Monday, March 11, 2013

The Enchanted Forest

Inside me is a wheel, constantly turning from sadness to joy, from exultation to depression, from happiness to melancholy.  Like the flowers, today’s full bloom will fade and wither into despondency, yet I will remember that as today’s dead flower carries the seed of tomorrow’s bloom, so, too, does today’s sadness carry the seed of tomorrow’s joy.
                                                 -Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

Our minds are very much like an enchanted forest. We recognize that there is magic in what we believe and yet there can be times of great confusion. We can get lost in the wilderness of our revolving thoughts, the opinions of others and our varying emotions. Is happiness then an elusive state? Or, can we make a conscious decision to return there?

We have to learn to listen to the messages of our body. We have to explore our feelings in order to determine the root cause of our emotions. We have to recognize the power of our thoughts and determine how we can best use our majestic minds. We have to understand that whatever we plant has the potential to grow exponentially. We have to accept that we are in a constant process of growth and change. We have to learn to free ourselves from all that bind us and keep us from living fearlessly.

I love the image painted by Teilhard de Chardin in Hymn of the Universe when he writes, “A heavy cloak slipped from his shoulders and fell to the ground behind him: the dead weight of all that is false, narrow, tyrannical, all that is artificially contrived, all that is merely human in humanity.” If we can find a way to release all the wasted energies that keep us from realizing our true potential, we can embrace our true magnificence.

Love and blessings,



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