Does your mind outpace your body? Do you feel spacey and disconnected?
If your mind races ahead and leaves your body behind, you are living in the future and forgetting the present; neglecting your grounding in the here and now, your need for earth energy, for your full and complete presence in this time and place. Don’t jump or skip ahead!
Red wing blackbird on a breezy day
If your body rushes ahead and leaves your mind in the dust, you are living in the past ; disembodied, perhaps getting yourself into situations that do not serve you well. Perhaps you feel stuck.
Can you bring your body mind and heart together and concentrate all your focus in this moment? Can you keep it together?
The present is where your power lies! When all of you is in the present. This is the state of flow, where you are plugged into your power supply – All that is – and you have access to boundless energy.
Here’s a practice for you to help you pay attention to what is now. Choose one of the 5 senses: feel, taste, touch, smell, sight. Focus for a few minutes on only that information coming into your body and mind through that sense.
Can you narrow your focus that much, aligning body and mind and balancing your consciousness in this point in time? Can you gather all of yourself, your scattered energy, thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and know your wholeness?
In this way, you train yourself to be wholly present, to empower yourself and tap in to amazing energy!
Must you intoxicate yourself? If so, intoxicate yourself with the summer day.
Lose yourself in the shifting and dappled shade under a friendly tree, the breeze moving through the grasses like waves on the sea.
Female red winged blackbird
Feed your spirit with the shimmering silver leaves on the crown of a cottonwood tree, birdsong, insect music, cloud patterns, rushing water in the creek weaving patterns in the sand and silt, the scent of wildflowers and tree blossoms…
Come under the influence of the soft morning air embracing you, the hoot owl at dusk, patterns of sunlight and shadow in the leafy neighborhoods, soaring birds riding the thermals, the hot sunlit air…
Surrender to the beating of your heart, the breath flowing in and out of your lungs, the weight of your body and limbs as you let yourself rest, as you allow the earth to support you
Fall in love with the moon waxing to full, filling the night sky with her silvery light, waning to new, repeating her ancient cycle without end.
This is your world, your precious gift. Give yourself to it, body and soul.
Worry is like a thick gray cloud around your mind and heart; a self-generated fog machine.
Dear ones, worry wears you down, ages you dims your clarity and light, weakens you.
If you are worried, you are not living in the present. You are living in your head projecting scenarios and events which will most likely never occur, which you most likely have no power over!
In short, you are wasting your time and energy when you worry! You are scaring yourself with self manufactured drama for no good reason.
If you are worried about the future, get the facts you need to solve your problems and face them head on! Take informed action within your locus of control. Make plans based on the facts. Set boundaries within your circle of influence. Live in the here and now.
Inhabit your body, place awareness on your feelings, sensations, your senses, the flow of life through your body, the natural world around you. Come into the here and now where your power lies!
Dear ones, do you live your life dissatisfied, wishing you were elsewhere? Is what is never enough? Is what is not good enough? Is what is not worth your full time and attention?
Bleeding heart and pulmonaria
I am here to tell you that you must not resist or denigrate what is, no matter how unpleasant you find it. To move through tough times, you must be honest with yourself about where you are and what is happening.
Only when you cease resistance and pushing against what is can your energy begin to flow in the direction of your dreams and desires.
Find the beauty in your life, something to appreciate, even if it is tiny- minuscule- microscopic. Even if it is the shifting shade under a tree on a sunny day. Even if it is finding a penny on the sidewalk, even if it is a cool sip of water.
Bring your attention to the present moment even if it is not a moment you would have chosen. Feel your breath in your lungs. Accept what is, learn to live in harmony with what is and your life will become more and more what you want it to be.
Can you stop talking for a time each day and sink deeper into your mind to a place that does not know speech?
Cottonwood leaves and seeds
Can you stop thinking, obsessing, ruminating, judging, and analyzing for a time each day and allow yourself to rest from the constant barrage of thoughts? A moment of peace?
Can you observe the flood tide of words and thoughts in your mind floating downstream and out of your awareness? Can you put down your shiny device, turn off the TV, the radio, the computer, the little object that beeps, blinks, and demands your attention? It may seem impossible!
