On this day, as we observe the balance between light and dark, I invite you to notice how you balance the light and the dark in your life. Do you tend to focus primarily on the light – what is easy to love and to support? Are you able to go into the dark and explore your underlying motivations and desires? And if so, are you able to meet these motivations and desires with compassion and empathy?
If your answer is “no or not very often,” then know you are not alone…
For the past year, Caro Dellenbaugh has guided a Poetry Dive: an opportunity to listen to, to write, and to share poems. The experience has been so rewarding – in more ways than I could have anticipated. Not only have I met wonderful, new people, I have been touched deeply by the shares and held lovingly as I shared.
Let’s pause for a moment and take a deep breath. Our bodies are not an apology. Let those words sink in. What is coming up for you as you absorb this message?
Are you remembering all the times you apologized for yourself? All the times, you apologized for being too heavy or too skinny, too big or too small, too pale or too dark. Are you remembering all the times you justified why you moved a certain way, or why you needed more food or less food, or why you were attracted to certain people?
Or maybe you are reflecting on how much time has passed…
As I write, much-needed rain is falling. The cracks in the earth are slowly filling and the drooping plants are rising. I am grateful for this welcome break of the dry spell.
I recently heard Aiko Bethea, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) educator, attorney, and executive coach, speak about the benefits of adopting a Learner’s Mindset. Because her words were so moving and her message applicable to so many different areas of our lives, I decided to share my understanding with you.
Since last week’s article about Emotional Agility seemed to be a big hit, I thought I would follow up with an article about the difference between values and beliefs. Understanding the difference between what we value and what we believe is an important distinction to make and informs how we make decisions.
A value is a concept or principle we hold dear. Values signal what we think is important and often serve as a rubric for how we behave.