it seems rather long. Whatever the distance, let us make it as nice as we can, as colourful as possible and with as little extra baggage as imaginable. That permits us to walk the path with more leisure. It will definitely appear much lighter as we won’t worry about dead, avoidable weight.

We have all seen beautiful spider nets: they are a perfect organisation and an amazing structure with even quality. Cobwebs, hanging in forgotten and dusty corners, are a very different thing. We have freedom of choice: we can let things develop into untidy grey knots or keep building precision with an aim of achieving symmetry. We need to interact with both and deal with what we can at a given time. Order and mayhem are a necessary part in our lives. Cleaning up messy dead ends is always a positive option as transparency becomes the result, quite obviously .Depending on our emotions of the moment we choose to deal with dark issues or enlightening ones. We need duality in the same way that nature also does with changing weather for example: hot and cold days, different light patterns with mornings and evenings, trees with or without leaves and so on. We understand these movements; we observe them daily. In a way we, like nature itself, create disorder to make order again, just like the seasons repeat themselves. It is not only about recurrence though. We learn to adapt in other ways, to prevent, to adjust and to play with change in our own life situations so that we fit better into them or at least get the feeling of flowing with them in some sort of harmonious inner agreement.

You see, as I move around amongst other people, different countries, new belief systems and curious attitudes, I observe myself and my own behaviour. How do I fit in? It is a matter of being comfortable with myself but also at ease with others in their surroundings. Quite a task! If I don’t succeed, I might become uncomfortable and have a bad time. If I manage my own reactions in an unfamiliar environment, I gain more understanding of myself and the people I am meeting in new
places. This is so good for me and gives me ideas and confidence for other times in even more complex situations.

Do you think others should adapt to us or we should adapt to our surrounding world? I let you ponder this one.

My life, like yours is beautiful and a huge challenge. I want so much more and look forward to achieving some of it. Good luck to all of us with our endeavours for a good and even better life ahead.

As a story, I have chosen the following text with the theme: Cultivating inner clarity in a world of confusion, by “Daily Om”:

If we can locate the stillness at the centre of our hearts, we can find composure in almost any situation.

People who maintain their sense of calm when things around them are in a state of flux and confusion are always wonderful to be around. We feel calmer just being near them, as if they have activated our own sense of inner peace. From them we learn that we can be calm, even when everything around us is in turmoil, because we know that no matter what happens, this inner sense of calm will help us to function well. Often, times of confusion are the times that enable us to find that part of ourselves that knows how to cope, and how to be a light to others in the storm.

If we allow ourselves to be thrown off balance by every piece of disturbing news that comes our way, we may be relying too much on our emotions. On the other hand, our thoughts may also be unreliable at times like these, as they chatter on endlessly about what might happen next. If our feelings and thoughts activate one another in a hectic way, then we become caught up in the confusion that surrounds us. However, if we can locate the stillness at the centre of our hearts, we can find composure in almost any situation. In addition, we provide a safe place for our friends and family, who are also prone to taking on the confusion of a world in flux.

It helps to remember that we don’t need to completely understand what’s happening right now, nor do we need to be able to predict the future. Most of us just want to find our way to being at peace with whatever happens, and we can find this peace inside. Cultivating our inner clarity with meditation, journaling, and reading words that inspire us, will lead us to that place inside us that’s already there, just waiting.

The photo for you today is the following one, where the shadows and the rays of light intertwine and let us see what the light shines on. In our lives we can guide that light to objects and people of our choice.

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In love and light and sensible choice
Mariana