in just 24 hours…

…so much can shift. Indeed in a moment, our lives can change.

The last 24 hours have been challenging on many fronts. Watching drama unfold in many places close to me, I felt the ache of the seeming unraveling of the fabric of an immediate and extended family. What I realize is that some are in the process of individuating and others are seeking to fit in…at any cost. The cost of “fitting in” is very high and those who are unconscious to what they are choosing to do will eventually come home to themselves and see what was lost in the venture of life thus far (or they will not). I finally started to wake up to this years ago…and the road is bumpy and challenging and deeply rewarding and most of all, ongoing.

The pull for us to fit in is powerful, for belonging is what we seek, and we fear being marginalized, left out or chastised for being different…truly being ourselves. Fitting in and belonging are very different things, as Brene Brown has clarified in her years of research. Nevertheless, fitting in is still the norm for many who have not yet seen the wall ahead.

“Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”

Our internal process of shifting from unconscious to conscious is multi-dimensional and requires so much of the following; acceptance of who we are, who we have been, what we wish to be and do; mixed with a lot of love, forgiveness, acceptance and courage. Courage, which is born in the heart leads us to fully embrace our vulnerability as we step fully into our life each moment, each day and in each situation which challenges us to the very core of who we are. I had to return to what I know as I awoke this morning, for the last 24 hours challenged me…and my heart was aching.

I was concerned for a family member in the hospital, while watching the loose fabric of my immediate and extended family unravel as sides were taken over some dangerous propaganda. The disparate views and conflation of topics made it all the more challenging to observe. I simply felt sad about it all as I realized it was a living, breathing microcosm of where our country and planet are today.

Even as I feel deep sadness, I know all of this is a necessary part of life…today…here…now. It is a part of the process of the collective awakening of humanity.

Here is what I know…

Faith and Trust in the Energy of Love to transform all that it touches will get us through this for as long as it takes. I know I will not live long enough to see the results of the current shift across the world and my faith in love and the unseen and unknown remind me that I am grateful to be here now.

When I feel sad, lost or separated from those I love, I return to what is grounding…my love for trees and what they show us by their very being. Yesterday, a fellow blogger shared a quote early in the day which seemed to be preparing me for the day ahead. Thank you, Theresa, Soul Gatherings for this quote:

Storms make oaks take deeper root.

~ George Herbert ~

Early this morning, as I enjoyed my coffee with soft music in the background, a song started to play that I have always found soothing.  I listened and allowed the soothing rhythm of the melody and the Sanskrit prayer to settle in. Like the quote above from yesterday, perhaps as a harbinger then, this song played only for a brief few moments; shorter than its full recording and long enough for me to research the prayer and it’s meaning. Balm for an aching heart…salve for my soul this day. Here is a link to the YouTube video of Tina Malia singing Om Sarve and the words – in Sanskrit with the English meaning follow. If you need it, please close your eyes and let it settle in.

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

Sarvesham Shantir Bhavantu
Savresham Purnam Bhavantu
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavantu
Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Niramayah
Sarve Bhadrani Pasyantu
Ma Kascit Duhkha Bhaghavet.
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

May all be Healthy
May all get Peace
May all get complete wisdom
May all be blissful
Everybody be happy,
Everybody be healthy
See everybody as one
Never sadness will touch.
Om Peace Peace Peace


May your day unfold in ways that bring what you need…even if you cannot recognize it as such.

May you find what you need to transform, heal and open to the beauty of your light within so that you can shine, shine, shine.



4 thoughts on “in just 24 hours…

  • A deep and beautiful reflection, Carrie. Life can change in an instant. I thought of this as I greeted the morning on my back porch. Emergency sirens were blaring, a common occurrence in my neighborhood. Firetrucks and ambulances often visit the elders’ apartment complex across the street. This morning, though, they pulled into the elementary school. I knew there was nothing I could do, but it led me reflect on the plight of children and families in times such as these. Adversity and tragedy do present learning opportunities but at such a steep price sometimes. Perhaps all we can do is bear witness with caring and compassion in some circumstances.

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    • Carol…your words…”Perhaps all we can do is bear witness with caring and compassion in some circumstances,” are so meaningful and definitely apropos. When we ache, often this is all we can do for ourselves as well as offer to others. Thank you for this wise and beautiful, healing offering.

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  • This struck a chord with me: “I simply felt sad about it all as I realized it was a living, breathing microcosm of where our country and planet are today.” This comparison seems apt for my current situation. We are going through some family drama after my father-in-law’s death, and I find myself saddened and shocked by the way some family members are acting. I suppose it’s always a jolt to find out that you don’t know someone as well as you thought you did or to find yourself having faith enough to see past the smoke-and-mirrors (I’m putting that politely — the word that originally came to mind is BS) that some use to distract from or obscure what might be the truth (or a truth).

    Thank you so much for your calm and insightful look at things. And for the words and link to Om Sarve. I have that on a CD and never could quite make out all of the Sanskrit words. Now I know what they are. Thank you. ❤

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    • Robin, thank you so much for sharing what you are experiencing. I am often amazed at the similarities in the experiences of many of us during the same period…a powerful affirmation of the energies above in planetary alignments and the symbolism therein. The BS factor can be an intense piece in a grieving process, among a mixed group of people, some who conscious and unconscious…and all human with emotions all over the place! Sadly, many don’t see the common denominator…that we are all hurting. It’s a place to begin together, and we often miss it. I’m reminded, too, that each of us sees the same thing differently. Therefore what is truth for me may not be truth for another. Our lenses are different. I have chosen to allow my love and memories of one who has made their transition to be solely mine. Others may have theirs. I offer my heartfelt condolences to you and M as you work through all that unfolds with these events. I hope that you will find the words and translated meaning of Om Sarve to be a healing balm for your soul as you navigate these challenges. ❤️


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