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When They Sleep

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When They Sleep

All people are children when they sleep.
There’s no war in them then.
They open their hands and breathe
in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them.

They pucker their lips like small children
and open their hands halfway,
soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters.
The stars stand guard
and a haze veils the sky,
a few hours when no one will do anybody harm.

If only we could speak to one another then
when our hearts are half-open flowers.
Words like golden bees
would drift in.
— God, teach me the language of sleep.

~ Rolf Jacobsen ~

(The Roads Have Come to an End Now, translation by Robert Hedin)

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When you completely accept this moment,

when you completely accept what is,

the compulsion to think, lessens.

And, is replaced by an alert stillness.

You are fully conscious, yet the mind

is not labeling this moment in any way.

This state of inner non-resistance

opens you to the unconditioned consciousness

that is infinitely greater than the human mind.

This vast intelligence can then express itself through you

and assist you both from within and without.

That is why, by letting go of inner resistance,

you often find circumstances change for the better.

Am I saying – enjoy this moment, be happy?

No.

Allow the such-ness of this moment, that’s enough.

Surrender is surrender to this moment, not to a story

through which you interpret this moment,

and then try to resign yourself to.

Can you accept the is-ness of this moment, and

not confuse it with a story the mind has created around it?

~Eckhart Tolle~

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Opinions

“Whose opinion matters?”

That was this week’s powerful question.   I looked up the definition of opinion: “a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.”

Now realize how many of us have formed our identity or parts of it, based solely on the opinion of another. That’s quite a lot of power given to something lacking in certainty.  This then becomes the inner tyranny of an opinion blindly accepted as reality.  All the more reason why this is an important question: whose opinion matters?

My first point here – an opinion is just that, it’s not truth.  And the second point, we could whittle down all expression as having two basic premises.  One premise is, it’s based in love, and the other is that it’s a crying out for love.  It’s then worth asking – whose opinion matters and which opinion matters?  Is it expressed in love or is it a crying out for love?

Consider ignoring any expression that isn’t founded in love, including your own inner commentary about yourself.  Next time you or I hear that little voice (yours or others) that gives you a little kink in the solar plexus, realize your body just sounded the alarm – you are believing something that is untrue.  And, we hold all the power and the freedom to choose anew.

In today’s atmosphere of politics and freedom, realize there is no greater inner tyranny then to blindly legitimize anyone’s conclusions concerning us.  More important then who is running the country, whose opinion is running us?

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