Last week I said I would share each week, my favorite quotes from chapter one of a New Earth, that form the first two petals on my flower are:
I will start with one that relates to the flower:
Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans,however briefly, to the beauty that is the essential part of their innermost being their true nature."
This beautiful Strelitzia I am blessed to see each time I drive out of our garage and return.Currently they are in bloom in many of the garden where I live. I love the beauty and the individuality of these birdlike flowers.
The next favorite conjures up childhood memories of " if you are good…….. you will……."
" You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is alredy within you and allowing that goodness to emerge. but it can only emerge if something fundamental changes within your state of consciousness".
This quote from page13, is something I believe deep down inside of us we all know, but we forget and life becomes too serious, as the next quote tells me.
"Life isn’t as serious as my mind makes it out to be."
This quote from page 33 makes me laugh at myself. How easy flowing and simple life can be when I let go of the mind control!
I am now going for my morning walk on the beach and I am going to practice " just walking", just being present.
This has been one the exercises suggested by Eckhart for what I describe as getting to being present
- Every time you walk up and down the stairs in your house or place of work, pay close attention to every step, every movement…even your breathing. Be totally present.
- When you wash your hands, pay attention to all the sensory perceptions associated with the activity: the sound and feel of the water, the movement of your hands, the scent of the soap and so on.
- When you get into your car, after you close the door, pause for a few seconds and observe the flow of your breath. Become aware of a silent but powerful sense of presence.
Eckhart then suggests you journal your experiences. I know these exercises are challenging for me and my multitasking mind. Also I might miss out on something:)
"A new heaven" is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and "a new earth" is it’s reflection in the physical realm.