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A Poem from the Heart

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

76407fbda36fa8f539ae7dcf72145568She screams from deep inside her heart – STOP IT!
Stop the hatred
Stop the fear
Stop the bigotry
Stop the bloodshed
Then her heart pushes harder and says “what then my dear?”

Love please
Understanding please
Compassion please
A gentle embrace please

And a deep sigh is heard

Today I reflected on all that seems to be stirring, boiling up and spurting out.  I struggle at times on how to hold the vibration of love, to keep my focus on how I can BE the difference and this poem came forth.  As I was inspired to express these feelings and thoughts, may you be inspired to live deeply from the heart’s purpose.  May you approach those trying moments, challenges and fears by listening to the wisdom of your own heart.  

Compassion     Love     Understanding  

Its a beginning.

 

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Rise Up Moments

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

hot-air-balloon-beautiful-places-13815724-2560-1600There are people around you who inspire you in their actions, their speech, and their thoughtfulness. You already thought of some of them as you read that first line didn’t you? Have you ever wondered what it is about them that inspires you? What is different about them that brings you up, or maybe simply draws you in like a moth to a light?

 

Well here is just one thought to ponder – they are people who know how to actuate a RISE UP MOMENT! What is a Rise Up Moment you say? They are those moments when you feel you “can’t”, “shouldn’t”, “fear” or simply are sitting in “doubt”. In those moments you can choose to Rise Up or not. In Rise Up moments we are often unconscious which leads us to fall into habits that can either get us paralyzed by the fears and doubts or consciously awaken to query what will lead us to Rise Up.

 

It is those who Rise Up that are often our inspiration. They live a life from moment to moment making a choice to “go for it”, “do the right thing”, “listen to the higher inner voice” and stretch themselves.

 

You’ve seen them doing it, but may never have recognized what is actually happening that is inspiring you. Maybe you slip into a habit of not doing something when the inner doubts are activated. Those who inspire you actually are awakened in that same moment you may have fallen asleep. They hear a voice of wonder, see a moment of great opportunity and have repeated the pattern enough times to know how good it feels for everyone (including themselves) to Rise Up.

 

“Can I do this?”                 No, and I hate to fail     OR       YES I CAN!

“Should I do this?” No it will be _________(enter any words that express fear or uncertainty)

OR YES I WANT TO!

Those who inspire are willing to take a risk because it feels good to do it (based on repeated evidence) and although they may not succeed the first (or 5th) attempt, they have created a feeling of personal power that is raised up each time they do go for it.

 

You see it is not the fear of failure that stalls them into inaction, it is the joy of being more, learning through the attempts, or feeling the inflammation of personal power that motivates them into action. They smile when they are covered in the muck of a failed attempt, and like a dog, shake it off, and then look around to see what the next attempt will bring. And all of that is what inspires others.shake3

 

So be inspired, notice when it is happening around you and be awakened. For that is how each of us begins the journey to personal power through a Rise Up Moment. Others raise us up, we are awakened, and then it is up to us to make the changes we want to be. It is a personal journey each of us defines. We know when it is OUR Rise Up Moment, and we take flight. Each risk is ours to assess from this new point of view, and we plunge in. Take the leap knowing that you may take flight, or land in a mud bath. Either way leads us to RISE UP, again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feeling Gratitude – Now Express It

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

 

bbbfa4e438b3938a16d6adb3eefa95b2“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward

 

November is an excellent month to spend exploring this quote on a daily basis. How often have you felt gratitude, and yet missed the opportunity to express it in words, deeds, or actions?

 

Maybe this hits a nerve because you have a house full of things you have bought “just in case” you need to give a gift, but you never give them. They are tucked away in safekeeping or forgotten, in that box in the closet, under the bed or filling your attic. In that state they are stale, useless things until you dust them off and give them away. Then they become a brilliant expression of your love, connection or feelings for the recipient. What are you waiting for?  Start giving today!

 

Or maybe you feel reticent to express your feelings of gratitude in fear of rejection. You don’t want others to put you down or reject you for being too exuberant. So you hold back and bottle up those deep feelings that gratitude creates. Why are you letting others bring you down? Bottled up feelings can often “hurt” a whole lot worse then any sense of rejection. Unblock the cork on your feelings of gratitude and let them free! I promise you the outcome will feel fantastic!

 

For some of you your month of exploration will begin with a gratitude practice. Your daily life has you focused knee deep in the “losses”, “lack” or “suffering.” Turning to recognizing all of the gifts, or grace in your life is the beginning of exploring this quote. Why not start right now? Take a moment to write down 5 things you are grateful for. Need more help? Here is an excellent article about it from Helen Russell, How to Start a Gratitude Practice to Change Your Life.

