As a child, I used to worry about Heaven
Where can I find Heaven I would ask
In the sky, my family would say
As I grew I studied religions, looking for where Heaven might be
What I learned is: All Religions are fascinating, they include aspects that are utterly beautiful
We always need to respect their beliefs
When I was seventeen I discovered how Siddhartha sat in the shade of the Bodhi Tree/calmed his mind so he could reach a state of mental bliss.
Quieting the mind. What an interesting idea.
So I practiced. It was hard.
I found I didn’t have lots of time to just sit and calm my mind, and sit and sit
My life became full—too full to sit in the shade of a tree and try to achieve quiet
There were children to take care of, house, yard, farm, paying job, ‘things’ to do
But throughout all that activity,
I gradually understood, that calming the mind can come in many diverse and different ways
It comes from living simply
Recognizing what warms my heart
What softly lifts my soul
I learned to approach my daily tasks with belief in being UPLIFTED as one works
Not feeling burdened.
To watch for those teeny, tiny things that settled softly all around me (us)
Solitude right there in the– every day of the– every day
Solitude in teeny tiny moments
Bringing me to an understanding
That for me, quiet contemplation of the day,
Is, for me, Heaven here on Earth.
From my heart to your world,