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We human beings love control and like to think it’s possible to get our arms completely around the course of our lives. We’re always trying to “get on top of things,” so “by next week (next month, next season…never) things will have calmed down.” But, if there’s one thing that will show you who’s boss with that theory, it’s life itself. You can fight it, or you can roll with it. Both can be pretty uncomfortable, but the latter is probably less so, and the discomfort that comes with it is the kind that can be turned into, well, growth, if you let it. How do you manage that? Inhale, exhale, and just be there with it. Some things, people, and events just are what they are. What you decide to make of that can either serve you, or trip you up.

Expectations are everything, right? Or, as it turns out, maybe not having any is the way to go.


Monday Moment: Leave it be

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Morning! Bet you woke up this morning wishing it wasn’t quiiiiite Monday just yet. Or, maybe that’s just me putting my stuff on you, but I’m guessing not. Just one more day of weekend…that’s all you need, right? It’s funny how, sometimes, we wish time would just slow down and take a few extra beats already, but, more often, we are eagerly cranking through it (like you will between now and Friday, for example…).

Impatience, instant gratification, and a general discomfort with the uncertainty of the future create the tendency to just “get there,” wherever there is…through a challenging project, to the other side of a tough decision, into a space where we think ambiguity will cease to exist (ha). Of course, there is no “there,” there is only here, right now, and sometimes the best way to navigate a time you wish would pass is to simply let it. Be still, drop the struggle, and observe — the situation, and yourself. The more calm you are, the more clear the view may turn out to be.

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts.

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Monday Moment: Head in the clouds

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This quote is a bit of a thinker for Monday morning, but I promise you it’s worth it. If you’ve been doing some pondering lately about what you want from life and how to get it, you’ve probably been gathering as much info as possible from outside of yourself. Information is important, and you can’t know your options without it. But, you’re not going to know what to do with that info if you don’t know how to look inward.

There is a whole lot of wisdom quietly hanging out within you, nudging you with “gut instincts” and moments of clarity here and there. You can have more of that, you know, but for that to happen, you need some skills — skills you build with three main ingredients: your attention, your intention and your breath. Stop, inhale, exhale. Let that breath be your focus as your mind tries to pull you away from it. It’s ok, just come back to it. Check out how grateful all that wisdom is, that you’re finding paying attention to it, and how it begins to speak a little louder for you. And all you had to do was listen.

Take that, Monday. As for you, be sure to keep it a mindful one.

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