Monday Mindfulness

Cultivating Strength, Joy, Peace & Resilience


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A Call to Activism

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In the darkness, fear and anger deepen their grip on me.  Bumping up against ideals, opinions, and stories that I have formed, with urgency I am compelled to avenge imbalances and inequities.  I dash in to sweep up the broken pieces of what I perceive as attacks against me and struggle surrounding me.  I am driven to defend principles that through my ego’s eye define me.

This posture that I take implies superiority and gives way to judgment.  In my rush to right the wrongs, I become the being I so justly argue against.  Resentment bubbles up and my ego says, “they are not worthy…they should be punished…they do not belong…silence them…shun them.”

And then my heart whispers, “wait…they too are suffering.”  Those opinions I defend and just as importantly those I oppose are here to guide, test, and inform me.

To release my struggle, my fear, my anger, and my suffering, others do not need to pay a conjured debt for who they are.

Compassion, patience, and trust become my weapons against the injustices, inequities, and imbalances that swirl around me.

Allowing it all to exist and maintaining harmony, care, and peace…that is the true work of an activist.

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Dance in the Darkness

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No matter that anger laps at your feet,

No matter that fear and distrust appear to form walls around you,

No matter that hope feels smothered,

Spiral upwards, out of the ashes of perceived despair,

Fill the air with compassion.

As long as the flames of compassion dance,

We can know only peace and joy.


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Unconditionally

Unconditional

You are light.  I am light.

You are happy.  I am happy.

I see you — the vibrant, perfect energy that is you.

I don’t need you to have struggles in order to feed my stories.

You are loved. You will prosper.

You will release patterns that hurt you.

You are released from serving my insecurities.

Be free of the shackles of my faults, my fears, my challenges. They are not yours.

Thank you for carrying them, for holding onto them so dearly, but you no longer need to.

I don’t need them anymore and neither do you.

We can just exist in the pure and natural state of joy that we are…

no stories, no struggles…

just light and love.


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Equinimity

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To receive it on the outside, achieve it on the inside.

Clouds of anger, judgment, and doubt that swirl within

Block the rays of love, acceptance and trust that shine without.

Peace on the inside…Peace on the outside.


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Replace Fear with Love

Love

Our natural state is one of love.  We are meant to make decisions, act, and behave from a space of love – love for ourselves and love for each other.  Yet, as we go through life, sometimes experiences create in us a space of rustling, uneasiness, fear.  We end up acting and moving from a state of fear, rather than one of love.

Fear is not a natural state – breath is shallow, muscles tense, the ego steps in, behaviors become defensive, and the mind, body, and breath are imbalanced.

Reclaim your balance.  Steady yourself.  Let go of expectations and pre-determined outcomes.  Notice that decisions and actions from a space of fear can be hollow or unfulfilling in the end.

Return to your natural state.  Connect with the true seat of your wisdom, your heart.  Accept and like yourself, don’t be afraid of who you really are, and move from a place of love.

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.

(Marianne Williamson)