“I’ll Tell You What Freedom Is to Me. No Fear” – Nina Simone

Written for and Published on The Seeds 4 Life.

Oh, wildflowers. Ever notice how they bloom stubbornly? How they do not ask for permission to grow. How they do not compete for space. They reach through soil, through rock, through concrete. Adding life with colors with their fearless audacity.

The monarch butterfly. From the moment it spreads its wings, it ages rapidly. It dances with the wind while time plans to end the music in a possible 6 weeks. But the monarch dances. It kisses flowers and welcomes the instinct to migrate south so it may continue to dance with warmer winds. A courage blind to the certain outcome, but fully living feeling that breeze.

Then, there is us. Seeking the freedom to be who we are while being told who we should be. Staring at the horizon and preparing ourselves to take that first step. And although we may stand stall like trees, our roots we may take wherever we may go.

We are free to choose a direction and to tell our feet, “Onward.” And much like wildflowers, we do not need permission to grow. We are born free to do so. And much like the monarch butterfly, the winds of life welcome us to dance.

We are free to accept the invitation. Courageously. One step at a time. Liberated.

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“Dearly Beloved, We Are Gathered Here Today To Get through This Thing Called Life” – Prince

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Hello, Life. However we want to define it. We are here. Sharing this experience. Gifted with the sun, the moon, and everything in between. With the opportunity to swim in oceans and recognize the way it tastes in our own tears.

With the chance of feeling what our eyes see in our hearts and seeing it painted on clouds at sunset.

With the complexities of how the brain works and the wonder in a child’s eyes when they take their first steps.

An experience we have been granted, mirrored when we look up at the night sky into a dark blue blanket with glistening specks of energy. Energy that creates, moves, gives, provides, returns.

This is Life. However we want to define it. A present for us to unwrap, admire, enjoy, and be grateful for.

Woman



I am a WOMAN

My body has curves

My body has scars

My body has memories

My body is MINE

I am a WOMAN

With a heart that feels

With a heart that loves

With a heart that gives

With a heart that forgives

I am a WOMAN

With intellectual thoughts

With an intelligent mind

With a humble past

With future goals

I am a WOMAN

I am my OWN

I am my SELF

I am a WOMAN

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10. Low expectations lead to less disappointment.

9. Help others for them, not for you.

8. Change may be uncomfortable, but it’ll be painful if resisted.

7. Go inward as often as your spirit calls you to.

6. Self Care is vital for happiness.

5. What we allow, will continue.

4. It’s all about consistency.

3. Don’t tie self value on how someone else sees you.

2. At the end of every chapter, take inventory of your life. Get rid of the clutter and keep the things that give you peace of mind.

1. Worry less about what/who is fake and produce more of what is real.

“Patience Is Also a Form of Action” – Auguste Rodin

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We hesitantly say hello to patience and try to hurry past it. In that hurry, we trip and fall. Patience comes to help us up and we realize it is there to keep us for a while. It is not offended by our resistance or our annoyance. It is wiser than that.

Patience is always coming with wisdom. Unfortunately, we are so consumed with irritation that we are deaf to what it has to share. We assume we are kept from what matters and we are wasting time from reaching our destination. We are held against our will by this patience and we try to figure out shortcuts and plan B’s to get to where we were going before patience tripped us. But we fail.

No shortcuts, no plan B’s. Patience is wiser than that. Patience is the opportunity to refocus the blur we create when we hurry. It’s the necessary silence when the noise drowns out our inner voice. It’s the calibration of our compass. It’s the STOP so we may look both ways. It’s the reminder to take a deep breath and the necessary pull to be present in our growth.

Patience is wise. It understands the purpose of the journey is not the destination, but the journey itself. Say hello to patience. Sit down with it for as long as it’ll have you.

“Ask Yourself Often: Am I Observing the Situation Accurately or Am I Projecting How I Feel Onto What Is Happening?” – Yung Pueblo

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

For many of us, we see life through lenses adjusted by life experiences.

Often times, we judge situations, people, and ourselves holding the baggage we carry around every day. This baggage may include, naivety, innocence, love, acceptance, and courage.  On the contrary, it may also include hurt, rejection, disappointments, and fear. Depending on the situation, our observation is only as accurate as what we have unpacked to help observe it.

Approaching life subjectively (in a way that is influenced by our personal feelings, aka baggage), gives life an undertone influenced by what we decide to unpack. Projecting how we feel onto a situation, already defines the moment and the experience. We see life from and with OUR experience and self-consumption. Our projection makes the situation about ourselves first and what it actually is, dependent on that.

Approaching life objectively (in a way that is not influenced by personal feelings), gives life free rein to create. This allows for life to project itself onto US. It invites space for us to learn something new about life and ourselves. We see life with no experience. Life projecting onto us makes the situation about what it is creating, teaching, and giving.

It is not easy to observe situations objectively; we all have our opinions, our judgments, and our life-shaping experiences. However, it is possible to pay attention to what we are unpacking when we are observing a situation. And if we are unpacking the things that cause us to not feel the best about others and ourselves, the hope is to objectively observe this fact, and pack wisdom to guide us along for the next time.