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Monday, August 3, 2015

CLAIMING OUR POWER

"It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are."
~ RoyDisney ~

It's not a terrible thing to return from vacation, when you fundamentally enjoy your life, which I do. I love the changing light and the mountain views around our small farm, and I love walking and hanging out with our dog Boss. I love to eat lean food that makes me feel lean- something that is always a challenge on vacation-  the routines around waking up and going to sleep, and the active nature of my life working at the gym- being fit, and helping people to feel good.
     But I haven't always experienced my life this way. I used to have in place all kinds of daily habits that contributed to my angst and discomfort, and I would have regular little temper tantrums over the way things were. But I have learned that we have the power to change anything and everything in our lives that is not working, from our belief system to our behaviors, and I employ this power all the time, so I can live well, and be well, and enjoy the process of each day.

I make appropriate daily choices so that I can enjoy the richness of my life.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

THE TRUTH MAKES SENSE

"Honesty is the best policy."
~ Ben Franklin ~

I find advertising and political promises of all kinds insulting to my intelligence, and consequently, disrespectful. Common sense is enough to dispute a multitude of statements that are presented to us as absolute truth. Equally so, lies of any kind frustrate me. To be told things are one way, when clearly, they are not, discounts my ability to understand, to be compassionate, and to be able to handle things exactly as they are... even if they're not perfectly comfortable.
     The truth is refreshing. It feels better, sits better, and simply IS better. Let's have the courage to be honest and upright, even if that's not what our culture promotes.

I live and speak the truth.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

THE GIFT OF LOVE

"Love cures people."
~Karl Menninger ~

Love is the answer no matter the question: love from the gut. We can't solve our problems, feel better about who we are or how we relate to others, rise up to glory in the world, or relax in peace unless we open to it. We have to allow for connection and the tugging on our hearts. It happens frequently if we care to notice, and it happens completely and utterly by God's grace.

I am grateful for the energy of love within me and around me. I am blessed by love.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BUBBLES FROM THE PAST

"Memory is a child walking along a seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things."
~Pierce Harris ~

Sometimes I think we just need to be sad; to feel nostalgic and a little mushy inside- touched by the beauty of our fragile world. It's a softness and a warm glow- a vulnerability, a smile, a reminder of where we've come from, and the lingering kindness of good friends.

I feel the sweet sadness of life on earth.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

THE ART OF WAITING

"Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch."
~ EB White ~

Waiting is only uncomfortable if we are uncomfortable on the inside- squirrely in our skins, and anxious about who we are or what's to come. But if neither of those is the case, then waiting can be a peaceful stillness- an open door and an empty page: not a problem at all, but an opportunity to practice inner calm.

I wait quietly, and with peace.

Monday, July 27, 2015

ELEGANT NOTICING

"When I stopped to pay attention to where my breathing was deep and settled, the truth began to emerge from the mist."
~ Betsy C. Garmon ~

Someone the other day recommended to a group I was in that we actively participate in "elegant noticing." I love the term and I love the concept. What a wonderful way to say it! Be present; be aware; pay attention. That's the point.
    There is so much grace and beauty and fine distinction in life, and all of it can be easily overlooked and completely missed. Let's choose instead to notice everything: the details, the intricacies, the colors, textures, sounds and feelings. Life is a rich and spectacular affair if we do.

I actively practice elegant noticing.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BEING ESTEEMABLE

"Don't try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough."
~ Arthur Freed ~

To have self-esteem, we have to do esteemable things. This is a wonderful saying and an excellent concept to fully understand. We can't feel good about ourselves if our behavior is slippery, we're not taking care of our responsibilities, or we poison ourselves with chemical pollutants. We can't feel good about ourselves if we are riddled with guilt or unkind to our peers.
    Living right is the best answer for living: right-sized, clean, and square on the earth, with our feet planted firmly in the truth.
 
I experience the satisfying results of upright, high-integrity living.