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Here's my latest observation in my own life, though I can't speak for others. In the midst of our deepest struggles, we have a tendency to pull away in fear and isolate, not recognizing that the deepest camaraderie we hold with select others, is what encourages and supports us when we are not in a place to correctly support ourselves. We cannot do this alone, nor were we ever intended to. It is the choice of the ego/mind to isolate, protecting our vulnerability and keeping our deepest secrets and fears hidden (this is shame, though it is falsely masked as
Perception is a fascinating thing! I used to believe everything I knew to be true was unquestionably so, and I was willing to go to the ends of the earth defending my beliefs. My how things have changed! I still have incredibly strong beliefs and convictions, yet how I process that information is so very different! In the past, as someone presented their perspective, I was busy formulating my argument to crush the opposition and prove why I was correct. I was highly skilled in debate and rarely lost an argument. My mother said I missed my calling as a
We have to get better at how we treat other people. Lives matter. Words matter. Emotions matter and are valid, even when they're not understood or agreed with. Most people are going through life simply protecting from further pain. Yet, when we encounter a less than stellar situation with another, how often do we really pursue the underlying pain of their perspective? We only see what others allow us to see and we never really know all the devastation that has gone on in another's life behind the scenes. There's always more to a story than we know and have
Very few things disrupt our lives the way volatile, reactive emotions can. Let's face it, we have all found ourselves in that place before, where our emotional reactivity has gotten the better of us, and logic seems nowhere to be found. It can be overwhelming, embarrassing, and at times even all-encompassing. Finding clarity in the muddy waters of emotional turmoil can be challenging, yet it's necessary if we are to maintain balance in our daily lives. Lao Tzu said, "Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear." This is such an important concept, as when we are in the midst of turbulence,
Anything That Needs To Be Forced Is Not In My Best Interest I've come to a conclusion over these past few weeks. May the force no longer be with me, as anything that needs to be forced is not in my best interest. As I've gone through one of the most transitional periods of my life over these last 2 years, one rather unhealthy theme has shown itself again and again. That of impatiently forcing circumstances and decisions, when clarity and peace were absent. Critical Information Often Changes Our Decisions What is it that pushes us to make snap decisions
This has been an extremely difficult part of the journey for me. The truth is, living this level of intensity will devour any of us if we don't surrender. I am what I am and nothing more, which is perfect imperfection and all that I need. The illusion that I need anything outside myself is what has held me, and so many others, prisoner. I am still learning surrender. When we deal with, heal, and therefore quiet our inner wounds, we no longer "need" to soothe them with outside pursuits. When we fully surrender, we can then rightly love that

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