I write a lot more than I draw and I draw only when in my mother’s company to encourage her to keep colouring despite the deepening Alzheimer’s related decline in vision/spatial issues and hand coordination. One day in 2019, six colouring pencils on a sketchpad began shaping my 1st ‘inspired doodle’.
Lovin’ it :-))
Aren’t the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and extreme weather events illustrating very graphically how, as humans, fauna and flora living within the cosmos, we totally interconnected and interdependent on each other?
Uncomfortable questions: how to become bold and brave?
How to develop calm as we raise a fist in peaceful protest against our herd mentality?
Against glaring inequities?
Against whatever we think is wrong near and far and wish to make right in our homes and in our communities?
Maybe ‘bold and brave’ is what overtakes us once we realise the need to show up for our selves.
Maybe it’s what happens when we realise the need to show up for each other.
‘Bold and Brave’ is what infuses us once we realise – and accept – that whatever happens in our day-to-day is on us.
It is what comes upon us once we realise What-Is is ours to deal with it in the only real moment that is – the moment which exists between each of our deep inhales and slow exhales.
It is then – and only then – that we enable our selves to actively and coherently surrender to What-Is in the moment underfoot.
So, we let go of the ‘poor me’ mindset.
We let go of the impulse to shift blame, too.
We no longer indulge emotions that make us say, “Look what you made me do!” or “Your bad karma is making me sick,” or “Bad things happen to good people. I really didn’t deserve that!’
Reality check: our emotions are ours.
Our thoughts and beliefs are ours.
Our actions/reactions/inactions are ours.
Our coherent responses to what-Is are ours.
They are the best we can do in any given moment.
We can always do better tomorrow.
Heads up: as we raise a brave but peaceful fist, we understand that we need structure.
That we need discipline.
That we need to break down the wall of fear.
We have to let go of the fear that, just as we are – even when we feel we are feeling/thinking and reacting at our best – we are not seen as relevant.
Not worthy of trust, of genuine connections – of love.
Once we begin to truly understand and accept all of that, then, we become Lion-Hearted.
We see what there is to see – we feel what there is to feel – with our kind lion’s heart. 😊
We would never beg the universe to bring upon us a challenge just so that we can recalibrate our feelings, thoughts and priorities, but these moments are delivered to our doorstep anyway.
Our negative inner voice is not going to change.
It cannot change on its own.
We need to interrupt the unconscious flow of thoughts that we accept as ours the split second we notice them.
So, we need to limit the flow of our words.
And we interrupt the automated language of our everyday consciousness.
In doing so, we allow in creativity and insight.
We smile encouragingly at our selves.
We appreciate our own efforts.
We are curious as to where ‘all that’ will lead us.
When we’re ready to begin a courageous conversation with our selves, we begin to tackle the roots of the CAUSE for that negativity.
True mastery of rafting begins with the management of the currents.
Of submerged rocks.
Of the winds.
Of greater, stronger, faster waves.
Of their peaks. Of their troughs.
As we trim down our little sails, we trim down our objective to bite-sized habits,
We anchor new habits like refraining from judging anyone.
We remember the golden rule to treat others as we would like them to treat us.
We refrain from gossiping about anyone.
About anyone at all.
We refrain from complaining. Instead, we cultivate the understanding that, after all – and no matter what – our glass is more than half-full.
We develop the courage to tell those whose behaviour is hurting us that we feel the hurt.
We forgive even the ones who have wronged us.
We develop a new form of courage, too.
Like that of saying sorry a heartfelt sorry even when we’re not totally at fault.
Though we don’t have the luxury of dropping anchor anywhere, we do anchor our intentions.
We acknowledge each of the moments we handled as best as we could in the moment.
We celebrate ourselves so whole-heartedly that our mind gets the message that doing ‘it’ in that new way is what makes us happiest.
Happy is as happy thinks throughout the seemingly endless flow of moments underfoot.
Wot? too simplistic?
Soul is never ‘troubled’.
She is never ‘lost’, Never dark or sad.
These emotions and moods belong to our ego-persona.
So, we understand the scientific confirmation that we are truly made of the same protons and neutrons as all that IS.
Alan Watts was the British theologian who, in the 1950s, brought ancient spiritual philosophies to the west.
As he said, “What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all.”
And so, we consciously choose to expand into an awareness of oneness with ALL that is, be it seen or unseen – known or unknown – near or far.
I got this! :-))