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Thursday, October 19, 2017

WE THE PEOPLE

"Of every hue and cast am I,
Of every rank and religion." 
~Walt Whitman ~

People are so wonderful, so different from each other, and so much the same. We laugh and play and act silly. We cry and are sad. We comfort each other. We inspire each other. We come from different cultures and appreciate different things. We have so much to teach, so much to learn, and so much to share.
     And love is our birthright, and curiosity is our connector, and compassion is our greatest skill.

I celebrate people, and love them, and share with them this life on earth.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ACTION!

"Better the devil you know than the devil you don't." 
~ American Idiom ~

We shrink from taking action and all that it implies. The unknown is a bogey-man that haunts us at every turn. The status quo feels safer, and more certain, even when it may not be. We are so afraid, so unsure. We play so small.
     Let's not. There's a risk-reward formula that never fails to play out. When we become willing to step out of our comfort zone, we learn things. We expand, and grow. It's liberating and revitalizing. Fresh energy rises within us and we are born new.

Take a deep breath, and go for it!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

CREATING OUR WORLD

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." 
~ Anton Chekhov ~

Words have power, and we use them recklessly. What we create in language becomes our experience. If we say over and over that we are stressed out, overwhelmed, crazy-busy, tired, or in a funk, that's what we get.
     If we change our language, we can change the world. We can be excited, hopeful, blessed, and free; or thoughtfully considering our options, or taking our time. We can feel good, be grateful, love our routines, savor our meals, and live for the day.
     Our words define us. Let's use them with care.

I respectfully honor the way that language creates my reality.

Monday, October 16, 2017

RELEASING TENSION

"Take-it-easy and Live-long are brothers." 
~ German Proverb ~

Tension is caused by indecision, overdoing, and resistance to the way things are. Pressure builds, and we feel it building and push on, against it, hoping to resolve it by a force of our will.
     But the only thing that resolves tension ultimately is the act of letting go- letting go of "shoulds," letting go of attachment and aversion, letting go of straining effort, and letting go of holding on. Easier said than done perhaps.
     It starts with noticing that we are caught up, and then, choosing to stop, consider, breathe, and re-direct.

I feel tension building within me, and let go before it takes me over.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT

"Although every man believes that his decisions and resolutions involve the most multifarious factors, in reality they are mere oscillation between flight and longing." 
~ Herman Broch ~

We spend endless hours in life trying to figure things out. We ask what if this and what if that. What if we move forward? What if we don't move at all? And the effort is in search of certainty. We want to make the best possible choice, the right choice.
     But maybe there is no right choice. Maybe there's only choice itself, and where that leads us- onto the next choice, and the next one, and the next.

I accept that life is full of uncertainty and choose out of curiosity instead of self-induced stress.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

THE RELIEF OF LETTING GO

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." 
~ Paul Boese ~

Cacti don't need much water, and geraniums need lots.
Maybe it's the same with us.
Some of us require more than others, and in different ways.
Accepting ourselves and others as we are is a huge relief. 

I stop judging others and let them be who they are. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

THE POWER OF VIDEO

"The only way to truly change our world is through compassion." 
~ The Dalai Lama ~

Real compassion can't happen from a distance. We have to get close- to see and feel and share what the other is experiencing. It requires eye contact, and conversation, where those are possible, and touch, or some other kind of human connection, where they are not. It requires that we be involved at a level beyond the surface.
     This is the power of video, and movies. They give us the ability to be there and engage our senses, to see and feel as if we are a part of what's happening, even thought we're not.

I appreciate video for the way it enlarges my capacity for compassion.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BEING TEACHABLE

"Growth is the only evidence of life." 
~ John Henry Newman ~

I think it's possible to convince ourselves that we're "good' and we're "fine" even when we may not necessarily be, as if there is some merit in not needing anything further in life, or from it. We've got it. We're all set. We don't need any more self discovery or refinement. We've done all the work we need to do. We're above all that. Or are we?
     To my mind, life is a continuous journey and the exploration doesn't end until we do. I can always learn something more about myself, about how to become more present, raise consciousness, take integrity to a new level, and fine tune my ability to be forgiving and express love.
     When I first started encountering people who honestly seemed to feel that they were "good" through and through, I thought, "What's wrong with me then?" But what has followed is the realization that their position in itself seems to limit them in a way, and there may be a blindness and inauthenticity to it, a resistance to the reality and the necessity of the forward journey, and the ongoing dance.
 
I remain open to ever higher learning and developing self-knowledge every day that I live.

Monday, October 9, 2017

FALL FRESHNESS

"Autumn repays the earth the leaves which summer lent it." 
~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ~

The colors and feelings of fall fill my spirit with joy, even more so than the spring. The whole spectrum of reds, yellows, oranges, tans, and ochres light up the world around us as we are bathed in crisp invigorating air and smells of wood-smoke. There's nothing like it- let's be grateful for it: deliciousness through and through!

I love the fall! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

CONNECTED AT THE ROOTS

"It is essential for us, at times, to recall and contemplate the unity of mankind." 
~ Rose Terlin ~

There is a grove of Aspen Trees in Santa Fe that are all connected at the roots. They're the largest living organism on the planet, and impressive to behold. It's provocative, and a bit humbling, to see so many trees all seemingly separate, and yet, not.
     And, knowing that, it seems entirely possible that we, as humans, might very well be growing in the same way- the only difference being that our roots are not so easily visible, or accessible.

By the fact of my being human, I am connected to all others who are also human. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

HIGH INTEGRITY LIVING

"Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain." 
~ Chris Karcher ~

Such a big part of integrity is care... caring enough to take our time, to proofread emails and texts, to spell people's names correctly, to be on time, and to take good care of ourselves and our things. It's a deep well- much deeper and with farther reach than we can possibly realize or understand with a quick glance.

I live with high-level integrity and maintain it because I care. 

HUMANIZE THE WORLD

"Whether thou be a kind or a peasant, I shall remember only that thou art a soul." 
~ Muriel Strode ~

We think we are so different from each other, and we certainly have our unique features, but at the root, we all have ways we can relate. We are sad for the death of loved ones, frustrated over the demands on our time, amused by our friends, inspired by great leaders, hungry, tired, satisfied, awake, and aware.
     The trick is to find our commonality, whatever it may be in any given circumstance, and to know that when we find it, we will be uplifted by our connection, and filled with the joy of being understood.

I seek out commonalities in the people I encounter, and celebrate all the ways we are the same! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

PRAGMATIC ACTION

"Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out." 
~ Italian Proverb ~

We can be so dramatic with ourselves and others that sometimes even the idea of action of any kind feels overwhelming and we can't handle it. We don't know what to do. We're so confused!
     And yet, if we can take a step back and take a deep breath and simply look at what's in front of us, more often than not, the next step is actually clear and apparent. We don't have to figure it all out at once or know how it's going to be in the long run. We have only to look, and act, and then look again and act again- pragmatically, systematically, and free from the melodrama in our heads.

I do the next right thing, over, and over, and over, and it makes for good living, and a good life.

Monday, October 2, 2017

RECOGNITION AND RESPECT

"Next to excellence is the appreciation of it." 
~ William Makepeace ~

Why do we care about recognition and respect? Why do we want these things, and what do they matter really?
     They matter a lot. They give us validation that we matter, that our being here makes a difference in the big picture somehow, and that our contribution counts. And just as we need it, crave it really, on a level deep in the gut, so too do others, so let's give it to them, trusting that as we give, so too shall we receive.

