SERENITY

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Serenity

Serenity is a state of mind.  In the book, ‘The Power of Now’ Eckart Tolle teaches the art of being present.  He says,”Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now.  Let it teach you Being.  Let it teach you integrity, which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.  Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.”  Living one day at a time and being completely present to what ‘is’ now, is living in serenity.

The paradox is that we are liberated by just being.  Reinhold Niebuhr is the divinely inspired author of the famous serenity prayer, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”  In this prayer the first step is accepting things as they are because as long as we resist thing, they will keep persisting.  Acceptance allows for the possibility of change.  In brief affliction, we may learn to get comfortable with not being comfortable.  In more challenging aspects of our lives, we can meditate on this prayer, transcending our entire reality.   The next step is having the courage to change the things we can, becoming consciously aware, noticing the things that we are able to change and what we are unable to change.  We observe how our reactions cause different effects, altering how the world relates to us. We make new choices, take new actions, doing something different.  This may be changing our viewpoints or our belief systems, releasing fixed, limited thoughts that no longer serve us.   We experience everything as whole, perfect and complete.

Daily Affirmation: I am!

Daily Action:  Today, I will be willing to let go of limited beliefs, control, fixing, changing, etc.  Where I am not experiencing serenity I will be willing to let go of what I am trying to force.  I will act out of faith instead of fear.

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