Hit the Reset Button in Your Life

How to hit the reset button? Daily we hit the reset button. We restart our phones and computers to clear out the memory. But do you know how to hit the reset button of your life?

What is Your Morning Routine

I dress, turn on the coffee maker and walk to the curb to pick up the morning paper. Sometimes I scan the front page, but usually I remove the plastic bag, place it in my storage bag to recycle at my grocery store and lay out the paper for those who read it. That’s right. I don’t read the paper.

If I can resist, I leave my phone and tablet to the side, take my coffee out on the porch and watch the sunrise. Then I close my eyes, take a 5-count, slow inhale. As I similarity exhale, calmness inside matches the calmness outside.

It’s taken many years for me to perfect this simple routine.

My First Step to Hit the Reset Button

Thirty years ago, my friend and watercolor instructor introduced me to The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. Our small class of five women tackled the book together. We met weekly, which followed the chapters perfectly.

All of us starting writing our morning pages. Each morning we gathered our journal, favorite pens and began writing for thirty minutes. My first attempt started, “I don’t know what to write. This is stupid. I can’t believe this will do anything!”

In contrast, by the end of my first morning pages I was writing furiously. My thoughts cascaded from my mind, down my arm, through the pen and onto the paper.

Take Your First Step

Would you like to hit the reset button in your life? Would you like to begin a calmer life? I invite you to add The Artist’s Way to your current library. I’m a big fan of ebooks, but this one is much better in hard copy.

Can’t wait for the delivery? I’ve given you the first task, morning pages. Even though you’ve been up awhile, start your morning pages right now. Then order the book. And let me know how this goes. I really want to know.

Warmly,
Dawn

Access Hope in an Atmosphere of Fear

This week has most of us reeling in a place of fear and hopelessness. How do I access hope in an atmosphere of fear?

Add Normalcy with Caution

I look for opportunities to continue with activities that bring me peace. If you read my posts, you know I love Bok Tower Gardens. The atmosphere there is quiet, contemplative and serene. This weekend I’ll pack a snack, add my wipes, fill my water bottle and explore the trails.

In the gardens, I’ll engage all my senses to see the beauty of flowers, hear the music of the carillon and birds, catch the sweet scent of yellow jessamine and citrus blooms, feel the hardness of the cardboard cycad and the softness of the Spanish moss. By surrounding myself with the beauty of nature, my sense of calm and hope will be restored.

Find Your Hope

Do you know what brings you a sense of calmness? I invite you to explore connecting with your heart to find the answer.

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Sit upright in a comfortable position, feet flat on the floor. Place your left hand over your heart, close your eyes and take a slow, calm breath in through your nose. Exhale in the same slow manner through relaxed lips. Repeat three times.

Think about the last time you felt the most serenity.

Add Some Calmness to Your Day

What can you do right now that will bring you a similar sense of calm?

For some it is as simple as taking a warm bath, reading a book, taking a nap, listening to music, stroking the fur of their pet, or sitting outside. What gives you a sense of calmness? How can you do that right now?

I wish you calmness everyday, multiple times this coming week. It’s the most important step you can take to access hope in an atmosphere of fear.

With love,
Dawn

The Value of Contrast in Your Life

Our bodies resist the value of contrast through its desire for the status quo or sameness, also known as homeostasis.

What do our minds think about the value of contrast? Do we want to listen to our mind, aka monkey mind, or inner critic?  When I have questions, I often research online. However, over the years I’ve collected a lot of books, most found in the self-help or new age section.

A Book on Contrast

As I was looking through my bookshelf in my office, one title caught my eye. As I pulled it out, the colorful page markers reminded me how influential it was in my spiritual growth.

Six years ago I read The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford. I resisted the idea of reading the book at first. The title sounded too bizarre. However, within a few pages, I was hooked. How freeing to embrace our darkness, or shadow side, by changing our point of view.

And it gets extra credit for the author and reader – Ms. Ford includes exercises throughout the book. You might also enjoy The Shadow Side written more recently in collaboration with Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. This book is organized as a six-week program, walking you through deep self-exploration.

Two Examples of Contrast

Judgement has long been a life lesson for me. Members of my family showed me how to manifest judgement in many ways, ranging from gossip to the simple act of reading the newspaper.

How can there be a positive in judgement? Quite simply, if I had  no judgement, I would step off the curb into the path of oncoming traffic.

Alternatively, think about this scenario.  We had a goal to buy groceries every Saturday morning. But this Saturday, we felt it was a good day to stay home with the kids and watch silly cartoons. Most of us would call that procrastination disguised as good parenting. What if our intuition led us to change our plans and we avoided a car crash on the corner near the grocery store? Procrastination is now good luck!

In Conclusion

This simple article has a deep meaning, like so much of life. Perhaps you can see the value of contrast in everyday life; the ivory and ebony piano keys, night vs. day, a word spoken in anger and the same loved one’s healing embrace.

May today show you the value of contrast.

With warmth and encouragement,

Dawn