Friday, June 4, 2010

Just Be

I have spoken many times before in blog format about the frantic pace we lead daily, particularly here in the United States. I'm no different from the majority of people in this regard; I've been working diligently to establish a new branch of my writing services. The lagging economy affected everything about my writing career two years ago and I am still adjusting and laying new foundation blocks. So focused am I that I become my own worst enemy with taking care of myself, not getting enough sleep, not eating correctly and most importantly, not taking time off!

We all know the basic rules - you can't have day without night, hot without cold, light without dark, happy without sad. Subsequently that old axiom of "All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl" truly has merit and weight to it. When I begin to feel smothered in this manner, I know it is time to step back. So, recognizing that certain frustrations have been building within as I'm racing madly down the road to a serious lack of balance, my thoughts turn to the exact opposite of my current daily existence. In a word...FREEDOM.

What does it mean to you? Freedom. The very word conjures up all manner of emotions and mental images, feelings, expectations, hopes, dreams and wishes. Freedom represents my beloved country, the United States of America, with her symbol that of the noble Bald Eagle. I cannot witness one of these beautiful birds in flight without getting a lump in my throat and feeling the sting of tears. Watching these majestic birds wheeling freely across the blue skies seems to speak to something very elemental within most of us. When the word 'freedom' comes to mind, invariably, I mentally conjure up a bald eagle in flight.

Specific to my current frame of mind, freedom represents making a living doing what I love. Not being chained to a dead-end existence in corporate America, as that experience always slowly saps my vitality and energy. I chose to leave that world and pursue my own path with freelance writing. Yes, I am accomplishing that goal in slow and sure steps. Yet there is a niggling sense of frustration and lack that tells me I am getting in my own way. I tend to excel at dancing with this particular nemesis. So, with this recognition comes knowledge that it is time to stop. Simply stop everything and just be.

At times such as these, I always reflect on the few true vacations I've taken. One in particular was a 12 day trip to Hawaii. I went with a group of friends and because of the time zone changes wreaking havoc with my Circadian rhythms, I regularly awakened fairly early. Now, if you know me even slightly, you're aware that I'm not a morning person. Not even close! But during that time in Hawaii, I would wake up before the majority of my room mates, shower, dress and take a walk around the neighborhood where our hotel was located. Across the street was a Catholic church that was always open and I would stop there to sit in the quiet, holy space, listening to the birds singing and just soak in that blissful feeling of freedom we have on vacation.

I loved it - I chose what to do each day and I answered to no one but myself and the group of people I was with. No bosses, no phone calls, nothing but my own personal choices and whims for the day. I can remember being clearly conscious of the delight of that daily existence, feeling the surge of endorphins and pleasure coursing through me that freedom brings. This is what I need to find a way to incorporate in my life now.

Tomorrow will be a day of freedom. At times it is necessary to make a ruthless shift and literally walk away from the world for a moment. Breathing, embracing a certain isolation to purge what was becoming a tangled jumble. Focusing and being what some might deem selfish in order to come back to quiet, come back to balance and reconnect with the pureness of my dreams. An outward, deliberate and physical act of meditation. Recapturing that sense of absolute freedom and pleasure in just being.

Law of Attraction concepts dictate that unless we are feeling joyful, we are out of balance and out of connection with the Source, that which we call God/Universe/Spirit...the names for Divine Energy are numerous. I am feeling that disconnect and it is manifesting as frustration and dissatisfaction. Yet these same unbalanced emotions are tools. I am now at a point in my life and evolution where I am able to identify these potential obstacles much sooner than in the past. I am happy for this awareness, as it allows me to consciously shift and adjust more quickly. It isn't always easy or enjoyable, but it is necessary. It is also not feasible for most of us to live in an eternal vacation mindset. This is not what I am suggesting in this post; I mean more for us to access the pure happiness we experience when on vacation and create an environment that encourages those feelings to manifest daily. I have stumbled with this in my own personal daily experience, so it is time to recalibrate.

This moment in my life is high charged and delicately balanced. Webster's Dictionary defines the word Fulcrum thusly:

1 a : prop; specifically : the support about which a lever turns b : one that supplies capability for action
This is what I feel to be taking place - I am at one of those pivotal points. I can ignore the warning flags and emotions and continue to create more of a tangle in various areas of my life, or I can heed these emotions and be proactive. Obviously I am choosing the latter. This is not to say I am in the midst of crisis or impending doom; to the contrary, life is good. What I am focused on is making it better, and keeping a weather eye on anything that distracts me from embracing happiness and feeling a true sense of satisfaction in my existence.

