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Earlier this week I had a moment where I was completely at ease, and immediately associated the feeling with the absence of STRESS . . . it was pure bliss! Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of stress that comes with being unemployed and trying to start my own business - but the difference is that it is my stress, not stress associated with making money and turning in billable hours for someone else. Which then begs the question, "Why did I do it for so long?"
The simple answer is FEAR. And lots of it. If I had to choose one thing that kept me shackled to a job that wasn't bringing me joy - it was this: How in the world would I pay for my own medical benefits? <--- It's no joke! That particular fear kept me planted solidly in my last two jobs. As it turns out, I paid my first monthly premium for medical benefits this week, and I lived to tell about it! Yes it's expensive and no the benefits aren't great . . . but writing the check makes me positively giddy - because I know I've conquered something that kept me paralyzed for so long.
This weeks questions (2!) are: How does fear keep me from what I really want? And . . . What is one thing I can do this week that will bring me closer to my dreams?*
Take some time to meditate on these questions - in a quiet place with your favorite journal and pen, or while you knit or spend time in your garden . . . wherever is best to nurture yourself for 15-30 minutes.
Have a lovely day, and I'll see you back here next week for another Sunday Meditation.
* Just a gentle reminder that when thinking about one thing you can to do get closer to your dreams, it can be SMALL. Once you take even a baby step toward your goal, the Universe will notice and help propel you on your way!
Last year I had the misfortune of witnessing a pretty horrific motorcycle accident. Thankfully I wasn't driving and was able to hide from everything after seeing the initial impact . . . and by the grace of a Higher Power the motorcyclist was still alive when we left the scene. Needless to say I was shaken - it's hard not to be when you see an accident that could have easily taken a life. * deep breath *
What I found interesting in the ensuing conversation however, was how quickly things turned to "Whose fault was it?" In this case there was no question the motorcycle was clearly speeding. But at the end of the day when someone is that hurt, does it matter whose fault it is?
Today's question is: How am I allowing others the freedom to take responsibility for their own actions and thoughts?
When I sat with this for a little while I found myself in a place of compassion instead of judgment. Steering away from "Who was at fault?", to "He made a bad choice . . . and I hope he's OK."
Think about your relationships - with your kids, co-workers, partners and friends. Are you allowing them the freedom to take responsibility for their own actions and thoughts? Spend some time with your journal and pen in a comfy chair - tea & coffee is optional - meditating in a way that feels right for you. I'd love to hear what you come up with - send me a note or leave a comment below!
Love & Light,
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Meet me here on Saturdays for some weekly vibes - honoring the week that has past, and clearing the way for what's new. Gather your journal and favorite pen, along with a hot cup of coffee/tea/chai - and settle in for 30 minutes dedicated to YOU.
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