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Letting the words flow through my mind like a river…

A winding river flowing along a wooded path and eventually pouring itself into the ocean.  Beautiful and original every step of the way…

The ocean swallows me whole.  I am swallowed by the enormity of the waves of life.  My heart is at once drowning from and filling with their cradle and crash.

Escaping is no use, assimilation to the waves is the only way to survive.  

Surviving rather than thriving.  The beauty of the river gives way to the surviving of the oceans waves.  They are so powerful…  They cradle and crash… cradle and crash… cradle and crash…

I am left not knowing whether to seek their comfort or fear their consequences.

The waves crash in and out against the flat sand along the beach.

Is the ocean my friend or my enemy?

Listen to the waves… they are clear with their intent, each born anew.  Like an eagle of opportunities…  both success and failure in equal measure.  Flying high above the ground and crashing against whatever stubbornness is in their path.

Who dares stand against these eagle crashing waves?

I stand against the crash of the waves… at once baptized and softened… reprimanded and renewed.

Waves are like that…  They have the ability to change the shape and feel of a thing…  weathering even the most hardened among us.  Revealing  true beauty and depth of character that can’t be challenged…

Because it is authentic, like the flowing river.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about abundance.  Being an entrepreneur you spend so much time alone.  I witness a lot of people, places, and things.  It’s an interesting way to view the world, you see things differently, because you are observing.  I actually like being the witness.

Witnessing abundance in the  world is a choice.  This is a powerful statement, as it’s taken me a long time to realize this.  There is always more in life.  I’m reminded of this when someone close to me loses a job.  Again, being “invested” in something, we often forget there is MORE… Let that sink in for a minute, there is M O R E!   I’m telling you every time I see someone regroup after a job loss, I am astonished by how life puts them back on the path.  It’s not always in the same way or with the same focus, but the turn of events is fantastic to witness.

Just to be clear, the MORE I’m describing is ENERGY, not things.  Think about the word abundance… how do you feel when you are seeing it in your mind?  What does it feel like to speak it aloud?  Now apply that word to a person, feeling, or situation… It’s a wonderful exercise.  I feel relaxed when I think of abundance.  I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  That giant worry line I have on my forehead is softened a bit.  It seems obvious, that with abundance, we can relax, because there is MORE in store for us.  What if we invested time in witnessing abundance?  What if we chose abundance in our own lives?  How would it feel to always know there is MORE?  Add abundance to your daily meditation.  Let me know how it goes.  I see MORE for us both!

Here it is, a big milestone birthday for me this year..  I’m turning 50!  

It has me thinking about what it means to usher in another decade.  Milestones to me are like intersections on the highway of life.  I’m thinking of a very big intersection… You know the kind that has a special lane and signal for left turns!

Well, I’m trying to point out that we stop and take a significant pause on milestone birthdays.  We review and evaluate the journey we’ve been on to this point.   How has it been?   Where did it go smoothly, where were the bumps, potholes?   I like to think of the times when there was palpable joy.  I write them down.  Often times the most fulfilling and joyous moments are so small… Not usually during the big vacation or pay raise…  They are little everyday moments.

When I identify and review those moments of joy, I’m able to see my next road more clearly.  how can I keep moving forward and celebrating life in small ways each day.  I actually plan it.  It’s on the calendar…

Lately, I’ve been dropped into the world of architecture. Architects design the plans that are the blueprint for homes and buildings. They assemble all the elements… your chosen location, your local laws regarding construction, and your needs and dreams for the plan of your home.

There is something interesting about this process… Every project has multiple solutions for creating the desired outcome. Architects are experts at surveying the big picture, visualizing solutions and identifying the one that BEST suits the situation. Architects are not only creative, but practical… they have to produce results. Choosing the best solution is what makes them effective.