I recognize and celebrate contribution of all kinds.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE

"'Men work together,' I told him from the heart,
'Whether they work together or apart.'"
~ Robert Frost ~

We all want to be recognized for our unique gifts and talents, our "specialness," and we also want to feel a part of the whole. And the good news is that we can be both. We are particularly ourselves, and we are also like everyone else- not mutually exclusive, not impossible, and not one or the other.
      Let's equally honor and celebrate individually and connectedness.

I am both special and unique, and also one of many.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

ATTACHMENT AND AVERSION

"Love what is." 
~ Byron Katie ~

My senses have radar for attachment and aversion. I like the way this smells- totally delicious- but not that. I see beauty here, but not there. One taste is like heaven, and another I have to spit out. Sound can be fun and festive, or oppressive.
     So the question is, how can we neutralize our sensory perceptions? Perhaps, by valuing observation and awareness over judgment.

I bring awareness to the value judgments of my senses and let everything just be what it is.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

BEING ADAPTABLE

"All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do... Build, therefore, your own world." 
~ RW Emerson ~

There's a defiance in me, and I don't think I'm the only one. When someone tells me I have to do or approach a task or goal in a particular way, there is something in me that wants to do it differently just to prove them wrong.
     Still, I generally try it their way at first, figuring they know better than I do, and squash my defiant extincts. And then, ultimately, I have to adapt the strategy to my perspective anyway because, let's face it, one size just doesn't ever fit all.

I adjust how-to solutions to suit my perspective, my skill-set, and my aim. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

FEELING STUCK

"To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing." 
~ Eva Young ~

Though we may feel irrepressibly stuck, we never are. Movement of some kind or another is always possible, whether it be externally, or on the inside regarding our perspective and attitude.
     Action illicits results. We can take a walk, have a conversation, think about something in a new way, or get to work- any of these is an option, and any of these will inevitably shift what's stuck.

I appreciate that action is the key to a new view.

Monday, September 25, 2017

EFFORT OVER TIME

"Honest labor dispels melancholy." 
~ James Lendall Basford ~

I'm not sure what it is in us that has a desire for results without effort, or results with minimum effort. We erroneously think that having things handed to us will create an ease of pressure, and yet, I'm not sure it does, and the victories that are won as the result of focus, diligence, and sustained effort over time are sweet like none other.
     Would we rather be an overnight success, or cultivate respect and recognition and build a firm foundation that will endure? It's a question worth considering, and, while a part of us likes the idea of the former, greater long-term satisfaction likely comes from the legitimacy and continuity of the latter.

I appreciate the long-term value of sustained effort over time.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

EXPERT OPINIONS

"The time and place are mine when I am equal to the time and place." 
~ Muriel Strode ~

It's so hard to trust ourselves amidst the world of opinions and how-to information. Others who seem better informed make suggestions that don't resonate, and rather than simply understanding it's not for us, we take it on and think there's something wrong in our way of seeing and believing. This is hugely dis-empowering.
     Let's trust ourselves more than we do, and give ourselves credit for being experts at the specific challenges of our own individual lives.

I listen to the experts, and make sure to appreciate that their's is not the final word. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

THE NEGATIVE POWER OF "SHOULD"

"Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond." 
~ Wayne Dyer ~

We are constantly judging ourselves and others by unconscious standards. How are we doing? How do we, or they, measure up? And how does life measure up- to our expectation, and our sense of right and wrong and how things should really be?
     It's the "should" that gets us, and mostly at the thinking level. We should be better, stronger, thinner, further along the path. And our friends and family should be this, that or the other thing. And life! Well, life should definitely be easier, and more fun.
     Whatever the hidden scale may be, the challenge is that neither we, nor the people around us, nor the world is usually as we would have them be, so we experience letdown, and a sense of frustration and lack. Let's change this. Let's leave the shoulds behind, raise our awareness, and move into choice and acceptance instead of punishing, deconstructive judgment.

I examine the extent and negative impact of my "shoulds," and accept myself and others as we are.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SHARING THE LIGHT

"There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment." 
~ Robert Brault ~

I saw a woman in a restaurant with the sun shining on her making her shirt sparkle brilliantly, and when she got up, I commented on it. "What a pretty shirt!"
     She had her arm in a sling and said, "Thank you," and then a minute later she said, "I really appreciate you saying that," and pointed to her arm. "It's been a rough week."
     "What did you do?" I asked.
     "I broke my wrist."
     We had a moment of connection, a transfer of light and energy between us that made us both feel good.
     How often do we think someone is lovely or well put together, and don't say a thing- just let the moment pass? Let's not. Let's share compliments with everyone, freely, and from the heart.

I communicate positive feedback every time I feel it, or see it.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

HERE AND GONE

"Death is not warden of life, not thief, nor enemy- but Life's most equal partner." 
~ Terri Guillements ~

Someone I knew to say hello to and share a smile and a few friendly words with died last week in a fatal car crash. One minute she was here, and the next, gone, and that could happen to any of us, any day. It's a good reminder to get over our petty resentments and complaints, to get into gratitude and appreciation for all that we have, and all those who we love.
     Let's not take anything for granted, and get busy following our dreams.
     Life is steady and repetitive and predictable, until it's not.

I count each day as a great and gracious blessing.

Monday, September 18, 2017

SWEET SILENCE

"Silence is the universal refuge." 
~ HD Thoreau ~

We live in a noisy world- a world of traffic and phones ringing, dogs barking, radios, people talking, construction, computer sounds, clanking silverware- it's bottomless, a bottomless pit of sound... which makes silence a beautiful and refreshing thing.
     And yet, because of the nature of our noisy world, silence can be challenging to come by, and even when we find it, it can be overpowered by the internal chatter of our minds. So we must learn to seek it out and create it consciously, in our minds, our homes, our cars, and outdoors. For it is in silence that we hear the wind blowing, the birds singing, and the still small voice of God.

I take a break from all technology and relax into the healing powers of silence.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

STAYING UNSTUCK

"It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up." 
~ Joseph Joubert ~

What seems real and critical today can completely shift in importance overnight; can be forgotten in a week, and cease to matter entirely in the flash and understanding of new knowledge. Flux is the name of the game- constant movement, adjustment, adaptation, and improvisation, along with a willingness to level up or let go, as circumstances require.
   
I free myself from fixed positions and remain flexible and bending.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

LIVING LEARNING

"The tombstone will be my diploma." 
~ Eartha Kitt ~

It's exciting to learn new things. It opens up whole new worlds. We come to see and understand and know what we didn't know we didn't know. What can we learn today? How can we broaden our perspective, our realm of reality, and our reach?

I am curious and willing and ever-open to learn what I don't know.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

EGO

"At one end of the scale of the unconscious egoic pattern lies the compulsive habit of faultfinding and complaining about others... at the other... there is physical violence between individuals and warfare between nations."
 ~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Our egos debilitate and disable us as they strut about all puffed up and thinking they know best. It's ego that wants to do it all alone, ego that moans and groans, and ego that holds us back. Anything new is not safe.
     Ego chokes us while promising glory. It's the ultimate passive-aggressive bully. Let's learn to recognize it and stand up. Let's believe in what we might accomplish beyond its grasp.

