and sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful ...
I have uploaded a video with a reading of Herman Hesse's poem "stages". You can find it on youtube or by clicking the above button.
I love these quotes. They are simple yet magical and deep. Imagine to apply them to life every single day. You might say "I don't want endings every day" but as you go to bed the day ends... and as you wake up in the morning another day begins... So you are practicing it every day but maybe you never thought about it consciously.
Maybe you could consider to end your days with a thought of a few lines of gratitude - acknowledged with awareness or written into your journal. Maybe you could start your mornings being present and giving yourself the time that you need to begin it more aware and mindful. Every morning, in fact every moment, you have the opportunity to create a new and different reality and life for yourself and your loved ones.
I tend to wake up between 3am and 5am every morning. It is scientifically proven that those are "magical hours" and we might access different levels of consciousness and even creativity during those times. I follow my natural rhythm and I don't set an alarm. Instead of being restless I use those magical hours to contemplate and I am happy to wake up no matter what the clock shows.
I do fall asleep earlier at night and most of the time I am tired but also allow myself to go to bed early. I have no TV and no Netflix to keep me distracted and away from my healthy sleep. I also don't use social media like facebook/meta, twitter, instagram etc.
People can be sleepless because a gazillion of thoughts race through their mind. Thoughts that they create and often thoughts that keep them in a vicious circle. I admit it is not easy to step outside such a pattern especially when we go through stages of fear, anxiety and grief for example.
It is possible to change patterns and we need contemplative and similar tools to move into a calmer, more mindful and ultimately creative and reflective state. When I get up in the mornings I tend to be pretty zen, relaxed and aware. I don't want to start my day rushing and running around and being cranky with my children. My state of being has an effect on my children.
I try to treat each ending of the day as a completion of the day and not knowing what the next day might bring. If I feel any form of restlessness around a topic I trust that it will be resolved and while I might not have an answer for it yet, I might have to journal in the morning, contemplate and listen to higher frequency music.
Journaling can be very helpful. Writing down what's on our mind or even questions or statements can lead to breakthroughs. We don't have to write pages but we can. It does not have to be intellectually stimulating unless we feel a desire for it. It is truly enough to write down thoughts that come through without judging them. Sometimes it might be one sentence or question and other times it might be heaps. The importance lies in accepting and honouring whatever comes through.
What happens to our mind-set and to our lives if we approach every day as a new beginning which holds a magical force? We open up to new possibilities. We feel more empowered. We learn to trust the process. We give ourselves space to explore rather than jump to conclusion or react based on experiences. We allow ourselves to be in the unknown. We contemplate about the world, our lives, our purpose, our families, relationships, business, the universe etc. It holds so much potential.
We might even understand that we can't hold on to the old and even if we might not know what the new looks like we can take a small step towards it. That's all that is necessary: a small step that can turn out to be a quantum leap...
I have gone through many difficult and challenging experiences in my life. Yet I feel very much at peace. Of course, there are moments and days when I get triggered too but there is an evening when the day ends and there is a morning when a new day begins. I start my daily routine allowing the potential for: In all beginnings dwells a magic force.
Hermann Hesse's sentence came to me one morning in German. I only realise now that I have been practicing it for quite some time every single morning... I only observe now that I actually have a sort of morning routine. For me it is just how my mornings start and I never considered that it is a habit that is very beneficial for me and my family.
How are you getting up in the morning? Can you allow yourself to end the day at peace even though you don't know what the next morning will bring? What would your morning look like if you experienced it as Hesse describes it: In all beginnings dwells a magic force? Every single morning...
Below is a translation of Herman Hesse's German original "Stufen" so you can read the whole poem or watch it on the video above.
A translation of Hesse's original "Stufen"
As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.
Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.
If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slaves of permanence.
Even the hour of our death may send
Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces,
And life may summon us to newer races.
So be it, heart: bid farewell without end.
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