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  • Writer's picturePenelope Hurley

Looking Upward

Updated: Nov 11

Scripture: "I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth."

Psalm 121: 1-2 - A Song of ascents

"The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down; aspires and not despairs."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Music: "Blue Sky" Dickey Betts/ the Allman Brothers

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Message: Keep Looking Upward

It is so deeply human to look ahead, in joyful anticipation or fear - and to look back, at what has been lost and times of ease.

In the book , "Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha", Tara Brach writes:

“We are uncomfortable because everything in our life keeps changing -- our inner moods, our bodies, our work, the people we love, the world we live in. We can't hold on to anything -- a beautiful sunset, a sweet taste, an intimate moment with a lover, our very existence as the body/mind we call self -- because all things come and go. Lacking any permanent satisfaction, we continuously need another injection of fuel, stimulation, reassurance from loved ones, medicine, exercise, and meditation. We are continually driven to become something more, to experience something else.”

But it is only in looking upward - to the Divine, to the vastness of creation, to the skies that reflect such incredible beauty, that we can truly be mindful. In the present. Full of possibility. There is no doubt this is incredibly difficult to attain - and to me represents a goal that brings me to a better place each moment I succeed.

Is it getting easier? I don't know. But I know with each sunrise I am being called to keep searching.

"The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.” Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

"It's all a great mystery...Look up at the sky and you'll see how everything changes" Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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