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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 […]

Monday Mantra: I am Allowing

Allowing is non-resistance. Non-doing. It may even be more gentle and less active than receiving.

Today is about allowing. When you feel your mind and body gearing up, steeling itself, thinking too much or saying, “no,” allow what Is to penetrate instead.

In particular, allow all emotions to emerge, crest and move through you today.

Mantra: I Am Allowing

The Paradox of Hope

According to Merriam Webster, the verb “hope” means: to cherish a desire with anticipation. The noun is: the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen; a feeling that something good will happen or be true.

Two teachers of mine, both of whom I respect deeply, make different distinctions about hope.  Lucid Living (a powerful collaboration between Leza Danly and Jeanine Mancusi), describes hope as a beautiful, expansive, feminine energy, “a genuine expectation of a positive future.” I love this defining of hope as an uplifting conduit of possibility, vulnerable in its wanting and confident in […]

Letting Yourself Off the Hook

One of the universal aspects of the human psyche is the internal voice known as the Inner Critic, the Saboteur, or the Gremlin.
This voice feels at times like it is speaking the Whole Truth about us, but actually it is one very narrow, critical perspective that is usually born out of our childhood experiences (thanks, Mom and Dad), even the happy ones.

The Inner Critic’s role is to keep us safe, and it takes this role seriously. 

It operates from a place of fear, is overly careful, and is often downright cruel.  It says things like:

“You sound so stupid/You’re an […]