It’s important not to wait for things to change into something we like or approve of before we bless it.
Especially it’s vital to bless the stuff we find difficult to handle — such as loss and disappointment.
We are either blessing or cursing everything in our lives, consciously or not. There really are no neutral thoughts.
As I was writing this, I walked out to the mail box and found a $160 speeding fine in the mail. Cosmic humor at work.
It even had my picture on it, so it must have been my personal blessing.
However, my first response was not to declare it a blessed event.
As I listened inwardly I became aware that my mind was conjuring up stories about unfairness of this ticket.
I was recalling the steep hill I had been driving on when I was ticketed and grumbling. Who could be expected to go 25 miles up this hill on such a wide street with so little traffic?
I allowed some time to huff and puff, and then I asked myself. “What am I doing?”
I realized I had been going down a track that was headed towards more suffering, so I climbed off that train of thought.
I brought myself back to my breath — feeling this breath in the center of my belly. I began to sense calmness moving through me.
I then became aware of an underlying mantra within me repeating: all things work together for good. (‘cause that’s the nature of the universe. It all works for good, whether we are aware of it or not.)
Then another thought popped up about my being a citizen of this amazing world.
As a citizen I needed to support the work of the Milwaukie Police Dept. I live here.
So what’s unfair? I’m sure I have gone over the speed limit many times and not received a fine. This is my time, that’s all.
I breathed a big sigh of relief, and began using a phrase from the Buddhist equanimity practice.
“This is the way it is for me, for now.”
It’s just for now. Everything changes. So what can I not accept? What can I not bless? It’s up to me.
And what will not benefit by my blessing?
As I remember to bless all the happenings of life I realize ever more deeply how things have a way of working out.
So, I bless this moment. Let me blessing to all the people I meet today. Let me bless all those I think about, for we are together in my mind.
By blessing everything, I don’t lose a thing! I gain.
This is the way it is, for me, for now. And this is enough.
None of us knows enough to see the future. Do we trust the universe, or not? It has brought us to this moment through 14 billion years of grace.
And here we are — still here. Still alive and able to bless.
The future awaits us.
It waits for our love, our blessing, our creativity.