Breath = Spirit

“Now, spirit is associated with breath — to inspire, to breathe in. Spirit is also the animating force; it’s the dynamic spiritual force throughout the whole universe. This is where Jesus came from. He descended from heaven, from the realm of spirit, and he’s able to usher spirit in so that you realize it within yourself.” Adyashanti in Resurrecting Jesus

Usher Spirit in. Take a deep breath. Feel the animating force of the universe. It’s really that simple.

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The Message of the Jesus Story

“The truth, I would suggest, is that you poured yourself willingly into form out of infinite love in order to redeem the entirety of this life. When seen from that perspective, all of a sudden life looks very different. You stop holding back from life, your inner life or the life around you, because the Kingdom of Heaven is within and all around you. That’s the message of the Jesus story.” Adyashanti in Resurrecting Jesus

SoulBEarth Adyashanti Resurrecting Jesus awaken awakening Truth love Reading Resurrecting Jesus this Christmas season has been transforming and eye opening. It’s a totally fresh perspective on the Jesus story and how it mirrors our own human experience of awakening.

It’s been especially helpful as I’m starting to teach the little humans I’ve been entrusted to care for about the real meaning of Christmas, but without all the religious details. So far I’ve only told them that Christmas is actually a celebration of Jesus’ birthday and why we’d want to celebrate this man for his qualities of kindness, love, giving and honesty.

But it’s more than that. How do I convey the deeper message to these little people? I know they’re not totally ready at ages 2 and 4, but they sure do know already how to repeat things they’ve heard! What we tell them becomes their inner dialogue and it’s never too early to plant seeds of true wisdom. I just try to keep it simple and trust they’ll get the message they need for now. The same is true for all of us. Everything we need to know is revealed in the right moment. It’s much simpler than we make it out to be.

I’m constantly inquiring to the ethers, “What’s the truth? And how do I express it with clarity and compassion?” Just like Jesus. For we were all created in human form to “redeem the entirety of this life.” How that manifests in each human form will be different, and not up to us to determine or understand. That’s where faith comes in, right? And trust that with the Kingdom of Heaven within and all around us, there’s no way to go astray. It’s all part of the totality of life as divine being in human form.

A Little Book called Nowhere Better

“We are on a voyage of discovery with no endpoint. Rather, it is an endless exploration of how to be in the world for the benefit of ourselves and all beings.” Adyashanti

Nowhere Better Childrens book cover Veronica Cockerill SoulBEarth present moment awarenessI’ve just published a little children’s ebook called Nowhere Better. You can find it here for a whopping $1.99.

For years, I’ve been playing with how the words “nowhere” and “now here” are the same:

When you’re nowhere else, you’re now here, in this moment.
Nowhere is Now Here.
There’s nowhere to be but now here.

Be Now Here and Nowhere else.

But it wasn’t until last year that the thoughts started to come together. After reading hundreds of children’s books in the past five years, it struck me how there is little for books about the deeper truths of life presented in a simple, light, rhythmic way for kids to understand. This book, and several others in the works, are the product of this urge to teach kids what really matters. (Even though most of them already know, and we should really be following their lead.)

What I’ve also noticed is that some of the most popular children’s books aren’t really written for kids at all, but for the adults reading to them. We own several “national bestsellers” that my kids don’t look twice at, but that I love because of the sweet, sentimental message. This book is kind of like that too. As I say in the description, “It’s never too early to teach that really right now, here, is the only moment there ever is. It’s also an important reminder for every adult in their life. The more we can embody presence, the better chance they have to retain that child-like present moment mind.”

If no one reads the book except for my children, it will have been worth every effort. For as it is with this blog, I wrote it for them. If someone else finds benefit from it, that’s just a bonus. If you find that you like this book, please share it with others you think might find value in it, or write a review.

Thank you for this little space in your day, in your life, in the eternal presence of existence called “you”. Always remember…There is Nowhere Better to be than where you are now. There is no one better to be than who you are now. And there is nothing better to do, have or see that is better than what is Now Here for you.