When you live completely in each moment, without expecting anything, you have no idea of time. – Shunryu Suzuki
The following is a message from God
Everyone has their own rhythm of living, – for some it’s faster, for others it’s slower. For some it’s about always expecting, for others it’s about knowing when to let go. When you are forced to live outside your own rhythm, it’s exhausting.
Wisdom delivered via the web
The God Wants You to Know app is one of the few Facebook apps I use.The timeliness of these messages is often amazing.
The recent Message from God (stated above) is no exception.
I interpreted the message as His nudge to find a new rhythm of living no matter the head trash that can still seep into my mind.
So, over the last few weeks I’ve settled into a new rhythm. The new pace is different and sometimes it can feel uncomfortable because it’s new, but I know it’s the rhythm my mind, body and soul need right now. It’s a rhythm that’s showing me how to give way to happiness while letting go of the things that are broken and can never be fixed.
It’s taken me a lifetime to learn this lesson: Happiness isn’t found in completing a successful project, writing a popular blog post or being recognized for the work I do. While these things are important, the high feeling is momentary and fades as soon as the next task comes along.
But by adopting a new rhythm, a rhythm that reminds me to slow down, a rhythm that tells me it’s okay to let go, a more mature peace and happiness is waiting. It’s in these letting go moments when I realize what’s more important. Moments like:
- Taking a minute to slow down and stop rushing.
- Remembering to savor the present moment.
- Celebrating life’s small print like the way the coffee smells as it coaxes me to get up and start another day or how the barbeque sauce drips over my hands as I take a big bit of the pulled pork sandwich.
- Being grateful for exactly what I have and not wanting one thing more.
- Accepting who I am – warts, blemishes and all.
- Forgiving those who have hurt me and learning to forgive myself a little more each for the times I’ve hurt others.
- Stop waiting and start doing.
My Own Rhythm
The new rhythm is beginning to take hold and settle down in my soul. Disappointment is being replaced with satisfaction; anxiety is giving ground to calmness and frustration is yielding to contentment.
God’s message has been speaking to me for a while. It’s funny it took a Facebook app to grab my attention. Now that His has it, I’m excited to keep moving.
I have a hunch my new journey – and rhythm – is only beginning.