Daily Reflections – Week 20

May 15

May 15

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in paradise, isn’t it?

Look around with the eyes of the heart and take in all the beauty that surrounds you. This is our Garden. This is our Playground. This is Heaven, if we want it to be. Can you see? Let us rejoice and be happy!

Today is a good day to enhance our inner peace by practicing present moment awareness.

Let’s begin with meditation. Pause, close your eyes and direct your attention to your breathing. Observe what happens when you breathe. Don’t do anything else; just observe. That’s all. As you are doing this, observe also how your attention shifts away from your breathing to your thoughts. We are, by nature, thought-producing machines that produce tens of thousands of thoughts a day. We operate in this world with a constant background noise generated by thoughts that have nothing to do with the present moment. Well, during our meditation, our job is to become aware of our thoughts. When this happens, we don’t engage with them; we don’t start a mental conversation. We simply acknowledge them, and gently invite them to leave. We release them and bring our attention back to our breathing. We do this, over and over again. This is a very basic and easy form of meditation that we should do for twenty minutes, twice a day, everyday. Why? Because this gives us control over our minds, and, in the final analysis, control over our lives. How? As you practice you will develop the ability to observe yourself, your thoughts and your moods. You will develop a present moment awareness that will help you stay with what is important while releasing what is not. This, in a nutshell, is mindfulness — the art of mindful living — and this moment-to-moment practice of present moment awareness is what will enhance your inner peace.

That’s it! Now that you know it, practice it.

You can do it. Do it! Just do it!

And be ready to reap the benefits.

Namaste. ~ Piero

May 16

May 16

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look around with the eyes of the heart and see the Magic, the Mystery, and the Miracles that surround you. Smile, give thanks, and rejoice. Life is good!

Today is a good day to practice regaining the beginner’s mind. Today is a good day to leave behind what you know — or what you think you already know — and put yourself in motion to rediscover everything.

Today, be like a little child who explores the world, and is amazed with her discoveries. Do everything as if you were doing it for the first time. Feel the breeze as if you were feeling it for the first time. Hear the sounds of nature as if you were hearing them for the first time. Taste the food as if you were tasting it for the first time.

Look at this tree as if you have never seen a tree before, or, at least, look at this particular tree as if you have never seen it before. Actually, the tree that you are looking at right now, is not the same tree you looked at a moment ago; it has changed.  Can you see it?

Today, be the novice who doesn’t know anything, not the expert who already knows everything.

Today is a good day to reflect on the 4 As: Am I awake? Am I alert? Am I aware? Am I alive?

Empty your mind, fine tune your senses, and discover the Universe all over again.

Act as if all things are new. Act as if all individuals, even the ones you know, are unknown to you; get to know them again.

Choose to be like a child. Choose to be forever young.

Do so, and feel how rich, truly rich, you already are.

Do it! Just do it! Now!

Namaste. ~ Piero

May 17

May 17

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Planet Earth continues its journey through the cosmic vacuum, and the thin atmospheric layer continues to wrap our planet, providing us the essential air we need to stay alive. Can you realize the Magic, the Mystery, and the Miracles of it all? Smile. Give thanks. Be happy.

Today is a good day to practice freeing yourself from the senseless captivity of the past.

The mind can become overactive with the things of the past, over-evaluating what you did and said. Realize that although all those things are in the past, the troubling emotions are in the present because they are brought up to the surface by your memories; you still feel hatred and remorse, anger and resentment.

Pause for a moment and realize what is happening. Realize that you are in another time and place now. If needed, face the situations of the past, try to finish the unfinished business, come to terms with what happened, and get over with it. Or simply choose an even simpler path: forgive and forget. In the final analysis, it’s all in the past, isn’t it?

I invite you to let go.

Don’t hold on. Release. Move on. Meditate. Focus your attention on this present moment, and be here, now. Live mindfully.

By doing so, you will be making better choices and creating less troubling memories to haunt you in the future.

What has passed, has passed. Let go. Be here, now, fully awake, alert, aware, and alive.

That’s it. It’s that simple. You can do it. Do it! Just do it! Here! Now!

Namaste. ~ Piero

May 18

May 18

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look around and see all the beauty that surrounds you. This is our Garden and our Playground, the fields of Magic, Mystery, and Miracles that were given to all of us for our enjoyment and growth. Let us be happy.

Today is a good day to be grateful and generous.

Be grateful for your life, for this amazing adventure that was given to you to live on this beautiful planet. Be grateful for every ordinary thing, such as the ground you step on. Be grateful for the opportunities and challenges, and for all the people in your life. Find reasons and ways to express your gratitude; smile, sing, dance, or even cry tears of joy!

Now that you feel so abundantly blessed, give generously. Give your time, your patient attention, and your love to everyone you meet. Today, practice generosity. Focus on giving, not on getting.

Do this and see your life improve.

That’s it for today. That’s enough. You can do it. Do it! Just do it! Now!

Namaste. ~ Piero

May 19

May 19

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it? Look around and see the Magic, Mystery and Miracles that surround you. Be grateful and happy.

Today is a good day to develop the power to see again what became invisible to us.

Today is a good day to practice to look at everything as if you were a little child, and see again what you are not able to see anymore.

Choose anything right now and look at it attentively, as if you have never seen it before. It can be any little or big thing, something that you look at everyday. Can you see the details? Look again. Look deeply, see, rediscover, and be amazed.

Just do it! Now!

Namaste. ~ Piero

May 20

May 20

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look around with the eyes of the heart. What do you see? Can you see stillness in what surrounds you? Look at a tree. Can you sense the great peace that emanates from it, from its stillness, from it simply being a tree and doing nothing?

Today is a good day to experience peace by experiencing your wholeness in stillness.

You are whole already. You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to fix anything. You don’t have to go anywhere.

Today is a good day to be fully present in order to be fully human.

Pay attention to each present moment. Give yourself back to yourself. Reclaim the totality of who you are. Drop into the stillness beneath your thoughts, and just be… here, now. Go beyond the limited “you” and experience the unlimited vastness of our true nature. You are not who you think you are; you are much more.

Today, just be.

You can do it. Just do it! Here! Now!

Actually, don’t do anything… Just be!

You can be. Just be. Here! now!

Namaste. ~ Piero

May 21

May 21

Good morning!

Today is another beautiful day in Paradise, isn’t it?

Look around with the eyes of the heart and see all the Magic, Mystery and Miracles that surround you. Fill your heart with gratitude for all the gifts that the Universe unceasingly gives you. Be grateful and happy.

Today is a good day to reflect on the question, “Who am I?”

Are you willing to consider that you are not who you think you are? Are you willing, this time, to go a little deeper in your investigation, and, maybe, find new answers to that question? Are you open to consider that you are not your body? Are you willing to go beyond the narrative that you have put together, and consider that you are not your story? Can you see that the story of your life is a product of your thinking mind, and that you are much more than that?

So, who are we at the deepest level? Who are you? What answers do you get to these questions when you go beyond your thoughts to that place of no thoughts? What do you experience when you go beyond your acquired knowledge to that place of all-knowing?

Pause. Breathe. Be here, now. Meditate. Cross the portal, and enter the vast realm of stillness where you will taste your true nature. Go beyond the self-made stories, images, and ideas of who you are, and get to know the essence of who you truly are. And, then, experience peace.

You can do it. Just do it!

Namaste. ~ Piero

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