Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Moment!

I write this on New Year's Eve, 2011.

So, today the end is upon us once again -- the end of another year, that is.  It's just another day meeting another day, another minute following another why do most of us find the particular moment when one year ends and another begins to be so significant?  Why do we feel that this moment is something worth celebrating?

The transition moment from one unit of time to another happens every moment.  But New Year's Eve is the only such transition moment that we, as a people, are aware of at the same time.  I think this sense of shared awareness of time (and space, because we also become conscious of the timezone we're in) is what makes this moment extra-special.

Becoming aware of time and space and our relationship to it is a very powerful thing; and becoming aware of this together unifies us in a powerful way.  We become more aware not only of time and space, but of all the other people in the world who are also aware of time and space -- at the same time, in the same world.

  • Awareness of time.
  • Awareness of space.
  • Awareness of self.
  • Awareness of others.
  • Mutual awareness of time - self - other.
  • Connectedness, sense of belonging, unification.

These are very potent ingredients for happiness, joy, and the unifying experience of deep love, just waiting for us to be open to them through our awareness of the latent goodness there.

People tend to celebrate New Year's Eve with other people, perhaps with the desire to heighten the joy inherent in this transition moment -- the timeless instant between moments -- by sharing it in the physical presence of others.

But it is the actual awareness of the above ingredients that is so magical, and this is not dependent on the physical presence of any other people at all.  The Joy of conscious awareness is something that happens within each of us whenever we open up to it, and it is available at each and every moment.  The magical transition between moments, the space within time, when the beginning meets the end, is eternally available, just waiting for us to notice it.

So, I wish all of you a happy new year, but especially...
an eternally Happy New Moment!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Play your Heart-Music, here, now

for Musicians (that is, Everyone, 

because we all have Music inside
and we all have a concert to play
for all of life is a performance, a play
and a most glorious one at that
filled with everything there is
playing all Infinitude):

there is no beginning to it, and there is no end to it
it doesn't start when you walk onstage and end when you walk off

realize:  you're already making Music inside you here, now
and you will continue making Music inside you afterwards, here, now

just because here-now might be on a stage with an instrument and notes makes no difference
because it will still be here, now

so make Music for me, for you, for All, for, now---NOW
sing your heart out inside, with smiling joy and light
because you love and are loved

and all is well, here, now
and all will continue to be well, here, now

what is a concert? what is a performance of any kind, musical or otherwise?
nothing but letting Music sing from the heart, here, now

I love to hear your Heart-Music


and I love you because
love your Heart-Music...

and who am I?
not other than you...

and who are you, who are we?
not other than Heart-Music
singing Itself from within

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

habits of thinking about feelings

round and round...
back and forth...

words on top of words...
feelings on top of feelings...

there is no relief, no peace
until I stop.

angry about being angry,
disgusted about being disgusted,
frustrated about being frustrated,
confused about being confused...

delighted about being delighted,
excited about being excited,
happy about being happy...

why not just experience the feeling
and then stop the habit of thinking and feeling something about the feeling?

why not stop to fully experience the feeling
without placing a label on it,
without judging it, interpreting it, or trying to ascribe meaning to it?

something that might be anger? no problem.  just a feeling.
something that might be sadness?  no problem.  just a feeling.

happy? no big deal.  just happy, just a feeling.
loving? no big deal.  just loving, just a feeling.

letting feelings be simple
is much simpler.

not knowing what they all mean
is just fine.

just to be here, just to experience what is
as it is
when it is...

this is enough.