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Soul Musings/Day 5: Being Peace

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When our lives are turned upside down

Inevitable uncertainty takes us on a ride

Standing on the edge of resistance

Not willing to break free into shifting changes

That swirl through our moments

Upending carefully laid plans and the illusion of security

Until we surrender into how life really is

Finding peace was here all along unfolding within our biology

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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 4: A Game Changer

soul-voice-sensibilità-bn-404x256There comes a time when we get to a certain point in life and are able to hear that clear voice of our Soul speaking to us……. the deepest, juiciest and fullest part of who we are.

Over time this knowing is uncovered within moments of complete surrender in direct relationship to our constantly uncertain and ever changing life moments….a place we live and take action from as the ego gracefully (or not!) steps aside.

This happens at various stages of our lives and certainly often tends to become more apparent as we age. We see that the continuum of our life – the ups and downs, negative and positive – has brought us to this point that we are breathing in at this particular moment in time.

Without even one moment of it exactly as it was, we would be different.

Yes, indeed this is a “game changer” and can happen anyplace on the continuum….and does. This alchemical union shifts our relationship to everything and everyone and shakes up the container we call Self.

Our expected competencies in some domains unravel, our relationships change, and we realize that there7531276952_b12ed075bb_z is a never ending cycle of learning and expansion from which to draw from….

….a space where possibilities emerge and old ways of being are cast off like a well worn pair of old shoes.

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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 Abbott – http://www.GayeAbbott.com

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BreathingSpaces

WildlyFreeWoman

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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

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Rest In Natural Great Peace

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Imagine a glass of muddy water and what happens if you continue to shake it up.  Then what happens if you allow it to be in stillness.  This muddy glass of water is like our mind agitation.  Always filled with millions of thoughts continually crashing on the shores of our everyday life and distracting us from our purpose.

Like all of you I sometimes find my mind constantly reaching for something to figure out, worry about, future what ifs…and it goes on.  Though when relaxing into simply inhabiting the place of being in the moment, and letting go of anything that has to “be done”, the mind rests into a stillness and the glass of water becomes clear.

What if we could rest in this clear place in our everyday life?  What if all it took was a deep trust that we would be taken care of if we simply let go and “rested in natural great peace”?  How ease filled life would be.  Yet this often feels so far from our reach in the midst of a busy day with the demands and stimulation that comes at us from what seems like every direction.

I wonder if it is possible to take each of these demands or responsibilities into the understanding and embodiment that each request of our time whether in relationship, business, child rearing, or profession comes from an opportunity “for” us versus doing something “to” us.  How might this change the way in which we live our lives?

It is from this place of  “natural great peace” that the water clears and we are able to rest in the source of who we are.  What greater place to inhabit for a richness of life that has us sitting down to the banquet of life.

Take a few minutes and rest within the images and words of the poem “Rest In Natural Great Peace”.  Though there are Buddhist images and powerful chanting that accompany this video it is really non-secular in nature.  It invites all of us to come home to the core of our being….Natural Wealth indeed!

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photo(58)Gaye Abbott, RYT assists individuals to drop the layers that cover the natural innate blueprint we came in with and 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

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Fundamentals For Changing The World

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Moving into 2014 I thought it relevant to bring some thoughts on how each of us might participate in our lives in a way that enhances our expression from wholeness.  Something that is now vitally important to the changing world that we inhabit.

The fundamentals below could also be said to be relevant for exposing and evolving our unique expression without fear in each moment of this gift of life we have been given.  For what is life if not the most precious gift possible that needs to be shared fully and extravagantly with the world in service and love.

My comments are below the quotes from Gandhi.

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World:

1. Change
You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

As our planet and systems evolve and shift to a healthier way of being the most important element in that change is the invitation you extend to yourself to deepen into the heart of living – to fully express your life from a place of transparency and vulnerability.  Your soul is beckoning you to come out.  Listen, move beyond the fear, accept the constant inevitable change, and come out dancing with your own unique being!

2. Control.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

Essentially their is no control in this life as everything is always changing.  We only assume we do have control out of a sense of protection and fear.  What if we became a collaborative culture listening to and respecting others ideas and creativity, and discarded control as a reflection of our own low self worth and distrust of a moving Universe that has a wisdom way beyond what we can even comprehend?

