Category Archives: Resilience

Soul Musings/Day 21: Where Is The Focus?

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We all have physical challenges from time to time, like my recent knee injury. This is part of life and certainly arises out of the uncertainty of it all.

Yet, I was hit by the fact that where we focus is a key to seeing how we view life as a whole. Opportunities and possibilities within the continuum or ultimate continual challenges?

For example I caught myself frustrated with the active things I could not do and forgot to be grateful for the fact that I have legs.

There were actually many things I could have been doing to focus on stability for the knee, yet my thoughts were taken up with the inconvenience and discomfort.

The video below is a reminder that embracing what life brings us is not only more effective, but births our fullest expressions from what can be seen as tragedy.

How we perceive our challenges and where we place our focus makes all the difference.

 

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

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Soul Musings/Day 8: Promises and Dignity

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There are actually many parts to a promise though it may seem linear. For today the one aspect that I would like to reflect on is this.

We are human beings that live in an uncertain world with change as the common denominator. That means when we make a promise, or receive a promise from someone, we cannot predict what the future will bring.

In other words, life happens. In the world of human dignity life comes before promises.

Breaking promises” will happen. To treat ourselves and others with dignity as human beings we must remember that we cannot predict the future….and that allowing a space for the action of letting ourselves and others “off the hook” through renegotiation restores dignity.

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Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Soul of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time

Soul Musings is a 31-day practice for the month of December immersed in deep listening to what is emerging and unfolding day by day.  Eight sentences with occasional resources to explore more deeply.

Each post, invited by Soul, allows the words to emerge unscathed from prior planning, editing, or censorship.  Dwelling in uncertainty and dipping a toe into mystery this union of words is an attempt to resonate within an innate way of Being…. returning “home”.

To receive daily posts simply sign up for this blog and you will be notified through e-mail.  In addition there will be daily posts on the blogs below.  Thank you for being part of this practice with me!

Gaye Abbotthttp://www.GayeAbbott.com

OTHER BLOGS:

WildlyFreeWoman

BreathingSpaces

Breath-Book-coverW2(3)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:

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Risk or Possibility?

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RISK OR POSSIBILITY?

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “risk” I often feel a physical reaction in my body. My stomach clamps down just a little, my breath stops or becomes shallow, and my shoulders and jaw tense.

Upon looking it up in Wikipedia I found there were two definitions that drew my attention:

1) “Risk is the potential of losing something of value. Values (such as physical health, social status, emotional well being or financial wealth) can be gained or lost when taking risk resulting from a given action, activity and/or inaction, foreseen or unforeseen.”

2) “Risk can also be defined as the intentional interaction with uncertainty.”

The first definition puts the emphasis on loss by the very first sentence. It makes up for it in the last sentence, but you are left with the overall feeling of potentially “losing something”.

The second definition makes it an effective action that you take with full attention and letting go, or surrendering, into the relationship with uncertainty. This could also be called trusting what is unfolding.

This last brings more spaciousness in the body, whereas the first one could provoke the reaction of clamping down preparing for “battle with the powers that be”. A relationship with uncertainty seems to exist every moment of our lives no matter how much we might wish to control things. It could be seen as the very nature of existence.

Having dedicated the 66th year of my life to “living fearlessly” during a ritual standing in the waters of the Pacific ocean in July, the ever present “risks” are now seen as a vehicle for opportunity and possibility. That isn’t to say that my old patterns of “security” and “survival” don’t show up, but at least they have a louder voice that I can hear versus the stealth maneuvers they have done in the past.

An example of this showed up this past Sunday morning during my Gentle Yoga here in Austin. Now this class could be seen as a “risk” unto itself as one never quite knows what the focus of the class will be or what the practice will hold. Rather like life…..thank you to my yoga teacher Keith!!

This day the class was focused on risk and exploring edges…. was definitely not all that gentle, and supplied a multitude of opportunities to choose to move into edges or “stay safe”.

The peak of the class for me was in a two partner assist where we were to choose between two poses to be assisted and supported in. One was something that I knew I could do easily and though may take me into some new territory, was definitely not a “risk”.

The other one was a pose that I hadn’t done for years as it takes upper body strength to push into from the floor, which I have let go of as I have aged. There was no going back and forth between the two in the decision making process.

5350316_l-1024x652I knew immediately that the assisted wheel (from standing into a backbend arch coming down with hands on the floor) was to be the one by the energy flow that moved through me when I considered them.

