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A Perfect World

In honor of National Poetry Month, here’s one of my favorite poems by a Victorian Englishman known for his spiritual optimism:

The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven—
All’s right with the world.

                Robert Browning (1812-1889)

The way to a peaceful life is to notice the perfection in God’s world and in ourselves, and nurture that perspective. When you look out with wide eyes of wonder and appreciate all that you see as a gift from God, including your own life working in harmony with nature, you will know what the poet meant.

Rather than seeing ourselves as connected to this world, we often feel we are in it to push it  around and make it conform to us. Rather than accepting it, we twist it to feed our ego,  creating havoc, imbalance, and what we call imperfection. Then the ultimate irony, we blame God for the very conditions we create out of the perfection that is our gift from God. The poet  says, be at peace, don’t judge the world, observe it. Don’t try to straighten it out. Don’t manufacture problems. Be in awe of the perfection of it all.

Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you.  Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe. Remind yourself  that you are just as much a miracle as the lark and the snail. You, in fact, are what God is doing.

 Trust and value your own divinity as well as your connection to nature. Seeing God’s work  everywhere will be your reward.

Comments (10)

  • 1.

    April 10, 2013
    10:47 am

    Dr Dyer, you stated that so well. I appreciate you!

    – Corliss
  • 2.

    April 12, 2013
    11:28 am

    When low energy emotions take hold of me, I focus on the perfection of my own hands. The skin, muscles and bones work in perfect harmony to allow me to experience the physical manifestation of life.

    – Cloris
  • 3.

    April 12, 2013
    11:29 am

    Every moment is a divine gift once we open our eyes to the truth. God bless you, Wayne.

    – Cloris
  • 4.

    April 12, 2013
    2:42 pm

    To want to change this world is to first judge and condemn it. The opposite is a forgiven world, and ironically, when we stop judging - the world DOES change. A Course In Miracles puts it like this: "The world will be transformed before your sight, cleansed of all guilt and softly brushed with beauty."

    – Dennis
  • 5.

    April 12, 2013
    2:47 pm

    In Glenda Green's book, "Love Without End," Jesus tells her that the purpose of forgiveness is releasing negative attchments. And that "innocent perception" is your right.

    – Dennis
  • 6.

    April 15, 2013
    12:50 pm

    I wasn't sure where to post this,but today I quit smoking.I thank everyone in advance who reads this,if you would include me in your prayers for extra strength and guidance.God bless!

    – Rose
  • 7.

    April 17, 2013
    7:37 am

    Rose, you can do it! I'll keep you in my prayers!

    – Ginny
  • 8.

    April 22, 2013
    11:27 am

    There is so much that mankind can learn if only we can take the time to look at how nature works in harmony and without worry. I wrote a lovely poem on Mother Nature in honor of Earth Day. See Sandra Rajpaul dot com

    – Sandra
  • 9.

    April 27, 2013
    4:27 am

    Rose YOU CAN DO IT I KNOW YOU CAN!!! Study the Four Virtues Dr. Dyer talks about on the heal your life web site. Your body is a Temple a GIFT from G-D! LOVE YOURSELF . Peace Namaste. Christopher from New Jersey

    – Chris
  • 10.

    May 1, 2013
    2:47 pm

    Albert Einstein once said that the most important question we can ask ourselves is whether or not we live in a friendly universe. When we live in harmony with the Source, everything is perfect! Thank you for the reminder. Namaste!!

    – Joseph Wadas

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