Sunday, December 16, 2012
Turn Up The Heat....
Determined to at least attempt meditating this morning, I closed my eyes, drew in a breath, then shivered, realizing the heat was still down low. I reached over, pulled a blanket over my shoulders and continued to draw in. I closed my eyes again... the blaring television interupted my Zen as a reporter interviewed a woman making the argument that stricter gun control laws were the only way to stop these madmen .... and I exhaled. My shoulders felt warm from the blanket, and the heat of my body radiated from me, but the blanket held the warmth close. Even though the room was chilled, I was warm. My distracted mind reminded me I should turn up the heat when I am done "meditating."
We all are asking how God allowed such an evil act to happen? He may simply be saying to us "Kids, if you are cold - turn up the heat!" If you are feeling the world is too evil for your own comfort, turn up the good!
My blanket was enough to warm my own body this morning, but not enough to rid the room of it's chill. It was a good start. Once I felt warm enough, I was able to finish meditating, get up and walk over to the thermostat and turn it up. This is how we must start. Start with your families. Teach your children to be kind and loving to all living things. Be kind to yourself. Be good to your pets. Be honest. Be gentle. Be kind. When you feel conflicted, frustrated or angry - turn up the good by loving harder. Stoke up that fire.
And turning up the good doesn't just require what we DO.... our actions are great kindling to get the fire to catch, but more importantly, it's what we THINK. In my humble opinion, we have turned the thermostat way down low by even entertaining the thought that the world may end on December 21st and dwelling about the "fiscal cliff" that we are facing on January 1st. Turn the heat back up by believing we are prosperous, we are abundant and we are resilient.
Turn up the heat with every thought you think. Every thought. Even towards people who make you feel cold - it's even more important to crank your furnace in their presence. If your thermostat is set high enough, you won't feel the effects of their chill. You may even unthaw them too. Crank it up.
Then go catch the world on fire. It only takes a spark, to get a fire going....
Paradise is Here, Paradise is Now..... Paradise is a WARM place to be.