I free myself from ego imprisonment.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ALIGNING WITH OTHERS

"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." 
~ Kenyan Proverb ~

Comparing ourselves to others is a dangerous business because it separates us. Instead of looking for ways to contribute, to relate and collaborate, we seek ways to talk ourselves out of the game entirely- by being better, or, not good enough.
     It's a level playing field. We all have strengths and weaknesses, assets and liabilities, harms and victories. Power, pleasure, and creative possibility come when we align with others, not when we oppose them, or compare out.

I acknowledge the great potential that comes from knowing I am one of many while still being unique in my own right.

Monday, September 11, 2017

WHAT MATTERS

"If you want to build a ship,
don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't
assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them
to long for the immensity of the sea."
~ Antoinne De Saint-Exupery ~

What's more important than what we can teach others to do is how we can make them feel. It's more about leadership and less about control, more about love and less about instruction, more about the heart and less about the head.
     What matters are spiritual principles rather than to-do lists and agendas.
     What matters is connection, conviction, compassion and cooperation.
     What matters is acceptance and trust.
     What matters is being human, and being authentic, and being the real and vulnerable deal.

I lead from the heart.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

IMPACTING THE WORLD WHERE WE ARE

"We can do no great things, only small things with great love." 
~ Mother Teresa ~

It's more powerful to make a positive difference in our families and our communities than in trying to save the world. The reality of our potential impact is limited at best, so all we can really do is affect the world where we are.
   
I love and honor the people I encounter and interact with on a daily basis.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

NOTHING TO LOSE

"I may not overcome the inevitable, but O, it is mine to see that the inevitable does not overcome me." 
~ Muriel Strode ~

Having nothing to lose is a confident position. If we will be no worse off by taking a risk, and might, potentially, be better off, why not take it? And even if we don't get the long shot result we are hoping for, the mere fact that we had the pluck to ask for it strengthens our position in life and the sense of power that we feel inside.

I am going for it, and don't hold back.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ACTION OVER FEAR

"Doubt's sole insidious function is to make us worry ourselves sick so that we might avoid the very risk or effort that would destroy it." 
~ Brendon Burchard ~

The antidote to fear is action. Worried thoughts stall us in paralysis. We wonder what if this and what if that with always negative imagined outcomes. But when we start moving, when we start doing, when we start intentionally propelling ourselves in the direction we want to go, then we make progress. New possibilities open up, and by taking action we build confidence - that we can actually do it, and that what we don't know we can learn.
     So let's get moving and keep moving, and give ourselves some credit whenever we take a break- that we went on and followed through and traveled some distance, in spite of fear and doubt, and the whole litany of unfriendly voices determined to hold us back.

I do something every day to keep me moving in the direction of my dreams. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

FACING INDECISION

"To decide is to make peace within and let the chips fall where they may." 
~ Lisa Tabak ~

Being indecisive is seriously limiting. Living in a state of wish-wash, going back and forth from one maybe to another means nothing is actually happening except for a lot of mental strain and discomfort. And whining about not knowing what do and expressing overwhelm and confusion is equally crippling.
     Let's decide already! Just to do it, just to do something. Inaction gives us nothing and keeps us nothing but stuck.

When faced with indecision, I give myself a few minutes, weigh the pros and cons, take a deep breath, and decide.

Monday, September 4, 2017

KEEPING OUR HOUSES IN ORDER

"I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor." 
~ DH Lawrence ~

Keeping our lives in order from a practical standpoint goes a long way towards our feeling steady and grounded and able to deal with the challenges of life. Making our beds in the morning, cleaning up after we eat and eating well, doing laundry, moving our bodies, maintaining our cars - just generally taking care of all that we are responsible for- these are the keys to good living. It's simple, yet profound. Without doing these things, we suffer unnecessarily by knowing that we could, and quite easily, be doing a much better job.

On a daily basis, I take care of all the little things in my life that need taking care of.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

LABOR DAY

"With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation." 
~ Edison Haines ~

Originally observed to "pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers," for many of us, Labor Day has become a pack-every-inch-of-fun-that-you-can-into-the-last-weekend-of-summer event. The energy of Labor Day to me feels like a deep sigh- like the fun's now over and it's time to get back into the seriousness of school, and of life. Our invitation to splash and play feels truncated- terminated by popular agreement the first Monday of every September...
       It's so far from what it once was, because we have come so far. Today, for the most part, at least in America, decent working conditions, wages, and reasonable hours on the job are the norm, and we don't engage in or support child labor. We take these things utterly for granted.
     In memory of the honorable history of the fight for labor rights, let's pause amidst our summer's end barbecues and swimming adventures and be grateful to those indomitable human spirits that came before us, and made things better, and spoke up when they could, so easily, have remained silent out of fear.

I celebrate the history of the Labor movement, and feel grateful for all the ways I benefit from the strides they have made!

Link to a brief and interesting article on the history of Labor Day: 
https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

Thursday, August 31, 2017

STAY THE COURSE

"Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way." 
~ Florence Scovel Shinn ~

Stay the course and keep the faith. I find this much easier said than done. From every side and every angle doubt and sabotage await- from inside, outside, family, strangers and friends. And to be our own kind of solidarity requires vigilance, and effort. But it's worth it. Allowing others or our own internal voice of fearful insecurity to dictate our path is a recipe for failure of the greatest kind.

I trust in my calling and attend to the business of realizing my dreams.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

OVER PLANNING

"Surrender to the unseen force behind all life."
 ~ Gabriella Mistral ~

Too much planning creates a kind of energetic stalemate. Trying to figure out every detail and solve every potential problem in advance has us focused on all that could go wrong instead of all that could go right.
     Every day requires surrender to the world of possibility and trust in our ability to sense and to know and to be guided down the path. And, ultimately, we can rest secure in the knowledge that no matter what, we're going to be ok.

I let go of my desire to figure everything out in advance.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

GROWING EVERY WHICH WAY

"The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruit other than sorrow and joy." 
~ Rumi ~

When I walk up the Tesuke Canyon Trail I observe that things grow all kinds of ways: straight, crooked, sideways, half-dead. There's no right way in Nature, there's just growth. So why do we think it has to look some particular way for us? We seem to want linear, predictable evolution, but growth is generally so much messier than that. It has to adapt and adjust constantly to windstorms, diseases, crowding, seasonal sunlight, floods, droughts, and whatever else life serves up.
     It may not always be pretty, but growth happens, and keeps happening. It is the elemental drive and pathway of all living things.

I accept the uneven and unpredictable nature of personal growth.


Monday, August 28, 2017

THE INSTANT GARDEN

"Haste makes waste." 
~ Ben Franklin ~

In an effort to have a flower garden out here in New Mexico, I have planted pots of flowers I liked the look of from a local nursery, and transplanted all kinds of wild growing flowers as well. But the thing is, it takes time to establish plants. In my experience, annuals are better than perennials at being happy right off the bat, but I prefer perennials because they come back!
     So what I have now is a pretty sorry looking garden with lots of flowers in shock. And some of them may not make it, and others will go through a rough-looking phase and then take hold and start to do well, and next year, all that remains will be lovely and vibrant. That's how it is with gardens. They take time.
     And I do the same thing with the seeds I plant metaphorically all over my life. I want instant results. I want the lovely garden NOW. But it takes seasons and light and the sun. It takes patience and perseverance and care. And in the end, it's totally worth it. In gardens, as in life, there's no way to rush the process of evolution. It takes what it takes.

