Happy Birthday…

September 29, 2009

Rosa_chinensisThose of you who know me know I came very close to losing my Mom earlier this year. It was one of those things you least expect and to someone I have always and will continue to believe is bullet proof. After an uncomfortable evening of what we thought was serious indigestion and later a suspected gall bladder issue, (this opinion was shared by ER docs as well), we discovered Mom had mitral valve prolapse and was in congestive heart failure. She was going to have open heart surgery. I am not going to go into the gory details of that time. Just suffice it to say, I am grateful to have her here and grateful to celebrate another birthday – one of many, her doctors assure us as she is healthy, strong and loving life!
I thank God for her every day and I thank Him for hearing our prayers (and responding). I come from a family who knows how much they mean to each other and I implore you to never let love or appreciation go unexpressed. Blessings to you and your families.

Phases of the Moon

Phases of the Moon

During first quarter, the moon is visible as half dark and half light, and we officially enter the “SUMMER season” of the lunar cycle.  This is the time when things really start heating up and ACTIVITY, WORK, and EXPANSION are at their utmost.

So we wrapped up “Spring” with the idea and growing phase – CONCEPTION, if you will.  An external stimulus presented itself – something on which to create or upon which to act – the evolution of a creative idea.

Now we move from INSPIRATION to ACTION.  Pay close attention.  This is also the time when FEAR, DOUBT and “I CAN’T” are most likely to surface.  Whatever it is that has presented itself, did not come to tell you “No, no…don’t get up.”  Listen to the self-talk and take it as information.  To look at self-talk without judgment is moving through self-imposed limitations and can lead to rediscovery of personal power.

If you decide to pass up this opportunity, not stepping into action results in opportunity lost and no growth.  If you need help working through the stuff in your head, try this daily exercise.  First thing in the morning, sit down and write three pages of whatever comes to your head.  Even if you write, “I can’t think of anything to write,” do THAT for three pages! (borrowed from Julia Cameron, author The Artist’s Way).  It just gets all the junk out and opens the channels of imagination.

The seed now is becoming the flower.  The idea is taking shape.  Drop all hesitation and take the steps to move forth on what you were inspired about.  Trust in the process by taking physical action and you will be supported. Opportunity and time for practical application of your talents. This time is stressful or traumatic only if action is ignored. Time to WORK in order to MANIFEST.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined…”

Henry David Thoreau

Phases of the Moon

Today’s lunar phase – we are still in the first week of this lunar cycle.  This is part 2 of the “spring time” of the lunar phase lasting from about day 3.5 to day 7.  You are in a position to RECEIVE information.  Yesterday you have felt like releasing restricting patterns.  Do it differently over the next couple of days.  Whatever “IT” is.

“Just prior to the first Crescent Moon, we can realize the opportunity for growth that the Lunar Cycle has to offer. What surfaces now is: How I would have done this in the past, the old or established ways, based on past experience. Here we have the opportunity to let go of any limiting or restricting thought patterns, much like sloughing off the protective sheath of a seed now beginning to sprout, as that sheath would only limit the “unfoldment” of the new theme and our own growth.”

Something has been introduced.  Every time we encounter a new relationship we determine it will be different this time.  I will be myself.  I will be authentic.  I will attract what compliments the essence of my own self and what I was made to do and to be.

“The Crescent Moon marks the time when the theme would like to grow into a more expansive form…”  Allow what has been introduced to manifest itself with detail.  Flesh. This three day period is a time when the currently held vision begins to expand into a greater form. Possibilities not realized before. This is a time of engaging our creativity and integrating it with the original theme, identifying its unique and full potential. It is a time of allowing a realistic and achievable plan of action to evolve, a time of inspiration, and a time to have faith in ourselves to carry out our unique Lunar Theme.

When the moon enters the First Quarter we move more into action.  For now, continue working out the details.

Remember there are seasons within each day, each month, each year, each season of life, each lifetime.  Fall begins in terms of annual events.  For the next three months or so we will begin to strip away that which is no longer needed.  In terms of the monthly cycle however we are at the beginning.

Phases of the Moon

Day 1 of our new lunar cycle begins.  This is the New Moon, which lasts approximately 3.5 days.  “Winter season” is ending and “Spring” is emerging.  The seed.  Just as though waking from a long sleep. The energy associated with awaiting the beginning of this phase is SURRENDER.   The day before the New Moon requires total abandonment.   No fear, worry, or judgment. No expectations or demands.  Become empty, a clear vessel. This is a great time to just play and have fun.  Just after the new moon the “seed” begins to sprout.  If you can be still, something new will be introduced – an idea, a project, a relationship, new knowledge, or new application of old knowledge, etc.  Something you RECEIVE.  It can come in any form.  People, circumstances, coincidences, dreams, memories, recurring theme, inspiration.  Regardless of its form or source, something is provided upon which ACTION may be taken later in the cycle.   “…an impulse expressing from a field of all possibilities deep within the unconscious mind–a step to take…”

I recommend spending quiet time in prayer and meditation.  Ask. Be still. Listen.

“A simple word or phrase may pop into your mind during this time describing the new lunar theme in a way that is unique to you, or perhaps a simple feeling or knowing will come over you. The ability to listen, honor and trust the inner is all that is required at this time.

The ideal time to attune to your New Moon theme is exactly as the New Moon occurs, or at sunrise after the New Moon if the New Moon occurred during the night.”

