Turn the Volume Down

When you feel

life is

too intense,

imagine it as a

TV soap opera.

Turn the sound down

until it seems manageable

or mute the sound

and read the text.

It reads differently

than it sounds.

Sometimes

we can’t eliminate

the drama in our lives,

but we can

turn the volume

down.

Maybe

take a break

from the dramatic news feeds.

You won’t miss anything.

Repeating

on-line,

tweeting,

facebook

TV’s too many

channels

and talking heads.

Overload.

Find

your way

to minimize

the over stimulation.

You can!

 

 

Bubbling Up

Things bubble

up to the surface

when

it is safe

to deal with them.

Safe

doesn’t mean easy.

Life’s choices

and concerns

 can produce a

constant stream

of second thoughts, worries,

and regrets.

We may not

be aware

of what is floating

below the surface

until some event brings

a forgotten memory

to our consciousness.

We all experience

moments

of reckoning

when we must

stop

and readdress

the past.

There may be

unresolved conflicts

as far back

as early childhood.

It may be a safe time to look back,

feel the feelings

but

it is not easy

to experience

the sorrow or loss.

Being open to the process

can be

healing.

 

A Moment in Time

Ancients

looked to the sky,
the sun,
moon,
darkness-
and if near water,
watched the tides.
Deeply affected
by these primal forces
they performed
rituals,
planted seeds,
hunted, fished,
drew in caves.
Hidden
until discovered,
these paintings
surprisingly
still vibrant
graphic,
give us
a sense of
their lives.
Mysterious
configurations
of stones
around the world
give clues
to how
they
measured
the
sun,
moon,
and stars.
The full eclipse
of the sun
not seen
in America
since 1932,
will
reveal the
universe
when the moon
moves
in its orbit
between
the earth
and the sun,
blocking the sun
for about
two minutes
with only
the corona
of the sun
displayed.
Across
the United States
there is an arc
of locations
which will
experience the total
darkness.
Beyond that,
some will see
a partial
covering,
light and dark
in different proportions.
Ancients
interpreted
cosmic events
as signs from the heavens.
When
darkness
is being ritualized
in marchs,
demonstations
of hate,
there is light showing
as many
find courage
to express
that light can
overcome the darkness.
The eclipse
can be seen
as a sign
from the universe,
the heavens
to decide
the degrees of darkness
and light
each of us
will
see.
Can this spectatular
astronomical
timing
open
our hearts
illuminating
what spirits
we express.
This eclipse
can be a time
for us to read the sky
and see the darkness
in our own souls
and choose to
 be the Light.

What Am I Listening To?

Do you live

In your life

or

in your

internal conversation

about

what is going on now,

what has gone on

in the past

or

what might

happen

in the future?

As I ask myself

more often,

I am coming

to realize

that

living in this  moment

meets

more

resistance

than I

have been aware of.

That Resistance

may be

the first Shadow that

is appearing.

Perhaps

this Resistance

to what

is showing up

is the first darkness

for me

and undermines

what

I can learn

and can grow with.

Do I

have the courage

to acknowledge that

and choose to let

to let light

into that

awareness?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetic License

I

have

a little

shadow

that goes

in and out

with me.

What can be

the use

of it

is more

than

I

can see.

Some months ago

The word

Shadow

appeared

in my awareness.

Immediately,

the childhood ditty

sang in my mind.

Curious,

I googled it

and discovered

with surprise

that

Robert Louis Stevenson

wrote it.

As ditties sometimes do,

it kept ringing

in my mind.

So,

join me

as I begin to explore

with reflection

and curiosity

what

me and my shadow

begin

to reveal.

What will

I learn

that has not been

apparent

in bright light

of living.

There are Always More Shadows

Shadow Work

Trying to restore

our emotional health

can be exhausting,

particularly if

we have neglected it.

No wonder

people

sometimes choose

to numb

their pain.

It takes courage and energy

to dig deep

and let emotional

wounds heal.

We can heal

only if we know

what the wounds are.

Our bodies hold onto

emotional hurts,

sometimes for years.

There are many ways

to help

the healing process-

prayer,

meditation,

silence,

yoga,

reiki,

and therapy-

that

strengthens the body

along with the soul.

Some call this SHADOW WORK.

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