Saturday, December 31, 2011
"What are you going to do in 2012 to be the best you can be?" Orion asked. "I'm going to follow a formula that I use with groups called 'start, stop, continue.'"I replied. "I'm going to start trusting in my skills and abilities. I'm going to stop letting fear derail my instincts to try new things. I'm going to continue to work on being present in all that I do. What are you going to do, Orion?" "Me?" Orion answered. "Uh...I guess I'm going to talk to you in 2012..."
Friday, December 23, 2011
"Such a strange week," I said to Orion. "The passing of my friend making me sad. The successes at work making me happy. What do you make of this?" "I make nothing of it," Orion answered. "Life is happening. Each event is what it is. Be present with each feeling, with each event; learn, and be open for the next experience."
Thursday, December 22, 2011
"I now have two full-time jobs with more being added," I complained to Orion. "Monku monku," Orion replied. "You should be grateful. Few people doing your work feel valued and in demand." "I DO feel grateful. I stress myself by wanting to be perfect." "Be present with each task as you work it, grasshopper. That is enough."
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
"Life energy is interesting to me," I said to Orion. "How so?" he asked. "I so feel the life-force loss from my friend's passing. At the same time, I can feel some of his energy being absorbed by my life energy, as I'm sure all his friends do." "What does that mean?" Orion asked. "To me it means that while much of his energy is being reborn in another life, parts of his energy live on within us. Isn't that the impact that we all aspire to?"
Sunday, December 18, 2011
"I report in to my new job tomorrow," I told Orion this morning. "It's finally here. You've been telling me how nervous you are. What will you do tomorrow?" Orion asked. "Well, I'll try to follow my own advice." I said. "I'll take deep breaths, acknowledge my fears for what they are, be present, dance in each moment to be truly aware of all the spoken and unspoken messages from everyone I encounter. How does that sound?" "It sounds like a good way to start every day, grasshopper."
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
"My inner critics are sure a pain in the butt," I told Orion this morning. "How so?" he responded. "I know that they are trying to protect me as they did when I was growing up, but now they tear down my confidence." "What's going on that is causing this? Orion asked. "I am starting my part-time job in Sacramento on Monday, and I'm nervous and fearful that I will fail." "What do you tell your clients when they are in this same situation, grasshopper?" "I tell them to trust in their experience and abilities and to set achievable goals." Orion said: "Well?..."
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
"Hey, Orion!" I said this morning. "I'm losing you in the morning and seeing you more at night. Tired of our walks?" "Not the walks," Orion answered. "Just the talks..." "Well," I said ignoring his sarcasm. "I woke up thinking that today is a gift. Everyday is a gift. What will I do today to show my gratitude?"
Friday, December 2, 2011
"I can't shake this out-of-synch feeling I've had all week, Orion." I said on my walk this morning. "I feel vulnerable, like on the verge of getting sick." "What does vulnerable mean?" Orion asked. "That I am susceptible to any germs, that I may take things negatively, that I will be defensive in behavior instead of open and understanding." "Use this awareness to be the best you can be today. That is good enough."
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
"What fear is your anxiety coming from?" Orion asked me this morning. "I'm not sure," I answered. "Maybe loss of connection, failure, negative judgment..." Orion said: "You may be nervous because of your class today. Be in the moment. Be aware of the energy flow. You know, do what you always do to touch people."
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
"I woke up feeling anxious this morning, Orion." "What's wrong?" Orion asked. "I'm feeling out of sorts with family relationships and some nervousness about my upcoming job change," I said. "It's good that you notice your anxiety, grasshopper. How will you use this information about yourself and still be of service today?"
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
"Do you believe in body memory," I asked Orion. "Yes," Orion responded. "Each of the stars that make up my body has a story of its existence, which together make me who I am. Is that what you mean?" "Well, sort of," I said. "I am a product of my genetics and experiences. In trying to protect me, to what extent do my subconsious body memories prevent me from becoming who I want to be? It is important to learn to be aware of and listen to what my body is telling me. It's part of the mind/body/spirit triumvirate."
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
"Why is fear such a powerful factor in peoples' lives, Orion?" I asked. "I have heard that there are only two real fears: of falling and loud noises. What do you think of that?" Orion answered. "If that is so, where do other fears come from?" I asked. "They are learned," Orion said. "They are still very real and powerful. Can people then unlearn their fears?"