75 Questions: Day 75

Let the journey begin! Commence this New Year 2017 with a recovered inspiration. Make each revealed intention stick. Mark your pathways with golden joy…you are here to make life go right.

Embrace yourself, hug your heart, affirm in your inner soul joy, peace, trust, mindfulness, compassion, truth, empathy. Look within, all of the characteristics for goodness are already there in every fiber of your being.

Release, relax, restore.  You are a strong courageous life lion. Love life-it loves you, that’s a golden rule.

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ~John Quincy Adams

You’ve done some hard work: detoxing your mind and clearing your spirit takes energy. Sometimes the task was exhausting, other times because of the unfamiliar you may have felt sick. But, rejoice the pollutants of guilt, shame, disappointment, poor habits, grief, anger, despair, judgment, doubt, stress (all perceived obstacles) are minor concerns.

You persevered. Although the pursuit of clarity never ends, where you are now as a human being, who knows oneself, is pristine and glorious. May each day of New Year 2017 extend a blessing to you and may you expand that blessing to others.

I challenge you to be happy this New Year. This is my toast to you.

Question 75: What’s Next?


Write on your life’s chalkboard

Get Out the Box Cutter

“Life is like a 10-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” ~Charles Schulz

Take a dare today; use one of your unused gears. Mentally, get on your 10-speed life bike and ride it to uncharted experiences today. Open up, abandon the boxed-in sense of duty, and feel the exhilaration of your new discoveries.  You may want to explore painting, drama, feng shui, woodworking, yoga,reading, photography…do anything you have never done before and let the excitement of this new learning seep deeply into your identity.

You are changed by this new gear experience in your life. This new speed choice that you have made is exhilarating, liberating, and exactly what you needed to do for yourself right now. You have made a significant breakthrough, regardless of what life gear you chose to experience or the level of challenge it might have posed for you—the  principal here is that you did something new that pushed old boundaries. You stepped outside of your box, now refuse to go back to its confines.

Get out the box cutter when you try to re-fit yourself back into your space of comfort and begin to box yourself back in. When the intensity of your exhilaration begins to fade, when you begin to fear what lies ahead of your new liberation, or when your friends and family re-buff your discovered greatness box cut any negativity, doubt, suspicion or fear that comes to the surface.

SAY: Get out the box cutter: (let this be one of your 2013 mantras)

  • When a snide remark is made about your new hair color or haircut
  • When your inner voice deceives you into thinking “that was silly.”
  • When someone fails to compliment what you have done
  • When others stare because you play hop-scotch on the sidewalk all by yourself
  • When you whistle a new tune you composed on the spot and others don’t whistle back
  • When you write your best prose that others haven’t seen yet
  • When water washes away your sandcastle

Get out the box cutter! You are ready for something new-you are equipped for something new. Today, you are in the right space and you have the right amount of time to create and experience something new. Today only you can invite a special moment into your life and one way to do that is to box cut anything that  limits you.

“There comes a special moment in everyone’s life; a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission-a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.” ~Winston Churchill

Your finest hour is here. Right NOW! Seize it, embrace this special opportunity that is only, uniquely yours. Don’t wait, thinking you will have a better life gear to exercise at a better time; you DON’T at the present moment. Right now is the time to act with the willing abandon so vital to your special moment.

Most people, who will admit it, prefer the safety of small boxes. But, you must constantly box cut any limitation. Consciously begin to expand your worldview, expand your frames of reference. Allow fresh new possibilities to emerge, provide a healthy challenge to your life.

Relax and give up the comfort and safety of what you already know just for today and then another day and then another and expand your capacity for thinking, creativity, exploration and awareness. Begin to envision all the possibilities that are available to you, right now. Hold tight to your core values while at the same time opening your heart and mind to new ideas, feelings, and experiences.  Your own perspective will grow stronger when you look at things from different perspectives and you will discover a lifetime of magic.

Get out your box cutter and speed on to new life gears that excite and liberate the special, real you.

Life is But a Dream

“Row row row your boat
gently down the stream…”

and then downsizing happens, pain, divorce, trauma, death, recession, weight gain, defeat illusions crop up everywhere.

Forget merrily, forget joy, forget prosperity. Forget living.

You are bigger than pain. You are stronger than defeat be it downsizing, divorce, death, weight…whatever your obstacle—you are stronger. You are stronger.

Here is what I want you to do: GO BACK TO YOUR PAIN

  • First, embrace your pain. Really lovingly let your pain in.
  • Second, feel the pain in its most raw, eviscerating state.
  • Third, look at the pain.
  • Fourth, speak to the pain. But, this time don’t run away nor deny your pain. Instead have an honest talk with your pain point and clearly state your feelings. Clearly see yourself in the light of total control and peace.
  • Fifth, feel yourself who you are in front of the pain. Use “I” statements such as “I” am an achiever. “I” am a dancer. “I” am powerful. “I” am love.

Speak out loud exactly who you are and what you thought your self-inflicted, self-loathing pain was blocking you from. Now, erase the pain. Bask in the freedom of being a dancer. Excel as an achiever. Empower yourself with your power.

Zen master Shunrya Suzuki Roshi says enlightenment comes when you follow one thing all the way to the end. Follow your pain, grief, defeat or whatever has imprisoned you until now and then follow your dreams to the end.

Life is but a dream when you wake up from the illusory control of pain. Recognize that you have the power and strength to embrace, see and talk to any of your pain points and follow them to the end so that you find enlightenment.

Pain can never destroy an enlightened person. You are strong. You are no longer a prisoner to pain. No more lies, excuses, denial, shibboleths. No more excuses; excuses be gone!

You don’t need pain. You don’t have to be broken.

You are strong. You are powerful. You are in control.

You can row your boat in a stream, in a torrent, in a storm without fear of losing your way to enlightenment.

Row your boat, be merry, and live the life of your dreams.