Long time no blog! Last post, now I look, was on 7/7, and now we're cycling through the last page of the 2014 calendar, and it's 12/12. Hello! I'll keep this brief because everyone has enough to read already. Which is the main reason for my hiatus.
Seems our days are chockablock with incoming blog posts, newsletters, links to 17 things we should or could be doing, tips for how to change your life, get what you want, have what you need. Stuff you have to watch, and even how you are going to feel if you do. If we have a site for business, we are told we must keep this avalanche of reaching out going, to keep wracking up our Likes, our followers, our client base, and keep people thinking of us. Have one interaction with one place or one website and your inbox will be binging regularly ever after. Not to mention the unending stream of outrages and truly bad news. Hands up if it's too much!
So I stopped. Doing a Flash Oracle some time back, the message was Let it all go and see what emerges. The oracle was for a client but the message soaked right in. It felt so powerful, so simple, so audacious. Can we do that? It's like getting away with something. The pushing we feel is systemic, and accelerating. It drives business: needing to be something other than you are, needing things you don't have, wanting to be elsewhere. We are used to it. We are trained like Pavlov's dog to push the buttons and stay in the feed. But what if you let it all go? What emerges?
Who we really are is always there, which sounds silly when you see it in print, but we forget in the frenzy of becoming. And we're conditioned to believe being who we really are is not enough. We've been trained to actually feel bad about who we are, with its side projects of picking on each other. We think we need to become something else, something more, but that's the fun part about life. It's a series of interlocking paradoxes. When we stop becoming, and be, we do become something else. Any guesses?
We become who we really are, awake and cruising in the peaceful eye of our personal hurricane. Becoming or returning to ourselves, it's the circle thing. We feel at one with, um, ourselves. We feel one with, um, everything. Cool how that works. Plus it's free, makes our bodies feel zingy, our hearts happy and good ideas flood in out of nowhere. Brightens the room, calms crying babies. Magic can happen sooo much easier, and our pain-body takes a break and stops driving the bus. Which is a relief to all. Feel that? It's presence. Hey! Wants lots of presence this season? Wish list: done. There ya go.
Beingness, stillness, oneness, all interlocking circles of the same thing: presence. There's a cool word Buddha used: tatata. It means suchness. The suchness of life. Let's add suchness to our -ness series. Being one with reality.
You so own now. More fun with words. See those two? They're an n with ow on either side, the mirror image of each other. When you own now, you lose the ow! Awesomeness. You don't need to go get something else to be content in the moment. In fact, things start to come to you. Because you're present, you can receive. If you're sitting still, but your mind is on its hamster wheel, or your pain-body is upset or hurt or mad as hell, you're not available for the gifts that come with presence. And yes, 'tis the season to make puns out of these words.
The gifts that come with presence radiate outward as they fly inward, suffusing everyone and everything around you with calmness, happiness, more -nesses. More tatata than you can shake a mala at. However you like to get your presence on, I hope you fill these few remaining darkest days before the Winter Solstice, and then the 12 days of the winter revels, and then just keep on rolling with it. You're so gifted.