I am willing to put in the time and effort to build something of value.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

THE HIDE-A-BUG LESSSON

"God has given you one face, and you make yourself another." 
~ William Shakespeare ~

Every morning when I take a walk I encounter these big black beetles on the trail. They don't seem particularly threatening. They just make their way and walk along. But if they feel threatened, which they often seem to, they put their heads to the ground as if to bury them. It's a rather pitiable sight to see them hiding themselves like this. Here they are, these big respect-inspiring creatures, afraid of everything. My husband and I have nick-named them hide-a-bugs.
     And don't we do that too? Pretend we are less capable than we are? Shy away from things and people when we feel overwhelmed or afraid? Pretend we're asleep, or not there when the phone rings? And threatened by all kinds of things and situations where the threat is all in our heads?
     Let's allow the Hide-a-bugs to be our reminder that even when we're hiding, in some way we're still in plain sight, and choose not to hide, but to stand tall and face up, and be our glorious inspiring selves!

I stand squarely on the earth and face what's in front of me.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

BEING HOME

"Everything is restless until it comes home." 
~ John Bate ~

Home is without pressure unless it's self-induced. There's no need to take things at any pace other than the one we choose, congestion is at a minimum, food is in the fridge... everything we need is at hand. And yet, how often do we miss the gratitude for having a home, for the feeling of home, and for being at home?
     Let's take a look around when we're there and re-evaluate our blessings. Let's celebrate our space and our beloved things. Let's revel in the conveniences, thank God for family and pets who love us, and linger in the quietude, especially if we live alone. Home is where the heart is, that's true, and also where the restoration happens, and the nourishment, and the sense of totally being exactly who we are.

Being home is a glorious and wonderful thing for which I am most grateful.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

HONORING SADNESS

"Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other tends to take up the slack." 
~ Hazelmarie Eliott ~

Sadness is sometimes an underground affair. Lingering, lurking, whispering, whining, it masks itself as anger and frustration, or whatever it chooses- maybe fear- and yet, it's just sadness: quiet and grieving some loss, or nostalgic, or wistful about missed opportunities and the way things have turned out- a kind of sweet resignation, or acute sadness for human suffering- our own, and the suffering of those we love.
     It's not bad, not needing to be banished, only acknowledged and felt and possibly expressed to an appropriate other. Being human is hard, living life is challenging, and sadness is just a part of the mix.

I honor the reality of sadness in myself and others.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

INNER PEACE

"Meditation is the antidote to all the poisons of your life." 
~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh ~ 

Sometimes, a kind of frantic panic takes over. Calm centered living goes on sabbatical for an hour, or a day, or a week... and everything feels urgent, even though it's not. This is uncomfortable space to be in, and oh so welcome is the peace of inner quiet when it returns to us again- sometimes by our own guidance and sometimes by the inexplicable grace of God.

I deeply appreciate the space and experience of inner peace.

Monday, August 21, 2017

WHEN THE WORLD IS STICKY

"An unwatched pot boils immediately." 
~ H.F. Ellis

Some days things just don't go as we hope. It's almost as if there's a stickiness in the universe. One attempt after another fails in execution and then we get jammed up in traffic. These are tension inducing experiences, and resistance to them, while instinctual, is ultimately the wrong response. Being fluid, relaxed, and easy in our skins is what makes for a pleasant ride no matter the track.

I stay out of resistance and surrender to the flow of each moment.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

SEEING CLEARLY

"It is only the long and patient road that leads to anywhere." 
~ Muriel Strode ~

Sometimes I try to force things against my gut- to push against instinct with logic, and make things happen that don't feel quite clear and right, and the result is generally poor at best. It's a lesson I seem to need to learn over and over- to tune in, to pay attention, to stop pushing my will against the weight of the world, and, ultimately, to let go and get into whatever groove is offered up. Instead of negative judgement, not liking what's happening, irritability, blaming other people- all of which are a recipe for misery, I can stop and get clear on what needs to happen, and then move towards it, not with angst, but with trust, and a deep breath.

Letting go is a need that never dies.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

SHARING POWER

"What saves a man is to take a step." 
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

Expressing what feels scary to express is liberating. Speaking the unspoken shines light on it and shrinks its power. When we hide our fears and dark thoughts in silence, they grow bigger and darker. When we let them out, when we give them away with words, there exists the possibility of transformation and release. So let's gather our courage and speak up. Let's free ourselves from our secrets and self-judgment.

I share my fears and insecurities as well as my hopes. 


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PAYOFF

"Kind deeds often come back to the givers in fairer shapes than they go. " 
~ Louisa May Alcott ~

Generosity and gratitude guarantee good times. We can't help but benefit from giving and appreciating- both acknowledgements- in the first case of being prosperous (we have enough to share!) and in the last of being blessed- with life, and beauty, and people, and love!

I am generous and grateful. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

DISCERNMENT

"You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me. You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself." 
~ Walt Whitman ~

We need suggestions from others on occasion, and help as well. What we don't need is to completely hand over all of our decision making power, or to cow-tow, or shrink ourselves thinking we are lesser. The thing to do with ideas is to process them through our own value system, to filter them, consider them, see how they fit and feel, and then adapt them to us, not just recklessly take them on as our own without discernment.
     We are so quick to hand over our power. Let's not be. Let's ground ourselves and be centered and responsive rather than reactive, and considering rather than controlled.

I listen, absorb, consider, and choose before I act.

Monday, August 14, 2017

FIGHT OR FLIGHT

"Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out." 
~ Michael Burke ~

The fight or flight question is an interesting one. When truly faced with a real threat, which is our instinct? Which do we choose? Do we flee the scene as quickly as possible to get out of harms way? Or do we run into it to see if we can help others or stand off the foe, whatever the foe may be?
     Like everything else in life, I can see merit and validity to both sides, so ultimately, I suppose, and as with all things, it depends on the situation, and what our gut tells us, and intervention from whoever we're with, and from above.

In a crises situation, I do whatever feels right.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

WE THE PEOPLE

"Only from the heart can you touch the sky." 
~ Rumi ~

Meeting new people and making new friends is a pleasure and a delight. We each have so much to offer and to learn- so much life experience and the gift of our personal perspective.
     I like people. I like their vulnerability, their humor, their changing moods and faces, and the love in their hearts.

I celebrate the gift of people!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

LIFE'S REQUIREMENT

"Courage is to feel the daily daggers of relentless steel and keep on living." 
~ Douglas Malloch ~

So much  of what makes us beautiful as human beings is our vulnerability, and our bravery in the face of all that we cannot control. Living, ultimately, is a courageous act, and it serves us well to acknowledge that, and to appreciate each other as we travel the road.

