Do you like treasure hunts? As a child, whether it was searching for Easter eggs or following clues, I loved it! As a mom, I created them for my own girls; scavenger hunts on birthdays, or turning mealtime into a game by hiding dinner around the house. I like discovery and hunting and exploring. Well, one evening this week I got much more than I ever expected. I stumbled upon a treasure hidden inside me.
It had been a long day. I had missed my usual late afternoon meditation and felt too tired to concentrate. I chose to listen to a recorded meditation just before bed. You may have heard them before, a gentle voice guiding you to a quiet space, asking you to recall someone you care about so you can be in touch with a warm feeling. I’ve led such meditations and enjoyed them with others before, but that evening when I was asked to recall a warm feeling, such as we have with someone very special to us, or a baby, or puppy, someone or something that evokes a tender love, I felt myself connected to a very warm feeling, one I know very well. Usually when it rises up I simply smile and move on, but that night I didn’t move on. I stayed in the puddle of warm, tender feelings. The facilitator invited me to move other people into that warm flow. Some I shied from being so open with, others were easier to embrace. It was a short and warm meditation time before bed.
The next morning, the experience lingered on. I realized that warm tender love is God’s Divine Love within me. It is there within me. All the time. ALL THE TIME. I don’t have to look for it out there, nor do I have to work at it. Instead,, I recognize that warm, tender, accepting, enjoying love is the expression of Divine Love through me. It’s like a loving hand within the glove of my life. Time again I’m invited to TRUST Love’s Presence within me, to relax and let Love smile through me.
What a treasure, Divine Love hidden within me. It’s not just in me, it’s in you too. Take a breath or two or three. Let the image of someone or something you care about surface. Stay there. Don’t move an emotional muscle. Stay in the warmth. You have Divine Love within you too. What a treasure! What a treasure within you. What a treasure you are.
Love and Prayers
Mystic in Motion
Companion on the Way with Contemplative Fire
Contemplative Fire Canada, Founder
Society Member with Shalem Institute for Contemplative Living
Companion on The Rivendell Way