3. Forgiveness
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

A powerful example of this is shown in the restorative justice movement which is currently sweeping the world. It is a means – a way – to go to the very source of violence and desperation and bring healing through exposure and forgiveness.  South Africa gave us a beautiful model and now we are realizing that when perpetrator and victim can come together and deeply forgive themselves and each other that the cycle of violence is broken.   That is strength!

4. Action.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

How often have you come in contact with those that speak a volume of words but either do not take action, or live a life completely different from what they have been preaching?  Taking action from values and heart felt practices of living consciously and compassionately is what it will take to change the world.

5. The present moment.
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”

Living in the past or projecting what will happen in the future only takes us out of the moment we are in.  The present moment is all that we have – one breath in and one breath out at a time.  Shall we miss the passage of our life all together or shall we make each moment count?!

6. Everyone is human.
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

This is called transparency.  To know that we are human and that we will make mistakes and hurt people – not out of malice or forethought, but out of being human.  As each of us relates from a place of deep understanding, compassion and kindness we inspire each other to come out of hiding and present ourselves “naked” to the world.  If everyone is doing this then we shall see how much we are really all the same….

7. Persist.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Staying true to your path and purpose with some changes in course from time to time – one must be resilient – is perhaps one of the most exhilarating, at times frustrating and challenging things to do.  However, what do all of the great positive change makers have in common – they persist!  By the way, don’t forget to ask for support from time to time.  This is the era for connection, collaboration and co-creation!!

8. Goodness.
I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

When we put our attention on the good in life that is what we see and experience.  When we put our attention on the good in people they seem to relate to us from the place where we have placed our attention. What could be simpler?!

9. Truth
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

Mindfulness in all that we do contributes to living in truth – truth of the moment and the truth of what we feel and express in each of those moments.  It may be challenging to cozy up with truth at times, but the alternative is to live our precious lives in a flurry of self inflicted lies and assumptions.  Whenever your mind makes an assumption or tells you a story ask the question – Is this true?  Bet it won’t be most of the time!

10. Development.
“Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”

Once again we come back to the truth that everything changes.  There is nothing – I repeat nothing – in this world that ever stays the same.  That includes everything.  So why hang on to old stories, philosophies and rigid rules when you could have such a grand time co-creating a new world one new development at a time….and then like a child’s building blocks let them all fall down and start over again.  It is in the very act of creation where lies the spark of life…

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Gaye Abbott, RYT assists individuals to drop the layers that cover the natural innate blueprint we came in with and reveal, through a combination of evolutionary energy work, Jin Shin Jyutus, Reiki, mentoring, 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

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To Be Or Not To Be….

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“Wherever you are no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to your like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”
Mary Oliver

….that is the question!  To be or not to be.  We struggle to know ourselves throughout our lives not realizing that it is a simple task of being present to what is emerging moment to moment within our being.  Not the labels that we have taken on to define us, but instead something much vaster that keeps us yearning for something that seems just out of our reach, yet is right there in our imagination and deeply imprinted in the cells of our body – in our very heart, spirit and soul – coming home to the sacredness of our innate being.

Even for those that don’t get “the lingo” that I just used – you know what I am talking about..  This place of living comes from having engaged the patterns, stories and beliefs that have held us captive within an exterior lived life and that have kept us basing our actions on what is important to those that touch our lives more than what comes from our authentic expression.  At some point in time this engagement has kept us alive and surviving – sometimes quite nicely thank you very much.

Now, what the global shift we are undertaking asks from each of us is to heal and clear away those engagements that no1045166_530216187026429_838979867_n-1 longer serve us and to re-engage from a place of deep authentic awareness of who we are and what type of service we are here to offer.  This is a far cry from what most of us have lived most of our lives.  This wild “soul nature” is directly connected with the natural world.  In fact, we are the natural world. So many have long ago forgotten this and given themselves away to a paradigm of mechanistic thinking that now threatens the very planet that we live upon and has impacted every segment of our society.

For me one of the places that I find this engagement with “soul” is on the ecstatic dance and contact improv dance floor.  Here there is no leader and no follower.  Instead the “dance” is based on what is emerging from and through you in every moment.  There is complete freedom here for one to explore what is yearning to be expressed in a safe, loving and playful environment.  I have always stated “I desire to live my life in the way in which I dance” – free, natural and from a deep soul expression.  Aging has it’s compensations – I am coming closer to this every day!

