In yesterday's post, #Transformation Tuesday, I reflected on my 7 year healing odyssey and how my soul no longer feels restless. I feel contentment in my life for the first time since leaving my career as a VA social worker to heal my life.
One of my friends wrote on Facebook, "You are truly an inspiration, Mary. Please share with me how you can make your soul no longer restless. You are blessed - and we are blessed just knowing you."
I was deeply humbled by her words and replied with: "Thank you so much for your kind words. It just sort of happened over time as I became more and more aware of what was true for me and having the courage to make changes in what was comfortable for me even though it was not right for me. Meditation, journaling, returning to the running community, acceptance, practicing what Tara Brach calls "Attend and Befriend," Aquatics Therapy at Spaulding Rehab, and most recently I was blessed to find a wonderful therapist at Sollievo Massage and Bodywork who incorporates Zero Balancing into our 90 minute sessions. Everything is working together for now."
Here are words of wisdom I pulled together for today's post:
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."- Groucho Marx
"Today is today and I'm glad it's today." - Dr. Fritz Frederick Smith, founder of Zero Balancing
I love how Fritz talks about the energy of gladness!
Last year, I was blessed to attend a talk and book signing by Tara Brach. I am savoring all the morsels in her book True Refuge.
This morning I found this wonderful Dharma Talk by Tara in which she talks about Attend and Befriend and the fear body:
"If we can slow down even just for a minute, we can shift from fight/flight to attend and befriend."
And in that "sacred pause" between response and reaction, the soul settles, we take a deep breath and we have the opportunity to Be.Here.Now.
Be Here Now (from the soon to be released poetry collection, "Journey Well")
Be here now and celebrate
no longer the victim
a survivor and thriver
filled with beauty
a life once torn and shattered
now a beautiful tapestry
no more rough edges
a voice that sings with strains of poetry
life no longer a strain or struggle
a new refrain
as energy flows
the river of life marks a new path
yet all is fleeting
not meant to be captured
shared in awe
wonder and mystery
comfort in this gift of presence
trusting all is well.