Jan 13 2010
Welcome to the promise of 2010, a new year, a new decade. The feelings of potential are wonderful to relax into and to cherish.
I know that life challenges will arise, and have solutions as to how to deal with these.
1) Arise early in the day to write my Daily Prayer For Healing
I write prayers in order to open myself at all times to the Divine. Maybe I am one who needs constant reminding. But writing prayers is an exercise in discipline and creativity. It is an excellent writing practice.
Already this year, 1/6/2010, I lost my beloved dog, Mukunda. Writing daily prayers has eased my sorrow, and helped me to face the grief head on.
2) Walk every day with my dog
I now have one dog whose name is Ulysses, who is pictured here. . We go on many walks, we play ball, and Ulysses loves to play “stick,” as well. Ulysses, by the way, took the passing of Mukunda very well, because Muki died in my arms with Ule observing. Say what you will, but animals take death in stride. They seem to innately know that death does not exist, and nothing ever dies.
3) Play my violin at least three times a week
I have been doing well so far with this on. We found a wonderful drummer who plays with us, and we are planning to do a gig for Saint Patrick’s day!
4) Communicate with like-minded people
This is an easy one. Onine and offline, I have friends who I may or may not see eye to eye on all things, nevertheless, we love each other.
5) Commit to loving thoughts continuously
This is my favorite Intention of all. Every moment of every day, we have a choice in what we think and how we think. We can choose love or we can choose fear. I believe a meditation practice is powerfully helpful in automatically choosing love over fear.
6) Allow all the good in the Universe to be my constant companion
This one is easy as long as I have a dog in my life. All the good in the Universe is contained in all the dogs I have ever had. Since dogs are the greatest companions known to hu-mans, then Love is the natural outcome of these wonderful friendships.
What happens if I don’t have a dog?
I’ll have to go out into the world and find one!
7) See the good in all the people, all the time
I am getting better and better at this one. Yes humans can do some pretty stupid things that end up being amazingly unloving. These things are done out of ignorance.
Forgiveness is the only answer.
See the good in every situation
Let us say I have a particularly challenging situation arise. I have a choice, whether to emphasize the drama of the story, how “awful” it was or is; or I can choose to see all of the blessings from everything that happened.
I choose the latter!
9) Seek balance in solitude and the company of people
It’s all too possible to be alone too much, or be with people far too much. Seeking balance in these and all things is my wish for the New Year.
10) Cherish the time that I have here on Planet Earth
Every moment is precious. Love it. Live it. Experience it. Do not run away from it.