Reverberations, part 2

December 15 – 5 Minutes

Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)

December 14 – Appreciate

What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

Myself. And I don’t tell myself that enough, I think. But this year, I came around for me and showed up for me, more than ever before. In the beautiful moments, sure! And in the difficult breakdown moments, I stayed true to me, more often. Being able to see, that I didn’t exchange my own thoughts and feelings in for someone else’s idea of what was best for me, was really big.  There is nothing that strengthens me more than the practice of acknowledging and appreciating my self. In 2011, I’m taking this one to the bank!

December 13 – Action

When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)

To talk into this video camera, that’s been set-up in my office for three months, and pretend it’s you.

December 12 – Body Integration

This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)

Cohesive me. Hmmm. Moments where I’m not aware of mind & body would be when I’m doing Remembrance (a sufi practice introduced to me by Mark Silver) or when I’m doing my own personal practice of remembering who I really am… that is, reminding myself how Love or God or Source sees me (or another or a specific situation). In 2011, cohesive me sees more often, the real you & the real me.

December 11 – 11 Things

What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)

  1. For my complaining friends, I will change the subject. A lot.
  2. For my inner critic, I will initiate project self-adoration, 40 days of practicing radical self love.
  3. For my endless writing distractions, I will close Twitter, Facebook and Gmail tabs. (This tip is from Danielle LaPorte’s post “what’s on your stop doing list?“)
  4. For my doubt, I will make more wishes, and tell myself a new version of the story more often.
  5. For my out-of-aligned body that’s slowly coming into alignment, I’ll drink lots more water. Fresh, clean, pure. Water.
  6. For my stiff and sore lower back, I’ll get back to pilates and strengthening my core.
  7. For my misunderstandings, I’ll speak my truth more often even if it means you still won’t understand me.
  8. For my worry, I’ll remember faith is where I put my attention and choose to look for and at the things I love, appreciate and adore instead.
  9. For my heartbreaks, I’ll celebrate (and remind myself) I chose to let love in and that I still can and do, starting with myself.
  10. For my failures, I’ll keep showing up.
  11. For my attachment, I’ll trust more, that I have everything I need, right now. And that this is usually, always, the case.

December 10 – Wisdom

What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? (Author: Susannah Conway)

Wisest decision was hiring Charlie Gilkey. It played out in triple digits. As-in, biz revenue growth.

December 9 – Party

What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)

Cupcakes in Bel Air, of course!

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Reverberations, part 1

December 8 – Beautifully Different

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

What’s been revealed to me this year, about my beautifully different, is a kinda of grace and ease that I bring to situations. I’ve learned, you gotta lighten up before you can light up. Learning how to be compassionate and understanding with myself, learning how to be more open (less reactive) to my own path and process. Noticing sorenesses and choosing to sooth them by acknowledging what wants to be acknowledged and allowing myself room to be where I’m at (we usually have judgments against our own feelings, a sneaky kind of self-rejection). Maybe even offer the soreness (myself) a bit of love and acceptance; otherwise there can be no lighting up.

Lighting people up, is about finding new openings into what’s possible, helping you see things differently, and getting a perspective tweak… a perspective that brings you to the edge of hope; igniting passion, creativity, and the courage to fearlessly pursue what your inner knowing is calling you toward.

December 7 – Community

Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)

Community, for me, is about connection. Connection, is about seeing myself in you. The more I see you & I having a similar or shared experience, the more I realize I am not alone. The things I think, the feelings I feel, are not an isolated experience. Or some strange exception.

Community, for me, is about inspiration. Where I connect with an inner motivation that helps me infuse my personal pursuit of happiness with possibility & wonder, hope & belief in my own dreams and the intrinsic value I bring to it.

Community, for me, is about helpfulness toward one another, the people of our World and Mother Earth. A place where I can choose to be in meaningful service.

In 2011, I’m continuing to connect more deeply into the awareness of my interconnectedness with all of life. When I see my own reflection in you. A Course In Miracles calls this “a holy instant,” where I am able to suspend judgment entirely… and refers to it as “the most useful learning device for teaching you love’s meaning.” This is my 2011 community.

December 6 – Make

What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)

That last thing I made… was a wish. I wished for today. I used some Esther Hicks, a pen and pad of paper, my imagination, and several dashes of possibility. I took each segment of my today, what I know for sure about it…. like where I’m going, what I’ll be doing, and thought up the best possible outcome for each one. I gave myself a few moments to come into emotional alignment with those outcomes. And dive deeply into exploring how it would make me feel, how I want to feel.  Gently hold that place as long as possible. Then relax into… it was mine before I desired it. Smile, know, love, trust. Let go! Eyes open… begin.

The thing I made time for this year, that I created space for, was/is my morning ritual. In 2011, more and more of my days begin intentionally.

