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Don’t Fear Change. Change Fear.

As humans, there are many of us out there who love the simple comforts of life, routine, and consistency. We know what to expect and when, for the most part. How could one not find a bit of comfort and solace within the regularity of things? It is when we begin to seek the regularity that we are no longer accepting, but searching, for the things we already know. This can become problematic when one thinks of change. If we search for sameness, what happens when we are approached by difference? Do we bow our head to look down at the life we know or do we look up and ponder the mysterious beauty that lies above? It’s the fear of looking up that can keep us from seeing the stars, from seeing that we are all the stars.
Fearing change is considered fairly normal in today’s society, being a stargazer is considered risky. We often hear friends and strangers alike refer to themselves as, “creatures of habit,” giving just cause to fearing change. I’m sure we can all think of a time when someone offered us an awesome opportunity, no matter how big or small, that we were afraid of. Now we can begin to see that the fear can hold us back. It can put a delay on, or even halt, the evolution of our lives. Remember, we are the creators after all. I know fear can be immobilizing, that it can stop us from breathing, but we can’t let it stop us from being.
We all know about fight or flight mode, the fear response. In those times of crisis, we don’t think. We act and react to the present moments around us. Fear no longer impedes our natural response to the world around us. In those rare moments, we are fully being. Facing our fears is going to be scary, obviously. It’s not impossible though. I have grown up completely terrified of heights…I don’t enjoy the sensation of my feet not being on the ground. As I get older, I realize how much opportunity that could pull out of my life. I know I must conquer it, but that doesn’t mean I’m jumping out of a plane tomorrow. Being conscious of the fear, accepting it is there, and fighting to let go is the key to changing a fear cycle.
We are adaptable creatures. We can learn to stop being afraid. Each time we learn something new, take a chance, and move forward, we are changed. We don’t fear all change. Each day is a chance to live blissfully, fearlessly, and thankfully. We can change our fears. That’s one more gift of consciousness. So please, don’t fear change, change fear. As always, thanks for listening and safe journeys.

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Approval Meets Thankful

If Approval and Thankful were two people, they would be very different wouldn’t you think? Approval dancing on top of the bar yelling, “Woo!” pausing only long enough to do body shots off her friends Desperate and Lonely. They all have a lot in common. However, where is Thankful in all this? Probably dancing right next to them. Alive and filled up they are all just seeing through different perceptions.
The mindset with which we approach anything will color our self in the experience. Approval, Desperate, Lonely, and Thankful all dance, but who was dancing for themselves versus everyone else? To live in a place of thankfulness to be alive in each moment. That doesn’t mean mistakes won’t be made or times of sadness had. It simply means we will be thankful for all of it.
Seeking approval seems like a worthwhile cause. We want others to know the potential and awesomeness we possess. We are happy when it is recognized and in craving that happiness we may find ourselves in a vicious cycle to continue to find that approval. This is the unconscious motive that I once, and still sometimes, let direct my self, or lack thereof.
When we recognize the difference between the happiness we receive from others and the happiness we create in ourselves, I believe we are instantly more thankful. A life of gratitude is within all of us. I know today we will be thankful and remember the importance of family. Hopefully, we can be thankful for the act of being itself. Tomorrow, let’s be thankful too, and in every moment after that if we dare. As always, thanks for listening, and safe journeys.

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Connected…

Connected, ebb and flow, yin and yang. They are the natural occurrences of life. Flowing through each and every part of it, thus creating a sense of balance. This creates the highs and lows, the drags and pulls of time, and the self we create. In this realization, we can hopefully find a bit of peace, internal joy, and contentment.
When things go wrong, when we make mistakes that’s when we are connected to that rush of worry our unconscious mind begins reeling, and suddenly we feel lost. It’s the breath in that very moment that can change it all. Remembering that space, that breath in between, can help us find our balance. Take that moment absorb, freak out a little, and then breathe, and move on. Keep doing the best one can do.
We are all capable of composure, clarity, and peace of mind. It occurs directly inside of us. We truly are the architects of our landscape. We are a part of and connected to it all, how could we have an impact on the Universe we exist in? We are a universe ourselves.
This sense of connection helps create compassion, love, and genuine empathy for the beings around us. We are all on different journeys to the same place. Doing the best we can. Today, I hope we can be thankful for every thing, being, and thought around us. As always, thanks for listening and safe journeys.

