Some of you may know that I’m a part of a transformational, spiritual and personal-expansion community online called Soul School. It’s run by Alexi Panos and worth every penny and more in return value. Each month we dive into a theme, and this month is Joy. To summarize in her words:
“Joy is about satisfying the Spirit and this is where we
truly begin to experience our freedom, because we are completely unattached to anything outside of ourselves creating a result for us. Joy is truly the practice of forgetfulness because we must let go of our mind to become fully absorbed in the life that is occurring”.
Each theme comes with “soul challenges”, and this weeks challenge was to carve out time for something that brought you joy as a child...DONE.
Not much has changed since childhood in that I have many avenues for joy.
The first thing I did was run. I used to love to climb and run and tumble as a child. Now it's morphed into a running practice as both a discipline and a way to raise my ene...
Annica ~ It’s the Pali word for impermanence. I have it tattooed on me as a reminder that everything is transient and attachment breeds suffering.
It crosses my mind fairly often, death. Sometimes I think about my husband dying, or a close family member. Sometimes it’s someone I’ve heard about in the media, and sometimes it’s my own passing. Even when I was much younger I used to think of myself dying a lot.
Especially now, as the seasons transition, I am reminded of death everywhere in nature. Trees are stripping down to their bones and gardens are paling over as they lie dormant in wait of warmer suns.
I don’t have a strong belief about what happens in the afterlife, but I choose to believe that my consciousness will continue on, and I like to think that this experience on earth will translate into a memory or some conscious continuity of clarity after transition.
I’m fascinated by stories of death; By people who have seemingly decided that they would pass on at a certain time, and tho...
It's a process...So I've heard, and so I hear myself say often when normalizing someone else's challenges or referring to something I'm working on that takes some time. But what does this actually mean? What can one expect from a process?
Well, the unexpected, and if you're me, plenty of resistance, crying, screaming (when no one's in the house except my poor cat) and canceling plans.
Since embarking on a creative journey, my process has been one of returning to presence, one distracted moment at a time. Some days I'll notice myself immersed in thought occasionally and reorient myself to the moment. Other days I'm not conscious of the mental autopilot. Some days I notice and don't care, I just latch on deeper to what I'm trying to get done, completely void of gratitude, trust, or peace.
The irony is when I'm not practicing gratitude or presence, I get pretty much nothing done or I dive into something overzealously and emerge burned out or even more impatient...
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new" ~ Socrates
Our values are the standards and the feeling states that drive most of our behavior. These can be feelings or concepts such as security, service, excitement, belonging, freedom, authenticity and much more. We might decide we value many things when we stop and reflect, but my current understanding is that there are a few key values that take precedence in our lives. When we really sit and map out at what we devote most of our time to, sometimes we find that these are not the driving forces we thought we valued most.
It is important to look at what motivates our current behaviors and get clear on our driving forces. Among many things, this insight will:
Lead us to alter and course correct our choices (if we decide that they’re not in alignment with what we want to truly value)
Help us discern the importance of future decisions as they relate to our core values
There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence
A young child’s perception, by nature of development, is most often sensory-oriented. There’s a stronger connection to emotion, to physical expression, to imagination. Colors are brighter, feelings are bigger, concepts are simpler, and everything is fascinating. I recall spending what felt like hours playing in trees and staring intently at the way the sun illuminated the intricate vein networks within the summer leaves. If I wasn't five you might have thought I was experimenting with psychedelics.
Curiosity runs deep in the riverbed of childhood. If you ask a parent about this stage, most would attest to having fielded a barrage of “but WHY’s?” as their small humans sought to explore and understand their new world. Everything is a learning opportunity. Growth is their mandate, intuition their gu...