The Mellow Glow

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Why fight against the fading glow of youth?
Why try to freeze a process that can’t be stopped?
You’re clinging too hard, that’s why you’re weary;
your face is lined with tension not with age.

And even if your form has altered a little
even if the surface is a little worn and chaffed
your being is rich and deep
nourished by experience and understanding
and another kind of light is shining from you now:
a full, mellow glow, like autumn sunshine,
that spreads further and touches deeper
than the flashing, dazzling glow of youth.

Why not let that glow shine through
instead of trying to rekindle a faded light?

Change brings decay if you resist it.
But if you accept it and flow with it,
it brings growth and renewal.

~ Steve Taylor, taken from “The Calm Center”

Let us embrace the full mellow glow that touches others deeply and ignites the light of our own Being.

Namaste

Without Space

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To appreciate space, sometimes we must recognize what life is like without it. Instead of rushing headlong through your day to meet constant demands, or telling yourself you have to just get it over with, take a moment to consider how bringing more space to your day can transform it.

Space is not just for weekends, but for every moment in every day. Make room for it and find your middle ground.


Space

Without space this is no music, only discordant noise.
Without space there is no language, only meaningless sound.
Space weave patterns of meaning
breathes order into chaos
holds structures together, with the harmony of form.

And without space life is meaningless too-
a roar of constant activity
so crowded with demands that you lose perspective
so cluttered with responsibilities that you lose direction
and finally lose yourself.

But when space pervades your life
shapes begin to form, patterns start to emerge,
and your vision becomes clearer, against and empty background,
and you can sense your purpose again, and return to your path.

And when space pervades your being
the discord inside you begins to heal, the chaos begins to clear,
as if a river of ease is flowing through you.
You feel yourself emptying and expanding
until you’re vast and whole but limitless
and the vastness of your being is full
of harmony and meaning.

~ Steve Taylor, The Calm Center

The Challenge

 

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How will you know how strong you are
unless your strength is tested?

How will you know how deep you are
unless turmoil breaks your surface
and forces you to dive?

How will you know what sleeps inside
until the whole of you is challenged to wake up?

Then you’ll turn inside to gather your resources
your untapped reserves of strength and skill
then rise like the sun, amazed by your own brightness,
stronger than you ever suspected
deeper than you ever dreamed.

~ Steve Taylor taken from “The Calm Center”

In the words of Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way “Ahh … That’s better”

The Same Substance

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How can we be separate
when we’re the same substance, body and soul,
collections of the same atoms
and channels of the same soul force?

Let’s be like children
whose beings are too empty
to be filled with distinctions
too open to be closed off by prejudice
too fluid to be cogged up with concepts –
so whole and so connected that they don’t need to build
a fortress of identity.

What is it that separates us?
Only the illusion of identity –
only the illusion of separateness

~ Steve Taylor

 

Today, let us embrace the all-knowing naive child within us.

Be kind. Have fun. Laugh.

 

There is no Need

This poem by Steve Taylor really resonates with me and what I stand for in Finding Your Middle Ground. Set aside some time to pause and reflect on these words. Listen for the quiet voice within that already knows that there is no need.

 

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There’s no need to surround yourself with luxury
to treat yourself to the best of everything
metallic fridges and designer bags
the colours of the season, the car of the year
to show others that you’re special
and feel incomplete when you can’t.

You don’t need daily doses of good news
to lift your mood when you feel glum.
You don’t need compliments or presents
or flirtatious smiles across the room
to keep you happy with yourself
or hourly fixes of pleasure
to set your brain cells jingling
and frustrate you when they don’t.

There’s no need to say the right thing
to be charming or funny or stylish
so that strangers notice you, and your friends
still like you.
There’s no need to pretend, or to prove yourself.
You need the respect of others
in order to respect yourself.

There’s no need to cover up the silence
with the chatter of radio and TVs.
There’s no need to fill the empty space
with jobs that don’t need doing
or words that have no meaning
or tasks that have no purpose
except to fill the empty space.

You only need to meet yourself
to let the discord within you fade away
and find the stillness underneath
the place where you’re already whole
where there is no need to seek or strive
because there is no need.

~ Steve Taylor. Taken from “The Calm Center”

May we all find this calm center.

Namaste

* The Power of Eckhart Tolle by Steve Taylor

There are some fascinating insights into Eckhart Tolle’s personal awakening in Steve Taylor’s book Out of Darkness.
“It has now been more than 30 years since Eckhart’s transformation, and his awakened state has never faded, although there are sometimes fluctuations in its intensity: ‘Sometimes the underlying peace is just in the background; at other times it becomes so all-encompassing that it almost obliterates sense perceptions and thoughts and what one would usually consider one’s life. Even when things in the foreground might seem turbulent, in the background there is some sense of stillness and peace.’”
Thank you Evolutionary_Mystic for this share.

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Originally published in Kindred Spirit, 2011.

In a recent survey by Watkins Bookshop, Eckhart Tolle was listed as the ‘most spiritually influential living person on the planet.’ You might think that such a person would be someone who is a major presence in the media, and who appears regularly in public. However, Eckhart rarely gives interviews to the mainstream media and over the last few years, he hasn’t given very many talks. He isn’t a particularly prolific author either. So how did he become so influential?

Eckhart’s Transformation

I was interested in interviewing Eckhart for my recent book Out of the Darkness, because he’s an example of a phenomenon which I have become more and more aware of in recent years – the power of turmoil and stress to bring about a shift into enlightenment.

As readers of The Power of Now will be aware, until the age of 29…

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