40 Days: 022210-D6.0

Good morning. It is 5:46 a.m.

I open today with a poem, or really a greeting of the day, that brings me strength:

Waking up this morning I smile,
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
And to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

I open with this today because I must remember that each moment, no matter how busy it may be filled with duties and responsibilities, is filled with opportunities to be more understanding, more charitable, more patient, more loving.

I resume my “normal” schedule today with teaching, a full day of classes for the first time in two weeks. What does that mean? Derailment for me? A return to old habits to “get through” the challenges I face?

For the first time in many years, I do not dread the return of a normal schedule; I welcome it. Give me the day in all its glory and let me live it more genuinely as I was meant to do. Allow me to accept the challenges with a renewed patience and understanding, and allow me to use those challenges as opportunities to provide strength to others as they may need it, now or in the future.

Last night, I started a new project as part of my 40-day journey. I purchased a small piece of basswood and some carving knives, and I have begun the process of carving small Ankh crosses. It is a wonderful activity for meditation and focus, where I am learning the gentle practice of discovering beauty that lies hidden and within. After I finished my first carving session (I will provide pictures in a future post), I don’t believe I have ever felt so calm. Despite the world moving around me at the same speed, filled with the same individuals and the same challenges, my approach and my responses were not filled with emotion, were not reactionary, were not defensive. Instead, there was a rhythm to the evening, a flow that allowed me to be more of an observer than a participant.

I am grateful for the stillness.

Enjoy your day, all 24 hours of it, with eyes of compassion.

2 thoughts on “40 Days: 022210-D6.0

  1. Rus,
    It’s been a while since we’ve talked but I’ve been following this blog and many of your other writings while I’ve been studying in Spain. We share many thoughts in our daily lives, but the biggest thing that’s keeping me reading you is your perspective. You’re welcoming these events peacefully as opportunities, where a lot of times I feel more pressure to take advantage of things. Your inner critic commentary is especially potent for me. Keep it coming, you’re doing great! I’ll continue to read. Hope good old Centennial is holding up fine.


  2. Hey thanks, Mickey. I appreciate that! I think the inner critic is ever-present, even when we believe that it remains dormant…Several times today, I felt its push on me to compromise this journey.
    Not doing it, though. It was indeed a long day, but a blessed one nonetheless. I am grateful to read your words…They bring ME strength!
    Take care, Mickey, and keep reading/posting. 🙂


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