 

Once you get this going there is no holding back. Don’t forget to then start expressing the gratitude you feel. Let the feelings grow and be expressed. You will find many ways to express them. Sometimes it will be by speaking the words, “thank you.” At other times you may find a warm smile, a gentle touch, or a look of deep gratitude shared will be enough. Don’t hold back when the gratitude needs to explode in song, dance, a leap of joy or a great big hug. You’ll know when expressing BIG will do no harm to anyone else. Get ready cause you may discover how POWERFUL expressing gratitude is! Spread the feeling.

 

Happy Thanks-GIVING!

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True North Nature – Part Two

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

18232878-vintage-still-life-with-compass-sextant-and-old-map-Stock-PhotoTRUE NORTH NATURE – Part Two

In my last post I shared what is True North Nature and how it helps us to feel connected, inspired, resourceful and empowered in our daily life. This month I am sharing some of the tools or resources you can utilize to strengthen your connection with this powerful inner resource.   Are you ready?

 

TOOLS THAT HELP US CONNECT TO TRUE NORTH NATURE

 

Are you a seeker? Has the rumbling started deep within you to connect again? Here are just a few ways to help you connect to your True North Nature. You may notice that one just leads you to another. There is no pecking order here, just start with one and you will find that the others will follow.

  • SPEND TIME IN NATURE
  • STILLNESS, QUIET, CALM
  • OFF COURSE SIGNS
  • TRUST
  • LOVE
  • EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN
  • FEEL
  • EAT FRESH, LIVE and ORGANIC
  • BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY

 

SPEND TIME IN NATURE- Some of what keeps us from being connected to our True North Nature is the discordant way we live, so disconnected from the harmonious way of our planet. Getting off the “junk” of noise, crowd, concrete, electronic, cellular, etc and out into the wild will reset your inner compass. Think natural often, and then go be in it!

 

STILLNESS, QUIET, CALM – Find ways that bring a stillness, quiet or calm to your everyday life. Yoga, meditation, reading, tai chi, knitting, gardening are just a few ways to get your quiet on. Doing them outdoors in spacious, calm environments will only help to magnify your experience in connecting to your True North Nature.

 

OFF COURSE SIGNS – Listen to your self-talk. Notice how often you say things like “I have to…” “I must…” “I should have…”. Know that each time you “should”, “have to”, “must” or “supposed to” on yourself (or others) you are OFF COURSE with your True North Nature. Yes, I know you are not alone doing this, but that doesn’t mean it is a healthy way of living. It only means that MANY people live disconnected from their True North Nature. Being unhappy along with many people doesn’t make it happy, it just makes it feel less lonely.

 

TRUST – YES! Feeling some doubt, recognize it as a signal and then dig deeper. Go sit outside. Be still, be quiet, find your breath. When the rumblings of doubt start to rise take an action listed above, find your breath and let your exhalations help you shed the doubt. Create the intention to TRUST through your connection to something greater than you are- be it nature, a greater sense of order, God, Universe, Gravity, Zero point. Sometimes all it takes is the decision to TRUST, and then let the space around you create the results.

 

LOVE – OFTEN! It is said that Love HEALS, and yes it does. When we are disconnected from our True North Nature our ability to love shrivels up.   Bring on the love, and you will find that your ability to feel life, understand your feelings, and be guided by the essence of knowing is greatly improved.

 

EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN – Yes, I know this can be a very scary one. As a culture we are taught to “fill it up” with busy work or “control” it. There is tremendous power in finding a calm center when change is brewing around us, and a factor of the unknown is very present. When we approach it with an attitude of willingness to be in a state of unknowing, some of the other tools will also show themselves to be useful. Go ahead and “multitask” with some TRUST, TIME IN NATURE, become QUIET or STILL, BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY. You will find that an ease will guide you through the darkness, to light and lighten the way.

 

FEEL – Often what keeps us from our True North Nature is a dullness we have created around us in attempt to feel safe. It is a false sense of safety, and can even lead us to miss signals we need to really establish safety. If you have had a trauma in your life that has left you feeling less than safe it is important to work through it with help, and often with professional help. It is crucial that the result of the healing leaves you open to feeling again and not afraid of feelings or using medications that shut off feelings. True North Nature relies on feelings as its communications system. It is through feelings you will be guided. Learn to feel what brings you joy, excites, enlivens you – acting more and more on that!

