Soon after the Germans began bombing London in 1940, I was evacuated, like many London children, to the safety of the countryside. I was sent to live with my Aunt Eva, who lived at the end of a country lane near a tiny hamlet called Yelland Cross in North Devon.
I didn't really know my Aunt very well. But one of my jobs in this strange new life separated from my parents was to fetch a jug of milk each morning from a farm a couple of hundred yards or so down the lane. I would carry the empty jug down to the farm, and Mrs. Wicketts, a warm but rather shapeless woman, her face deeply worn and lined by years of hard work, would pass the jug back to me filled to the brim with warm, fresh, frothy milk.
I share this little story because as I sit here at my computer this morning, I realize vividly that although my outer expression and appearance has changed since that lonely, unhappy period of my life, my spirit has not changed at all. The pure, timeless presence that is the source of my existence -- and the source of your existence -- is the same now as it was when I lived with Aunt Eva and walked home each morning with a jug brimming with fresh milk.
A door to find inner peace
We live in a time of trauma, tragedy and hardship that can break your heart. A time in which one in every four US women aged 45 to 59 is taking antidepressants. When one in ten of the overall population is on antidepressants. And when two-thirds of the US is obese or overweight.
But hardship can be a door to find inner peace. This is a time when a sea change is possible in our lives. It is not only possible, it is beating at our doors. It is knocking louder and louder at the door of our heart every day – the call of our own inherent greatness.
It doesn't demand some great achievement, though. We don't have to be special as the world rates these things. We don't even have to be enlightened.
All we have to do is to be still for a moment, and look. There it is. The feeling of our own pure, pristine presence. The sheer happiness and joy of our own eternal presence that is always here. It never changes. It is always the same. It is always at peace. It is always free. It has no part in such earthly phenomena as aging, or death.
Fear dissolves as we reconnect with that part of ourselves that has no part in the whirlwind of change ripping through our lives and through this world.
Tips and resources
If we love our body, we will treat it well and feed it well, as well as possible at least. We will give it the essential nutrients it needs to function at its best and support our spiritual being in these difficult times.
In this regard I continue to be very impressed with the efforts of a company called Wholefood Farmacy, of Tennessee, to assist our general health and well being. The ingredients to health, happiness, vitality, and longevity are no secret. Every major nonprofit health organization in the world has been offering the same advice for many years. Eat more fruits and veggies, drink more water, exercise on a daily basis, lose weight if you need to, don't smoke, avoid toxins, and reduce stress.
“We have seen the future of medicine and the future is food,” said Dr Mitch Gaynor, of the New York Strang Center for Cancer Prevention. The Wholefood Farmacy combines delicious, organic, healthy foods with convenience and affordability, along with non-toxic personal care items. (Please note I am an affiliate of this company).
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