What am I to learn from you?

Today’s message is short; it is an invitation to a way of being in our lives. It is meant for you if ever move through your days:

  • ignoring everything and everyone that isn’t “in the plan”
  • assuming that the person you are about to speak with has nothing of value to offer you
  • mindlessly doing the mundane tasks
  • afraid of what you are about to do or what the people around you are thinking

My invitation to you is this:

Anticipate the gift!

Imagine approaching every interaction, every activity, every moment with the anticipation of gift. This is a simple – yet perhaps not easy – attitude adjustment. It requires an intentional pause to remember to expect that the person, activity or task in front of you has a precious, one-of-a-kind, never-to-be-repeated gift. There is something inherent in this interaction that you will learn from. Then trust this fact and be open to perceive and receive the learning.

What gifts await you today?
What gift will you be to another?

Body Talk

Do you, like me, take your body for granted? As you work and play, go through your days, do you ignore the vehicle that allows you to do what you do?

Pause with me. For just a minute, set down anything that you are holding. Begin to breathe with intention, deeply, slow and steady. With each exhale, imagine blowing out your thoughts, blowing out any emotions that may be weighing on your heart. Close your eyes and let go of anything calling to your spirit, connections pulling you outside of yourself.

For one minute, focus on your physical being, your body.

As you continue breathing, scan your body from head to toe. Really listen for any messages it is sending. Where is there tension? Pain? Swelling? Hunger? Thirst? Lethargy? Discomfort?

Drop down deeper. Listen now for your body’s requests of you.

What does it need now?
What changes in your routine habits could help?

Some of your bodies are saying, “I need you to exercise me, feed me differently.” This winter, my body began speaking loudly, daily, with sore, tight hamstrings, hips, and glutes. I stretched and iced and “cared for” my body. Yet, it kept talking. Finally, I became willing to hear, “I need to rest! I need you to press the pause button on racquetball, volleyball, walking, stretching.”

That was HARD!

Possibly, stopping routine physical activity is as hard for some as starting it is for others!

Whether your body needs more, less, or different, I encourage you to listen and honor its requests. You won’t get another! This body is it. Yet, many of us take better care of our cars, homes, RVs – those things which “house” our bodies – than we do of our body which houses our intellect, heart and spirit. Consider these lyrics:

If My Body

I came into this world in a body that’s fine.
In some ways it’s ever and totally mine.
And yet it’s on loan: only mine for a time.
Only I can take care so it lasts through this rhyme…

If I thought of my body as a Mack truck
when she was on empty I’d surely fill up!
I’d use only premium never the cheap stuff!
If my body, my body I thought of as a Mack truck! I thought of as a Mack truck!

If my body I saw her as a shiny little sports car
I would make sure she’d always shine as a bright star!
I’d wash her and wax her and I’d buff out each mar!
If my body, I thought of her a shiny little sports car! A shiny little sports car!

If I thought of my body as a well oiled machine …
I know I’d keep her joints and ligaments so pristine!
I’d take her for her tuneups and those checkups routine!
So she would run as good as new!
If my body, I thought of her a well oiled machine! A well oiled machine!

If my body I thought she was a Winnebago RV
I’d expect her insides to be pure and clean!
I’d keep her free of clutter so I’d get around with ease.
Vacations would be fun and free!
If my body, I thought of her a Winnebago RV! A Winnebago RV!

But my body’s a blessing of human design.
She houses my Spirit the Sacred Divine!
I must tend to her gently, be loving and kind.
So she is a clear channel and lasts a long time.

How will you honor and care for your body – starting today?

Today is YOUR birthday!

And today IS your birthday – if you choose. Just what do I mean? Well, when I think of birthdays, I think of anticipation, excitement, celebration, fresh start, new beginnings, joy and children. When I think of children, I think of carefree, unburdened, naturally bold, uninhibited.

Not your experience of today? What keeps you from waking to the day with the fresh anticipation of a child? Continue reading “Today is YOUR birthday!”

Your Secrets Have Power

You’ve got them – secret thoughts, ideas, behaviors that you keep to yourself and don’t want anyone to know about. I’m talking about:

  • judgments that we would never share with that other person
  • beliefs that we are afraid to speak aloud
  • habits we’d be embarrassed to have another person witness

You get the idea. Here’s the truth. Everything we are trying to hide, all of our secrets, the messages in our shadow side, have tremendous power. This power may be: Continue reading “Your Secrets Have Power”

From the edge of my growth…

When was the last time you were courageous enough to have a conversation where:

  • you went beyond “reporting the news”?
  • you let down your guard?
  • you explored the unknown?
  • you learned something about you?

In 2014, I wrote the following in What’s Alive In Me Now? Time for the journey of your life! 

What if this is a book of connection? What if this is simply a story … a story of human experience, human evolution, spiritual expansion, coming into one’s own? You see, that is what feels most vital to me now. When I share from the edge of my growth, I share with purpose and passion, energy and joy! When I simply relate what I have done or things I have learned, I get bored.

Every day we have opportunities to connect deeply, to explore together, to live from the edge of our growth. Yet, often, we don’t. From starter questions like: Continue reading “From the edge of my growth…”