Embrace Change and Appreciate the Moment

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In a single moment, light can illuminate a space that has been darkened for eternity…

You are truly limitless – your very nature is one of never-ending pure potential. So remember, whenever you believe that you have become static, stuck or think that every day is just going to bring more of the same – then you can be certain of this essential truth: you are afraid of something and that something has yet to be faced.

While you may fear the unknown and resist change, these are both losing propositions as this is precisely what life has to offer. One way or another – change is the one aspect of your life you can count on, and the unknown is exactly what awaits. I share an equation with you that has never been proven wrong, and I’m equally certain that it never will – it is better to embrace change, as you will suffer in direct proportion to the degree to which you resist.

Change is built into the very fabric of the way things are, and so there is every reason to embrace impermanence, for doing so is to embrace reality as it is. Moreover, you are not in control over the rate or the vector of change – and in this recognition may you be humbled.

Make plans, and plan for change – it would be foolish not to, but within those plans – plan for this: there is an excellent chance that things will not go as planned.

Don’t let fear of change deter you into remaining frozen or static, however – from relationships, to investments, to your very health – fully accept that not only does nothing last, but that is part of the grand bargain with life itself. This knowledge and embracement of change not only has a silver-lining, but also comes with an extra never-ending benefit:

When you open-heartedly accept that change is all that there really is and therefore you are not in control of the way things are, a deep appreciation, respect and gratitude begins to seep in: you begin to deeply love and fully live with what you have while you have it. You will treat yourself and others differently – you will hug your children longer, you will be less likely to quarrel.

Knowing this – go ahead – breathe it all in – life itself and all of its gifts are right here in front of you, and then exhale – knowing this life will soon be gone. Then live – breathe in again appreciating everything in your life, and repeat…exhale, releasing your resistance to losing it all once more. Embracing the reality of impermanence viscerally changes and invigorates your energy, your attitude…everything. For the better.

May you be happy, May you be well, May you be safe, May you be accepting of the way things are – peaceful and at ease.

Metta,
Michael

This moment

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This moment is the last moment, and every moment is a rebirth.

It is widely believed that which is just born, which has just come into existence, has no past behind it. Birth seen through this lens, is the condition of having no past.

And likewise, anything which now dies, which has just ceased to be, has no future left in front of it. It is widely believed that death is the condition of having no future.

These comments however defy direct experience and rationale, as it is the case that the present moment has no past or future simultaneously.

That is, birth and death are one in this present moment. This moment is just now being born – you can never find a past to the present moment, and you can never find something after it either.

Yet also, this moment is just now dying- as you could never find a future to this moment, and you can never find something after it.

This present moment then, is the synchronicity of opposites, a momentary coming together of an underlying field of infinite possibilities – an unending continuance of infinite birth and death – of being and non-being, of existence and non-existence in an eternal present.

Rest in this timeless awareness, all else that can be conceived is a mirage, a play in a forest of symbolic appearance.

– Wilbur, Ippen, Myself

Teaching and Meditation info below:

Mondays live in St. Pete 6-8 pm EST at 222 2nd St. North in the Accupuncture and Herbal Therapy Building. Tuesdays live in Sarasota at Prana Yoga 3840 S. Osprey from 6-8pm. Wednesday’s 6:30-8:30 at the Centre for Women in Tampa 305 S. Hyde Park live and online.

Dec 9-11 retreat in Denver, Colorado on the Union of love, Compassion, and Wisdom

18th Annual Ten Day Silent New Year Retreat Dec 26th-Jan. 3rd at our retreat center just South of Tampa.

May you be happy, may you be well, safe, peaceful and at ease🙏

For more info and/ or to schedule sessions with Michael, Davita or any of the other excellent counselors at Beyond Therapy or to attend classes at Mindfulness Meditation Centers:

Mindfulness Based. Wise and Inspired Counseling. In person, by phone, or Skype: 941.416.1890 or michael@mbsgroup.org

 

Limitless Compassion❤️

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Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness – they are a sign of strength. My work involves listening to thousands of stories each year involving people in pain and crisis – – many of which directly have involved you or people you know.

I know that everyone lives their own private hell and the content of their hell I neither have the luxury or privilege to value, discount or judge. I encourage you to follow my lead in that statement of truth.

Those we find to be intolerant, intolerant to everything we hold to be precious and dear, and even those who are destructive to our shared environment are those we need to show the most compassion toward. Release your anger and embrace a listening and loving conversation. Model in yourself what you wish to see in others and the world.

Lately much of what I have seen involves people discounting and even rejoicing (gloating) in others’ pain because the pain does not directly involve you or is a pain that you cannot relate. It saddens me to see such a lack of empathy from those I know who are deeply caring in other aspects of their lives. I am also energized – I know that I need to double-down on my efforts to communicate the necessity of compassion for us to live together in a shared world.

I believe everyone is worthy of compassion, even for those who victoriously gloat in the face of others and falsely believe that they themselves will not experience the result of that karma. That is simply untrue with regard to the nature of reality – the cycle will continue, and like a shadow that never departs – those who do not show compassion for those who are in pain are only sowing the seeds of their own future painful harvest. You can do better. We can do better.

