Inner Compass

Butterflies are in abundance at this time of the year and come in such diverse designs, beautiful colours and sizes. They always seem to bring with them an important awareness. The evolution of a caterpillar to a butterfly has long been a wonderful metaphor for growth in our lives.
 
I've heard from many of you over the past few months about the negative voices in your mind. The nasty self-talk that points out all your failings, how you aren't measuring up, how you might as well go out and eat worms....
 
I've heard those voices inside my mind too. Let's dive inside my mind to explore how to reorganize this negative stuff and navigate through. 
 
It is on! This time of year is full on! It comes at us from all angles, stretching us in all directions. A landmine of big emotions!  Here are a few tools to help you navigate:
The stronger our emotional navigational skills are the more confident we feel to captain our ship and navigate our inner and outer world.  We can learn to take on the emotional storms that might have sunk our ship before and can set sail with more curiosity to explore the vastness inside and outside of us. 
 
 
Let's dive into a very important tool for navigating our inner world; our emotional GPS system, and it all starts with feelings. Stay with me, I know feelings can be difficult, problematic, painful, miserable and downright inconvenient, but they are vital and they can also feel good too! 
 
I learned a lot this summer about banging my head against a wall.   I've been recovering from a concussion since July.  Yep. I banged my head for the third time in a year and this time I had to listen!  I'm stubborn so sometimes I do get hit with a wicked bang on the head, so to speak,  before I wake up and pay attention. Fortunately I didn't have an extreme concussion where people have to sit in the dark for months, but it was enough to impact my life significantly!

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish
by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life
believing that it is stupid.

Albert Einstein

As long as you're dancing, you can break the rules.

Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules.

Sometimes there are no rules.

                                                Mary Oliver.

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. ~Doug Larson

One day you finally knew what you had to do... read more

Why don't people leave off being lovable
Or thinking they are lovable or wanting to be lovable,
And be a bit elemental instead?
Since man is made up of the elements
Fire, and rain, and air, and live loam,
And none of these is lovable

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Anais Nin

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...read more

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy
a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you
in all of time
this expression is unique... read more

This being human is a guest-house.
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness.
Some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor... read more

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
In effect, the people who change our lives the most begin to 
sing to us while we are still in darkness. If we listen to 
their song, we will see the dawning of a new part of ourselves."

Rabindranth Tagore 
 

"...remember one thing only; that it's you- nobody else- who determine your destiny and decide your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you, nor can you be alive for anybody else."

e.e.cummings