Retirement as a Spiritual Practice

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My Tenets for Retirement as a Spiritual Practice

  • Live Only for Love
  • Live Life for the Love of Life
  • Be Grateful for All That I Have AND
  • Know That All That I Have is Enough
  •  My Body Was Born To Die
    • Every Breath is a Gift from Life
    • Be Grateful, Be Happy
    • Feel Joyful, Feel Loved
  • Give Only Love and Receive Only Love
    • Love IS the Flow that Moves Through Me
    • Love IS the Energy that Heals
    • Love is the Truth, All Else is the Illusion
    • Everything that isn’t Love Dies
    • Love Can Never Die
    • Love is the Creative Force of Life.                            

My words point my reader toward an embodied experience which can only be understood when it is felt. The mind will have many arguments about these tenets…they are not for the mind. Hold these concepts in your body and feel them with your heart. Only then, will you understand how they can be true. Your experiences are welcome if you would share them.

Joy

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I had an email this morning from a dear friend. He said I seemed like a joyful person and asked me how I felt about that.

Joy, the name of the hummingbird that is the official bird of Mountain Vally Retreat. I am not always joyful. I am often consumed by the thoughts in my mind which are busy at best and stressed at worst. My joy usually comes out when I am with other people, animals, or walking or sitting outside without an agenda.

If I am alone in the house, I can become depressed feeling. It is an unregulated feeling that rises out of nowhere and creates a lethargy in my body…a feeling of laziness, lack of ambition, and lack of desire…sometimes even worry!

My joy feeling may return if I play the piano, listen to music, dance, go to the mat and stretch or meditate, read, paint, draw…anything creative or self-restorative.

I have come to believe that my joy never leaves me. It is always running as a background undercurrent which gets over-laid by stress, worry, anxiety thoughts and feelings. As soon as I clear my field of negative thought forms, ah, there it is, rising to the surface again. The trick is to clear my field of negative thought-forms and I feel as though I am getting better and better at that.

The surest way to bring myself to a feeling of joy is to practice gratitude.  When I start thinking about all of the positive experiences and people in my life I cannot help but smile and feel fortunate which leads me straight into joy.

I am alive.  I am healthy.  I want for nothing.  I am loved.  Remembering these important facts leave me helplessly in joy.

Life is Joy

I usually write in first person. After all, it’s all about me, right? However, this morning I am sharing a piece I wrote yesterday afternoon which arrived as a download. Unexpected and unsought, I was getting ready to leave the house when I had to sit down and record the words that were coming into my mind.

When this information arrived and I recorded it I had no intention of posting it on my blog. This morning, I sat here with my usual intention to do my morning page and “Life is Joy” showed up and I know this is what I’m going to share with you.

When a “download” arrives, it is different from the morning pages. The morning pages are sought. I know I’m going to sit at this laptop at 6:00 am and write something. True, I don’t know what is coming, but there is still the intention to write.

“Downloads”, as I have called them for all the years they have come to me, are usually not in the first person. They come into my mind as if someone is speaking to me. It is as if I am being told something that is for my ears only by someone who cares about my welfare.

In “Life is Joy”, it is I, not you, who is being spoken to.

Life is Joy.

Be playful.

Be free.

There is nothing important

To concern yourself with.

All these trivial pursuits

You engage your brain with,

Are merely distractions

From the Truth of Your Very Existence!

Truth is…

Nothing matters.

All that you do is Non-Sense.

All that you are is JOY.

As long as you think the Non-Sense is important

You are hiding the Truth from yourself.

The Truth that is so hard to bear.

The Truth that all you see, hear, smell, touch and taste…

All you think say and do…

Is Non-Sense…

Absolutely meaningless!

Get it?

Means nothing.

If you can find a way to feel joyful…do it!

Quit harming yourself and others

In your foolish pursuit of meaning.

Come alive each day and get chronically happy!

Live and love and be Grateful that you are Semi-Conscious.

For the morning will come…

When you will awaken to the truth

Whether you believe it or not.

You may as well enjoy life

While you still have one.

Freedom Has Wings

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I’m shifting. Some things are leaving. This fear about not having enough (money) is losing it’s grip. And the belief: “Anything worth doing makes money!” is proving itself invalid. What about a selfless act of courage? Is that worthless? What about the creation of a beautiful piece of art, a tasty meal, a big stretch? I see the value in taking a walk outside, petting my cat, talking to a friend, visiting my kids. I gain so much from tending my plants, playing the piano, painting, writing, cleaning my house.
As the grip of fear of not having enough loosens, the feeling is freedom. The thought is “You have nothing to lose! Live your life “full-out!” Follow your joy.”
Each day is a fresh opportunity to take a risk and do something new. There is no one and nothing to stop me now. The world awaits with open arms and a big smile. I can sing out loud…dance with wild abandon…paint big and bold…roll in the grass…sit on the beach and watch the ocean all day…snuggle in a puppy pile with my friends. It is all good.