December 8th, 2013
Nelson Mandela died this past week. I found myself listening closely to the stories people told about him, aware of the words used to describe him and his work to end apartheid in South Africa. Here was a man who clearly touched the hearts and dreams of people around the world.
What touches me about his story is the humanity, the combination of the uniqueness of his journey and the every-person part of the story. We are born into and grow up in a particular time in history. We live in the circumstances of our times. AND all of that is the context in which we are invited to bring our best light, clearest voice, and courageous selves to express what is in our hearts and to take the actions that feel most true to us. Read the rest of this entry »
December 1st, 2013
With the end of November, we begin the holiday season in full swing. Lights appear magically on trees, rooftops, and in windows. Stores are open long hours to lure shoppers. People, who rarely send cards all year, write the annual missive or otherwise send holiday greetings to family and friends. The bell ringer and familiar red kettle appear at mall entrances. All manner of celebration occurs in office parties and social gatherings. AND people comment on how exhausting and overwhelming, sometimes even depressing, they find the season. Read the rest of this entry »
November 24th, 2013
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday! I love that America has a holiday that is not commercially tainted. It is a time for being aware of the innumerable blessings gracing each of our lives. It is about sharing time with those we love, if we can. AND if we cannot be physically present to share the holiday, we can at least pause to acknowledge how much we are grateful for the friends, family, and other blessings in our lives.
With the awareness of how many ways our lives are touched each day with all kinds of beauty, kindness, and other blessings comes a deep humility. That humility reminds us to appreciate the vast riches of love, human generosity and kindnesses extended, beautiful sunrises, miracles of nature, and the unvarnished beauty in all kinds of acts and forms. Humility reminds us to focus on gratitude for abundance, rather than looking for what is lacking. Read the rest of this entry »
November 17th, 2013
I had a list of things to do today. One item on the list was to go for a walk on the beach. I had given other items on the list higher priority. The same thing happened yesterday, and I was aware that I never did get around to taking a walk. As I was accomplishing the items on the list today, I noticed the clouds approaching. They looked rather ominous. If it rained, I might not walk the beach again today. I either needed to reprioritize my list and leave immediately or take my chances about whether it might rain.
In a quick moment, I stopped what I had planned to do, got ready, and left the house. The beach was calm and clear. The sun shone through the clouds and sparkled on the glassy blue waters. I immediately felt the calm and beauty of the moment. My own energy shifted to match the energy around me. Unburdened from a list of “to do’s,” I was engulfed in the beauty and peacefulness of the moment. Read the rest of this entry »
November 10th, 2013
In honor of Veterans Day, I find myself reflecting on what we celebrate when we honor veterans. Without any reference to violence, war, or the loss of human life, I am struck by our orientation towards fighting for freedom, what we say we stand for in our constitution, and values we claim to hold in our country. Historically, we have been quick to take up arms, define others whom we perceive to threaten our liberty and way of life as enemies and congratulate our selves as heroes. I wonder what would happen if we shifted from labeling complex situations simplistically and stopped focusing on opposing sides of issues. Read the rest of this entry »
November 3rd, 2013
Today the sun was shining. Although I had planned several other activities, it was too nice to stay inside. I decided to wash the windows. I put on my sweatshirt, gathered my Windex and pail, and went outside. I was immediately struck by how mild it was. AND I was immediately aware of how insulated I am from the outside temperatures when I am in my home. AND that got me thinking.
If you are lucky enough to live in a place with good insulation, then you don’t feel the extreme temperatures. The harsh cold winds could as easily be refreshing breezes for all you actually experience of the outside temperature when in a well-insulated home. The illusion created by only looking out the window may be of a warm sunny day, when the actual temperatures are anything but warm. Or you might assume the outside to be cold when a step outside allows the experience of more warmth than you had imagined, or than the calendar or quick glance out the window might suggest. Read the rest of this entry »
October 27th, 2013
I recently saw the movie Gravity and now find myself wondering about what forces pull us back to earth when we lose our center. I also find myself reflecting on what it takes to soar beyond those gravitational forces that give the illusion of keeping us centered while disconnecting us from our light and brilliance.
The word gravity carries the meaning of weight or seriousness. When I think about weight, I wonder under what circumstances heaviness or weight is helpful, as opposed to the very opposite of light, weightlessness, or freedom to soar and rise above unhealthy pulls in our life. Read the rest of this entry »
October 20th, 2013
As the clouds thickened over the marsh, I decided to walk along the beach before they covered it as well. As I walked, I was struck by the absolute beauty around me. The waves rolled in with beautiful whitecaps. Despite cooler temperatures, people with rolled up pants and shoes in hands stood at the water’s edge. The sand was soft, easily welcoming footprints. Children played. And as I focused on the beauty around me, the light increased. The sun, which had been barely peeping though the clouds, emerged. Blue sky increased and seemed to swallow the clouds. In time, more light than clouds filled the blue sky. Read the rest of this entry »
October 13th, 2013
Do you ever wake up with a song in your head? Do you ever stop to listen to what it might offer you?
I woke up this morning with the television jingle, “the touch, the feel of cotton…the fabric of our lives” playing in my head. AND rather than try to forget it, I stopped to ask myself a few questions. Read the rest of this entry »
October 6th, 2013
Every spring brings spring fever for me. As soon as the sun and warmth return, I am ready to go outside, skip work, and simply enjoy the gift of being outside in the sunshine and warm breezes. There is such fun in playing hooky from the adult-defined responsible choices of staying inside to finish work! AND sometimes just the thought of escaping into the sunshine and warmth brings a smile that creeps across the face. Read the rest of this entry »