Leaning into your spirit

Leaning into your spirit

In this interesting time, I find two things happening.
First, sometimes I’m foggy headed, distracted, which way is up … headed.
Where’s my coffee or wine and which Netflix show will I serial watch tonight … is the #1 thing I care about.
And actually,  it’s kind of relaxing to expect so little of myself:)
Ahh, self-love … bring it on.
Feeling a bit distracted by this sheer twilight zone world we are living in right now, is par for the course.
But, you knew that:)
However, there’s another feeling that’s really strong and it’s a deep desire to lean into my spirit. 
A deep desire to lean into my spirit. 
I LOVE leaning in.
What does that mean?
It’s connecting with the part of me that is eternal and connected to something bigger than me.
This greater something doesn’t care if I wear a face mask.
It doesn’t care if I don’t like using the Q word …
It doesn’t even care about the things I worry about.
It’s just still and steady.
It’s there for me.
Connecting with my own spirit.
Connecting with my own spirit is connecting to the strength within me. 
While I may feel vulnerable at times … my spirit knows:  I am OK … I am safe.  I am secure.  
My spirit knows this.  It has no doubt.
You may have your own ways of connecting with your spirit.
Or maybe you call this feeling something else.
However, if this is sounding a bit too abstract …
And you’d like some concrete tips around this idea of leaning into your spirit, try this mini meditation:
Tree of life meditation
Take a deep breath and let go.
Now picture your head as the branches of a great tree that reaches up about 60 feet.  
And picture your body the trunk of a tree: strong and solid.
Then, picture your lower body as the great roots of this great tree, descending into the ground and rooting you, grounding you, so you know you’re solidly connected to firm ground.  
Now, with this visual, picture sunlight coming into the branches of the tree and filling up the branches down to the ends of the roots.
Just breathe as you visualize this bright light filling the tree that’s holding you.
In this safe place, know your spirit is there for you.
Stay here as long as you like or as long as you’re comfortable.
And don’t judge yourself if you get bored and want to run to In and Out Burger.
I did that yesterday.
That’s ok too:)
Just stay in your car and thank those adorable teenagers …
Stay safe … and wishing you a lovely evening.

#tree of life meditation

A time for opening up … when we want to do the opposite.

A time for opening up … when we want to do the opposite.

I’m thinking of you all and sending my good thoughts and wishes your way.

I’ve been using this time we have now to reboot, reconnect with myself, and regroup about my future.

While this is a stressful time, it can also be a time for deepening our commitment to whatever we are committed to.

The world has hit the pause button. That’s how I am thinking about it.

For a world that is busy, busy …. hitting pause can create the space for something new to come in.

Or hitting pause can be a time for deeper spirituality.

Or reaching up and out and discovering what your piece is in this universe.

I realize these are huge questions and sometimes we are just making it through the day … but the bigger questions are sitting there, waiting to be asked.

If you feel like it …

What would you have me do with this time?

How can I share the biggest and best part of me?

Now, I don’t always feel like asking these bigger questions.

Sometimes, often lately, I need to just take time out.

However, once those moments pass … then I can refocus on what matters to me.

And I know that moment will always show itself.

Mindfulness for those walks you’re taking.

Mindfulness for those walks you’re taking.

 

