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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Radiant Rose Quartz Necklaces

SparklingSistersSJ on Etsy just made this rose quartz treasury.  I thought I'd share it because every single necklace on it is beautiful! My rose quartz "Immeasurable Love" mala is second from the bottom on the lower left.


Everyone have a great day and enjoy the early, early fall weather.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Combat Sadness and Fear with Joy- "Watering the seeds of Joy"

A moment of joy on an island—"Watering the seeds of joy"



This post is hard to write.  I've been very aware for months that today would be the 10th anniversary of 9-11.  I've been trying to integrate my feelings about it with my actions and what I read and hear on the radio.  I'm aware that on a very deep level we've chosen today to feel so much of the grief and loss that we've lived with for ten years.  I think all of us feel sad—for those who were lost and those who loved them, for the years of war we've lived with since then, and for ourselves.

It feels like ten years ago we truly lost our innocence. My children don't know of a world when we weren't at war, just as as a child I didn't know anything other than a world with Vietnam constantly showing bodies on the TV news. But horrible as that was, this feeling of a loss of safety has lasted longer.

What do we do with this change in the world?  What have you done? So many people have started vibrant things in reaction.  Meetup.com started in response to 9-11. (Here's the founder's blog entry about their start.)

I attended a retreat with Thich Nhat Hahn shortly after 9-11.  For five days he spoke of how to regain our feelings of safety.  In his way of thinking, we were wounded and needed to comfort ourselves.  Deep listening and deep hearing were two tools he taught.  We learned to listen to our own pain and comfort it, and we learned to listen and truly hear the feelings of others.  Only through this, he thought, could we achieve peace in the world and in ourselves. Instead of focusing on everything going on, he taught us to "water the seeds of joy".  Only by strengthening our minds could we become happier and more loving; more and more able to accept events with a calm outlook.

I thought of that today, meditating in the garden.  I planted pink zinnias last week to encourage the weak little zinnias that were coming up from seed, struggling as they were.  Water the seeds of joy. You can't just accept all the bad things that happen in the garden...you have to plant beauty.

We have to have courage to live more in love and less in fear.  Even if this takes conscious effort and a daily time set aside to "notice" our emotions and generate positive ones, we have to.  If we don't, we go the way of heart-breaking despair and disillusionment. 

You may find something objectionable in the way I've written this.  It's very easy to be sensitive to anyone's ideas about 9-11.  I hope not.  I'm just trying to suggest a way that leads to inner contentment and peace.

That can only help everyone.

Be well!