Part Two: Forget New Year’s Resolutions — Try This!

Part Two:

Forget New Year’s Resolutions — Try This!

Note:  This is the story sample I mentioned in Part One. If you haven’t read Part One, here is the link. This morning as I think about you, I see you awakening leisurely in your bed and basking for a moment in a beautiful golden light bath, which is the morning sun coming in your window to greet you.  As you relish in the thought of the day that will unfold before you, you are awash with gratitude for your life of joyful self-expression and connection with others. For just a moment, you can hardly believe how lucky you are to live this life.  You think to yourself, “This is why I came here….” You reach for the glass of water that is always on your nightstand, drinking the deep deliciousness of the well not far from your window, and you notice how refreshing it is. As you arise, you see that someone has already brought you a French Press of dark coffee, and a bowl of ripe fruit that makes your heart sing.  It is so fragrant and you marvel that it was grown by your good friend who sends you special shipments of his best seasonal fruit. Your thoughts wander to the baker near you who brings you his fresh bread and baked goods in the morning.  The baker adores you and sends one of his helpers over with a basket of fresh scones, croissants or muffins every morning for you and your staff.  You wonder what delectable and scrumptious offerings he will bring you today.  Something with peaches?  Plump blueberries? Figs? Who knew life could be so deliciously easy? This morning, the baker surprises you the usual baskets of baked goods, but also with a pot of hot cereal that he knows you love.  He includes accompanying nuts and berries, a jar of sourwood honey with the honeycomb still in it, a pitcher of raw cream, and a generous chunk of fresh butter churned the old-fashioned way by the farmer’s wife down the road.  Knowing that your body will make perfect use of whatever you offer it, you have a little of everything, and it is so delicious that it fills you with an even deeper gratitude for your life. You are in awe of the constant stream of generosity, support, and love all around you.  You feel blessed beyond measure, and the feeling is one of being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cool day.  Your body is happy as a lark, and you look forward to the musical day ahead. After dressing, you will be ready to open the door to one of your favorite rooms in the whole world.  This beautiful room is the place where you most often express your musicality, your creativity, your essence.  Everything is set up for you here.  You are supported. You stand before the door of this spaciously purposeful room, knowing full well what is inside.  You touch your hand to your heart and give thanks for this opportunity to express who you are.   You experience such freedom in this room, and in this delicious and spirit-filled moment, you can feel that freedom calling to you.  In this space, there is plenty of “room to move.” In this space, you can do anything. You lift the latch on the large door.  The sound of the latch is so crisp and so clear that it signals your heart, your mind, your cells — your entire being – to prepare for the experience before you.  You smile and your heart skips a beat, just like it does every time you open this door. The heavy door swings open easily and just inside and to the right you notice the table with fresh flowers that someone has placed there.  You stop and smell the roses.  You marvel at the deep, rich colors.  As you look up, your eyes scan the perimeter of the room, and you note that today, someone has placed large bouquets of flowers about every twenty feet around the outside edge of the room. Ahhhh…. There must be something special happening today.  You make a mental note to ask your assistant to remind you…. As you walk further into the heavenly space, your eyes and heart are drawn to the large windows, which are already being warmed by the morning sun.  Soft light is filtering into the room.  This is a time of day you love, when everything is just beginning.  Everything is pure potential. You walk to the grand piano and stand for a moment, looking out over the spacious room, and your “blank canvas” day.  “Once again,” you say to yourself, “I can paint this day any way I like.  How fortunate I am…” You sit down.  The bench under you is strong and supportive.  You appreciate this fully and the feeling of strength under you causes you to you sigh with delight as your right hand brushes lightly across the white keys. The sound engineer and his team are already there, ready to assist you.  They have set up a system that allows you record anytime you desire.  While you may not record every day, the team is always there and ready to capture your inspiration.  You are completely relaxed when your sound engineer is present.  He knows everything about your sound, what you like, what you don’t like, and he is there to help you record your heart’s desire — today and any day you choose. This room was designed especially for you, and is acoustically perfect and adjustable for performing and recording.  This makes everything you dream totally and palpably possible. Your personal assistant walks in, gives you a hug, and asks if you need anything.  She checks with you to see if you are ready to hear the flow of the day, and you nod in agreement. She says this morning is yours for playing and recording.  The sound engineer and his team are there to record the final track for your album, should you choose, which will debut in the coming months.  Lunch will be prepared fresh and brought to you, salmon I think, and then you will have a short break before the students arrive. Young music students who will be coming for an hour or so to listen to you work on a new piece.  