Posts Tagged ‘dailyom’

As We Ebb and Flow Through Life

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Like actors on the stage of the world, our different roles are just costumes that we inhabit and then shed. Each role we play gives us another perspective through which to understand ourselves and the nature of the universe. When we take a moment to see that each change can be an adventure, a celebration, and a chance to play a new part, we may even be able to recapture the joyful anticipation of our youth as we transition from one role to the next.

Source: DailyOm
December 15, 2009

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Freeing Our Inner Desires

Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Manic Times with the High Riders

Manic Times with the High Riders

There is power in your voice.

In fact, some would boldly state that your voice is the vibration of your soul.

So, considering this, is it any wonder why it hurts you physically and emotionally when you don’t express your truth? Even in the simplest of conversations – which may at the time seem banal, redundant, or ridiculous – this awareness arms you with the knowledge that what you choose to speak can change your world. In truth, what you choose to avoid speaking is just the same.

Notice how often you have to clear your throat. Notice, perhaps, how often it is sore, dry, raspy or otherwise congested. Your body is manifesting physically what it’s like to hold it in; to stifle your own personal song, and to squash your spirit, again and again.

In my experience, I know it’s easy to practice resistance of personal expression, and I know it well. But those who know me, know that I don’t often hold back an honest thought, because to do so, would do us both a disservice. Our society and culture puts an odd amount of power into the hands of this idea of “politeness”, and by extension “political correctness”. Thing is, filtering out an honest thought, based on what you believe someone else may interpret from it, is an exercise in head-against-wall-bashing, metaphorically speaking. How can you possibly know what someone will really think about what you’re about to say, especially if your intention is only to share your true thoughts? Even if you intend to humble someone with your verbal prowess, the sting may really be very short-lived, but the reverberating effect profound. (That being said, you may also realize that it was not they who needed the humbling, really…)

Let it “come out wrong” and in the same instant, laugh at how easily the tongue (read: language limitations) can betray you. Laugh at how strange the words sound, even though they were once stewing on the inside. Diffuse the bomb by negating its creation. But, instantly know as well, that the next time will be easier, as the mechanics of pure, simple and unfiltered expression refine and define themselves whenever you choose to become genuine. There is little to no effort required once you lose the need to cloak your meaning in pretty words or unripened emotions. Just say what you mean, and in the spirit of community, your listeners will understand.

Best of all, you’ll be one step closer to getting what you really wanted in the first place. –tb

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Freeing Our Inner Desires
Using Our Outside Voice

Each of us has developed an internal filtering process that helps us choose which parts of our constant inner monologues get voiced outside of our heads. Sometimes the choice is based on what we consider to be polite or appropriate, using subtlety instead of directness to try to get our point across. Other times the choice is made based on our expectations of the other person and what we feel they should know about us, our feelings, and our needs. But our best chance of getting what we need is to communicate specifically by converting our inner voice to our outside voice.

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Mapping the Inner Journey

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Art Journal Page by peregrine blueI recently started again to journal some thoughts and interesting, or pervasive mind chatter. Occasionally, I recall a dream upon waking.

Most often, I jump in when an “ah ha!” moment hits me, or something I’m listening to or reading stirs a memory, that in effect, brings to mind a realization, or clarification. Other times, I just need to unload some “stuff”, and it’s always an exercise in release, creating some space and energy to move forward in the moment.

I hadn’t considered it a form a meditation, but it makes sense. It is an energy release, a de-cluttering, and also a notepad to hash out thoughts or ideas. It’s a cleansing ritual, with the added benefit of potentially initiating something much larger. In addition to other healthful practices, journaling can be a powerful channel to stream thoughts and feelings, old hurts and new frustrations. Let the unsettled noise flow away, to free up your mind and spirit to return more easily to the now.

As for tools, I’ve been using The Journal, but I’m keen on having an online option, and found Penzu this evening. It has a nice feel to it, and you can’t beat the price. Their site provides a nice page on the benefits of journaling. Check it out! –tb


Mapping the Inner Journey
Journaling as Meditation

Of the countless forms of meditation we can use, journaling offers its own unique benefits. Most meditations help empty the mind of concerns and bring positive ideas from our mental landscape, but journaling helps us anchor that experience in the material world. Not every person is attracted to meditating in seated silence, and journal meditation is a nice alternative as an active meditation. It allows us to trace our journey and see where we have grown and what lessons we may be repeating. By employing a different part of the brain than creative or inspired thought, writing or typing a journal can create a greater sense of connection and union with our physical selves and the world around us.

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Image: “Art Journal Page” by peregrine blue