Do you believe in omens? I do, up to a point anyway.
I had just finished breakfast and decided it was time to go to work in my little office. As I got up from my chair I looked out the window and saw a beautiful little bunny sitting in front of the blue spruce tree outside our front door.
He (she?) looked so calm and contented. Of course, there was a ton of nice green grass around. No doubt another reason was that he felt safe -- any sign of threat and he would be back under the blue spruce tree faster than a speeding meteor.
I thought to myself, "It's going to be a lovely day and my post will go easily."
Of course it's not my intent here this morning to write about a bunny. I want to write about the seven gifts this loving universe gives to all of us when we come bawling and helpless into this world.
Perhaps we were not quite as weak and vulnerable as it may have seemed?
1. The gift of patience.
Patience not only makes it possible for us to bear the anguish and trauma of life. Patience also gives us the opportunity, if we will, to persevere -- to follow our dream and discover who we truly are.
2. The gift of humility.
Where would we be without humility? Humility opens the door to wisdom and intuition. It makes it possible for us to change, and to grow. If we realize we have believed a lie, for example, or our attitude to someone was wrong -- we can change. Humility makes it possible to find meaning and wholeness.
3. The gift of courage.
Courage is the vital creative power that makes it possible for us not only to meet the challenges of our lives but to follow our dream and embrace the unique gift we came into the world to give.
4. The gift of compassion.
Compassion is one of the most precious gifts this universe has to give. Compassion not only sees the pain of the world, but paradoxically sees the incredible beauty and oneness back of creation.
5. The gift of happiness.
The world has done a good job of convincing us that happiness is outside us and requires struggle and searching to be known.
But happiness was given us at birth. All we have to do is be still and remember our true inheritance -- the authentic happiness that already exists at the core of our being.
6. The gift of freedom.
Nothing needs to change in your life or mine for us to be free. You can be free right now regardless of your circumstances and the truth is you are free right now as you surrender to the timeless presence of your own eternal Self.
7. The gift of love.
You are loved. The universe sees you, and admires you, and loves you, because you are part of Itself.
The universe would not exist if you did not exist. Again, there has been a lot of brainwashing done over the centuries to convince us we are miserable sinners, alone and rejected in a barren, hostile world. But don't you believe it.
The universe is kinder, wiser, and infinitely more loving than our mind could possibly begin to imagine.
The trouble is what our mind doesn't understand it tends to see as alien and separate from itself.
We will never understand the universe, of course. But we can love it and respect it and be thankful for it. And in some moment when we are still -- when our heart is open -- we can feel its deep, unshakable love for us.
A special thanks
I want to give a special thanks to my friend Larry Deane, owner of Empty Cabin Media, who designed the new look for my blog. I'm so happy with what he has done. Larry is one of the most friendly, helpful, knowledgeable people you could hope to meet in the vast ocean we call the internet.
That's it folks. Gotta look outside my window and see if bunny is still there.
I send you love and greetings from this little corner of Colorado, and I hope you have a very good day -- or a very good night, as the case may be.
PS. Please note my free e-book, The Wisdom of Serenity, is now available for download on this site. I sure hope you'll take a look at it.
Let me know, won't you, if you have any thoughts about the book, or about this post?
What do you think about the notion of a loving universe? What gifts has it given you?