Divine Moments

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Does everything really happen for a reason?  Is there even such a thing as a “divine moment”? Perhaps it’s a time where our reality seems to line up with our hopes and dreams.  Maybe it’s a circumstance or situation that we had hoped for, that seemed impossible, that now sits clearly in front of us. Is it possible for these moments to arrive and we don’t see them?  Or is it more likely that we chose to ignore their existence; passing it off as, “this is too good to be true”.  My guess is that this moment, that I imagine and honestly have hoped for, will not come without risk. Could it be that it will be both so obvious and so confusing all at the same time?

These thoughts have been on the forefront of my heart lately. Recently I’ve been talking with a friend about these very things.

We wake up each day faced with both challenges and opportunities. Most times we can look at them, take them at face value, make decisions, and move on.  Then along comes a circumstance that the more we think about it the more our head and our heart seem somewhat conflicted. We look at what’s happening, it’s exactly when we’ve wanted, but now that its here, we’re not sure what to do about it.  Thankfully, these are not daily, monthly, or even annually, however, I am now convinced that when these moments confront us, we are at a crossroads; a point where our simple decision making skills are not enough to process the event.

My personal fear is that when this moment arrives I will chose to make the “head” decision without listening to my “heart”; or vise-versa… I am not suggesting that I will follow my heart at any cost, or eliminate my heart from the equation; but I am thinking that I will need to take the time to challenge both.  Whenever I have that strong inner nudge, I need to consider the fact that this “feeling” just might be a moment that I’ll miss if I’m not paying close attention. Feelings are funny too. Just because we lack the feelings, doesn’t mean that this isn’t an amazing opportunity either. Sometimes we have to grow into feelings. And I constantly remind myself that feelings always change.  In either case I don’t want to miss a potential life altering moment by over-thinking or over-feeling.

The “Harmonic Convergence” was the world’s first globally synchronized meditation. It occurred on August 16–17, 1987, which correlated to an exceptional alignment of planets in our solar system. The chosen dates marked a planetary alignment with the Sun, Moon and six out of eight planets.  Although that might not have anything to do with your situation, it’s a metaphor for this type of moment. It’s a point in our life where circumstances beyond our control all begin to line up.  Many times this comes with an opportunity.  It might be an offer of the dream job, maybe a promotion, perhaps it’s a relationship, or a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel around the world.  No matter what it is, that opportunity is only there for a brief time and then it’s gone.  The moment may last only a day, a month, or maybe even a little longer, but it’s still only a moment. If we ignore it, it will eventually go away. Wow… no pressure, huh!!??

Recently I put the following comment up on my FaceBook page.

Some things in life are pretty straight forward, while other things that should be easy, seem really difficult at times. I have decided that it’s those things that are worth stepping into. Hard yes, but just perhaps the rewards on the other end will be more than you ever expected.

So, how do you know what to do?  Can we ever be sure that the risk is worth taking? I am convinced that these moments will always bring with them the need to take a step into the unknown. Sure there are always consequences, but what are the benefits?

I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I do hope that when my “moment” comes I’ll be able to process it correctly.

First of all, I hope I know myself good enough to know what I want. I hope I’ll take the time and recognize whether this lines up with what I’m looking for.  If it seems too good to be true, maybe it’s because finally things are really going to work out.

Secondly, I hope I have the maturity to accept that, if it is what I’m looking for, it will probably look different than I imagined. Just because it looks or feels different than I thought it would, doesn’t mean it is any less real.

The third thing I hope is that I’ll have the courage to take the risk and not ignore it.  I know I will talk to family and close friends and get input, but will I have the clarity to make the decision for myself, based on what I want, and not based on the opinion of others?  Will I be able to follow my heart and stand against the wind, if need be?

And…… I truly hope that I’ll recognize that this moment will not last forever. I don’t ever want to look back and ask myself “What if…….?”