Breathe in the Dark, Breathe out the Light
Most of us run from pain, do all kinds of things to avoid it and sometimes the cure for the pain is worse than pain itself in the end. How can we truly feel joy if we never experience pain? I am learning to breathe in those dark, emotional, and sometimes intense feelings and breathe out the release of joy. I do not stay in either place, I just breathe. Life must have contrast, it must have decision, but it is our choice how we will approach that contrast and make those decisions. With resistance, anger, resentment, we can power our way past the pain, or gently, lovingly, with grace, we feel the pain and release joy.
“Today I will breathe in the pain and breathe out the joy, taking in the pain for myself and others and releasing joy for myself and others. This is my gift to myself and the world.”
My Monday was spent on the snowy slopes of Jackson Hole Wyoming as my friend and I prepare to say goodbye to LA and each other this month. Celebrating my 60th birthday and our enduring friendship, plus the end of filming for my documentary on brain health, made the weekend quite poignant. Beginnings, transitions, closure. […]
You may have noticed that I sometimes miss my Monday Morning posts. I like to keep my word and usually do, but there can be the best of intentions and life intervenes. So thank you for your patience and I will use this to illustrate a point. Planning is great, intending your life rather than […]
It can be so tempting to justify our anger, to list all the reasons that we should feel outrage. The story we tell ourselves and others keeps us stuck in that emotional and mental pain and the more we talk about it the angrier we get. Now anger is not a bad thing, it lets […]
The events in America of the past week have caused us all to stop and ask, “How did we get here?” My belief system is that we co-created this contrast so we can clearly see how to move forward in love and compassion, to listen and truly hear how others are feeling. All around the […]