TODAY MOVE WITH PURPOSEFUL INTENTION

Today move with purposeful intention and gentleness through your world keeping one small but delicious goal in mind – look for beauty and you will find the quiet voice of the Divine.  

We push down the river, swim against the current, run forcefully around the track.  We compete, we compare, we exhaust ourselves into some big daydream and ‘should’ ourselves into doing and saying and being. Or the opposite occurs and we find ourselves so overwhelmed we can’t move. We hibernate, become reclusive and sometimes the dark cloud of depression cloaks us like a vial. We cannot see it is so dark. Can we just be okay with who we are? Can we embrace where we are? Isn’t it enough to rise up strong and tall every morning and greet the day? Some days I wonder what will bring me back, wake me up or change my state? I cannot do it alone. I close my eyes to quietly meditate and the floodgate opens after only minutes. Thoughts come overflowing into my mind tumbling over one another like puppies wrestling on a bright green lawn. Barking, nipping at me and carrying on, doing their best to get my attention and pull me away from my quiet solitude. ‘Spend time on me’, ‘think about me’, and ‘process me’ each one cries. Another thought comes bolting from behind a bit related but not really distracting my mind even more. More thoughts bully their way past the first two. ‘Quiet‘ I say. ‘Hush’ I plea as I work so hard to practice a quiet meditative mindfulness. My humanness evident, I can’t do it – it takes a constant commitment to still the mind even for short moments.
 
In the flurry of thought after thought and this feeling that I will never fully quiet this old mind of mine I open my eyes and there just beyond where I like to sit in stillness is the most beautiful potted dahlia almost neon orange and pink combined. Leaves some of the darkest green I have ever seen. The periwinkle blue pot pulls a hint of blue in the petals. It is absolutely striking. In an instant the beauty I rest my weary eyes upon brings me back to a still quiet grateful heart and mind. My mind is soothed like a luscious balm rub gently into weary muscles. I acknowledge every second of the moment and pray that it lingers on and on. With eyes fixed on the dahlia out of nowhere, or was it out of somewhere, the tiniest little bird with a hint of blue in her wings flies gracefully towards the dahlia and rests on a stem. As she drinks a sip of dew she monitors her surroundings. Perhaps she has seen the back yard cat that likes the dahlia too. She is so fragile and so delightful my eyes tear thinking that she has come to join me. She too notices this incredible beauty. I am awed by her incredible beauty. In her tininess I can tell she is wise, grateful, lovely – ‘welcome sweet friend’ I whisper. In an instant my mind is washed clean and it empties.  In this absolutely beautiful, breathtaking moment I recognize the Divine's gift. I am not alone, I am safe, I am loved. There is nothing more that I need. My heart is full, I am hopeful, I am faithful and I am grateful for the splendor all around me. Forever grateful I took the time to notice. 

Today move with purposeful intention and gentleness through your world keeping one small but delicious goal in mind – look for beauty and you will find the quiet voice of the Divine.  

Laurien Hamilton