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Break, Breaking, Broken…The Cycle

When one decides to start seeing someone on a regular basis, the connotation is always going to be that they are dating, and then in a relationship. For most people, I guess, that’s how it goes. Except, I’m not sure that’s really the case. As a society, it would seem we are programmed to watch relationships evolve and assume they are working because they are continuing. However, just because something keeps going, doesn’t mean it’s working does it?
I find relationships to be as confusing as quantum physics, and truthfully, I’d rather know more about the latter. So here I sit, wishing I would have meditated this morning and happy to be writing with you. There is a cycle to things…it’s almost impossible to get a clean break from anything. Usually, something is lost in the process. Today, we all face choices, emotions, relationships, and self. Here’s to finding joy in all of it, here’s to having hope, and here’s to moving forward. There will always be challenges and discomfort in times of change and evolution. We have the courage to make the change, and we have the power to be the evolution. Life is an art, a beautiful web we design as we live. That’s the journey, the “circle of life,” if you will, and so smile. Stand up and be. As always thanks for listening and safe journeys.

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Between Want and Need

As the heart races, I find myself conscious of my breath. This is something to be thankful for. I am in the moment. Here, thinking, feeling, and observing…is the strength. There is that feeling of courage in the face of discomfort. Tonight, I wasn’t a softie. I said what I was trying to say, but kept shying away from. It was long, it was patient, and it was just finally the time.
In the end, it came down to not want versus need, but living between the two. True balance would suggest that we would want and need for nothing because we would already have everything in each glorious moment.
So, if we find ourselves disengaged from our center, we see so many needs, so many wants, and our perceptions begin to change. It’s so interesting to think that when something changes so subtly we have no recollection of the evolution until we are staring down the fullness of it all. That is where consciousness comes in. That’s the break in the chain that brings us back.
The mind is a rabbit hole for which there is no comparison. It is both a powerful tool and potential poison, completely dependent upon how we choose to use it. We have the power to choose. Is our mind our friend or our enemy? Do we hide in it’s depths of glory in its wide expanses? The choice is ours, both yours and mine. We are capable of unknowable abundance, freedom, and love. Please, for a moment lets glory in that and be thankful for this single breath. As always, thanks for listening and safe journeys.

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Good Enough

Deep down inside, for the majority of my life those two words played constantly through my head. Sometimes a statement, sometimes a question, but almost always a feeling of disbelief. I couldn’t see my self in its entirety. Always catching glimpses of all my insecurities and fears. I had a severe case of tunnel vision. There was no question in my mind that life is hard, and people are broken. I didn’t see the color, light, and beauty of the universe around me. I searched for approval from everyone, and as a result made a long chain of mediocre decisions.
I have made it a very personal goal to not live in that place ever again. Apathy almost lead me to a life of feeling constantly incomplete. I’m so thankful for the journey. There are so many little blessings that are all around once we learn to be conscious. I don’t know if it was stress, fatigue, or just getting too comfortable, but I could feel myself slowly finding that place again. Now, I have two options, to fear or embrace. Thankfully, the Universe granted me a breaking point. A place where I finally could let it all go, and I did. I broke down, and was almost immediately lifted back up. I saw that it’s okay to just feel it, figure it out, and move on. I have goals, dreams, and now steps to begin taking to embrace them.
When we are conscious of the mind we can actually observe what’s going on. This is the key to serenity, peace, and joy in each moment of now. We are all better than good enough. We are all miraculous beings. There is beauty in everything. How could it not be in us too? Each day is a chance to be conscious of that and to live in that perspective, to believe in our power, and learn what makes us happy. Today, I feel as though I’ve woken up. Thank you, thank you, and thank you to the Universe and to you too, as always, for listening. Safe journeys.

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Just.

Sometimes, what feels like a jumble of random thoughts, will suddenly become one fluid idea. I was sitting here looking through social media, thinking about life, and suddenly the word just popped into my head. Now, I find myself affirming that we are not “just” anything. Often times we put the word just in front of what we’d like to hide behind.
Things like, “Oh, I can’t do that I’m just too…” in moments like that, I find it’s identifying with something we created. We could never be just this or just that because we are literally made up of everything. It’s strange the way the simplest word can justify all the complexities and fears of the human psyche. Especially when one actually considers the meaning of the word just, guided by truth, reason, justice, and fairness. In searching for this, however, I was struck by the fact that there are THIRTEEN definitions to this word. In the end it means, almost anything one could think of. It is righteous, narrow, exact, and only. If one word can be so many things…to think of all we can be, is only infinite.
We are not just anything. Just isn’t even just anything. Today, I hope we can all find a little more consciousness. After all, today is the eve of a very apparent evolution. May we all find clarity and hope for a brighter tomorrow. As always, thanks for listening and safe journeys.