“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.” ― Marianne Williamson
“We are all tired. Really, we are. It’s a hard road, but it’s also a beautiful one. Perhaps we expect too much from ourselves and from others. Perhaps humanity can only make slow progress, like an inchworm. Perhaps we need to celebrate how far we have come. And rest more. And relish the simple pleasures. And look for love everywhere. There is a river near where I live. It meanders slowly, peacefully. It doesn’t ask itself why it isn’t an ocean, or a raging river, or some other thing. It just surrenders to what it is. Maybe we just need to surrender more to who we are. I think I will lie down tomorrow beside the river. And take a rest. And sweet surrender.”
‘Sometimes people invite us into a drama that is of value to us—we have something to learn in the heart of it. But sometimes it is of no value to us—someone wants to live out their stuff, someone wants a woundmate to join them in their trigger-fest. Drama loves company. Drama needs company to flourish. And if we grew up with chaos, we may jump in without realizing that boundaries were possible. Old drama habits die hard. We recreate what we know best. But we do have a choice. We really do. We can tell them to live it out somewhere else. We can establish a boundary. We can choose peace. Developing your ‘no drama’ muscle may well save your life. A drama based lifestyle drains the adrenals and invites disease. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that keeps coming back for more. Best to draw a line in the sand and refuse the invitation.’
‘When you look back at your own life, you see that with the suffering you went through, you would have avoided it each time if you possibly could, yet when you look at the depths of your character now, and the fact that you’re sitting here doing this work, you see it’s all a product of those experiences.
Weren’t those experiences part of what created the depth of your inner being?
I look back over the times when I was suffering miserably. I certainly wouldn’t lay it on myself if I’d had a choice, but it happened. It was part of the working out of my life plan, and now when I look back in perspective, I see the power of those experiences. I see how they deepened something in me that was necessary for the moment.’
Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold: the holding of plans or dreams or expectations – Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now willonly result in struggle, fear, and desperate attemptsto flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.
Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you received it gentlyor with all your quills raised to defend against invaders. Take this on faith; the mind may never find the explanations that it seeks, but you will move forwardnonetheless. Let go, and the wave’s crest will carryyou to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations. Let it all go and find the place ofrest and peace, and certain transformation.
“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.”
‘After decades of research into the meaning of Enlightenment and a series of dark nights of my ego, I came to find that the definition of Enlightenment is simply this: the release of the resistance to what is. Out beyond resistance, right in the heart of all distress, all pain and all despair, is untarnished Enlightenment just waiting to be realized. When we drop the resistance to what is, the clarity of True vision is restored .
Enlightenment is an awareness already inside of us and when we remove the blocks that veil us to this Truth, Enlightenment is revealed. What are the blocks that we need to remove?
Block 1: The resistance to what is. What resists what is? Our ego! Block 2: The resistance to Self Love. What resists Self Love? Our ego! Here’s the deal about Enlightenment: the undoing of ego resistance requires a Universe of Self Love to undertake. But hey, in Truth we are one with the Universe so guess what? We have a Universe of support in this Self Love department!
The release of the resistance to what is is not about checking out, turning our back on injustice, or not standing up for what’s right. The release of resistance is about checking in, accepting this moment exactly as it is and saying “Okay, I trust that whatever’s going on right now has been invited in for my Awakening and the Awakening of Humanity. Instead of resisting what is, I will use this situation as an invitation for Enlightenment. I will choose to take action from a place of Love, and to start, I will Love my Self that much more . ”
There’s a great intelligence in our suffering, for our suffering is a gateway to our Enlightenment. Enlightenment is not about reaching some static plane of cushy bliss by any means. Enlightenment is an underlying Peace that endures even in our deepest Human grief and it is often through our darkest hour that we pierce the veil of suffering and enter into a surrendered state of Grace. From this place of non-resistance a profound alchemy occurs, we transcend the egoic spell of fear and doubt and the remembrance of an Omnipotent Love is returned to us. Give resistance it’s freedom and you will know Enlightenment.’ -Alana Leigh
Happy New Year! Thank you to both my old and newer subscribers. I really enjoy my time connecting with you all.
Whilst I thoroughly enjoy reading about mindfulness and Buddhism as it pushes me in my own practice, I equally enjoy reading your personal stories. The stories of triumph, despair, and my favorite stories of all, ones related to the heart. So, thank you for being you and sharing part of your journey with me. I look forward to reading your coming posts.
I will be going live with my new website this year. I have been collating mindful jewelry, some of which I designed and I can’t wait to share it with you. They will be pieces that may help you on your journey to live a more mindful and peaceful existence. The process of getting the website live has been much longer and much more challenging than I had ever imagined. :S However, the finishing line in is sight.
May we embrace all that comes our way in 2018. May we accept all that arrives and treat it as if it were a gift, for none of us know what’s installed, but one thing is certain, resistance to what is creates conflict. So let’s accept what is. Be present. Be mindful. For that is the path to peace.