The World Speaks Constantly. It Takes A Mindful Moment To Hear

1 Comment December 9, 2012 / Posted in Breathe, Mindfulness
The message is always there.

The message is always there.

This was 10 days ago. I am feeling pretty good on the 3 or 4th day after surgery, I was thinking how quickly I could get back to my normal routine and do my groups: Vistage 29/777/687, Lifestyle Change at Integrative Medicine, and the Marathon Clinic. Back to my work of counseling, consulting and coaching.

I am sitting on the couch reflecting. The doctor said rest 2 weeks. Then start to get back into my routine the next 2 to 3 weeks. I know I can get back sooner. I am feeling good even with the hour spent attempting to intubate me of the 6 hours of surgery.

I looked out the window. Thirty feet away my answer from the world pulls me up short. There on the NE corner of 29th and Palm is my answer. It’s been there several years. I was upset at first when they put it there. I spoke out against it. I fought against it. I thought it was for everybody else. Now I know it’s for me. I take a breath. I relax my shoulders as I breathe out. The red hexagonal message is my friend. It’s there for me. It’s been there all the time. I just needed a mindful moment to hear. I am once again in the learning mode.

Here are two ways to help you capture your own mindful moments. Elisha Goldstein who co-authored with Bob Stahl A Mindful Based Stress Reduction Workbook has now written The Now Effect has created a great way to support you in becoming more aware and mindful through Your Daily Now Moment

Coming January, Phyllis Cole-Dai is sharing a daily “mindfulness poem,” usually by a contemporary or recent poet on her website: A Year of Being Here. She shares a daily sip or slice of poetic encouragement to “be here now.” You can sign up on the website or by liking her project’s Facebook page

On November 27th, Phyllis shared a poem, near and dear to my heart. When I first heard it years ago, it spoke to me of welcoming whatever comes my way. It was what Doug Bouey and Rick Eigenbrod shared with me after their return as Pelegrinos or Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. You order what you order. And you get what you get. So Rumi’s poem, The Guest says whatever comes, welcome it. It was November 27th, that I went into surgery at 9:15 am pretty certain that with all the signs and symptoms of my thyroid tumor, it was malignant. So I was prepared for the worst.

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

“The Guest House” by Rumi, from The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne. © HarperCollins Publishers, 1995.

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  1. Bethany Lee said on January 15th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, that’s a powerful poem. I will sign up for Phyllis’s FB page for the poems. Thanks for sharing that.
    I really liked what you wrote about the stop sign, and how when it was first put up, you fought against it. But it’s there for you. Interesting. I love looking at simple things like this in the course of life and seeing what kind of meaningful message there might be in it. It is neat when I see others do the same.

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