Recently I had a message from a reader who said, "I just wanted to let you know that I miss the spiritual focus of your blog. I find the focus on wellness to be not as satisfying. You are a beautiful writer. I liked it better when you focused on finding the light in the darkness, especially when you weren't averse to describing the darkness. Anyway, just one reader's opinion. Keep going no matter what."
I was very thankful for this letter. I went on to have a great conversation with this reader and others, the outcome being a new tagline for my blog which reads, “Abundance of body, mind and spirit." I'd love to hear any thoughts you may have on this.
The most terrifying moment of my life
It was the most lonely, desolate, terrifying moment of my life.
At six o'clock on a cold, frosty morning in October 1994, I said goodbye to the spiritual community in the interior of British Columbia (300 miles north of Vancouver) that had been my home for 36 years.
There was no one to say goodbye or thank me for my contribution to the community during that time. At age 63, with very limited financial resources, no idea what I would do next - or how I would possibly cope in a world I had forsaken long ago in the innocent fervor of youth - I simply climbed into a loaded truck and began the long drive to Vancouver.
I had thought that the community would be my home forever. Once upon a time, it had thrived with creativity, integrity and love. A place where 100 people or more contributed their time and talents on a cooperative basis, motivated by a shared love for the finest qualities of true character.
But in January 1988, the leader died, and the community began a steady downward spiral that ended, finally, in complete collapse. Who could have thought that such a thing would ever happen? Not me, for sure.
An increasing experience of abundance
But there is light on the other side of despair. Since that unhappy day my heart has cracked open to a new awareness and appreciation that abundance rightly includes both “spiritual" and “material."
I have realized that the impulse that was in me for so many years of my life to put all of my value and attention in spiritual goals and ambition -- what I perceived as "truth" -- was not wrong, but it was simply a phase in my existence. And I have come to savor the joy of living more deeply in many ways than at any time in my life.
Abundance is waiting for each one of us
I have realized that abundance waits for each one of us. And that in the midst of turmoil and prejudice many people all over the world are awakening to a new awareness of the oneness and harmony of our true nature.
Some thoughts about abundance (please add your own thoughts, won’t you?)
1. Abundance is being thankful for everything that has brought me to this moment of my life.
2. Abundance is being quick to forgive, and refusing to hold a grudge.
3. Abundance is turning my attention to the stillness of my own presence and realizing anew, as I do so, that abundance is the very nature of my true nature and character.
4. Abundance is not taking myself too seriously.
5. Abundance is being in love with freedom, and honoring the unconquerable spirit in us all that never grows old.
6. Abundance is being utterly resolute and determined, and yet at the same time, as flexible as a branch on a tree.
7. Abundance is being able to perceive, and enjoy, the magic of “little moments.”
8. Abundance is respecting others.
9. Abundance is an apple, and the smell of that apple.
10. Abundance is honoring balance in one’s life.
11. Abundance is taking a moment to gaze up at the sky.
12. Abundance is giving the unique gift that we each came to give.
Tips and resources
I want to thank those readers who checked out The Wholefood Farmacy that I mentioned last week. I continue to enjoy “Phi Plus,” their unique blend of organic nuts, fruits, seeds, grains, and legumes that keeps me company on my walks and hikes and makes a perfect snack for a guy like me who is always hungry. JoAnn, who has chemical sensitivities, is looking into their "pamper pack," a selection of various natural products that cleanse, moisturize, and protect the skin.
By the way, Hessnatur, the German eco clothing manufacturer I mentioned last week, has a sale on. An organic merino wool sweater for men is down from $98 to $65, for instance, and a linen jersey duster for women is down from $160 to $108.
I do hope this little section about tips and resources at the end of my weekly posts is useful to you. Please let me know if it is a distraction.
My love and blessings to you. As I say, I’d love to have your feedback on this post.
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