from my 8-year-old-self

spring robin playing in birdbath

Dear Vicki,

Isn’t life good?

Aren’t you grateful for your family, your education, your health?

You have so much – you are fortunate that you can play and enjoy life.

Make time for friends and FUN – be silly!

Enjoy learning.

Never turn down a chance to play (especially with a dog!).

Don’t be afraid of things that are only in your imagination.

Lose yourself in how it feels to see, hear, be touched in and by the world.

Take time to sit in the big chair and read – RELAX.

Eat that tasty treat without regret.

I wish you a life filled with joy and delight. May your heart be open, your mind be clear, and your senses alive to fully experience life’s pleasures.

Your 8-year-old-self

I wrote this letter to myself as a recommended activity when I was moving through The Artist’s Way. I came across the hand-written message tucked in the back of my personal journal, having just finished filling all the pages and about to put it on the shelf. My hope I’ll never forget the 8-year-old that lives inside of me and the ever-present invitation to open to life without stories and judgement. What would your 8-year-old-self say to you? (Previously I posted a letter from my 80-year-old-self.)

from my 80 year old self

Spring columbine shoots 🙂

Dear Vicki,

It’s not too late!

Every day is a new opportunity to live fully, to be present for and embrace the life you’ve been given. Make a point each day to be quiet and still and to fill your heart with gratitude and to open your being to love and joy. Take whatever form shows up – let go of any stories about how things should or should not be, or what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

Move your body and care for it well. Notice what it needs and give to it kindly. It is an amazing thing – all your cells and flesh and bones and organs, and all the things it allows you to experience as a human being. You can see, hear, smell, taste, feel – view, read, talk, listen to music and birds, hear the sounds of life around you, smell cake baking in the oven, rain on hot pavement, the rich woodland of evergreens. Oh, the tastes you can experience!

Enjoy all that is possible. OPEN. Let yourself fall into being fully alive, unreserved. Reach for your husband’s hand, call your friend, sleep in without guilt, dig in the garden all day, sit outside taking in the warmth of the sun, go for a long walk. Even dance a little. You don’t have to be good, just enjoy it, feel it, let energy move through you.

Don’t get too wrapped up in the past or anticipate too much what the future holds. Be present for what’s available here and now. Go ahead. Be vulnerable. You are strong and courageous and beautiful. Let your life open fully and dance into it with all your body and soul.

Love,

Your 80-year-old-self

I wrote this letter to myself as a recommended activity when I was moving through The Artist’s Way. I came across the hand-written message tucked in the back of my personal journal, having just finished filling all the pages and about to put it on the shelf. Oh, that I should someday be 80 and be able to look back and say that I followed this wisdom!

What would your 80-year-old-self say to you?

Chakra Opening

Someone’s intention, San Agustinillo, Mexico

I keep coming back to a short simple practice I created for myself some 5 years ago. It grounds me and brings me a sense of calm.

Standing with feet about hip distance apart and arms gently hanging at my sides, I bring my attention to my body, noticing my breath. Then, in my mind’s eye I slowly scan my body, with my attention pausing on each of my chakras and inviting positive intention:

Chakra 1 – feet, legs, base of the spine: May I be grounded and centered, living my life on a foundation of love and kindness

Chakra 2 – hips, abdomen, low back: May I open to joy and creative energy, pleasure and fun, laughter and smiles

Chakra 3 – solar plexus: May I take action that makes a difference for me, for my partner, all those I love, and all beings

Chakra 4 -heart: May I I be guided by an open and loving heart

Chakra 5 – throat: May I speak my truth with compassion and calm

Chakra 6 – eyes, brow: May I see and open to possibility

Chakra 7 – top of the heat: May I lean toward the light

I’ll often end with a few deep breaths, perhaps sweeping my arms out from my sides and over head with an inhale, and with an exhale, bringing my palms together and back down in front of me resting at my heart.

From spiritualtwist.net

Do you have a practice that grounds and supports you?