Choose a Different Future

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Don’t Let It Die An Orphan
by John Mundahl *

Follow others
Until you’re tired of their exhaust,
Then strike out on your own.
Become friends with your playful self again,
That part of you
The world snatched away
When you weren’t looking.
Choose a different future,
Not the one that looms
As some grim sentence,
But the one that nags to you
In quiet moments.
Don’t let it die an orphan.

girl on her journey

It’s never too late to choose a different future… and its so much easier when we lighten up and become friends with ourselves. Listen to what your inner guide is telling you. Be curious. Have fun with it.


*Soul to Soul (p. 134). Monkfish Book Publishing. Kindle Edition.

The Angel of Struggle

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This story comes from Swami Kripalu. Let it bring some understanding to all of you who are struggling in life right now.

“This world is a battlefield. Anyone born has to be a warrior, whether you’re a boy or a girl, man or woman, young or old, king or beggar, literate or illiterate, saint or sinner, our major dharma or duty in this world is to fight.

The compassionate Lord has one special Angel to help with our fight. This is the Angel of Struggle. Just as our food wont digest properly without exercise, so too our life wont develop properly without struggle.

The outward form of struggle may appear cruel, but its inner nature is not malicious. She enters our life without invitation and does whatever she please, but she blesses us with true knowledge, the knowledge we each need at that time in our life.

How skillful she is! What a beautiful sculptor”

~ John Mundahl “Poems, Prayers and Stories to End a Yoga Class”

True knowledge lies deep within the struggle. When we are struggling we are wrapped up in our pain, and in our mental anxiety.

When you notice this inner turmoil, instead of feeding it with more catastrophic thinking, find a way to listen beyond the pain.
Talk it through with a friend or counselor, or perhaps journal about it. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion.
Take time out without distraction and allow yourself to be with the situation, knowing that there is an important message for you from the Angel of Struggle.

Listen ….  It may be a call to be true to your own intuition instead of fitting in with other’s expectations.
It may be a demand to care for yourself and change your lifestyle.
It may be a plea to let go a past that no longer serves you.
It may be a cry to free yourself from a toxic relationship or job.

Become the warrior that you were born to be, and honor your true self with kindness.


* The Wise Woman and the Precious Stone

This is a story from an unknown author that I came across in a lovely collection of poems, prayers and stories to end a yoga class called Soul To Soul by John Mundahl.

precious stone

Once a wise woman was traveling in the mountains and found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveller who was hungry and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveller saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.

The traveller left rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.

But a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking” he said, “I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back to you with hope that you will give me something more precious. Give me what have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.”

Sometimes its not the wealth we have, but what’s inside us that others need.

This is dedicated to all of you who bring wisdom and light to the world and those around you every day. Never forget that what you have inside is what others are drawn to.