The reason so many of us are obsessed with being stars is because we are not yet starring in our own lives. The cosmic spotlight isn’t pointed at you, it radiates from within you.
Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don’t have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity.
– Henepola Gunaratana
Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit, Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit; Let us find that promised rest.
-Charles Wesley, Love Divine.
We’re closing in on Christmas. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, I imagine you will agree with me here: anticipation is in the air. This anticipation is not just for the gifts and festivities of the season’s climax; this anticipation is for a new year, a fresh start. 2016 has been quite an interesting one to say the least. Whatever your experience is, I want to applaud you for showing up and staying courageous and committed to the process. It’s that feeling of finishing a long book (preferably a hard copy), placing it ever so gingerly on the book shelf next to the host of other old companions you’ve learned from, and then standing back with a deep sigh of prideful relief as you admire your handiwork.
Author Jamais Cascio once said, “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive. I never thought I would need to know this lesson until my life was turned upside down.
Meet Ruthie Lindsey
Today’s post is very near and dear to my heart for several reasons. Our guest blogger is Ruthie Lindsey (visit her website), a designer, speaker, stylist, and overall inspirer. She travels all over sharing her incredible story that invites us to a high and spacious place of living beautifully in the midst of painful realities.
One of my absolute favorite things about my work is getting to witness and hold space for clients’ awe-inspiring stories. It has forever changed the way I see strangers walking down the sidewalk, buying groceries, or getting coffee in the Starbucks line. Now, I like to see those people as walking miracles carrying remarkable stories, oftentimes stories that are overlooked or brushed aside.