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Day 5 – The choice to choose

 

As the brilliant sun rose out of the dark sky this morning, I was awestruck by the beauty of contrast. When the sun climbed higher in the sky and the light became more pervasive, the contrast was less visible.

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Seeing the magnificence created by contrast led me to today’s intention:

to see the contrasts in life
with no judgment or attachment.

Just as darkness and light are neither bad nor good, I release these and all labels I’ve placed on people and circumstances in my life.
 
This is not the first time I have done this. (Let’s hope “practice makes perfect!”) Years ago I had an epiphany that showed me the way to Heaven on Earth simply by embracing the Revolutionary Agreement, “I agree to honor our choices.” It’s a fun, short story I hope you’ll take time to enjoy.
 
What intentions have you set during these first 12 days of the New Year? Please do share in the comment box below!
 
With love and gratitude,
 
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New Year – Day 2

 

On each of the first twelve days of the new year,  I am following my friend Barbara Biziou’s sage advice to set a conscious intention.  Won’t you join me? Please share your intentions in the comment space below.

heart chakraToday I choose to “Listen to the Knower.” As I draw a slow, deep breath into my heart, I can feel the shift from my analytical, “know-it-all” mind to my sacred connection with the Knower. From this calm, peaceful place, I can ask any question and in time the truth is revealed, with love.

What is your intention for today? Remember, Barbara says that our intent for the second day of the New Year remains strong especially through the second month of the year.

Might practicing one of the Revolutionary Agreements support your intention? “I agree to listen with my heart” is the one I embrace today.

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May your intentions be realized with ease!

With love and gratitude,

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DAY 3 →

Out with Forgiveness —
In with Acceptance!

 

Wait, wait you say, isn’t forgiveness GOOD? Well, yes, if you are sitting with resentment, anger, or judgment of any kind, then forgiving is good.

But we don’t want to be just GOOD, we want to be rEvolutionary!*

Revolutionary Agreements #5-8 all reflect ACCEPTANCE.

Acceptance billboardI agree to:

Listen with my heart.
Respect our differences.
Resolve conflicts directly.
Honor our choices.


I’ve noticed that when I practice acceptance, I have less need to practice forgiveness. And that’s ok by me. How about you?

With love and gratitude,

“And here is the best part: the more you practice Acceptance, the more you feel the rewards of living a positive life: greater peace of mind, stronger sense of stability, and improved — even dramatically improved — relationships with the people around you.” p. 80, Revolutionary Agreements

 

* From Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, tenth edition:
Revolutionary: Bringing about a major or fundamental change of paradigm, or in the way of thinking about or visualizing something

Evolution: A process of gradual and relatively peaceful social, political and economic advance. Growth. Unfolding.

Fertile Ground for Peace – A reflection on 9/11

 

Remember the way people around the world at first compassionately responded to our loss on 9/11/01? For a moment I had thought this tragedy might be a catalyst for the kind of worldwide unity I have dreamt about my whole life. But alas, like a typical response to cancer in a body – cut it out! – President Bush followed an old paradigm, removing those he deemed responsible.

Our military’s surgery left deep physical and emotional scars. Just as we are learning that there are other effective, less “conventional” ways to cure cancer in the physical body, is it possible that there are other ways to cure the growth of destructive cells in the body of humanity?

We know we can change the terrain in our bodies so that when new cells are born they aren’t born into the hostile environment in which they were created, but rather into a nourishing, supportive, and life-enhancing one. Imagine if the culture of our body of humanity were to evolve to provide this type of birthplace for new life to emerge.

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