Posts Tagged ‘Heart’



A couple of hundred days ago, I decided I would affirm my daily blessings on Facebook.  Although they may not always be statements of gratitude, they are a means of bookmarking and honoring the day with the language of love.  Here is today’s blessing:

Today is day 1 of having executed two major decisions.

Is my energy completely pure around these decisions?


Is it the path of my heart?


Am I committed?

Hell, yes.

Do I have the guidance and wisdom of Spirit to lean on as I journey this path?


Allow me to continue trusting in that, even if Life takes a turn through the “wrong neighborhood”.

Then remind me what I came here knowing: there are no wrong neighborhoods.

“First love, then think
First love, then speak 
First love, then look
First love, then act
First love, then choose
First love, then give
First love, then live”
Robert Holden

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I’ve come up with this week’s inquiry.  These are always so much fun to experiment with and share with all of you.

~ How do I feel when I drop out of my head and into my heart? ~

What I love about this question is that you can’t think your way through it, it’s wholly experiential. 

There’s certainly a time and a place for thinking and analyzing.  When it becomes more of the hamster wheel of over-thinking, over-analyzing, especially when it’s fear and/or judgment based, this is the time to use this question.

Even asking the question once can bring about an internal state change, because once again the war with life has ceased.  In its place is an ever expanding awareness of the vibrancy of ourselves and life that is always present and available to tap into.

It’s that shift that invites us to leave behind the occasional notion that life’s a scary place, into the supportive space of life is kind, comfortable, easy, relaxed, expansive and friendly. 

As I move towards my heart centered spirit, it moves towards me.  As one harmonic, vibrating spirit I can move through this world with the comfort and ease that’s always been available to me.



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Still Heart



If you keep indulging

the mind’s play, you will miss

the untouched stillness

inside your own heart.

~ Mooji ~

Writing on Water

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How many ways can we open our hearts today?  Here is one way:

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

~Leonard Cohen~

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While out visiting family in Pennsylvania, I found a great store with a huge purse collection and decided it was time for a new purse.  There was much deliberation, read — I was in there forever.  These things do take consideration. It’s practically a marriage, albeit a temporary one, purchasing a new purse.   Finally I settled on one.  It was smaller than what I had been using but so adoreable I just had to have it.  I convinced myself I didn’t need everything that was in my current purse.  Little did I recognize at the time just how much I would have to downsize with this new, small “adoreable” purse.

As I was downsizing and sorting piles of keep this and don’t keep this, I came across an old collection of what I affectionately call “well being cards”.   Those of you who have followed this blog since forever have read a couple of posts related to well being cards.  I was surprised to realize I had been collecting a version of well being cards since my days of trekking over to the Kripula yoga center in the late 90s.  Anyway, my point and I do have one, is this one card I found — it’s Abraham and it really got my attention, it was a keeper for sure.  It reads:

“Focus on what you are flowing instead of what is being flowed to you.”

Later in the week, I had an issue with a relative.  I dubbed her a “taker”.  Since it was me having the issue with her and she’s a taker in my mind, then what does that make me?  A victim.

So now I’ve got my panties in a wad over this and I’m never content to stay there.  I pondered where do I go from here?  Should I make a list of her positive aspects?  Oh no, in that moment, I was so far from being able to genuinely list any positive aspects about her.  That’s when I remembered the quote.  Focus on what you are flowing instead of what is being flowed to you.  The moment I remembered and practiced it, it brought me instant relief.  It led me back to my center.

Reacting to the stuff of life, people and situations is what my teacher calls “too much with the world”.  Too much with the world is a highly reactive stance.  It’s the proverbial blade of grass blowing which ever way the wind blows.  It knocks me off balance every time I allow myself to be too much with the world.  It’s living life from the outside in instead of living it from the inside out.

A reactive response to the world is to give my power away.  Focusing on what I am flowing over what is being flowed to me is an empowering stance.  It is to pull back and reclaim my power.  And so that’s what I practiced.  Then it was easy to see her positive aspects.  I didn’t however, have to sit down and make myself list her positive traits.  It just flowed naturally, once I practiced focusing on what I was flowing.

My husband was upset about something today.  Bless his heart, he doesn’t listen to Abraham or read any of the metaphysical stuff I do but he is always open to it.  I told him about the quote and how I applied it, he also found instant relief.

Remembering a recent quote I posted here from a Carlos Castaneda book: “Before you choose a path, ask yourself if the path has heart.  If it does, it will go well.  If it doesn’t, you’ll destroy it, to start again.”  Living life from the inside out is my path to personal freedom and most definitely a path that has heart.

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Having worked with the 30 day blessing way challenge the last several days, I find that I can’t honestly come by “it’s all a blessing”.  Whether I know what the blessing is or defer judgment on it, my heart just isn’t going along for the ride.  But here is what I can honestly come by — I am exactly where I am supposed to be.  How do I know that?  I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be because this is where I am!  It’s as simple as that.  So here I am and I don’t like nor want everything about where I am right now.  What am I supposed to do about it?  Analyze it, change it, fix it, shift it, intend it differently or my old fall back, blame myself.  No, no, none of that.

