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Take Joy, Take Peace

“No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today.
Take Heaven.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant.
Take Peace.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
Take Joy.”
~Fra Giovanni Giocondo, 1513, Priest, Architect & Scholar

Tasha Tudor with her Beloved Goat

The new year being upon us, of which we celebrated the Celtic version back on November 1st, I have been dreaming and making plans for 2010. While “resolutions” seem non-conducive to success in my experience, “intentions” have a funny way of sticking around. The world seems to conspire with your higher self to pop up little reminders, reflections in the outside world that remind you internally of the intention you have set for yourself.

Mine and Serge’s intention for this coming year is to focus much more of our time and energy on our greater goals, number one being to channel and make many more spiritually inspiring creations. Whether this takes the form of videos, podcasts, ebooks, other audios or another book manuscript is something that will tell itself in time. All that I know is that, in the past, I have gotten in my own way when creating and now intend to step out of that shadowy place and let more light shine through into my work.

For all of us, there are many little moments that seem to happen to us. Things that are not created by us. We may not have asked for them, but the nature of life is that they come to us anyway. And each for some unknown reason or purpose. Yet these are the moments when it is very easy for us to lose our sense of self-knowing, or connection and faith in the spirit. As a sensitive, I can say that I have more of these experiences than most.

What can you do then, when the external world comes crashing into your inner world? How can you answer back as the will and actions of other people seem intent upon derailing you and turning you from your chosen course?

The answer is, of course, to go within yourself. The joyful and peaceful moments that you have known in the past and will know in the future are all there within you, waiting to be accessed. The well is bottomless and filled with all that you need, at all times. I know, simply going within, like so many things, may sound very easy and may yet be very difficult, depending on the situation and challenges that you are faced with. But it can be done.

You can train yourself to connect with peace at any time or place. As it is, the bulk of our thoughts and behaviors as an individual have been learned by us over time. And each behavior, in turn, has now become a reflex, our default reaction to a given situation.

In that same way, finding peace and joy in challenging moments can be learned. All that we need to do is to practice. Practice breathing and turning our awareness within. Practice quieting the mind and focusing on a mental image that brings us joy. Practice closing our mouth and learning to listen instead. These intentions will bring you closer to true awareness and presence in every moment, allowing you to fully experience the best of every situation and therefore gain a deeper intimacy with life’s lessons. Choose to be fully present in your life, with joy and with peace.

On the days when my intentions seem to somehow get overrun by things unbidden, traumas and trivialities in the outside world, I must remember to take joy in all that I am able to create. To take joy in my inner connection and use it to better myself, my family and humanity, to the best of my abilities.

In remembering to stop, breath, quiet and listen, I am much more able to find that kindling spark of joy in each experience that I have. I intend to keep my focus sharp and honed in on the divine within myself and my actions. I intend to allow my own unique joy to come to light and be set free into the world. My wish for you is that you take the joy that I offer of myself and that you find the inspiration within you to offer the same.

In loving memory of Tasha Tudor, a light and inspiration to my childlike soul.