Depths & Hard Edges
The depths and edges of our discontent, the tension we feel between how things ARE and how we want them to be, urge us toward transformation, toward change. Our pain shapes us into the people we are, and, if we choose to say yes, our pain will shape us into the people we are meant to be.
The Path We Walk
Saying yes to accepting suffering as a teacher and guide clears the path, moving us toward possibility, toward wholeness and yes, toward joy - toward deep and abiding...
You do not require "fixing"
You are not a machine. You are not a toaster with a faulty heating element. There is no final, steady state of perfection, transcendence or even plain old goodness to keep reaching for. You are brilliant, wise, and you shine so bright when I see you -- I wish you believed what you really, deep down, know is true: this brilliance, your brilliance, is the real deal.
No matter how much I say this, no matter how much I repeat this, I know that it's hard to hear...
For the sensitive, empathic woman with Work to do.
I see the ways that you've pushed yourself out into the world to the point of exhaustion, I see the way that you've been cruel to yourself in the face of your own needs, I see the way that you've tried to bend your impulses and energy to the will of the world. I see how you continue to question yourself and what you know is true.
Take a deep breath.
Do you notice how profound the stress is in your body when you send a post or share an...
"How you do one thing is how you do everything..."
This famous Zen quote is everywhere. I've heard it at least four times in the last week. I've had this phrase directed at me in coaching to highlight the pervasive nature of my faults and, I am certain I've used it in coaching sessions to the same effect. (If I used it on you in a session, I hope you'll accept my apology.)
This statement is a lie (sorry Zen lovers)
It's a blanket statement that cannot possibly be true. I would go so far...
This morning, I dropped you off at middle school. Your first day of 6th grade. This is a big moment - middle school is so different from elementary school. The stakes are higher, the perils and the promise are greater. I hope that your excitement and enthusiasm is met by wonderful teachers and delightful new friendships.
I notice that when you enter a new grade, a new stage of your life, I am nearly always taken into a state of reflection on my experience at your age....
"Let's go on an adventure" is what I said.
I am traveling. On the road with my girl through the American West for a whole, luxurious month. Marking a year of separation from my husband, with another year to go I say, "Let's go on an adventure, Clara." As if somehow, life itself isn't adventure enough. But I know that sometimes, too often, most of the time, really -- I need to step away from the day to day machinations of my life to appreciate the beauty, healing and vast abundance that life...
What does it mean to know the essence of life?
As my husband prepares to go back to Africa and I am left with an aching heart, I've recognized that what I've been considering THE experience of life's essence is pleasure - a focus on hitting the high notes.
That's what I seem to want, what I have thought to be the essence of being fully present and in love with life. It seems that we humans want that. Prefer it, really. But what IF to taste the essence, the blissful nature of life...
Discipline is a beautiful thing.
I know you may not agree with that. I get it. However, when we are so passionate about something that we show up for it every day, it is poetry in motion. This daily commitment to what we truly desire turns into success.
This was so clear to me at Air Force Academy football game.
I'm no raving football fan, but it was absolutely beautiful to see those confident, well-trained cadets doing their thing with such mastery. I'm not just talking about the football...
“The spiritual journey does not consist in arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one’s own ignorance concerning one’s self and life, and the gradual growth of that understanding which begins the spiritual awakening. The finding of God is a coming to one’s self.”
It takes a lot more effort to stay the same than it does to change, once you get started.
This week, I learned something amazing.
I learned that we don't actually suck air into our lungs (like it might seem we do). Can you believe it? Instead, our diaphragm, by moving downward, creates the space for air to rush into our lungs, fulfilling one of our most basic human needs.
It's air pressure - but it sounds like magic to me.
We make the space and the universe fills it for us - just like that.
What a beautiful metaphor for a business.
When I first began my business, I...
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