the energy at your core

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The Energy at Your Core

When the world around you
seems to be pushing you
down,
let the energy at your core
give you strength to stand
tall.
Invite your heart to emanate
with love,
lifting you with confidence.
In your mind’s eye,
spread your arms
wide,
opening to understanding.
Feel the blood of compassion
flowing through you,
radiating positive energy.
Open to the grounding power
of your essence:
a bright and beautiful light.

 

I wrote this poem for a friend, in support of her finding her strength and confidence, so that she can easily flow through work challenges and bring her best self to her work and her life. She is an amazing woman who inspires me. I love how our conversations flow and come together with such beautiful wisdom for us both. May you find a spark of truth in this poem for yourself, too.

 

* I took this photo in my backyard of hostas in the spring. (This image has a Zeke filter.)

a full, mellow glow

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From The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

Why fight against the fading glow of youth?
Why try to freeze a process that can’t be stopped?
You’re clinging too hard, that’s why you’re weary;
your face is lined with tension not with age.

And even if your form has altered a little
even if the surface is a little worn and chaffed
your being is rich and deep
nourished by experience and understanding
and another kind of light is shining from you now:
a full, mellow glow, like autumn sunshine,
that spreads further and touches deeper
than the flashing, dazzling glow of youth.

Why not let that glow shine through
instead of trying to rekindle a faded light?

Change brings decay if you resist it.
But if you accept it and flow with it,
it brings growth and renewal.

I first read this passage from Steve Taylor’s book The Calm Center on the Find Your Middle Ground blog (The Mellow Glow). Val always shares inspiring, soothing, comforting, delicious words and images that make me feel alive and free.

 

* I took the photo in my backyard of a columbine leaf, just after a spring rain when the sun started coming out (edited with Zeke filter). Here’s another photo of the same plant, same filter.

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create a brighter world

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Hearing to listen
Listening to understand
Understanding to act
Acting to create a brighter world

Have you ever noticed how you feel when you really listen to someone else? You know, when you are lost in their experience, totally immersed in what they are thinking, feeling, seeing. When I am ‘over there with another’, I feel alive and my heart is happy. I may be projecting but it seems when I set myself aside, I make the world a little brighter for whoever I am with.

 

* I took this photo in Baltimore, Ireland. The rain had stopped, sun was trying to break through the clouds, and this fella was listening attentively to my every word – and brightened my world.