With all that is happening, I’ve decided to work on something I’ve been working on for YEARS … but I need a lot more practice.
So, now is the perfect time.
As Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun says, This moment is the perfect teacher.
This moment is the perfect teacher.
So, what am I working on?
Being present.
We’ve all heard about it.  It’s being present in the moment, so we can take in the moment fully.
I LOVE the idea of it … AND yet, it’s rather hard to do.
And totally worth it.
We can hear guidance.
There are TWO reasons why we want to be present or practice mindfulness right now:
First, In the present moment … we can hear guidance.  
We hear what we need to hear.
EVENTUALLY.
If you’ve been receiving my newsletter for some time, then you know I believe we ALL have a team in the spiritual world that is watching over us and helping us evolve and ultimately, fulfill our destiny.
Often this includes our loved ones who’ve passed.
Thankfully, I discovered this early on after my husband passed.
In the present moment … somehow A SPACE IS CREATED that invites in guidance.
Noticing the color of the sky and the sound of leaf blowers …
Whatever it is.
It’s the singular moment, and …. it’s right there.
Spirit seems to talk to us in these moments.
God, spirit or the universe … seems to talk to us in these moments.
And I love this so much I cannot begin to tell you.
So, when I walk each day I practice being present.  I do this by saying to myself: Look.  
I look around at all there is to look at and I focus on taking it in.
Yes, I get distracted and look at my phone to see what time it is:)
And yes, sometimes I get bored.
So, I notice this and say:  Look …
And I look again.
Then, a few moments later I say:  Listen.
Simply listen.
And I try for a couple minutes to listen to the sounds of whatever is happening around me.
I simply listen.
Now, I am NOT listening for a spiritual kind whispering or anything like that.  (Is there such a thing?)
Instead, I am listening to what is happening in the here and now.
From personal experience I can honestly say:  It is ten times easier to work through the gambit of human emotion … in the present moment.
The second reason to be present.
And the second reason why it’s totally worth it to be present is …
And please forgive me for stating the obvious, but in the present moment we AREN’T WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OR PAST.
We’re just right there … a human being having a human moment.
In the present.
Later, when you least expect it.
And then later … when you least expect it, you get a flash of certainty … or extreme warmth and joy … or insight … or answers.
It comes out of nowhere … and it TOTALLY rocks.
I hope you’re doing well during this interesting time:)
#mindfulness

You have the power to think differently.

We are all thinking constantly. It’s been measured that humans on average think around 60,000 thoughts a day. So don’t try to run away from them!  Instead, practice relaxing with your thoughts while improving their quality.

One way to relax with your thoughts is to notice them without judgment.  As we observe ourselves without judgment, we are developing a more loving relationship with ourselves, and tapping into our personal power. 

What do you do when the negative, self-doubting, fear-based thoughts keep coming? First, remind yourself that you have the power to think differently. You really do. Then notice what you are thinking about. Just notice without judging. Look at your thoughts as though you are not attached to them.

They are just thoughts and can be changed in any moment.

Then ask yourself if these thoughts are true? Are they? Is what you are thinking about, worrying about … going to happen? Or are you thinking about the worst possible scenario? Over and over again? If you realize your thoughts are false, tell yourself that. “I know such and such isn’t true. I know it probably won’t happen. I’m just afraid it’ll happen.”

Then consciously choose better thoughts.

Thoughts that are worthy of your greatness.

You are a human being capable of unlimited change and growth. Believe that, because it’s true.

And if you don’t believe that yet, tell yourself you are developing your greatness. Because you are. We all are.

Are you taking the call?

Have you seen the movie, Jerry McGuire? It got the Oscar for Best Picture in 1997 … And best actor, best supporting actor, etc.

And, it’s one of my all time favorite movies.

Jerry is “holding on by a thin thread” … as Cuba Gooding Jr. says in the movie.

He has this moment at the beginning where he begins to question his entire life. He sees himself and his life and says: I hated myself …. no, that’s not it, I hated my place in the world.

So, Jerry decides to change his life.

And of course, it ain’t easy.

Jerry has issues …

Jerry has intimacy issues … He’s told: You’re a great friend, but bad at intimacy.

Because he’s lived on the surface.

And lied to get what he wants.

However, he discovers something worth going through ALL OF THE DISCOMFORT for: He discovers he wants to be true to himself.

I admire him.

Because he jumps into the well with courage.

He takes the call.

He takes the call.

If you’re standing at the edge of a well, looking down and wondering what you will do with your life, good for you.

I was pushed into that well long ago.

I know many who take this call in their 20’s … even better!

The sooner the better.

And to reassure you, you have everything you need … to take that call.