Embracing: I Have a Life that is Good

We can always list the bad that's going on...in the world...in our lives. It's a quick easy inventory. Of all the things we don't want. Of all the things we worry about and want to be different. It festers and lingers. The thoughts. The resistance. Ruminating in my own worries the other morning. I found …

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3 Reasons to Do It Anyway

Ambivalence.  Hesitation.  Fear. I don't want to do it.  I don't want to take the risk.  It's not worth it.  It's just going to happen this way anyway.  Why bother.  It's a silly program.  I can't believe what they're asking us to do.  I don't believe it.  It's not going to work out that way. …

Surrendering to the Moment

Surrendering to the moment.  It goes against everything you'd think surrendering means. Recall the first time you learned to float.  The water against your skin, cool, exciting.  As you lay back, you feel the excitement.  The anticipation. "Will I sink?"  The fearful thoughts rise to the surface, almost as if to hold you down, keep …

Journey to Mindfulness–Day 5

Day 5:  Have tea with your fears.   Fears.  Thoughts that linger, grow bigger in both volume and anxiety.  "Awful-izing" and "what if" lists get longer.  Breathing becomes restricted, shallow.  Tension in the neck, shoulders, and even chest.  Complete overwhelm. The truth:  Fears are just thoughts. Shocking, right?  They are just thoughts.  Thoughts we give …