Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly -Proverb
Self-portrait. My hands hold all the wisdom and they're leading my heart these days.
Do the waters seem too deep? Is the current too strong? What's holding you back from diving in? Don't be afraid to get a little soggy and shake it all off when you're ready to move on.
May you find the courage of the hummingbird to swim in the stream of your desires.
Please forgive me
I love you
One day I was caught between the hardness of the land and the turmoil of the sea when I met a beautiful crone who shared with me her most treasured key to contentment. She invokes this powerful mantra when she's shadowed by her doubts and fears, and when her mind wanders down the roads of all the could-haves and should-haves still lingering in her back garden. This simple prayer grounds her in the present moment and reminds her that she is complete and perfect, now. I am grateful for her sage advice and generosity of wisdom, and I left the shore knowing I had the resilience to move forward.
I am enough.
I'm thinking about areas of specialization for my coaching practice. Helping people move away from a fear-based lifestyle strikes me as vital work and it's a common theme I'm hearing as I start to work with clients. We're taught to be afraid and disempowered by media, politics, unhealthy relationships and self-doubt--and it's possible to unlearn the fearspeak and begin to live in joyful balance. Take a minute to consider the following questions:
- What have you longed to do but been afraid to try?
- Would you take a chance on your desired activity if your fear was silent?
- Would you take a chance, if instead of fearspeak you heard the voice of encouragement and trust?
It's rarely the activity itself that drives our fear but the squeaky voice inside warning us not to step out of our comfort zone, not to trust the resources we have inside us to manage ourselves through new opportunities. Learning to mute the fearspeak is the first step in learning to live to our full potential.
What is your fearspeak telling you about your desires? How do you quiet that squeaky voice to find your way forward?
I don't want to paint for results any more. I want to paint for experience, to find what's hidden in my soul. I want to learn my story through movement and color and canvas without attention to acceptability or output. I liked it best when I walked up to my easel equally as blank as my canvas and let whatever happen, happen. I miss destroying my precious works to see what's on the other side.
Fear not to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy and set you free. Call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action. Even the sick should try these so-called dangerous passes. Because for every unfortunate they kill, they cure a thousand.
--John Muir, as quoted in Mile...Mile and a Half