Falling in love with a sport has every person dreaming “what if” these days. For those of us who grew up watching figure skating, especially us! Think about it! The sparkly outfits, rhinestone galore, gorgeous skates! Not to mention a partner who has the ability to compliment her outfit, as well as toss her up in the air and catch her gracefully every time. This year, the US most talked about figure skating couple who have been skating together for 17 years, are fortunate to have parents that according to them, “parent the same way”. The entire family structure says Respect is the key to success! It gave them a return to the Olympics. Their moms have never missed a competition in 17 years, and tonight was no exception. Besides training for 10 hours a day, this couple says “they support each other, and feel supported by one another”. With all this dedication and mutual respect, you can’t help but fall in love with them. I just love the Olympics for allowing us glimpses of determination that leads to greatness. GO USA! Whatever we are doing at this present moment, let us do it with great enthusiasm!
“Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example-I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation.” Nazim Hikmet
I took the opportunity to pack my car, like a squirrel gathering nuts for winter, and headed to the Florida beach. Never spending time there before, I was counting on my family to direct me to a safe place to land, and they did, right in their spare bedroom. The gift of the squirrel is to prepare, and then fully trust its environment. I wasn’t certain what to prepare for, but knew I needed warmth for my arm to heal. The rest ended up being such a beautiful environment of love, and my family became true “cheers” kind of friends! Special thanks to Angie and Phil.
Once we can let go of the future and stay completely present to the moment we are actually living, we really are giving life our full and undivided attention. Work kept blowing up my phone, and finally I had to succumb to the reality cell phones do not work on islands. After the scary drive over the water, twice, to reach the island, I became mesmerized by the beauty of nature, shared only with seagulls.
Silence is an amazing leveler of what really matters most, and that is to be present to the gift of squirrels, sea green of the ocean, sky ever so blue, orange and yellow, and the promise of the stars in the deep blue-black sky that follows the sunset. So, prepare yourself this winter, like the squirrel, and enjoy the silence winter can bring. And if you are fortunate to live in a place called heaven, like Florida, then continue to relish your sunsets that quiet the soul.
I am approaching this new year with a more conscious watchful eye. Life is happening fast and I am watching my own response as if I were observing another colleague, with lots of care, smiles, and calm breathing. I invite you to participate in the greatest event you will undertake this year. Your own creative, amazing developing life! Worry less about others, and worry not about anything. Enjoy being you. You are exactly where you are supposed to be, and now is a wonderful time, being the only time we actually have at this present moment.
So figure out what makes you smile without money. If you could receive a love note today from the Universe, how would you want to be acknowledged for your hard work? It may be a stroll in the park, time with your pet, or relaxing with a friend over tea. Take time for you today, and smile. I am so happy you are uniquely you, created for this moment. Now enjoy!
There is something attentive and peaceful about children holding candles. It shows me their hope and wisdom as they embrace the light with their tiny confident hands. During these dark days of winter, the snow and ice create more time nesting at home. Vision boards can inspire us, unexpected four-legged creatures adopt us, and families surprise and disappoint us. Like a child bringing light into our lives, I pray this day restores and renews your faith in your self, humanity, and your God. May you be daily encouraged to bring light into those dark places your life takes you. “A thousand candles can be lit by a single candle.” Let today be lit up by you!
In my Master’s class, our team taught on collaboration within our communities. We created prayer flags and strung them together. There is one basic lesson we live by, whether taught to us as a child, or embraced as an adult. My dad always said, “Be your word, it’s all you have.” I remember that lesson, whether I am saying yes to coffee with a new friend, or promising to return a call or email. Share with us what your one truth is, that makes you the person we all enjoy spending time with and being vulnerable. We all appreciate your wisdom!
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Taking up figure skating is exhilarating and crazy fun! Coach leaving out a few moves prior to the backward spin jump, reminded me I am good at following directions…It is called a foosh, where you brake all the bones at one time. Physics won, and I broke three, shattering my radius in 8 pieces. One plate, 6 screws and lots of PT, leaves me to dig deeper. Sure, why me, why now? What is the lesson? All those ? are worth pondering. I am clinging to my cousin’s diagnosis. We are huge spiritual beings trapped in a tiny human body. I missed y’all, and am learning a left handed world. Hang in there with the messy part of life, brave the questions, and let us gradually help one another up. Thank you for being authentic you!
This site is dedicated to my to the Action Research Project I am doing for my UMKC Masters program. I’ve been working with a group of four children and their parents to study the “The Effects of Children with a Daily Meditation Practice on their Home, School, and Social Spheres” find out more here… http://effectivechildrensmeditation.wordpress.com/
Over the past twelve years, twenty-three women have made the trek to St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado! Most of them were already friends, but every year a friend of a friend hears about how much “fun” we have meditating and hanging out, and they want to attend! When you haven’t seen a dear old friend for a while, or even a year, the reuniting time is full of hugs, love and laughter. We are short on silence, and long on stories. Great chefs abound, and the communal kitchen has tempting healthy smells filling up the space. It doesn’t take long to settle in the cozy chapel, grab a shawl, hear a good word, listen to the bell ring three times, and nothingness takes over.
And so it is back home. We are greeted by loved ones, we are enticed by a fabulous supper, and we are good at sharing stories of our day, with the folks who love us the most. After the day settles, it is time to get cozy, grab a shawl, and ring the bell. It is not so much we need to imitate the meditation retreat, as we want the meditation practice to become part of our daily lives.
May we be drawn to the silence together, and be one with this moment.