“We should always be a beginner at something. It teaches us to love ourselves in process whether we do something well or not.” Carol Woodliff Being a Beginner in My Body. I started taking private Pilates classes a few weeks ago. I just finished my 5th private lesson with my friend and instructor Jamile. Jamile […]
I was talking to my friend Michelle recently about a brilliant pianist we had all seen play a year or so ago at a song circle we had attended. When the leaders of the circle said, “We’d like our friend to play from a new composition he is working on,” we all politely clapped. When […]
Many of us beat ourselves up for being human and have been raised to think that we are unworthy by the nature of our humanness. This week’s Shifting From Scared to Sacred show on the Creating Calm Network focuses on how we can use our human expression in service to our loving spiritual selves. You can […]
Do you speak to yourself in ways you we would never speak to another person? It is so easy to let the part that is fearful, unloving and unkind run the show. What happens if you make a conscious effort to be loving and tell yourself what you need to hear? What shifts? Share the […]
I saw this quote by Thomas Merton today and it was like a little wake-up call. “Where are you settling?” I asked myself. It is one thing to have gratitude for what you already have, it is another to stop going full out in life for what would make our lives juicy and full because […]
A reminder today about having compassion for self from Pema Chodron: “Compassion isn’t some kind of self-improvement project or ideal that we’re trying to live up to. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don’t even want to look at.” Pema Chodron […]
Listening to a webinar triggers doubt and fear and a spiritual workout for author Carol Woodliff
When you hear “You are a gift to the world” do you confidently say, “I am! Thanks for noticing?” Or is there a part of you that thinks, “That is a nice sentiment but some people have better gifts to offer than I do!”? . . .
If you were attacked, do you have skills to defend yourself? Have you rehearsed strategies that might save your life in a tense situation or an attack. If not, why not?
Are you too loud, too shy, have too much energy? The very parts of you that are labeled “too,” may be clues to your individuality and gifts. Learning to accept and manage your “too’s” is part of living connected with your own divine essence.