Time to Awaken! – Part 3
Appreciate the Eternal Now
This moment is all we have. The past is gone and the future is not yet here. Each moment is gone so quickly. Whatever is happening is doing so right now in this eternal holographic present. Spirit often likes to remind me to appreciate this eternal now for all is always changing and moving forward. We are all just passing through this worldly existence.
Like clouds drifting in the sky, we are all just passing through this earthly existence. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2019. All rights reserved.
In October of 2014, I was reminded about this fragile gift of life when I opened an email from a poetry organization that told about the death of renowned poet, Galway Kinnell. I could feel Spirit encouraging me to appreciate the grace that is always around us while we are here in physical form.
I listened to some poems read by Kinnell when he received the very distinguished 2010 Walt Whitman prize for poetry. He was 83 at the time. You can hear his readings at http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/galway-kinnell.
Kinnell leaves a rich legacy of his poetry that records priceless memories and recollections from his life.
Called Into Service to Share Our Gifts
One poem titled “Wait” brought up the poignancy of these lives we are given and the service we may be asked to render to help another at any time. A young woman at Sarah Lawrence College, where Kinnell was teaching, told him about a recent breakup she had with her boyfriend. She revealed she was not sure how she could go on living without him. Kinnell told her to come back later that day.
After a recent breakup with her boyfriend, a student revealed to Kinnell that she was not sure how she could go on living without him. Photo by Glenda Otero from www.freeimages.com.
When she returned, he read her the poem he had crafted just for her. The gift he gave her was a special message for her to awaken to the riches awaiting her in life. Because of his compassion and generosity, he also gifted the world with his beautiful poem that will live on long after both of them have passed:
By Galway Kinnell
Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.
Don’t go too early.
You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.
I know “awakening” and being grateful for the grace that is always around us is not always easy, especially when life’s stresses abound. Despite my own will to aspire to this grateful, awakened state, there will be days when I will still whine and complain. When thoughts and circumstances seem too hard to bear, I will wish for release from all worldly cares and struggles. And then I shift back into gratitude and acknowledge all my many blessings and the precious gift of this life.
How Can I Be of Greater Service to You?
We all came here to fulfill our purpose and our souls all have so much work to do. As I strive to awaken more often in my own life, to be in great gratitude and awe of this blessed gift, I want to ask, “How I can be of greater service to you?” Perhaps in one of my angel counseling and healing sessions, you can experience a new “breakthrough” to “break free.” Maybe I can help you feel more alive and more grateful and help you awaken to a multitude of glorious moments that you might otherwise have missed. My best hope is to become a channel for greater service in the world and to help transform others as I work on raising my own vibration.
As a result of these important messages from Spirit, I have created some special packages for clients called “Time to Awaken to Joy and Abundance.” You can check these packages out here. You can also choose to have a single counseling and healing session with me. To learn more about what to expect in this single session, click here.
Please call upon me to help you move forward with more ease and grace. Let me help you open your heart to all the blessings that await you. Raise your hand if you are called and say “yes” to move through blocks that might be keeping you from experiencing more health and joy in your life. Say “yes” to more fully embracing your life purpose and this great gift of your life.
You can schedule a free 30-minute get-acquainted session with me to see if I can help you at www.meetme.so/donnaelhaber. Maybe you will be guided to work with me so we can schedule your “wake up” session. Let’s see if we can dive deep to open up so much more love and gratitude in your life. You deserve nothing less than to be able to appreciate and savor so many precious moments awaiting your attention, awareness and your heart.
Raise your hand if you are called and say “yes” to move through blocks that might be keeping you from experiencing more health and joy in your life. Say “yes” to more fully embracing your life purpose and this great gift of your life. Photo by Sanja Gjenero from www.freeimages.com.
If we work together, we can dive deep to open up so much more love and gratitude in your life. There are so many precious moments for you to appreciate and savor that are awaiting your attention, awareness and your heart. Photo by Rick Hawkins from www.freeimages.com.
Why Did We Agree to Incarnate Here?
