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Living life fully

What is it that I’m not living out fully in my life.

The one thing that propels itself to the top of the list of things I’m not living out fully in my life, is my passion for connecting with like minded individuals to share personal insights, thoughts, dreams and desires, without judgement and from a place of love. While I have a web site where I share a daily blog, and I have a book I’ve written, and I have a business I have built and created, I still would like to do more.  I still feel I have a lot more to offer!!

While writing is very powerful and therapeutic, the personal connections we share are so much more powerful. Co-Creating in community where we share our thoughts, feelings and desires with the goal of supporting and holding a safe space for each other has such incredible power and opportunity for growth. Yet, it carries with it a fear of failure, disagreement and disappointment, and it this very fear that keeps me from moving this thought, this dream forward. How to do this, how to move forward still concerns me. How to connect with people and co-create an exciting growing and learning time together requires some faith and a desire to jump into the unknown.

Currently I am planning two workshop opportunities for addressing change and supporting transformational growth. The first will be offered by me http://www.mkanthony.com through our funeral chapel with a time (probably September) and site to be determined and the second will be a fall event with two close friends and like minded people, Sacha Sully from Australia https://m.facebook.com/SachaSullyLifeCoach/ and Camille Conte from Alaska and NJ. https://www.facebook.com/This-Awakening-Spirit-645405635549117/ While these new ventures will create some fear and trepidation, it is time to shake, rattle and roll (in no particular order).

Please look forward to your personal invitation to these events and let me know if there are any thoughts you have regarding topics you feel would help you, your friends, family and your community.

“Blessings on your journe”

http://www.mkanthony.com

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Welcome to my Blog

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Thank you for finding your way to my online space.

It is my goal to create a page that is worthy of your valuable time.  Being a transformational guide in funeral service has led me to examine and test different theories and beliefs about life and death.  This space is dedicated to the challenge of experiencing transformational change – changing from old normals to new normals as a result of change in our lives.  With hope and love at its center, we celebrate and honor the journey.  Blessings on your journey.

Mark…

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Pooh to the rescue!

The movie Christopher Robin has opened in theatres and I cant wait to go!!.  We’ll pack up the grandkids and find our way there soon.  In a recent article about the Christopher Robin movie it begins with ‘Life happens to the best of us”.   It goes on to show that with many good and bad things thrown at Christopher, the boy we know from the Hundred Acre Wood grows up to be an unbalanced adult.  Unbalanced in his priorities and what his heart and mind tell him.   He focuses on his work at a luggage company more than his family, and that’s plenty more baggage than what his company is selling.  That is when his childhood friends, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eyore and the rest of the gang come into the picture to help.  Perfect timing in a world needing a little reminder!

It got a 5 star rating out of 5.  Can’t wait!!

“Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

The human condition sucks sometimes!

It seems easy to spend my time and thought visiting struggle and heart ache.  Stories are written, songs are sung, poems are written and I can get lost in the cloud of human sorrow.  I can see it changing the trajectory of our lives, leading us into depression, drug abuse and death.  As I look about everyday, there are many images and examples of hurt and sadness.  There are real stories and real feelings walking with us as we navigate our path every day and every moment,  zoomed into the pain and suffering, zoomed into the hurt and struggle.  It is a major player in the economic engine that we have created in the world. It sells newspapers, magazines and TV, all consuming and daunting.  We can try to run away, turn off and numb, only to realize it is not going away.

The human condition sucks sometimes.  I find it extremely interesting that I can write paragraph after paragraph about that, yet, when I write about forgiveness, love and peace it only requires a sentence or two. Apparently, finding love and peace is much easier.  Famous writers suggest that we “surrender”, know, “there is nothing love cannot face” and to “change the way we look at the world”.  Giddyup!!

Richard Rohr suggests; When we surrender to our own natural journey, we find authentic hope, hope that is not identified with outcome

St Paul wrote; There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.

Wayne Dyer said; When we change the way we look at the world, the world we look at changes.

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Taking action

After a short break from my daily blog last week, I started back up with some help from friends.  I broke through with a piece on WORRY and IMPERMANENCE both comments on the struggle and some solutions.  Today, is no different as I just received a great article from a good friend on being FEARLESS.

“Every year, monarch butterflies migrate more than 2,500 miles to warmer climates. Their northern environment no longer provides the necessary elements for them to thrive. I, too, may experience changes in my life that do not support my personal growth. When that happens, I find the impetus to redirect my life.

Mental habitats of worry, fear, and stress are toxic environments, so I let go and embark on my migratory journey. I soar above any thoughts that might otherwise bog me down. Turning within, I meditate upon the innate potential for good in my life. Divine ideas flood my mind. I take action, fearless in my pursuit of an abundant life”.

While we may not want or need to move 2500 miles to solve or shift our consciousness to support our growth, we often need to redirect.  For me that redirection is a daily event.  Turning within, meditating, prayer, exercise, reading, writing, getting out in nature, finding a path that helps me soar above my negative thoughts is my choice.  I cannot support or change the world that no longer provides the necessary elements to thrive.  But, I can change my thinking, I can redirect my life by taking action, fearless in my pursuit of an abundant life.  Thank you Barbara.

“Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Life is impermanent!

Excerpted from a public talk given by J. Krishnamurti in Paris, May 27th, 1965

Question: Doesn’t the knowledge that life is impermanent bring suffering?

