Thursday, February 23, 2017

Trust. Your. Gut.

Hindsight is 20/20. Don't you sometimes wish you could rewind life and get a do-over?

The older I get, the more I can absolutely rely on my gut. That extra-sharp sense about things, even if reason or the politeness of giving someone the benefit of the doubt are pulling you away from that sense. I mean, we haven't lived this long and collected all this wisdom and insight for nothing, right? This past weekend, how I wish I'd listened to the gut.

Someone from my past who meant a lot to me a couple of decades ago resurfaced out of the blue. When we parted ways way back when, it was amicable and good. We let stuff go. We moved on. But a surprise email said otherwise. There was still some unresolved stuff on his end--and he wanted to clear it up because he might not have much longer to live.

Holy crap. How devastating. I felt for him. Especially because he'd cheated death so many times in the past.

What my wise Higher-self, sense, and gut were all telling me was....absolutely DO NOT revisit old stuff. Tell him we both did our best. Tell him I am heavily immersed in the practice of staying in the Now (not past or future), and let's just remember and be proud of the good times.

But part of me thought I should honor his need to "clear up his issues" while he can, and so I answered (honestly) what he asked about our past. Big mistake. Some behaviors never change or mellow with age as I'd hoped. The reply felt like it came from 20 years ago.

So....I'm giving myself a do-over. Because this is what I really wanted to do.

Hello, old friend
Let's not revisit painful things--especially not while you're sick and trying to feel good. I only want you to feel good about yourself from here on out. I hope you have many days ahead of utter joy and contentment. I hope you seek out the most beautiful places in nature to rejuvenate your body and soul. I hope you spend lots of time with your loved ones (especially your daughter) while you can, and leave them with warm memories of you. I hope you totally let go of all regret and suffering over any part of your life. I hope you check things off your bucket list left and right, and do everything you want to do before you're not able. I hope grace settles over you in a waterfall of white light, giving you the strength to endure the end-time. Most of all, I hope you find deep and lasting peace.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Staying Grounded

I feel compelled to write a special post for those who are part of the movement to preserve human rights, Mother Earth, Freedom of Speech, transparent politicking and a great many other things in these uncertain times.

Many of you, like me, have never considered yourselves "political" or took part in any activism before. It seems, though, that these critical times where rogue, dangerous ways have been allowed to become new norms have served as a great catalyst for more people speaking up--and for more unification than ever. Not just within a political group, but people worldwide.

For those who are working toward this unity...I salute you. We have a long way to go and much work to do. This isn't just a brief sprint--but a marathon.

I know that it can be exhausting. Alarming changes and executive orders seem to be popping up left and right, and calling senators and representatives about them feels like an endless game of Whac-a-Mole. 

This is why I feel I need to offer a mindful and compassionate word of caution.

If social media and other news becomes overwhelming and disheartening, causing feelings of extreme anger, hostility, hatred, despair, or hopelessness....step away. Take a respite. Go pet the cat/dog, spend an afternoon of quality time with loved ones, watch a TV show or movie that makes you laugh (laughter creates endorphins), work out or take a long, long walk (energy moving in the body alleviates stress), or--one of the most important remedies of all--spend a long, quiet time out in nature.

These things all contribute to grounding one's self...escaping the head-chatter, being fully present in the body, and rejuvenating every part of yourself in order to move forward (and take action) effectively.

From this grounded place of consciousness, presence, and unified can achieve the greatest results. This I know from looking back at the actions of some of the greatest leaders of world peace.

May we, as fellow humans, continue on a path toward our highest good.