Peace and joy reside within your being. They also are weaved into the fabric of life and creation. They live in nature authentically and invite us to be present to remember that which we see and observe outside of us is also living within us. Like a mirror reflecting our own image in various forms reminding us that we are not separate. The peace which you observe when you listen to the leaves gently clapping in the wind is the same peace that lives within you each time the breath of life moves through your lungs. The joy that you may experience as you watch two butterflies dance before you, is simply a gentle nudge to remember that joy is radiating within.
What does it mean to slow down? Well… it means just that. This week I spoke at a beautiful conference called Invisible Wounds for Health Care Professionals. Deborah MacDonald creates these beautiful opportunities for people to share and heal across the Greater Toronto Area. While I was there I slowed down and enjoyed each person I met and the energy in the room. I decided to capture the moments with my mind, body, and spirit instead of pictures. I decided to stay one more night and just enjoy the magic of being. I quietly watched the sunset and ate a wood oven baked pizza by myself. Enjoying the toppings and the flavours with each bite. I did tai chi and breathed deeply with each movement in silence as the sun lowered and watched the sky change colour as if someone somewhere was painting a picture and I got to watch it manifest in real time. I listened and felt the energy of life and the earth. I wrote what was moving through my being. I showered and took my time. I looked out the window and observed the farm across the way. The following day I drove to the farm and thanked the farmer for all of his hard work and preserving the land as it was the beautiful landscape I slept and woke up to and cried as I thanked him. I walked by a river and dipped my hands in the water. Each time butterflies came to greet me I stopped and said thank you. I went on a hike with two beautiful people and we ate lunch and I ate the most divine bread that was made from scratch with love. I listened to guided meditations and played soft music to lull me to sleep. I woke up with the sun beaming on my face calling me to watch it rise. I’m telling you this only to invite you into the awareness that you can slow down and enter the magic of what awaits you within. I could go on but by now you understand what slowing down means. Being present. Not thinking about what’s next just being. I felt this joy and peace radiate from within and wash over me.
This was the moment that I captured in the picture. The energy of being. It is always living within us. Life invites us to slow down and remember that joy and peace live abundantly within us. Never separate and never far. We just have to slow down and be. Embrace the energy of our soul that is whole and perfect just as it is. Each breath is an invitation and gift to live in the present moment.
Close your eyes and say, “Peace lives abundantly within me. I Am Peace. Joy lives abundantly within me. I Am Joy. Today I open my mind and heart to live in the vibration of peace and joy.”
May peace and joy arise from within today and surround you.
With light and Love,