As I felt my two assistants attempt to support me in the best way they knew how I put my total attention on the movement of my spine and the breath. Suddenly there was another pair of hands assisting (my teacher Keith) which created spaciousness for me to celebrate coming into this pose with relative ease and mindful movement.

In those moments a space opened up within. It wasn’t only being in the pose, but the additional after effects from trusting the moment to moment movement of my body, the breath guiding me, and the hands and hearts assisting me.

The joy that I felt and the opening of spaces within spilled over to my assistants who greeted me with brilliant smiles as I came up out of the pose.

Now as some of you know I practice as a yoga teacher/therapist thus in this “risk” I was asked to move out of the “personal” (proving that I know what I am doing, the realm of good/bad, right/wrong, etc..) and instead trust that the unfolding would take me where I was to go.

Let’s just say that is a MUCH LARGER space to play and blossom in!

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Gaye Abbott, RYT assists individuals to dissolve the layers that cover the natural innate blueprint we came in with and reveal, through a combination of evolutionary energy work, Jin Shin Jyutsu, yoga therapy and breath re-patterning, the larger purpose and co-creative expression that we are here for.

For those interested in receiving private sessions please contact Gaye at: JoyfulGaye@NaturalPassages.com.  Travel to your location in the U.S. or globally is available.  Please inquire.  Skype: gaye.abbott

 

OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.BreathingSpaces.net
www.WildlyFreeWoman.com

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Vibrant Resilience

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“Loss makes artists of us all as we weave new patterns in the fabric of our lives.
Greta W. Crosby

Last week there was a magnificent storm here in Austin, though only in parts of the area.  I had just received my faithful Mac computer back after having a new hard drive installed and was reflecting on how much I depended on this human invention to conduct my daily life and business.  Not having it at all for 5 days brought many gifts, one of which was freedom to dream into new possibility….but first the storm story!

As the sky darkened visibly before my eyes I heard peals of thunder echoing.  You could literally feel the foretelling of something very powerful about to happen.  All of a sudden I heard loud sounds coming from my roof and then right before my eyes there was a dance choreographed by nature that stunned me and took every bit of my attention.Very large hail balls were bouncing off of the roof in every direction imaginable and landing wherever they were guided to.

The sound beat against my consciousness while I was mesmerized by the seemingly chaotic movement.As this continued the sun broke through lighting up the stage and causing a glistening on everything around.  Brilliant a0d6ce033greens on the leaves and diamond like white reflected off of the hail so bright that it almost hurt your eyes, and then it happened…..a very small rainbow appeared briefly near a car parked in my next door neighbors driveway!

The joy I felt in the power and beauty of this storm touched something deep inside.  This was nature’s resilience taking a bow reminding me that though this past week of my life had held many challenges – major car repair, computer breakdown and a very difficult challenge for one of my clients – it was my task to weave new awareness into my life, not only with the color and brilliance of that rainbow, but inclusive of every single moment of the entire storm.

In actuality the rainbow was just a part of this natural display.  Without all of the other parts of the storm it would not have happened just the way that it did.

It is so easy to “react” to the challenges, stresses, and losses in our lives, yet I have learned that simply being present  – allowing the emotions to have breathing room, and old patterns to walk on by, without reacting or taking action from these transitory and unstable places –  is a path to new possibilities unfolding.

jwj_bluebonnets_043bThis is vibrant resilience.  Like the bluebonnets in the picture here that grace many of our hillsides and roadways in Austin right now.  Spring represents the possibilities that rest in the challenges of life.  A continual renewal that can only come to our attention if we allow space for our lives to unfold.

Mindfully breathing amidst new energy patterns……welcome in possibility…..

 

A Beautiful Example of Vibrant Resilience

 

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Gaye Abbott, RYT assists individuals to drop the layers that cover the natural innate blueprint we came in with and photo(58)reveal, through a combination of evolutionary energy work, Jin Shin Jyutus, Reiki and breath re-patterning, the larger purpose and co-creative expression that we are here for.

For those interested in receiving private sessions please contact Gaye at: JoyfulGaye@NaturalPassages.com.  Travel to your location in the U.S. or globally is available.  Please inquire.  Skype: gaye.abbott

OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
www.WildlyFreewoman.com
www.BreathingSpaces.net

Breath-Book-coverW2(1)Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here:  http://gayeabbott.com/books/