Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}



Let's play a game today.  Just for today...and then maybe it will extend into the rest of our todays.

What if today, as we looked at each item in our house, we saw it with treasure seeking eyes?  You know...the way we look at items in the mall, or store, that we so desirously want.  We see the item as a treasure - found and to be obtained.  What if we looked at each item in our house like that?  Each item in our closet?  Each item in our garage?

What if we spent the day wanting what we already have?

(Now don't grimace at that...not just looking at it and being half-heartedly grateful ...but really wanting it!!)  Hmmm, seems to me, it would change my whole perspective on the stuff around me.

Then, what if we extended our little game to encompass the people who live with and around us?  You know...those peeps we call family and friends?  What if we saw them with our treasure seeking eyes, the way young, yet unknown, lovers see one another - always smiling, intrigued...wanting.

What if, just for today, we looked at the people closest us and wanted what we already have?

What if, in this game revolution, we turned off the TV and turned over the magazines that so often declare to us what we don't have?  They tempt us into thinking there is a treasure to be found outside of where we are.  But what if we really practiced seeing the things and people we already have with the eyes of desire?

Can something old and familiar catch our eyes again?  The answer to this is yes...but we must train our eyes to see it.  The work may be more difficult, but then, far more great is the reward too!  When we learn to want what we already have, we also gain gratitude, tranquility and space to breathe.  It is all to be found in this game of seeing the treasure in exactly where we are.

I already knew I was supposed to write about (and practice!) this topic when I picked up a book from the library the other day.  This morning, as I opened the pages, I read this:

No one longs for what he and she already has, and yet the accumulated insight of those wise about the spiritual life suggests that the reason so many of us cannot see the red X that marks the spot is because we are standing on it.  The treasure we seek requires no lengthy expedition, no expensive equipment, no superior aptitude or special ceremony.  All we lack is the willingness to imagine that we already have everything we need. 
{Barbara Brown Taylor}

I would add that all we lack is the willingness to imagine wanting...no, really desiring...what we already have.

Breathe, smile and go slowly.


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