c.o.m.p.r.e.s.s.i.o.n & E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N

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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  1. Wow, Elz! You have been on my mind heavily this past month. I can see why! Mega movement! For me, I’ve had a huge scoop of vanilla, moved in to a deep rich mocha and now feel I’m heading for that marvelous and tasty scoop of chocolate. :)

    I can’t tell you have deeply moved I was and still am by your response to my book, there are no words. I also feel honored and humbled to be a added to the list above. To me, all great thinkers that are coming from their hearts! So beautiful to see!

    So happy to see Living Discernment in action again, you have been missed! Love and appreciation!

    1. Love your description, Liz! So evocative. I love seeing how we’re all experiencing similar things, yet individually, like threads in a tapestry. Have missed you, too, xo!

  2. Thank you so much for updating us. Condolences for your losses. We have a saying among my friends that when many leave in a short time, they are all having a big welcoming celebration/party in the next place.
    As for me, May has been extraordinary for me as well, lots of old paths coming to an end, hard to explain the exhilaration of it, like when 5 musicians jam and jam and jam and then all end on the same note!
    So my next paths are opening, just offstage, and about to be discovered and revealed.  Yea!

    1. Love your saying, Denise…yes, feels so true doesn’t it? Bittersweet & temporary as partings may be, there is a ripple effect in daily life for a while. Thank you so much for your lovely & kind words. So interesting, too, your experience of late. It’s as though lots of doors from 2014 & prior are closing, freeing space for the liberating impulse of 2015! Happy you’re here :-)

  3. Hmm, I’ll take a twist cone please! :-) Great to hear from you again Elz, you have been on some adventure the past couple months! Thanks for the shoutout! When you get passed this compression period, I can’t wait to see what you will create. But whatever you do, know that you’ve got my support 100%, even if you do nothing!

    1. Awesome, Jeff, thanks! It’s definitely been something of a Coney Island ride ;-). Good company, like we have here, makes it so much easier, doesn’t it?

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