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Try to Remember This

October 25, 2010

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Each soul is potentially Divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature: external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy–by one, or more, or all of these–and be free.

Swami Vivekananda-ji

All of Green Acre, where this photograph was taken, is suffused with a Divine energy. This past August I was lucky enough to join a retreat with the Boston Ramakrishna Vedanta Society at Green Acre. It’s the kind of place that makes you walk more slowly, deliberately, and openly with no added effort. My face was made softer, my mind relaxed, and my heart inspired.

These days it is so easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of noise, movement, information, demands for our time, attention, and efforts. How can we maintain our balance when it is so difficult to find time?

My husband has a tendency to take ‘experimental short-cuts’ whenever we are in a hurry. In situations that require the greatest efficiency in terms of travel, he choses to experiment at the risk of getting lost. In fact, it used to drive my batty but gradually I began to realize the wisdom in his approach: Especially in times of high stress do your best to work against habit. The clock will keep on ticking, the tasks will continue piling up, but without a strong spiritual foundation it is all just debris.

My little practice for now is to remember to nourish that foundation, even if it is for just a few minutes each day.



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