We take flight when we rise above our habitual ways of thinking about things and experience new insights.
As earthbound beings, humans have always had a fascination with winged creatures of all kinds. The idea of being able to spontaneously lift off from the earth and fly is so compelling to us that we invented airplanes and helicopters and myriad other flying machines in order to provide ourselves with the many gifts of being airborne. Flying high in the sky, we look down on the earth that is our home and see things from an entirely different perspective. We can see more, and we can see farther than we can when we're on the ground. As if all this weren't enough, the out-of-this-world feeling of freedom that comes with groundlessness inspires us to want to take flight again and again.
Metaphorically, we take flight whenever we break free of the gravity that holds us to a particular way of thinking or feeling or being. We take flight mentally when we rise above our habitual ways of thinking about things and experience new insights. This is what it means to open our minds. Emotionally, we take flight when the strength of our passion exceeds the strength of our blockages; the floodgates open and we are free to feel fully. Spiritually we take flight when we locate that part of ourselves that is beyond the constraint of linear time and the world of form. It is in this place that we experience the essential boundlessness that defines the experience of flight.
Taking flight is always about freeing ourselves from form, if only temporarily. When we literally fly, in a plane or on a hang glider, we free ourselves from the strength of gravity's pull. As we open our minds and our hearts, we free ourselves from habitual patterns of thought and emotional blockages. As we remember our true nature, we free ourselves from identification with the temporary state of our physical forms. The more we stretch our wings, the clearer it becomes that taking flight is a state of grace that simply reminds us of who we really are.
Always be FOR something, not AGAINST.
Being FOR something takes less energy as it is already in a lighter form.
As human beings, we cannot help but be subject to our preferences. However, we do have control over the manner in which these manifest themselves in our lives. Every value we hold dear is an expression of either support or opposition, and it is our perspective that determines whether we are for something or against it. As an example of a situation we are all familiar with at this time: We can direct our energy and intentions into activities that promote peace rather than using our resources to speak out in opposition of war. On the surface, these appear to be two interchangeable methods of expressing one virtue, yet being for something is a vastly more potent means of inspiring change because it carries with it the power of constructive intent.
When you support a cause, whether your support is active or passive, you contribute to the optimism that fuels all affirmative change. Optimistic thoughts energize people, giving them hope and inspiring them to work diligently on behalf of what they believe in. Being for something creates a positive shift
in the universe, which means that neither you nor those who share your vision will have any trouble believing that transformation on a grand scale is indeed possible. To be against something is typically easy, as you need only speak out in opposition to it. Standing up for something is often more challenging, because you may be introducing an idea to people that may scare them on a soul level.
Throughout your life, you have likely been told that the actions of one person will seldom have a measurable impact on the world. Yet your willingness to stand up for what you believe in instead of decrying what you oppose can turn the tides of fate. The thoughts you project when you choose to adopt a positive perspective will provide you with a means to actively promote your values and, eventually, foster lasting change.
Seeing the Beauty and Goodness Right in Front of Us
Henri Nouwen Society
We don't have to go very far to find the treasure we are seeking. There is beauty and goodness and peace right where we are. And only when we can see the beauty and goodness and peace that are close by, amid the storm of life, can we recognize beauty and goodness and peace on our travels far and wide to get away from the storm. There are trees and seas and flowers and birds to enjoy, dazzling paintings and beautiful sculptures to admire; most of all there are people who smile, play, and show true kindness and gentleness. They are all around us, to be recognized as free gifts to receive in gratitude.
Our temptation is to go off to collect all the beauty and goodness surrounding us in some other place, as helpful information we can use for our projects here. But then we cannot truly enjoy it, and we soon find that we need a vacation (from our vacation) to restore ourselves once again. Let's try to see the beauty and goodness right in front of us before we go elsewhere to search for it. Then we can really enjoy our trip to wherever we might choose to go, knowing that "we are seeing things correctly," fully prepared to see truth.
Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm...Anomymous