I don’t care whatever difficulties we have had or may have. I don’t care what you’re going through. Let’s put everything aside and practice mindfulness, compassion, and kindness together. Regardless of religion or political affiliation, race, gender or sexual-orientation – all are warmly welcomed with an open mind and an open-heart.

May you be happy, may you be well, safe, peaceful and at ease

For more info and/ or to schedule sessions with Michael, Davita or any of the other excellent counselors at Beyond Therapy or to attend classes at Mindfulness Meditation Centers:

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Calm the Storm

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Nothing is worth sacrificing your peace of mind for. Yesterday is what it was. Today is what it is, and tomorrow will be what it will be.

In any given moment there are precisely two things happening – there is what is happening and there is your relationship to what is happening. Please calm yourself, you are responsible for the latter.

Awaken, heal, grow and mature. Empower yourself – no one is controlling your emotions, only you are responsible for the way you feel. Don’t waste a moment in either anger or despair. You may not be able to control a situation, but you are responsible for how you let it affect you, and how you let it affect you depends on your level of conscious awareness. If you are being dramatically affected by events that appear to be coming from outside of you then the apparent event is a teaching pointing you in the areas that you need to grow.

Be careful how you to attempt to influence others – resist sharing anything but love and compassion – you will never regret refraining from ill-will and a divisive tongue. You will always find solace in a peaceful mind and speech that heals. Be a lamp for those who need light, a bridge for those who need to cross over, a resting place for the weary.

Don’t run from yourself, don’t blame another. There is no other when there is no division within. To heal, place your hands on your heart, forgive yourself, and fully embrace this moment as it is, welcome this reality as if you had chosen it yourself – as a reminder, as a teaching. The moment you truly do this it will be as if a miracle had entered your life, as if providence had directly intervened on your behalf.

Infinite causes and conditions have gone into and make up every moment of your life. Everything is perfect just as it is, only the mind of fear says otherwise. All things ebb and flow in this infinite expanse of time and tide. Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists.

Difficult times are the measure of your good heart. Don’t run away from the work to be done. Look around you – the sun has risen, you are a fully endowed human being with a beautiful mind and a loving heart – you are free. Take stock, pause, be grateful, how many would live and love to be in your shoes even on this day? This moment is not an ending, this moment is a beginning. Be gracious, don’t bring things to a painful point – humble yourself and respectfully congratulate and offer the victory to others. Your Awakening depends it, it is in your interest to let go, to not react unconsciously and surrender any ill-will.

As with a lotus flower, you have the ability to rise from the muck, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.

Nothing in this world of illusion can protect you from suffering – only your very nature – tapping into and opening up to your unbridled and limitless pure potential can save you from stress and suffering.

For Refuge, for true protection – it is time to look within. Calm the storm – take a deep breath in, then breathe out – release the excessive flow of thoughts and attachments to the past and future without agenda. Relax into the present moment. Rest again and again at the end of each exhalation. At ease at ease, at ease with any unease. Come home. There is nothing worth sacrificing your peace of mind and good heart for.

Monthly retreats live and online from the Ellenton/Palmetto retreat center.

For more info and/ or to schedule sessions with Michael, Davita or any of the other excellent counselors at Beyond Therapy or to attend classes at Mindfulness Meditation Centers:

Mindfulness Based. Wise and Inspired Counseling. In person, by phone, or Skype: 941.416.1890 or michael@mbsgroup.org

For meditation classes and retreats:

www.mindfulnessmeditationcenters.com

To watch either live on-line or recorded classes please contact: davitamoodley@gmail.com for more info.

To love is to recognize ourselves in one another ❤️

“Don’t call anyone a devil, because within you, you can experience hell and the devil, and the devil is nothing, but you!” -Michael Bassey Johnson

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We always have the opportunity to focus on what is tearing us apart, or on what is keeping us together – it is this very perspective that makes us great – we will not be made “great again” in any other way. Where there is love there will be peace and there will be life.

We need to stop lying to our souls. If you want to understand the world you must turn away from it and look within. I have learned more from the darkness of my life, then from the light in any classroom. Perhaps we fall down, because we were supposed to find something in our depths.

Prideful ignorance is our deepest secret.

It is one of the scariest things to come to terms with, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don’t know it or don’t want to admit it – this is pride.

Reveal yourself…

If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your own belief system, if you have never deeply questioned yourself, and if you have no wish to do so, then you are being both proud and ignorant.

Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who, in your opinion, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic, honest, heartfelt conversation.

It will do you both a world of good.

The deeper you go into yourself the more you realize when you point the finger and blame others for how you feel that you become your own worst enemy. The mind becomes much more beautiful when a man can begin to admit to his own confusion and admit to the internal division between his spiritual beliefs and his daily speech and actions…

There’s just something unsettling about studying your prejudices. Maybe it’s that when you reflect into your own mind, you don’t see what you wish to see—or glimpse something that you wish weren’t there.

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May you be happy, may you be well, safe, peaceful and at ease.

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