Feb 09

Love…

love madness

Over and over again I find myself drawn back to this simple statement from poet Daniel Ladinsky . . .  it was given to me a few years back while I was training as an InterFaith minister, and it has never left me. I offer you no interpretation, no further insights, no personal exposition . . just let it sink into your being and see what it awakens in your soul..

 

 

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Feb 02

Looking back . . .

rear view objects

I came back from a trip to Edinburgh on the train at the weekend – I love travelling by train, as it gives me a chance to think, to catch up on dreaming and planning. And I like to gaze out of the window and wonder, ponder, and marvel at the beauty of it all, watching the train rushing towards the future. This time, circumstances found me in a backward facing seat, and I watched the countryside recede behind me, vanishing into the distance.

And it caused me to consider a little. . . often, in our lives, there are times we regret. decisions that we make, events that happen that are out of control. Stuff happens.. yet if we’re not careful we stay buried under the weight of the past.feeling guilt over the things that we got wrong, or despair over the times that people let us down. Everything still seems so close, so recent.. and the hold it has on our lives can be huge as we dwell on it, crippling our ability to move on. We hold on to the past so much that it threatens our future.

Sometimes we cling wistfully to the past – to memories of what we think were better times, to golden days past where life seemed to be better, easier. Even the good memories can limit our ability to live in the present, to truly enjoy THIS moment, to be content with what’s happening right now.

In reality, the past is pretty much like the scenery rushing away behind the train – interesting, worthy of thought, beautiful (a lot of it), darned ugly (some of it) and just plain dull (the rest of it). Yet it lacks the power to hurt us, to constrain us, to hold us down. Used as a springboard for learning, it can catapult us to new heights. I went through my experience of 2014 and captured about twenty key learning points that will help mould my 2015. Then I threw away my 2014 planner and started again.

So. what are you holding onto that’s slowing you down? And when would now be a good time to let go of it..?

 

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PS one of the things I decided to let go of was a sense of failure over all the things I planned to do last year but didn’t – so expect to see more posts and stuff coming up..

Jan 01

UNLIMITED!

plans

And another year rolls round.and we step boldly into 2015. For some, it’s just a number that changes on a calendar. For some of us, it’s an opportunity to look at the year ahead and decide that we want it to be different from last year.

For me, 2014 was a year of dramatic contrast – some incredible joys, dramatic highs and wonderful happiness – and some deep moments of sadness and frustration. It’s a year in which many of my dreams and plans simply did not happen, a year where I seemed in some ways to step backwards. And yet, simply by choosing differently, 2015 will be very very different.

One of the things I have learned is that while it’s good to have goals, plans, intentions, dreams – we should never limit ourselves to those things. We’ve been taught that we need to have concrete well described goals, with a time frame for achieving them, with a quantifiable end result. And then, say the students of Intention and the Law of Attraction, we give the Universe and our unconscious minds enough to work on. We set our infinitely powerful minds to work on solving the problem, on making things happen. We draw from infinite resources to change our worlds and bring new things into being. And these things work. They really do. And as Oscar Hammerstein II famously observed in South Pacific “You gotta have a dream, [cause] if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”

But that’s the hard work. All those dreams, all those goals? Designed to do one thing. create a different state of feeling. You want to lose 10lb by June? Probably the intention is to feel healthier, to feel more energetic, to be more attractive . . .  That goal to create a new business? Is the intention actually to be a success, to be prosperous . . . That goal to travel the world? Isn’t the intention to be more adventurous, or to be more curious . . .

I know you have some goals – things you want to achieve in 2015. I hope they go beyond the ‘get fit, get healthy, fall in love, make more money, get more stuff’ and into the truly life changing ‘make a difference, change the world, create a new meaning to life’ kinda goals. But those are what coach Martha Beck calls ‘noun-verb’ goals. She suggests you look beyond the goals to the adjectives. How do those goals make you feel? When you get there, what will it be like? Will you feel successful? Empowered? Alive? Wise? Curious? Adventurous? Loving? That’s why I created this picture for 2015.with a list of things we can choose to be, ways we might behave, things that we can recognise in our lives states of being we can simply step into.

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So, this year, I started my 2015 planning with a look back at 2014 – there were a whole load of goals there that I didn’t get to. But when I looked behind the goals, I found that I really was behaving differently – that I had changed my state of being. (Oh, for sure, there’s a whole load of things I didn’t get right, and I had to spend a bit of time looking at my mistakes, and forgiving myself for making some really stupid blunders. What’s new?!)

So this year, when I started planning, I looked at what was important to me, the things that I truly value – things like Family, Friendship, Love, Adventure, Spirituality, Health, Purpose, Wisdom. and then I looked at what I wanted to BE in support of those values. Turns out I want to be adventurous, curious, wise, fearless, purposeful, passionate, unlimited. and a whole load more besides. and of course I can choose to simply start to begin to be those today, and grow into those more throughout the year as I choose to behave differently. It’s not so much about the goal – it’s about the journey – and who we become on that journey.

Now, for sure, there are some concrete things that I want to see happen through the year. but I know that the important stuff is in the way I am choosing to behave, in the stuff I am choosing to feel. And once I have decided that, then it becomes a simple process of choosing to step into that every day. And then, as if by magic, all your goals and more start to fall into place..

So. Happy New Year to each and every one of you. May you follow your dream, and may you light a candle this year that no-one can ever extinguish. Remember one thing this year – you really are an amazing creation: full of power, and wisdom, and love, and compassion, and magic.

Much love..

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Dec 04

Wisdom from Londolozi

Live While

Londolozi is one of the original pioneering Private Game Reserves of the ecotourism industry in South Africa.

The root of the word ‘Londolozi’ is the Zulu word for protect and means “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. The reserve is internationally recognised for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement.

