What a Gift to be alive at this time on this planet!
Here in Cincinnati on this gorgeous Friday afternoon, my home is flooded with sunlight and warmth.
In my walk outside with Star, I was simultaneously listening to the birds calling to each other as they do when spring arrives AND watching my dog bury his nose in the snow that still sits here from two days ago. Our weather forecast for tomorrow shows 2"-4" of more snow arriving!
Such contrasts playing out through Mother Nature today... this weekend... this year.
After my meditation this morning, I pulled a card from my Osho Zen deck, to see what wisdom my Infinite Soul offered in the present moment and I received this beautiful word - Ordinariness.
Osho says it perfectly and so I share his wisdom here with you.
"Sometimes it happens that you become one, in some rare moment.
Watch the ocean, the tremendous wildness of it - and suddenly you forget your split, your schizophrenia; you relax. Or, moving in the Himalayas, seeing the virgin snow on the Himalayan peaks, suddenly a coolness surrounds you and you need not be false because there is no other human being to be false to. You fall together. Or listening to beautiful music, you fall together.
Whenever, in whatsoever situation, you become one, a peace, a happiness, a bliss, surrounds you, arises in you. You feel fulfilled.
There is no need to wait for these moments - these moments can become your natural life. These extraordinary moments can become ordinary moments - that is the whole effort of Zen.
You can live an extraordinary life in a very ordinary life: cutting wood, chopping wood, carrying water from the well, you can be tremendously at ease with yourself. Cleaning the floor, cooking food, washing the clothes, you can be perfectly at ease - because the whole question is of you doing your action totally, enjoying, delighting in it.
Beauty can be found in the simple, ordinary things of life. We so easily take this beautiful world we live in for granted. The most mundane tasks take on a sacred quality when they are performed with your total involvement, with love, and for their own sake, without thought of recognition or reward."
Mmmmm... so beautifully said! Thank you, Osho!
I am fascinated with time, timelines, past lives, future lives, other dimensions... this overlap and weaving that reveals how time is not linear. And so I have read many research and theory books on these topics. I am an eternal fan of Dr. Michael Newton's years of past life regression research through hypnosis and a current fan of Alba Weinman's forgiveness hypnosis sessions shared on YouTube. (amazing!!)
The consistent theme that always amazes me through all of the stories shared by individual hypnosis clients is how Ordinary their "past" lives were.
I believe many of us like to imagine that we were a famous star of a time gone by or connected to royalty or the creator of some incredible invention. And perhaps we were / are / or will be!
What this Ordinariness card offered me today was a reminder again that the gift of being a Soul in a human body is found in the ordinary moments of each day.
The conversations with our friends, the walks with our pets (or when we witness our dog NOT jumping up to chase our cat!!!), the preparation of the meals that nourish our families, the creations that flow through us in our work, the Soul's gifts that we share with our local community (and yes, perhaps one day, the world!)... Being fully present in the Ordinariness of this life I am living brings me the greatest sense of peace, acceptance, nurturing, and Love.
Delighting in the moment right here, right now, that is available for me to experience fully... THIS is where I am truly alive.
The beauty of Ordinariness is in the accumulation of fully experiencing all of these moments... one by one by one by one. Those moments become memories that are stored in our Mind - Body - Spirit and remain available to tap into in this lifetime, all lifetimes... all time as it bends and weaves.
I am living my ordinary life... and my "work" is sharing my ordinary yet extraordinary moments.
The power of technology in this time on our planet is that it allows us to be together in our Ordinariness and share the joy of life's experiences with each other!
I just completed a SO's Soul Weekend with my dear client-friend from out of town and we delighted in the healing and expansion that flows from these ordinary moments together in my home - making a meal together, meditating together, creating her Soul Self Portrait and releasing old stories together. I am holding space for two more SO's Soul Weekends before summer arrives. You will know if this experience feels in alignment for you.
And this past week, I changed the format of the monthly New Moon Circle to allow for greater alignment with my ability to be present, one on one, with those seeking support in setting intentions. This new flow feels exciting!
Okay... I am off to join the car pool line at my son's high school, ready to celebrate their week off for Spring Break! We have our list of projects around the house ready to begin, along with a few gatherings with family and friends. The beauty of this ordinary yet extraordinary life that I am creating and re-creating in each moment fills my heart.
May your weekend be joyous and abundant with many moments of Love!
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Vivienne Gerard – Teacher / Scribe / Healer / Guide / Lover of Souls and Humanity
Clearing Past Patterns to Co-Create an Empowered NOW
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