I was wondering the other day if we could apply the same logic to designing our lives. We have all been in a place where we need to create change, but are unable to start. It seems daunting…

Lets apply their process to our own journey… Starting with your dreams and desires, work backwards and identify behaviors and activities that could help move you toward your goal. Get into the details of it… What are the long-term and short-term activities that will lead you in the right direction? Write them down, even better make a technical diagram of what they look like physically. Add pictures and drawings to illustrate your path. What comes 1st, 2nd, etc. See them on paper in a format like a blueprint or flow chart, use big arrows and be specific. Look for multiple solutions on your chart. Meditate on the possibilities. You will eventually see the best choice. It will be clear on paper and in your mind. Choosing this solution will EMPOWER your journey, and it will feel PEACEFUL.

Becoming an architect in life is brilliant! It’s like your blueprint for navigating change. You know where you are going and how to get there.

What are you waiting for? Your new life is waiting…👣

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Today I saw a white feather floating down over my head in Times Square.   Anyone who has visited New York, knows that this area is full of people and usually very loud, crazy and more than a little dirty! (…especially in the summertime)   It was such a magical moment and I took a mini-break from my busy day to observe its presence.

When I see a feather, it makes me think that someone above is watching over me and always brings a smile to my face knowing that I’m not alone in any given moment.  It’s easy to become so absorbed in our days and lives, that we never look up to see the beauty and magic in the world.  Nature is always communicating with us, reminding us that we are connected to each other, as well as, a higher source of guidance.  Feathers can remind to you be “light” in your heart and to see the “light” in your everyday surroundings.

Practice the art of being “light as a feather” in your day, see what happens to your own heart. ♥  

How many times in life do you find yourself praying and hoping for a dream to be fulfilled?  You find yourself lost in the thought of how you are going to achieve this dream.  You know, the strategy… you try to work it!

“If I did this or I acted this way, if I was available or not available, if I followed up or didn’t follow up…”  the list goes on and on depending on the outcome your are trying to achieve. What I notice about all this strategy is an element of control.  We try to control the situation and affect it to achieve the outcome that is the most desirable for us.  There it is, the problem… control.

Notice how you feel in your body when you are trying to control a situation.  For me, my neck and jaw are the truth.  If my neck is killing me and my jaw hurts, you better believe that I’m trying to control a situation.  I’m laughing just thinking about this!  It’s so obvious…

Believing in a power greater than yourself requires a willingness to release control and have faith that the events in your life are unfolding for your greater good…

Practice adding those three words to your daily meditations.  Notice how you feel when you hope for something that is for your greater good.  For me, it’s  a well of peace.  Experience it for yourself. ♥

I’m not sure why, I never am about these postings, but today I woke up thinking about yokes!  I’m laughing as I write these words, my mind is always a mystery.  I know the word yoke has many meanings.  The one I’m most familiar with is the one that relates to clothing, it’s a piece the garment that “joins” or “bridges” with another to improve fit.

Yokes can also be symbolic.  Today I am thinking about the yoke of the mind.  The mental burdens that we all carry that become yokes…  we join in them and pull them along in life.  They are heavy, they can be controlling, and limit our ability to experience life in a joyful way.  They enslave us…  Some of us travel with yokes for a lifetime.  Even writing these words I am overwhelmed by this thought.  Imagine all the lifetime experiences you have faced and will face, then include these hidden, mental burdens that are always running in the background.  No wonder we get weary.

Inside every one of us is a well of peace.  It’s unlimited… It’s always available and it releases the burden of the mental yokes we carry inside.  When you trust this inner wisdom and surrender the burden of the yoke, the well of peace is opened, and flows through you.  You are free to live the life in front of you with joy.

