Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rest, in December?!?!?! YES!

     So December is close upon us. Folks tend to get crazy with stuff-to-do in December.
     Rev. Christian Sorensen asks, "When was the last time you just sat and watched a bird for an hour doing its bird thing, without feeling rushed inside or as if you were wasting precious time?"
     If you look back over past Decembers, chances are extremely high that everything that HAD to get done, got done, and you don't remember what did not get done. This year will be no different, especially if you choose to take some breathers in your busy pace.
     Two things to consider: 1) time and 2) necessity.
     First, time. It is a human invention. We create time, and we (i.e., you) can create as much as we need. If this sounds wacko, I refer you to the book, The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks. Read about "Einstein time." Speaking from personal experience, it works.
     Second, necessity. What a great idea to use the occasional breather to decide if some task really is a necessity. Habits tend to overload us, and if we can simply take a few moments to consider a chore, we may find that it really isn't necessary or could be accomplished in some other way.
     Peacefully enjoying the Christmas season,

Monday, November 23, 2015

It Matters, It Doesn't Matter

     I am writing this to record a point of grace in my own spiritual journey, it feels a bit jumbled, but please bear with me.
     I am studying the Ultimate Freedom teachings of Robert Scheinfeld (author: Busting Loose from the Money Game), have just passed through a 2nd in-depth study of Emotional Currency (EC, Kate Levinson), and I am enjoying Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. My stress and uptightness relative to money has been greatly reduced as a result of the self-exploration induced by EC. And yesterday, in both Scheinfeld's and Gilbert's work, I hit on "it matters, it doesn't matter."
     Both Scheinfeld and Gilbert are about being who we truly are, creative spiritual beings, and letting the results go. As in, it matters what we do, doing it because it is our nature to create, to fully express who we are, but what doesn't matter is the outcome, people's reactions, etc. We live our wholeness, and that takes care of the rest. This is Ultimate Freedom, per Scheinfeld, and I think Gilbert would agree.
     Scheinfeld talks about the need to Experience this, that simply being told about it doesn't work. And as I read and listened to his work yesterday, I realized I have experienced it, and I get it. Here's my Experience...
     I am a yoga teacher, and at one of the places I teach, I am paid based on the number of students attending. I went through a (money-stress related) period in which I prayed, forced, demanded, and pouted to the Universe to deliver me more students so that I'd make more money. This offered very random results, and my mood went up with more students and down with fewer.
     Then, one day a couple months ago, probably as a result of my EC work, I awakened to the fact that the number of students... "It doesn't matter!" What does matter is to enjoy teaching yoga as only I can (which I had been doing anyway), and let the results (i.e., number of students) go. A huge weight lifted. Being the spiritual learner I am, I am letting this wisdom spill over into other areas of my life, and it truly does feel like Ultimate Freedom. It truly is a spiritual practice to be present, flow with life, and let the results simply be. And, oh my, it surely does feel great!
     Thanks for listening!
     Learning and growing,

Friday, November 6, 2015


Here are some excellent words about giving written by Dr. Christian Sorensen:
"Are your thoughts filled with appreciation? Are your words ones of gratitude? Are your actions filled with joy? Do you serve with a sense of appreciation? Do you give without expectation of return? Or is that all too exhausting to think about and too mind-boggling of an effort to pursue? But that is exactly how you activate the affluent flow. Giving is not about duty, religion or manipulation; it's a spiritual practice that is intended to be the natural state of being. It's an extension of your consciousness. You are being the activity of the abundant flow through your life."
     Where might you give with joy this ThanksGIVING season?  Enjoy!

Monday, November 2, 2015

A New Word

     Wellelujah! Well and hallelujah combined. Knowing all is well (no matter what appearances may seem to indicate) and feeling the joy of hallelujah. I came up with this yesterday morning as I was swimming a mile. I LOVE to swim, and I'm so grateful for the wellness that enables me to do so. I also love one-word reminders of how great life is.
     Wellelujah! The KC Royals won the World Series last night in yet another thriller. Congratulations, Royals, and thanks for a fabulous, fun, exciting season.
     Wellelujah! I am immersed in a Higher Power that loves and supports me always. You are, too! Cause for great celebration, I'd say.
           Joyous Monday,