Mayte's Musings

Embracing this Moment

“Every moment is a golden one for him who
has the vision to recognize it as such …”

Henry Miller

 

         Throughout life we tend to develop resources that contribute to experience a balanced, joyful life. This is a unique and personal process for each of us. One of my resources, one of my “Golden Stepping Stones to Wholeness” is to embrace each moment with the whole of myself. This came to me as the result of many challenging experiences in which I found myself focusing constantly on what had already happened when confronting a difficult situation or in other instances, giving full concentration to the future as life unfolded: my plans and potential achievements in my personal life and career became a priority. One day I became aware that today is the future of yesterday and the past of tomorrow. This transformed my approach to living.

         I have discovered that every moment can become a fresh emergence into a living reality within ourselves and the world. Each moment offers me beauty in all that is – the joy of growth and expanding understanding, the glory of action, the splendor in accomplishment.

         Living in the present gives intensity to all experience in a welcoming of happiness. Walking or resting in the midst of the wonders of nature, we can honor the situation by being fully present in the moment. When we meditate, we become part of all that is in the stillness of the golden silence. While reading a book we can vicariously live all that is a part of our growing interest. Each moment is an opportunity to be a witnessing presence, seeing what is from the depths of our being.

         A variety of ways abound to explore the nature of being mindful, embracing the present moment and becoming more conscious of life as it happens. Within them, I would like to mention just a few: Focus on just one task at the time, take time to consider the best ways to act, open space between activities, give your complete attention when someone is talking, take some moments for daily reflection or contemplation, trust in the power of now. Every moment is filled with realizations anew!

         Even though this may seem like a paradox, becoming mindful will facilitate achieving goals and enjoying life with the fullness of ourselves.

 

Photo: Bob Kline

Photo: Bob Kline

         Today, as you may find this exercise meaningful, I invite you to consider a few questions, pertinent to your own sense of living in the present: In what ways do you discover and experience the joy of living each moment? Is it possible to consider every moment as a celebration of life? How can this happen? Do you give full attention to this moment? How do you bring awareness of your thoughts and feelings in the now? Focusing in the present is a life-long adventure, a wonder-filled process!

Dwelling Together

       Perhaps sometimes we ponder about the value of a common well-being for society at large as we consider our interconnectedness. In what ways could this be accomplished for each one of us to implement as we see fit? On these reflections, it comes to mind the words of Marc Edmund Jones, founder of the Sabian Assembly, as he considered our conscious existence:

“We all dwell together in the world soul as we co-operate in common well-being by sharing what is best in ourselves and recognizing only what is best in others.”

 
       As my dear friend, Rusty Carnarius would say, “That which you focus on you strengthen.
 
       It is always a joy to share with you. May this day be filled with abundant beauty in the wonders of wholeness in living!
 
flowers

Blessings Untold

        Blessings untold shower our lives when we experience the everlasting joy and inner peace of making each of our experiences useful for our fellow human beings. Service expands through each of our acts and the potential exists for ever-broader manifestations. Life becomes a celebration of every opportunity to give as we see the act of service through the eyes of ONE Being.

        Peace Pilgrim dedicated her life to all human beings. She said,

Peace Pilgrim statue

Peace Pilgrim, Egg Harbor City NJ USA

“I looked at every situation I came into to see if there was something I could do there to be of service. I did as many good things as I could each day, remembering the importance of a pleasant word and a cheery smile. I was filled with a runaway enthusiasm to help others.”

        She invited those she met on the road,

“Concentrate on giving so that you may open yourself to receiving; concentrate on living according to the light you have so that you may open yourself to more light.”

 
        May this day be filled with the Joy of Service!

Contemplating Ideals

Hiroshima, JAPAN

Hiroshima, JAPAN

        A golden stepping stone to living in wholeness comes from a sense of direction that our ideals provide as guideposts for our actions. My life-long ideal has been and will continue to be the fulfillment of peace – peace within and peace in the world. The secret in the pursuit of an ideal is to focus on the specific facets of our lives – thoughts, actions and habits.

        Our ideals can then shape experience. By working together in the pursuit of ideals we learn that we may develop a world in common.

        In a moment of contemplation, I invite you to reflect and share with me — as you wish — how do you express your highest ideals?

