AND Choose What to Feed Carefully

July 16th, 2017

Despite a forecast of hot and sticky weather for the day, I found the early morning air to be quite cool. The fog hung heavy at the shore, blocking views from one end of the beach to the other. The sky was a gorgeous configuration of clouds with the sun peeking out at times.

It is quiet and peaceful early in the morning, where the only sounds are made by the sea and the shorebirds. People either greet each with a silent nod of acknowledgment, some form of verbal “good morning” or no connection at all. Lost in their own worlds, many appear deep in thought. Others appear to walk in wonder and awe at the beauty of the surroundings.

When I get back to the house, I do not put on the television. No longer interested in constant news, I find myself inclined to put on instrumental music. AND the music inside the house, as I make breakfast, brings the experience of beauty, calm, and pleasant sound from the outside to the inside of my house, and in turn, to inside of me. AND I am filled with the peace and beauty of my surroundings.

My mornings begin more consciously. The quiet sets a tone for the rest of the day. Beauty fills my cup and I breathe in the light of the morning.

Wherever you live and however your mornings begin, where do you find the beauty and quiet? How do you fill with whatever helps you to breathe more deeply, appreciate the gifts around you, and discover the beauty in your environment?

In times of the constant barrage of negative news and fear-based stories and messages that make our world more attuned to potential threats than existing beauty, we are invited to recognize that we, and we alone, control where we invest our precious life force, attention and focus, emotional well-being, and creative impulses. Either we consciously engage with beauty or we unconsciously fall into worry, preoccupation with a future that may never actually happen, or feed the fear and negativity we encounter.

While there may be many threats to happiness and peace present in our world, there are also moments of sheer beauty that can help us to transcend whatever negative impulses attempt to distract us. It is up to each of us to turn our attention to light, to find the beauty around us, and then to feel the light within us by creating environments that inspire us to reconnect with who we are at our best.

We can either water and feed the weeds in our lives or nurture the potential blooms of our highest selves and wildest dreams. We choose…and it matters what we feed with our thoughts and energy. Together we can grow more beauty in this world. Weed out the distractions. AND feed the beauty.

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