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  • Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves
    ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and
    what hold you back, and choose the path that leads
    to wisdom.


    I cannot always know why things I want get delayed. No matter how much I may fret, swear, stamp my feet, or cry into my pillow at night, I cannot negotiate with Fate, or push the river. Things are as they are.

    It is important for me to realize I cannot always know why the thing I want so much is not happening, or why I am stuck, stymied, for no visible reason. What I need at such times is great patience.

    And in this place of patience, I must give up self-will, let go completely, gather strength, and trust a Higher Power. I can refuse to be derailed or angered, or fear an opportunity is being lost. At such times, the discipline is to “put it on the altar.”

    When I am feeling delayed and frustrated, when I want to shake my fist at the sky, I remind myself I need to look at it this way: There is a Divine plan, and nothing happens outside of this plan.

    I see so little of Reality, with my small candle shining its narrow light, in this great, dark warehouse I call "my life." So many things are invisible and unseen. Maybe this delay I suffer is a protection from some unknown harm. I must never assume I know the whole story.

    If you have ever been in a ship, in a canal, passing slowly from one lock to another, you know that it takes many hours for a lock to fill up with water, to lift your ship up to the next stage of your journey. Know that even though it may seem you are stuck, stranded, kept from your onward path, know that even as you wait, wonderful things are happening just outside of your vision, and that a moment will come when you will say:

    "I see it all now. I see why I could not move. I see the larger plan, I see the whole of my life, and I realize, looking back, that this delay has been a blessing in disguise, protecting me.”

    And so I pause, get still, embrace this day,
    and wait for Love to move me on my way.

    (IPhone photograph by Alex 9-11-12)
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