More on Courage

More and more keeps coming up around this idea of courage and of normalisation. Courage itself becomes normalised so that we may not be recognising our own courage when we see it. I was thinking about the collective storylines, too, and how they may define our understanding of what is considered courageous (or not). Acts of sacrifice to protect others may be considered brave and valuable, where more hidden acts of courage may not be. A soldier who gives their life in combat is considered brave, but those left behind who grieve for them are not. A person who climbs a mountain or ‘conquers’ a new territory is celebrated as brave, but a person who deals with mental illness every day and wrangles with the Continue reading More on Courage

Honour your Courage

I was out for a walk this week with the dogs and ran into a woman taking some photos. Of course I started talking, because that’s what I do. In the course of the conversation, we were sharing some of our stories, and she said ‘you are so courageous!’ It got me thinking, I don’t always share stuff I’m going through or how I’m living, because it’s become so normal to me. She reminded me that many of the choices I’ve made in the past ten years are incredibly courageous. This is the thing with normalising our own experience – it’s one of those things I often question about what to share and what not to share. It feels so completely normal and natural to Continue reading Honour your Courage

Honour your Process

Here’s a story about how my week went 🙂 There are a lot of changes happening, and lots of expansion. This is for me personally and as a collective. There’s also a big and beautiful Full Moon coming up this weekend, which is usually an extra-sensitive time for sensitive folks. All week I felt a little unsettled. It wasn’t really clear what was going on but there needed to be a shift. I used to resist this stuff, but that got me nowhere, so I let it lead me to what I needed. Wednesday afternoon, I knew I really needed to release something, so I looked through the available films here and it felt like War Horse was the one. As soon as the opening Continue reading Honour your Process

Absolute Presence

There is no resistance in absolute presence. There can’t be, because it’s new in each moment. Resistance is a build up from past experience – like a memory or echo of a situation that has gone before, and left an imprint. By holding someone or something in a past state, the ability to respond to what actually IS, is impeded. It can result in stagnation and looping – as if the past is still active in the present. Presence is a moment by moment process. It allows for new truths to be built around currently existing facts and circumstances, without the echoes of the past creating resistance to the infinite potential in each new moment. Of course it’s tied in to letting go (one of Continue reading Absolute Presence

Integration and Self-Responsibility

Back in March, I wrote about self-responsibility as an empath’s super-power. Since then, as is the way with most insights, I’ve been taken deeper and deeper into the understanding of the this and how it plays out in the world. The concept of responsibility has always been a tricky one for me to understand. Where does my responsibility begin and end? What am I responsible for and what am I not? When you grow up parenting your parent, it’s difficult to find that distinction. You become everyone else’s caregiver (whether physically, energetically, emotionally or otherwise) and forget somewhere along the way the power of claiming your own needs. As I’ve examined this topic more in-depth, I’ve discovered a whole lot of ways I’ve misunderstood the Continue reading Integration and Self-Responsibility