And a place I would love to visit.

 

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Nov 23

Be curious…

strange

David Bowie has always had a way with words, and this is one that has always spoke to me deep inside – while some quotes and phrases intrigue us with ‘that’s interesting’, others speak more deeply, awaking an almost visceral reaction inside where we know something is speaking to a more fundamental part of our beings – where we truly recognise ‘there’s something to learn here’.

Bowie is famous for actually writing words on pieces of paper and scattering them around to make up his earlier lyrics.. however he achieved this assembly of five simple words, I believe there is genius in it.

You see, we all tend to seek the familiar – that which we are used to, that which we can recognise. We look for the safety in that which we know, or at least those things that are incremental changes in our lives.

But the real shifts in our experience come from being prepared to look at things that are radically outside our experience – outside our comfort zone, outside of our understanding.

Robin Sharma exhorts us to

“Live in the curiosity. Live in the awe. Live in the wonder”

and he’s right – only as we live curious, looking for the things that are different will our lives really change. Oh, for sure, we can move on a little – but the really important things, the things that will create massive changes in our lives are the things that are totally unfamiliar. And sometimes, by the way, those things are not right in front of us. We do have to turn and face the change.. the truly radical shift in our lives are not right in front of us – they need for us to wander off the path a little, to explore something different, to try something new.

And that path might lead you away from those who have been on the journey with you so far. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it must.. that it has to lead you to explore something on your own, where you are truly pioneering a new approach. Henry David Thoreau famously observed:

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

What is that for you? What is the different drumbeat that you hear, that no-one else does.. yet? Because I know that you have it. Muffled, perhaps, distant, faint.. yet that music is insistent, beckoning to you, calling to you. You need to answer that call, to step into the unknown.. because that’s where destiny lies. That’s where the things that matter are – in the strange places, the wild places, the dangerous places.

And perhaps one of the greatest explorers of our time, probing the boundaries of time and space, reshaping the way we think about our world, has been Albert Einstein. So perhaps the last word should be his:

“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious.

It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. “

What mystery is calling to you right now. and are you prepared to face the strange?

 

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Nov 07

Rules? What rules?

stop sign rules

“I thought there were rules?” (Tiffany Aching) “Oh? Really? Did you sign anything? Did you take any kind of oath? No? Then they weren’t your rules.”  (Granny Weatherwax) (‘A Hat Full of Sky’, by Terry Pratchett)

We live, as Morpheus observed in ‘The Matrix’ in a world governed by rules. And as he went on to say, some of them can be bent. Others can be broken.

Some of them we defy at our peril. Gravity, for one. Others, we seem to accept because it makes for an easier life. We accept so many rules about life – the things we should do, and the things we shouldn’t.

So many of the rules we accept though are just products of society. Perhaps it’s time we decided to ask ‘what if”?’

What if that isn’t true?

What if I could do that?

What if I could take that risk?

What if I’m not too old. What if I’m not too young?

What if I don’t need an education?

What if I did?

What if I didn’t?

What if that’s not true?

What would happen if you ignored some of the rules?

Just because someone says it’s so doesn’t make it so. I got a letter the other day that said, in effect, “You are required to send proof of your tax code”. Required by who? No one is saying. So until someone does, I’m not doing it.

Decide what your rules are. Challenge your own rules. Challenge the rules that others create for you. Challenge the rules that society sets on you. Challenge the rules that your religious beliefs create. Challenge the rules that your lack of religious beliefs create.

In ‘Raising Steam’ Pratchett observes that “The Universe, while it requires rules and stability, also needs just a tincture of chaos, the unexpected, the surprising.. Otherwise it would just be a mechanism – a wonderful mechanism, ticking away for centuries, but with nothing different happening.”

We’re the ones who bring the chaos. We’re the ones who create the surprise. We’re the ones who decide that just because someone says it’s so, that doesn’t mean it’s so.

Because beyond the edge of the rules lies the magic. The magic of creation. The miracle of change. The world belongs to the magicians who ask “what if” and challenge the world of what is.

As the Postmaster in Raising Steam observed: “I have to find the edge of the envelope and put my stamp on it, otherwise life wouldn’t be worth dying for.”

 

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Oct 20

Step into your imagination

imagination

Everything that has ever been created existed first in imagination. And for most of those things, someone said ‘that’s never going to work’ – ‘that’s impossible’ – ‘you’re crazy’ – ‘they’ll never agree to that’ – ‘look at the facts’ – ‘it’s too hard’ – ‘be realistic’. . .

The people who truly make a difference are the ones who imagine a different world – and then have the faith to go create it. If you can imagine it. and if you believe you can achieve it. then you can.

So what are you going to imagine today . . . ?

 

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Oct 13

Create yourself . . .

self

It’s all too easy sometimes to say ‘that’s just who I am’ – to surrender who we could be based on a series of disempowering stories the world has fed us. But perhaps it’s time to say ‘THIS is who I am’. to decide to write a new story and step into being the person we actually want to be. and, if we are honest with ourselves, who we actually know we are deep inside. Each one of us has the opportunity to decide – to let others decide who we are, or to decide for ourselves to be incredible, wonderful, loving – gorgeous, wise, kind, brave, amazing.

Who do you want to be?

 

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Oct 07

Dear Human . . .

dear human

Dear Human: You’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you’ll return.

You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of. messing up. Often.

You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering. But unconditional love? Stop telling that story. Love, in truth, doesn’t need ANY other adjectives.

It doesn’t require modifiers. It doesn’t require the condition of perfection. It only asks that you show up. And do your best. That you stay present and feel fully. That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU. It’s enough. It’s plenty.

Courtney A Walsh

Just to remind you. In case you forgot.

 

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