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What does love breathe? September 21, 2017

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I am blessed to have parents who have been married almost 51 years.  As a married woman, I understand that love’s oxygen is a carefully woven blend of commitment, presence, and compassion.

Living our love is different than simply loving.  I can love another and still mistreat with unkind, impatient words.  In the important moments of our life, those that wake & shake us, living our love seems easier.  In these moments, we so easily take a stand for one another; with big love, big hands, and big hearts.

However, most of our life happens in the small moments that feel undifferentiated from the last.  It is easy in the routine of our day to allow the seepage of irritation and ribbing.

As we navigate dinner, moonlighting as uber drivers for our children, we may fall asleep to the impact we have.  Does it mean we love less?  No.  It does, however, mean we are living our love less.

So here’s my experiment.  For one week, I will practice staying awake to the miracle in the mundane & to living my love.  It is a small way to build a big habit & to retrain my mind to elevate above the fray so that meaningful connection, radical compassion, and unconditional acceptance illuminate every moment; even the one navigating school drop-off.  Will you join me?

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The heartbeat of expression September 14, 2017

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heart

Did you know our heart has a magnetic field with more than a 3 foot radius?

In yoga, we think of our hearts as the center of our subtle body.  Our heart chakra, anahata, is our reservoir of expression.  In every moment, our heart asks us to be truthful and unrestrained by feeling deeply our full range of emotion.  And then our heart nudges us to be complete in our experience by letting go of that moment so the next can emerge (non-attachment).

I recently heard a physician delivering a talk at Google headquarters say, “It is our heart, working in tandem with our brain, that allows us to feel for others and make sense of those feelings.  It is ultimately what makes us human. Compassion is the heart’s gift to the rational mind.”

The practice of gratitude lifts us and others.  It returns our heart and mind to a place of steadiness and acceptance.  Gratitude may be the missing link in clear, centered communication between the mind and heart.  Consider that for yourself.

Gratitude is the cognitive expression of the heart’s knowing and longing.

 

The journey home September 8, 2017

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meditate

It is part of our human experience to lose our center; sometimes just a small step out of line & other times long, slow fades away from our truth.

From a place of curiosity, scan just today.  Can you see moments of light, dark, loss of presence, grasping, illusion?

Now breathe.  Breathe out your judgement of it, breathe out calling it good or bad, and breathe out your mind’s desire to want this to reinforce your story.

Now connect.  Follow your breath up and down the center of your body.  Follow your breath to the nucleus of your heart.  Give yourself permission to feel exactly as you feel and forgive yourself for the habit of self-judgement.  Be strong enough to treat yourself gently & with kindness.

Now decide.  In this moment, who am I?  For me?  For others?  For the world?

And be that, be you fully, just be.  It is from this space that we create positive change and live a life in love and light.

The beautiful thing about being human is we can gently take hold of opportunity even if we squandered it in the last moment.  We can teach ourselves to reside in a place of joy and participate fully in a world that is sometimes dark, sometimes overwhelming, and sometimes not what we visioned.

Each of us possess passions, places we are called to make a difference, take a stand, and set an example.  Imagine if we all took a breath, honored our truth, believed in ourselves, and then got busy manifesting our passion.   Choose Well!

Namaste.