Mindful Musings: March 29

“luminous Essence”

“Luminous Essence”

Having too little faith will turn one into a hopeless nihilist

But having an abundance of faith will attract others to your light

Don’t be like a dog chasing its tail

Or an office worker complaining day in and day out

Doing nothing to improve their lot—-

For behind all the world’s illusions lies the ultimate reality

At once transcendent and imminent

Filled to the brim with love

Beyond birth

Beyond death

Omnipresent

Within everything

But like an old lamp

You have to first remove the layers of dust

To see its luminous essence.

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: Mar 23

“A Sublime Realization”

pine trees field near mountain under sunset

One morning while hiking through the woods I had a sudden realization: I am in everything and of everything I am. As the birds sang their joyous melodies and as I breathed in the fresh mountain air, I said the following aloud to myself:

“I am those birds chanting their soulful incantations and I am the warm inviting air filling my lungs with the breath of another spring time in bloom.”

As I continued my little pilgrimage through the ancient forest and up an old logging road to higher elevations, I realized that I too, was a part of the mountains. I then began to feel rain drops gently fall upon me so I took refuge under a beloved and ageless tree. I wrapped my arms around its glorious trunk and gave it a great big bear hug! In that moment, I also realized that my wise friend, the tree, was also a part of me.

Finally, I arrived at the summit of a mountain with stunning 360-degree views. I stared in awe as a breathtaking smoky mist swept across the blue majestic peaks standing right there in front of me. Humbled, I basked in that moment knowing beyond a doubt that I am in everything and in everything I am.

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: Mar 19

“The Locksmith”

By: Forrest Rivers

skeleton key surround with dry leaves

Fear and selfishness

Unlock the gates of hell

Faith and service

Unlock the gates of heaven

You are the Locksmith:

Which of the two gates will you open?

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: Mar 18

“Love is all we Have”

By: Forrest Rivers

love one another chalk written on concrete floor

Love is all we have

Give peace to this world

And never waver

Love is all we have

Keep faith in this world

And always remember

To keep your inner light on

We must grow now together

Love is all we have

Show courage in this world

And never surrender

Love is all we have

The moment is now

To evolve in our awareness

Love

Faith

And truth

Is what we need!

Mindful Musings: Mar 17

“Hidden Truths”

By: Forrest Rivers

Boston fern on dried leaves

Speak

But don’t talk too much

Listen

Not with your ears

But through your heart

Move

But only as quickly

As your feet will allow

Seek

But only to fulfill your soul

Nothing else…..

And always remember:

Everything that came before

Made you who you are now.

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