In one of his talks, Dr. Bruce Lipton, scientist, author and speaker, asked his audience why we incarnated here if all is so wonderful and all about love and freedom on the other side. He answers the question by talking about the grace of having our five senses and our imagination and what they enable us to do on this Earth plane. From chocolate and flowers, to sunsets and romantic encounters, we come here to experience, enjoy and create. Life is a gift filled with so many possibilities and so many extraordinary surprises. He also affirms that we bring with us an energetic field and have the power to change our experiences by changing our beliefs.
“Waking Up” Before We Die
In the finale of her magnificent introduction to Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, Natalie Goldberg writes, “I’m sure that many times when the marathon monks awoke at midnight to prepare to run, they had an urge to go back to sleep, but the path was ahead of them.” At a mindset retreat I attended, the teacher showed a video of a commercial for Nike. It showed a female Olympic athlete who awakes every day at dawn to brace through the ice and cold to do relentless and difficult workouts to achieve her goals. She shows up and does the grueling work – no matter what. She is committed to her divine purpose and to her success.
Goldberg continues, “We, who are not marathon monks, wake up and have the toothbrush before us – brushing our teeth! The great ritual that gets us out of bed – and then we have the blank page in front of us, or the school bus, or the phone ringing. We all must go on down that highway. Our life is the path of learning, to wake up before we die.”
And then we have the blank page in front of us… Photo from www.freeimages.com. Photo by Dora Pete, http://www.flickr.com/photos/porah/.
As William Wordsworth wrote in his magnificent poem “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”:
“Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.”
“To me the meanest flower that blows can give/ Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.” Photo by Donna El Haber, 2019. All rights reserved.
Simplest Joys Can be the Sweetest Treasures
Sometimes it is the simplest of joys in life that become the sweetest of treasures. At the end of a mindset retreat I attended in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in October 2014, I returned to my room as my husband left for a job interview. I looked out the window at the beach and the dark green-blue water on that rain-soaked day and saw the most beautiful rainbow.
When I looked down from my twelfth-floor hotel window, there was not even a single person walking on the street. It seemed as though there was just me and this huge rainbow, a clear message from Spirit. Every moment gives each of us an opportunity to become more grateful and to wake up to even the simplest of joys. Those are the ones that can be the most remarkable and life-changing.
Here is the left side of that beautiful rainbow. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2015. All rights reserved.
News of a Tragic Death
A few months ago, I learned from my neighbor about the tragic and sudden death of a beautiful seven-year-old boy named Gavin who was her son’s best friend. He was the son of her dear friends, Tawni and Chris. In his short life, he has become a great teacher for many. His death, which is so difficult to fathom and so heart-wrenching for all who knew and loved him, teaches us about this precious and fragile gift of life. In death, he and his parents were heroes, donating Gavin’s organs to save lives. To watch a video and read more about their story, go to https://fox5sandiego.com/news/parents-share-inspiring-message-after-sons-sudden-death/.
Regardless of age, no tomorrow here is ever promised. That’s why it’s so important to savor whatever moments you have and to try, whenever you can, to honor this sacred gift of life. Even in his death, Gavin and his parents honored the sacred gift of life by donating his organs to both children and adults, offering them all a chance to savor and appreciate the extended time they were given through those miraculous gifts.
In an interview with Lewis Howes, author, teacher and coach, Brendon Burchard, who has had two serious brain trauma accidents, talks about learning to savor life and become more present. When he hugs, he holds a few seconds more than he would have prior to his accidents. It is so important for him to feel the significance of each day, person and meaningful interaction. He wants to be present for each moment and more aware. To see a video and read the transcript of his talk about “Positivity and Presence,” go to https://brendon.com/blog/power-of-presence-positivity/.
May we all wake up to the great gift we have been given and also to the great gifts that are ours to share with the world. Sometimes we need to raise our hands and just say “yes” to get the help we need to become more in touch with our innermost selves and move higher and higher into the vibrations of gratitude and transformation.
May we all wake up to the great gift we have been given and also to the great gifts that are ours to share with the world. Photo from www.freeimages.com. Photo by Ayhan Yildiz, www.gtso.org.tr.
May we go deeper within and higher above to live lives where we awaken more and more to who we truly are, and then share that “aliveness” with others and our gifts, living the blessed divine purpose we came here to fulfill.
With blessings and gratitude to you for sharing this precious journey with me,
Rev. Donna Ellen El Haber
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