My son Jimmy was reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (a Roman Emperor from the first century – yes I had to look that up). I laughed that MA’s ideas from nearly 2000 years ago are still so true today and much of why we’re creating Six Minutes Daily. Then, as I was writing this week’s blog, a student of mine sent the link below, saying “Here is one for you. My wife found this.”
As I listened, I smiled happy tears. Again, it’s not like these thoughts are a secret. And it’s one thing to read them or hear them and quite another to live the daily practice with a loud and busy world out there pulling us many other directions.
One key for me is to commit to the daily practice of remembering who I want to be, how I want to live, and holding onto something each day to be grateful for, even on the toughest of days. It’s not about perfection – or goodness knows I would have failed long ago. It is about the journey of learning and growing and getting up when we make a mistake with learning and kindness to ourselves. It is about taking the time to know where our Center is so all our activities, behaviors and actions begin to turn synergistically from a balanced source.
Funny how some thoughts stay in our world thousands of years after they were written.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius