Picasso once said you cannot look; you have to find
The other day I found these creatures on the beach. I am not sure what they are. The pattern made by the tides tossing them around reminded me of fractals. Organic patterns nest one within the other flowing from the microscopic to the cosmic. The wondrous universe animates all life which in turns sets the darkness alight.
I’m often amazed at the common connections between humans and the animal world. The three sea lions in this photo were frolicking together like kids coming home from school. While the gull in the foreground waited patiently for us to toss him some morsel like a dog sitting under the dining room table waited for table scraps.
Some animals have part of human civilization for thousands of years. Standing on the beach as these beautiful animals walked past, I could momentarily feel the pulse beat of generations of my ancestors as they rode these majestic animals for innumerable miles.
Let the string of your imagination play out across the sky and set your soul afloat on the wind. Be a messenger of love and joy to those you meet. Treasure the life you have. Do not look for your truth – Find your truth.
My novella is filled with affirmations of positivism.
When I step into nature I feel a kinship with the wildlife. Some deep rooted connection remains from our primordial ancestors. Or perhaps it is just a projection of anthropomorphism. This crab was stranded on the beach, exhausted from the struggle and several gulls were circling nearby. Looking closely into his eyes I thought I saw a plaintive plea for mercy. I carefully lifted him and placed him back in the surf out of the reach of the gulls. I look into the pools of water left behind by the retreating tide and see layers of reality reflected and re-reflected within the finite space.
A pair of eagles stalk the beach and hunt the various gulls and crows. One day I happened upon them just finishing their meal They had used this log as a sort of chopping block for their meal. The scene dramatically illustrated the concept of survival of the fittest. We all struggle with different hierarchies of power in our lives, but manage to survive day-to-day because we have learned to cope.
The multitude of grand designs of life fascinate me. How many different lifeforms have evolved on this beautiful world of ours. And the recycling of nutrients through death renews life and assures the possibilities of future generations.
I find myself drawn to jellyfish, and this one seemed to be looking back. I don’t know anything about jellyfish anatomy, but the yellow structure looks a lot like a bird’s head to me. Although they are alien and strange we are still distantly related.
Humanity is connected through the cosmic ocean of our common ancestry to all life. Although we have different cultural beliefs we are united in our humanness. Treat one another with respect and shape the brighter future for posterity.
Many days we are confused about the direction of our lives. Problems, difficulties, and challenges abound. We must not allow ourselves to be paralyzed by worry.
The sunlight will shine again. The darkness will fade into pale shadows. Seek the light of happiness even in the smallest details of your life. Each and every day wear a smile as often as you can. The Chinese sage Laozi once said, a day without laughter is a day not worth living. So let laughter be your daily tonic.
Reflect the endless sky within your heart and allow the warmth of the universe to begin to melt away doubt. Believe you deserve to be happy and follow the light into a brand new day.
These motes of happiness you discover will fortify your soul and grant you serenity. Gather up your woes and reshape them into your inner sanctuary.
All too often we overpower our hearts with anxiety about the future. So many of us think about our lives in the future tenses. The present tense escapes us because our past experiences are clouded with phobias and seemingly endless loops of interwoven regrets binding our confidence. Today simply becomes a step away from yesterday and a step down from tomorrow.
We become anxious about the future while being embedded within the grains of time that have “slipped away”. There is within us all a divine energy through which we can transform our self.
We do not have to cling to the past. Our mortal lives are not anchored to the floating flotsam of shattered bits of what could have been. Our wondrous minds are a gift from the universe. The power within us all can alter reality. That power can be harnessed to improve your life and the lives of those you love.
Recently I read some psychology research that talked about adopting thoughts of opportunity versus thoughts of threat when feeling intense anxiety. The research said the mental energy we experience from deep anxiety is similar in intensity to the energy we experience when excited. They are like magnetic poles of emotions. We need to flip the switch from I am anxious to I am excited. This is not some facile advice, but simply a way to refocus our heart and mental energies.
There is no easy way out. But there is a way out of overpowering anxiety. Like everything in life, first we have to believe in the possible. Believe in yourself. Believe you can. And you will.
When the Divine calls – Answer! Those words came to me the other day when I was editing my novella. I feel I am fortunate to be able to wander the beach whenever I’m looking for inspiration. Staring across the vast surging waters connects my mind to a cosmic stillness.
I like to stroll along the exposed seabed at low tide. It’s amazing to walk up and down the sloping sands. There is a gravitational pull along the bottom of the sea.
I rise early in order to fill my lungs with fresh morning air. Gulls and crows are my only companions. They wait patiently for the tides to wash up some tasty tidbits or poke through the wrack line in search of edibles.
Before I leave the beach I like to pause and say a little prayer for those I love; and to give thanks for all life.