Monday Mindfulness

Cultivating Strength, Joy, Peace & Resilience


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Take a Stand

Stand Under

The feet are the foundation for the heart and head, the physical roots of Self.  They carry us. They know our struggles.  They tell our story – a story of how we have lived, our relationships with others, our deepest strengths, and where we have stood through every weakness.

Whether standing in the shadows or on the front lines of our experiences, we directly connect those experiences to our roots.

When we humbly and courageously stand under our experiences as opposed to standing up to them, we begin to open our hearts, strengthen our compassion for ourselves and others, and to exercise the most clear and powerful voice of action, that of the higher self.

We must stand under in order to understand.

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Everywhere

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You can find love anywhere…when you take love with you everywhere.


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A Letter to My Children

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You stand here on the verge of opportunity, of expansive and lifelong joy and fulfillment, not because you are heading out into the world to receive knowledge, gifts, and experiences from the world, but because you are ready to take responsibility for who you are and the contributions you make to your world.

You hold within you everything you need, all the knowledge, all the guidance, all the tools, all the wisdom, to be great and to be happy, to feel and share goodness and empowerment.  Everything you need is right there within you.

Your generous spirit and your ability to make others laugh and feel cared for goes way back to when you were little.  Your empathy, sympathy, and compassion for others is great.  You were always the first to pick up a friend who tumbled, to offer your spot if it helped someone feel better, to clean up a mess that wasn’t yours, or to share a smile when no one else could find theirs.

Just be sure you have as much compassion, love, and kindness for yourself.

We know your missteps, your stumbles and wobbly choices were never intended to harm and were what you needed to do to learn the power of you, to learn how to listen not to what you think or feel should be done to please others but to rely upon your inner wisdom, the tiny little voice of your heart, that knows what is right…what is really right for you.  Because when you do what is right for you, it ends up making everything right around you.

Trust yourself more.  Know that you don’t have to make a big splash.  Honor your divine spirit and let your natural state of being sparkle.  Know that your true purpose is simply to do your best…and that is enough.  It truly is enough.

I will try to remember that too, especially when I pass judgment, apply expectations, and forget that you are not here to fill my dreams.

Live with vision, intention, and determination.  Stay accountable for your actions – feel your freedom and self-respect grow.  Go confidently forward and remain present, bypassing what might, should, and could have happened, and instead focus your energy on building a life around you of peace and acceptance.

You will most certainly face many challenges, sadness, failures, and pain. Remember those experiences are only there to help you dig deeper into discovering who you are.  Surrender your decision-making to your inner wisdom, listen to your deepest self and know your greater purpose.

You are no small part of anything. Remember your greatness, your power, your love, and your joy, always…and that is what I will remember of you.


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When the Storm Rolls In

 

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When the storm rolls in, do you spread your branches and invite it in?

Do you tingle with anticipation as the wind presses against your skin?

As the sky darkens and clouds cluster, do you marvel at their majestic dance?

Do you breathe in the energy, feel the power, as it slowly builds its strength?

Do you know the humble quiet of just watching that storm grow?

Flashes of light, ripples of rumble, dewy droplets in the sky.

As it slowly wraps around you, can you hold peace in your heart and know your courage and your own might to welcome whatever it may bring?

There is the storm

and there is you.


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One Place

 

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What if I were you and you were me?

Would we live in harmony?

Would you love me unconditionally?

Would you let my heart and mind be free

In love and light and truth and peace?

What if the I in you was the you in me?

What if there was just one place – could it be?

Where we are one, where we both just be,

Existing in the space of eternity,

As light, as love, as truth, as peace?

If there is but one place, would you go there with me?


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Be Free

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Let humor lift you. The ability to laugh at the drama in our lives, to laugh at ourselves, to not dwell in the heaviness grants us the full freedom to aspire to a higher state of being, a more gentle space of receiving, and a more generous place of giving.

To laugh at ourselves clears emotions, deflates self-importance, brings us to common ground, and reminds us of our shared humanity.

Smile…laugh…really laugh…really, really laugh…be free.


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Forever

image.jpegRight outside the door of my heart

Sit two comfy chairs,

Where we once laughed and loved together.

Sometimes those chairs seem empty.

Then I remind myself…

They are abundantly full,

Full of the memories I have of you, of us, of our laughter and our love,

And then, I smile because that I know will last forever.