When life unravels
Find your Middle Ground.
The yarn of your life
Will be repaired and retold.
We live in a self absorbed society where everything seems to be directed to feeding the insatiable and bored little “me”.
When we start finding our Middle Ground, we get in touch with our inner being and experience what is happening in the moment. This inner world includes our thoughts, beliefs, needs, feelings and knowing what really matters to us – our values.
We become observers of ourselves.
We come nurturers of our inner being instead of critics.
Life becomes more satisfying just as it is. There is less need for stimulation, excitement and acquiring of things to prove to ourselves, entertain us, show others, or to keep boredom at bay.
This shift can happen in a moment or over a space of time … and is available to all of us.
Through yoga, I learned that this feeling of centered contentment was when my mind, body and spirit are aligned and in harmony.
I call this place of inner alignment the Middle Ground.
Thank you for joining me here 💛
This is a re-post. I feel like singing and bringing my voice to the world. Please join me and Tina Turner and friends chanting for peace. I love this video.
Meaning of the words:
Sarvesham= all/ everything;
Svastir = health/well-being;
Bhavatu = let be, may there be;
The most powerful wisdom is always worth coming back to. Again and again. May we find our way to peace. 🙏
Forgiveness is a powerful and empowering act, as it opens our hearts to ourselves and others. Finding a way to forgive is healing and freeing.
This is a three part meditation on forgiveness that I learned during my teacher training at Kripalu. All three parts should be read, preferably out loud.
May it touch your heart, bring some healing and peace.
I allow myself to be imperfect.
I allow myself to make mistakes.
I allow myself to be a learner, still learning life’s lessons.
I forgive myself.
If I cannot forgive myself now, may I forgive myself sometime in the future.
Please allow me to be imperfect.
Please allow me to make mistakes.
Please allow me to be a learner, still learning life’s lessons.
Please forgive me.
If you cannot forgive me now, please try to forgive me sometime in the future.
Just as I allow myself to be imperfect, so I allow you to be imperfect.
I allow you also to make mistakes.
I allow you to be a learner, still learning life’s lessons.
I forgive you.
If I cannot forgive you now, may I forgive you sometime in the future.
As you come to the end of this loving forgiveness meditation, take a few moments and allow the words to absorb into your consciousness.
What do you notice in your body, mind and sense of being?
What is your relationship with whatever is coming up?
Can you be with it?
… and breathe.
Allow it to be.
This repost is for those of us who tend to take life too seriously and find ourselves over-reacting or being way too earnest.
Today is a good day to lighten up. All right, so every day is…
Here is a story by Benjamin Zander taken from his book The Art of Possibility.
“Two Prime ministers were sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him: “Peter,” he says, “kindly remember Rule Number 6,” whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws.
The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by an hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. Again the intruder is greeted with the words: “Marie, please remember Rule Number 6.” Complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology.
When the scene is repeated for a third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague: “My dear friend, I’ve seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of this Rule Number 6?” “Very simple,” replies the resident prime minister. “Rule Number 6 is ‘Don’t take yourself so damn seriously.’”
“Ah,” says his visitor, “that is a fine rule.” After a moment of pondering, he inquires, “And what, may I ask, are the other rules?” … “There aren’t any.”
When we apply Rule Number 6 at work, at home and in life, we find our Middle Ground.
From my heart to yours. 💕
I walked two of the dogs this morning along our road and stopped a while at the little waterfall on Paper Mill. You can see how the sunlight captures the moving water and the dappling of the shadows. The noises were of rushing water and birdsong, and a distant lawn mower. No fragrance from the day lilies here, but the air was clean and fresh before the heat of the day.
I felt such gratitude for being here in this moment.
“Life is a series of highs and lows. Be grateful for the highs. Be graceful in the lows. Enjoy life fully and find contentment in your Middle Ground”
My thoughts have been turning to the human condition and humanity. Someone asked me the other day what I got most from my trip to the Gambia (a few years back). It was so clear to me. I got in touch with what we have in common as human beings. Our humanity and also the human condition.
As human beings we are all capable of love, compassion, nurturing and kindness. We are not alone in this.
As human beings we all have the same challenges, needs, struggles and doubts. We are not alone in this.
In the highs of life embrace your humanity
In the lows of life acknowledge your human condition
Know it will pass
… and that you are not alone.