Storm Wisdom Blog
“We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.” Thomas Merton, American Trappist Monk, writer, theologian, mystic, and social activist
How many times have you heard people say, “We’re all connected or we are one?” Have you ever felt the connection to something greater or what I will call Oneness? In my experience I find that words can’t describe the feeling. Some of you may have experienced this feeling during prayer or meditation. You may have also felt it during a walk when you are immersed in beauty or the majesty of your surroundings. There are many ways to experience it; however, for me, it’s always a feeling that I experience when I’m intentional. I set aside my ‘to do’ list, quiet my thoughts, and lean into being still within.
I use deep breathing to bring my awareness into my heart space and I find it becomes easier to quiet my thoughts. This is a technique that works for me. I also focus on my breathing when I’m walking in a beautiful area so that I am aware and appreciate my surroundings. Then I can feel the connection with my surroundings. Sometimes I call on my inner cosmic navigator to help. Mine wears a scarf, goggles, and a tight cap. My cosmic navigator leads me beyond my physical body, the planet, stars, and beyond when my thoughts are quiet. It’s amazing how far you can journey. read more…
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~ Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist
Have you noticed the beauty around you? Birds singing, flowers blooming, new growth on trees; and seeds planted in the Fall are breaking through the soil! Spring, a time of hope, rebirth, and new beginnings. For many this is also a very sacred time – a time of rebirth of the soul! I feel so much optimism and new possibilities. How about you?
The image of beautiful butterflies come into my awareness. They reflect the journey of change and transformation. A journey that transforms a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. One, that, to me, symbolizes our own internal journey of remembering who we are. A journey that begins anew in our mother’s womb and continues throughout our life giving us an opportunity for personal growth and an opportunity to remember that we are not separated from God/Goddess/All That Is, Source. We are all connected and a part of Oneness. We experience so many adventures along the way, don’t we? read more…
“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk
Thich Nhat Hanh’s perspective offered me an opportunity to look at myself and what I believe. I found myself judging some people in powerful positions and then wondering why they seem to resist making changes that many people feel good about. I found myself seeking to understand more and realized that fear may play a big role. Why? In my experience and working with clients many people find change is challenging when they are comfortable with the way things are or they want to please someone.
In the case of someone in a powerful role they might perceive a loss of power and support from donors if they change. It’s a choice, isn’t it? In everyday life we are presented so many opportunities to make changes in how we live, evaluate our priorities and values don’t we? Have you ever wanted to make a change in your life and wondered, “What will people think of me if I change or who will I become?” Fear can present itself big time. Often, self-doubt and judgment show up too! Maybe you hear that inner voice that tells you all the reasons why it won’t work! Take a deep breath when you do and remember that it never tells you the truth! read more…
“ Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.” Paul Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist
Spring is here! Do you feel it? I’ve been noticing the beauty that is so bountiful. Seeds, hopes and dreams that have been planted and lain dormant are now sprouting. Flowers are blooming and the colors are spectacular and vibrant. What about the hopes, dreams, and relationships that you’ve held dear? Are they beginning to sprout and blossom too? Paul Coelho reminds us that “life is happening now.” So true! I know it’s been very challenging for many of you during the past year; however, I hope you can embrace feeling more hopeful and optimistic during this symbolic time of renewal and new beginnings.
Please take time to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature; the beauty and worthiness of you and your unfolding hopes and dreams. Breathe in the light that’s within you and increasing around you. Imagine, once again, you as the Master Gardener nourishing and nurturing what you’ve planted. Will you nourish and nurture your garden with thoughts of gratitude, love, acceptance, compassion, and so much more? Or, will you use toxic thoughts and sow seeds of doubt and division? Your results will be different, yes? read more…