This is an event that you love and it is one of the ways you give back to your community.  You find great joy in providing this candid session, because young students see how you practice, how you improve, how you explore new things.  It gives them confidence and creative zeal about who they are and where they are going.  The baker often stops by to listen.  You have given him a standing invitation to anything you do, even though you pay him generously for his morning deliveries. After the students depart, you have free time.  This is when you go for walks, go shopping, meditate, nap, take a long bath, dance or do whatever your heart desires.  Dinner tonight is with a man you love, you are enjoying each other’s company, and you will see where it goes.  This makes both of you happy, because you are exploring. After dinner, your assistant tells you that the sound engineer has set up to record another “Performance DVD” for you.  Your eyes light up at this thought!  So that’s what the beautiful flowers are all about! Your engineer has the new and improved placement of overhead lighting perfected, and tells you that all the new cameras are mounted so that the experience of hearing you and being with you can be captured fully.   Your sound and tech teams are really excited about this. There are cameras on you, and many cameras on the audience. Doors will open at 8 pm.   You’ll be playing Chopin. The DVD is automatically purchased by those who attend (it is included in the cost of the ticket) and will be for public sale as well.  You are known for these “Performance DVD’s” and they are best sellers.  One of your most famous DVD’s is one in which you include an intimate talk with the audience afterwards.  It was an impromptu discussion, not planned at all, and you answer questions about music, expression, and your personal story.  It was filmed and edited by a master, and it is inspiring. Clips of another of your “Performance DVD’s” have gone totally viral on youTube.  This is one miracle that could never have been planned!  Here’s how it happened. In the middle of a spectacular performance, you made a “mistake,” got the giggles, and the audience followed you.  Clearly on a roll, you decided to make more mistakes just for the fun of it, and the whole thing was like Victor Borge on giggle steroids, and pretty soon everybody was pretty much on the floor laughing.  It was an unforgettable evening, joy-filled, unexpected, and priceless.  Luckily, your sound and camera team captured the whole thing for eternity. In this one singular session, you reminded the whole world to make light of whatever is “serious,” and that there is no such thing as a mistake.  You showed us that what we think of as perfection is over-rated and joy is really, really all that matters.  Since its debut, this DVD slowly but surely invited countless others who were feeling just a bit shy and slightly (secretly) unworthy into the happier and more rewarding world of “going with the flow”, self-acceptance and love.  Mind-boggingly good! Still another best seller was produced the day you decided to play a silly and comical classical piece and invited groups of young children to dance.   You are amazed at the number of parents, grandmothers and grandfathers, and child care centers who have purchased this DVD to show at home and in schools all over the world. You have changed the lives of millions without really meaning to… So here you are standing – once again — before an evening of pure potential.  You can feel how much you are looking forward to this well-planned, wild-card evening, where you have no idea what will happen, but you are sure to the very core of you that it will be good.  You are prepared, you are ready, you have practiced for hours, days, years – your entire life in fact — and now you bow to the wisdom and sense of humor of your higher Self and those who guide you. You trust the cooperation because you are continually surprised at what works, what brings joy, what brings abundance, and what opens the hearts and minds of others just because you are willing to throw a little caution to the wind.  Your musical journey astounds you daily in ways that you never could have imagined even a year ago. All in all, you have created a unique performance category all your own — and it’s so simple really.  By singing and playing the piano in an intimate and inclusive way, you embody the essence of joy and pleasure.  You embody this expression in a light way, in a way that people can relate to, in a way that they say to themselves, “Maybe I could do that, maybe I could share myself.”  Because you so fully enjoy what you are doing, and you share this, you inspire people of all ages, in all walks of life, and from all cultures. Who could have imagined?  Well, you, obviously! You give thanks for this day and all days.

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    Rania James

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    Terri dearest,

    I am deeply moved (and thrilled!) to have just re-experienced your fabulous birthday vision for me posted (with pictures!) on your wonderful WordPress blog for all the world to enjoy and draw inspiration from … as you offer it up to all of humanity as an example of a priceless gift of imagination and vision to a lucky recipient (who knows? even, upon occasion, to oneself), it feels even more incredible to me – and yet somehow more palpable – than it was in the privacy of my own thoughts and heart when you presented it to me on my birthday. You are, to put it mildly, a stunningly creative, gorgeous and brilliant creature and I love you to bits! RJ – London xoxo

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

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