Living Out Loud
I'm just wondering...
What makes you feel happy, inspired, passionate, and more alive?
When do you feel big, expansive, creative, and juicy?
When or what makes you laugh and smile?
Do you ever lose track of time doing something you enjoy?
And to the answers above,
how often do you include these activities, things, people, places
in your day? in your week? in a year?
"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." ~ Annie Dillard
Live each day
Focus on SOLUTIONS
BELIEVE in yourself
& Live your DREAMS....
I came across this sign on a road trip several years ago and it stopped me in my tracks. It was one of those times when I took a left turn into the unknown and from there a series of coincidences ensued.
This quote has remained meaningful to me. It was the beginning like a little seed taking root or a door opening to a new path. Sometimes I meditate on it, turning it over like a smooth stone in my hand. What a reminder it is, a gift, and catalyst for change.
The present moment is sacred, because it’s the only moment we ever really have. It's some sort of miracle to be present experiencing life in all it's fullness. And when we realize that our lives and days are really just moments, it challenges us to think more deeply about the way we spend those moments and how we appreciate them.
It may change what we think is important. Questions may rise to the surface such as: what brings me happiness, what brings me joy, what makes me feel alive, and if not now, when? As we begin to listen to and trust the voice within, we can begin to transform our lives, taking steps towards the life we want to live.
It’s no easy task to always be conscious of this. We are beautifully human after all. The wonderful is that the present moment is always happening. Right now for instance and we always have a second and third chance to begin again and re-orient ourselves towards the life we want to live.
Sometimes it takes practice to be in the moment. Meditation is a great tool. You can also start by just slowing down.....here are some ways to begin....
When you eat a favorite meal or desert take your time...savor all the flavors, the textures and the aromas....
Next time you're with a friend or a loved one remember how this person is a gift in your life.......look into their eyes, smile at them, actively listen.....
When you find yourself outdoors in nature: look around - what do you notice, what do you hear?
When your pet greets you spend time with them, pet them, feel how soft they are, and feel in your heart the love they give!
Ever stand at the shore and throw a pebble into the water? See how the ripples get bigger and bigger and wider and wider until the circumference of them becomes larger than what we can actually see? This is how kindness works in the world. And if you stay at the edge of the water, just a little longer, sometimes you see, one by one, the ripples returning to the spot where the pebble was cast. That is kindness echoing back, but this is not why we do it.
Whatever stories we have about our life, whatever our life experiences, I am certain, there is one which was difficult to go through. I’m talking about the kind of experience that stops us in our tracks, changes things up and makes us re-evaluate what we believed before. It happens at one point or another to all of us. Although difficult, times like these can transform us as they can be an opportunity for growth and reflection. Out of our own struggles, we learn kindness and compassion. From the depth of our pain, we find the voice of tenderness within. When we understand that everyone shares this, that no one is exempt from the ebb and flow of life, we know we are not alone. Ultimately, from our own experience with suffering, we are motivated to reach out and ease the suffering of another.
It is not just in difficult times that this is important. Kindness creates a better world each day. We just don’t know how far one kind gesture will go. That’s pretty cool when you think about it... When we choose to act out of our common bond we share as humans, we realize that what we do for another we are really doing for the planet, for the children, for humanity.