While some are s.q.u.e.e.z.e.d, naturally others are e-x-p-a-n=d=i-n-g. Which are you?
Perhaps some of each? (I’ll have a scoop of vanilla and chocolate, please.)
There I was, chugging along when life took a sharp turn at Albuquerque, into the desert, well past the 40 days and 40 nights of transformation. I got perhaps one post up in April, and this will be the first in May. It’s been i.n.t.e.n.s.e. From early March through April, I, family, friends, and co-workers saw 13 loved ones pass, with several of us bidding farewell to more than one.
During the same time, work life heated up with multiple projects/events running one into the next like bumper cars, pulling my first all-nighter in the looooongest time, as well as catching second-hand whiplash from a big-hearted colleague side-swiped by the powers that can. Compounding it all came two rotator cuff tears in my left shoulder…the feminine side, wouldn’t you know (what d’y’all make of that?).
May carried emotional sorrow and physical pain into a lovely, yet unfulfilling family visit by my father…just wasn’t present enough. Conversation was hard, sadly. Days later, winds brought a dear friend and son out from the East coast for a long weekend event, and a heap of generous help and conversation. Still, I wasn’t at full steam. Rather than rolling gracefully with it, I felt frustrated that I wasn’t living into each visit to its fullest.
So, here I am. Ranks closed more than usual. Anything good, happen? Yes, yes. While slowing down, paring back, pulling more inward, I found some routine tasks easier to do, no longer in keen competition for my time and attention. At long last, I found my way into friendship with linear time, something entirely new and strangely exhilarating in a fresh perspective sort of way. More on that upcoming.
What I’ve also enjoyed is the marvelous work of others as they expand and stretch.
Liz allowed me to read her forthcoming book, Daughters of Earth, a deceptively deep, rich, and resonant story, geared for young teens. Yet, like many children’s stories, there’s so much for adults woven into the fiber. I had to turn around and read it a second time, taking time out at certain parts to sink into deeper truths and experience a tectonic shift within, as truth has a way of rearranging our being into more congruence, happily. Thank you, Liz! Oh, and have you checked out her Etsy store? Gorgeous artwork!
Jack shared his revised book and is expanding his website, ourheartexercise.com and youtube channel with videos. I love his fresh take on pulling elements together and asking obvious questions that seem hidden in plain sight, like his take on Ego. Love it! Check it out. And, especially timely is his work on learning the ways of the heart…just where we’re all headed (whoa, was that a pun?!) Thank you, Jack!
Jeff launched his new book, Wake Up: The Morning Routine That Will Change Your LIfe, a guided tour on how he changed everything by waking up early to start the day with dedicated practices to grow himself. I’ve done something similar for a handful of years, and I loved how fun and refreshing it was to read his experiences and how he’s sharing what he’s learned. Quality message. He’s doing a free online class to get folks started. I just joined to kick-start my way back into quality morning me time. Thank you, Jeff!
Gerry went live with his website, contributiveenergy.rocks…that’s right (dot)rocks…how cools is that? He’s pulled together several deep thinkers with overlapping propositions, and coalescing them into a new business model, organic and vibrant for the new paradigm. Simple. Elegant. Profound. Useful. So so cool. Even more in alignment with the new, is…he’s open sourcing his model! Thank you, Gerry! I’ll be using it, will you?
I admit to being behind in reading and responding to all these fantastic contributions…each sharing what’s been learned in individual ways. Popcorn is popping! So awesome.
So, how’s it been for you? Vanilla? (subtle, inward, contemplative) Chocolate? (bold, outward, expressive) Or, one scoop of each?
I so miss you all! Can’t wait to reconnect, xo!
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