2007-05-25 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come. - Chinese Proverb
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.
- Chinese Proverb

Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. Nancy gahles
DR. Nancy gahles I awaken to the sounds of birds singing, the trees greening, the flowers blooming and I feel happy. Then, I see the wind blowing and feel the chill in the morning air and I begin to despair. Another cold day, when will it be warm? It's mid- May, I want the sun shining all over me. I want.

I gingerly begin to move out of bed recognizing the effects of aging on my joints. If only the weather would get warmer, I will feel so much looser. If only.

I review the day to come in my mind and assess the activities with a disgruntled attitude. How will I accomplish everything? If only I had more time. If only. I choose my attire for the day and opine on the state of my body. Why did I eat all that bread? If only I had more self control I would be looking better in my swimsuit. If only.

I silently resolve to change all my bad habits and stay on the straight and narrow path to bliss. I want to be happy. I want.

Fortunately, it is at this point that I sit back down and begin my deep breathing. I center my breath in the region of my heart and I begin to settle into a rhythm. I then become aware of another rhythm, that of my heartbeat. I feel the synchrony of breath and heartbeat as I follow the two pulses. As I go deeper and deeper into this awareness, a certain shift happens. A sense of Divine rhythm takes over and I feel peace. I live in this moment until it fills my entire being, informs every cell and directs each thought. Peace in the present moment. Peace in the Presence. The singing bird comes.

Being present to yourself gives you the freedom to create your life as you desire. It is only when you let go of all that is without that you are able to see that which is within. This is the green tree of your heart. It does bear the fruit that you desire and it is capable of sustaining you. If only you become aware of its presence. If only.

I am fond of saying that it takes the same amount of effort to say yes as it does to say no. When we choose thoughts of happiness and contentment, the circumstances for these to manifest in our lives happens. Life happens FOR us and WITH us when we are active participants.

It is not necessary to know the how or the why of your life plan, nor should it be. That is what makes the mystery of life. It is only necessary to be still in the presence of your Self and to listen. Intuition will speak to you. Enlightenment will arise and you will recognize the truth. This you will follow. This is your Bliss. Following your own heart's desire. Keep this green tree within and the singing bird will surely come. May The Blessings Be!

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