Poem How Did you Die?

Poetry in April

April is National Poetry Month

I just finished the book A Secret Gift by Ted Gup.  In it’s heart wrenching and hope filled stories of The Depression, we get snippets of timely poetry and expressions of the true American spirit.  The stories reveal harsh truths that few Americans know and how hard the Depression really was. It  filled me with hope and deep appreciation for all the gifts in my life; the people, the opportunites, the joy of waking up each new day, having shoes, three meals a day, beautiful clothes and a roof over my head.  We are so lucky, even in these difficult times. 

The Nature of Your Mind

What strikes me about the poem I am sharing with you from Ted Gup’s book – is that, to me, this poem is timeless and speaks of ancient truths from India and beyond.  Life is not about what difficulties you have experienced, but how do you face those difficulties.   The nature of your mind literally determines the way that you experience a hardship, a triumph or joy. 

Haven’t you ever come across someone complaining about something that you thought, “Gee, I wish I had such problems; like where to invest all that money?”  It is the nature of the mind which makes something a difficulty – it is the nature of the mind that determines how you percieve that difficulty and better yet, what are you going to do about it?

How Did you Die?

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way

With a resolute heart and cheerful?

Or hide your face from the light of day

With a craven soul and fearful?

Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,

Or a trouble is what you make it,

And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,

But only how did you take it?

Edmund Vance Cooke          (first stanza from the poem by Cleveland, Ohio poet)

Entire poem here: http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/546.html

How Do You Live?

The poem says it all.   It is really asking “How do you Live?” ; what do you do with the adversities in your life?

Vedic Astrology and the Nature of Your Mind

The poem mentions a truth that I deal with daily.  Vedic astrology is a window into the mind and how we approach our difficulties and our triumphs.  With this window, I help counsel people to understand the many possibilites in any given situation, and often our solution is to see another way to ‘take’ the situation.  This new found freedom loosens us from the hold a ‘bad’ situation might have on us, and helps us find joy elsewhwere in our life, take the load off focusing so much on a diffiuclty or literally solve the problem. 

The window that Vedic astrology gives can reveal karmas, mental attitudes and exact timings of life events.  But what are those, unless we understand that the mind is what filters and experiences those events? And it is the practice of Vedic astrology that gives me such humble windows into helping a client turn an event – past, present or future – into a new story and new perspective;  to create understanding, appreciation and hope.   All of this depends on how we take it and what we do with it.

I am not discussing whether something is a ‘real’ difficulty or not, tragedies occur daily and they are very real.  It is the nature of the mind which determines whether one will be crushed by something or whether in the face of the tragedy, we take the next step.  We could be discussing the holocaust and Victor Frankel or how the Katrina victims or the Japanese people are making it through their difficulties.  I am asking the question, relative to your life, how are you ‘taking’ your difficulties and where can you transform some of them?

So, what are you going to do today with your obstacles and difficulties?  Are you going to make lemonade from your lemons? 

How are you going to Live?  You have Free will.

“…A Trouble is what you make it, And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts, But only how did you take it?…” Edmund Vance Cooke

Yup, vedic astrology can give you a new perspective, hope and best of all some solutions to very real problems. 

Check out http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41 to learn more about National Poetry Month.

A Poem in Your Pocket

Join thousands of others on April 14 by carrying a poem in your pocket. http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406 You could even carry this poem to share.

Here is your mobile link to poetry in your pocket, literally.  www.poets.org/m

Celebrate Poetry!  Please add your comments or add a poem, or better yet, add your own poem to this discussion – on the beauty of the mind, finding hutspa in your life or a poem you want to share.

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