 

EAT FRESH, LIVE and ORGANIC – The body, and its feelings, is the communication system of True North Nature. Keeping the body in a healthy, clear, and vibrant quality will help that communication system function in its most vital way. The less you “pollute” the system the greater its ability to communicate and be understood, leading you to be guided by True North Nature. Think in terms of “wholesome” food that is at its freshest. If you can, grow it! If you can’t grow it, buy local, fresh, organic foods. Minimize processed foods. Watch out for eating to dull your feelings.

 

BREATHE CONSCIOUSLY – Every breath you take is an opportunity to be mindful, to sense, to be present with all that is happening around you and to detox. Your vital breath can be automatic or conscious. You can breath to survive or to thrive. Every inhalation is an opportunity to nourish and nurture and when done consciously you are making choices of what to allow and what to by pass. Every exhalation gives you the opportunity to release those things that you are complete with, or hold on again. When we move from the automatic breath that is patterned, often just enough to sustain the moment, into a conscious breath we open our life possibilities. Our breath becomes a vehicle for our True North Nature communication system. It transports our mind to experience the feelings, and helps us to make choices to let go, nourish or hold on to emotions, thoughts, food, experiences, people, etc. Life is transformed. Connections are made. True North Nature is alive!

 

Life is a winding path we travel. Just like any trip we take it helps us to have resources – a compass, a map, a guide. Even with all of that we can still get lost, and will need to use our inner resources to find our way again.   May you find your connection to TRUE NORTH NATURE. Onward!

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True North Nature

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Compass-NTRUE NORTH NATURE – Part One

 

Bees can fly 12 miles without getting lost. Albatrosses, 25,000 miles. And flying insects, without eyes, have no trouble whatsoever finding their “soul mates.”

 

Imagine what I can do for you, when you listen to the voice within. “(TUT-notes from the Universe)

 

TRUE NORTH NATURE: WHAT IS IT?

 

Somewhere deep within each of us is our own internal compass. It is our inner guidance system, that seeks to explore, learn, delve, liberate and connect us to our deepest dreams and purpose to be here, now, alive! At the root of it is our personal True North Nature. It is that place that always knows what is just right for us, why we are here and has no doubts – it simply is there to guide us.

 

For so many of us we can’t even begin to imagine how life would be to live knowing what it is that we want, let alone think of living without questioning, doubting and/or fearing each decision.   Throughout our life we have been taught the way of the “lost spirit”, in denying who we are by attempting to please others. Life’s challenges have left us feeling DIScouraged, UNsure, or DISconnected.   What would it be like to be encouraged, sure and connected?

 

Take a moment to think back on a baby’s first year. Fearlessly they delve so deeply into the unknown nature of living in their new body, with all of the new experiences ahead of them. Using wonder, instincts, curiosity, inner motivations they learn to eat, see, touch, taste, move, connect, love and receive, to name just a few monumental things. Their True North Nature is strong and very present for them.

They live a life of encouragement, surety and connection.

 

Slowly, and sadly, for many in the next few years of life we learn to rely on others more, and lose the connection to our True North Nature. It becomes buried in the “have to”, “supposed to”, “shoulds”, “musts” and relying on approval from the collective community we are surrounded by.

 

TIME TO CONNECT AGAIN

 

There is this turning point for each of us, when the years of being “lost spirits” and disconnected from our True North Nature reaches a pinnacle. WE WAKE UP! It can be a slow, gradual awakening for some, while others get a “kick in the pants” awakening. Something arises, awakens and rattles the apathetic comfort we have fallen into. Our spirit arises, and there is no shutting it off, burying it or putting it aside. Like a volcano we feel the rumbling of this nature calling to us to feel it, listen to it, and begin to live again connected to it.

 

Recognizing that there are other ways to live, other choices we can make every day/moment is often the beginning of this transformation. You’ve lived it already, and may still have moments or glimmers of it still, times when you are connected, inspired, resourceful and empowered in your daily life. Then they slip away, you fall asleep again, feel dull, numbed or disempowered. Even as you read an article like this you may be inspired to pursue your connection to True North Nature again. Enticed by the concept, reminded by a niggling feeling or fed up with a lack of feeling connected you are ready to make a shift.

 

Not sure what to do next? Start by looking around and seeing beyond those who may be doing the “lost spirit” dance with you. Who seems really happy, content and confident in their life? Let them be your mentor/coach by taking in the way they live their life. Again, like a baby would, just watch, embrace and learn. In my next blog I will share some of the tools you can use as you develop a resource library for finding your True North Nature. Stay tuned!

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