In a world hurrying to define goals and resolutions, Be.
In a world scrambling to justify, blame, prove, or cast blame, Be.
This year I will BE.
Each time I write that word, I notice that I take a breath. Or rather, I notice I take a breath as I anticipate the word and then I exhale slowly as the word passes through my consciousness.
"to be" is the infinitive verb that conjugates as i am, you are, he/she/it is, they are, we are. There are many ways that we use it in the English Language (check out the Merriam-Webster definition), including to describe mood, location, existence...
To Be is small and mighty. It does not effort. It has nothing to prove. It simply IS. It connotes an eternal, always quality to life. When I close my eyes and hold this word gently, I see a strong oak tree with broad, leafy branches and an expansive root system.
Words rise up that express unconditional qualities of God, Grace, Divine Good. Words like freedom, abundance, peace, clarity, wisdom, love, balance and love.
To Be reminds me that these God-qualities are alive in me. Eternally, always, without condition.
They express when I am awake and alert in this now moment of life.
They express when I am tuned into my senses of hearing, smell, taste, touch and sight, and allow my experience to also Be...without having to analyze, figure out, justify or explain anything.
These God-qualities express through me when I am aligned with my highest and healthiest self. They are always available. Eternally. The only condition is that we probably won't notice how much a part of us they are, unless we are awake and conscious in the NOW. That is where life is lived, my dear friend. Not yesterday, or last year, or next week, or after a particular thing happens. Life is Now.
This year, this moment, BE.
Five Ways to BE:
1. Sit in silence and stillness for a set amount of time each day. Call it meditation or don't, but do sit. Be in the silence. Be in the stillness. Be the silence. Be the stillness.
2. Listen. Without talking. To your partner tell you about their day; to your friend debating what to do next; to your dog's sweet snores; to the kids chattering as they ride their bikes down the street. Listen for the qualities that these other hearts are expressing - without comparison or drama, listen and witness their human experience.
3. Breathe. A full inhale, a slow exhale. Exhale all of the air out. Another full inhale, feel your lungs expanding. Another slow exhale, releasing any remnants of air. Another full inhale, as you read these words. And now exhale that air out. All the way out. And one more: Take a deep breath in - perhaps even hold it for a moment at the top of the breath. And exhale the air out - perhaps even hold it for a moment at the bottom of the breath. And now resume your normal breathing.
4. Eat with conscious awareness (no judgement, just noticing) - Do you pause between bites? Do you talk as you chew? How does your food feel in your mouth? What flavors do you notice? Is it pleasant or unpleasant? What is it like to be aware of your eating?
5. Reflect at the end of the day - out loud or through written word. When were you doing tasks during the day? When were you being? What do you notice about the doing of your life and the being-ness of you? What do you desire? What is your invitation for tomorrow.
Rachel Sartori is an Embodiment and Wholeness Coach. She is kick-ass and heart-centered whether she is showing up as a workshop/retreat facilitator, a private coach, a writer or a speaker. Rachel invites you to exercise your soul, and participate in the healing of your own heart and the world around you. With Rachel, all is welcome, all the time.
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