I celebrate courage in facing the unknown and honor the journey of each day.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

LOVE AS STRATEGY

"Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being. If not, leave this gathering." 
~ Rumi ~

Love is the ultimate power and by it's nature yielding rather than demanding, and gentle rather than hard. And I'm not sure about "tough love" which almost seems passive aggressive in a way- being certain of what's best even if it feels harsh and brutal...    
     We can be loving and set boundaries. We can be loving and say no. Love does not preclude self-care or doing what's right- it has to do with our intention, and the energy within us as we move through the world.

I am honest about the difference between actually being loving and using love as a cover story for manipulation and getting my way.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CONTROL ISSUES :)

"There's a way of breathing that's a shame and a suffocation and there's another way of expiring, a love breath, that lets you open infinitely." 
~ Rumi ~

When we stop trying to control what we can't control anyway, there is an experience of great relief and relaxation. To let go, to stop pushing and driving and "over-efforting" is a beautiful thing. And the paradox is that as soon as we stop, energy is often released that allows what we have been pushing for all along to happen at last.

I stop insisting and demanding and allow for grace to take over.

Monday, August 7, 2017

THINKING WE KNOW BEST

"Think not because the chrysalis struggles that it is in need of you. Oh! I pray you, stay your eager hands, lest you despoil its silver wings." 
~ Muriel Strode ~

What works for others may not work for us, and what works for us may not work for others. "One man's trash is another man's treasure," and "To each his own" both apply here. Plus, our believing that we know what's best often has a hidden agenda component, and may actually be rooted in a desire to control a situation in order to alleviate our fears surrounding it.
     But maybe we're just supposed to feel the fear- to acknowledge that it's there, reaffirm our faith, and then do what's in front of us. Maybe our wanting to fix others can be resolved as simply as that.

I stop thinking I can fix other people and love them as they are instead.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

KNOWING WHO WE ARE FIRST

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." 
~ Edward Everett Hale ~

We have to be somewhat clear on who we are and what we're all about before we go looking for advice. Others will readily tell us exactly what we should do, and how to go about it, and the more people we ask, the more instructions we can accumulate, so we need to know what guides us, and what matters- our values, and our non-negotiables.
     And it's better, perhaps, to enroll others in our idea and let them contribute theirs to it, than to show up without any idea whatsoever and let them steer our ship.

I invite people on board, but keep my hand on the tiller.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

COMMUNITY BEAUTY

"One is a member of a country, a profession, a civilization, a religion. One is not just a man." 
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

We may be able to accomplish things of value without caring for others, but the value can't endure. It's impossible to thrive in total isolation on our own steam. We need others, and others need us. And what we can accomplish together is so much more beautiful than anything that results from the solo drive.

I engage others in my hopes and dreams.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

EVERY-WHICH-WAY THINGS GROW

"I learn more about God
From weeds than from roses;
Resilience springing
Through the smallest chink of hope
in the absolute of concrete."
~Phillip Pulfrey ~

There are all kinds of ways to grow- up, down, sideways, around things. Half-dead trees and bushes grow, and so do choking vines, and seedlings in pots. So there's no right way- there's just growth.
     We can trim it, tame it, fertilize it, nurture it with love- whatever we do with the growth in our lives, that's our choice. The point is to recognize that there are no limits on it, and no particular way it has to look.

I am grateful to recognize that everything living is growing in its own way.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

BEING THE NEW GUY

"It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence... and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect." 
~ Manitonquat ~

At a local dog park, where dogs are allowed off leash, our dog, Boss, was the unsuspecting victim of gang violence. That's what it felt like. A big greyhound was feeling territorial, and he kept messing with Boss, and then he attacked, and before Boss could defend himself, four or five other dogs joined in and were on top of him, one of them with his jaws clamped and no letting up. It was a terrible scene. Miraculously, Boss walked away without any injury other than soreness and pride- no blood, and nothing that required emergency care. But the emotional cost was high... for us as well.
     And it occurred to me that we do the same thing sometimes to the new guy. We gather together and judge and attack- not with a gripping bite perhaps, but with stinging words and whispers. And the new guy feels as traumatized as Boss did.
     Let's not start fights. Let's extend a hand. Let's be friendly and welcoming. Let's remember that we too were once the new guy...

I remember how hard it is to be new at things and am willing to be welcoming and kind.

Monday, July 31, 2017

SELF-IMPOSED PRESSURE

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." 
~ Bertrand Russell ~

We create urgencies in our heads. We create tension in our bodies. Things are not going as smoothly or as quickly as we want them to, or others are not reacting as we feel they should. We try to manufacture reality as it pleases us, but with little success.
     One of my least favorite expressions from many years ago is that time takes time. I like it better now- and understand the wisdom in it... and yet, there are still days where I want to exert my will and demand things of the hours I have. But no amount of exertion will do the trick. Time really does take time, and each thing fills the space it fills and requires the care it requires, and no amount of rushing or insistence changes that.
     Settling in for the duration, committing to enjoy the process, taking breaks when necessary to refresh our perspectives- all of these help. And so does self-care, and so does a good night's sleep.

I accept the process of developing ideas and budding creativity and know that they cannot be forced.


   

Sunday, July 30, 2017

EATING CLEAN

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." 
~ Jim Rohn ~

Eating clean seems so obvious. It’s how we feel best. And yet, we don’t do it. We convince ourselves that we can eat whatever we want whenever we want, and we can, but we fool ourselves into thinking there won’t be consequences, and, of course, there are.
     So let’s choose the consequence of feeling great, and do whatever we need to do to make that happen.

I take good care of my body.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

TAKING A STAND

“There is more to life than getting things done.” 
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn ~

It’s so easy to get caught up in being busy. We pride ourselves on how busy we are. We compare and compete- who’s busiest as if that gives us some kind of measurable merit. But it doesn’t. Not really.
     Our value is in being, in appreciating what’s around us, connecting with others at a heart level, being authentic, and honoring our truth. And yet, these things seem less culturally acceptable than being busy.
     Let’s change this. It’s within our power to do so. Let’s take a stand for our humanity. Let’s take a stand for the state of our souls.

I value the humanity in myself and others.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WHAT MATTERS

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live." 
~ Flora Whittemore ~

Everything matters. Attending to each detail of our lives with care and integrity makes for a life that feels valuable and appreciated.
     And also- nothing matters. We could die in our sleep and have that be the end of it.
     And also- certain things, people, and principles matter more than others. Our partner matters more to us than a stranger on the other side of the world.
     Arguments can be made for and against every possible position on every possible front. So where that leaves us is wherever we choose to take a stand.

I am clear on what’s important to me.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

WHEN WE WANT SOMETHING

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." 
~ Shakespeare ~

When we want something, we cannot see it clearly. All we see, and all we experience, is the wanting. And then, when we get it, it’s never quite as we imagined. It’s better in some ways, usually, and worse in others. It’s yin and yang and this and that and whatever it is- a mix. But when we were wanting it, all we could conceive of was the good, so it’s always a bit of a shock when reality sets in.
     Nothing is all good or all bad, and remembering that, we can take comfort in things, and people, exactly as they are- as more of a discovery than a knowing, and more of a curiosity than a fact.


I keep my mind open to all possibilities.

Monday, July 24, 2017

THE CHANGING NATURE OF FEELINGS

"It came to pass..." 
~ The Bible ~

When we are all twisted up inside, sometimes we can work it out on our own, sometimes we need a friend to point it out to us, sometimes the passage of time corrects it, sometimes something happens to snap us into a fresh perspective, and sometimes the cure comes through conversation.
     However it happens, the point is that it does, and what a blessing in that! We are not doomed to experience any feelings permanently. They come, they work through us on some level, and then they go. And hopefully, we learn something along the way.