Can you make some room in your mind for silence? Can you clear a space – your own private, peaceful refuge within your mind?
Can you slow down your pace just for a few minutes each day and touch the central core of you, the infinite, the loving, the deep, the expanded heart and soul of you? Can you become intimate with your true self?
Dear ones, do not put yourself down for getting nothing done today!
You breathed the cool autumn air, took delight in the crimson and golden fall color so beautiful right now. You allowed yourself to be, with no agenda, no worries, no second thoughts.
Red and gold maple leaves
You felt your heart beating and the blood moving through your body, the air flow in and out of your lungs as they expand and contract. You felt cool water flow into your throat and filter through you.
Did you heard a flock of crows calling to each other as they flew from tree to tree? Did you open your eyes to the bright deep sky, the wispy clouds moving lazily with the wind, dissolving and re-forming? Did you enjoy watching the scarlet and amber leaves raining down in the breeze?
You took part in this great web of life today, no matter what you checked off on your to-do list. Simply by being here in a physical body, you have chosen to cast your lot in and belong to the great throng of life here on this earth.
Do not fool yourself, there is no test for admittance here. There is nothing you need to prove! You belong here.
My beloved, do not waste your precious moments worrying about the future or feeling bad about the past. Live in your body, in the here and now.
Each breath you take is an opportunity to choose a new way of thinking, a better feeling, a more compassionate outlook, and to drop those tired beliefs that keep you stuck.
You have power to create your life, to change as a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, and heal those aspects of your life that aren’t working. Do not blame yourself or others. Love yourself, be kind to yourself and support yourself fully in what you want to accomplish, the person you intend to become.
You create the blueprint of your future life through your thoughts and feelings, expectations and beliefs. You grow into the dimensions, the possibilities you envision for yourself. You create your future from this present moment.
Do you dream a small dream for yourself? I ask you to begin to allow yourself to expand your dream. Find clarity within your mind. Expect the best!
Have a lazy summer day.
Let the breeze shimmer your leaves. Rest with trust in your roots and the earth that supports you.
You can afford a day of rest, of letting go… Letting your mind be clear and blank… settling in to your body, feeling the ripples of thought and feeling that come and go. Now going deeper and feeling the blood coursing through you, the weight of muscle, the bone and skin, the breath as it expands your lungs and ribs, your eyes fluttering beneath their lids…
Let your tense muscles relax. It’s OK to let parts of you be soft and relaxed on your lazy summer day. It’s OK to do nothing but breathe and let your heart beat, your eyes blink, to feel the life course through your body.
Now, just for today, lose the agenda, the to do list, the killer instinct, the high heels, the dress for success, the act you feel you must put on. (Is this you?) Who invented suits and ties? Why?
You are so much more than what you do! Get to know yourself beneath the persona, the snappy business attire, the synthetic rules someone has imposed upon you, your place as a cog in the “system”.
Who are you really?
Pay attention to the here and now, for life does not happen inside your head.
Spring ephemeral – Jack in the pulpit
Life does not happen on the TV, on your “smart” phone, or in your computer. It unspools from your heart, that rhythm instrument each of you humans possess, but sometimes forget. It arises from the feelings and emotions of your body. That is life! Feel it! Be one with it!
Attune your life to the rhythms of your body– the heart and breath, your earth, your sun and moon, our seasons. So many clues exist to help you order your waking and sleeping, your eating, your quiet and active times with perfect balance and health.
Yet you allow the gadget called the clock to order your day. You march to its beat, you obey it’s dictates. You have given it power to tell you when to sit, and when to move, when to eat when to sleep. Your body is not consulted. And your health declines.
You allow the big box with moving images and the shiny hand held blinking things to arrest your attention, to take you away from your power and flow, to distract you from your life’s purpose and the precious days and nights that make up your lifespan.
Someday, as it must, your lifespan will come to a close. Will you mourn those precious moments you spent in your head, ignoring the here and now, the countless hours on your “smart” shiny thing, the days and weeks mesmerized by the moving talking images that you will forget in a moment when the power is switched off? You yourself are ephemeral, your body will not last. How do you choose to spend your time?
Back away from the devices. Pay attention to your body, to nature, to your feelings. And live.