Saturday, December 21, 2019

Happy Solstice and 28 Days of Stillness

Today was supposed to be the day my next book, "28 Days of Stillness," came out. However, based on some feedback I have gotten, it just isn't done. While "finishing" it, I had the feeling that it needed something more, but I wanted to be "done," and so I didn't listen. I pushed. I rushed. And now I need to take a step back, reassess, and start again.

A moment of stillness
This time of year is good for that. Winter
can feel so hard - the cold, the dark, the wet - but it can also be an opportunity, an invitation, to go within, to pause, and to find stillness.

I cannot offer you a new book today, but I can offer you this: an invitation. Spend some time today (the shortest of the year), in stillness. Allow what wants to be felt time to be felt. Allow what wants to come up, to come up. And allow what wants to be let go, to go.

Breathe. Trust. Allow. Stillness is perfect for this.  


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 28

Shall we make a new rule of life...
always to try to be a little kinder
than is necessary?


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Live by a new rule. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Slow Down


 "Do less, enjoy it more.
--The Universe


It seems like everywhere I go in Seattle these days, I see one of these signs. SLOW. It has happened three times today and it isn't even noon.

My first inclination was to be annoyed. WHY are "they" (some anonymous they, probably the government) doing all of this road maintenance during the holiday season when "we" (all the rest of us who are not the government) are all trying to get sh** done?

But yesterday, while complaining silently to myself, another voice chimed in, Maybe it's not a hindrance, but a reminder...

A reminder to slow down, to take it easy, to enjoy.

A few years ago during "the holidays," I was feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. Instead of pushing myself, I decided to lie down and meditate for a few minutes. As I lay there breathing, The Universe sent me this little piece of wisdom, "Do less, enjoy it more."

Do less, enjoy it more. This became my motto for that holiday season and I am reminded of it at some point every year. Yesterday was my reminder.

Slow down. Don't over-schedule. Let some things go. (The word "should" can be your guide here. Anything you feel you "should" do for the holidays, but don't really want to do, may be nudging you to let go.) Do only that which brings you joy. Even for someone else.

My younger son and I have been decorating the house this week and last night we were down to the final task: putting the ornaments on the tree. Having wrangled the lights earlier in the day, I was in favor of no ornaments this year. The tree looked beautiful as it was. I broached this idea with our decorating guru.

"Ummmm...." He wasn't sure.

"Okay," I said, "I'll do it if you agree to help me put them away."

"But that's the worst part," he replied.

"I know," I said with a smile.

He paused. Thinking...."How about if we just put our favorites on the tree this year?" he suggested.

And that's what we did.

The tree looks beautiful and full (I'm not sure HOW we would have gotten all of the ornaments we have on the tree anyway.....) and - Oh joy! - we have HALF as many ornaments to take down in January.

May your holiday season be lovely this year and may you find ways to do less, and enjoy it more.

Love,
Lara

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

28 Days of Kindess: Day 27


Simple kindness to one's self and all that lives 
is the most powerful transformational force of all. 


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Be a force for good. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Monday, December 9, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 26


No blame, be kind, love everything. 


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Love everything. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 25


Every generation is a life-and-death struggle between wisdom and ignorance, 
and there is no guarantees wisdom is going to win. 
We have to try to be as human as we can be, 
and as kind as we can be, and detach from our need for results. 


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Be as human as you can be. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 24


...[W]hen you're living your everyday life, be kind. Your job isn't to correct others. Just help the Holy Spirit clean up YOUR wrong mind by switching to your right mind, and then leave the rest to Him. 


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Switch to your right mind. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Friday, December 6, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 23


Kindness is more important than wisdom, 
and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.

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Find wisdom. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 22


Every kindness I received, small or big, 
convinced me that there could never be enough of it in the world. 
Kindness can change the lives of people. 


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Want to change lives? Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 21


It's hard to be in the world. 
We can make it easier by being nicer to ourselves, 
and then that kindness ripples outward. 


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Want to make the world easier for yourself and others? Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 20


The natural warmth that emerges when we experience pain includes all the heart qualities: love, compassion, gratitude, tenderness in any form. It also includes loneliness, sorrow, and the shakiness of fear. Before these vulnerable feelings harden, before the story lines kick in, these generally unwanted feelings are pregnant with kindness, with openness and caring. These feelings that we've become so accomplished at avoiding can soften us, can transform us.


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Looking for transformation? Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Monday, December 2, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 19


In any moment you behave with loving-kindness, 
even when you don't feel like it, 
you have ascended, for that moment, to sainthood.


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Want to experience a moment of sainthood? Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

28 Days of Kindness: Day 18


A kind heart finds paradise everywhere.

 --Alan Yuen

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Find paradise everywhere. Practice kindness. 28 Days of Kindness.