Barn Owl Agreement

My outer life is a reflection of my inner life.

Each time she exhales her short screech into the dark night I exhale all that is not needed. She is a balm spreading over this night of unreined thoughts.

She connects me to the dark skies as they lighten in the east reminding me the sun will rise yet again over the Sangre de Cristos of my mind.

My outer life is a reflection of my inner life. Ann-Marie from My Commitment Credo

Listen as ordinary sounds transform into a symphony

A Mindfulness Practice for Today

•Living in Beginners Mind go to your favorite café when it’s noisy
•Follow your body’s lead on where to sit
•Order your favorites
•Waiting…relax and deepen into the spaciousness where judgements, resentments and expectations do not live
•Breathe into the sounds around you

*Let the sounds organize themselves into a symphony
•Listen for the melody.  The rhythmic beat.  The harmonics.
•Listen as you would to Yo-Yo Ma, Keith Jarrett or Chick Correa
•Let yourself be inspired by the transformation
•What is alive in you?

Finding stability in an unstable world

One antidote is to simply let the breath guide us into stability. Sit like a strong mountain inhaling and exhaling slowly for five minutes.

Sitting upright like a mountain in the midst of instability.
Southern Colorado 190820

Over time as you focus and cultivate your practice increase the breathwork from five minutes once a day to five minutes three times a day.

As you cultivate this skill your mind and body will engage in calmness and relaxation. It is truly common to feel the stability of a mountain as you continue to practice. Your thoughts will slow down and retire to the back plateau of your mind.

Consider

What do you do best~
When no one is listening
When no one is looking
When no one is present

Except you?

Regrets are like vultures…

Vultures roosting at sunset • Chaco Canyon •Summer Solstice • 190621

…circling around and eating the dead past.

Our regrets, like the vultures, will find their roosting place and fall asleep exhausted.

Be gentle and take good care of yourself during this time remembering “This too shall pass.”

Laughing Meditation…

Sometimes this is what is necessary to move the energy: A good old-fashioned belly laugh!
Our Beloved M. Sweetwater Cafe, Santa Fe, 191009

Today’s Mindfulness Practice:
•For no reason: Giggle. Chortle. Laugh. Loudly!
•Let the grief roll out. The sadness. The confusion. The fear. Let it all go…
•Laugh! Build the energy field of your life.
•Go for 30 seconds.
•What arose in you during those 30 seconds?
•Now imagine…if each of us on this magnificent planet laughed wholeheartedly for 30 seconds what might arise?
•I’ve been doing it at the top of the hour today. Join me? Let’s create a WOW Day!

Remember, it’s not about something that is funny…it’s about the action of laughing, smiling, giggling, chortling. Again…what arises for you….?

Chipping away that which is not you…

Michaelangelo was given a massive block of marble to sculpt his famous statue, David. For two years through rain and shine Michaelangelo sculpted. How did he create this masterpiece?

By chipping away that which was not David…

You are your own sculptor. What actions arise when you ask yourself:
What needs to be chipped away in my life that is not me?
When will I begin chipping?

(Remember we are doing this together!)

Story Lines

Story Lines can be invaluable when it is time to learn something. But when the teaching is over, the need for the Story Line is over. By letting go and moving away from the story we open up into even more of who we are.

Story Lines of Glass.
Ann-Marie McKelvey

A Mindful Practice for Today!
•Choose the Story Line that has stopped serving you.
•Firmly order your Monkey Mind to stop juicing the Story Line with attention.
•Tell your Inner Critic to walk away from it and find another Story Line that will serve you.
•Watch your Gremlin put the unneeded Story Line on the back parking lot of your mind.
•And now…settle into the aliveness within you…what do you notice?
•Keep me posted! I’m doin’ it with you!

“It’s only in the looking back do we see the straight and narrow.”
Darrell Scott – Crooked Road.

The Moment Is Here!

•What project must you do today that you have procrastinated about?
Write it down.

•Note any resistance and leapfrog over it.
(Over-thinking is not allowed.)

•What energy field must you create (in and around you) to move the project forward?
Name and describe it so you can live it!

•Take a deep breath into this new and developing energy field. Exhale out any resistance that may have seeped in.

•Bring your body with you.
Using your imagination physically move and stretch your body into this new, pristine and thriving energy field.

•What are the steps to move your project towards completion?
Write them down…and do them!

•Stay aligned within your energy field! When you move out of it…use your breath and stretch back in.

Please keep me posted. I am doing this with you!