Okay, so I am sharing this from my office surrounded by piles of to-dos with hard (not soft) deadlines. But I am so grateful for this wisdom from the Daily Om today. Well, actually it hit my inbox fourteen hours ago … sigh … but the point is, folks, I finally took a moment to breathe and sift through the host of e-mails to find the one with the perfect dose of wisdom for me.
This reminder is right on time (also known as the Divine time). The time when I needed to receive the message the most. May just go tiptoe through the tulips for a moment or three before settling back into my to-dos. Now, it is far more likely they’ll actually get done; and get done well, with a clear, settled mind, open heart and willing spirit … and also in a timely manner now that I’ve paused to breathe in the fullness of life, a life that requires at least as much play as work.
This life, when well lived, includes plenty of room to be young at heart; to laugh and to play early and often! And so it is. See you on the playground. Last one to the swings is a … well, you know the rest. 🙂
Relax, have fun, swing, be well.
“Giving ourselves the time and space to play allows us to unite with the parts of ourselves that are often lost in our grown-up world. So often our lives become bogged down with responsibilities that seem to bind us to everything but the present moment. We worry about what we’ve done in the past or fret about our future prospects. But when we play we learn to relinquish our fears. By connecting to the youthful part of ourselves, we tap into our ability to remain in the flow of the moment. What people think of us or the things we are afraid of dissolve as we connect to the part of us that is truly free. By letting yourself play today you will discover the freedom of the present moment.”
This post appeared originally at inkwellchicks.com, a Web site co-owned by of one of my oldest and dearest friends and Sorors, Barbra Watson Riley. The site chronicles her life and experiences on her journey through breast cancer and the highs, lows and wisdom moments along the way. I had the great fortune and blessing of surprising her last week with my best friend and some of her best friends and supporters on her last day of radiation. CANCER FREE!
When Red Ink Michele and I started this blog, it wasn’t really about the breast cancer lane. Our thought was it would chronicle 2 friends “of a certain age” going through various mid life twists and turns, and how we handled the journey of lifelong friendship. It just so happens that the twist of breast cancer kind of “took over”, and directed our journey. As so often happens, this weekend I was reminded that life is happening at lightening speed all around me. A friend back east passed away after just being diagnosed with breast cancer…in January. When I got the news, I must be honest. It scared me…a lot. Another friend revealed she might have a different cancer. A 3rd friend is having some major health issues with her child. It took my breath away. But then I was guided via Twitter, to a blog posting of one of my best friends, T. Marie, entitled “The Joy of One Simple Breath”. (see http://www.bythespirit.net). This particular sista-friend I have known since high school. Same College, same Sorority. She has provided me with so much over the years. This weekend was no different. She doesn’t even know her words affected me. It was, and is, exactly what I needed to read. In part, it said…
“Remember to breathe today. Use the joyous life cycle of one deep, conscious breath to return to the present moment; the space where Spirit dwells and your divine and creative power thrives. When in doubt (or fear, or confusion, or anger, or unforgiveness, or pain, or hate, or judgment or [insert constricting, limiting thought or emotion here]), stop and take a breath!”
So, I have 3 more treatments to go. “Life” is still happening all around me. I may be “burnt up”, praying for others’ strength, and taking care of a sick 9 year old.