1. Truth: You are enough and there is enough for you. Just as you are, you are basically good and wise, you are whole. Even if you do nothing but breathe, you are worthy of love, space, belonging. You may suffer from poverty mentality, that deep belief that there will never be enough, that you have to cling to and hoard what you have, but it isn’t real. There is enough, enough to share even. There is no need to compare or compete. Let go, give it all away. Open your heart, give and receive, knowing that you are enough and there is enough.
2. Truth: Gratitude brings joy, and when you are creative, you are happy. Andrea Scher on Superhero Journal posted today on her blog about gratitude, and said “I think practicing gratitude is one of the most powerful things we can do. It gives us power and joy.” On Tiny Buddha, there’s also a recent post on gratitude’s connection to joy, “There’s More Right Than Wrong.”
I was thinking about this while I was walking the dogs this morning. The facts of the morning were: I was tired and it was early, dark, and cold. One way to experience that is to get grumpy, cranky, irritated, and hateful. Another option is to recognize how utterly amazing it is to see the moon and stars, and then the sunrise, all in a single hour. To be aware of how the cold and movement wake me up, and how nice it is to be out alone in all that quiet and space. To understand how lucky I am that I can get up, that I can move, that I have these two amazing dogs that want to go with me, who will protect me from anything out there that might be scary, (all there was this morning was a fox and an owl, so nothing too bad).
And there’s the happiness that comes from creating, any active process in which you give of yourself, your love or wisdom or kindness. That act of offering, the action and attention, returns to you as much as you ever give away. It feeds the deepest, hungriest part of you.
3. Truth: Right now, in this moment, there is no problem, everything is okay. Ask yourself, in this moment, right now: is there a problem? I guarantee that anything you can come up with isn’t about this moment, but rather is attached to the past or the future–I have tried this many times, and I can never come up with any problem that is attached to right now that I don’t know exactly how to handle, to render it “no problem.” Everything else is completely workable. In Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now” he says “To be free of time is to be free of the psychological need of past for your identity and future for your fulfillment.”
- Wish: I wish that we could all internalize and manifest these truths. That we would understand joy and experience happiness in this present moment, now. “Decide today that you are enough, even if you never do anything, accomplish anything or produce anything ever again. You are enough.”
- Your turn. Make a wish.