Animating ‘Living in the Moment’

It’s so easy to say, to use as a mantra, to teach others.  ‘Stay present in THIS moment.’  Eckhart Tolle has devoted an entire book to it, as have many other spiritual teachers.  We’ve talked about it here in the Spirit Journal.  In order to connect to our greatest potential as humans and spirit beings, it’s essential to remain present, to allow ourselves to be open to all that exists in THIS moment.

This basic, but potent spiritual practice has more and more found a rhythm in my life.  I’ve shared with many of you in various ways the message one of our ministers taught one Sunday nearly 20 years ago: ‘wait to worry.’  Ok, so something is weighing on you, it could be a disaster, painful, expensive, unnerving, etc.  Set aside a time on your calendar in the future just for the worry.  Chances are, the anxiety you’re feeling now will be gone by then.  And it’s the anxiety, stress and worry that remove us from our purest selves…and the potential each moment offers to us to live authentically.

As my ‘work’ has been in transformation of late, remembering to be patient, nurture an open heart and allow whatever the Universe sends my way have all been engaged in a sacred dance within my being.  So many of us feel vulnerable to ‘put ourselves out there,’ to let down the walls and be fully seen for all of who we are. 

In collaborating with scholar, mystic and author of the The Hope Andrew Harvey and the Whispering Energy community, we are focused on heart-centered networking.  This means connecting through the heart, the whispers, the purity of your very presence.  It also means choosing to be open, seen, heard.  Malathy Drew teaches that as you move forward in this work, you will naturally confront your fears and anxieties.  It’s what we choose to do with them that counts.

I’ve seen mine, and have chosen to ‘wait to worry’ about what could potentially be uncomfortable.  In doing so, I sat down last week with Tina van Leuven of Inner Delight to talk about my work, intentions and writing.  Had I put too much thought into it, it would have certainly created an unraveling in my soul, a haunting in my spirit and an absolute panic over my entire being.  Instead, what transpired was a lovely, pure and heartfelt conversation flowing directly from the truth of my soul.  I chose to ‘live in the moment’–to be at one with all that was present in that space for me, for Tina and for all who view the message and connect to their own heart whispers and inner potential.

And so my friends, from someone who has the propensity to be very self-critical and whose journey has been all about allowing her voice to be heard–out loud–I promise you it was so much easier than my mind could have anticipated.  We are our own worst enemy.  And our monkey mind creates turmoil that would else be nonexistent.  I see so very clearly how much personal power was claimed for my spirit through this process.  A tremendous shift has occurred, and I feel more deeply connected to the Divine AND to my Divine self.  This then becomes a ripple effect, extending outward into the world, in ways of which we can’t even be aware. 

This video shares a bit about heart whispers and how we connect to their presence and gifts.  It also signifies an opening….letting ourselves be seen and heard…..connecting authentically to our divinity and sacred presence…..all through listening….to the whispers of our hearts….

Much love.

 

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Simplicity of ‘Allowing’

So much has happened in a short time in my life recently.  Not only from a personal growth and spiritual networking perspective, but also from the standpoint of our family transitioning into another phase of our lives together.  For those who follow these posts, you already know how some of my greatest dreams are being realized, and that movement continues forward.  There is so much to learn, to take in and receive–and I am wide open, welcoming the opportunity to grow and rebirth.  And you’re also aware our oldest daughter is about to go off to college, with her brother and sister not far behind.  So many changes…in just a few months’ time.

As I sat outside contemplating all of this, feeling a very deep desire to be still and connect to the energy Nature just BE-ing, thoughts on giving/receiving came into my awareness.  Certainly I’ve talked here about allowing ourselves to receive and not just always exhausting our ability as Sacred Activists to be servants and givers to our world.  Practicing the art of being penetrated by the loving grace of others supports us in maintaining a balance.

It continued from there, as I looked within to see why there was still something “needed.”  What I found wasn’t a lack of receiving or giving.  In fact, there has been a significant amount of each.  The word that continued to come into my being was “allowing.”  Just allow.  Allow myself.  It’s as though we want to add more, to finish the sentence, add the object of allowing–allow change, allow Spirit to move, allow grace to flow.  But no, there wasn’t more.  No boundaries, no limitations, no necessities, no omissions or indulgences.  Very simply, the message resonated deeply within my soul.  “Allow yourself.” 

There is so much this could mean.  Allow yourself to love, to cry, to sing, to laugh, to shine, to rest, to heal, to eat, to dance, to write, to share, to comfort, to uplift.  On and on we could go, could we not?  But when the sentence is reduced to those two words, the possibilities are limitless.  “Allow yourself.”  Allow yourself THIS moment, in THIS time, in THIS place.  And be one with it.  Whatever it is.  Allow yourself.

The message of these two little words will vary for each of us and for all of us will shift moment by moment.  There is a simplicity in this spiritual practice.  And even to connect to that, we must “allow ourselves” to do so.  I urge each of you to begin the dialogue that will call your soul.  As you “allow yourself” to hear….the whispers of your heart…..

