Never Mind The Weather.

When it rains it rains.
When it’s sunny it’s sunny.
When it’s hot or cold it’s hot or cold.
When it’s ‘just right’ it’s simply just that.

You can’t change the weather. It would be foolish to think you could.
So why do you rail against the way you feel?

The storms rise and fall within you.
Some days feel blustery, while others feel calm.
The sun shines. Or the grey cloud just blankets your being.

Minute by minute your moods shift and change like the winds.
You can’t change the way you feel in this moment by force of will.
So accept this moment. This feeling. The ‘good’ the ‘bad’ and the ‘indifferent’.

When the storms rage maybe just take cover.
The cover of your acceptance with awareness of breath as your anchor.

Al things change. They can’t not.
The dance of impermanence is played out in your body, heart and mind, with each passing blip of time.

So for now, if the darkness cloaks you, the rains lash, or the sun burns your skin, you could maybe just take cover – take rest – and watch, watch, watch and wait as the atmosphere changes, naturally, in its own sweet time. Your nose pressed against the window with patience, acceptance, and a strong intent to not write stories to match the way you feel.

And everything will change.
Maybe sooner. Maybe later. Maybe today. Maybe not.

Let it be.

And then when the air feels fresh and clear again, and the light shines kindly on you, then take the opportunity to begin the process of gratitude once more.

Use the times you feel good to create, with positive expectation, thankfulness and a heart full of wonder.

Use the times you feel down, anxious, angry or any of the less palatable sensations to practice accepting things, just as they are.

There is enormous power in your acceptance of what is.

You can’t change the weather.
But you can change your mind.

Think Less. Feel More.

The words were clear and directive. The intent pure. The message came from another angle, a sled of granite, riding deep into conscious and unconscious mind.

The journey to heart continues. The mind a troublesome bedfellow. Always tripping you up. Repeating and replaying. Pulling you into past and future. Niggling and nagging and bullying and Just Trying To Keep You Safe. When safety is not an issue. Never was. Never will be.

The issue is one of opening. Against the grain. The learned responses of past decades being put aside. Not easy. But path is path. Follow or surrender.

Time to soften and melt. To allow the somatic flow to untie you. The realisation that all the feelings, the sensations, the emotional and energetic flows are the path to god.

Are god itself.

So think less. Feel more.

Your practice is this.

heaviness.

And then the overwhelm lands, flonk, in your lap.
The emotions jangle. The tension, the sadness, the anxiety and bubbling anger.
And it fuels the thoughts. Loops it round and around.
Bad feeling. Bad thought.

And. Repeat.

But.

Is it so bad? Or is it just another expression of the moment? The who you are right now. The what you are experiencing that just is, is and is.

It’s tough to remain in peace and equanimity when you feel so crushed by the feelings and their accompanying thoughts.

But maybe just write it all out at length. Spill your guts onto the page. Vomit the thoughts out, so their powerful tug is lessened. And then go and sit. Close you eyes. And take some breaths. Feel the expression of these thoughts and feelings as they ripple over and through your body and mind.

These unwelcome guests may just be messengers from god. An invitation to come closer. A wide-armed welcome that leads you to the divine.

Because you ARE the divine. And everything you feel is just that too.

Little. Bits. Of. God.

Expressed in their most powerful human form.

Focus. Wider.

The here and now is a good place to be. To aim. To focus.
With a clear acceptance of what is arising, moment by moment.

But some danger lies in getting too wrapped up in the minute detail of feeling and action, cause and effect, moment by moment.
With measurement and expectation starting to bog us down by occupying too much of the conscious mind and feeling heart.

It’s all too easy to get too wrapped up in What Is Going On.
And measuring everything in unnecessary detail.

The words of a conversation. The interactions in a class. The events of  day. And even the broader brushstrokes of a week. They can all take up too much of our attention and bring heartache if we deem them ‘unsatisfactory’.

But sometimes, step back. Look wide and long and deep. See the flow of your months and years, your last decade. And then the measurement has more value. With the power to inspire gratitude and renewed vigour to move forward in a similar vein, or to make those bigger changes that will shape the next ten years.

Always remembering that we cannot fathom the intricate flow of events unfolding in the moment. That the bigger picture is far more convoluted than our minds can fathom.

Don’t miss the stunning panorama by always looking at just one tree.

