Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Startling Life

Today I saw a sign that quoted Emily Dickinson: "To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." It seems like a lot of us, myself included, act is if the opposite is true. "Everything else" takes so much time that we have little time to LIVE. I set all my intentions to be present, enjoy and be grateful for all that I have, and still I find myself rushing through the moment to get to the next thing, the next thing, the next thing.

I thank all of the children at Eagle Rock Elementary who performed in the holiday program today because they help me spend one entire hour being completely present and in the moment. It's so much easier to do when you're surrounded by children ~ especially when my cell phone is turned off and there's no computer or TV in sight. Why are we so drawn, attracted like moths tot he proverbial flame, when there's an electronic gadget at hand? Why is that device deserve our attention? You could be at the most fun, active, lively party anywhere, but turn on a TV and the activity wanes; people zone out.

All of our modern gadgets make our lives easier, in a lot of ways, but have they made us any happier?

Don't get me wrong. You won't see me giving up my dishwasher, my computer or my digital camera anytime soon. You'll have to pry my cell phone out of my cold fingers. There are days when I could cut the cord on the television in a heartbeat, but I'd regret it the minute I wanted to put in one of my beloved Spiritual Cinema Circle movies.

So how "to live," to be present in a sped-up world full of distractions ~ especially if you're a Gemini like me and going in two different directions all the time, anyway? I suppose it's like anything; it comes down to intention and practice. Setting an intention to be present, at least a few minutes every day, and practice it often enough so that it becomes second nature (or first nature, as it truly is). Meditation is good for whatever ails you, but most days it feels like just one more thing to do, one more To Do on my incredibly long list for the day.

I should be grateful that the answer is so simple: do nothing, at least for a few minutes every day. Do nothing. That, in itself, is a pretty startling idea in my busy world. I am putting it at the top of my list from now on. If I can't check that one off, then I maybe I should give up on the rest!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Finding Bliss in Troubled Times

Economic woes sure can leave us feeling insecure, especially if we give them all the attention that the media seems to demand of us. Wayne Dyer says that what we focus on expands, that whatever holds our attention most will keep showing up more and more. Bad news does seem to beget more bad news these days. If we listen to all the media attention on scarcity, lack, loss and fear, we can undermine even our most focused positive beliefs and intentions.

Let's mount our own counter attack, a Positive Intention Offensive, a movement for seeing and believing in abundance and well-being. Let's be visionary radicals who focus on prosperity in a time when it's the 'in thing' to concentrate how bad things are. Sure, it takes courage to take personal responsibility for our own financial and emotional well-being. Yes, it takes courage to create abundance an dwell-being in new and different ways. But what has the old "Tried and True" done for us lately?

Financial and business gurus like Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki advise us to create multiple streams of income, both to create greater prosperity, and also as a way of hedging our financial fortune against radical changes in various markets ~ the kinds we've seen lately. It's not enough anymore to diversify our mutual fund portfolio. We need to diversify our beliefs about where and how prosperity comes to us.

Traditional sources like payroll income and real estate investments don't seem to be enough to secure our financial freedom anymore. What are your ideas about creating financial freedom? How do you stay positive when everyone around you frets, worries, and complains? Let's support each other and share our radical ideas for creating true wealth and well-being. We look forward to hearing from you.