A Guided Fall #6 – Rejoice

Rejoicing is the outward expression of gratitude. In a state of gratitude there is no toxicity, no fear, no panic, no holding a grudge, no feeling less than or unlovable. Gratitude is giving thanks for the big and the small, the unanswered prayers and the unimaginable gifts. Rejoicing is dancing with it and singing about it; swimming through it and walking along side it.

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Reflect . Refocus . Restore . Revive . Receive . Rejoice

We’ve reset our compass, refocused our energy, infused some restorative practices into our lives, revived a dream and emptied our cups in preparation to receive our bountiful harvest. Now it’s time to rejoice!    

Here is the sixth and final installment in our six week journey to consciously create a time of growth and renewal.

Rejoicing is the outward expression of gratitude. In a state of gratitude there is no toxicity, no fear, no panic, no holding a grudge, no feeling less than or unlovable.

Gratitude is giving thanks for the big and the small, the unanswered prayers and the unimaginable gifts.

Rejoicing is dancing with it and singing about it; swimming through it and walking along side it.

Rejoicing is sitting by a window watching waves carry new gifts onto the shore and sharing champagne and stories of gratitude with someone you love.

However you rejoice, quietly or with a megaphone, find time to melt into it. Let it envelop and embrace you and feel blessed and restored. Let it run through your veins until your heart bursts open and feel revived, renewed and transformed. 

A Guided Fall #5 – Receive

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“Forget all you know or think you know; abandon power and enforced decree. Inward, where the deepest rivers flow, find the currents of eternity.” ~ Fin Raziel (Willow)

Reflect . Refocus . Restore . Revive . Receive . Rejoice

We’ve reset our compass, refocused our energy, infused some restorative practices into our lives and revived a dream or vision that lay dormant too long. Now, are you open to the changes you seek?  Are your hands so full you can’t open the door you wish to walk through?  

Here is the fifth installment in our six week journey to consciously create a time of growth and renewal.

At so many times in my  life, my first (and sometimes second, third and fourth) reaction is to control the situation to achieve what I think is my desired result.  I could be starting a new endeavor, revisiting an old challenge, feeling under assault in some area of my life or just generally overwhelmed.

As I narrow my vision to focus on my goal, I don’t realize that my view is becoming distorted. I think I have all the knowledge and experience to set a path toward my goal or to identify a problem and formulate a solution. But in most cases, I am acting from a place of vulnerability, fear or even shame and I’m unaware of it. The problems, the results, the goals, the responses and the paths are all tainted by this undercurrent of emotion, these stories I’ve created, so what I think I know likely won’t be enough and my experience may not serve me anymore if my real goal is authentic awareness and connection.

What can serve you during these times is to remember the story of the wise old monk that was visited by an eager young man who proclaimed himself to be well accomplished in Zen philosophy and wanted to confirm there was nothing more the wise monk could teach him. As the monk poured the young man tea until the cup runneth over, he calmly said, “Just like this cup, your mind is so full of ideas that there is no room for any more. Come to me with an empty-cup mind, and then you will learn something.”

In order to receive the gifts, the subtle shifts and the major changes we are now consciously attracting from the Universe or praying for, whether it’s at work, in a relationship or through creative expression, we cannot go into these situations believing we know it all or even know enough to identify our goal or set our course.  

We must acknowledge what we know and then empty ourselves to receive all that we do not.

We must unlearn what we have learned to make space for the new.

We must open our hearts and minds to new possibilities and new ways of seeing ourselves and how we relate to others and the world in order to receive all that the Universe intends for us – all of the love, opportunity, inner peace and joy.

Let go of labels, rid yourself of rules, rethink your definitions. Open your mind, empty your cup and receive.   

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I’m finding it difficult to stay on topic this past week, but in the interest of creating for creativity’s sake……

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The somber silence of saturated leaves

sedated by sprinkles beneath bared trees.

On clear, crisp days by the winds they are struck,

possessed and playful, as if agents of Puck.

~WTR

A Guided Fall #4 – Revive

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Reflect . Refocus . Restore . Revive . Receive . Rejoice

We’ve reset our compass, refocused our energy and infused some restorative practices into our lives. Now, what could you breathe some life into? Resuscitate, resurrect, give importance again? Here is the fourth installment in our six week journey to consciously create a time of growth and renewal.

What idea has been idle too long? What vision is now just a blur? What dream has become a distant memory?

Why did you set that dream aside and move on? Did others discourage it? Did your own internal dialogue disavow its importance, its relevance and its probability?

But what about the journey it may set you on? What about the creativity, the fun and the whimsy? You may think you know what the result will be but you can never know what that journey will feel like and how it could change you. The end result is far less important.

Give yourself permission to be everything and anything but goal-oriented. Knowing you went back and honored a part of you, a part you now know is an authentic part, will do nothing less than infuse enthusiasm, courage and confidence into your life.    

Dig deep and unearth something that is worthy of revival. Rub your eyes and refocus them on that vision. Remember what that dream looked like, what it felt like, what it smelled like. Give it space, meditate on it, bring it back to life. Awaken a dream that has slumbered too long and awaken your spirit.  

Awakening

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Oh! Beautiful day, beautiful skies!

I lift my head and open my eyes.

Without any effort I start to smile

seems it’s been here all the while.

Oh! Glorious night, glorious moon!

Sleep will have me dreaming soon.

I lay my head, let go of the tears 

shed for the day I forgot all my fears.  

~WTR