We are well on the way to the longest day of the year… just past Beltane, the Celtic celebration of the half-way point between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice.  Beltane rituals often involved fire, and invoked protection for crops, herds, people, and encouraged growth and fertility. 

I’m also right around the corner of my 71st birthday. Wow.  At this juncture I decided to step out, and consider ways of reinventing myself, yet again.  I enrolled in an on-line course, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, offered by the firey and inspirational scholar, philosopher, and researcher in Human Capacities, activist for peace, Jean Houston.    It is a probing exploration of meaning and purpose.  I’m thrilled and touched already, and we’ve just started.

One exercise we are to do each day is to ask ourselves three questions:  What do I want from the Universe?  What does the Universe want from me?  What do we, the Universe and I, want together?

I  have noticed changes in just a few days.  I figured the Universe would ask of me that I be kind — kinder — toward myself and others.  And that intention has born fruit.  When I catch myself comparing, judging, I stop, breathe, and shift my focus.  If I know the person, I remember something of his/her goodness.  If it’s a stranger, I send a message of good will.  It’s a palpable change.  I can feel the difference in my body and my mind.  Imagine!

I  have treasured this quote and offer it to you now:

We are made of Light. There are moments of perfect happiness, moments when one feels so well, at peace with oneself and with others. Such moments of fullness exist. They are rare, perhaps, but we have all experienced them. Each of us is capable of living such moments. They continue to send signals to us even when we are in despair.”  Jacques Gaillot

As we move toward the longest day, let us focus on the light — what is light within us and each other.

Jill Schroder is the author of BECOMING: Journeying Toward Authenticity.  BECOMING is an invitation for self-reflection, and to mine our memorable moments for insights, meaning, andgrowth.  Check the website for a sample chapter, or see the reviews to get a flavor for the volume.  Follow me on Twitter, let’s be friends on Facebook :-)



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