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I had a long drive early Monday morning, so I turned on SiriusXM radio which was tuned to The Bridge. I was tired, so I left it on even though the jazz station is my preference. It turns out that the Bridge plays mellow rock of the 70’s and before I knew it, I was singing. It felt quite good to sing, especially since I knew the words, but in a short amount of time I was feeling irritable, and even sad. The good sensations of singing had been overshadowed by the regretful sound of Jim Croce singing “Time in a bottle,” or the lonely cowboy sound of Don Henley crooning “Desperado.” I was confused. They were just old songs and it was so easy to sing along. But I wasn’t only hearing the music as songs, I was feeling them as they were associated with my own history. The songs were like a switch that turned on my own teenage angst of break-ups, the fear of not belonging, and the mixed-up desire to be noticed, but not seen.

My point? Pay attention to what is in your life. All of it. Pay attention to what is in your life and how you experience it. Are you experiencing what is there? Or are you experiencing a distortion of it, like me caught up in the idea of riding fences when I really prefer building bridges. Notice the vibrations you allow in your life and be sure that they support the rich and abundant life of health you want. Pay attention to how something can start out one way and end up another. Be on the look out for romanticizing your emotional experiences. Bring balance to the comfort of sweet sorrow, as well as the exuberance of joy.

And when it is appropriate, feel free to change the station. Life is about balance.

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Back to full speed ahead while dragging an anchor. It doesn’t have to be the struggle it might sound like. Jupiter is highlighting Saturn in Scorpio. Scorpio likes to dig deep into it. That bugger really likes to dig and can be a bit of dog with a bone about it. Mind thinking about the past – it is a good time for it with the energy pulling you forward, but the past can be a whirlpool. Before you know it you can spiral down, clinging to the edges for dear life with a lot of talk about “who hit Johnny.” Let yourself go deep into “who hit Johnny,” but this week LET GO INTO IT. Let go of the sides. Surrender to the past and let this energy carry you forward like a wormhole that takes you to whole new universe. Let this place you surrender to be one with many opportunities, not just the same old one or two.

How to do this:
Balance on the beam of feeling “this,” those automatic old feelings, and then consciously feeling “that” which serves you. Let yourself teeter until you get your balance. With balance you will have very good perspective and it will be easier to see where you want to go. Be mindful to the journey. There may be unexpected forks in the road or flooded out highways. Be curious about how to move forward. Rest in the beauty of the journey, especially when your resources are low.

It is a good week to carry on down the road!

Last week’s practice of following the circuitous route of last week’s energy may have made you a bit better schooled in the eccentric, wacky, bizarre, and sometimes outright deceptive behavior. You might have done well if you stayed centered between what you thought you wanted and what you really wanted. That balance likely took you on the road less traveled. It may have seemed like a longer route last week, but it will pay off with this week’s energy tempting us to bound forward blindly.

You can go ahead and enjoy that carefree child-like energy. It is okay to be free. Do it mindfully and with good balance and you are likely to have the fun you are looking for. Go ahead and climb those steps to the high dive. There is nothing to fear. You know how to do this, one foot in front of the other until you find yourself at the end of that springy board. Feel it beneath your feet. It might feel scary and unstable. Breathe through the fear: in for 4, hold for 2, and exhale for 6, letting the fear go. Go ahead and go deeply into yourself. Prepare with all the confidence and trust in yourself. Close your eyes and become one with that springy board. Feel all the possibilities. Take your time. And I can tell you that it is nice to know when it is time to jump. And I can tell you that you know when it is time to jump. So when it is time, go ahead. Bend your knees and surrender to the spring. Push deeply into letting go with your toes. Lift up through your trunk (abdomen, stomach, chest) and rise to the joyous occasion of “it is time.” Arms lifting in take off, free as a bird. Go ahead and jump. You might even want to make a big splash about it.

This week practice patience – timing is everything. You can trust that if you are paying attention you will know when it is time to jump.

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toe in water
Big toe stuck in the water.

“Stick your toe in,” now stuck.

One foot in and one foot out.
Out of balance,

Fearful that I shall fall –

Slip under and drown.
Faced with the murky possibilities of
Unknown muddied waters.

Neck, hips and knee
Painfully holding on
To the moment just before
I let go.

B e c om i n g a statue,
I am
A mere imitation of myself,
Naked for all to see in a museum of highly polished possibilities.

I am b e c o m i n g very hard and cold,
Eyes, wide discs dilated,
Stone of expression.
Unresponsive in my angle of repose.
A great monument for a moment.

Questioning –
“Who’s hands are at the rims of the pupils,
Waving frantically,
Screaming from loud, black holes,
Sounding all the world?”
But me? Stone deaf to the call.

I notice.
Somewhere off center,
Deep and tucked-in,
The cerebellum hums.
I B l i n k!

Dorsal nexus lights,
Thinking runs,
Feeling rolls.
Breathing in deep,
pp iiii nnnnn gggggg kkkkkkk dddddaah
PINK! as a new born.

The water is cold.
Knee bends to the ball of my foot.
Body leans into the surrender.
Metatarsals grip and lift.
Arms, lovingly
Prepare for flight.
B e s i d e me,
Over my head,
Graceful, like an ancient bird,
Leading the way.
Knee bows to the vertebrate,
Ball springs,
And big toe is the last one in.


September 2013


The next couple of days will be busy and in the words of Modest Mouse, “we’ll all float on okay.” There are some choppy waters ahead over the weekend and into the week. It may feel similar to some of the “tight” energy we experienced in mid November. If you notice tendencies for wanting it your way, this same energy can be transformed for agreeable action that provides you deep healing. Keep perspective. Look for other ways and feel liberated by the choice that perspective may provide. Practice patience before any drastic action as this is a significant time. Use it for compassionate healing, notice if you find yourself wielding the surgeon’s knife. It is possible to cut something or someone out, be mindful that the time is right.

You may notice some confusion and misdirection into the week. There may be the tendency to boast or exaggerate. Temper the buoyant inspiration of Jupiter by opening your mind and think about one drop of water in an ocean of drops. Breathe with both feet on the ground. With good balance you can find good perspective. Look for the opportunities in the obstacles and remember: “we’ll all float on okay.”