Seasons Within Seasons

The insight comes - there are seasons within seasons in our lives, and lifetimes within lifetimes as well...

There are constant blessings to be found all around for those with the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Even adversity and challenges contain within the seeds of change and growth. There is always much we have to grateful for...

I thought of this as I meditated alongside a fellow devotee - feeling sweetly nourished in our shared practice yesterday evening. We were embraced by the powerful mantle of our meditation and the support of a sacred lineage of spiritual masters. We delighted in sharing experiences and stories.

This morning I read these words by Sri Yukteswar - Paramahansa Yogananda's own Master:

"Pain and pleasure are transitory;
endure all dualities with calmness,
trying at the same time to remove yourself
beyond their power..."

What wisdom in this phrase:
"Endure all dualities with calmness..."

As we move through the seasons within seasons in our lives, let us remember to turn inward, with our hearts and minds and souls fixed onto God as our beacon - navigating through the rough waters with the internal stillness that comes from our sanctified practice and devotion.

"Your soul is a beacon
of infinite power.
You can expand that power
from within and give light
and health, and understanding
to others."
- Paramahansa Yogananda

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