New Month Affirmation

Affirmations are wonderful things, and can – quite literally – shift one’s mindset. By so doing, we are then open and able attract the good things we want and need to create our desired reality.

Yes, you can start anew – it’s never too late!

Magic, really. . .

Introvert Humor – Anxiety

Anxiety will run away with your reason if you let it…

Sometimes the best idea is to take a deep breath and return to the present moment (the only thing – let’s be totally clear – that we the power to do anything about.)

 

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Martial Arts Wisdom – Thankful and Present

In spite of things that may not go your way, or things you wish you had…there are a thousand more things that, if you looked closely, you’d realize were blessings beyond measure.

To remain within the present moment is to appreciate, to the fullest, the gifts we have been given. ¬†In so doing, we tap into the deeper magic of abundance, allowing more of the “good” to come into our lives and consciousness. ¬†

Life is bound to time, and time will wait for no one…but in each moment is the opportunity and promise of love, life, joy, breath, health…should we choose to stay within the present, and recognize that which we do have.

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Better Than My Solitude

This quotation jumped out at me when I saw it posted in the ether some time ago… It rings so very true for me.¬† I couldn’t say whether it is a result of an empathic heart, INFJ tendencies, or the heavily-leaning introverted side of a potentially ambiverted personality. . .

My solitude is my sanity, and there are times when I must shut out all but what my body does involuntarily – my beating heart, and a chest which rises and falls like the tides, my sole companions.

For a long, long time, the thought of anyone in my space bordered on “terrifying.”¬† It was not specifically a fear of loss, whether to freedom, or privacy, or presence…but more that my soul needed the expanse in which to re-calibrate and recharge.¬† It felt almost like an affront to my very essence to have someone impede spatially in my life – as if I had no sanctuary my own.

I’m still a lot like a lone wolf, but there is one person with whom I am blessed beyond rhyme and reason to have in my life.¬† And he…he won me over so much so that his presence challenged my comfort zone…and single-handedly defeated it.

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Taking a Moment With Mindfulness

Many¬†years – moons ago, it seems – ¬†I was introduced to the concept of “mindfulness.” ¬†I’d been practicing mindfulness¬†most of my life without realizing it…and I hadn’t realized, because I’d not¬†always *quite* had the hang of it. Still, I was vastly more spiritual than I had words to explain, and my ever-wandering mind, and proclivity for all thing magical, led me – both knowingly and not – down the path.

After at least a decade and a half of Alexander Technique,¬†Craniosacral and Somatic work, EMDR, Brainspotting, Martial Arts, and countless spiritual endeavors, I fumble a little bit less. . . ¬†But I’m still learning, and have leagues yet to go – lifetime pursuit, as so many things are.

But¬†it isn’t required that we are necessarily graceful with it. ¬†Fluidity comes with consistency, and mindfulness is very much a way of life.¬† It is¬†therefore a quotidian ritual of sorts that we evolve with, and as a result of – ¬†to expect mastery instantly is almost an injustice, as the (sometimes clumsy!) journey is what facilitates¬†learning at the¬†deepest levels. ¬†It’s not unlike meditation – widely known to be a challenge at first¬†– as it becomes¬†smoother with time.

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Life these days feels intensely hectic – I want to say more so than ever but I’ve only know this Earth, and time, for 38 years! ¬†The influx (and imposition – *cough* *cough* social media!) of technology has created a reality in which “connectivity” is at the ultimate high.¬†24/7, to be exact. ¬†There are many blessings born of such advances, but there are also massive changes afoot – ones which I daresay are reprogramming human beings at the most fundamental level.

We are all born with a magical capacityALL of us.  We all have the ability to tap into the same natural resources that have allowed us to survive as a species from the beginning of time.  But it feels frighteningly apparent that even children Рgenerally more adept at awareness than overly-conditioned adults Рare also losing the ability.  

It isn’t just about looking down at a phone while crossing the street – awareness out the window and then some! ¬†It’s also in losing the ability to “read” others – the read the non-verbal cues, to FEEL, to SENSE… Children drown nearly as much in the virtual world these days, to the degree that even THEY don’t see the full picture anymore…¬†

Scary thought…

The good news? ¬†That extra-sensory ability¬†never truly goes away. ¬†What’s happening is more that we are¬†– byproduct of a civilized, modern society –¬†conditioned OUT of our natural abilities. ¬†Our senses become duller because who needs to be aware of danger when getting dinner involves takeout, or benign shopping aisles?! ¬†

Oh,¬†and that¬†“6th” one? ¬†It gets completely shrouded by all the noise. ¬†Sadly, modern man somehow thinks a 6th sense is¬†actually supernatural. ¬†Ever notice that animals have it? ¬†Right…well. . . *reminder* : we ARE animals. ¬†We have it too. ¬†Just —> noise, noise, noise!¬†

Enter mindfulness.  

The practice of mindfulness brings back the precise moment in time in which we¬†find ourselves. ¬†For me, it is seeing each letter as I type my words, hearing myself speak them as they form, seeing the pause of my fingertips, hearing the ¬†music that is playing in the background…

Human beings have always projected ahead, and reflected on the past Рfor instance, planning a hunt to gather food, and drawing the hunt on the walls of a cave after the fact.  But nowadays, that practice is so multi-fold that stress tends to weasel its way in to the process, leaving us frazzled and forgetful of the moment we are actually IN.

When we DO take a deep breath…and take the moment in…our heart rate actually slows down with us. ¬†Our very¬†life force, how about that?

Mindfulness is the place in which perspective is purest, in which our emotions no longer control us (this is a wonderful practice for anger and the anxiety-prone), in which our innate magical abilities awaken.

It can have other great effects too – we might actually enjoy our food, eat less instead of devouring (I’m guilty of that!) It gives stress a swift kick for a time too (something we all need!) Mindfulness can catch us in the act of judging, or just before an argument that we needn’t have… It helps us to become better all around.

Mindfulness is like the free gift of wizardry! ¬†We have the power to create, to subdue, to awaken, to affect, to manifest, and to¬†see. ¬†Our feelings are deeper, our heart¬†unfolds, and suddenly. . ? ¬†It’s like we are truly alive.

At a time of the year when life is particularly stressful – and focused on the superficial in many ways – take a moment (or, better…SEVERAL) and relax into your breath.¬†

Feel.  

Sense.  

BE.

The magic will do the rest.

Blessed be,

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