Showing posts from January, 2013

Let Go and Let God

What in the World Does that Mean? I love to sit by “my morning window” and talk with God every morning as I watch the sun rise. That is my personal time. This morning I became aware that I was rushing to get things done. I was in a hurry and became afraid that if I didn’t get these things done, then what I wanted to happen wouldn’t happen and people wouldn’t show up, etc. etc. (we all know how that goes!). This morning I caught myself in this cycle of thinking and told myself to slow down. I took some time to look at my fear and where it came from. I had lost trust in some fundamental way. I was trying to shape my life instead of implementing my ideas and being myself, moving with the changes that naturally occur, and letting myself be guided by them. I took a look at my current life, but I couldn’t find a current cause for my lack of trust. I then looked into my past to see what early parts of myself are still struggling with this issue. I found a couple of early

Is Being Right Worth It?

Is it more important to be right or to see the bigger picture that may be summoning you to expand as a person? There is always a choice, even when we believe there is not; or even when it is easier to act as if there is no choice. Choice requires us to grow and to see other ways of acting and reacting instead of just doing what we usually do; or what our family, community, and world always does. Sometimes we have to look at outcomes instead of belief systems. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves what choice would create a positive outcome and make us more connected and happy. I was pulling out of a parking lot recently and was about 2/3rds out and moving when a car swept in quickly and right past me. I just missed hitting him. Instead of feeling relieved and blessed and guided, I felt angry and upset. I drove over to the man as he was getting out of his car and told him (maybe not too kindly) to look next time he turns in and that we had barely missed colliding. He

If You Don’t Ask, How Can it Come True?

I was sitting by my window in the early morning; welcoming in the new day and watching the sky slowly lighten. I found myself listening to the morning talk of the birds. Birds always begin the day in their glorious sing-song and chatting way. But for some reason today, I not only heard but listened to what they were saying. It was something about dreaming bigger than I ever have in the past. Why not?  If I’ve got a dream, but I don’t ask or tell myself to make it come true, how can it happen? It occurred to me that 2013 is the year to give myself permission to dream big and to ask myself to deliver on my own “wild if-only wishes” for the New Year. I just might be my own Fairy God-Mother. At first I sat quietly in the dawning light; just dreaming about the one passionate life that only I can live. As I visualized and thought about my dreams and goals for the New Year, I said them aloud. Yes, I know it seems a bit silly, but it was also a powerful choice to call into

How Do You View The World?

There is a Simon and Garfunkel song which speaks of this time of year. One of the stanzas goes like this: “I am alone, gazing from my window to the streets below on a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow. I am a rock, I am an island.” We are deep into a Midwest winter and the world is cold and dark. And yet with the lyrics of that song going through my head I ask myself, “Is it just another cloudy and rainy day in January? Or could it be the first day of the rest of my life?”   As I look out into the grey horizon, I could choose to see the world as dark and dreary and let that affect my entire day. Or I could choose to see the weather as a blessing of rain for the Earth, the trees, and all living beings and be grateful. I could also choose to view it as the ideal time to do some important indoor projects I might not have done if it were a sunny day and I was tempted to be outside. January’s Body Presencing Key is The Power of Choice . Harnessing the power of choice

Go Ahead and Say it Out Loud!

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” -   Helen Keller The first Body Presencing Key is The Power of Choice . The Power of Choice opens doors; doors that we have consciously or subconsciously kept shut or that others have locked. Our bodies are often the key to making choices that unlock possibility and potential where formerly we experienced pain and regret. I was recently working with a patient who was having occasional but severe gut cramps. She wanted to feel better, but didn’t know what was causing the pain. Without knowing what the core problem is it is difficult to make wise and healing choices. As I worked on her body and touched the area around her stomach, she spontaneously began talking about her involvement in a dance group.   As I tested the strength of various muscles, the muscles around her diaphragm and abdomen were weak which corres