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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Walking on Sunshine

From the first time I heard the song "Walking on Sunshine" many years ago, I loved the imagery it brought to mind and the feeling of lightheartedness and joy it evoked. Today I met up with a friend to go for a long walk. We had both expressed the need to get outside for some fresh air because the cold and gloom of winter has a tendency to make us reclusive. In spite of the minus 12 degree crispness to the air, it felt so good to breathe in the freshness, move my limbs, and be reminded of the beauty and stillness that winter has to offer. I did, indeed, feel like I was walking on sunshine.

As we walked and talked, I found myself paying attention on purpose; a practice I have been learning from my classes in Applied Mindfulness Meditation. In my recent decision to commit once again to living a life of Spirit based on the principles of A Course in Miracles, I wanted to be fully aware of my thoughts and how I showed up in my day.

At different times, I became aware of my tendency to be overly focused on the icy path, thus missing the beautiful scenery around me, and at times even fading away from the conversation at hand. It became a practice of bringing my attention back to the conversation and still being able to be mindful of my footing. I began to notice the difference in experience and the emotions I felt when I was able to be both attentive to the conversation, anticipating the words and sentiments being expressed instead of rushing ahead of it, AND I was still able to walk safely while absorbing the beauty of the surroundings.

Strolling alongside the river, observing the starkness of the trees outlined against the clear sky, the shimmer of the birches, the soft gargle of the icy river, the crunch of ice and snow under my feet, and the refreshingly cool air breathed into my lungs, I heard the familiar tune inside my mind singing joyfully.

"I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that its true
and I don't want to spend all my life , just in waiting for you.
Now I don't want u back for the weekend, not back for a day,
no no no I said baby I just want you back and I want you to stay
I'm walking on sunshine, woooah
and don't it feel good!! "

Foremost in my mind these past few days has been my prayer to Holy Spirit to release me from my false perceptions and to help me see again with spiritual eyes. For a moment, walking on my stretch of sunshine, I felt the gratitude in my heart for knowing that God was with me all along in spite of all those times I stood at the fork in the road and sided with ego. These little side road journeys may temporarily take me away from my purpose, but never do they remove from me the truth of who I am. Today I witnessed Spirit in action and saw Spirit reflected in the image of my friend.

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