October 3 Daily Meditation Writing: Gone

You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and on Amazon.com, and as a Kindle e-book

Gone

The past has gone, it cannot be brought back.

All our successes in the past have gone.

The competition we won is now just a trophy in the cupboard gathering dust; the firm we started from scratch is now running itself without our help; the work we took such pride in has now been made obsolete by new technology.

All our failures are gone too.

That big decision we made that went wrong is now just a memory; the money we spent on a project that ended in failure has gone and been replaced; the relationship we didn’t value until it was lost made us different in new relationships.

Can we take nothing from the past – is it all gone?

I think that depends on our understanding; on how we treat that which is gone.

If we try to count yesterdays success as today’s victory, we will be disappointed, because that success has been done, and cannot be used again.

If we see yesterdays failures as defining us as failures, if we think that we can never succeed because of a failure in the past, we fail to realize that change is possible.

Because although the past is indeed gone, we can take with us into today some important learning’s.

We can – we should – look at both our successes and failures as opportunities for growth.

We can see what worked in the past, and rather than trying to replicate it – which would be to try to hold on to what has gone – we can learn about our strengths that helped us.

We can look at our past failures, and rather than dwell on what we did wrong, or how others wronged us, we can look at our shortcomings, and try to learn a better way for the future.

The past has gone, and cannot be re-lived. But the present can be lived in the knowledge of the past, and thus we can make a better future.

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October 2 Daily Meditation Writing: Fresh

You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and on Amazon.com, and as a Kindle e-book

Fresh

There is something special about mornings, and the freshness of a new day. Sometimes, I has got up really early and been out in the morning seemingly before the rest of the human world is awake. At those times the world seems really fresh and clean, and as if the whole of creation is holding its breath, waiting for the day to begin.

And then, there are the “normal” days. Days when I get up and there are just the tasks that need to be done and the projects that need to be completed. The routine, with nothing new or original.

II am sure we have all felt like that from time to time – the feeling of routine, where nothing fresh seems to be likely or even possible.

It is true that we all need to do routine tasks, that we all have things to do that may be repetitive or that seem pointless. The factory line keeps moving, the office memos keep coming in, the housework seems never to end.

But even in these times, I think it’s important to try to find a t least a little that is fresh in every day. It is important because it is in finding the new and the exciting that we learn more and more how to live our lives in a happy and fruitful way.

Even if we have to stack these shelves with the same products that we have done so every morning for the last 6 years, it can be a fresh experience every day if we challenge ourselves to do it quicker this time, or to strive for perfection in the display.

Even though housework keeps coming back day after day, we can keep it fresh by experience the deep joy of a clean room, or the satisfaction of keeping our surroundings safe for others.

It is not just when we notice freshness that we can experience it – sometimes we have to remind ourselves of the blessing we have, and actively look for the freshness around us.

Although it comes naturally for me to feel the freshness of each day when I get out of the house in the early morning, it can still be a fresh day even if I stay locked in my room writing until past midday.

Not only is each day a fresh start – every moment gives us the opportunity for a new beginning.

Don’t wait for the perfect day to have a fresh start – start afresh each moment.

October 1 Daily Meditation Writing: Greed

You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is available direct from the publisher, and on Amazon.com, and as a Kindle e-book

Greed

All of us want the best – the best for ourselves and for our families, for our loved ones, even for our friends and our acquaintances.

There is nothing wrong with wanting the best, it can be a loving and caring thing. When we seek to look after our bodies in the right way, when we look to help others to have the best of everything possible, then that is a worthy way to live our lives.

But sometimes we humans can take that wholly good desire, and turn it bad by over use, because then it becomes greed.

Take the example of food – to look after ourselves properly, we need to eat well and nutritiously. If we skimp on the good things that our bodies need, we will become ill and not able to serve others. But when that natural desire turns to greed, we are in danger of excess, and here excess causes us not to be even more well, but to become prone to more physical ailments.

Or money – here again, we need some resources to live in this world. None of us can live on air, and we all need some shelter. There may be a few people who can survive on what they can grow and produce themselves, but most of us rely on the concept of money in order to meet our basic physical needs.

So it is not money itself that is the root of all evil, but the desire for it. When our natural need to look after ourselves turns to greed, we seek only to make money. We look at the world not a a wonderful place to live, but as a way of making even more money. We look at people not as fellow humans on a journey through life, but as resources to be used in our pursuit of wealth.

When we do this, we succeed only in diminishing ourselves. Whilst we may be rich in terms of cash, we can be poor in terms of spirit and love.

When we are greedy for something, that thing becomes our sole focus, our sole reason for being. And it is this central fact that makes greed such a corrosive force in our lives.

Because when we pursue one thing at the cost of everything else, we lose sight of the central importance of balance in our lives. We make the object of our greed our God, and we daily pray at its altar.

This is why greed becomes unhelpful, because whatever it is we pray to, it is a hollow God.

Despite the love we give the object of our greed, it will never love us back.