Next Tuesday I'm set for surgery. A complete hysterectomy. And what I'm feeling is paradoxical. I feel both fear and trust. Both swirl in my thoughts and feelings. How to be present to that? I know that being present is essential. The last big surgery I had was a little over five years ago, a … Continue reading Surgery: Fear and Trust
Although I try to follow my intuition (because I know it's very wise), sometimes I confuse myself and don't know what to do - or not to do. This is a story of just that: I was scheduled for a biopsy last month, one that could be very painful. I had not felt comfortable with this … Continue reading Intuition and Fear: How synchronicity stepped in to make things clear for me
If you are brave and read comments after articles on the internet, you see a lot of people calling each other "hypocrite." You yourself might have - once or twice in your lifetime - called someone a hypocrite. Or maybe you're one to think it without saying it out loud. And someone might have even … Continue reading Hey, Hypocrite!
I like to begin my new year with an exercise that Abbey of the Arts shared several years ago - and shares again each year. It involves letting a word choose you. In ancient times, wise men and women fled out into the desert to find a place where they could be fully present to … Continue reading Letting a word for 2017 find me
The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men / Gang aft agley (The best-laid plans of mice and men / Go oft awry) - Robert Burns Today is my 58th birthday, the one that matches my birth year of 1958. And for the first time since I was 17, I'm in the Coastal Empire on my birthday, specifically, … Continue reading A birthday lesson on letting go of expectations
And I wonder about those psychic punches. What actually happens when we share negative thoughts and feelings? Do we literally put out negative energy that others can feel?
I suppose it's human nature to create a script of the way it "should be." You know, as in: "If I exercise and eat healthy, I'll be healthy. And I'll die in my 90s or even later, a happy little old woman." And: "If I do well in school and work hard, my life will be successful. Which means … Continue reading The Curse of What “Should Be”