Category Archives: self-exploration

These Two Worlds

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Afternoon, pouring rain,
blustery wind,
skies darkened
by immense thunderclouds,
and my body is tired
from a long morning hike
in the (almost) summer sunshine.
Memories dance through my mind–
forest shade and seas of ferns,
breezes so sweet
they were salvation
to my sun warmed skin.
How is it possible I can peer into
these two worlds at once:
the furious rain of reality
and the sweet heat of memory?
And sometimes reality is so sweet
and the memories pound in my mind
like an afternoon thunderstorm,
here in an instant,
gone in a flash.
Where am I, who am I
who knows these two worlds
yet belongs to neither?

Watch What Happens

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What would happen
if you could really trust
the unfolding of your life?
What if you could trust
the wisdom that is
already there within you?
Please understand,
this isn’t about
sitting back and doing nothing
and calling this trust…
But it is about tuning in
to the guidance deep within you
and letting that inner knowing
show you the way.
This deep knowing
has an understanding
that extends far beyond
the linear mindset
of our day to day minds.
This knowing can guide you
in your thoughts, words and actions
to meet the perfect unfolding
of this moment
as you show up
with your highest potential.
Spend a little time
in silence each day;
get to know the source
of your deep knowing.
Then watch what happens
as you listen to that wise voice;
watch what happens
as you trust
in the perfect unfolding
of this one precious life
that is yours.

Has the Whole World Changed?

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Life is so magical
when lived with an open heart.
My inner saboteur
successfully talked me out of it
until now.
Now, this moment,
is a lot fresher, clearer,
more vibrant.
Things seem lighter and funnier.
People seem friendlier.
Has the whole world changed,
or have I?

Now That You Know

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If, suddenly, all limitations were removed,
Who would you be?
Where would you go?
What would you see?
What would you say?
What would you do?
As we walk this path of awakening
it begins to dawn on us
that all limitations are self-imposed.
What if you could confront the thoughts
that you aren’t enough,
the people in your life aren’t enough,
life isn’t enough?
What if you realized that
right in this moment you do, in fact,
hold all of the ingredients within you
necessary to create a happy, fulfilled life?
What if you could sense
very profoundly
how completely life supports you
in becoming the person you want to be?
Let’s try an experiment.
Let’s assume, for one moment,
that we have access
to our awakened consciousness
and all of the blessings that arrive
in such a state of awareness.
Be still, go inwards and really look.
What is possible for you now
that you know who you are?

Light and Joy

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What does this life mean
if we don’t leave it happier
for having lived it?
And how can we leave life happier
than how we found it
if we aren’t living for those
with whom we share it?
Every day wake up grateful for waking up,
and be grateful for opportunities to be generous.
You are more powerful than you could ever know,
but knowing that you have this power to give
is a great start.
If you knew that living from
your most enlightened self
would bring indescribable joy
to yourself and those around you,
wouldn’t you choose to know that self
completely and to shine its light
out into this whole world?
Your light might be obscured
by your thinking sometimes
the way the sun is obscured behind clouds,
but make no mistake,
your light is always there.
Make it a point to know your light
and to live your life shining it
everywhere.
You are truly beautiful,
powerful, and wise beyond measure.
Let us see this most authentic self
and know the light and the joy of your being.

Through It All

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Be cheerful
when it is most difficult.
Be patient
when every fiber in your being
wants to react.
Be peaceful in the midst of conflict
These are the muscles
that we could strengthen
to witness a more harmonious,
peaceful world
blossoming in our hearts.
You cannot know how strong you are
until you have experienced
struggle and challenge
and observed yourself
finding a way through it all.

From Struggle to Integration

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It was a honeymoon.
With the marriage of
insight, the proper context
and the right timing
I experienced a moment
of freedom
from the pervasive inner negativity
to which I had become so accustomed.
I was so excited
about this newfound freedom
that I shared my story with everyone.
But what goes up,
must come down…
and my emotional system
pushed back hard,
not wanting to give up so easily
the ground it had gained
during its long reign.
Fortunately,
I have come to expect
this kind of systemic backlash
and so I wasn’t surprised
when the negativity
came flooding back today.
I’m working hard to wake up
and to stay awake…
and I’m learning to reframe
my experiences
so that they flow
into the path
that leads to joy.
The honeymoon isn’t over…
This is just a lull,
a chance to see
if I really mean
to talk the talk
and walk the walk.
Now that I’ve experienced
the sweetness of union,
I can’t go back to the old way.
Thank you Teachers
for taking my hand
and keeping me on the path
as I move from inner struggle
to universal integration.