In a few days, it will be time to really look at what was presented.

Phases of the Moon Allow me to introduce Bella Luna.  The moon.  She illuminates the night.  She reveals the YIN.  Her light eliminates the shadows, as all you see is the essence of your subject.  Peel away the layers and she is what lies beneath.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  “To every thing, there is a season…”

Every thing is either in a state of expansion or contraction.  If you balance one with the other there is life, fullness and completion.  If they are out of sync, there exists too much or too little.  Wanting…or despising…

…It’s all timing…

The word “luna” came from the observance – in some degree – to the passing of approximately one month’s time. Marked most notably by women…  Like Mother Nature, she tends to pass from one extreme to another, but if uninhibited and encouraged, will reveal a most enticing dichotomy…a paradox…if you will.

Let’s begin with the seasons:

Four in all.  Two seasons of expansion…two seasons of contraction.

Spring…Summer…Fall…Winter…

Conception…Birth…Life…Death…

Tonight, the moon is dark.  If you apply the concept of seasons to the lunar cycle, we are about to emerge from the depth of Winter (Dark) into the Spring (New).  The surface is hard and cold, but it is what’s happening under the surface…a warmth is being generated from within and melting from inside out.  Just as the epitome of expansion is evaporation…contracting into nothingness is how seeds are formed.

Allow room for a new idea.

Become nothing and you become limitless.

In the Winter, we sleep…and dream.  The dark moon is the cycle’s winter season.

Over the next four weeks, I am going to walk you through the lunar cycle, which is to say, the four main phases and four sub phases and how to apply it to your day-to-day life.  Managing your time is good.  Managing energy is better.

Physical.  Mental.  Emotional.  Spiritual.

The moon affects them all.

Be still.

Winter is the time to be still and quiet. Go within.

Tomorrow is the New Moon.  This represents the beginning of Spring.  The seed is planted.

Pay attention to what is being introduced into your life at this time.

What do you feel like doing physically?

What things are occupying your intellect?

What is on your heart?

Where is your spirit?

Pay attention to the nudges.  Write them down. Rest.

We will go through this each week or more.  Please feel free to respond with questions or comments. Also be sure to periodically check the “blog post” website below to view images of the current lunar phase.

Blessings.

Taking Inventory…

September 13, 2009

As we embark on this journey that is the life of balance, I want to share with you an earlier influence in the form of a book I encountered on my particular path.  At the time I read this book, I was working in a corporate environment, strung out living the insanity this first brief chapter describes.  I was first invited to divide my life into four categories of energy management: Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.  This simple task in and of itself was an eye opening experience as it was glaringly obvious that one (sometimes two) got the lion’s share of my attention and energy and the others were left behind, sometimes altogether.  No wonder I was feeling so unfulfilled.  I have a body, a mind, emotions that run the gamut, and a desire to connect with my Source.  I felt foolish realizing how neglectful I had been of some of the most important aspects of my life but was excited at the simplicity of this new found tool.

The following is the brief 2-page opening chapter of the book entitled, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz (Paperback – Dec 21, 2004).

Chapter One: Fully Engaged:  Energy, Not Time, Is Our Most Precious Resource

“We live in digital time.  Our rhythms are rushed, rapid fire and relentless, our days carved up unto bits and bytes.  We celebrate breadth rather than depth, quick reaction more than considered reflection.  We skim across the surface, alighting for brief moments at dozens of destinations but rarely remaining for long at any one.  We race through our lives without pausing to consider who we really want to be or where we really want to go.  We’re wired up, but we’re melting down.

Most of us are just trying to do the best that we can.  When demand exceeds our capacity, we begin to make expedient choices that get us through our days and nights, but take toll over time.  We survive on too little sleep, wolf down fast foods on the run, fuel up with coffee and cool down with alcohol and sleeping pills.  Faced with relentless demands at work, we become short-tempered and easily distracted.  We return home from long days at work feeling exhausted and often experience our families not as a source of joy and renewal, but as one more demand in an already over burdened life.

We walk around with day planners and to do lists, Palm Pilots and Blackberries, instant pagers and pop-up reminders on our computers –all designed to help us manage our time better.  We take pride in our ability to multitask, and we wear our willingness to put in long hours as a badge of honor.  The term 24/7 describes a world in which work never ends.  We use words like obsessed, crazed, and overwhelmed not to describe insanity, but instead to characterize our everyday lives. Feeling forever starved for time, we assume that we have no choice but to cram as much as possible into every day.  But managing time efficiently is no guarantee that we will bring sufficient energy to whatever it is we are doing….”

“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance…”

“Without the right quantity, quality, focus and force of energy, we are compromised in any activity we undertake.

Every one of our thoughts, emotions and behaviors has an energy consequence, for better or for worse.  The ultimate measure of our lives is not how much time we spend on the planet, but rather how much energy we invest in the time that we have.”

I invite you to take an honest look at these four main areas of your own life: Are you physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and spiritually aligned?  This is not one more thing to stress you out.  Trust me this is worth it.  The writers of this book have made it simple for you.  Go to their website http://www.thepoweroffullengagement.com to take a free inventory and go from there.  As we delve further into achieving a balanced life, each area will have its fair share in the spotlight.

You Never Know…

September 10, 2009

“What you do, what you say, what you are may help others in ways you never know. Your influence, like your shadow, extends where you may never be.” ~Paul McElroy