Today is Memorial Day, so I'll go here first. We remember and give thanks to those who have fought, are fighting and will fight with honor of, "...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." That's the second line in the Declaration of Independence.
The land, the space we call home is sacred, and when our boundaries or honor are threatened, so is our freedom. I see that on the large scale as well as the personal scale. If each one of us protects our sacred space with good boundaries and honor, will we feel and be more free? ...and happy? What if we mix in the courage of "To Thine Ownself be True"? How empowering is that?
It's no secret that I've been at war with myself and working to integrate that which pulls me apart. Remember the post "Will I Marry Me"? Isn't that what war is about? Two sides fighting against the other, and fighting for the freedom to be?
I enjoy the feeling of freedom, and I appreciate those fighting in honor of our country. Also I'm appreciating the parts of me that are dying and other parts that are uniting to protect my sacred space with good boundaries and honor. Just feel the truth and peace in that...
Oriah Mountain Dreamer wrote in "The Call": "We are called to value the power of presence more than we value the presence of power." May we bring our full attention to this day, so that our presence may be offered to all we encounter. May we be guided by the Presence that is always within and around us.
Ok, Ghandi also said..."Be the change you wish to see."
On this Memorial Day, may we honor the inner and outer world of war and death with the courage of living with truth, freedom and peace.