I keep expecting more from myself;
it seems I am not evolved enough.
Then I end up feeling disappointed.
What if there were another way?
What if I could look at myself
and apply the balm of compassion?
What if I could accept my shortcomings
and invite myself to make small shifts
according to what is realistic
in this day to day adventure of life?
What sounds better—
And what will lead to a better outcome
for myself, my family, my community,
Which choice will empower me
to look upon others with love,
understanding, patience, compassion?
It seems obvious now, doesn’t it?
If you’re not deliberately staying open,
you are probably shutting down.
Sure, you might feel safer
hiding your light from the world,
but did you come here to live
in the darkness of your comfort bubble?
Just beyond the edges of that bubble,
your amazing potential awaits,
potential only you can fulfill.
Start by being open to the possibility
that you could stay open
and move on from there.
Take deep breaths.
If you’re feeling uncomfortable
you’ve reached the edge of your comfort zone
and now real growth can take place.
Take a stand for your open mind,
your open heart, your boundless spirit.
Live from your deepest truth,
express the soul fire that burns within you,
and as the changes come,
I will not hide.
This light shines for all to see.
I will not try to live within
the box you built for me;
it cannot contain me.
Everyday I am growing;
I am sorry you cannot keep up.
But don’t worry,
this light will still be shining
by the time
you are no longer afraid
to open your eyes
and really see.
Choosing the most empowered response
to any given situation–
this is freedom,
this is self-knowing,
this is clarity.
What are you capable of doing,
and what are you doing right now?
Is there a gap between the two,
and how can you close the gap?
When you live from your highest self,
you are happy, fulfilled,
excited to be alive.
Are you living from your highest self?
If today were your last,
have you accomplished all
that you set out to do?
Ask yourself these questions,
and answer them honestly.
Do your best to choose
your most empowered response.
Once my mom said to me
You’re not a cookie.
You’re not going to come
out of the oven all done.
We had been talking about life,
and how impatient I was to
get there, wherever “there” was.
I read tonight about a spiritual teacher
who shocked the audience saying
You will never get it all together.
I guess that this teacher also realized
that we aren’t cookies.
You don’t need to go anywhere in particular.
You don’t have to search for something.
You don’t need to meet someone specific
and above all, there is no need to wait–
This moment now,
this is the path.
This path, this is the point.
Not to get somewhere,
to do something,
to be someone,
but right now, to be here,
to bring everything that you are
to this moment, this path that you are on.
Isn’t it a relief to realize
that you can use every life experience
to grow a little wiser?
You don’t need to seek an accomplished teacher
You are the teacher.
You are also the student, the healer, the killer, the lover.
You are the newborn baby
and the old one lying on a deathbed,
You are all of these and more,
always, all moments.
On the path, you see which one
you have chosen to be in this moment.
Choose wisely now.
This is how personal evolution takes place:
Not the flick of a switch
not the drop of a hat
not some big, dramatic Aha! moment–
but in all of those little details
of every day life,
where we start to look
with unabashed honesty
at our habits, our behaviors,
our reactions, our thoughts, our words–
and we start to choose our response
instead of being so damn predictable
and always saying and doing the same thing.
And this may take time.
Maybe you notice your neurotic thinking
one time every month.
Maybe you realize that you have choices
every few weeks.
Maybe every once in a while it sinks in
that all of your thoughts, words and actions
ripple out into space
and create the world as you see it.
It doesn’t have to happen overnight,
and it probably won’t…
but this personal evolution
is a great gift to yourself, the world,
and every tiny ounce of awareness counts.