 

        May this day be brightened and filled with the beauty of ideals coming into manifestation!

Peace

        A friend shares a powerful sentence that relates with intentional living which I wish to invite you to consider:

“Rather than a matter of intensity, PEACE is a matter of universal balance, order, and rhythm in harmony — between mankind … and his Planet.”
 
                    Carole Thompson, United States

 
        Be still and know that Inner Peace is here. Be still!
 

Normandy

Normandy, FRANCE

Harmony and Peace Pilgrim

      Peace Pilgrim became significant in my life in 1989 when I first attended a documentary presentation about her life and contribution. In her spiritual classic, “Steps toward Inner Peace” and her book, “Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in her own Words” she shared pearls of wisdom that decades later continue to brightly resonate in my mind, heart and soul.

      “Be a sweet melody in the great orchestration”, Peace Pilgrim highlighted in her many talks and presentations to audiences eager to listen to her understanding of harmonious living.

      Through her 28 years of pilgrimage in the United States, parts of Mexico and Canada, she dramatized that the way of peace is the way of love.

“You can only find harmony when you realize the oneness of all and work for the good of all.”

 
We are all ONE.

 

peace pilgrim

Approaching Conflict

      In an interview transmitted by WLCH, 91.3 FM in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., Charito Calvachi-Mateyko asked me, “In our relationships with others there are conflicts. Are they extraordinary occurrences that happen in our lives or something we all face sooner or later? How do we better approach conflict resolution?”

      We all have experienced conflict, to a greater or lesser degree. Conflict is natural and inevitable. Friction and conflicts have a purpose in life and they can inspire us toward more harmonious living. What varies is the manner in which we face them.

      Conflicts occur for an endless number of reasons. There may be disagreements about facts or events in specific situations. There may be a conflict in goals or objectives to be pursued or in the way in which something is going to be carried out. There may be disagreements in people’s values and ideals and in their perceptions and approach to handling situations.

      Some people or groups tend to avoid facing conflicts, as they give them a great deal of anxiety and a sense of uncertainty. Avoiding conflict does not resolve it, instead the differences which created it may tend to grow with time and the situation can become ever more difficult to solve. Others show a combative style in dealing with conflict, an opposite approach. These people can be very emotional and direct, so we always know their desires. However, by their way of dealing with the situation, they can hurt others and hinder effective communication.

 

United Nations - Geneva

United Nations – Geneva

      A third approach encourages collaboration. Here people involved in the situation work first toward establishing common goals. Attentive listening in a sincere effort to understand the other’s point of view is a critical skill for conflict resolution. It is also meaningful to make an effort to express our own thoughts and feelings in the most objective and open way. By following this approach we become interested in seeking a common peaceful solution that is favorable for all concerned. We care for what is good for the whole. Everyone wins. This is the style that enables us to peacefully resolve conflicts and to sustain harmonious relations within ourselves and with others.

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      I will be happy to share my personal approach, comments and experience – related with the attainment of inner peace – to a question you would like me to consider for Mayte’s Musings.

Personal Calling and Meaningful Living

Inspiration

Inspiration

      My friend Claudia Biacchi in Italy keeps in her wallet a card that reads:

            “How can I understand if this path is serious?”

            “By the fruits you will know the tree.”

 

      In the depths of my being, I embrace this thought:

            “My soul is lighted at the flame of unceasing aspiration.”

                  (Sabian Affirmation for Happiness)

Reaching Out to the Divine

Hiroshima, Japan      Today I’m thinking of the various ways of focusing when we wish to reach out to universal pattern: time in silence, praying, chanting, living a good life, singing, using affirmations, dancing, bowing, mindful meditation … and all the other multiple wonder-filled ways the human soul has created to express a connectedness with the Divine.

      In a recent conversation, a friend highlighted that Peace Pilgrim spoke about “praying without ceassing.” For her it meant a “Constant projection of positive thought.”
 
      What does it mean to you?

The Oneness Of All

water lilies - cropped

 

 

     All my appreciation to Harry Ha, from South Korea, living in Canada, for introducing me to Dr. Ilchi Lee and his work concerning the representation of the laws of the cosmos through the letters of the Chun Bu Kyung:

“By realizing our innate divine potential, we become one with the essence of the universe and one with creativity, peace, and love.”