Supposing instead I meet the moment with — I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be?  What if I met all my moments with I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be?  Haven’t I been writing about this all along?  It’s all ok and I’m ok.  Didn’t I say I was giving myself carte blanche to have it all?  Didn’t I say it’s ok to have nightmares?  I did, I do, and I have.  I also said: bring it on!  So the Universe has upped the ante and brought it on.  Ok, so who are you now, Bethie?

Byron Katie calls it loving what is.  I’m not loving what is, I’m loving me and making peace with what is.

Recently I watched the finale for a TV show entitled Flash Forward.  It’s the only show I remember seeing that dealt specifically with consciousness.  The question it explored was, is it free will or is it fate, or is it some combination of both.  Unfortunately the show’s been cancelled but it left behind a message that really said it all to me and I quote it below:

“Sometimes what happens in the world makes us forget. You choose what’s next and you’ll wind up right where you’re supposed to be.”

No right, no wrong — meeting each moment without resistance.  Who am I now?  This is who I am — meeting each moment with an open, receptive heart knowing I am *exactly* where I am supposed to be.

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I See You

I’ve put a couple of videos on this blog before that had me tearing up.  By the time I was done watching this one, I was bawling for breakfast.  Oh my, the heart just never forgets and it’s not just humans who have this beautiful capacity to love.  This video illustrates the many ways we communicate to each other: I see you.

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Last week I was trying to delete my enrollment in a Facebook group.  The mindset I had going into it was that deleting myself off of anything on Facebook is never easy.  So of course this is self fulfilling and the delete button that is just the second line below the group’s image is suddenly nowhere to be found.  Now I’ve taken up the task of posting a question on my status update — how do I delete myself from a Facebook group?  This dear soul, Martha, tells me how to do it.  Martha adds: I always know the way out.

I always know the way out, struck me for its clarity and confidence.  I pondered it for a bit; I think she was talking in literal terms.  My mind was going elsewhere and I came up with another line: The way out is the way in.

And that is where I begin today.  The way out is the way in.  I told my teacher I’d obviously been hanging out with The Field Center for awhile, long enough that I’m talking in riddles and paradoxes now.  My teacher, Philip, said: wait, it gets even better, soon you’ll be talking in double entendres.  Stay tuned for that!

The way out is the way in — what does it mean?.  It means the way to move beyond something is to move into it.  Moving into it while bringing a deep acceptance of it, not judging it, letting it be as it is.  The important piece of this is, that I don’t move into it with the agenda of moving out of it.  If there’s an agenda, I’ve tipped my hand, I’m not really accepting it after all.  This is what is meant by “deep” acceptance, coming to it with a willingness to lean into it, move with it for the sake of only one thing, a peaceful heart.

Huna, sometimes referred to as ho’oponopono, states — experience teaches us we are served by both good and bad.  Things like contrast, bad, and unwanted made me want to get up and flee, as I’ve written before in my two recent Feel the Fear posts.  Not until I could say “it’s ok”, was I able to move into it.   It’s ok and it’s all ok, *not* I’m ok with what’s not ok.  The latter is what we call stress management.  The former moves gently in alignment with the self.  No pushing, no convincing, no agenda just a light willingness to allow it all without naming it bad or unwanted and a corresponding receptivity to remain open to intuitive guidance when it reveals itself.

Something is transformed when I approach life in this way.  Doors that I was pushing open, pushing against, seem to open inwardly on their own, as soon as I remove the hand pushing against it.  The way out is the way in.

In one of Carlos Castaneda’s books, there was a scene where it was said: before you choose a path, ask yourself if the path has heart.  If it does, it will go well, if it doesn’t, you’ll destroy it to start again.  I like thinking of that as my guide now, as I am about to embark on anything — does the path have heart?

Leaning into and with life is my path of the heart.  This is living on the side of harmony and self solidarity.  The path of the heart where the mind takes a back seat.  Mind doesn’t have all the answers any way, no matter how solution oriented it may be.  Mind gets caught up in fixing it, shifting it, changing it, figuring it out, arguing with it, hiding it and stuffing it.  Letting the mind move to the backgound allows the heart to move into the foreground of our lives.  And in doing so, something mysterious and wonderful happens and we are led inexplicably to all that lends itself to our well being.

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Heart Home

It’s a very unlikely duo in this short video, illustrating how the heart knows no bounds.  Mind can take us somewhere else, but the heart will always lead us home.

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I’ll never know why always or never
could stand in a sentence and seem
so self-assured

as if it had access to some secret intelligence
that just knew it could only ever be this way
or not this way at all

everything destroyed or worse yet
never born in a single careless breath

a heart grows hard if it listens for too long
no place for uncertainty or grace

yet something else hovers out there
beyond dogma or conviction
I know, because it’s always been that way


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