In moments of challenge
we always have a choice.
Training in awareness
we can look inside our minds
and discover the space
between reactivity and responsiveness.
Instead of asking
in that whiny little voice
Why is this happening?
Stand up, take a deep breath
and ask yourself
What do I want?
Discover the space within you
to ask the questions
and to wait for the answers
that feel right.
Now, more than ever,
this world needs us to
question, decide, and respond.
Search for the choice
inside each challenge,
the opportunity in each setback.
As you walk this path
of awakened consciousness
you can be sure the world
glows brighter in your presence.
Why wait for something
extraordinary to happen
to be fulfilled?
Take a deep breath.
Can you feel it?
Why wait for the world
to come to its senses
to experience peace?
Can you feel it?
Why wait for happiness,
a sense of belonging,
Just sit still and breathe.
Everything you long for
is right within you.
You are the keeper of great treasures,
wealthy beyond measure.
Don’t sit there alone, brooding, waiting,
when you can come to know
the utter beauty of love’s true joy.
Walk to the door, fling it open, step outside.
Beckon the world to come see your treasure,
dazzling with the hope and the promise
of good days to come.
Don’t wait. Share it with us now.
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
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?
If we weren’t challenged,
how would we ever know our own strength?
If we didn’t know fear,
how would we find our courage?
If we didn’t experience outrage
how could we tap into our sense of justice?
These times, these difficult times,
are unfolding exactly they way they should.
Let us not fight reality,
reality will always, always win.
Instead let us wake up.
Let us see the opportunities
raining down all around us,
quenching our thirst to know who we really are.
Now is not the time to recoil in horror;
now is the time to stand up and take action.
We are the leaders we have been searching for.
Let us elect ourselves to do the work we were meant to do.
Let us set the example of peace,
of good relations,
of environmental responsibility,
of love and forgiveness, compassion and understanding.
Yes, we are all leaders.
Now, my friends, let us lead.
As ombré ink illuminates the page
I am fulfilled by the perfection of life.
reality never ceases to amaze me
when I open my eyes and get out of my head.
Friendships blossom all around me
mirroring the friendship I’m cultivating
with my Self.
It was always this good,
I just wasn’t awake enough to see it.
Sometimes I stop and realize
I’m still waiting for things to get better.
What does that mean anyway?
This kind of thinking is so unconscious,
because, why would I want more than this moment?
This moment is all we ever have.
Why would a different reality be better than this one?
Reality is what it is, always and forever.
The only thing that changes is my relationship to it.
When I wake up to my unconscious thinking,
take a deep breath, open my eyes, and look around,
I am so blessed.
to breathe for my sisters,
Feeling drowsy, peaceful,
almost nodding off,
why I’m here,
why I’m doing this.
a voice says,
and I shake off my fatigue
for a moment longer.
And I realize
awakening is one thing
but staying awake is another.