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Friday Practice: I am Gentile

Friday Practice: I am Gentle

First, be gentle with self. Next, be gentle with others. Third, be gentle with your world.

Soften your eyes and your heart today. Remind yourself again and again to relax and stop bracing, to soothe and to hold. 

The world is crying out for peace, calm, and gentleness.

Mantra: I Am Gentle

You Are Courage

You Are Courage

Courage is a wobbly steppingstone to a higher plane.

Courage is longing for more while bearing all the weight of all the fears in the world, and choosing action that feels risky.

Courage is following heart and gut while saying “to hell with my head.”

Courage precedes transformation.

Courage creates energy and momentum.

Today, take a courageous act in service of your higher self.

Monday Mantra: I am the Narrator of my Life

Monday Mantra: I am the Narrator of my Life

You are writing the story of your life, every day, and you are the narrator. You get to decide if you are writing a tragedy or a comedy, a coming-of-age novel or a wild, thrilling adventure short story.

You are also the star, the protagonist in this first-person drama, and as you tell the tale, you create the tone, of woe or triumph, of divine connection or despair. Every time you recount a story or memory to another person, you get to cast your characters as hapless victims or heroes, big shots […]

Find Your Humility

I have a regular walk around the Charles river that I complete a few times each week. At one point, there is a small wooden bridge to cross as the river bends and splits off into a pond.

In the pond, in summer, float lily pads and pure white lotus blossoms. It feels sacred there, and I always pause to reflect on the beauty and the wonder of the floating lotus. I also bemoan the trash that is inevitably floating alongside in the pond. I have gotten angry and self-righteous many times as I played out the movie in my […]

Monday Mantra: I Am Kindness

Monday Mantra: I Am Kindness

 

Kindness isn’t sexy, flashy, or stylish. In a culture where edginess, snark, sarcasm, and irony abound, true kindness is often met with disbelief. What’s the punchline? What do you want from me? Is this person for real?

 

Kindness is the gentle melding of earnestness, compassion, patience, generosity and love. Its giver overflows with warmth at its transmission, and its receiver feels touched by grace. Kindness is quiet and sacred. It leaves beauty in its wake.

 

Kindness challenges the giver to set down the ego’s desire for an equal exchange. True kindness comes from a place within untouched […]

Monday Mantra: I Am Enthusiasm

Monday Mantra: I Am Enthusiasm

Is there anything more exhilarating than wild, naked, unfettered enthusiasm?

Children are naturally enthusiastic. At some point in adolescence, enthusiasm becomes too vulnerable, too raw, too embarrassingly uncool. It does not go unpunished, particularly when it is for things or people outside the narrow realm of what is deemed acceptable.

Close your eyes for a second and call forth something for which you feel total enthusiasm and passion. Let yourself have the full experience of the thrill and joy that this thing engenders.

Where are you tamping down your natural enthusiasm and exuberance? Can you take the lid […]

Friday Practice: You Are Distracted

Friday Practice: You Are Distracted

Raise your hand if you have more than 4 tabs open in your computer browser, are reading more than one book right now, and sometimes spend an entire day moving from task to task to task so that you end your work time with the same items on your to-do list for several days at a time.

This is one of the parts of me I make wrong and resist. It is something to overcome, or change. I long for laser-like focus, clearly defined rules that I will actually follow, order versus chaos.

It is time for […]

Monday Mantra: I Am Revolutionary

Monday Mantra: I Am A Revolutionary

There are times when a simple and genial “principled stand” won’t do. Today is the day to turn over the tables, whip up your supporters, and start a revolution.

There are urges that you have sat on, times you’ve kept your mouth shut to keep the peace, areas where you “make nice to get along.”

It is deeply uncomfortable, even frightening to be a revolutionary. Today is the day to stand tall and raise your voice for the sake of what matters most to you.

Mantra: I Am A Revolutionary

Friday Practice: I Am Yes

Friday Practice: 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.

Try this Mantra: I Am Yes