I felt it & looked forward to it, and then it was. ~Abraham

December 5 – Let Go

What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)

This year, I let go of versions of me… A me with beliefs that no longer serve. A me (always a few of these each year) camping out in my past. A review of what I say to myself about it all…  And wondering who I’m trying to convince… Myself? You? That my belief is true. It’s true (cling). It’s true (clingier). Until it isn’t.  Fortunately, some things outgrow their usefulness.

Dropping Illusions was my attempt to write about a revelatory moment I had this year… where I realized how often I was letting the belief in my inferiority, direct my show. A version of me, I said goodbye to this year.

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To Dream of Paradise

December 4, Wonder

Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis)

Truth: the only way to cultivate anything, is to put your attention on it. Whatever you focus on, expands. It is the nature of our universe. Whatever we give our attention to, we love, essentially.

Worry or wonder? Mind your mind. We become what we give our attention to.

Today & every day, I notice moments of personal curiosity and places I’ve become especially interested. As I begin noticing more and more moments like this, they expand and time and space open before me. Here is the edge of wonder. A place to enjoy the mysteries of myself, my life, and Love. And to dream of paradise.

Reverb10.com. An annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb10, you can do both!

My Alive Moment

December 3, Moment

Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

The most interesting thought I contemplated on this day, was how I might embrace the moments of 2010 that were hard. Grief. Loss. Heartbreak. The ouches.

After scanning my year for some highlight-ey moments, not one of my memories said to me, “Me! Me! I’m the Moment!” So I decided to look at the hard. Because, I guess, I had a few of those this year. I know you did too.

This year, I learned, that in order to have peace, I get to make peace… with where I am, who I am. And that includes the hard. I decided to face, look at, be with it. Instead of… run away or escape into numbness and pushing away from painful feelings.

today, i considered how grief, sadness & overall shitty feelings have [helped] me feel alive & human this year #reverb10

A little friendliness, toward the hard and my alive moment.

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Writing Wishes For 2011

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December 2 Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta).

This is such a hot topic for me. Very excited when I read it this morning. Irony is, here I sit. Late evening. About to hit publish.

I drank up many great posts today, in and outside of #reverb10, wondering if/when I would have time to write my own installment and laughing, at myself and today’s prompt.

My Short & Sweet

I’m with @whollyjeanne on this one,

Lately everything contributes to my writing. And nothing – nothing at all – was gonna’ come between me and my writing on this day. grief is messy

But I think somehow the prompt is getting at what @DanielleLaPorte says here about the ‘mastery of stop’ and saying no to what’s distracting and draining,

2. I will not leave Twitter, Facebook and Gmail open while I write. I need blocks of two to three hours to think clearly and craft that clarity into something useful. Writing is a “yes!” to all three of the questions. what’s on your stop doing list?

In terms of manifesting what’s next for my writing, I’’ll start here. In 2011, I say ‘no’ more often to distraction. I become “let nothing stand in my way” determination. And remain open and awake to the offer.

Out of Easy, Comes Alignment

Late last year, about this time, I was “given” my word for 2010 and I tell you that story here.

Short-version of the story is my word for 2010 is Easy.

No. Not like in that was easy. More like, how can I invite easy in to my experience this year?

So that’s basically what I did. I gave myself a 2010 guideline so I could discover how good easy can be. I made the choice to discover easy because I recognized that I have a real knack for creating a more complicated route to my destinations than is often (ever) necessary.

Complicated and hard aren’t bad. Not totally. They actually helped me see easy as an option (light bulb!)

Easy has brought me quite a long way this year. So far in fact, I’m not ditching it in ’11.  Easy is working for me. Period.

At the end of this year though, I’m reflecting on the biggest aha I could share, in one word, for what easy taught me and what I plan to use as a guideline for 2011 (so glad #reverb10 is starting here because this post has been planned and I now have the excuse/reason to write it TODAY.)

Out of easy came alignment.

Yes, that’s my word. My intention for 2011. I am willing to be/seek alignment with that which supports me most (hence making everything easy) which is Source.

Source. God. Allah. Holy Spirit. All those things. All the names we use. The name you use. I want to know my center, more than ever before. I want to bring an aligned me to all the situations in my life.

I’ve already started doing this. I’m happy to say, I have a regular morning ritual for the first time in my life. I mean, my mornings have always been there. But what I do, in those very moments upon rising, has become a sacred time for me. And I’m choosing my alignment first.

Yes, it’s up and down. In and out. High and low. I’m not always aligned. It’s not always easy. But I’ve realized it’s up to me, and me only. To decide. Instead of waiting for something outside of me to be different. I decide right now.

When I choose alignment (or to see it as God/Love sees it), it changes how I see a situation entirely.

This is a practice.  Getting in alignment. And I’ll be sharing my own personal ways of gaining alignment, noticing when I’m out of alignment, and becoming friends with the process of moving in and out of alignment. The goal is not be aligned 100% of the time, that would be an attachment to an outcome. The goal is to experience myself choosing again and again, my alignment to Source energy.

Greater and greater numbers of us are joining together in harmonic resonance. Another reason for you and I to celebrate and welcome alignment.

Reverb10.com. An annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, you can do both.