Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of their heart, and that depends upon how much they
have polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more –
more unseen forms become manifest to them.
CLARITY COMMENTARY: Clarity happens when we are able to connect with the stillness which resides inside
us all. It’s a place where all inner wisdom resides; I believe it is part of the soul. Even though it is always there,
we are often live unaware of it and don’t understand that at any time we can tap into our still waters within.
This stillness will enable us to clearly see how to rise above our painful situations or the chaos which often
surrounds us in our lives. Trying to describe stillness is like trying to describe the soul; it is inexplicable.
However, I can relay methods which have been used to connect with your inner stillness.
One of the ways to bring forward our inner clarity is by detaching. I suggest you review “The Healing Practice
of Detachment,” in order to use this method. In using detachment, we can step outside our feelings
momentarily, take a deep breath, and pull our clarity forward. This practice is used “on the spot,” so that one
can see clearly in the moment. However, this is a temporary state, and in order to bring clear seeing to the
forefront there are methods we can use to make clarity more prevalent in our lives.
I cannot stress enough the importance of meditation even if it is for 10 minutes a day. It is almost impossible
to have stillness without it. The first type of meditation I suggest one uses is “Mindfulness Meditation,” which
is detailed in the introduction of this site’s “Mending Wings Healing Practices.” To briefly review this practice
you take three deep breaths and focus on your breath, and whatever thoughts arise, you label them as
“thinking,” let them float away like clouds in the sky and return to your breath. This helps you see your
thoughts without judgment and increases your ability to see clearly when confronted with painful or stressful
Another form of meditation is “Intentional Meditation.” This is often used when one is faced with a dilemma.
It is similar to the preceding meditation practice; however you go into your meditation with a wish to find an
answer to some situation in your life. When thoughts arise which have to do with your question, you make a
mental note of them and let them go and return to the breath. Then directly after the meditation session, I
highly recommend you write down these thoughts, or at the very least take time to contemplate them, because
it is very likely you will find the answer and clarity you seek. But just like “Mindfulness Meditation,” you will
have thoughts that arise which have nothing to do with your question; so again, you label them as “thinking”
and let them float away.
Lastly and maybe most importantly one has to connect with Nature, at least 15 minutes per day to find their
center. There is something about Nature that grounds us, that brings about that kind of Zen feeling in us. You
can take a walk, or tend to a garden, or water the lawn, or just sit outside alone. For city dwellers, grow
yourself an herb garden, or have several house plants to tend, or even a house pet, with which you spend time.
I feel the Universe has set it up that time in Nature is one of the basic needs of human kind.
In order maintain our sanity we need to learn to retreat to the respite within. Books I suggest you read for
learning how to do this are: Awakening Compassion, by Pema Chodron, (there are several types of meditations
in this teaching), Deepak Chopra’s, Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your
Dreams and The Art of Mindful Living: How to Bring Love, Compassion and Inner Peace into your Daily Life by
Tich Nhat Hanh.,
|REPEAT ASPIRATION EVERY DAY FOR 7 DAYS
WEEK 3 ASPIRATION:
Today, I aspire to do at least 10 minutes of meditation, in order to connect my inner clarity.
Meditation helps to keep us from identifying with the “movies of the mind. ~Dr. Joan Borysenko
That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. ~ Meredith Monk
...a wider and higher consciousness is required to give us the certainty and clarity we need.
~Carl G. Jung
Eliminate "not clear" thinking and function from your root. ~Bruce Lee
One’s action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on. ~D.H. Lawrence
All misery derives from the inability to sit in a quiet room alone. ~ Unknown
REST AND REVIEW
Now, without judgment review your week. This week there were times I did my meditation. Now breathe in how it
felt to connect to your inner clarity. Then breathe out the wish: May everyone find time to connect with the
stillness within. Now, look at your short-falls. This week I was too busy to make time for meditation. Breathe in
the feeling of not taking the time to be still. Then breathe out the wish: May all those who are unable to feel
grounded be spared from feeling scattered. Feel free to use your own words in this practice.
|May the Lord brighten our minds and make us think properly; may we have clarity of thinking, may You help us
come out of our confusion and subjectivity, so we can make proper decisions in our lives.
~ The Gayatri ~
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WEEK 4 ASPIRATION:
Today, I aspire to spend time with Nature to return me to my natural state.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. The way of nature is unchanging.
Knowing constancy is insight.
I said to my soul be still, and wait...so the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. ~T.S. Elliot
Without chaos, there is no form, without clouds, no clarity. ~Erica Jong
For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity. ~Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Just become quiet, still, and solitary, and the world will offer itself to you to be unmasked; it has no choice. It will
roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~Dana Hawksister
When we are able to make ourselves as still within as an untouched mountain lake, we have an exquisite
reflection of all that is in and around us. ~Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
REST AND REVIEW
Now, without judgment review your week. This week there were times when I enveloped myself in the stillness of
the Natural World. Now breathe in the peace you felt. Then breathe out the wish: May everyone feel the
restfulness of spending time in Nature. Now, look at your short-falls. This week there were times I didn’t make
time to be in Nature. Breathe in how it felt not to reconnect. Then breathe out the wish: May everyone be spared
from a life that is so hectic that they don’t take time to fuel their souls. Feel free to use your own words.