The months are easing away from us just like a roaring tide from the shoreline. I must admit that this year seems to be going by rather quickly for me. Of course as is always, being the perfectionist that I am, I am not satisfied with what I’ve accomplished so far this year. I think that may be the case with some of you too. Sometimes no matter what we do for ourselves or others it never seems to be enough and we are most often our own worst critics.
It is my job to inspire myself and others by examining the deep layers of life and this month I’m going to concentrate on finding the sweetness at the center of our world so I will be presenting some Jasmine for July.
Jasmine is a beautiful flower isn’t it? It’s very delicate and so sweet smelling. In arabic, jasmine means “gift from God.” It’s essence is often used in perfumes, essential oils and tea. Some fancy chefs have even made ice cream out of it. One of the most intriguing things about the jasmine flower is that it only blooms at night. The flowers are picked in the morning when their petals are tightly closed and then they are stored in a cool place until nightfall.
Let’s think about that. Often times in our lives just as we are about to give up our own petals begin to open and wonderful things happen. Before then we may feel like we are in a dark place with no sun and no hope. But what if just like the jasmine flower, we are meant to bloom under the cover of night? When there is light in our lives we are so distracted aren’t we? We have meetings to plan, parties to go to, people to meet and impress and lovers to caress. We rarely stop and inhale the sweetness of what drives our success. As frustrating as it is, sometimes we learn the most when our comforts are stripped away and those neon lights of life are dimmed.
Unlike the rest of the world who was so intrigued with the show Lost for the past couple of years, I am just now getting on the bandwagon. I have completed watching the first two seasons and it has been a thrill ride. Of course the plot is way over the top, but what I’m liking so far about it is seeing how these people are adjusting to being in the dark. Some of them are resolving issues from their pasts, seeing visions and receiving big miracles, some of which I’m sure they never would have experienced if they were still living their normal lives and not stranded on a mysterious and dangerous island. Some of them have even tapped into the sweeter parts of themselves and those they love.
So what can we learn from these observations?
- Savor the Sweetness of Silence: Some of us always need to be doing something, creating something (guilty!) or discovering something. When we have times of stillness we feel guilty and often angry. We don’t savor silence or enjoy times when we are not in control. It’s almost painful for us to sit still. There is much to be learned when we can tune out from our noisy lives. Take an afternoon to go to the park and read something for enjoyment. If you have a backyard, buy some seeds and start a garden. As you till your land, become one with it and listen to those wonderful whispers as your hands caress the earth. You’ll never know the secrets the universe has to tell you if you’re always in overdrive. Be quiet, listen and learn. Then teach others.
- Embrace the Emptiness: No one likes to lose anything. Whether it’s a job, loved one, or even their path in life. Loss can make us go crazy. We beat ourselves up wondering if we could have done more to keep what we most cherished and depended on. Sometimes the things or people we lose were not what was best for us anyway, but we can’t see that in our grief. When we are done grieving, we must embrace the empty space we are left with. It is not an easy thing to do at all, but if we can find one thing about the emptiness that is positive then we can build on it. If it’s a lost job, focus on some things you never had time to do before, like read a series of books or visit friends. If you’ve lost a loved one, celebrate and remember the best of them. Create something in their honor. If they were a negative influence in your life, wish them well on their journey and take your joy back. Empty spaces are future “plenty places.”
- Prepare for incoming Plenty: How do we prepare for incoming favor and plenty? By clearing out areas either mentally or physically that hold things we no longer need. It is easier to clean out a physical space than a mental one, but it can and should be done. How can you have room for a new car if your old beaten up Buick is still sitting in the driveway blocking your Bentley blessing? When we clear waste from our space, new blessings can be manifested and take their place.
So these are just a few things to ponder as we experience the wonder of July. Hopefully it will be a great month filled with sunshine, but even if storm clouds brew, embrace the darkness and perhaps when morning comes your yard will be filled with beautiful jasmine flowers.
Have a Sweet and Happy July!
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Savor, embrace and Prepare.. Sound advice for all of us to Savor…Embrace the concept and prepare to use it in our lives!! Really enjoyed reading and thinking about this!!!
Thanks Jim! As much as I needed to write this, I truly needed to READ it and adhere to it. Have a blessed day!
wow…your words are so inspirational and thought provoking … i admire your commitment to your writing,keep up the good work and continue to keep us inspired…… thanks
Thanks Karlene! What a sweet thing to say about my writing. I appreciate that and you very much. I hope you have a glorious birthday and that you receive some beautiful flowers today. You deserve them. Cheers and blessings!
Your words are reflections of who you are and I truly admire you Tameka. Of the words I’ve learned in life, the ones I truly like are savor and embrace. We could come up with a whole lot of meanings for them but they capture everything in life. I love jasmines. I’ve never seen a real one though and the scent I’ve smelled only through perfumes. “A gift from God” is so precious! I’m on the road towards embracing life and silence, balancing night with day.I have yet to discover the wisdom of emptiness that creates more space towards something new but I will prepare for God’s surprises in my life 😉
I truly loved this 🙂 YEY!
I smell jasmines in this page. Breathing life as I read every word. It’s amazing how jasmines bloom at night. You’ve mentioned a whole string of something we could ponder rightfully at this time —Night, Silence, Empty spaces. Everything is wanting and lacking. And yet there’s a promise hidden in all of them—Day, Joy and Plenty.
Wonderful affirmative post Tameka!
firstly a very happy july ahead, tameka.
jasmine is white, resembling clarity with purity. it has its own aroma. these two specialities of jasmine influences the darkness, white radiated at night to have a new beginning with bright light like a new day with sun rise. sun rise is an opportunity to leave one more day, to compose our purpose of living through creativity, to fill emptiness with our existence. i embrace your concept and accept JASMINE as a fun-filled july.
Hi Melissa! Maintaining balance between light & dark, abundance and lack is something that I think a lot of us must deal with. I am on the same journey you’re on sister! Let’s continue to push each other on! Cheers!
Thanks Blognostics! I love how you summed up my words. Beautiful! I love the idea of promise. It gives us a reason to believe and hold on!
Thank you so much Sancheeta! I wish the same to you. I truly appreciate your take of the mysticalness of the jasmine flower. Not only does it smell good, but it provokes us to think on a deeper level about our lives. You have laid out your thoughts in lovely symmetry. Have a wonderful week ahead!
Enjoy the silence and the emptiness. So simple yet so elusive in this highly-connected world. Just merely going offline and turning off the cellphone make a world of difference. 🙂
Need this reminder, Lyric Fire!
Thanks so much for your comment AJ!