C-c-c-c-control (with apologies to Bowie)

(In case you’re wondering: This week’s title was inspired by two of David Bowie’s most famous songs, “Changes” and “Space Oddity.”)

It’s only been a few weeks since my last trip, yet I’m due to fly to California again later this week for my second visit with family this year. This time, an additional family member is also flying in, and together we hope to increase the effectiveness of our assistance to our loved ones in need. The plans were made before we became inundated with news of the Covid-19 virus, so naturally, our fingers are crossed that our plans are not scuttled at the last minute. However, if they are, then we’ll deal with it. We’ll take the appropriate precautions and be mindful of our hygiene….That’s the God-centered aspect of my mind talking.

The anxiety-centered aspect of my mind has also been talking. The questions seem to usually take the form of “What if such-and-such occurs?” So many possibilities to worry about! My imagination can conjure up some pretty unpleasant scenarios– not only regarding my health, but that of my more fragile family members and all the others around us. These are the times that remind me of how little control I really have over the course that life’s circumstances may take (see, I still think I may have even a little control—it’s a hard habit to break).

So what can I control? My commitment to finding inner freedom. My choice to remain on the path of Self-realization. The continuation of my efforts to increase my attunement to my Guru (in particular, with meditation). My decision to keep moving toward the light, even when the darkness of fear seems ready to swallow me up.

This week, when I find myself going down the path of worry and fear, I will remember that my Guru’s love and the power of meditation will bring me back to the path of faith and joy. I will also read these words from Paramhansa Yogananda:

“Don’t take life so seriously. This world is a terrible place, there is no safety here. But what are we to do? We must stop taking life so seriously. Delusion can be overcome by holding steadfastly to one philosophy: everything here is nothing more than God’s motion picture. Don’t make a fuss about anything. Whenever you worry, remember, you are deepening the cosmic delusion within you. It is your own dreams that frighten you. In every form of sense experience you must remind yourself, ‘IT IS A DREAM!’ So don’t be attached to the passing dreams of life. Live for God and God alone.”



Posted by Margery Lambert

Margery Lambert has served the Temple at Ananda Portland as support staff for four years, and has been a member of the sangha for six years.

10 Replies to “C-c-c-c-control (with apologies to Bowie)”

  1. Found your post interesting to read. I can not wait to see your article
    soon. Good Luck for your upcoming update.This article is truly
    very interesting and effective.
    King regards,
    Thompson Hessellund


    1. Margery Lambert August 1, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you for your comments. Publication of my next article was preempted by the COVID-19 crisis; our directors made the decision to change the focus of our newsletters while I was still away on the trip. However, we did keep the article on our website; you can find it here: https://anandaportland.org/let-us-lift-up-our-hearts/

      Blessings to you and yours.


  2. Dear Margery! Love your message! How easy is to forget that life is a dream. Even writing those words I feel a great deal of attachment to my surroundings. My husband and my son will be flying to Europe in May to visit his elderly mother. Hoping that everything will go well with Master’s blessing.
    Love and hugs to you!


    1. Margery Lambert March 11, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you dear Nalini! I am blessed that I get to write what I need to be reminded of myself 🙂 I too pray that your family’s travels will take place as planned and that everyone is safe. Of course, we are all safe in God. Blessings, friend.


  3. Jacqueline Percy March 11, 2020 at 7:05 am

    A really uplifting piece, and helps me to realise my own worries and fears are when my faith, love and trust are slipping from the forefront of my mind. Thank you.


    1. Margery Lambert March 11, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you. So glad to help!


  4. Such a beautifully articulated article. Could really identify with ‘anxiety centered aspect of my mind’. When on that spiral, something warns that I am on the wrong trajectory but, ironically, it is in those times meditative peace eludes me. Please advise


    1. Margery Lambert March 11, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you, Sujata. I think the more (and more deeply) I meditate during the “good” times, the better prepared I will be for the tough times. Pranayamas, journaling, yoga, and energization exercises all can help return my mind to a more peaceful state. Chanting helps me a great deal also. Perhaps there is a mantra or even just a line from a chant that resonates with you. Wishing you success on your journey.


  5. Hi Margery:

    Your message was very well articulated and very appropriate pretty much any time in life. Thank you.

    I decide often that I will meditate but days and months pass by and it takes the last place with “all the things to do list”:( To get into a habit, may be I will attend the meditation sessions at the temple.
    Thanks once again for the letter, it was very enlightening.

    Have a good week ahead.



    1. Margery Lambert March 10, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you for your feedback, Sonal. I’m glad you benefited. We would love to have you join us for meditations here! It’s never too late to jump in. Blessings to you.


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