That was the question asked by Sr. Jenna, during the America Meditating Retreat I attended at Peace Village in the Catskill Mountains of New York a couple of weeks ago.
And it resonated with me immediately. We know who we are. Higher consciousness, love, light, creative spirit. That is our essence. Sometimes though we need to go within to remember it.
When we remember our divine nature, it’s pretty tough to be upset over the woman who talks too loud on her cell phone in the restaurant or the guy who forgets the door, right? You may not even notice those annoyances because from higher energy we are focused on better-feeling things.
When we remember and reconnect to our essence, life here become just a little easier. Our energy is so high we aren’t troubled by the lower frequency traffic jams, or missed deadlines, or rainy soccer afternoons or people who pull into the parking spot we were waiting for.
We can notice, sure. We can wonder and get curious. We can even respond. But, when we remember our essence, we respond with greater tolerance, love, and kindness, and clarity, because that is who we are within.
If you squeeze a lime, you don’t get tomato sauce, you get lime juice because that’s all it has inside.
When you are connected to your core self even when the pressures of life squeeze the daylights out of you then what leaks out is love, and tolerance and compassion – because that’s all that you have inside.
The expression of all that goodness eases the drama swirling around us. If we even notice it to begin with, we no longer take it personally. When someone cuts us off, or the kid tracks mud through the house or the friend forgets to call we send love and peace instead of frustration and anger because we know that they are higher energy too. It is within them. And when we send loving energy, perhaps it will also help them remember who they are. Perfectly imperfect.
When we rise up and meet anger with anger tension increases. We fight and argue and hurt. In the end, this doesn’t contribute anything but more hostility. And it certainly doesn’t feel good because we are out of alignment with self. But when someone is coming at you with anger or hostility or impatience and you show up from your core self with clarity, compassion, patience and love you can feel the fight go out of them.
When we meet hostility with awareness and understanding and peace, we can diffuse even the most difficult situations just by showing up and being ourselves, fully.
By remembering who you are — love and peace and higher consciousness — and expressing all of who you are you will not only have a better day, but you will light up the world.
Image by Erin Cairney White
Erin Cairney White uses mixed media – acrylic paints, gelatos and a variety of papers, inks and stamps to create her work from her Snohomish, Washington studio. She is a wife and mother of four who also teaches art classes and works with educators in the Snohomish School District to support special needs students. Her original artwork is available through the little details company.