Storm Wisdom Blog
“ Only your compassion and loving kindness are invincible and without limit.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk
Have you ever experienced what feels like a life review? Through the years and more recently at odd moments and sometimes in sleep it’s like revisiting a movie that I’ve watched. In reality it’s the life I’ve lived in this time. I’ve had moments where I have found myself dwelling on situations and the little voice, I’ll call my negative ego, sounds off, “I should have done. . . It could have been. . . Or, it would have been.” Yikes! Self-doubt, guilt, shame, and disappointment are heavy burdens to bear!
This experience has given me an opportunity to reflect. I’ve wondered why it seems so hard to be compassionate, kind, and forgiving of me. This is what I often recommend to others after all! LOL Confucius, Chinese philosopher and politician reminds us that, “The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself.” How true. I’m aware that each one of us is invited to dive deep into understanding and knowing the truth of who we are while we are here. This includes who we are at our core, in relationships with family, friends, and community; as well as our relationship with God/Goddess/All That Is, and how we help one another. read more…
“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.”
~ Seth Godin, Author and entrepreneur
How are you? There’s a lot going on isn’t there? I’m amazed at how fast time seems to be passing and there are days I have to focus on what day it is before getting out of bed in the morning! New routines have been created and continue to change and evolve. New ways of BEing are emerging. Overcoming challenges and creating ways to thrive in families, relationships, communities and the world continue to be front and center everyday. 2021 invites us to change and transform. We are invited to explore and remember who we are and what we value; and what we’re willing to change within us. We have opportunities to make choices in our lives more consciously.
During this time of change being optimistic while hoping for something better helps to keep us moving forward. Knowing that things can get better and improve helps to fuel our forward movement. Yes, we may have days of self-doubt and self-judgment and when those days happen I allow them. I am learning to become more of the observer of these energies rather than believe in and fortify them. What helps? I find that acknowledging them helps. I quiet my thoughts, through deep breathing, and move into my heart space where I feel peace and love. I recognize that I’m being invited to explore why I feel this way. I ask, “Why am I doubting and judging myself? What am I willing to change within me?” read more…
“We are all people who need to love, because Love is the soul’s life. Love is simply creation’s greatest joy.” ~Hafez, Spiritual poet and mystic
Love is! I’m feeling the energies of love all around. Maybe it’s because it’s close to Valentine’s Day or maybe it’s because Love is who we are! Basking in and feeling these energies within and around me are making me smile. Loving and being loved are a gift beyond measure. Signs and symbols of Love are appearing as swans, sea shells, hearts, roses, doves, and Cupid. The Universe continues to whisper and send signs. Listening, hearing and recognizing them are up to us.
As I reflect upon my spiritual journey of awakening I remember meditating one day several years ago and all of a sudden I felt an overwhelming sense of unconditional love. It was so powerful I broke down in tears. Words aren’t adequate to describe how it felt though. I felt humbled and yet in that moment I knew that Love is who we are and it’s unconditional. This isn’t the romantic love that we experience. Romantic love, loving and being loved by someone, is special and important as we learn to be in relationship with others. These feelings are exciting and can run deep in different ways. read more…
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist
I find it hard to believe that January is already ending! We’ve even experienced a Full Moon also known as a Wolf Moon. There’s been so much energy, including this lunar energy, to support and encourage us to ‘let go’ of our baggage – the things that no longer serve us. Albert Einstein’s quote really resonated with me as I thought of my old baggage as the stuff I’m learning from the past. In fact, many yesterdays! It’s a beautiful reminder that today is what’s real although having hope plays an important part for the future. We’re invited to continually question what’s working and not working for us in every moment. Then, consciously choose to let go of the old stuff or not! Some things are easier than others. read more…