Gratitude and beauty go hand in hand.

Chris James, the master teacher of sound and voice, once encouraged his students to be attentive to every drop of rain falling on the roof.

The winter rains are falling here after a week of incredible, sunny, spring-like weather in this, July, ordinarily our coldest month. It’s coming down so forcefully I’d be hard-pressed to be attentive to every drop falling on our roof. But, after the exceptionally challenging drought of this past summer and my years spent in the deserts of the Middle East and the American Southwest, I refuse to complain about the life-giving waters currently falling from the sky. It sounds beautiful and powerful and I am grateful for it.

Don’t gratitude and beauty go hand in hand? We only truly see beauty while experiencing an earnest sense of gratitude. Perhaps we could say that gratitude opens the window to beauty’s radiance. This is the beauty that shines from within. It is that which transcends all outer blemishes and afflictions. It is that essence which serves as a bridge between the limited nature of the material world and the unlimited nature of the world of spirit.

Be grateful. See, feel and hear the beauty that is always present when you are. Be attentive to the rain falling on your roof. Be happy.

I am deeply grateful for the beauty in my life. I am bathing in beauty.

I wish you peace, John

 

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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

 Albert Einstein

Here in New Zealand they call this the winterless north. The last two winters defied such a claim. People living inland experienced hard frosts. Friends in Takahue Valley watched with growing dismay as three consecutive nights of frosts last winter brought their banana palms to the ground (they’ve since regrown and are laden with new bunches of ripening bananas so all is not lost, but our friends have had no fruit from them for a year.) In our nearly six years at the coast we’ve never experienced a frost. Our coldest recorded temperature was 4 degrees Celsius.

Yesterday morning, we were hammered with heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. It was cold and damp. The wood stove brought warmth to the lounge and kitchen. The rest of the house was, frankly, uncomfortable. That’s just how it is with these old un-insulated villas.

Yesterday afternoon the storm cleared and the temperature rose with the advent of a warm, gentle, life-giving sun. It was shorts and T shirt weather; the kind of day that justifies the moniker ‘Winterless North.’ It was magic.

The owners of this house we’re living in have been working in the Middle East all the time we’ve been here. We’ve encouraged them to stay away as long as they like. We love their house and garden and treat it as our own. But it looks as if they’ll finally return here next year. So, we’re in a protracted process of cleaning out that which is no longer needed. We’re making space for the next step in our lives. Parts of what I am addressing are the piles of papers covered with ‘important’ scribblings that I’ve not yet input into the computer. I found some such words this morning I’d like to share with you now.

You could say I march to a different drummer today than I did earlier in my life. A drummer tapping with a soft thrumming in my heart and in the hearts of all people. A drummer rhythmically asking us to awaken from the dream, from the illusion we call reality. A drummer encouraging us to shift from hatred to love, from separation to unity, from falsehood to truth. A drummer urging us to move beyond the paradigm of competition (in our schools, sports, politics and the workplace) to a world of cooperation between all peoples and all nations.

I encourage you to take time to hear the drummer drumming, to hear the caller calling. Stop giving attention to the insistent staccato of the illusory man-made world. Tune in to the gentle rhythms of the natural world. Allow these rhythms to serve as subtle bridges to the world of Reality, to the Absolute. Get out from within the walls of your ‘built’ environment and the noise of the flickering tube. Allow nature to guide you to the threshold of your inner heart.

What will you find there? You are an infinite being, as is everyone else and we all willingly participate in the illusion. You are a being of infinite power and love, of infinite potential. You can’t make mistakes, only temporary diversions from the path of truth. This illusory world has been constructed for your enjoyment. Do what you are inspired to do and enjoy every step along the way. Take a chance. Walk on the wild side. Anything is possible. Even if the world we share is an illusion, as Einstein so eloquently stated, it can still be a great adventure. Go for it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I wish you peace, prosperity and joy. May you live always in the awareness of the inexpressible Presence that you are.

John

 

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In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

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Your thoughts speak so loudly you can hardly hear the call of your soul.

This morning, as always, we finished my wife Lucia’s yoga class with a shared meditation. At the end of this period of silence, while our eyes were still closed, Lucia asked one question: “Which part of your body do you love most?”

For me, two voices spoke. First I heard the one which said, “Of course you love all parts of your body, or at least you should.” Let’s call this the ‘should’ or the ‘must’ voice which speaks for the ego and reflects all the experiences and memories of your life, for better or worse, both positive and negative.

There was also a still but quietly insistent voice which seemed to emanate from the centre of my being. It simply said, “Your heart.”

It is this still, calm voice which, when listened to, guides us unerringly and effortlessly through life. This voice is always there, but is often drowned out by the cacophony of noisy thoughts within us.

In being present, truly present, that avalanche of noisy thoughts begins to dissolve, allowing us to hear the calm, guiding presence that is always with us, patiently waiting for our attention.

Listen, deeply listen. Your soul is gently calling with infinite patience. Isn’t it time to heed that call?

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