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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW DAY: FRESH START

"Prejudice is weighing the facts with your thumb on the scales." 
~ Alex Dreier ~

I don't necessarily agree that the best predictor of future outcomes is the history of past performance. If we are constantly evolving, then things change. We change.
     The world ceaselessly wants to judge us by how we used to be, and they react accordingly, often in advance, but perhaps we're really not that person anymore. We have the knowledge and wisdom of our experience to gently turn us away from distress and dysfunction and guide us toward the light.
     So let's allow each day to really be a fresh start and stop slapping all of our fears from the past upon it like mud on a windshield or a pair of glasses that no longer help us to see.

I free myself from preconceptions and let the past be past.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

TRUSTING LIFE

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." 
~ Emily Dickenson ~

Insofar as we will allow others to help us we can be helped. But we can be as stubborn on this front as on all fronts- hard headed and resistant to what is not our own idea. And then, alone and stubborn, we suffer in fear. There is love and healing to be had and to go round, but we can refuse it if we choose to. That is our right, and our choice must be respected.
     And it's hard to be on both ends of this deal- hard on the suffering alone front, and hard on the sending love front. But we have to meet each other exactly where we are. That in itself is the loving journey. 

I respect your path, even if it hurts me to witness your choices.

Monday, February 8, 2016

THE PASSAGE IN AND OUT

"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor." 
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

Our breath is our very life. It is our source of energy and calm. It heals us: relaxing, empowering, steadily sustaining. And yet, as with so many things in our modern culture, we give it short shrift. We breathe to our chests and back because we can't be bothered and we don't have time. We discount its power, and denigrate its crucial role.
     Let's not. Let's take full advantage. Those who do yoga have the benefit of conscious breath, as do many who meditate, but there are an equal number of us who have no clue- who choppy breathe as a matter of course. This is our wake-up call. Let's allow the breath to travel the length of our spine like a wave, to deeply infuse our sacrum with vitality and then slowly make the journey back up and out, releasing, refreshing, and restoring our souls.

I breathe deeply and consciously every breath that I take.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GRACE

"The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too." 
~ Teresa of Avila ~

How often, I wonder, are we saved from the very brink of disaster? And don't even know it? Or know it but are not fully able to comprehend the extent of the grace that has been granted us? Far more frequently than we realize, I would venture, like every time we pick up our cell phone to look at a text in the car and swerve off the road a bit (I know we have all done it even if we pretend that we haven't).
     Plus, we are at the mercy of the inconsistencies of our body, and the volatility of emotional energy in the world. And for all that we have the power to change- our behavior, our mindset, our belief systems, our breathing, our experience of the now- we are still so small in the face of what we cannot know. And so, we need to live by conscious gratitude for all of the blessings that shower upon us, whether we fully recognize them, or not, and slow down enough to acknowledge that we are lovingly and carefully protected from more than we can possibly understand.

I pay attention to my life enough to know that I am protected by grace, and saved from disaster on a regular basis.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

TIME FOR CHANGE

"We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance." 
~ Harrison Ford ~

Change before its time is uncomfortable, and even a bit jarring, but change when we're ready for it is a breath of fresh air. It comes bearing life, and invigorates and refreshes our path.

I feel the amping up of life transitions and it excites me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TAKE IT AS IT COMES

"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger." 
~Friedrich Nietzsche ~

Facing what scares us is good for our souls. Resilient, courageous, adaptive, and tireless, we become more durable from what we go through. We become indomitable and wise.

I process my life however it comes, and proceed steadily, one little bit at a time.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GOING FOR IT

"To eat an egg, you must break the shell." 
~ Jamaican Proverb ~

We are too quick to shrink ourselves, to sell ourselves down the river, tell ourselves all the reasons things won't work out, why even bother, and who are we kidding?
     But maybe they will! We can set the wheels in motion and see if they find traction and grip. I'm tired of feeling ashamed for what I want to go for in my life, and tired of the naysayer energy. So starting now, and going forward, I commit to yaysayer energy instead.

Life is like a roulette wheel. We could just as easily land on black as we could on red, so why not give the wheel a spin?