When we are in touch with true abundance, it permeates the fabric of our lives. Abundance invites us to live the life we desire instead of settling for less. In order to tap into our creativity and enjoy a sense of abundance, we need to make certain choices that may require sacrifices. Creative freedom is the backbone of prosperity for me. Indeed, a life of positive priorities- life choices that express who we are and what we want for ourselves- is in itself a creative act. To be fully creative, you must notice what fuels your creative energy and what drains it, and map your life accordingly. Stress is a creativity killer. The secret to living in abundance is learning the art of making positive life choices. True positive priority living means productively resolving the problems in your life and activating life choices such as living where you want, doing work you love, surrounding yourself with mutually fulfilling relationships, and taking care of your mind, body, and spirit. Your selection of priorities is the foundation for your life path and your creative expression, invented by you, reflective of your uniqueness…….Gail McMeekin
only we can find our calm, the places we left behind, and the truth of our lives….true disappointment lies in denial of our haunted nights…..question everything….receive gently…..listen fiercely……streamline relentlessly…..settle in the groove of an amazing life…
In January, we can begin to address what Reverend Alan Jones at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco calls the four concerns of life: love, death, power, and time. Each can be seen in the light of new beginnings and of soulmaking- daily attention to those things that have heart and meaning for us, and the courage to follow where they lead. Love speaks to our desire for union; death raises questions about our destiny and letting go; power challenges us with issues of vulnerability; and time forces us to see our lives in terms of a play, a drama, or a story. David Cooperrider asserts, ‘the creation of positive images on a collective basis…..might well be the most prolific activity that individuals and organizations can engage in if their aim is to help bring to fruition a positive and humanly significant future.’ As we move through January- looking behind us and investigating our memories, looking before us and conjuring dreams of the future- it is important to welcome, with gratitude, the unexpected. As Jung wrote, ‘there is in the psyche, a process that seeks its own goal, no matter what the external factors may be.’ This is the soul’s persistent way of manifesting what is true for us in the four areas of love, death, power, and time, and it often does so in surprising ways. The psyche will send us persistent messages to let us know what our real work is, and often these messages come through surprising events that get our attention and help us realize that our ego’s perceived agenda is not aligned with the psyche of our own integrity…..Angeles Arrien
A clothespin rests in our hands.
We know there are many more in the basket.
Could we stick to just one issue at a time?
When we have taken the time to face
and understand an issue we are dealing with,
we have begun to be free.
We have a real chance then
to take up the task of resolution
with a willing attitude.
This willingness is a way
to not suffer our suffering, but to allow
two opposites to be held near one another
without diminishment of either.
We need rest-
and yet we must continue what we are doing.
We are confused-
and yet we must act with clarity.
We are deeply committed to something-
and yet we long to act as if
we were without constraint.
It is good to write a conflict down,
as a dynamic, positive question,
and as a chosen prayer.
The clothespin will hold the piece of paper.
Placed where we can see our words often,
we will be encouraged to trust the tension
and so to live into a God-given answer.