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It’s Life

I was having a conversation with my daughter, as mothers do, and I asked her about her experiences of flow. IMG_7241

My life, I explained, was built under the assumption that there was a path to stability all laid out. Allegedly, the stability brought on happiness, because you have nothing to worry about.

Unfortunately, for many of us, this has meant unrealized potential, lost opportunities and unfulfilled dreams. I found myself lost for a while. But as align myself with flow, I can see that I could change my circumstance by starting a new career.

I’m, of course, in the midst of that, but I’m trying to understand how to explain it. She said, “It’s life”. She has come to expect that her life will be easy and by tuning into her intuition, it has, for the most part.

So this first part here is to start paying attention to the sensations in your body. It might require you to sit still and just focus on feedback you are receiving. Noticing these changes as emotions come and go helps to recognize how you actually feel, which may not be the way you were taught to learn about things.

This is an important difference. We were taught what “success” was and it took me becoming an adult to realize that it is not necessarily the road to happiness. I have coached many, many, uber successful people who were anything BUT happy.

I teach them to tap into their intuition, seek guidance from their own knowing. It is important to pay attention to how your body reacts to situations and choices. In general, if you feel an opening and relaxation feeling that is a yes. Contraction is a no. It is that simple once you are paying attention.

It is a new way to steer the ship, but you’d be amazed at the results. I’ve eliminated a huge amount of bad energy from my life and it feels like my life is expanding.

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Like Clockwork

As soon as I surrender and adjust to the topics I write about, a boundary I’ve built to protect myself falls. A relative with absolute opposite spiritual and political views came to see me. IMG_6888

Spiritually, we are both kind people and we believe in eternity. We also both believe there is something larger than us.

Where we differ is the “rules”. She believes that in order to practice her faith she must condemn those who behave in ways inconsistent with this set of rules. I do not believe we have the right or the responsibility to judge how others live, much less an obligation to force them to live as we do.

Needless to say, this has caused great anxiety in her life as individuals in her inner circle discover they want to behave in ways that are outside of this set of rules. So, it is always distressing when our conversation gets to these topics. She votes based on who her religion tells her is most in line with her beliefs. This is her choice. I worry it is dangerous.

 

 

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Fear of Death

Everything is part of the same thing. However you want to define it. We are in connection with each other, the planets and the sun. It is the vastness that makes it so difficult to conceptualize. We are here to witness a brief moment in an infinite amount of time and space. When I think of the greater meaning of all of this, I don’t think it is to avoid my own death at all costs. The literal cost is to waste my time here worrying about an inevitability that which I cannot even understand. I believe we are here to experience this life fully.IMG_0276

Part of the experience I want to include is smoking. Some of my fondest memories are having cigarettes with my daughters, wrapped in comforters so that it would be warm enough to stand outback on the deck long enough. That smooth feeling when everyone is focused on lighting their smoke. We have all come together to relax, reflect on life and just enjoy being together. The common habit of smoking creating these moments.

Our focus on health and safety has become a religion. The religion of death avoidance. We will all live forever, if we just increase safety more. This belief system has created oxymorons, or contradictions, like “preventable death” and “Do you want to die?” as if there is a choice.

We know the pendulum has swung too far because we are so busy protecting our children they are no longer allowed to freely explore their worlds alone outside like we all did. For fear of death, we are taking away some of the best experiences. Wow! I guess I’m on a rant. I should stop that.

I think I’ll go watch some more Netflix. I feel like becoming one with the couch.

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Being Outside

Wow. It was pretty rough writing that last entry. I actually feel tired. The muscles of my deltoids and chest are all tense and tired. I think I’ll go and have a smoke.

It is glorious out. The sun is warming a cool IMGP0526morning and there is a light pattern of cloud cover making the sky interesting to look at. There are buds on most of the trees now and the song birds are out in full force. I’m so glad I’m a smoker. If I wasn’t, I would’ve missed that.

So I ask you. When was the last time you sat outside in the morning? You see, I know that it is politically incorrect to admit to smoking, but when I look around me, I don’t see people that are happy. There are a gazillion rules about what you shouldn’t do and it looks like we just don’t enjoy ourselves very much. I recognize that I wouldn’t make the effort to go outside if I didn’t smoke.

I love being outside. It is where I feel the most connection to the interconnectedness. The sky, the gardens, the birds. We are all made up of the same thing. Intellectually, we know that the actual matter in an atom is a very, very small percentage of the size of the atom. Yet, we perceive things as solid. Our brains were designed specifically to organize the information we got from these surroundings as solid. When we know they are not.

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Ask For Help

I love my neighbourhood. There are a lot of dog walkers, which gives everyone the opportunity to meet each other. It has a friendly feel. I JUST ASKED FOR HELP IN WRITING AND NOW I’M TRYING TO NOT LET MY BRAIN TAKE OVER. I KNOW HOW TO TYPE WITHOUT HAVING TO THINK ABOUT IT.

THAT IS THE PROCESS FOR AWAKENING LET GO OF FEAR, DISCERN WHAT IS GOOD AND BAD FOR YOU AND THEN ASK FOR HELP.

LIKE IN EAT, PRAY, LOVE, WHEN SHE ASKS FOR HELP ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR, THAT MOMENT OF SURRENDER WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU CAN’T DO IT ON YOUR OWN AND YOU JUST SAY, PLEASE HELP ME.

IMG_5778WITHOUT BEING IN THAT DIRE DISTRESS I BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE TO CREATE THE SAME EFFECT COMING FROM A PLACE OF LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE IS INTERCONNECTED.

THERE IS A BENEVOLENT ENERGY THAT IS THERE TO HELP US, BUT IT HELPS IF WE ASK.

THE OTHER HALF IS GRATITUDE. I SPOKE EARLIER OF THE SYNCHRONICITIES IN MY LIFE AND ONE THING FOR SURE IS I’M ALWAYS GRATEFUL. I STOP, REVEL IN THE JOY IT BROUGHT, JUST TO SEE THE WORLD ALIGN LIKE THAT I FIND IT VERY COOL.

ANYHOW, I STOP AND SAY THANKS AND LET THE FEELING OF GRATITUDE RADIATE OUT. AS FAR AS I CAN TELL, IT IS THE BEST WAY TO DIRECT YOUR ENERGY TOWARDS THE THINGS YOU WANT. SAY THANKS WHEN YOU GET IT.

THIS HAS, OF COURSE, RESULTED IN EVEN MORE SYNCHRONICITIES.

I just noticed that I have been typing in all upper case. I wonder if that was on purpose. I seldom accidentally hit the all caps key. But it must have started when I stopped to ask for help.

Interesting.

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