I came across this funny little video on Vimeo about Covid-19 and it’s impact on people. Enjoy!
This time of year can bring many questions and refections. Here is question to ponder. Enjoy this Middle Ground pause.
At this time of year it’s natural to reflect back and then look forward to what the New Year might bring. Some of us set game plans and goals to accomplish… Others have intentions around our own evolution and inner journey… And some of us like to stay in the present moment.
You know how I enjoy shifting perspectives and seeing things in a new way. Seeing things differently can bring clarity and break us free from conditioning and “stuckedness”.
I came across this question and knew I had to share with you. Go beyond your analytical, practical mind, and open up your intuition. Let your inner guide answer this one.
Your box is as big as your imagination. It can be as large as a landscape or a small symbol that represents something more. Be open to whatever shows up.
This is what lies ahead for me.
I pictured a rose quartz heart in a simple little box. It represents an open heart; self acceptance; bringing peace and compassion for self and others.
What’s in your destiny box?
We all tend to think that our thinking is the truth, and what we believe is right. As we grow up and experience the highs and lows of life, we can either hold on to those ways, or be open to understanding other ways.
Moving to a new country is eye opening and life changing. When I came over to live in the USA, I immediately noticed lots of unexpected differences in the way that people think, how they see the world, what they value, and how they behave … especially in public.
“Just because it’s different doesn’t mean its bad.”
This was the key message I shared with newcomers to the USA and people moving to Europe from here. I became a cross cultural trainer to increase awareness of differences and to share ways towards understanding, acceptance and integrating into in a new culture.
Living in an other country makes us aware of how we are different, as well as how we judge others for being not like us.
We all grow up in our own family, society, group and culture. We form our beliefs, make assumptions and take actions based on our conditioning and the teaching that is continually reinforced in our subconscious.
In a world where differences are spotlighted in the press and social media, it isn’t easy to find a state of balance.
May we all let go of assumptions and become open to differences. May we be curious about others and take time to understand their perspective.
May we not forget, that despite differences, we are all connected in humanity and love.
This is what truly brings us together.
Atlas is always shouldering his load.
You know the feeling – the weight
of everything pressing in, suffocating.
And there is Sisyphus pushing the
boulder uphill, over and over. Two
posters boys for ceaseless effort.
But what if (now here’s a radical idea).
the way of transformation is not a
long or tortured change?
What if its just being here, this moment,
now, complete and whole? what if you
could whisper in Atlas’s big ear, “It’s
time to let go. Really. The heavens will
not disappear if you put your burden down.”
Imagine him thinking about it. Imagine
him believing. See him set the load down,
straighten up, stretch, smile, stride over to
Sisyphus and say something you can’t hear.
See the stone roll down, and Sisyphus
choose not to follow. You are the witness
to the shouts of joy, the head shaking
wonder and relief – you mean its that easy?
Imagine the spring in their step, the lightness
of their laughter as they climb that hill and
disappear from view.
~ Danna Faulds
Lighten up my friends. Lighten up.
“If we pay attention, we will realize that every moment around us, there is a world that we did not create that’s been there for 13.8 billion years, and there’s trillions of cells in your body that are doing what they’re supposed to do, and all of nature, everything.
You wake up and you realize, “I’m not doing any of this. I didn’t make my body. I didn’t make my mind think. I don’t make my heart beat. I don’t make my breath breathe, etc, etc, yet I have this notion that I have to make things happen. Yet, all throughout the universe, things are happening everywhere and I’m not doing them, so why exactly am I the one that’s in charge of what’s unfolding in front of me?”
What you realize at some point is that you’re not; that the moment in front of you that’s unfolding is no different than all the zillions of other moments that aren’t in front of you that are unfolding in accordance to the laws of nature, the laws of creation.
You start to practice saying, “I don’t want to check inside of me first to see what I want and what I don’t want. I want to pay attention to what the universe is creating in front of me just like it’s creating everywhere were I’m not, and let me see how I can participate in that, be part of that instead of interfering with it with my desires and my fears.” That’s living from a place of surrender.”
~ Michael Singer
Wake up to everything that is around you.
What is the universe creating for you?
Pay attention and shift your perspective.
Let go, and live life fully.
As you read this, I will be landing in Scotland for a week with the family, and connecting to my roots. I send you with this message for the New Year.
Let the year unfold
with kind heart and open mind.
Hold your Middle Ground
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year. May we all find peace and appreciate the little things that matter the most.
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Submit and transcend:
Divergence becomes patterned,
Empty becomes potential,
Used becomes renewed,
Basic becomes foundation,
Complexity becomes confusion.
The sage embraces what is rather than what should be.
We would do well to mimic this.*
I love these shifts in how we can change our thinking and our reality.
We would indeed do well to mimic this.
*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 349-355). . Kindle Edition.