I trust in the coming and going of my feelings.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

WHERE WE ROOT OURSELVES

"I will get my feet down to the earth." 
~ HD Thoreau ~

Life is such an up and down affair. We’re hot, we’re cold; we’re thrilled, we’re bored; we’re unstoppably confident and we’re filled with doubt. We flip-flop endlessly all around the map and are as changeable as the weather- our thoughts and moods as much as our bodies
     So where is center? Where is groundedness? Where is stability? The only possible place must be in the truth of each present moment- of what is so. Beyond that, it’s nothing but a mind game; nothing but speculation and posturing, fantasy, and fear.


I ground myself in the present moment.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

QUIETING THE MIND

"Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak." 
~ Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati ~

A busy mind is often a sign of fear or fret, sometimes a gift of rushing insight, but more often than not, just noise. And to quiet it, we need to breathe, to observe our thoughts rather than engage them, and to compassionately allow ourselves to be- free from thinking, free from planning, and free from distress.

I breathe deeply and surrender anew in each moment.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BEING WHERE WE ARE

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life." 
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Sometimes I am so excited for what's to come that I want it to come sooner, and I can hardly wait for it. I am restless, and can't sleep. And yet, everything comes in its own time and goes in its own time and forcing it it to be or do anything other than that is futile and leaves us agitated. Peace can only be experienced in acceptance of what is happening now.

I let go of the future and fully experience what's happening now. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BEING EXCITED

"I giggle happy thoughts." 
~ Terri Guillemets ~

Being excited about new possibilities awakens something primal in us. Energy rushes to the ready- ready to begin, to create, to establish, to build. A sense of aliveness courses through the mind and body like high-voltage electricity. We are filled with ideas and the power, inspiration, vision, audacity, and faith to back them.
     Excitement at this level makes it hard to sleep. Like a horse at the gate we are amped up and ready to run. And yet, sleep we must. The creative journey is more than a few laps around the track, and requires our ongoing stamina, and sustained momentum over time.

My creative excitement is a slow burning fire.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

SHARING OUR HUMANITY

"There is comfort where we overlap." 
~ Ani Difranko ~

When we are lonely, the best thing we can do is engage someone we don't know in a conversation and find out about them. Such sharing takes us out of ourselves and awakens us to the energy of shared humanity, which is a beautiful and powerful thing. We discover ourselves in the other, and that brings us both into the light.

I ask people about themselves and listen from the heart.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

FILL THE DARK

"Let soul and world meet." 
~ Rumi ~

Fresh. Deep. Clean. Neat.
Warrior. Savior. Captor. Thief.
Friend. Foe. Above. Below.
Hollowed out like a cave in the snow.
Emergent. Convergent. Stupendous and Bright.
Be rich and warm like the dark filled with light.

I am a candle that never burns out.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THE VALUE DRIVEN LIFE

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?" 
~ Matthew:16-26 ~

Sometimes when we set a goal, we become so focused on it that we blind ourselves to all other possibilities along the way, and become inadvertently rigid and inflexible. And yet, we get benefit from so many other things that come to us along the way. Our lessons come from everything that happens, and, if we're honest, lessons are really the ultimate goal, so while it may be good strategy to aim for a specific outcome, and even necessary to a fulfilled life to do so, the truth is that having goals may not be nearly as important as having guiding principles to live by- principles that direct our path and inform our decisions and root us in something steady, and solid, and secure.

I live by my values even more than my goals.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

THE POWER OF BEING ONE

"I am a part of all that I have met." 
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson ~

Everything that matters is connected. As soon as I start to separate and quantify things like productivity, personal growth, compassion, love, integrity, and wholeness, I realize that they are all inextricably inner related, and that one cannot exist without the other, just as we, as individuals cannot, and do not, exist without each other. We are related at a core level to our fellow man.
     And this is good news. It means that we are stronger, wiser, and bolder than we thought; that we have resources beyond our imagining, and that we are vast beyond measure. What a comfort in this- to know that being kind is also being productive, that sharing through conversation is also creating possibilities in life, that living clean is also growing in spirit, and that opening our hearts is also serving the world.

All is connected, and all is one. I begin anywhere and affect everything.

Monday, July 10, 2017

GUILT FREE LIVING

"Guilt is always hungry. Don't let it consume you."
~ Terri Guillemets ~

It's so easy to think that we should be doing other than we are, be eating other than we ate, and be functionally better in every way; and the self-doubt and second-guessing that comes along with this frame of mind is emotionally crippling. It keeps us from being able to relax. We are always looking away from where we are to anywhere else and telling ourselves we should this, that, and the other thing. We should be networking. We should be busy cleaning our house. We should be losing weight, getting fit, feeling differently than we do about our lives, our families and ourselves.
     Let's get off the "should" bandwagon, and allow ourselves simply to be. It feels indulgent. It feels like we're letting ourselves off the hook, and maybe we are. But don't we deserve that? Don't we deserve to be less than perfect, less than totally maximized and actualized at every moment, and less than the run-ragged pace of modern, incessantly busy, chaotic life?

I get off the guilt bandwagon and let myself be. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

LEARNING TO HOLD SPACE

"Having too many things about us is a certain confusion to the intellect." 
~ Oscar C. McCullouch ~

Creativity isn't born from busy-ness. When we are pushing ahead full steam and keeping up with all the obligations of our lives, there's no room for inspiration to visit us. We are completely full-up squirreling around on the wheel of urgency. So we have to learn how to hold space, and how to consecrate it.
     Doing everything we can to control our environment, other people, outcomes, incomes, and the world at large, we become jammed and crammed and brimming over, so we have to let go a bit, and then let go some more, and make creating space a priority. When we do that, we invite inspiration, and when we invite inspiration, something in us empties and clears out, and we remember what matters, and who matters, and why we are here.

I create space and invite inspiration.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

THE POWER OF TREES

"You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night." 
~ Denise Levertov ~

There is solace in trees, and the bigger they are, the more earthed and solid energy they provide. Just to be in their company is soothing to the spirit- the smell of them, and their bark and leaves and roots and trunk. Trees are good company, good grounding, and good inspiration, and just the right tree in just the right place makes the soul light up, the heart lift, and the nerves settle and ease.

I love and appreciate the trees of the world! 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

THE FREEDOM OF NEUTRALITY

"Whosoever knoweth the power of the dance, dwelleth in God." 
~ Rumi ~

Attachment and aversion both hitch us up emotionally. Wanting something too badly, we tighten with the fear of not getting it, and being repulsed closes us to legitimate options.
     Moving forward in trust and neutrality, we can see and experience our lives free from fear and judgment; free from angst, upset, fury, and fret.

I trust things to fall into place, to know what I need to know when I need to know it, and to open to unseen and unconsidered possibilities that will make perfect sense as soon as they show up.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SELF-DOUBT AND ARROGANCE

 "The time and place are mine when I am equal to the time and place." 
~ Muriel Strode ~

Self-doubt and arrogance are blood brothers. They shut down options- one turned in on itself, and the other by disrespect from others as we gallivant about pretending we're better than we are. Being right-sized is the answer- honest about our strengths and honest about where we fall short; about what we want, what we need, what limits us, what we're afraid of, and what we are willing to risk.
     In the clear air of truth we have power and can take action. Stuck in self-doubt, or over-puffed with arrogance, we shut door after door of opportunity on our own precious selves.

