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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, November 20, 2009

Intuition...a practical approach part 2

"We live life in fear, not love," according to Pema Chodron, author of "Start Where You Are." She goes on to say, "We already have everything we need...all these trips we lay on ourselves, the heavy-duty fearing that we're bad and hoping that we're good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, jealousy, addictions, never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake."

Intuition cannot speak to us unless we are fully awake. This is the crux and heart of the whole topic. Part of my daily prayer is that my consciousness continue to awaken. And as I do, I begin to see, hear and feel the ways intuition speaks to me. Perhaps it is a sense that something isn't quite right. Or maybe it's that I shouldn't do something or other. It might be that I'm supposed to let go of all my chores and take a walk.

If I'm too busy, or too distracted, or rushing to get through my to-do list, I may miss the messages that are trying to get through. So each day, I work on being more fully present with each step I take.

Sometimes this means doing nothing...



Cyndi said...

Just added Start Where You Are to my to-read list.

Great post Karen. Being fully awake and aware is an ongoing, never-ending process. And it's so true that intuition will be ignored if we aren't diligent about furthering the process.

Marvin D Wilson said...

Good attitude. And I LOVE that opening quote.

The Old Silly

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Your intuition posts are good for me, Karen! Thanks so much for posting them and for the reminders. I'm trying something different today and we'll see how it goes!

Mystery Writing is Murder

Joanne said...

"They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here." I love those lines, what a beautiful reminder of the natural essence of ourselves and the passing essence of the negative. I think, too, that it's during those really busy times that it is most important to just stop ... and be ... and not get lost in a busy shuffle. Have a great day, Karen.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Excellent quote and a good reminder that we all need to slow down occasionally and listen for those messages.

Crystal Clear Proofing said...

This is wonderful. We are so often caught up in this or that - a chore, a project - LIFE, that we many times are not THERE, not completely.

Great reminder. Thanks for this, Karen!

Helen Ginger said...

I have to admit, I don't sit and listen to my intuition. Not that I don't have sparks of intuition that I do listen to, but that I don't make a conscious effort to hear it. After reading this, I'm thinking I should make the effort.

Straight From Hel

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Nothing... Blissful nothing!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Thanks for this wonderful post, Karen. I will try to be little stiller and listen.


Morgan Mandel said...

Intuition is kind of like first impressions. I'm usually right about those, although I don't always realize it at the time.

Morgan Mandel

Patricia Stoltey said...

Being aware, being present, and listening. I'm finally, after all these years, learning how to do that. A timely post for me, Karen. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Your dysfunctional family sounds a lot like mine! We are all on a journey of awakening... whether we know it or not! I look forward to following your journey. Please check mine out at stationarypilgrim.wordpress.com. Have a great day!

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