Experience the peace for yourself…  surrender your own mental yokes.  What are you waiting for…♥

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

Robert Frost
I was watching a show the other day that made reference to this poem and I was reminded again of how much it speaks to me, especially the last line.  I imagine most of us have been standing at a crossroads where two paths diverge, more than one time in life.  We are faced with a choice about which way to travel in our lives…
Sometimes the choice is so easy, you look ahead and you see right where it will lead.  You march on down that road with confidence and conviction, your head high and your mind clear.  You can rest assured you are on the right road.
What about the other times?  You know… where both choices look interesting, but you are not sure of the outcome on either road?  You are hesitant and not sure or confident that either road will take you to where you belong.  How do you decide what road to choose?
I’d like to think if we stand there, at that diverging road, and just pause for a moment, the choice will come.  It can appear to you in a number of ways…
You might just start walking! Your body may just take control of the decision and I’ve learned from experience, always trust your body.
You might begin to see something familiar, in the distance, along one of the roads and walk towards it.
There might be a sudden gust of wind that knocks you off-balance and suddenly you are situated on one of the roads.
A friend might come along and invite you to join them on the road they are traveling.  You see the point I’m making, the choice might not be direct, but you will eventually move forward!
What I’d like you to know is this… the road you choose will make all the difference.  It will become the story of your life.  It might not be the perfect story, you know… the one in your head where it’s always roses and candy.  It will be the real story, made up of a series of diverging roads flowing one into another.  It will be the beautiful and authentic story of you, so travel well…♥

Oh dear, I broke my toe this week…  I didn’t even know it happened!  You know how sometimes, you just bang your foot against a door or piece of furniture?  You make the necessary motions to acknowledge the pain.  I’m  laughing thinking about this.  It happened on Monday morning.  I was so focused on all that I needed to accomplish that week, I didn’t even flinch really.  I just kept right on going.  Of course wearing the wrong shoes and then going in and out of the subway about 50 times.  You see where I’m going with this right… Denial.

So, when I finally made it home, and took off my shoe, I saw the most pitiful sight.  My poor toe was purple, swollen, and looking slightly out of joint.  The only thought that came into my head was… how am I going to make it through all of my appointments with this swollen, non functioning toe?  I gave her NO down time…

I Googled “broken toe”.  I know you are laughing right now.  Seriously, I think Google is the high priestess of the everyday situation.  Since I was clearly not going to the doctor, Google would have to suffice.  This is when the interesting thing happened.  I discovered the “buddy toe”.  It makes me laugh just thinking about it.  When your toe is broken, you tape it to the toe next to it, “the buddy”, to provide stability until the healing process can finish.   So, I taped the broken toe to its buddy and continued on with my week.  The ship kept sailing, so to speak.

The buddy toe got me thinking about how some of us are wounded in life and keep going.  There is no time to stop.  We have to be the functioning wounded.   We don’t even acknowledge our wounds, for fear they will keep us from participating in life.  It can be draining to carry these wounds in and out of our days.  What if we were to “tape” ourselves to a “buddy” while this wound is healing?  I am thinking of someone in your life who is functioning and capable of being strong for both of you.  You infuse yourself with the strength and energy of the other until you are able to go on your own,  just like the buddy toe.

Think about it… give yourself the gift of the “buddy toe” when you need it and share your “strong toe” with another when you are able.  The healing process will strengthen you both… ♥

A friend forwarded me this image the other day…  It made me laugh out loud!  I have an August birthday, so I am a Lion by birth.  Also, because I used to have a cat named Mosie who looked just like the kitty in the picture.  His body resembled the kitty, but his personality was definitely like the Lion.  We spent 8 years together as roommates, before he died.    He was not my friend, or my son, he was my roommate.  We struggled and fought and ignored and occasionally loved each other, but he was hands down the most loyal companion and highly protective.   He had this whole self-image thing down.  He saw himself as a LION every day.  Even when he clearly looked like the kitty!

Working in the fashion industry is all about image.  It’s constant scrutiny and very subjective.  One day you are IN, the next you are OUT.  It can take its toll on your self-image over time.  I often wonder if it’s really a good idea to bring young men and women into the industry so early…  You have to be so strong inside.

Seeing yourself  for the natural beauty inside is the most wonderful thing, it brings you peace.    When you express yourself in your most authentic form in the world, no amount of outside scrutiny can deplete you.  Living authentically is a source of beauty 24/7.   All that other outside stuff is just fluff!  So…  How are you going to see yourself today?  Why not take a lesson from Mosie and see yourself as the perfect LION that you are?  ♥

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