Mindful Musings-Earth Day!

“Tales of Rebirth”

white and pink flowers under blue sky during daytime

Tales of rebirth

A genesis

New beginnings

A divine reception

Seeds growing

As winter rides

Faithfully off

Into the sunset

Spring rains

Bring

Gardens to till

But this time

One finds

The secret of life

Hidden in plain sight

Just like the Earth

Spinning

On her cosmic wheel

Of birth and death.

Mindful Musings: Feb 28

“The Great Self”

By: Forrest Rivers

gray-and-black mallard ducks flying during day time

When the wind whispers

When the birds cry

When the thunder rumbles

And when the Earth shakes

Who is there to report

The glorious news

Of THIS moment’s promise?

When the wind whispers to your heart

When the birds cry in the trees

When the thunder rumbles overhead

And when the earth shakes beneath your feet

The transcendence of little self

Gives way to the heaven

Of the Great Self.

Forrest Rivers is a writer and teacher who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His new book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is now available on Amazon HERE

Mindful Musings: Feb 15

“None are by Accident”

By Forrest Rivers

silhouette of mountain under cloudy sky during daytime

The mountains and forests

The Sunrise and Sunset

The lakes, rivers and oceans

None are by accident

The plants and animals

The deserts and plains

The rain, lightning and fire

None are by accident

The Sun and the Moon

The planets and the stars

The galaxies and the Cosmos

None are by accident

Awareness, Presence and Light

Each are the spirit of the Eternal

Merging with the wisdom of form

Nothing in this Universe is by accident.

Forrest Rivers is a writer and teacher who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His new book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is now available on Amazon HERE.

Mindful Musings: Feb 9

“Earth Viewed from Space”

By: Forrest Rivers

view of Earth and satellite

If only we could view the Earth from the perspective of an astronaut in outer space. Then, we might finally marvel in wonder at this vast blue sphere of awe that we inhabit. Among the first things to be noticed from space would be the miraculous interrelation of all Earth’s land masses and oceans.  We would profoundly see that both expressions of creation form a mosaic of incomprehensible unity and perfection. As we continued to stare off in admiration of our Divine Mother, indescribable waves of love and compassion would fill our souls with faith and understanding. We would instantly recognize that all the wars and greed; and all the famines and disease are products of the illusion of separation. We would then feel this burning love and compassion grow into a space of wisdom as vast as the Universe itself. We would come to know that all forms are projections of the One Universal mind.

Mindful Musings: Jan 3

“A New Role Model”

By: Forrest Rivers

green trees on brown rock mountain during daytime

As a society, we place great emphasis on cultivating role models for our youth. Unfortunately for us all, ours reflect the egoistic values of the culture. These principles include: celebrity fame, material wealth, physical beauty, and personal charisma. It should not be surprising to find that actors and actresses, athletes, business leaders, pop musicians, and even politicians(at least in the age of Trump) become the objects of our youths’ affection. As more of us come to awaken, we will see that our youth need new role models to emulate and loving guides to follow. The question is, who will stand in to replace our pop-culture icons?

        How about parents?  If they were to live more freely and were not as inhibited by societal conditioning, then possibly.  Until then, most young people will go on regarding their parents as out of touch with the realities of being a child. What about teachers? Surely they play an instrumental role in the evolution of our youth. Unfortunately, many children come to regard their teachers with great suspicion. For either subconsciously or consciously, many young people believe educators are conspiring to sequester their souls. To an extent they are right. The formal education system is little more than a rigid indoctrination machine. It trains our youth to become good worker bees and consumers. Personal growth is relegated to the back burner. Might our church leaders come to fill this gap? How many young people WILLINGLY attend religious services?

            Let’s think grander. Need our new role model(s) even be in human form? This brings us to a more suitable candidate who also happens to be the epitome of perfection: Mother Nature. Why couldn’t the majesty that is the green oasis, stand in for our standard bearers of ego? There is already a precedent for this. Scattered throughout the world, are numerous indigenous tribes who regard the earth as sacred.  From holding her up as an idol, our youth would learn how to coexist with all beings in a peaceful and harmonious manner.

Through observing the interactions between a flower and a bee, children would learn about cooperation. From the tree it would learn about faith, for the tree trusts that rain will fall and the sun will shine. Atop the summit of a mountain, our youth would be schooled in the way of unity as they gain a bird’s eye view of how her wondrous singularities (such as the water, rocks, and trees) give form to the whole of a picture perfect mosaic. Finally, the child would learn of truth. They will see that no being in the natural world lives by way of deception. Each act as they are intended to by our Creator. The snake hunts and kills frogs and rodents to survive. It is not ashamed of who he is by nature. Nor does the tree dress up as a mountain so that she may impress the river. The tree is content with just being it.

Most importantly, elevating nature to that of “guru” status would make us all more loving and compassionate beings. Let us set out together to spread the word that we have re- anointed an old and long lost role model: The Earth.