Another place I find this deep sacred self engagement is within the energy work that I offer to people.  Deep listening, trust, heartfelt engagement and embodiment create the knowing where I am to place my hands next.  The evolutionary component comes into place as I sense and feel the blueprint of the individuals energy system returning home to harmony and wholeness.  This then sparks the transformation of the system to “upgrade”, thus deeply supporting the individuals “coming home to themSelves” in a way that translates into their everyday life.

For the rest of this year I invite each of you to make a real, honest heartfelt invitation to your soul to “turn up the volume” as Sera Beak says in her new book, Red, Hot and Holy: A Heretics Love Story, thus  “becoming more present and active in your awareness, body and ordinary life”. 

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., an internationally recognized stem cell biologist and leader in bridging science and spirituality proposes that Darwinian evolution theories are not holding up to what quantum scientists are now finding.  It is now coming to light that each leap in evolution happened because at some point the membrane of a particular organism was stretched as far as it could go to the point of bursting, thus the evolutionary urge brought the organisms together to form a new collaborative life form to expand the potential of the new organism.  They had to expand their container (or cell membrane) in order to continue to live!

With the advent of internet and other forms of connecting we are now recognizing that the very core of life is deeply interconnected and that the fate of ourselves and the planet depends on collaboration, acceptance and coming together in innovative, compassionate and creative ways. This form of new life depends on each person inhabiting more clearly a rooted sense and embodiment of their purpose here and taking actions from that authentic expression and wild Source.  This translates to expanding our old containers for they have become too small for our being.

As we move into the holidays I extend this invitation to come into them with as much of YOU on board as possible.  By that I mean not succumbing to the mind numbing stress that can happen this time of year and more gracefully relating to family, friends and co-workers from a very grounded and whole sense of yourself.

Our growth and awareness often comes in small increments, but it is in simply saying yes to the sacred journey of life that this expansion becomes rooted.

May your holidays be the best that you have ever experienced!

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How you breathe is the way in which you live your life.  If this statement is true, then how would you like to breathe?  Shallow and restricted or full bodied and naturally?

Use a focus each week for the entire year to promote the vibrant aliveness that is your natural birth right!

 

Simple Acts of Kindness

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Thank you to “Two Cannoli” for taking this great picture (The bluebonnets have particular meaning as they are wild here in Austin, Texas!) and for understanding that it only takes a second to notice an act of kindness done to you….or be aware of when an act of kindness can be offered to another.

That means we have all the time in the world to offer and receive acts of kindness.  Do you think the world would be a different place if we committed not only to doing something that scares us every day, but also to notice when kindness has been offered to us and openly appreciate it, as well as be aware of when we can offer a simple act of kindness to another.

Sometimes the best are when you are least expecting it, or those secret ones where you will never know who the agent of kindness was!

Each of us knows how it feels to receive an act of kindness.  It could be as simple as someone letting you onto a crowded road, a smile passing on the street,  or going the extra step to offer service above and beyond what is expected.  Over the past few days I have been the recipient as well as the giver of acts of kindness.  I am particularly aware of them as a grand leap was taken last week by quitting a job and choosing instead to immerse myself in my own business.  A somewhat stressful time yes, but because of this giving and receiving of kindness I am particularly aware of how very blessed I am!  That has taken my attention!

The day after I quit my job I took myself to the nearest office supply store in order to get a new business calendar (no I don’t have a smart phone etc – I actually do it the “old fashioned way”) to plan and vision on.  This store is a chain store and often times you don’t expect the type of service you might find in a smaller privately owned establishment.  However, within the space of the 10 minutes I was in there I was asked by 3 people whether they could help me find what I was looking for and smiles were exchanged each time.  The crowning glory was the check out woman who first apologized for my having to wait for a minute or so and then while she was checking out my purchases we exchanged a very personal and loving dialog.

