Do you remember having an encounter that seems to capture you but yet releases you? It is difficult to describe actually. When I tried explaining it to myself I thought of the replacement of the wolves in Yellowstone Park. A beautiful creature is moved from a place of danger from its environment as well as a danger to its environment. They are captured and then take to a safer place… captured yet release into a place that provides and protects.
What are some of the words that capture you today? Are they words that release you or are they words that restrict you?
Here are some that have been in my thoughts this morning… happiness, sadness, hope, fear, trust, peace, stillness, contentment, and perception.
Each have separate meaning yet many of them seem to be intertwined with each other. Sometimes they seem so desperate for meaning, as if they are too limiting. However, here is where I presently reside with each of them.
Happiness and sadness – emotions that are attached to the present. They are based on how we feel at the moment based on our interpretation of the current environment we find ourselves in…
Hope and fear – emotions that connect with the future. They are dependent upon our perspective view of life and potential events. Our perspective view is going to determine which one of these is going to be the dominant emotion. It is the farthest away from our present situation yet it seems to be one that dictates how we live with the present emotion.
Trust - an emotion that sees the living around us and either causes us to hold on tightly to what we have held on to for so long or causes us to let go to explore the possibility.
Peace – it is the undercurrent that holds up our present emotion. When our peace becomes thin the more turbulent the “waters of our soul” becomes and allows us to drift to the more unsettling perceptions.
Stillness and contentment – the bonds that create trust. When we encounter someone that personifies these two traits alone there is something within us that says that we can dwell in trust. These are the two arms that hold us as we let go of our present emotion of self-doubt.
Perception – the hand that holds the key to our freedom of being or locks us in a cage of negativity. This is the emotion that determines which one of the present time and future time emotions that we will choose from.
John O’Donohue writes in his book Eternal Echoes, the following:
“One of our sacred duties is to be open and faithful to the subtle voices of the universe which come alive in our longing.”
No matter our faith or non-faith… our age, race, or gender… our economic status of having or wanting… the words that we choose to reside with this morning will determine the perception that we have throughout the rest of the day. And what word we choose to reside with is determined by the perception that we have at this moment.
Namaste…… shalom…. Peace and Light…