…as an architect of peace

~ School Prayer by Diane Ackerman~

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In the name of the daybreak
and the eyelids of morning
and the wayfaring moon
and the night when it departs,

I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred,
but offer myself humbly
as a guardian of nature,
as a healer of misery,
as a messenger of wonder,
as an architect of peace.

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In the name of the sun and its mirrors
and the day that embraces it
and the cloud veils drawn over it
and the uttermost night
and the male and the female
and the plants bursting with seed
and the crowning seasons
of the firefly and the apple,

I will honor all life
—wherever and in whatever form
it may dwell—on Earth my home,
and in the mansions of the stars.

It’s a new dawn…it’s a new day…it’s a new year…

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Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia 1 January 2016

Watching the first sun rise of 2016 over Perth city this morning it occurred to me what a gift it is to be human and to experience this thing called life. Not just to be sitting there with my eyes watching the sun come up, but to really be experiencing it. Feeling it from the inside out…appreciating the magic of life unfolding.

The reality is I’ve been incredibly blessed the past 3 new years to have been on the stunning Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, where I would spend the first few hours of the new year completely alone and in awe of mother nature, blissing out & reflecting on the reflections of the sun on the lake….contemplating the sheer wonder of life. But this year I was back in my hometown, Perth…and instead of crawling out of my treehouse to watch the sunrise I had to get in the car…

And as I did this I noticed a little hesitation…was it really worth getting out of bed in the dark to watch the sunrise… in Perth?? Don’t get me wrong as far as cities goes I think Perth is incredibly beautiful…it’s just that I’ve had a bit of a resistance to city living these past years so I wondered if it might suck just a little bit to have to incorporate people and buildings into ‘my’ new year ritual….but thankfully I did it anyway.

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Because guess what…different does not = bad. Watching the sunrise over the city I grew up in did not suck at all, not even the tiniest bit!

I wondered why I hadn’t done this a million times before…but mostly I realised what an incredible gift it was to be right here, right now,  watching this with fresh eyes.

 

As I sat on the edge of an incredible park with more trees than I could even begin to count, surrounded by dozens of others sitting in quiet appreciation of these first rays of sun for 2016 I began to feel a familiar sensation inside of me, the one of the sun rising – not outside of me but from within me…and I was confronted with the very very real realisation that this was a particularly extraordinary moment that was also really very ordinary…as in it happens every single day and I wasn’t alone in my experiencing it!

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May you find serenity in this sacred place”

A huge smile spread across my face…for me the sign didn’t mean…this place as in Kings Park…to me it signified THIS place inside of the heart…that is where I am, where you are…these places, WHEREVER they are. ALL of these places are sacred, it’s just our ideas that like to make one more sacred than another.

The truth is we don’t need to travel the world to search for extraordinary moments, all we need do is open our hearts to life as it is, right here and right now…and allow ourselves to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Really what does sacred mean anyway…to make holy…and holy in its simplest form is to be whole..complete.

So to all of you extraordinarily ordinary..or is that ordinarily extraordinary…human beings out there…may we open our hearts in 2016 more and more and more because it is HERE and only here that we will find the serenity in ALL places. And if not now when? And if not you…who?

Happy new day  <3

Journey of the sun rising

Journey of the Sun Rising

So how many lifetimes ago did this journey begin? That I can’t tell you…but it is one that a few years ago I never imagined was possible and now I know is called LIFE! Today I choose a life of love, sunrises, travel, nature, meditation, yoga and sacred relationships. How did I get here? Grace…following my bliss and walking through doors I never knew existed 🙂

“If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you. And the life that you ought to be living, is the one you ARE living.” Joseph Campbell

Four years ago I found myself wondering why, with a life that seemed to tick all the right boxes – husband, house, corporate career and plans for a family….was I still restless & looking for ‘something more’?? Intuition and longing saw me walk away from an 11 year relationship to start what began as a 2 month vacation and quickly became the Journey that continues today.

I’ve traded my house for a backpack and my corporate career to teach mediation and yoga. When border guards ask me in which country I am a resident…I have a little trouble answering and when people ask me how long have you been travelling for…I giggle and answer…well it depends on your definition of travel.

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Just a few of the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets I’ve been blessed with experiencing

Today I know home is where the heart is and no matter where I am the sun will be rising. I’ve been blessed with so many incredible sunrises and sunsets but beyond these breathtaking moments this journey has become about feeling the sun rise within me…and recognising this light as the light that shines within us all, connecting us. Some call it God, others the Self, I like to call it LOVE 🙂 This is what gets me out of bed each morning, the knowledge that our TRUE NATURE IS LOVE, radiant and shining like a million suns.

Perth, Western Australia“Love can transform the hardest heart into the heart of a saint. It is love that brings meaning to our lives. The path of love goes right through the middle of every heart. No one is locked out. No one is turned away. No one is unworthy. The love that lives within each and every being is Bhagavan, it is Ram, Buddha, Nature, the Atman, the Great Goddess, the Self, the One. It is who we are – our own True Nature, radiant and shining like a million suns.”~ Krishna Das

This doesn’t mean life is always easy, the reality is we’re all faced with challenges – especially when it comes to maintaining relationships with friends and lovers. But as you begin to look at life as it really is, and people as they really are – not just the stories that we tell or the thoughts that we lose ourselves in…you realise this life is exactly what we create. Our relationships are simply mirrors of aspects of ourselves often reflecting those parts of us that we can not see or are not yet willing to embrace.

When we begin to see things as they really are we can develop gratitude for the challenges and see them for the great opportunities they are – to learn, love, grow and let go.

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Epic sunrise in a bay of Cadaques, Catalunya, Spain…2011

Embracing this journey of the unknown I start this blog in the hope that I can share with you some of the inspiration, beauty, challenges and lessons shared with me along the way. And I hope it inspires you to take a deep breath, feel this moment exactly as it is and to see all that you have, and all that you are. Beauty, light and love…PURE LOVE.

“Today, just for the day, be honest about the light that you are, the beauty of YOU, shines like a million suns”

Mostly I just want to share with you the message that life is to be lived and loved and we have the choice in each and every moment to live with an open heart and to experience all of this crazy beautiful life exactly as it is.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing..I wish you a day full of beauty and openness and eternal sunrising.

From my heart to yours ♥ ♥ ♥