Cosmic Insights for June 2018

 Life is rarely as straightforward, or as black and white, as we might like it to be. Although most of us accept the unknowable nature of life, considerably less of us embrace this fact joyfully! Of course, it’s reality, so resisting it doesn’t change anything, but we are human and rarely take the logical approach! Indeed, even when we feel we have reached an enlightened state of awareness, those human quirks and nuances make sure we’re reminded of our human-ness on a regular basis. There is nothing wrong with this of course, but it can be frustrating to be constantly brought back down to earth with a bump when we’re gliding along with the currents of life.

Yet, life is unknowable and many of us take it for granted. I know I took my good health for granted until the day I couldn’t any more. I took walking in the woods and meandering along the beach for granted, after all, why wouldn’t I? It’s only now I realise what a privilege it is to be able to do such things. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I savoured every single moment and connected so deeply with every footstep and every grain of sand. Of course, hindsight is only ever useful in hindsight as I can’t change what’s already happened, but it’s certainly woken me up and made me realise just how much I still can do. Admittedly, I am still reminded of the things I cannot do, but I can choose to let that realisation crush me or I can acknowledge it and find new ways to flourish and thrive. Life rarely turns out as we expect it, but we don’t have to sink when the rug gets pulled out from beneath our feet, we can learn to flex, adapt and adjust. Yes, this takes time and it takes courage, but life is too precious to squander focusing on ‘if only’s’ and ‘what if’s’. I learned that the hard way!

It’s also important to realise that the paths we walk are full of pot-holes, dead-ends and unchartered terrain and it’s these that enable us to grow and evolve. We can allow ourselves to grow angry and frustrated because of this, but what purpose does it serve other than to consume our souls with toxicity? As I recently wrote in a newsletter: ‘from challenge comes courage, and courage illuminates the soul with grace and beauty’. We are all human beings, but being human, being truly alive and living whole-heartedly takes great courage. It’s important to remember to try to make the most of life, to acknowledge our gifts, to grow through challenge and to allow the light within our hearts and souls to shine brightly. Although in many ways we walk alone, we are never truly alone as there are always others walking the path towards conscious and compassionate living. It seems vital now to focus on the things we have in common rather than the things that divide us and to offer genuine loving kindness to ourselves and others without condition or expectation. Perhaps the biggest gift we can give is in allowing our true natures the freedom to flourish and reach up towards the sunshine.

The more we can live in the moment, the more we can connect with the joy within our own hearts and souls. Joy isn’t a force to seek out as it’s within us already, we just have to acknowledge it. Whilst we don’t know what’s around the next corner, this doesn’t mean we should shrink and focus on the possible finiteness of our existence. The opposite should be true as we should use this knowledge to make the most of every single moment from walking in the woods to meandering along the beach.  Once we have the courage to embrace the magic of life, life embraces us and opens up new doorways and opportunities.

For now, I wish you all kinds of wonderful.

With love,