Krishnamurti: Right, sir. But it is a fact that life is impermanent, isn’t it? Your relations are impermanent, your thoughts are impermanent, your self-fulfilments, your ambitious drive and achievements are impermanent, because there is death. And why should one suffer because of impermanency? The fact is that there is impermanency. It is so. But you don’t want to accept that fact, you say, “There must be something permanent”. You have a picture of what permanency is, and therefore, when you are faced with impermanency, there is a feeling of despair. You put death, which is the essence of impermanency, in the distance, so there is an interval, a gap between you and that which you call death. Here you are, living every day, carrying on with your routine, your worries, your frustrations, your ambitions, and there is death in the distance; and you think about that. You have seen death, and you know that you also will die one day, and you think about it. It is the thought of the future as impermanent that breeds fear. Please listen to this. But if you bring death – which you have put in the future – into the present while you are active, vital, strong, not diseased, then you are living with death; you are dying every minute to everything you know. After all, only that which ends can have a new beginning. Look at the spring. When the spring comes after the long winter, there are new leaves, there is something fresh, tender, young, innocent. But we are afraid to end; and ending, after all, is death. Take just one thing, something that gives you great pleasure, or great pain; take a memory that you have of somebody, a memory which causes you pain or pleasure, and end it, die to it, not tomorrow, but instantly. When you do that you will find a new thing is happening, a new state of mind is coming into being. So there is creation only when the old has ceased.

Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky, how beautiful it is? All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness there is a poem, there is a song. Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring. When the spring comes it again fills the tree with the music of many leaves, which in due season fall and are blown away; and that is the way of life.

“Belssings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

Worry

Sometimes I go off the grid and it’s usually always the same reason, being distracted and off my center a touch.  In my past it could last for days, weeks, and months.  Today a good friend wrote about worry and how worry can distract and affect his path in life.  He went about saying, “I’ve been thinking about worry this week. If I let myself, I could worry about anything.  I’m really good at it.  I think it’s learned behavior to worry but I also think I inherited it from my mother.  She was the Grand Champion.  We all have heard definitions of worry: “the illusion of control” may be, for me, the most accurate.  Worry can cause anxiety which has all kinds of negative impacts on the body, even including a terrible taste in the mouth!  When we worry about something, we can realize that we really have control of very little in this life”.

What’s special about his comments today is his gentle and loving reminder.  Not to turn away from our struggles because they will always be there, but to turn to the bigger picture the bigger hope and bigger truths!! He goes on to say,

“Several times a day, I recite Psalm 91 in part or whole.  For this one I like the Message version.  Here are some of the phrases, “God, you are my refuge. I trust in you and I am safe.” “God’s huge outstretched arms protect you – under them you’re perfectly safe.”  “Fear nothing” “The High God is your very own home, evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door.”  “if you hold on to me for dear life, says God, I’ll get you out of any trouble.”  “Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you.   When I worry about things, I turn to this psalm these days; other times in my life, it’s been other passages.  I can’t banish worry altogether, but I have learned to shorten its life by continually reminding myself that God is bigger than I can even imagine, that God holds every part of my life in God’s hands, that events in this world unfold as they will but I am never alone on the journey”.

It was good to be reminded that God is bigger that I can even imagine.  Thanks Jim for helping me out of my funk today.

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

My imagination

Every project and every plan starts with an idea.  In many cases that idea never existed before, it was born in the imagination of its founder.  Can you imagine everyone you know waking up every day with a new idea, a new project or plan.  Acting out and executing new ideas, plans and projects would have us living in a world of constant upheaval and change, how crazy would that be??  The normal view of our world would be challenged and the bar moved moment to moment.  Most of us living in this world would find ourselves pushing new ideas, plans and projects away or finding reasons to discourage them, fighting like hell to keep our world from a new disaster.

I find it interesting when you look at nature and our environment that you notice it has always been in constant change and transformation.  The rivers flowing over, the fires burning, the earth cooling and warming and the oceans rising and falling.  Never does one day look like another, never does it stay the same.  In our history we have had many disasters, wars, and altercations because of this struggle and it seems to be continuing at a record pace.   Maybe it’s the way we’re dealing with it? Maybe we should consider a different way, a new way, a new idea that never existed before?  Maybe all it takes is our imagination?  Giddyup

”Blessings on you journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com

 

Surrender

Ever feel like your backed up against a wall??  Today in my meditation I happened to notice that I feel this way.  I feel this way because I dont know what to do or where to go with a specific idea and dream I’ve had for some time now.  I realize, I can do this, or I can do that, or I can do nothing and that I get to pick.  The thing I don’t want to do the most, is push back.  I have learned over the years that pushing back almost always exhausts me, and hurts me and others, so what to do??

Surrender.  Today in my meditation I realized that I dont always see the big picture (who knew? LOL).  The wall represents an idea, an image, a dream I have, that is not manifesting the way I see it.  I have been holding on to this idea, this image, this dream, and building this wall larger and larger every day.  Surrendering allows me to transcend, dissolve and bring down the wall.

If I surrender the idea to the universe (the bigger picture I can’t see right now) the wall comes down, and I don’t have to continue to live in that reality or restriction.  The wall, literally ceases to exist. While I am not sure where my path will wind, a new picture and path has appeared.  Soon, I am off in that direction to see where it leads.  Giddyup!!

”Blessings on your journey”

http://www.mkanthony.com