Gratitude

You

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You. You are who you are. Though there are many other people on this planet and even many who may be like you in more ways than one, yet you are the only you there is. All of who you are is the gift that makes up your contribution to the shared experience of life we are all having together. It is your responsibility to honor who you are. You are you and only you can be you. Trust that in honoring who you are you will find your way more deeply and lovingly everyday into a state of more sincere gratitude. Honestly express yourself, honestly listen to your needs, honestly honor your boundaries and permit yourself to really feel the experience of life that only you will have. Give of yourself authentically. Listen with all your sensory perception to the world beneath and beyond the surface of your skin and express openly your genuine response to this ever changing animate reality. Being generous of yourself with yourself in effect permits others to do the same through your example, and through the your connection to your heart. Know your heart, feel it, trust it, listen to it, be honest about what you hear there and respond with gratitude and generosity, this is living in presence this is intimacy. Have courage that you are enough, be confident that where you feel lacking you can gain, and where you feel in excess you can temper with peaceful moderation. Remember that while you are you, no one else is you, and therefore your point of view is just that, your own. Perspective and the awareness of the many points of perspective in any situation or circumstance is sometimes the most valuable gift of spaciousness you can give yourself. Set your sights on your intentions from your authentic perspective not someone else's. Invite your energy to always move forward toward your goals by holding a perspective that supports your ultimate success, and always get up after you fall. Commit to yourself, commit to your heart, commit to your intentions and goals, eventually you will arrive upon the doorstep of your most true content. Never forget you are the only you. Never forget that just like you everyone else is doing their best to arrive on the doorstep of their truest content too. If, along the journey of your life you get confused about who you are and what makes your heart sing know you are not alone. Look to the people around you and know that they too have questioned, they too have hurt, and they too have set goals that seemed impossible to reach. Hold yourself with love, and hold your neighbors to. You are love, and loving is what you do.

You. You are who you are. You are perfect. You are enough, right now, today.

With Love, Always, in All Ways, For Giving, In Joy!

Genevieve

The Best Medicine

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Gratitude is the medicine that connects us to our hearts and grounds us into the magic of every precious moment. It is so easy to become distracted and dismayed, confused and consternated as we live out our days aligning happiness and satisfaction to outcomes and circumstances. This kind of value placement not only does not serve, it also continues the digging of a well of dissatisfaction and discontent. Over time, a lifestyle focused on what one does not have, and what is not working out, can lead from dissatisfaction to disease. Dis-eased in stress and discontent, with comfort, happiness, and peace no where to be found is not the path to a meaningful life. Gratitude is the medicine that lifts us out of the well of lack and fear and into the lofty delight of abundance, joy, and ease. It is impossible to feel lack when in the space of gratitude for all you have. It is impossible to be overwhelmed with anger when in the gracious state of gratitude for the opportunity to have the experience to grow from the circumstance. It is impossible to feel the constriction of greed when in the delight of gratitude for the abundance of what you have to give. It is impossible to stay overwhelmed with grief when overwhelmed with the gratitude for the opportunity to have loved that which you have lost. Gratitude for the lesson leads to forgiveness, and gratitude for a life of lessons leads to presence in the moment. Gratitude for the present moment, as it is, leads to peace, and gratitude for the opportunity to know peace and live in peace and choose peace, leads to ultimate happiness while looking back in the rear view mirror of a meaningful life.

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” -Meister Eckhart

With Love, Always, in All Ways, For Giving, In Joy, Thank You,

Genevieve

 

Dancing to the DJ of Perfect Timing

Some days it seems to me that time drifts by so slowly, and yet I find myself rushing to complete tasks, trying to make the most of my productivity as if I am attempting to live out the lyrics of a Righteous Brothers song.  Other days go by so fast it feels as though I blink and the crisp brightness of morning has flashed into the dark of night, leaving me breathless with wonder watching the day go out like a blister in the sun.  

Admittedly, doing nothing, is not an easily found skill in my skill set.  I like a honey bee, buzz around all day picking up, putting down.  Some days there is clear vision behind the movement, a more beautifully choreographed dance of this and that, stuff and things.  Other days, I am a mish-mosh of clamoring about like a heavy footed boot wearing grunge kid in a mosh pit, moving deliberately, without much grace.

Regularly, making a conscious effort to be more present in the moment, I observe that the moment becomes more clearly a dance in the space of time rather than a race with time.  Like all dance parties some songs are fast, others are slow, and some, one just has to sit out.

It is when I sit one out that sometimes a storm rises in me, telling me that in sitting it out I loose momentum, I miss the opportunity to move forward, sideways, back, around in circles, but to move nonetheless.  Perhaps I am more like a shark, fearful that if I stop moving I will sink to the bottom and die.

However, with time, in time, I am learning to sit on the sidelines, if only for a moment, and catch a breath as I enjoy observing the undying flow of movement on the dance floor of life before me.  

In stillness I observe that I am never truly still, as my hearts is always beating while this body that houses me continues to breathe, lungs expanding, blood flowing, thoughts sometimes racing and other times drifting across the horizon of my mind like clouds.  Movement on the dance floor of life never ceases.  On the days when life feels stagnant, like momentum has ceased to move me forward toward my desired goals, or even backward and sideways away from them, I now acknowledge that the appearance of the feeling of inertia is only an illusion. 

The human ego when in a state of myopic self perception demands to be in control of the state of ones life journey, demands to be the DJ choosing the music.  When we become skilled in the practice of balancing our ego state into a perception of ourselves in a bigger picture, where all things are moving together and our actions contribute to and evolve from that net, we come to realize something greater than our small ego mind is really weaving the story and is truly playing the roll of DJ on the great dance floor of life.  Letting ourselves arrive to the dance party without concern of what the DJ will play, rather, aware of our own passionate desire to dance, or sit on the side and watch the glorious movement of life around us, is the gift we are given when we step out of the stream time management and into the present perfectly timed moment.  When we permit ourselves to be swept away in the current of the perceived concept that it, whatever it is, needs to happen right now, we steal from ourselves the grace we can bring to the steps of our own dance led by a partner we may not see, but have the opportunity to trust.  In trusting an energy greater than ourselves, we lift the pressure of perfect timing, the pressure of how and who, the pressure of control, and we open to the delight of being in the flow of the magical presence of the conscious universe, which when we allow ourselves, we see is always conspiring for our greater good.  Stepping out of the seat of control we come to find ourselves responding with ease to the songs this great DJ chooses to play for us, be them sad country songs, heavy metal ballads, or that happy song you call your jam.  Over time, we find ourself waking up with songs in our head like "time is on my side" and "sittin on the dock of the bay, wastin time" without a worry or a care for missing a step or a cue.

Today I acknowledge there is no race, nor place I need to be. I sing "time is on my side" as I look around and perceive all of the choreographed steps of perfect timing being executed by the brilliant magic of nature in the fullness of the season on the precipice of the harvest moon.

We can all enjoy more of each moment by breathing deeply, acknowledging the movement that is always present and does not stop, and the gift of our present awareness in this magic moment, time after time.  

With love in joy, slow dancing,

Genevieve