What will this produce, this moment out of time? I have no idea. The main goal of the whole exercise is to just be. I am promising myself a day of bliss in whatever form that manifests. No contracts will be thought about; looming deadlines will not exist, bills can wait and troublesome connections are relegated to a distant back burner. I am taking a personal holiday and re-establishing the bonds within myself with the dreams I came here to accomplish. The laws of quantum physics and nature dictate that energy given is energy that returns, amplified. My intention is to dwell in an energetic mindset that is positive, happy and open to all that is good. Negative energies and people who get in the way of this objective are stumbling blocks that distract us all from dwelling in perfect accord and balance with our purpose and dreams. The amplified energies that return to me are within my ability to shepherd and guide. This is my own gentle reminder to myself that I chart my own course, and it is healthy and intelligent to choose happiness and freedom.

Oftentimes when I begin to feel bogged down with a lot of junkie energy, I meditate on the mental image of being suspended in the mist that blows down off a waterfall. I imagine that mist floating through my physical and etheric bodies, sweeping clean all dark spots, all smudges of other peoples' energies, dissipating fatigue and disappointments and leaving behind a refreshed person. A cleansed body, mind and spirit. This is such an effective mental meditation that I do it quite often...unless I allow myself to get distracted and caught up in superfluous issues, people and circumstances. Time now, to be. Just be.

I don't know if this will resonate with anyone else. No doubt anyone reading this post will remember a similar moment in their own lives where they had to slam the proverbial brakes on and symbolically leave the planet for a while. I'm off on a journey to reconnect with myself, take silken energetic thread and stitch my joyfulness back into brilliant, fluid fabric that will ripple and shine and as a Dream Catcher would, capture those corresponding energies that match my dreams.

Just be. That's the goal. Those are the instructions. Two simple words that allow a world of experience, releasing of spiritual blocks, and soaring until I feel renewed. Writing about this with clear intentions is already lifting my spirits and I am smiling as I come to a close. Perhaps this blog will nudge you to take a personal moment...a day of freedom for yourself. If so, don't freeze up - don't stress out, as those are contradictions of your goal. Be good to yourself. Be joyful. Be free. Breathe in each individual beautiful moment. Absorb it all. Release the negatives and for this one moment, concentrate completely and magnificently upon YOU. Just....Be.

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Anonymous said...

Nice many times in our lives we feel like too much is going on. Especially, living in a city makes you "busy". The deal is to take it easy.

Cynthia Pittmann said...

Wonderful words to ponder and practice. Just reading about your experience sent me back to the practice of meditation- I remembered why it's important and (in this case) I started playing chants and bring my mind to joy.

I know that joy is the indicator of peace...but reading your words made me understand again...they provided a foundation to restart my practice. Thank you!

I particularly appreciated the what you wrote about the island visit. I think that it's both location and timing. I've had a similar experience here in Puerto Rico; but also in Colorado and DC!

I wish you economic success in your writing career. (You are already a success in personal/written expression.) I became a professor because I wanted to write. Sometimes there has to be a balance between career goals (and financial goals)related to writing. In my case, it was a good compromise.

Cynthia (Puerto Rico)

Cynthia Pittmann said...

Hi Kathy! I just read several posts, the sidebar invitation, and I'd love to become a contributor. Let me know if I may participate.

Anonymous said...

與朋友在一起,分擔的痛苦是減半的痛苦,分享的快樂是加倍的快樂。 ............................................................

Healing Morning said...

Nehha, thank you for your kind words. It definitely benefits us all if we do stop, step back and clear our minds. We can return to the world refreshed, more at peace and more centered. That gives us the ability to radiate that inner glow outward to those around us, so the blessing is compounded! I appreciate you taking time to read my post and leave me a comment!

Cynthia, I'm so glad this post resonated with you! It makes me smile to know you now have renewed interest in meditation. I have times here and there where I'm not as active with meditating, and something of this nature will remind me to come back to it.

I agree with you - those profound experiences can happen to us anywhere on the planet. The sense of being on vacation and embracing a true freedom is the important factor. I enjoyed reading your comment and will look forward to reading future blog posts from you.

I believe you need to contact Kathy directly about becoming a contributor; I'm not sure she sees comments posted on each individual blog post.

For the last person who left a comment, I apologize that I cannot reply in kind. I don't know how to translate your words into English, but appreciate you taking time to read and comment.

Namaste' to you all,

Cynthia Pittmann said...

Thanks, Dawn. I will contact Kathy directly. btw I love the way you answered the final comment. I often wonder how to respond to comments written in characters that I don't know how to translate. I usually leave them...but then I wonder if they are appropriate- they might be spam. (I found out that one was a sales ad.) xx

Healing Morning said...

Cynthia, I actually asked a couple of people about the one written in a different language. Katherine Jenkins was one of the people I asked for advice. The general consensus is that it is spam, so when this type of post hits my personal Healing Morning blog, I delete them. I see that this was done here also, and I have to thank Kathy for dealing with it on her end. I know that it has to be difficult to keep up with comments amidst all of the posts in this forum!

Namaste', my friend!