Today, know God as Intelligence, as a conscious knowing. This Intelligence, this awareness, is the substance of your molecules. This Intelligence does not allow anything to remain hidden which should be revealed. This Intelligence awakens us from ignorance.
In the book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown repeats a story a man shared with her.
"I used to think that the best way to go through life was to expect the worst. That way, if it happened, you were prepared, and if it didn't happen, you were pleasantly surprised. Then I was in a car accident and my wife was killed. Needless to say, expecting the worst didn't prepare me at all. And worse, I still grieve for all those wonderful moments we shared that I didn't fully enjoy. My commitment to her is to fully enjoy every moment now."
Today, do your best to fully feel moments of joy, untempered by fear.
Inspired by Brene Brown's book Daring Greatly.
Today, actively practice not blaming yourself, shaming yourself, disrespecting yourself, or betraying yourself. Watch your thoughts; watch your actions. Getting rid of this mental and emotional clutter leaves room for Spirit to inhabit your consciousness.
Accept the gifts that Love gives you, and most of all, don't give them back. If you have asked for more time for rest and creativity, and some time opens, don't fill it with new tasks! If someone shows love toward you, don't deflect it. If you are honored for your contributions, accept the recognition graciously, without minimizing it - or feeling fearful about future potential failures. Slow down and notice all the ways in which Love is attending to you today.
The Psalms say, "Be still, and know that I am God."
Today, let go of agitation or any sense that you need to make a decision or change - or even have a full understanding of some issue. Instead, be still. Be in awe of the presence of Love and Truth. Rest there. Acknowledge a divine law at work in your life and the lives of others. Know how little you know.
Today, think deeply about your real work, not necessarily your job description, but your actions aligned with your values. Maybe you listen, comfort, help others feel loved, promote justice, support healing, bring beauty to the world, advocate for the silent, spread joy, build community, encourage innovation or new ways of thinking or seeing. When you keep your eyes on your real work, you have more energy and focus and are less likely to be distracted, discouraged, or waylaid from your mission by those who have other ideas for you.
Advice from Elaine N. Aron's book The Highly Sensitive Person.
• Appreciate yourself for being, not doing.
• Praise yourself for taking risks and learning something new rather than for your successes; it will help you cope with failure.
• Try not to constantly compare yourself to others; it invites excessive competition.
• Do not over schedule yourself. Allow time to think, to daydream.
• Keep your expectations realistic.
• Do not hide your abilities.
• Be your own advocate. Support your right to be yourself.
• Accept when you have narrow interests. Or broad.
The call for today is to live with integrity. One of the meanings of integrity is "wholeness." Today, know that you are whole and act from that place of fullness and calm. See others as whole. Trust that they have the answers that they need within their own being. Be honest with yourself and others. Do what is most important and don't be tempted away by distracting details, gossip or drama, judgments, or self-critical inner commentary.
We don't make God real through wishing, hoping, praying, affirming, being good.
Instead, God makes us real. (Think Pinocchio becoming a real boy.) God takes the parts of us that feel wooden, lifeless, underdeveloped, or buried by disappointed hopes and breathes life and expression into them. Today, feel that breath of Life. Moment to moment, feel the presence of Life guiding you to activities that express life's fullness and helping you release those that feel deadening.
Today, know that Love has the power to act in systems. Love is conscious, intelligent, moving, revealing, adjusting, and present in systems. In the systems of your body. In the systems of organizations. In the systems of your home. In the systems you have created to move through your days. Feel the presence of Love in systems, enforcing intelligent, just, inclusive, and inspired actions.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.