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.

If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more, you can find me on Healing Morning blog.

Privacy Policy

I want to grow as a writer. I want to sharpen my skills and write articles that are both though provoking and that widen the horizon of knowledge for those that read my work. I would like to challenge those reading my articles to think outside of the square and to challenge both their personal beliefs and those that are set for them by society.

A lot of what I have written so far for this Blog has been about personal issues and events. I have read many blogs which are similar to mine and read many comments about how they are like hanging out the washing for everyone to see.

Don’t get me wrong, I am certainly happy with what I have written to date and have thoroughly enjoyed reading others articles of the same format. Actually reading such blogs have been very therapeutic in many ways as I have found one of two things happen when reading these laundry blogs. The first thing that normally happens is that you relate to their story and realize that you are in fact not alone in this world and that there are people out there experiencing the same type of issues and frustrations, this normally gives you multiple viewpoints of your existing self issues and helps you work through or understand your own issues. The second thing which I have notice happening is a realization that your own issues and frustrations are not actually that bad compared to others, once again this is very therapeutic and allows you to put your own affairs into perspective.

So, having said that I will still continue to hang out the washing and hope to connect with anybody in Blog land that I can reach ….. BUT ….. I would also love to grow as a person and a writer and challenge my readers in any way I can. I would like to step up on my Soap Box and challenge people to think and debate about topics that are relevant to the day, both for the individual and the communities that we live in.

The first such topic that I would like to get up on my Soap Box about is actually a topic which I was asked to think about not so long ago in a reply to one of my own Blogs that I posted.

The topic at hand is about “ Privacy Policies ” when writing blogs. This question was presented to me by Heather Conroy back in April when I posted a blog on Writers Rising call Sticks and Stones. The blog was essentially about teasing and verbal abuse suffered by both myself growing up and my son today. Heather stated in her comment to my article that she had concerns about how much sensitive material I discuss regarding my son and that she personally didn’t publish such items about her kids but rather left that to them when and if they ever decided to share it with the world. Heather then went on to ask me my opinions on the subject of Blogger’s having Privacy Policies and what they were.

Now I must admit that at the time I was naively taken back by Heathers very valid question which in itself challenged me to look within at my own self value in another blog I posted on The Soap Box Truth called “ Open House ”.

Unfortunately the question was never taken up and a open discussion on the topic never achieved.

I would like to redress that missed opportunity and challenge everyone to share THEIR views and beliefs on this very important subject and question.

We are reminded almost weekly in one forum or another of the need to address personal security on the net and how once information is on the net it is there forever, for anyone who pleases and yet we daily pour our souls out into our Blogs without a second though.

I have been thinking long and hard about Heathers question for the better side of the last month and a half and must admit that it raised alarm bells with me regarding how open I was being with my information. I have been questioning the subject of privacy policies and what mine should be and as a result have the better side of a dozen written blogs that I haven’t published because I am still undecided as to where my line in the sand should be.

So without further ado, I’d like to thank Heather for raising the question at hand and open the floor for discussion.

Please share this blog around and feel free to link back to it so that we all can get a good discussion burning.

Dohi & Thanks for dropping by.