I woke up today the first of May in a funny place… I wanted to charge into the day, but then I remembered that perhaps I could start by being thankful for being alive. Focusing open-hearted attention, and breathing with the spirit of gratitude my chemistry changed, and I didn’t even have a chance to ask life my daily question – “what do I need to learn today?”. I got my answer: “Keep living your life, and every so often, breathe gratitude into your thinking and notice what happens.” Now, I’m excited that I learned something new today, that feels more like a re-membering than a new learning, but still it makes life worth living for and not just existing and going through the motions. It reminds me of a poem I wrote yesterday afternoon, hardly done with my todo list for the day, and which I sent to a friend and received the following answer – “I think you’ve done your work for today. Go celebrate.”
May you find the lost part of your soul – inside your own breath.
May you no longer need a ‘better half’ to complete you,
or a ‘perfect-man or woman’ to fulfill you.
Be grateful for your life. You may have chosen it.
Learn every day who you are, and why you’re here.
Regardless of your age, feel beautiful inside & out now.
Not for a moment do you want to be younger than your years on this earth.
Each & every moment of your life is a sacred treasure, worthy of celebration.
A real celebrity – is one who celebrates himself against all odds.
It takes courage, inner work, blood, sweat & tears to be yourself.
Don’t deny the pain, and watch out for the short-cuts.
Forgive yourself for your addiction to instant pleasure,
and for self-medicating the unbearable pain.
Laugh at the ‘piece-of-work’ you are,
Appreciate the ‘piece-of-art’ you are becoming.
Open your heart to the moment
Be at ease with yourself
Enjoy the precious moments of the present.
You are worthy of inhaling the gift that you are….
You deserve to exhale and love-all-the-way….
(Now you can take a selfie -:)
Samuel Jakob Kirschner, voice of the B R E A Z E