It has become my custom in the past few years to largely take the month of August off, dedicating it both to increased practice and lots of play. This year began to unfold differently before August even began, and it has provided me an opportunity to integrate a principle I have believed in theory for well over two decades. As I watched my calendar began to fill where I had previously intended emptiness, I realized that I truly am at choice as to how and who I BE, as I am doing whatever it is I am called to do.
I recognize that I am extremely blessed to be able to have my profession also be my passion. Whether I am lecturing, counseling/coaching, creating new programs, or writing, I am engaged in doing what I absolutely love to do. That being said, I am also a contemplative who needs a large amount of time being spent Souly in the Inner realm. When I have a prolonged period of intense activity, I need to stop and dedicate some time to simply being in Being. I always consider this as I schedule my self in the day to day doings of my life experience. I frequently take days dedicated only to meditation, prayer, and quiet. I take retreats and mini-vacations, for which I long ago gave up guilt or outer affirmation. That being said, it is not always possible to acquire the amount of inactivity I may be craving. There are circumstances and relationships that far outweigh my personal preferences. It is in these very times when I recognize that my state of Being always takes precedence over what it is I am doing. I can choose to resist the rigors of a particularly busy time, or I can tap into the flowfulness of a Universe that is always supporting me internally and in all I am choosing to do. It is a Universe permeated with Grace. And in Grace, there is ease. Awe yes, ease. There it is. I can do all that I am doing in these August days with a sense of ease and Grace that allow me to feel as if I am in a time out. Vacation and retreat, as valuable as they are, are inner states that I may choose at any point within my day. I literally may choose a vacation spent in peacefully breathing in between clients or in between Sunday talks. When I then act from that sense of peace and ease, what I do is permeated with the Grace in which I choose to consciously vibrate. In Grace and ease, there is flowful creativity and joyful givingness. In that, my energy regenerates, and I have ever more to give.
There are moments when the most appropriate and accurate prayer for me is simply EASE, PLEASE. The prayer brings me back into my alignment within a Universe that knows no struggle. I become a wave upon the sea of One, and breathe deeply of the Breath of the All Only Source. I will continue to claim my days of “pray and play,” and I will remain at ease when the level of activity amps up and I am on the run. Breathe deeply of your Being, my friends, and relax into the flow of the ever-present ease and Grace that is our Source. Awe, yes. Ease, please.
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