Last night I was feeling low about a few things—and was having a good inner talkin’ with myself.
While I believe in being positive and looking for the lesson in each challenge, I am human, and have my moments of own personal struggles.
At first I wasn’t being very nice and beating myself up internally for things I should have said or done, and didn’t.
But I know better that this won’t get me anywhere, yet, I needed to just be in that place for a while.
I decided to watch the replay of Super Soul Sunday from this past week in which Oprah interviewed Whintley Phipps, who is a minister and has the most beautiful singing voice.
His wisdom was what I needed to hear to stand in my truth and to forgive myself when I lose my way, just as I was feeling last night.
And out of the blue, Whintley burst out singing “Amazing Grace.” A song that never fails to bring tears to my eyes. What is it about that song that is so cleansing for the soul? I was grateful to hear him sing it and instantly felt uplifted.
This morning, after feeding the dogs, I went out to my Zen writing cottage to meditate for a few moments. I brought Gidget with me and thought perhaps she’d want to snuggle in her bed. But instead, she came over to the chair where I was getting ready to settle in. She was looking up at me as if she wanted to take in some meditation too.
I picked her up and she made herself comfortable next to me, where we sat in Zen for 15-minutes listening to some morning meditation music on Pandora.
I’d been meditating faithfully, but then stopped for awhile. But when I was done today I realized how I missed it and how much better I felt. I promised myself to build this back into my day again — even if on some days I can only fit in 5-minutes. It felt so good to be reminded of how it makes me feel better. I think perhaps Miss Gidget enjoyed it too.
After my meditation I read the days entry from a book I enjoy called “Journey to the Heart” by Melody Beattie.
And the passage for the day she talked about how the song “Amazing Grace” had been following her throughout her travels. But it was at one point along her traveling to different states when she heard the song yet again, thinking “Amazing Grace” was following her. But then she said, that “No, grace had found me.”
And she wrote about how the power of gratitude never wanes and how we should say it when we believe it and when we don’t… and soon again you will hear the music too – “this song of grace will touch you with its haunting melody.”
And this I knew, that even though I was feeling down and out last night, I’d come back to the surface again and find my way back to joy. No one ever promised that the journey to your deepest hearts desires was going to be easy.
But hearing Whintley sing this soul moving song last night, then reading it in Melody’s book, then lunch with a friend who told me about a ritual she shares with her girls of a cheer they do each morning about being happy – and how sometimes even when we aren’t, we have to believe we will be again.
The synchronicity of how this all unfolded for me within less than a 24-hour span leaves me feeling grateful for how the universe does indeed support us if we allow ourselves to move through what we are feeling, and if we are willing to do the work to get to where we want to be.
Amazing, amazing grace….indeed.
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