Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Challenge to you - Be Aware

Today was a day full of meetings (some productive, most not so much...). Sick child at home and a to do list longer than my arm. I was truly beginning to think that there was nothing good about the day at all. Then I had a thought that if I could just find one moment with some beauty in it, that the day would be perfect. Interestingly enough, when I started to search for that moment I could not find it. Then, driving in my car, not searching for the moment of beauty anymore (I had given up), it hit me! As I got stuck at the fourth red traffic light (getting more and more aggravated with each stop), I looked past the light and saw the most beautiful sunset that the universe had to offer me. It had been cloudy all day and as the clouds were clearing the sky filled with the most beautiful shades of oranges, reds and yellows. All the colors of the Fall foliage that are looking a bit faded here in the Northeast this year. Then, in a moment, the light turned green and I was on my way - with a much different attitude.

I share this with you as a way to remind us that there are always moments of grace in our days, we just have to notice them. We don't have to search or look for them, we just have to be present for them. These moments have the ability to make us truly alive, truly grateful and truly recharged. After all, time is nothing more than a series of moments strung together. Odds are that if you remain totally engaged and present in the current moment, that a moment of grace and beauty will present itself to you; just when you need it most.

Be aware as you take part in your daily activities, even the ones you don't like much. Buried in those activities are these wonderful moments.

Please feel free to comment with examples of your own moments...you can help us all on our journey by sharing. You just might help change someone's perspective to see the beauty in something that they normally would not have.

Namaste',

Michelle

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Welcome to our journey!

After having spent many hours reading the blogs of others, I figured it was about time to start my own. In some ways it is an attempt to have an avenue to "float ideas"; ideas that maybe will find their way to a book someday. I have to say that it amazes me that when faced with putting words to screen, all of a sudden there are no more words, no more words to describe the feeling of Being Alive Now.

I just spent the last four days running back and forth to a hospital, visiting my Dad whose condition has reminded me to live in the present. I always have been a subscriber of the "Live in the Now" philosophy. I am the person who notices the dragonfly caught in the spider web and then takes the time to un-stick him, pull the web detritus off his legs and set him free. The person who sees the 6 legged spider and wonders where the other 2 went. Not a dreamer, but an observer of life. There is beauty and grace all around us. My intention is to have this blog honor that beauty and ratify that grace. You are welcome on my journey, as it is our journey.

Please be patient as I start to unravel the thoughts in my head and begin to share them in earnest for all to see. Hang on to your hats! It is going to be a great ride.

Namaste',

Michelle