 

Soul Fragments

“Forgiveness is giving up hope that the past could have been any different.” ~ Oprah

Really just take a moment and let your self fully digest this concept. We’ve all learned about forgiveness, but consider the spiritual alchemy of this statement.  “Giving up hope” – something we are not often inclined to do.  Instead we put an enormous amount of energy into hoping, wishing, attracting.  And yet–full reality is we cannot change the past.  So why “wish” it wouldn’t have happened the way it did?  What you have experienced is already imprinted on your spirit and your life–as part of who you are and where you’ve been.  Even if you would not repeat those same experiences, even if you are different today than you were then–the truth remains they are still a part of what makes you YOU.

Let’s begin with how the events of our life shape us, stretch us, grow us and support us in becoming more fully the living essence of the Divine.  We are meant to have challenges, we are meant to experience the fullness of both joy and pain.  The soul has no labels on what transpires in our lives, it is the human mind that creates such storylines.  We are merely players in a Divine play, we are the characters acting out what is meant to inspire, enlighten, empower and move us in our Earth journey.  The soul understands there is a richness in the life of Earth school.  And the soul doesn’t judge what we encounter along the way.

Here’s what happens when we hold onto something past its time in our lives:  the spirit splits, leaving a piece of YOU in that space of time.  You become fragmented and the ability to bring yourself present is challenging if not impossible.  For if you hold onto something from the past, a similar emotion will be triggered in present time, preventing you from being open to what is available to you NOW as you are filled up with hurt, anger, resentment, frustration.  Your cup is too full.  Your spirit is left in a trail over the years of your life and you remain “broken.”

Forgiveness, my friends.  Just letting go of the hope, the wish, the desire for things to have been different than they were.  If you are on this journey, then somewhere inside of you is a belief in the Divine purpose of our existence–ALL of our existence.  We can’t then opt to say, well, Spirit wanted this wonderful blessing for me, but evil forces brought on that negative experience.  And it is we HUMANS who have given these labels of “good” and “bad.”  But that’s a whole other day’s discussion….

Here’s what’s true:  We grow as fast as we choose to.  Can you choose to forgive?  To let go, to accept your life experiences as part of your necessary journey to embrace the beautiful Divine spirit you are?  It’s a choice.  How ready are you to make it?

Begin with the things you can let go of, taking the time you need to work through this process.  Write down all that you know you’re holding on to still, and then allow yourself to go on and write the things you weren’t aware of; once you begin, it will flow naturally.  And then, start where you can, the places you’re ready to acknowledge as part of your journey.

Don’t forget to include the forgiveness you need to give yourself.  Turn inward and find compassion for who you were then, understanding we are constantly evolving and today you might choose differently.  Find love for yourself as you hold the greatest power there is to love YOU.  Your soul knows it, your heart feels it.  Listen……for if you allow it, you will hear it in the gentlest of whispers……

Being Present to the Life You Have

I’ve read it before, but yesterday it jumped out at me:  “Having the life you want by being present to the life you have.” This caption is printed across the bottom of the cover to The Book of Awakening, an offering of daily meditations for awareness.  “Having the life you want by being present to the life you have.”  It has played over and over in my mind.  I’m a firm believer that signs and messages come to us in the most ordinary of ways, every day of our life–and here was a very clear one.

As if that wasn’t enough, I sat down this morning to read some of the “O” magazine that arrived yesterday.  Two more messages came, offering further contemplation and perhaps a sense of peace nestled within.  The first, a woman who shares “Five Things I Know for Sure About Aging.”  Number one–the more we try to look young, the older we feel.  It’s the same message isn’t it?  Be who you are.  Learn to love where you are in life.  From here we naturally want to add: See the good in your life.  But message number three makes clear it’s not all about joy and sunshine:  Embrace the beast within. We are each made up of both beauty and beast.

Bringing these three messages together naturally leads to the spiritual journey (doesn’t everything though?).  One of our greatest challenges here in Earth school is to live empowered, seeking out our own authenticity and living fully in who we are.  As long as we focus on someone else’s life, youth, beauty–then we miss the experience of ourselves.  THIS is the journey my friends.

Being present in the life you have doesn’t mean it’s all peaches and cream.  What it does offer is an honest perspective of who you are, how you feel, what you desire and the deepest, most intimate truths of yourself.  Trying to “look young” or even “stay young” equates to trying to always “be good.”  So unrealistic for a human being–and what IS “being good” anyway?  Aren’t we really here to be the best of ourselves?  Perfectly imperfect?  As for the “beast within”–that’s true for all of us.  Understanding and accepting this removes the necessity of “being good,” does it not?

What I would love for each of us today is to embrace ourselves as living the life we are meant to live, having the challenges meant to strengthen us, aging and maturing with grace and elegance, and being who we truly are–all without apology or regret.  We are Divinely engineered loved ones, by the greatest Architect there is.  The truth of it lives within, waiting for us to awaken to its presence and power.  Listen, for you will hear its voice…..deep within the whispers of your heart……