Your life if bigger than that.
Sweeping. Majestic.
And worthy of patience and a healthy dose of awe.

stop.

sometimes the flow feels turbulent. the efforts driven with bands of edginess and slices of mustdo. sometimes the feet race ahead and leave the head behind. uncomfy. troublesome. to feel the agitation and pockets of rage. irritation. life speckled and wearisome. can’t be bothered. but just can’t stop.

then stop.

do stop.

the flow isn’t this. the flow is that. over there.
that current rushing along. with blissful intensity. loud roar of welcome.
honourable discharging of all duties allowed to flow and flow. go and go.

trust the universe to know the way.
cease all the trouble and strive.
the belief that pure willpower and movement will bring you all that you want.
it can’t. it shan’t.

only the unseen can fulfill all dreams.
the imagined becoming real.
the dream solidifying from the ether as synaptic traces gel with energetic waves invisible.

trust the process. the flow. the roll.
your journey is not created with hammer and nail.
you didn’t get this far by your own fair hand. no no.

you make it real through peace. serenity. feeling the wave. gently rising to you feet. and breathing gently as you take thoughtful mindful step and action in the way of its kind urging.

simply stopping may not be easy. so slow. slow. s l o w.
take breath. sit awhile. feel the embrace of the comfortable truth of your existence.

the simple somatic pulse of your being.

nothing you do can create a thing.
but every time you be, galaxies take form.

so be. be still.

and remember who you are. feel who you are. enjoy who you are. know who you are.

those tingles are the fairy dust of creation.

Nine Steps to Heaven.

1. Accept

Accept what is.
The feelings and thoughts. The good. The bad. The neutral.
The disquiet in your being. That weird, uncomfortable stuff in your head.
The sensations in your body.
And everything that is present in your life right now.

This second. Accept it all. And stop writing all those stories in your head. The ‘poor me, pity me’ does nothing but bring you more of the same. And anger, well, it will keep boiling in your synapses for as long as you feed it with thoughts that are just fuel to its fire.

The reality is, as it is. And not just when it’s to your liking.
Accept it, with all the equanimity you can muster.

Any other way is madness.

2. Thank

Say thanks for the good stuff in your life right now.

  • The simple things you take for granted, like the sun in the sky, the air you breathe and the life in your veins.
  • The bigger creations, such as the clothes you wear, the money in your wallet, the home you live in and the car you drive.
  • The relationships you have, your friends and family. Pets you love. Pastimes you indulge in.

Say thanks. Again and again. And begin to feel the appreciation and gratitude welling up inside you.

3. Add

Add positive things to your day.

It can be as simple as drinking a little more water or going for a walk, to reading a book that lifts your spirits or listening to music that makes you smile to your toes. And as you do so, seek out those things that make you feel good to the core. Paint a picture. Bake some bread. Plant seeds in your garden. Or dance, all alone in your room.

Exercise can be wonderful. And the stretching, strengthening, breath work, body awareness, and mental-emotional-spiritual self development that yoga brings is to be applauded.

Add positive stuff. The good stuff.

Don’t try to push out and wrestle to the ground all those things that you like to do which you know cause you harm. Instead, add good things, and keep on adding. You may find the ‘bad stuff’ has less room now, and begins to get squeezed out, naturally.

4. Align

By now you’ve maybe discovered that acceptance, thankfulness and the adding of good stuff to your day, is making you feel better than you did before.

You are naturally aligning with the order of things – the ‘way things are’.

Maybe you also find you are living and behaving in ways that don’t jar with ‘how things work’. You are choosing food that is good for you, thoughts that uplift you, physical actions that benefit you – and those around you.

This is alignment, of your BODY, your MIND, your SPIRIT.

Of it all.

5. Flow

The universe is bigger than you are.
It has been creating  beautiful stuff for a very long time.
The natural order of things is creation, abundance, change, movement and flow.

And you are part of this.

You ARE this.

So begin to allow yourself to go with the flow.
Finding the smooth path, the easy route and the sunny side of the street, in all that you do.

Drop the struggle. Stop the fight. Lose the pain in your gain.

Sniff out the downstream flow. Jump in. Aim your feet. And let the mighty current carry you on. No need to flap and struggle and try to swim against the current. You’ll lose.

6. Act

Step forth with inspired action.

Walk boldly in the direction of your dreams.

Lovingly push some doors and shake some trees.

All the while listening intently to the still, small voice inside. The one that KNOWS what to say. KNOWS what to think. KNOWS what to do. KNOWS how to act.

7. Create

The universe is a very creative place. From myriad stars to the subatomic wonders of inner space (and everything in between).

And as you focus on gratitude and positive action, you continue this process of creation.

It’s why you’re here.

8. Trust

The order of the universe, the law of how things work, is infallible.

Flawless.

So trust this process.

Utterly. Entirely.

The very essence of this trust is a great force for good – of creation – and the attractor of more abundance into your life.

9. Remember

Always remember who you are.

What you are.

And that everything is,

(and always will be),

just as it should be.