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Be Mindful of the Signposts Sent to You

Living a Fearless Life

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 9.05.50 PMOnce there was a man whose house was in a flood. He stood on the porch as the waters rose. A boat came by, the driver urged the man to get on board but the man said he knew God has a purpose for him, and was waiting on the Lord to save him. The waters rose, the first floor was flooded and as the man looked out his second story window, another boat came to rescue him. The man turned the boat away, saying he knew God had a purpose for him and  would wait for God to rescue him. Finally he was clinging to the chimney on the roof. A helicopter flew overhead and dropped down a ladder. The man waved it off, saying Jesus would save his life. Finally he was swept away in the waters and drowned. At the pearly gates, he saw God and said, Lord, all my life I lived with purpose, doing as you asked, but when the time came you did not save me. And God said, “I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what else did you want?”

Achieve Stillness in your Daily Living

So, why am I relating this classic joke to you in a blog about finding stillness and balance in your life? As you run through your busy day, holding on to your iPhone which you cannot allow to get more than a foot away from you, think of meeting your Maker like this:

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 9.13.09 PM“What’s with the heart attack?” I demand.

“What did you want from me?” He replies. “I sent you yoga, Buddhism, Shakespeare, dolphins, mindful meditation, Brahms, Monet, roses, sunsets…[He talks for a really long time]…and even that Certified Professional Life Coach!”

It’s pretty obvious that knowing what’s good for us isn’t terribly helpful. Ever meet an alcoholic that didn’t know he needed to quit drinking? A sixty-hour-a-week businessman or woman who didn’t, at a very intimate level, know that each evening ended in a sunset–and that the cost of missing those sunsets, night after night, was going to be very, very dear? No one ever ended up on their death bed saying, “I wish I spent more time at the office.”

Repetition is the Mother of Learning

I feel like I should be writing just one very short blog, and posting it over and over: ”You remember all those things we’ve already said? Do that.” Try as you might, no matter how fast you go, or how much you multi-task, you are not going to be able to read everything, absorb everything, figure everything (or anything) out. Instead, just try slowing down enough to be able to hear that voice calling to you through the megaphone from above.

Think of abundance as a car engine.  You put the car in first gear to get started.  If you stay in Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 9.18.27 PMfirst gear, and try to go faster, the engine goes faster and faster, but the car really doesn’t gain much speed.  Switch to second gear and the engine slows down, allowing the car to go faster.  Third gear – the engine works even slower, and the car goes even faster.  It’s the same with your mind.  Slow down your thinking to go faster towards your goal of more abundance in your life.  Find purpose in life; be mindful of what you think about, and whether you call it meditation, or prayer, or reflection – take the time to slow down your mind, to achieve your goals through purposeful thoughts which will lead to living your purpose.

(with thanks to Psychology Today magazine for the inspiration)

Tree Frogs; Mindful Leap of Faith

I watched a tree frog jump from the safety of the honeysuckle vine, through the air, and Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.44.34 AMland on a leaf of a lily. Tree frogs are tiny. About the size of my thumbnail. Yet, he leaped, after a bit of preparation, straight through the air from a secure perch to a leaf that wobbled and bent as he landed on it.
His preparation consisted of a bit of a neck stretch, a little bit of backside wiggle; he shifted his back feet a bit, and whoosh. Now that is an example of living with purpose! Through the air, several feet off the ground. I thought, what if he were the size of me? How far would that leap be for me?

Getting Ready to Get Ready

I tend to spend too much time preparing for something. Getting ready to get ready. That little frog got me wondering. What am I afraid of that I postpone a leap with busy work? What if I fail? Or, even more frightening, what if I succeed?

Overcome The Fear of Failure

What if I leap and my landing is wobbly, or I fall? How many times does the tree frog fail? Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 8.04.20 AMJudging by the number of tree frogs in my garden – not very often!! Any leap in life means new directions. I have often read the phrase “take the road less travelled”, which is a leap of faith. Having done that enough times in my life, is there a point where the leap of faith becomes hard wired in me; to leap forward regardless of the possibility of failure?

Take a Purposeful Leap

The tree frog launches himself into the air with no possibility of returning during that leap. So, take a leap of faith, see where you land, and decide where you want to go from there. Make it a purposeful leap.  Make it with mindfulness. Make it a habit to leap forward, and step by step, leap by leap, the distance between where you were and where you are now is a measure of your success.

Take a Mindful Walk and Live with Purpose

Take time for yourself; be mindful of your purpose

Be Mindful with Purpose


This post might be a little out of alignment; and since I am writing with purpose, the visible format is really not terribly important right now.

In my journey to live with purpose, it became apparent that I had lost sight of the very purpose that got me started on the journey.  Re-learning, re-tooling, re-energizing, re-inventing the very essence of me has led to some major soul searching, and my biggest ah-ha moment occurred.  I am afraid of change, leery of success, wary of the new future me.

Overcome the Fear of Success

So, here is where the rubber meets the road.  Or, in the case of the title above, – where I go for a walk, in solitude and contemplation.  How can I possibly know anything about living mindfully if I overlook the very core of living with purpose?  My journey begins afresh, with a very short post today, and much much more to come in my new, refocussed future.

How to Be Mindful at Work and Still Keep Your Job

Once you have started on the path of mindful living, it’s amazing how quickly it becomes a part of your day.  Most of us go through the motions of living, and forget to be conscious of living with purpose,  only to discover at the end of the day, – that you can’t even remember what you had for lunch!!

What do I mean by that?  Well, look at the commute to work.  Many times, you have probably stopped for a traffic light, and thought, “I don’t remember the last couple of minutes of the drive.” You are on automatic pilot, and while, fortunately, you are a competent driver, it’s a bit of a jolt to realize you were driving in a state of unconscious competence.  When we become so immersed in the routine of daily living, that we go through certain parts of it, like driving to work, on automatic pilot, – that’s where the departure from living with purpose occurs.

So, what should we focus on, while going about our day?  This will sound odd, but focus on everything.  Don’t allow the automatic pilot to take over.  Be aware of your surroundings, of sights, sounds, smells.  I work very near a coffee roasting company.  Every day, I smell the incredibly rich and robust smell of coffee being freshly roasted.  When I meet a fellow worker on the way in, I say ” doesn’t that smell wonderful?” and the response is “what smell?”  They are so out of tune with being in the moment that they don’t stop to enjoy the state of being that we spend every moment of our lives in.  Whether awake or asleep, it is our state of being that matters.

If you are a file clerk, or a bank manager, or an astronaut (well, especially if you are an astronaut), focus on every detail of your day; be consciously aware of the purpose of each activity you undertake, make every moment the most important moment of your day.  It’s been often said to live each day as if it were your last.  That’s a bit extreme, really, because it focuses on a somewhat gruesome thought.  I find it much more uplifting to consider each moment as singularly important, because all we have in life in the present moment.

So why not honour that moment.  You will never have another just like it.