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.

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  • Breathe out all that is outdated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?

New ideas are priceless

New ideas are priceless and fragile at the same time.  They must be handled with care or they will implode, never to be seen again.  Who we share new ideas with is important during the initial stages. 

Hold your idea close to your chest.  Let it take form and then reconfigure itself.  Give it permission to arise out of the ashes, the swamps, the fresh waters, the blue skies of your imagination.

Frank J. Mace (American), Wool Flowers Under Glass, c. 1935, watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Image in the public domain.

Ideas are alive.  The lifespan of an idea has to do with your willingness to explore, create and manifest it. 

As ideas accumulate, some are crossed off the list while others build momentum. Every idea is important as they are stepping stones to the ones that will live on to flourish.

Just like inner thoughts, ideas are impermanent. They come and go!

Weathering the storms

Our daily practice helps us to weather the storms of life.  While sitting on our cushion, wisdom arises both somatically and psychologically. It is a continual surprise what our inner and outer life magnetizes to us.

Utagawa Hiroshige II (Japanese), Hirokoji Boulevard, Shitaya. Dated 1862, 3rd month. Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper. Image in the public domain.

What are you magnetizing this holiday season?