I am honest about what I am, what I have to offer, and what I do not.
   

Monday, July 3, 2017

THE BENEFITS OF OCCASIONAL AIMLESSNESS

"Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not."
~ William James ~

Living in a meandering way is excruciating at first when we are accustomed to a driven life. And then, somewhere along the way, a kind of easy humor sets in, an acceptance of the lack of intensity, and the experience of a renewed pleasure in the company of the people we love.
     It's refreshing to be aimless, to have dog walks and laundry be the big events of the day, especially knowing that the aimlessness won't last, and that the intensity will return, and probably times ten.

I enjoy meandering a bit when circumstances allow.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

EVERYTHING WE'VE GOT

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." 
~ Viktor Frankl ~

I like to make plans- to have a purpose, and be on track for a goal. And sometimes, it works out just right. And other times, my plans crumble into laughable pieces right in front of my eyes. I am all prepared for one thing, and then it's something else entirely. I adjust to the adjustment, and get myself squared away, and then something else comes along.
     Life is like that. It requires our humor, our flexibility, our ongoing willingness, and, ultimately, everything we've got.

I am adaptable, and roll with the punches. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CHANGING MOODS WITH GRATITUDE

"Gratitude is the memory of the heart." 
~ Jean Baptiste Massieu ~

I am grateful for my health and for small pleasures; for Nature, people, conversation, solitude, and the feeling of getting into bed at the end of a long day. I am grateful for chocolate, soft molasses cookies, and stargazer lilies. I am grateful to be married to my best friend, and for things always having a way of working out. I am grateful for the sun, for stars on a clear night, and crisp, fresh mornings.
     When I feel funky, I can start anywhere and focus on what makes me grateful, and it builds on itself, and before long, I start to feel grateful, and blessed with blessings, and just all around better from the inside out.

Being grateful makes me feel good.

BE LIKE A BABBLING BROOK

"If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have invented babbling brooks and whispering pines." 
~ Robert Brault ~

We live cluttered lives with cluttered minds and don't even know it, busy as we are keeping up with our daily demands and desires. Creating open space, both internally and externally can be a conduit for a sense of relaxation and ease. With distance and perspective comes a slowing of time, an increased appreciation for each moment, and a disinterest in multi-tasking to get things done.
     Life is meant to have a bit of a meandering quality to it and not be so jam-packed and pressure driven. It's a babbling brook navigating meadows rather than a blast from a fire hose, and yet, so often, that's how we experience it. Let's not. Let's learn to babble a bit, and trickle around stones and over mossy banks.

I slow down and create space in my life for meandering. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

INTO THE FUTURE

"Tomorrow is fresh." 
~ L.M. Montgomery ~

The future awaits us, and blindly, we travel towards it. We press forward, full of courage and faith that it will play out, that we will be unexpectedly blessed by angels along the way, and that we will find what we're looking for.
     Adventure is guaranteed, and life lessons. Everything else we create for ourselves as we go.

I welcome the daily mix of intention and surprise, and keep my good humor as I travel the road. 

BEING FRESH AND NEW

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

If we want to create something new in our lives, we have to let go of everything old and tired first. If we try to build on top of what's been there for years and years we will just get more of the same. A fresh start requires a clean slate and an inner emptiness, space to grow, and an open heart and mind. New is not more or better, it's new! And it takes some clearing on our part to make way for what wants to come into being in our lives.

I let go of all that has historically constrained me, and open to the new! 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

THE POWER OF WILDFLOWERS

"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. " 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Wildflowers cling to rocks and grow out of crevices at the top of windy mountains. They grow on dusty roadsides, and in the most inhospitable places available- the places where no grass can take root. They are paupers when it comes to growing spots, and yet, there they are, brightening the landscape with their color and their cheerful blooms.
     We can become so precious in the fulfillment of our needs. Let's take a lesson from wildflowers, and bloom wherever we land.

I blow in the wind and bloom brightly like wildflowers.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

CHOICE AND FREEDOM

"Confront your dream and... decide, once and for all, if you want it." 
~ Joe Kita ~

We are more tangled up in our pasts than we realize. Thoughts, beliefs, images, and hurts haunt our every step, dictate our actions, and impede our progress, such that we become an accumulation of everything that's ever happened to us. We become a "happend to" instead of a happening.
     In order to re-claim our power, we have to recognize that we have added all kinds of personal significance to the historical facts, such as they are, and we can stay stuck in the way it all currently exists for us, or choose to create a new significance any time we like.
     Choice is our birthright. Choice and freedom.

I live free from the tangles of the past.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BEING CURIOUS

"A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education."
~ Smiley Blanton ~

We make assumptions about other people based on who we are and how we are feeling. Consequently, the vast majority of our judgments are in error, based on our mood and our mindset rather than truth itself.
     Let's recognize that what we are certain we know about others may not be completely accurate, listen free from internal dialog, and be willing to clearly see and hear who is actually there.

I open to curiosity and make room in life for what I don't know I don't know.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LIVING WITH PURPOSE

"Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend." 
~ Walter Savage Landor ~

Having something to work towards satisfies the soul. To be floundering about aimlessly is uncomfortable, untenable, and unwise. Let's strive to some purpose, whether personal or worldly, and enjoy the pleasure of a life on track and with aim.

Having a purpose inspires my life.


Monday, June 19, 2017

CREATING A CLEARING FOR NEW POSSIBILITY

"Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself." 
~ Rumi ~

Letting go of physical stuff we have been holding onto for years is an interesting process. It is both freeing and revealing- freeing in that we let go and revealing in that we have all kinds of fret about what we might need in the future, or what we might miss once it's gone.
     Healthy living is a continuous process of release and renewal, and we can't experience either if we won't disperse the energy that is stuck in our things.

I let go of all my inessential physical stuff.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

DIGNITY AND PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT

"The way to make people trustworthy is to trust them." 
~ Ernest Hemingway ~

One of the greatest gifts we can give to another is to trust them with their own autonomy, and not to be controlling or manipulative or think we know better than they do what's best. When we allow others their dignity, and allow them to be responsible for their work and their time, we allow them to shine. We empower them.
     The opposite of this is diminishment and discouragement. When we are always being told what to do, and when and how to do it, we lose enthusiasm and go flat.

I empower others by trusting them.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

STEPPING UP

"Be what you are." 
~ Julius Charles Hare ~

Mighty spirit,
Born to fly free,
Locked in tangles
of projected misery.

Mighty spirit
Born to honor truth
Locked in silence
And being aloof.

Mighty spirit
Full of heart, full of life
Courageously step
into the light.

I stand for freedom.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TAKING A STAND

"I will not ask that you nor you approve. The wild thyme is itself nor asks consent of rose nor reed." 
~ Muriel Strode ~

It feels safe to hide, and yet, by hiding, we are inauthentic. We shrink from our lives and our choices and from being who we really are. We make ourselves wrong and guilty by avoiding what's uncomfortable. Let's have the courage to stand up, to stand out, and to stand for what we believe in. Let's have the courage to stand for exactly who we are.

