i want to fly

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I want to fly, I want to fly…
I repeat with a tear in my eye.

I look into the light and cry.

But where to find the wind,
the strength to move my wings,
the courage to fly above all others.

I spin myself to dizziness.

In which direction shall I go?
And at what time will I know?
They will watch with scrutiny from below.

But their hollow breath becomes a breeze that quickens my pace
and lifts me higher.

For I’ll fly naked, baring my soul to the heavens,
the voice of my critics no more my concern.

~WTR

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. 

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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

Would you?

ladybugif you were me, would you let them see
would you let them see you fly

or would you sit on this petal perfectly
and watch them pass you by

if you were me, would you let them see
would you let them see you fall

or would you comfort yourself in complacency
having risked nothing at all

~WTR

A Guided Fall #2 – Refocus

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On October 14th I posted A Guided Fall and posed the question:

Rather than mourn the loss of longer, warmer days until we find ourselves eating turkey and counting how many shopping days remain, how can we consciously create a time of growth and renewal over the next six weeks?

I offered six practices, one for each week.

Reflect . Refocus . Restore . Revive . Receive . Rejoice

Here is the second installment for our second week.

Refocus – Last week’s exercise on reflection hopefully gave you a sense of, and maybe even a clear list of, where to refocus your energy. You’ve identified areas of your life that are important and deserve more of your attention, more time and space to grow. You’ve also identified habitual behaviors, destructive patterns, knee-jerk reactions, or even toxic environments or relationships that you need to finally shed light on and either deal with differently or discard entirely.

With that as our guide, below are some practices to help refocus our energy on the path we are consciously forging:

  • Identify the feelings and thoughts that creep in and cause you to act in ways you never intended, shifting your direction, choice by unconscious choice.
  • Practice mindful awareness throughout your day to maintain focus on your priorities. Are you giving those important areas the time and space they need or are they falling to the end of your “to do” list?
  • Recognize when you feel your best, your happiest, most connected, most fulfilled, most hopeful. Make a list of what contributed to it and what compromised it. Replace the compromisers with contributors. Recognize, replace, refocus, repeat.     
  • Refocus your energy with manageable adjustments to produce significant changes over time.