Her smile was huge as she said to me, “it is good to see you back again.  I just saw you 2 days ago right?” and when I said no she told me “you have the kind of face everyone wants to remember!”  As I shared with her that I had just quit a job the day before and was heading into being my own boss, she gave me a high 5 and said “don’t give up!”  A few more comments were exchanged and then it was time  for me to leave the register.  I looked in her eyes and thanked her for her attention, service and kindness and we both felt the love exchanged between two complete strangers.

kindness2Then yesterday it was my turn.  I was doing my regular lap swimming and no one else was in my lane.  Near the end of my time in the pool I looked up and there was a father with his young daughter about age 8 or so.  I asked if she wanted to share the lane with me.  At first hesitant she jumped in at her father’s urging.  I watched her swim beside me and noted that she was an amazing swimmer for her age.  When I got back to the end of the lane they had changed to an open lane so that the father could be beside her.  As her father jumped in I called out “your daughter is a great swimmer”!  He didn’t hear me, but she did as she kick boarded her way down the adjoining lane.  The smile and thank you she gave me were brilliant!

Today it was time to receive and give as I was given service above and beyond the norm when a computer at the local Fed Ex store would not print my documents.  Then I was able to give a simple act of kindness by stopping by a local herb/vitamin pharmacy to purchase some natural products for a very dear friend who has poison ivy creeping all over her body and drop them off at her house.

Though this has been an incredibly challenging post trauma growth period for me over the last week these simple acts of kindness given and received have reminded me that this is what life is about.  Our connection with others is always there.  We always have the choice to expand our awareness outwardly in a way that says “I care” and “I appreciate you”!  The opportunities are limitless!

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In Our Own Element

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“For only by living in our own element can we thrive without anxiety”.  Mark Nepo

A very large part of living in human form is to wake up to our inherent true nature and accept the gifts and awareness that we have been given.  We each walk a unique path, however the deep interconnection with all life allows us to view what it may be like to walk in another person’s shoes – or bare feet as the case may be.

A large part of the pandemic “anxiety” that engulfs the world at this time in our history comes from not only disrespecting others particular path, but at our very core not accepting our own.  How is it to live a life that others are dictating, instead of listening deeply to one’s own calling.  Courageously saying yes to the steps that it takes to express this one precious life – the joy of being human.

Let me tell you a story to demonstrate just a little of what I am talking about.  For the last year and few months I entered back into the world of medicine after making a clear decision in 2011 that I was complete with that particular pathway in which to bring my gifts.  Much was learned during this year as I became a  part of the launching of a new family practice.  However, the reasons that I stepped back into this field were mostly based in fear.

Fear that I would not be able to support myself financially if left to walk my own unique road.  A road that was riskier and filled with uncertainty, but also filled with immense possibility.  A road that I now know contains the peaceful abiding that Buddhist philosophy and practice speak to.  A road that offers the immense joy of giving to others in a way that makes their life better through the arts of writing, teaching/guiding/facilitation, heart centered activism, breath practice, and the laying of my hands on people in healing and transforming ways.

Within the “stress” of being back in the medical world lay the gift of awareness that I had forsaken my own road.  This was a vital part of coming back home to a path that only I can walk, only I can express, and only I can learn from.  Taking on someone else’s path is perhaps as dangerous as judging and not accepting others for their own.

Our potential is to become totally happy.  How do we find our way there?  Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo says:

This is not about being a poet or a florist or a doctor or a layer or an architect.  It is about the true vitality that waits beneath all occupations for us to tap into, if we can discover what we love.  If you feel energy and excitement and a sense that life is happening for the first time, you are probably near your God-given nature.  Joy in what we do is not an added feature; it is a sign of deep health”.  (The Book of Awakening, pg. 294)

Staying awake is the path to walking in our own element….

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The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.
~ Mary Oliver ~

The intimate connection between ourselves, others and each life form that inhabits this planet, and beyond, has gained more and more recognition.  Our collective memories, both individual and from the past, oftentimes keep us stuck in the shame that Richard spoke of in the last post.  These embodied emotional and physical traumas leak body memories to our consciousness that have us forgetting the very nature of who we are.

In yoga class this morning we were asked to listen to the poem above by Mary Oliver and move from a place of remembering – remembering who we are – without the voices from the past or the ones of the present directing the particular life moment.  Often our eyes were closed as we stepped into the flow of what was unwinding from our core – instead of someone else’s direction.

What is it like to follow that inner knowing, dropping silently inside capturing the whisperings of that inner insistence on the uniqueness of truth, movement, actions, and feelings in any one moment.  What are we afraid of?  Or is it that we can hardly hear the  voice of our own unique being for all the demands and stimulus around us.

