“Don’t Be Pushed by Your Problems. Be Led by Your Dreams” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

This rhythm of life is made of the music we create. The low tones of worries and the high notes of exhilaration; the melody follows the vibrations we are sending out into the world.  These vibrations, we are creating with the very dance of our thinking. The thought processes we are being pushed by or led by.

In each dance, a partner is introduced. It either grabs us or we invite it onto the ballroom floor. The partner who grabs us is the thinking, which we have allowed to condition our thought process. This partner twirls us around until we are dizzy. It will not use a counting method and will take away all confidence until we lose our footing. We rely on it to make sure we do not make a fool of ourselves and will push us to surrender to the low tones of worry and fear.

Sometimes, however, we hear a lighter melody. One with jubilant notes and an enlightening mystery. One we are curious to dance with and bravely jump to invite onto the ballroom floor. It is as if no other partner could possibly exist and the only less we feel is prefixed with the word limit. Limitless. It leads us into an illuminating realization of who we are and re-introduces us to the songs we left behind when a previous partner grabbed it right out of our hearts. We glide, with this partner, right into our dreams.

The dance of our thinking is an essential gift we have been given. We may observe and greet our partners as they attempt to lure us into the ball. Or we may let it know we have arrived, find the partner with the heart of our dream, and tango.

“Sometimes We Are Taken Into Troubled Waters Not to Drown, but to Be Cleansed.”– Unknown

Written for and Published in The Seeds 4 Life.

Standing at the shore, waves makes their way to our feet and begin to pull us into life’s waters. Some of us float right in and some are pulled in by its current. 

This pull takes us without asking if we know how to swim. It introduces us to waves, some towering over our heads giving us the anxiety of anticipation – when will they break and crash onto us? And they always do. Come crashing down, pulling us under and turning our world upside down. We flail in darkness desperately looking for the flickering light to guide us to surface so we can breathe.

And that light is always there. Let me assure you. 

It is always there for those who give in to a moment of surrender. Not to defeat, but to faith. 

Faith that in calmness, that same water which pulled us in and flooded our senses, will also defy gravity so we may float back up to breathe. And once at the surface, we are a changed person. We are survivors. 

We have felt fear and invited faith to meet it. We are aware that darkness exists in a closed mind and light is patiently waiting for us to open ourselves and invite it in. We have heard more in stillness than in chaos. We are renewed. We are cleansed….and we are prepared for the next wave.