I stand for authentic self-expression.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TRUTH AND FREEDOM

"The truth will out." 
~ William Shakespeare ~

To experience peace we have to face facts. We have to be willing to look at what's in front of us. Avoiding reality does not make it go away. Neither does pretending it's something it's not. Only an honest and un-biased view of what is can free us from what is. It seems unlikely, it seems un-necessary- we often don't want to face what's there, and yet, it is only in looking clearly, and in honestly seeing, that we are set free.

I take off my blinders and see.

Monday, June 12, 2017

READY, SET, CHOOSE

"Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out." 
~ Micheal Burke ~

How can we act on knowing that a part of us doesn't want to know, because it means we will have to face something that we don't want to face? It seems easier to squash down our instincts, and play at everything being all right, but there is in-authenticity in this, and a price to pay down the road.
     We must choose a path. That is our responsibility. We can choose to go along and get along, or we can choose to honor our truth. And the action we take in making our choice is the very thing that will free us.

I choose which path to take forward every day that I live. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

IN THE NAME OF PROGRESS

"You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run..." 
~ Kenny Rodgers ~

I'm an expert at normalizing the abnormal and making the best of things. It's something I learned to do young, and have been doing all my life. When others are ready to cut bait, I am still looking and pretending that all is well, that it's really ok, that maybe it's not as bad as it seems. And at times, this has its advantages, and at times, it serves me somewhat well.
     But other times, it's a recipe for a kind of self-punishment, a make-it-work-or-else kind of approach to life that actually hampers growth and constrains progress instead of promoting it.

I commit to clear sight, honest appraisal, and right guidance.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

GUILT FREE LIVING

"Guilt is always hungry- don't let it consume you." 
~ Terri Guillemets ~

Guilt destroys the quality of life. It robs us of freedom and ease. It harps at us, scolding. It's full of shoulds and self-doubt and restriction and fear.
     Guilt is toxic and constrains us in ways so deep they are beyond our understanding. It makes us be in the world in ways that are not authentic or sincere.

I release the burden of guilt and live free.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

USING LANGUAGE TO CREATE A WORLD

"I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions." 
~ James Michener ~

Language has power and words create our reality more than we realize. The immense weight we generate with all the things we "have" to do can be energetically shifted quite easily. Observe the difference:
1. I have to (or should) work out. (Burden)
2. I want to work out. (Pleasure)
3. I am going to work out. (Power)
4. I could work out. (Possibility)
     And there are other options as well, the option of choice itself, and gratitude- that we can do anything at all that we can do.
     So let's bring awareness to our language, and realize how our use or abuse of it is impacting our day.

I choose my words with consciousness and care.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

EVOLUTION BY DEGREES

"Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are." 
~ Rumi ~

The rhythm of life we are living is not the only rhythm of life there is. Time and experience can be cyclical, and circular, and topsy turvy all over the map rather than linear, although that's not necessarily how it feels in the business world where all is deadline driven and seemingly so urgent.
     And yet, all things, even business projects, grow as in nature, by degrees, by the sun, and by the season. Let's align ourselves to these natural rhythms and allow our lives and projects to evolve naturally rather than be born by insistence.

I embrace the natural unfolding of life and myself.

Monday, June 5, 2017

CLAIMING INDEPENDENCE

"Work in the invisible world at least as much as you do in the visible." 
~ Rumi ~

I've spent most of my life being co-dependent- worrying what others are thinking, feeling punished by their silence, creating criticism out of thin air, but I'm done with it. Right now, in this moment, I claim my independence from the opinions of others, whether real or imagined. I act with love, choose with care, and live my best life being my best self. If others rally behind me I welcome it, and if some are flatly opposed, that's ok too. I'll take each relationship as it comes, deal with the facts as they arise, and turn off all creative speculation about what things may mean or not mean.

I live free from co-dependence. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

"You are only as beautiful as your last action." 
~ Stephen Richards ~

In line at Costco there is so much resignation. Exhausted bodies labor away from the cashiers with full carts, at the registers, serious, worried faces process their debit cards; those arriving and ready to check out nervously scan the aisles to ascertain which is fastest.
     And in the middle of it all, a little girl in white short leggings and a yellow tent-top is smiling and dancing. She's leaning over a stack of water bottle cases and then opening her arms to the sky. And she's making the adults who are with her smile as well.
     Most of the people around her are oblivious. I enjoy her antics. She makes me smile too.

Whatever I do has an effect on those around me.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PROMISE KEPT

"Let God's promises shine." 
~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

It's called a brave new world because it takes bravery to create a new world. It takes departure from all that is familiar and all that is known. It takes breaking away and setting forth. It takes an open mind and steady heart. It takes faith and action and endurance and strength.
     And the place we arrive is the place we trust in, and the dream is delivered, and the promise is kept.

I smile as the brave new world appears.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CONGESTION AND FREEDOM

"Let freedom ring!" 
~ Samuel Francis Smith ~

Congestion suffocates growth- congestion of any sort- of the mind, the body, the road that lies ahead... Congestion is blocking. It shuts things down. And we live in it. We create it. But it's not the only way.
     The other option is open space and freedom with no constraints, and when we get that, let's appreciate it. Congestion is bound to come, but not bound to stay, and freedom, wherever we feel it, is a blessing of the highest degree.

I celebrate freedom! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

HONORING HEROES

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger thank oneself." 
~ Joseph Campbell ~

Remembering heroes.
Honoring what has been.
Expressing gratitude.
Acknowledging sacrifice.
Feeling loss, gain, compassion, love, and the glories of freedom.

I appreciate all those who serve. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

BOUND FOR ADVENTURE

"I come to the forbidden edge.
I strap on the sheath of unfear and gird the strands of daring about me." 
~ Muriel Strode ~

We strike out for Montana with gusto and high hopes; with a bit of caution and a ton of risk. We are living large and playing with everything we've got. The stakes are appropriate for the experience we seek.
     Fresh and fearless, into the new day, we strike!

I am up for whatever comes!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

THE POWER OF CHOOSING

"The gateways of wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them." 
~ Louise Hay ~

All the effort I've expended I have chosen to expend, and all the inner angst and sense of struggle as well. I have chosen my resentments, my fears, and my limiting beliefs. And they have held me back, by some kind of self-sabotaging design.
     But now, I'm choosing something different. I'm choosing choice itself, and freedom. I'm choosing adventure and the proposition of risk and reward. I'm choosing happiness, well-being, appreciation, and joy.
     Choice is my birthright and companion, my mother and closest friend. It represents an unlimited life where anything is possible, and that's the one I choose.

I live my life at the level of choice.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RESISTANCE

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me." 
~ Robert A Heinlein ~

There is power in resistance- the power of struggle and stubbornness- of being right and being justified. It's an oppositional kind of stance with arms crossed and a refusal to engage. It shuts us off from the world and from the expression of love and the experience of connection. It binds us in lock down, makes us miserable, and keeps us stuck.
     But we don't have to stay stuck. We can accept what is, agree to work with conditions as they are, and be honest about what we really want, which is likely peace of mind and to feel good. And that's what we can have as soon as we are willing to un-cross our arms.

I free myself from resistance and experience peace.