30 Dec

Carpe Diem

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, Here’s another thought I’d like to share.

Carpe Diem!! (Seize the day!)

For years, I scoffed at the idea of “New Year’s resolutions.”  They were for those who wanted to wait to start something, or for those that repeatedly set themselves up for certain failure. (A hint of cynicism, I’d say.) But now, I give a more humble nod to new beginnings; to the idea of a clean slate, a fresh start, a choice revisited. I find it important to honor transitions with mindfulness and introspection.  Why not celebrate one year giving way to another and the inevitable changing of things? Why not start the new year with renewed dedication to your deepest and highest intentions?  Why not open your heart to the limitless possibilities of 2011? Why hold back when nothing says “new beginning” like New Year’s Day?!   So, on this special day (1/1/11) Carpe Diem Seize the day with gusto and throw your heart into it.  After all, why not? 🙂

Wishing you fresh beginnings and renewed enthusiasm!

Namaste,

Augusta
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Originally Published December 30, 2010

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17 Dec

Like Clouds In The Sky

Dear Friends,

It’s a busy time of year, and also a time of reflection and introspection. May you be mindful. May you be compassionate.  May you breathe full and deep breaths.  May you be filled. Here’s a thought I’d like to share…

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

  

~Thich Nhat Hahn

Sometimes, we get lost in the belief that whatever we are feeling right now is the “truth” of the way things are. We forget that ‘this too shall pass’ and something else will come along and take its place. This is similar to thinking that if it is stormy today, it will always be stormy. We have such a tendency to take our feelings/thoughts so seriously sometimes. We use them as anchors to which we tie our well-being. When we are doing well, that’s not too much of a problem. However, when we are frazzled, angry, sad, confused, etc., being anchored to that feeling leaves us depleted.  It is that depletion that then leaves us victim to our self-imposed sagas of overwhelm and bitterness.  If unchecked, from there, we hunker down and dig our heels into that state of mind and feel hopeless, depressed or just resigned.  However, if we can remember that our feelings are not “truths” but simply passing thoughts, and that they, like clouds in a windy sky, will move on, we can release ourselves from them – not take them so seriously. In turn, we can anchor ourselves to that which is always there – our breath – our present.

Wishing you a cloudless sky and lots of mindful breaths.

Namaste,

Augusta
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Originally Published December 17, 2010

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10 Dec

Honor Each Season

Dear Friends,

I know things are busy this time of year, and I hope you are all doing well.  Might I gently remind you to be sure and take care of yourself while you are in the midst of taking care of others.  Take a minute to sit quietly. Lie in bed for a moment before stepping into your day. Say three thank you’s before you leave the house.  Smile to yourself in the mirror.  Take a deep breath in while sweeping your arms overhead and then exhale while reaching your arms out and back down.  Come back to now – THEN move on with your day.Here’s a thought I’d like to share…

Each phase of growth is equally honorable.For everything, there is a season.

  We like some seasons more than others, and flourish more in some seasons than in others. Yet, each season is honorable and has it’s purpose.  This is also true of our inner growth.  We learn and grow with a fury sometimes, and sometimes all the growth seems to be underground.  Sometimes we need to rest, like a tree in the winter.  Sometimes we have to wait…and wait. That too is an honorable phase.  Hurry. Wait. Bloom. Grow. Rest. Emerge.  Everything has its season, and every phase is equally honorable (not necessarily equally pleasant!).

Wishing you joy this season.

Namaste,

Augusta
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Originally Published December 10, 2010

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03 Dec

Wake Up and Be Born Anew

Dear Friends,

As we approach the holiday season and the busyness, overwhelm, and hurry-hurry that can accompany it…Here’s a thought I’d like to share…

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”

~Buddha

So often, we carry yesterday with us without even being aware of today.  We are busy with what we didn’t do, should have done, or self-righteously did do.  Sometimes, we anticipate tomorrow and what we will do then, to the point that today is only a means to get there.  We lose touch with what we are currently doing and how we are currently being.  We give up our “now” because we are stuck in yesterday or already anticipating tomorrow.  Ahhh, but we are given another option with every breath.  We can start where we are.  We can be born fully into today – into “now” – into the only place where life happens.  Take a deep breath in and a long breath out….welcome to the present!

Wishing you happy waking up (with every breath)!

Namaste,

Augusta
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Originally Published December 3, 2010

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