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29 01, 2018

Monday Mantra: I am Humility

Monday Mantra: You Are Humility

True humility is a complex and potent virtue. In some traditions, humility is seen as recognizing and bowing to the God-self, the Higher self, the enlightened self within.

From an egoic and simplistic place, humility can feel subservient, obsequious, self-serving.

C.S. Lewis made this distinction: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

Leza Danly says that humility is the “willingness to be changed.” To allow for the possibility that things will not be as they have always been.

In humility, there lives a freshness, an openness, a trust in the unseen and a knowing […]

23 01, 2018

I Am Open

About ten years ago I spent my first 24 hours in silence at a retreat. At first, I struggled, lonely and bored, my mind racing.

As the day wore on, my senses kept opening up. We were directed to find a spot in nature and sit there, as still as we could be. Suddenly, it was as if all of nature conspired to show me that it was a miracle. A tiny sweat bee came and sat next to me, perched on my flip flop that sat on the dock next to me, for the whole several hours I remained […]

22 01, 2018

Monday Mantra: You Are Epiphany

Monday Mantra: You Are Epiphany

Today, allow an “aha!” moment to find you. If there is something in your life that is feeling murky or complicated or confounding, offer it up to the universe with love and blessings and set down struggling to figure it out.

Trust that you will have a glorious insight or quiet answer by day’s end when you open to intuition and curiousity.

Mantra: I Am Epiphany

 

16 01, 2018

Safety is a Choice

Paradox alert! Safety is an illusion, an absolute truth, out of our hands, and a choice.

Safety is illusion because our human bodies, our human condition, our current flesh suits are as fleeting as high fashion. We will all die, some of us painfully. We will all suffer at various points through our lives, sometimes from circumstances outside our control but mostly from the machinations of our own minds.

Safety is absolute truth because once you make peace with this fact, a sort of calm resignation envelops you. I will die, and it might be painful. Suffering is inevitable. Oh. Well, […]

15 01, 2018

Monday Mantra: I am Yes

Monday Mantra: I Am Yes

 

Today, be the Unconditional Yes to life described by David Richo in his fabulous books.

 

Not a big loud, hootin’ and hollering’ YEEESSSSS! A serene, open, friendly, curious, gentle Yes to everything that arises.

 

Let all resistance to what is drain from your body. Say “yes” without understanding or hopes of what might happen.

 

You will be astonished when you do this at how practiced you are at saying “no” in multiple subtle and overt ways, and what a shift it is to open to Unconditional Yes.

 

Mantra: I Am Yes

8 01, 2018

Monday Mantra: I Am a Job Well Done

Monday Mantra: I Am a Job Well Done

Think of a time when you created and completed something great. When you poured your energy, your time, your focused attention, your love, your hope into something.

Maybe it was a huge collaborative effort with a giant reward. Maybe it was an internal triumph of character that you saw through to its resolution.

After it was completed, you smoked the proverbial (or literal!) cigars and drank the scotch of celebration and satisfaction. You reveled in the joy of hard work coming to resolution.

Or did you? Sometimes, sadly, we skip that crucial moment in time […]

31 12, 2017

It’s New Years Eve

Today is a day to reflect, remember, and celebrate. Moment by moment, lesson by lesson, sift through and call forth the learnings and yearnings, the failures and triumphs, the darkness and sweetness and richness of the past calendar year.

Honor the new you, forever changed and imprinted by this cycle of four seasons. What do you most want to remember? How will you celebrate, contemplate, and seal in this remembering?

29 12, 2017

Friday Practice: Compassion

Friday Practice: Compassion

The antidote to judgement is compassion, and compassion starts with self. If you are reading this, I have no doubt that you extend compassion to the majority of the people with whom you interact. How loving, kind, and accepting are you to you? How often do you let your heart open and break a little when you confront your own humanity?

Take some time to close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Imagine compassion as a beautiful healing light radiating from your chest. This light relaxes and releases any judgement, self-criticism, or tension from your body. Imagine yourself engulfed […]

26 12, 2017

Monday Mantra: You are Anticipation

Monday Mantra: You Are Anticipation

For those of us who were taught as little ones that Santa Claus would sneak into our house and leave toys while we slept on Christmas eve, it was historically a riotous, unbearably delicious and sugar-fueled experience of unfettered desire and anticipation.

It was so enlivening! So joyful.

As I have gotten older I view longing and anticipation as more of a drag, or proof of my spiritual immaturity and inability to be in the moment. There is still a part of me that thinks that resolution is better than anticipation; that any state is better than […]