Tuesday, June 29, 2010


"What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."


A quote that is attributed to Ram Dass, although I could not find absolute proof of it is:

"Life is so difficult, how can we not hold hands through it?"

This is how I am feeling this past week. Is there any answer about why some live but others die? I can find nothing that helps me make sense of any of it. It seems so random; so unplanned. So unfair really. Yet, my friend Leslie tells me that it is in the mystery of death that we find the beauty in it and in life. Perhaps she is right. Life is a mystery. There is no rhyme or reason to most of what happens. I think that most of us seem to think that we have everything in our lives planned yet in a split second everything can change and leave you wondering "why?".

This past week has been very sad. Yet, it has allowed me some time to be introspective and reflect. How do we create a life of meaning and purpose? One of five principles that I have been trying to practice is as follows: Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, is not enough. We must also live the truth that we know. THE TRUTH THAT WE KNOW! How that rings true for me.

Above all, I consider myself to be an honest person. I try to live the truth that I know each day. Sometimes I get into trouble for telling the truth. It get misunderstood. Something Wayne Dyer says in his book rings true with me. "Removing blame means never assigning responsibility to anyone for what you're experiencing. It means that you're willing to say, 'I may not understand why I feel this way, why I have this illness, why I've been victimized,, or why I had this accident, but I'm willing to say without any guilt or resentment that I own it. I live with, and I am responsible for, having it in my life." "By doing this you take the responsibility for removing it or learning from it."

It sounds easy, doesn't it? I send love to all, rather than anger and resentment. I practice forgiveness so that others know that I no longer wish to be in a state of hostility and to free myself from self-defeating energy. I'll start here and see what happens.

Namaste! The spirit in me sees the spirit in you.


  1. I have just read Sonia Choquette's Soul Lessons and Soul Purpose which certainly helped to clarify several things for me. One of my greatest fears has always been not so much of dying but of being reborn and having to do the whole thing again so when I read that next time round you bring to it all that you learned this time, I was very much relieved and even more determined to keep learning.

  2. a beautiful exercise in being human, or at least maybe the way we should be...and it is not easy...

    read every one of them...dr. muff ha

  3. Your thoughts have touched my heart. You are not alone.

  4. I'm so glad you're working your way through this so gracefully, remember that's the word you chose for the year so no wonder you're being tested in this way, challenged to find grace in every situation!

  5. Teri I just caught up with what has been going on with you and the grace with which you are feeling your way through it. Death teaches us to open more fully to each moment that is for certain. Treasure the grief, it is precious, you start to miss it when it wanes. You are in my heart. I am sorry you are having to go through such loss.

  6. Everyone--It is because of all of you (seriously!!) that this becomes so much more "do-able". You all have such wonderful thoughts and feelings and it spills over. I am so happy to have all of you in my life. It sounds funny to say that but you are...in my life. We are all connected. Tomorrow is the memorial. It will be a tough one. He is a local "boy" so I'm sure the entire town will show up.


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