Today we are in the midst … and what I am most present to is that we are the collective we of the entire world. We are each, individually, and we are all, collectively, called to be present to the same thing. We are drawn together by the same challenge even as we are asked to isolate in service of the whole.
I am writing today to share two powerful messages I’ve heard in the last week and to invite you to be discerning about how you are nourishing yourself these days: Continue reading “What are you listening to?”
TheOnlineSpa is a very new, on-line community where big feelers and generous givers can come to connect, explore and learn about themselves, be nourished and engage with others on the journey. Recently, I had the privilege of being interviewed by friend and colleague, Jonny Richard, co-founder with Ashley Colvin of TheOnlineSpa.com . I share the interview here – and – invite you to check out the community for yourself. It was such fun to have this conversation. Jonny is a phenomenal listener who brought more out of me than I knew was in there!
Abundance — another way of saying “too busy”, “overwhelm”, “get me outta here!” When her life seems overly full with simple to-do’s, work engagements or just plain life happenings, my friend and mindfulness teacher, Joy Jordan, uses the term “abundance” to describe the situation.
In addition to this simple, beautiful reframe, I’d like to offer you ideas for finding Ease in Abundance. The next time you find yourself in an “abundant” time, try: Continue reading “Ease in “Abundance””
We are only capable of seeing from our own state of consciousness.
Have you ever tried to explain something deeply important to you and found the listener totally unable to grasp the essence?
On the other hand, have you experienced the gift of someone who is right there with you, and can even help you see your next steps? For instance:
- A teacher who has great impact is able to meet you where you are, see from your current perspective, then draw you forth to take in and learn from a wider view.
- An empathic individual feels what you feel, meets you where you are emotionally, and only then, if you desire, guides you forward.
- A good physical trainer does the same – evaluates where you are and offers the exercise plan which will step you forward.
Have you ever put yourself physically at the level of a child
and seen the world from their perspective?
Today, each time you witness something wildly different from your “sensibilities”, remember:
I see from my experiential viewpoint.
Then ask yourself:
- What is it that has this person doing, saying or thinking “that”?
- What would have this thing created in this “strange” way?
Rather than, “different – wrong” consider:
Different – Of course!
We all see, create and choose from our personal, unique perspective. Some of us are able to “put ourselves in another’s shoes” and see as they see. Some of us, not so much.
A friend or family member, teacher or mentor, who can “see as you see” is a precious gift. The gift is even more precious if they are wise enough not to judge or try to change or convince, force you to be/think/believe what you are not ready to embrace.
My greatest expansion has come from an invitation to the “new” from a trusted source – one who has met me first where I am.
Who in your life “meets you where you are”?
What would free you to meet others “where they are”?
Imagine with me:
- the impact on your sick body when the right antibiotic is taken
- the impact on bread dough when yeast and warmth are added
In both cases, the organism (the body, the dough) is transformed at the cellular level – and – the added ingredient (the antibiotic or yeast) becomes one with the organism. It cannot be extracted.
Why are we looking here?
Continue reading “What teaching do you need “now”?”