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Life as a Prayer

February 28th, 2010

Life seems richer when I feel connected to my higher power. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how I can strengthen that connection. I’ve wondered what life would be like if I lived it as a prayer.

If life were a prayer God would be with me always. But God is with me now; God is with me always.

If life were a prayer, I’d pray without ceasing. I’d be my best self; I’d live my best life. Not really.

My feet would not be as firmly planted on the ground. I wouldn’t interact much with others; my heart might never expand. And where would service be? Action must have its place.

No, it’s enough to take time throughout the day to stop, be silent, and still.

Be still and know God is.

Be still and know I am.

Be still and know we are here together.

Like tuning into a heavenly radio station, I have only to turn the dial. . .and listen.

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Releasing Emotion

February 21st, 2010

Getting physical. Recently, I’ve been taking Pilates and yoga, dancing, and exploring acupuncture in an attempt to get more in touch with my emotions. I had been feeling stuck, and I sensed it was because I hadn’t dealt with some sadness and anger that had crept into my life.

My physical exploration is paying off. While I can’t quantify it, I am feeling lighter, and my creativity is at an all-time high.

Raphael Cushnir writes in his book The One Thing Holding You Back: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Connection, “Emotions are like weather, constantly passing through the landscape of your physical body.” He believes that to experience emotion we must first develop a keen awareness of physical sensation.

He writes, “Feel first, think later.” Instead of trying to instantly identify the emotion, scan your body for any physical sensation. Check your belly, chest, limbs, and head. I do this and I find a little catch in my right shoulder. I also notice my breathing is not relaxed. I don’t try to influence the sensation; I sit with it awhile.

Cushnir then suggests getting microscopic. Does the sensation move or stay fixed? Mine is fixed. Does it change? Does it have a shape? Interesting question. Yes, it does. It’s oblong. It feels hollow. I sit with it. Now it’s dissolved.

What is my mood? I am a little calmer, a little less restless. Chances are there are no emotions requiring my attention. Cushnir believes that when we slow down and check in with physical sensations, those emotions that require our attention will reveal themselves.

I am not sure that I totally buy into Cushnir’s process, but I do agree that one of the most effective ways to process emotion is through the body.

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Be a Savvy Optimist

February 7th, 2010

Positive thinkers aren’t automatically optimists. Author Loretta LaRoche is not only funny, she’s wise. In her book Life is Short Wear Your Party Pants she suggests that those people who say their problems will simply go away by thinking positive thoughts aren’t optimists; they’re idiots. Instead, real optimists are those who think: Anything could happen today, and whatever does I can handle it.

Winston Churchill wrote: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”

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