The cycle of life

As we walk through the world living our lives, we see babies, old men, pregnant women, and teenaged boys. We know couples on the verge of marriage and lonely widows. We interact with toddlers and the terminally ill. As different as each person seems, they are all living the human experience. They are just at different places in the cycle that begins with birth and ends with death. Every phase of the cycle of life has its gifts and its challenges. Each stage is temporary and ultimately gives way to a new phase.

Being aware of the cycle of life and our place in it makes us wiser. As we develop a true appreciation for the phase we are in, we can savor it more. Difficult and challenging periods are inevitable, but – like everything that is a part of the cycle of life – they are temporary. Fully embracing wherever you are in the cycle of life is the very essence to happiness.

”Blessings on your journey”

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From the heart

Greg Braden in his new book “Resilience from the heart” suggests that a “new normal” is replacing the familiar world of our past—an uncharted territory of extremes ranging from social change and climate change to the uncertainty of jobs, finances, careers, and the stress these changes bring to our lives.  I agree with Greg that we are living in a new world of extremes and see it simply as change, change that is transformational where we are pushed from an old normal into a new normal space.

He sees people all over the world agreeing with him as he shares his theories and facts.  He also suggests that in order to adapt to change we must first acknowledge and mourn the passing of the world that’s disappearing in order to thrive in the new normal.  I love this part because it is what I do everyday as I guide those challenged by loss to a new normal space. Most people he speaks with agree with how healing it is for us to acknowledge the new normal, openly and honestly. But their body language often showed him other things as well, some that were less comfortable.  He learned quickly, for example, when the audience became stretched to connect with what he was sharing. And perhaps most important, he learned from their body language when they couldn’t connect with the information at all. From moments of dead silence, broken by sporadic throat clearing and the shifting of chairs, to people exiting for an early bathroom break, it was obvious when he had crossed beyond the comfort zone of accepted ideas.  I see this in my work and truthfully everyday in people.  Some conversations I want to have or ideas I have, cannot be heard by some.   There is a place where information challenges the very essence of our being and often we dont have the tools to go with and process.  It is a function of our resilience and to some a physical threat.

The best science of the 21st century now echoes the spirit of our most ancient and cherished spiritual traditions. Both reveal that the key to resilience begins in our heart. Whether you’re facing health issues yourself, helping loved ones through overwhelming life issues, managing impossible finances, or feeling overwhelmed by the extremes of a volatile world, his book “Resilience from the Heart” is written with you in mind. Within these pages you’ll find everything you need to embrace the biggest challenges in life and do so in a healthy way.

You can download the ebook for free at http://experience.hayhouseu.com/wiredtothrive-ebook/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email_course_braden_wtt_rl_2018_US&utm_source=9988974_GB

If the link doesn’t work email me and I’ll copy you the email I received. Oh, and by the way my book “Living and Dying” speaks to these issues as well 🙂

”Blessings on your journey”

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Believing

Believing you can, you can. Though you might not.

Believing you can’t, won’t change that you can. It just hides it.

Whereas simply getting started, however timid your first steps are, and consistently moving in the direction of your dreams day after day, will eventually create such unstoppable momentum, you’ll find it nearly impossible to believe that there was ever a time when you wavered.

”Blessings on your journey”

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Creation

I’m taken by the statement: nothing that exists today existed until it was first imagined.  It is a simple thought yet a profound message, “We” are the creator.

There are times when I find myself waiting for God to reveal his(her) intention to me and nothing happens.  While other times I am out in the world creating the heck out of it. I often wonder about that and why that is. In my study’s and writing over the years I’ve found something very interesting, and maybe it’s the answer. When you take a look at the word CREATION and move the letter “c” you create the word REACTION.  This simple exercise reveals a significant truth about life, or at least it does to me.

To me, it suggest we’re either “reacting” by complaining, blaming others, waiting for something to appear or happen etc. or “creating”, making something happen and appear that never existed before.

It’s much more fun to be creating and OH, by the way, we were put here to create, giddy -up

“Blessings on your journey”

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The coolest person

What if, the coolest person on the planet didn’t know they were the coolest person on the planet, because of a few self-doubts, a few trace fears, or the occasional twang of inadequacy. Or because they somehow thought fame, or wealth, or popularity mattered. Or because they just didn’t know the effect they had on others.

It would be a pity, huh? A real travesty. And, of course, telling them wouldn’t achieve much because they’d never believe you. Never. They’d be too modest to accept it. Too naïve to see it. And, well, too cool to think it mattered.

So… well… ah… let’s just leave it at that –

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The lady in black

A few years ago I was having a reading done by a medium-psychic, and in her reading she told me I had recently saved someone.  She asked me if I remembered anything like that or knew of anyone near me that was struggling. She said it was a young women, who was considering taking her life and that I saved her.  I considered my past few days and could only recall one young woman dressed in black with a black shawl or hoodie over her head at the post office.  She had caught my attention when I entered even though we did not talk or communicate in any direct way.  I would guess she was in her twenty’s and although she seemed very mysterious, I didn’t notice or do anything specific that I thought would connect us. The psychic told me that my very presence and loving energy in that moment, space in time, provided the fuel and gave her the support and hope she needed to continue to live that day. To this day, I wonder where and how she might be, as I will never forget her.

I believe there is a connection between all things, and becoming aware of this is important in terms of the broader effect we are creating. Our very essence and presence has a very profound affect.

There are times when we may feel disenfranchised or disconnected from the world. Yet, the truth is that our simplest thought or action – the decisions we make each day, and how we show up and relate to the world – can be incredibly significant and have a profound impact on the lives of those around us, as well as the world at large. I believe that the earth and everything on it is bound by an invisible connection between people, animals, plants, the air, the water, and the soil. Insignificant actions on our part, whether positive or negative, can have an impact on people and the environment that seem entirely separate from our personal realm of existence. Staying conscious of the interconnection between all things can help us think of our choices and our life in terms of the broader effect we may be creating.

 

It reminds me of a story of a young woman dressed in black!

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Family

This past Mother’s Day weekend I had the pleasure to spend time with family and extended family.    I’m sure some of you did also.  For us, there was a granddaughters 8th birthday party on Saturday and Mother’s Day on Sunday.  These family gathering bring with them the opportunity to check in with family we don’t see everyday.  During a particularly  pleasant exchange with my favorite sister in law I received a special gift.  In our discussion, and as we looked around the gathering, she shared a unique view I don’t always see or focus on.  She said you are so lucky, look at all the beautiful relationships you have acquired in your life.  Beautiful grandchildren, a wonderful daughter and son in law, a gentle and kind son and girlfriend, joyus wife and uncle, friendly and gracious in laws and their children, you are so lucky.

While I don’t always sit in grace and appreciation at these events, caught up in the energy and distractions, I promise to do better.  I’ll begin with thanking this special sister in law for using her powerful voice, sharing her vision and recognizing how that vision can change the world.  It did mine!

“Blessings on your journey”

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