Here's what's been spinning around in my head this past week as I get ready to leave for a few weeks in Mexico.
1. ”Surrender to what is. Say 'yes' to life, and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you."—Eckhart Tolle
2. I woke up this morning, and the first thing that popped into my mind was Mr. Rogers “It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" - This wasn’t the first time that song woke up with me either!
3. Speaking of waking up, after a couple rounds of Mr. Roger’s song, I got up. It was almost 6 AM. It’s said that the way you begin your day has a lot to do with how the rest of how it will unfold. Interviews with many successful people in their fields, reveal similar habits. The routine variation that I’ve found highly effective, goes like this :
1. Get up early - 5-6 AM
Make my bed (this is important but more on this on another 4 Friday Favs!)
2. 10-20 minutes of meditation
brew a cup of matte tea or coffee, with tbs. coconut oil
3. 10-15 minutes of journaling
4. 30-90 minutes of stretching or exercise
That’s it. I’m not rigid about the time frames but pay more attention to being consistent on a day to day basis. I’ve found that my energy level stays way more ‘even’, no matter what time I’ve gone to bed the night before, I'm clear and focused and I don’t experience the late-afternoon energy-drop nor am I tired by 9 PM.
If you’re looking to reboot your day, give this a try for 2 weeks and leave me a comment or send me an email to let me know how it’s working for you!
4. Before I’d even finished this poem, there were tears in my eyes. Then I shared it with a number of friends who had similar responses. It resonated with what I hear from clients who often struggle thinking their relationships should be less messy, and more of what gets pictured in movies, books, magazines ... just do this and it'll be "smooth sailing" ... But in truth, you don't want to be pointed in the direction of neutral and lukewarm when what you really want is to feel connected to that vital current that is alive and quite visceral, do you? So here it is --
You’ve got it all wrong.
You didn’t come here to master unconditional love.
That is where you came from and where you’ll return.
You came here to learn personal love.
Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love.
Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love.
Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling.
Demonstrated through the beauty of messing up. Often.
You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are.
You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous.
And then to rise again into remembering.
But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.
Love, in truth, doesn’t need any other adjectives.
It doesn’t require modifiers.
It doesn’t require the condition of perfection.
It only asks that you show up. And do your best.
That you stay present and feel fully.
That you shine and fly and laugh and cry
and hurt and heal and fall and get back up
and play and work and live and die as you.