Gratitude Training

Eleven years ago I began studying with Brother David Steindahl-Rast, The Father of Gratitude.

Brother David and Ann-Marie

One late Spring afternoon before Zazen we were walking the Santa Fe River path.  I asked him, “Is it possible to always be grateful?”

“Yes,” he responded.  “In Gratitude Training we enjoy whatever is presented to us. We purposely look for the gifts.”

“Ask, ‘What is this opportunity for?’  The answer will cause you to grow.  In retrospect, all life experiences are wonderful opportunities for growth.”

“We tend to think joyful people are grateful for having so much joy. But it’s actually more simple than that.  Grateful people are joyous because they are grateful.”

Stop and listen…

Open yourself. The clues are all around us. Let their guidance activate you into the next moment…again and again and again. Let the magic happen!

Seasoned Beginners

Seasoned Beginners understand there are no Do-Overs. There are no Second Chances. Instead they live each moment as a fresh beginning with new eyes to what impermanently surrounds them.

Seasoned Beginners bear witness and find antidotes to belief systems and patterns that enter through the daily programming of social media, news, our cultures and governments.

They choose to steer away from conversations that do not serve like recreational bitterness or playing “The Ain’t It Awful Game” with others.

Instead they live proactively in integrity, engaged kindness, courageous actions of compassion where it’s not about others…it’s about all of us.

Seasoned Beginners stand tall with an active and strong heart: somatically, mindfully, creatively, unceasingly.

Leap of Faith

When you don’t think there is a way…

It’s time to move out of the Preparation Stage with a leap of faith into the Manifestation Stage!

Enough staff meetings, researching the “best way” to do it, organizing the material in the “right way”. Enough moving the deadline further out to accomodate a potential and, as yet, unnamed and unforeseen obstacle (which may never happen!)

When procrastination somatically vibrates the fear of failing, get curious and leap into a more supportive energy field.

Then manifest one step at a time (with maybe another leap here and there). That’s how evolution works. That’s how we deliver!

Breathing the Breath of “Just This”

Inhale and silently breathe “Just”
Exhale and silently breathe “This”
Continue for five minutes.

Ink Enso on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper
Ann-Marie McKelvey

As you breathe, deepen into this moment…
Noticing
~How your body responds
~How your mind responds
~How that which has been hidden arises

Notice the experience of deepening into your mystery…
Just This.

Part II: Laughing Yourself Into A New Perspective

It’s been close to two hours. Have you done the 30 second laugh? If not, leap into this mind training exercise.

I know…I’m being a bit pushy. Yet this is not a time for an attitude of lassitude. Instead it’s a time to be liberated from a lower state of conscious.

Give yourself this simple, potent gift. Go for it. I am with you grinning wildly!

Laugh out what has been prohibiting you.
•The frustration, confusion, sadness, grief, annoyance, fear, anger, hopelessness…
•The energies you took in that aren’t yours
•The somatic tension, constriction, numbness, tightness

Laugh it out into the Universe. Sense the transformation. Walk into the world with this freshness.

Now what do you notice?!

Laugh Yourself Into a New Perspective

Spoiler Alert: This is FUN!

Ready for a fun 30 second exercise?
Set your timer and…
Laugh! Giggle! Snort! Chuckle! Guffaw! LOL!
(Loud…and long…and clear!)

At 30 seconds immediately go into silence.
Observe your body.
Witness what is alive in you.
Notice your current perspective
And move into your day.

How many times each day?
Many of our students do it at the top of each waking hour for 30 seconds…
You do what works for you.

Let me know what evolves…or dissolves!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI6Uyf29H34