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Musings -Trust-

I read a great line this morning by Michael at Have a Dream.

“trust is like a bank account…invest often and withdraw wisely”

I use the word “trust” all the time but never think about its deeper meaning.  It’s a word that can elicit elation or fear, depending on my attitude toward trust.  When I trust a person I open myself up to the possibility of being emotionally hurt.  Of course, there’s an element of risk with any emotional investment.  Trust builds slowly over time, allowing me the chance to nurture my faith in a person and grow as a human being.

“We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy” – Walter Anderson

Trust is the first step toward love and joy.

  • How is it possible to form a friendship or relationship without trust?
  • If you lack confidence in a person’s character, how is it possible to love them?
  • What makes another  person trustworthy?

Trust can be risky.

  • Does trusting a person guarantee they will value and protect your trust?
  • Is it possible to trust someone too much or too little?
  • If trust is lost or betrayed, can trust be regained?
“When my love swears that she is made of truth I do believe her, though I know she lies”   –  Shakespeare

Please share your self-reflections. I would love to know your thoughts.

It pays to be fearless. Love to you all…Karm

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Compassion

“Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others; thus, it is called compassion. It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed.” – The Buddha

Compassion is defined as “deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.”

There are so many people in the world with broken hearts, broken dreams and broken wings.

Perhaps we know someone who has lost a child, has been the victim of a violent crime, has lost their home and possessions in a fire or natural disaster  or has a loved one fighting cancer.

We empathize with their suffering.  We understand their suffering.  We imagine the pain they’re going through.

I doubt there’s anyone who hasn’t felt sadness, loneliness and despair for themselves and others. There’s a good chance we will all suffer through trauma, loss or hopelessness in our lifetime.

Compassion takes it a step further where we want to relieve their suffering.  We open our hearts to the person and want to do something to ease their pain.  Compassion is the willingness to help others in need.  Compassion is action.

It’s easy for me to be compassionate toward people who treat me well.  It’s a lot more difficult to be compassionate with someone who has hurt me.  It’s truly a sign of growth when I reach that turning point and can be willing to help them.

So many have helped me find hope at times.  I can honestly say that not everyone who has helped me has been my friend, or has even known or liked me.

There are good people in the world who can set aside their differences and resentments to help someone in need.  I admire them and learn from them.

Compassion can expand a person’s experience in the world in a positive way…rescuing an animal, feeding the hungry, listening to the despair of another human being, a smile for the lonely,  assisting the elderly.  The possibilities are endless.

Reach for Tranquility

One of my favorite pastimes is reading inspirational and spiritual poetry.  I also love listening to tranquil music, meditation and taking long walks as a silent observer.  I believe we all have a purpose, and a place in the world and the universe that is uniquely ours.

It’s important for me to take time away from my daily routine for self-reflection. There are days when I try to get in touch with a deeper sense of meaning to my everyday life.  Other times I  reflect on healing and self-renewal.

This inspirational poem, “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann, is one of my favorites. The music video is named “Uncertain” by Simon Daum. Mr. Daum is considered a new age classical composer and writes some of the most beautiful, tranquil music I’ve ever experienced.  Enjoy!

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920

Emerging From Darkness

Our lives begin as a blank canvas. As we journey through life the canvas changes to reflect our experience, our passion, our fears…who we really are at that moment in time. The loss of a love, a tragedy or a moment of truth can change our lives forever.  When it happens we are unable to avoid the darkness within.

The pain is all consuming and paints our canvas black.  We grope in the dark until our resilience saves us.  Color and illumination will one day fill our canvas again.  At the turning point we will know that through perseverance we are liberated.  The thrill of a canvas in living color awaits us.

In my imagination I’m flying solo…boundless, limitless, alert and aware. In the present moment there is nothing to fear.  A crown of candles lights my way through dark confusion. I’m like a feather in the wind, searching for a safe place to rest and gather strength in the moonless night. Familiar voices urge me to retreat to an inner sanctuary free of frustration, resistance and regret.

In this safe and peaceful refuge I open my heart and soul to trust, honesty and healing. My heart is  nourished with kindness, sensitivity, compassion, acceptance and love.  The lessons learned blossom from knowledge to wisdom.

Self-criticism and inner restlessness is transformed into deep emotional awareness free of illusions.  The images of past hurts and disappointments melt away,  revealing the purpose and value of these old wounds. The  menacing shadows and sounds of the unseen, the unheard and the untouchable become silent and invisible.

Karmic Diva
Self-Portrait

Faith, discovery and awareness evolve in a lifelong process. Personal fulfillment is achieved with spiritual progress, not human perfection.  When I reach my turning point I will humbly open myself up fully to give and receive love again.  In the meantime my heart and soul will be nourished by the radiant abundance of love all around me.  Until then I’ll be content flying solo.

It pays to be fearless. Love to all…Karm

Emerging from Darkness by Karmic Diva

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