Just This

You made it.
You are here.
Now.

Breathe it in…this newness.
Pretty wonderful, huh?
That’s it. That’s all there is.

Just This.

Our Future Self Lives Now


How does living in the moment help us move forward?
Because there is no tomorrow,
Unless tomorrow is now.
Just now.

It’s now that you take the step.
It’s now that you update your mission statement.
It’s now that you uplevel your programming.

It’s now that you walk curiously into your dream…
And live the life of your Future Self.

It’s now.
Just. This.

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Photo by Alejandro Alvarez on Unsplash

I Did It! I Met the Deadline!

Or did “I”?

Mac brainstormed another way to hold and apply the brush.
Lydia advised which type of canvas was best and why.
Brittany gave me protected space.
T-Bird showed me the Aisle of Iridescence.
David reminded me to unplug. Totally.
Dr. Sam aka Simmone coached me to get to the other side.
Catherine rephotographed at the last minute to meet the 7″ x 7″, 300 dpi requirements.
Zana was my listening ear when the gremlins needed to be put onto the back parking lot.

“I” didn’t do it. It was the Strong Mountain Mandala that did it.

“I” was just fortunate to be at the center of the mandala this time around.

Ann-Marie McKelvey, The Simplicity of Zen, acrylic on canvas, 2019.

It’s the meaning you create…

  • It’s not the sun – it’s how you cooperate with the sun.
  • It’s not the wind – it’s how you dance in the wind.
  • It’s not the hoola hoop – it’s how you move inside the hoola hoop.
  • It’s not the wave – it’s how you swim in the wave.
  • It’s not the food – it’s how you digest the food.
  • It’s not the information – it’s the meaning you create.

There is no world beyond this perception of the world. – Mac Dryden

Dodge the Bullet!

You don’t have to take the hit. You don’t have to say, “Yes”. You don’t have to revisit the old patterns.

Become the breath of courage.

Side step. Turn away. No need to worry about the bullet. It will look for another place to lodge while you skip away to live another reality.

Yes, Meditating and Mindfulness Practices Are Simple!

The hard part is doing it. 

What will it take for you to sit on your cushion? Or take a moment in your parked car? Or rest deeply on a log or walk mindfully? 

What will it take for you to steep yourself in awareness?
~Less stress?
~Healthier immune system?
~Lower blood pressure?
~Peace of mind?
~Increased attention span?
~Improved sleep and memory?

What will it take for you to be your oldest and dearest friend?

Helen Frankenthaler, Robinson’s Wrap, 1974, acrylic on canvas. Image in the public domain.

Presenting Your Whole Self to the Now of 2019

  • Closing your eyes, breathe out all that is not needed. 
  • Inhale all that is needed.
  • Breathe out all that is no longer required
  • Inhale all that is needed.
  • Breathe out all that is outdated
  • Inhale all that is needed.
  • Breathe out all that no longer serves
  • Inhale all that is needed.
  • Repeat.

Reveal yourself to yourself. The self that is you…not the programming of your culture, your parents, your brother or sister.  Reveal yourself to yourself.  Look in the mirror of your mind.

Sink in.

What does your true face reveal?