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Monday’s Random Thought: Living Authentically September 24, 2012

Filed under: From The Heart — heartwriter @ 9:01 pm
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You’d think we would know how to do that by now right?

We get so comfortable living, being in one way, the way that is familiar to us that the idea of trying something new entices and scares the crap out of us at the same time.

What would happen if we listened to our heart? Could things shift and take on new life if we said YES to what we want instead of to what we think we should say yes to?

Those things we think are in the way are just things. We forget our authentic power, ability and purpose on this planet has a greater life than we can imagine.

For me when I move out of the way, layers peel away, transformation occurs.  I discover who I really am.

by J.G. McGlothern

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Monday’s Random Thought: Surrender the Outcome not the Intention September 17, 2012

Filed under: From The Heart,Observation — heartwriter @ 10:16 pm
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We have an intention for the day. Get this done, get that done, live peacefully, do that, be balanced, give back, be grounded, do this.

Then shit happens.

Something not on the list.

We have seen this stuff before, only this time we handle it differently, in a new way. Instead of cursing it for intruding, we spread out the welcome matt.

The wrench in our day, throws us off schedule, our intention still insight just derailed a bit. And instead we see it not as a wrench, but as a lesson. A gentle reminder that we can continue with our intentions, just pausing to remember to let go of the steerig wheel.  We hand over the reins of control without surrendering our desire.

We walk away grateful for the shit that wasn’t really shit, but rather gift.

by J.G. McGlothern

 

Monday’s Random Thought: Response September 10, 2012

Filed under: From The Heart — heartwriter @ 6:31 pm
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You can receive sad news over the weekend that breaks your heart wide open.  The urge to run away or crawl under a rock can come up suddenly and consume your being.

Your child can ask, Now what do we?

And you can say, We live deeply. We love who is in front of us. We eat ice cream for lunch.

We can react or we can respond.

We can runaway or we can eat ice cream for lunch with someone we love.

by J.G. McGlothern

 

Monday’s Random Thought: For You September 3, 2012

Filed under: From The Heart — heartwriter @ 10:50 pm
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I unloaded a recent gift onto our kitchen counter this morning. I was given an entire cooler FULL of fruit picked straight from our friends’ orchard. Plums, peaches, pears and apples are spilling out of bowls. My daughter and I have been baking all day. Peach cobbler is in the oven, two apple crisps are on the counter and after I write this, plum kuchen is up next.

I just finished reading Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and one of the characters, Evanelle, is a big gift giver. An elderly woman, she walks around with a duffle bag of gifts for particular people. Her home is stocked with bizarre items she gives away with a purpose. She will get a thought like, “Claire needs a hair-band, Bay needs pop-tarts, Fred needs a mango pitter”, or “Emma needs two quarters” and she will go off and deliver the said items. She never knows what they are for, she only knows she is supposed to give specific people certain things. Sure enough, every gift comes in handy.

In the novel, not everyone knows how to receive. Like in real life not everyone does well being the gift receiver. They feel awkward, blush, look at their feet. We often prefer to be the giver, right?

I am working on my receiving skills. It takes practice to be grateful instead of feeling awkward. It takes time to learn to look others in the eye and not at my feet and to receive their love, their gift, the bounty before me with grace.

When I was given the cooler full of fruit I wasn’t sure what I would do, but I knew it would be great. I have been giving handfuls away and baking with my daughter scrumptious deliciousness all day.

My friend who grows the fruit, loves giving it away as much as eating it himself. He delights in the whole process of growing the fruit. He is passionate about his peaches, plums, apples and pears. The work it gives him fills him with joy. You can see it when he picks them from their branches. It is evident when he slices the fruit and lays them out to dry. You can see it when he hands over a cooler full of gifts.

What would happen if the next time you received a gift you behaved like you deserved it instead of acting unworthy? ‘Cause that is part of the problem, right? We don’t feel like we deserve such goodness.

But we do. Everyone of us.

Gifts are to be given. It is up to us to receive.

by J.G. McGlothern