Free to be

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Birthdays are a perfect time for reflection and taking stock. For checking in with where you are, and asking how you got there over the past year, or longer. They also offer the fresh slate of a new year ahead, stretching into the unknown, full of the possibility of good that can be done for you, and by you.

Today’s birthday shout-out goes to a nation, one that is currently working some stuff out about who it wants to be going forward. It’s been around for a few hundred years, and it turns out it had some personality quirks it was holding under wraps for a while that it’s now, in part, expressing through words and actions. We don’t know how it will evolve, and yes, it’s been a difficult transition thus far, to say the least. As humans, however, we know that change is a normal part of existence. One of our greatest freedoms, in fact, is the ability to become whoever and whatever we feel is our most authentic selves throughout the course of our lives, and to allow that definition to shift over time.

It takes courage to express yourself authentically, especially when you think that expression will disrupt others’ perception of you. You have that freedom, though. The freedom to be, and say, and do just as you really are, and to be open to others doing the same. The truth is the ultimate freedom, when we have enough courage to speak it, hear it, and let it ring.

“If it can be destroyed by the truth, then it deserves to be destroyed by the truth.” ~ Carl Sagan

“No-Fail” Friday: Feels like


So far this week, we’ve done a lot of thinking about thinking, which is pretty ironic for a blog that’s about mindfulness, a practice in which you learn to observe your thoughts more than engage with them. But alas, all that observing will eventually get you thinking, and ultimately, I think that’s a good thing – especially if you’re doing so with intention and awareness. This weekend’s “no-fail” mindfulness challenge will be a little more about feeling some feels, though – as they relate to what you think, and more importantly what you do (or don’t do).  Read More

Monday Moment: Free & (not always) easy

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Whether you’re celebrating the birthday of a certain nation today, or simply a person who values independence and self-determination, this day is a special one. It’s an opportunity for gratitude for the freedom you have, compassion for those who have less, and courage to not only preserve it for yourself, but to help establish and protect it for all.

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.” — Elie Wiesel

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