Monday Mindfulness

Cultivating Strength, Joy, Peace & Resilience


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Pretending to be bored

Waiting for my thoughts to quiet.

With each breath, feigning an attempt to soften the tension in my muscles.

Always on high alert, my body is the ever faithful soldier standing at attention, ready to advance, attack, or defend.

My thoughts and feeling providing constant counsel, conducting their business at all hours of the day and night as if essential personnel.

It is a strange request I make that all the components that serve me in my daily busy-ness are called upon now to rest.

They are troubled by this pause as it could imply they may no longer be needed. They resist – the body…the mind…the emotions that want to protect and define me.

And yet, a strange and delightful spaciousness coats my experience when I am willing to just sit down and breathe.

It frees them all to not disappear but to serve me better. They become my friends, sipping tea on the deck, holding hands and dancing in the absence of mission and doing.

Oh, the joy of knowing my thoughts, my feelings, my body in the absence of need.

We rest here for a bit together, finding a freshness in how we coexist…

…and then we agree to do this much more often.


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Going the Distance

I feel your heart beating next to mine even though miles away.

I know your moments of pain and sorrow even without hearing you cry.

On the gentle breeze that blows, I encounter great waves of relief, joy, and peace as they ebb and flow in you.

Even out of site I know you are there.

We may be physically distanced, but energetically, emotionally, socially, we are closer than ever before.

Physical distancing,

Social connecting.

Today we may just be closer than ever before.


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Sloughing off

Perhaps just like with so much else in our lives, these days are calling for us to release ourselves from engrained beliefs, resist holding onto outdated information, and let go of old ways of doing things. These days are providing an ideal space for new and beautiful growth, the kind that emerges from sloughing off the decay.


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Cantankerous

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It is not my intent to be uncooperative or argumentative.  I never rise in the morning with a plan to see others as difficult or ungrateful.  But, soon antigens like stress, fatigue, and illness feed into the chaos of my day and next thing you know otherwise favorable relationships begin to sour.

It is easy to defend my actions, to blame others, and to deny the fear that gives rise to my crustiness.  But, for what? Why is it that just when I need kindness most I fuel the unrest?

If we seek empathy, acceptance, and compassion from others, we must first practice it ourselves.   Reflecting on how we come across and how we see others may help us to be more patient with the “cantankerous” people who cross our paths each day…and that just might make it a little less likely that we will be the cantankerous ones.


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Haseya

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Rise up.

Rise up with shining, loving spirit and compassion.

Rise up to support one another, guide one another, believe in the goodness of each other, and thrive together.

Rise up and celebrate our goodness, our power to heal, with the knowledge that we have it all, it already innately exists within each of us.  There is nothing more we need to do than to let that be our reality.

Rise up in the power of love.

Rise up.


The word “haseya” comes from the Navajo people, the language Dine, and means to rise up, to come together across cultures and divisions, to heal the pain that separates us from one another and the Earth.  To call upon the wisdom of our ancestors and the knowledge we hold within us to awaken a healing space for ourselves and our world.


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The Greater Gift

 

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To know unconditionally is one thing.

To love unconditionally is another.


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Evergreen

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Stand strong no matter temperature or conditions.

Shed the occasional brown needle with the wind.

Be nurtured and inspired by the earth, sun, and rain.

Stay evergreen with love and kindness.

And you will stand out in the forest amongst the trees.


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Our Opinions

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Do you really need to be right?

Is there just one answer to the question?

Can’t we find space for both our opinions?

Perhaps in this complex Universe

We are intended to have different perspectives.

Perhaps through our varying views

We can impact the greatest change.

It’s easy to partner with those who share

The same point of view.

Divinely powerful to embrace that which is different.

Could it be that our opinions intertwined,

Instead of butted against each other,

Can lead to greatness beyond each of us

As we stand in our opinions alone?

Let’s partner in our differences,

Nod to each other’s strengths.

Let’s meet at the top of that mountain,

grow the Universe stronger and brighter

With love, compassion, and respect

For one another and our opinions.