Tuesday, February 14, 2012

No nonsense energy

This energy is indeed no-nonsense. I feel it and I love it. Like Roto-Router it ripped through me the past few months, drove me to face some of my deepest fears, and then carried me out the other side when I chose to trust God and just return to living passionately. I've become very no-nonsnse myself. The angels have been urging me to focus on my priorities, every day, without wavering.

A recent hike in northern, Arizona was a wonderful teaching on this type of focus. I got the call to take a walk in the woods that I love so much. It was a beautiful day in Phoenix, but to my surprise the forest was freezing cold and the trail was covered with ice and snow. Nonetheless it was bracing and beautiful. The air was crisp and clear and the forest was perfumed by the smell of the ponderosa pines that I love so much. I slowly started walking down the icy trail. My mind was giving me a litany of fearful criticisms about how crazy I was to be traipsing on such precarious ground, while all the while my heart was singing! I decided I was not going to fall, and I was going to enjoy my hike. I brought my focus intensely into the present moment. I took one, slow, conscious step at a time, appreciating the feel of the earth under my feet, and feeling every breath in the silent, peaceful woods. I cannot even describe the feeling! The forest was so still you could hear every breath, with the only other sounds coming the soft murmur of the creek as it flowed gently under the ice, and the occasional cry of the ravens. My body felt wonderful. My mind was blissfully still, and my balance didn't waver. I felt at One with it all.

Life is like that. If we are thinking about a gazillion things other than the task at hand, rushing around,or wishing things would be other than the exact way they are, we can easily get unfocused and trip ourselves up. If however, you focus everything you have on putting your best and most authentic self into the present moment, that is where you find your center and find yourself centered in God's love. In that space you make wonderful choices for your future goals, and receive wonderful guidance.

Your thoughts, words, deeds, time, money, and energy are resources with which you create your earthly life. You can choose to think, speak, and act in ways that support the person you want to be and the life you want to live. You can weed out - sometimes with help - bitterness, anger, unforgivenes, resentment, self deprecation, victimization and other thoughts that suck the life out of you. You can choose to avoid gossip, criticism, complaints, and other uses of language that do not uplift, enliven, and inspire. It is fine to share your so-called negative feelings but when you do so, have it be your intent to work them out rather than to inspire sympathy or create blame. One is a self loving use of your words, the other is a victimized energy. You can choose actions that align with your desired life or goals as well. Instead of spending an extra ten minutes with the snooze alarm you can sit up, breathe, and ask God to fill you heart and your day. That feels better than t he snooze honestly!!

You can prioritize your time so your own goals - the ones God puts in your heart - come first. This may mean spending less time in other areas of your life or on other people's priorities. You may risk others' displeasure or disappointment. You can choose to pay your bills first, give as God guides you rather than out of an egoic sense of duty, and save for what you want in the future, rather than frittering away your money on things that don't really help you create the life you want. If a Starbucks drink is part of the life you want, enjoy it by all means, but if you are just filling time while really wanting to save up for things you desire more, skip it! There are no hard and fast rules here. Only you can decide if how you spend your precious life force and resources is consistent with the life you want to life.

I recently watched a television special about a place called Maverick's beach in California where the waves range from 25 to 80 feet high. Can you imagine? The best surfers from all over the world travel there to test their mettle. If a surfer loses either his focus on the present or the goal of the shoreline, what was previously the ride of his life can turn deadly. Likewise the energy on earth is pretty intense. We have to point our whole selves in the directions we want or else we will feel scattered, confused, and upset. However, when you can achieve that level of focus, hang on and God will take you for the loving ride of your life!

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