Yes, the only life we can save – living as uniquely as possible – is our own.  There are more and more moments these days when I feel the solid strength of what this is like.   One of those places is hanging out on an ecstatic dance floor where the “rule” is to have no self imposed restrictions, but instead to explore, listen and move from that place of complete connection to the greater energy that moves us all.

Old patterns of being and moving melt away as the intention for everyone on the dance floor becomes a moving art piece of breath, movement, contact, exploration, play and absolute love and respect.  For someone that loves dance it is a “home coming” to the deepest parts of who we are.

The film Jane’s Journey, shows us someone who listened to her own unique voice in spite of what others might have wanted for her.  For someone like Jane Goodall it was a simple very deeply felt passion that moved her as a young woman to follow her childhood dreams.  Now at 78 she is still traveling the world speaking her truth and impacting millions of people to care for each other and our planet in the most compassionate, loving and peaceful of ways.

What price is taken when we step away from the journey that is uniquely our own?  We become lost in the thoughts and actions of others and forget that we have come here to create and love as only we can do and be.  Today a young man who had never received flowers from a woman was gifted with a single flower of beauty as he sat at his check out stand at the local organic food store.  This happened because I heard loud and clear the voice that directed me to take this loving action as I left the store the first time I was there. What impact did this have?  Let’s just say I am still smiling….and I am certain so is he.

Choose a journey that reflects the magnificence of who you are and do not listen to anyone or anything that takes you away from that knowing!

Listen….

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Stand Tall And Root Your Toes Into The Wealth of Life

Dear Richard,

When I found this picture it literally demanded to be placed directly in the center of this particular post.  A giant redwood in the California Bear Creek watershed stands tall amidst the other trees in this old growth forest.  There are many things that caught my attention here.  My experience with old growth forests is that they are quite different from forests that have been cut down before.  There is a unique smell and feel to the earth and other life forms that inhabit this sacred and beautiful natural resource.   The quiet is so pervasive that when there is a sound it immediately draws your attention.  It almost feels as if you could put your ear to the bark of the tree and it would whisper untold wisdom into your ear.

When walking in one of these forests,  awareness expands and broadens as attention is caught by the fact that these trees have been living for much longer than we have years to count.  They have survived natural disasters and encouraged the trees around them to grow and thrive just by their very presence in the forest community.  This one tree has obviously been present much longer than the others marked by its sheer size.  One might feel by looking at this picture that this one tree is guardian standing as protector with a much more expansive view.  However, each tree is deeply interconnected to the others and has its’ unique role to play.

In yoga class this morning our practice was guided by 3 teachings of Milarepa who is generally considered one of Tibet’s  most famous yogis and poets..  One of those teachings was “Act so that you have no cause to be ashamed of yourself, and hold fast to this rule.”  When I saw this tree standing so much taller than the others I immediately thought of each of us in our lives and whether we consciously make the choice to “stand tall”.  By “standing tall” we declare that we are not ashamed of who we are, but instead choose to show the world our fullness and actively bring our unique gifts for all to see.   There is no way that this particular tree can hide!

As were the dancers at the event I was privileged to see last evening.  Viewing a magnificent expression of the dance arts I witnessed a performance that literally had me mesmerized (and wishing I was back in my youth again!).   Each dancer found the energetic flow and rhythm that was uniquely their own expression within the choreography, and then combined it with that of other dancers sharing the stage with them.  Even amidst the demonstration of angst and conflict during a few pieces there was a sense of something much larger expanding….a greater story, a more expansive view……… than the small one unfolding before your eyes.  At times one or two dancers would take center stage, yet there was always movement happening around them expanding the focus and the story.

What wealth we accumulate in our individual lives when we choose to “stand tall” no matter what is happening.  Our actions in every situation and every relationship can uphold living a life of fullness.  Each and every one of us is a magnificent expression just as these trees and dancers are.  The trees so much lower than the single one are “standing tall” as well in their own unique ways.  The Divine Design of our life awaits us to wake up and root our toes into the wealth and creative passion of our lives….. leaving any thread of shame behind.   Life is simply too short to waste on anything less……

Standing Tall In Austin, Texas –

Gaye

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