20170420

Knowing what to do, knowing how to do it, and actually executing on what you want to do are three entirely different things.

Is it important to know what to do? Absolutely!

Do we need to know how to do it? Of course!

Is executing on what it is you really want to do the same thing? Definitely not!

Sometimes we get too caught up in the figuring it out stages and forget that we can have all the best intentions, all the best ideas, and all the best know-how, but without taking action and actually working on the goal, it is all just a mental game.

Even if you are not quite 100% clear on the what, even if you’re not quite how to go about doing it, if you start working on it, if you start by just doing the very first step that’s right in front of you, the what and how will be clearer over time.

Just taking that first step, writing the first paragraph, creating the first outline, making the first phone call, hammering the first nail, planting the first seed, seeing that first client, just doing the very basic first step is the most important action you can take.

Because then the next step becomes obvious. We’ve broken the barrier to begin and overcome inertia. Movement created momentum, and momentum creates our destiny!

20170413

Listening to pain is one of the most informative things we can do.

We don’t like it, we don’t want it, and yet pain is one of our greatest allies. It lets us know that there is something that needs our attention, and it is time to take of it.

Pain is that big flashing neon billboard that calls us into action to make a change, to practice self-care, to pay attention.

Pain does not come to us merely for pain’s sake. It is here to deliver a message. It grabs our attention and smacks us around a little until we listen to the message. Not listening? Then it’s going to smack us around some more until we do.

The truth is, when pain comes around, it is usually because of something we know we should be taking care of, but aren’t.

Have we been exercising enough? Have we been paying attention to our diet enough? Is our physical/emotional/spiritual health where we want it to be?

The sooner we pay attention and take action, the sooner the pain goes away…

20170411

Making the first steps onto a new path are always the scariest.

The path is unknown, the consequences are unknown, and the outcomes are unknown.

That must not stop us from taking those first few steps. With each new step, the path becomes less treacherous, more familiar, and soon we gain confidence.

All great work starts with with one step onto an unknown path. The road traveled by many yields no new insights, no new secrets.

It is only when we have the courage to step outside the well-trodden path that we find treasures no one else found. When we explore new territory, we become rich in experience and knowledge.

Don’t deny the world your courage, for it is in that courage that you spark the hearts and minds of those around you, and that is where real change lies.

Do the great work, the hard work, the important work, for it is in the unknown that we truly get to know ourselves.

20170406

Seeing new possibilities is an art that is developed over time.

We like to think that we are open to new ideas, new places, new people, new ventures, when in fact we are normally creatures of restriction and limitation.

It takes time to focus on expanding our vision and seeing opportunity where before we saw obstacles. It is not natural in our society, so we must cultivate this skill until it does become second nature.

Seeing the new possibilities is like being a child again and having the imagination to see a whole world in just a pile of plastic blocks, or a dinosaur in a lump of play dough.

It takes playing and letting our minds wander though the endless labyrinths of fantasy and fiction, to create new connections and new appreciation for the empty spaces.

How much time do you allow yourself to play?

20170404

What does it mean to see yourself as a spiritual being?

It’s not about halos and harps, or wings and magic wands.

It’s about seeing yourself as something greater than just your physical, mental and emotional self.

It’s about being aware of the energetic side of life, the ebb and flow of our energy, the energetic implications of our thoughts, words, deeds and actions.

Mostly, when we recognize that we are more than just this physical body, we come to an understanding that how we feel about ourselves, how we treat ourselves, and how we talk to ourselves, is as important as what we do.

We learn to nurture ourselves, to support ourselves, to make a meaning of life that is loving and gentle to ourselves. Is that not the way you would treat an Angel?

When we recognize ourselves as spiritual beings, we see our limitless possibilities, our power, and our infinite capacity to love…

20170330

Stillness is something we achieve internally. Peace is not about our surroundings, it is about our heart.

Many times we feel that tranquility can only be achieved in monasteries and mountaintops. Yet when we achieve the peace inside, it doesn’t matter if we are in the middle of Times Square or the Alps.

Our projection onto the environment around us causes us to lose balance. Our attachments to things being one way or another causes grief around those very same objects.

It is not about detachment, as it is about non-judgment. Can we learn to accept the honking car as no better or worse than a tree?

Can we learn to see a skyscraper as equal to a waterfall?

Making one thing better than another causes us to loose sight ofthe fact that there is good and bad in everything. There is positive and negative in all that surrounds us.

Where is our focus? Where is our appreciation of the light and the dark?

Just as the Yin-Yang symbol has both within each other, it is incomplete without both aspects.

When we truly accept in our heart that all of this is necessary for the universe to unfold perfectly, then we achieve true peace and harmony.

20170328

Chaos is all around us. It takes on many forms and many manifestations. Chaos is not the problem. Our response to chaos is.

Do we roll with it? Do we try to change it? Do we allow it to move us in new directions? Or do we just try to ignore it?

Many think that power comes from forcing chaos to conform to their will. This usually leads to some very unpleasant results.

Real power comes from knowing how to surf with chaos, riding the waves that take us to some unknown destination. Yes, it can be difficult to surrender to the power of chaos.

Yet when we do, we can allow life to propel us forward at amazing speeds, past untold challenges, to someplace unimagined.

Chaos brings change, and with it, exposure to the depths of our imagination. That is not something to force, but to revel in.

20170323

When deciding on the meaning of a given situation, we always make it about ourselves.

Whether other people are involved or not, our minds believe we are the center of the universe and everything revolves around us.

Even when someone gets upset at us for no reason, we think we did something wrong, that somehow they know how we cheated or lied, that we’ve been caught at something.

In fact, it was not about us but about them. They had a bad morning, someone stepped on their foot, they just found out they have a medical issue, or some other unfortunate news.

They were never really upset at us, they were upset at something else in their life. When this is not evident we automatically assume it’s all about us.

Making meaning from the event and experiences around us is what we do.

When we realize that the meaning we make often has nothing to do with the reality of the situation, we are free to change the meaning we make from one that disempowers us to one that empowers us.

When we watch our minds and access our meaning making internal devices, then we can create wonderful new interpretations that show us how the universe is conspiring to help us, support us and lift us up.

How does that sound as a way to make meaning from life?

20170321

To feel our true power takes courage.

Not the kind of courage you’d think you would need.

You need the courage to feel your heart.

Power, like truth, without compassion can be cruel. Yet the real power that is beyond force lies in our ability to come face-to-face with our own soul.

Most people think of the soul as something only light and loving. Yet something as deep and complex as our soul holds so much more. It holds our darkness, as much as our light.

To face that darkness takes real power, real inner strength, a real commitment to know oneself. That is the truest form of courage there is.

And from that comes true strength.

20170316

Changing our habits takes effort. It also takes something more.

To truly change, it is not about the external movements we make. It is about something more, something deeper.

All change happens in our hearts first. It’s something we feel on the inside, that then radiates out. If not, then the change does not last.

It is common for us to focus on the external behaviors, not the internal dialogue, not the why we feel about ourselves. Yet, our shifting our feelings first, is the start of a process that carries us all the way.

Making change can be discouraging when we work on the external first.

Let’s choose to work on the internal first. Let’s decide the come into alignment first with the change we want to see in ourselves, then we take action.

When we do that, the action flows. It feels like less effort. It becomes more natural. And then the change we make is long lasting…