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It appears that the concept of enough is enough is foreign to many people in the world today. There is a huge amount of advertising and marketing and spin based on the idea that more is better and even more is even better. And yet, the more people seem to acquire, the more they want and the more they want the more they have to acquire and on it goes with no end in sight. So when is enough … enough?
There is such a lot of misinformation, disinformation, carefully curated “facts” and all sorts of noise in the air right now. The explosion and influence of social media across the global landscape coupled with traditional media outlets’ need to keep up and compete has led to an outpouring of people’s opinions, judgements, biases and downright lies masquerading as the truth.
Last October, I was asked to participate in a collaborative book project by Jenny McFadden, the leader of our Soul Circle, a group of amazing, powerful women who meet regularly to share, challenge, support, love and nurture each other to BE all we can BE in the world. As soon as Jenny asked me to contribute a chapter to our group’s book “The Seed of Intuition” I knew this was perfect for me. I was excited and a bit nervous and yet I knew I could and would do this.
That’s right … I have no shame in putting together this blatant sales and marketing blog because my poetry book, opened up is once again available to buy on my website.
Sounds a bit like an oxymoron! I struggle to be at peace when the world around me is so uncertain, so tumultuous and so unpredictable. I find myself challenged by my feelings and thoughts and the relentless pace of change within me and without. When things get bumpy and I don’t know what’s going to happen, I am tempted to go down the rabbit hole … feeling scared and uncertain and frustrated and powerless.
I cried the other day. Not for any particular reason other than I felt sad … so I took a deep breath and let the tears flow. It was uncomfortable and not easy at first … I kept breathing and reminding myself “this is a feeling, let it move” and as I allowed myself to feel the feelings, to allow the energy-in-motion, emotion, to move through me, I felt the tears on my face and the ache in my heart.
I first heard this after a particularly powerful personal development seminar I attended in 1983. I didn’t get it. I just thought it was bad grammar! Since then I have had numerous experiences that have shown me time and time again what it means … to me. And nothing I have ever experienced comes close to last weekend.
This year started with a bang for me … a big unexpected medical event that saw me admitted to hospital not once but twice for a total of 4 surgeries over 14 days. It was shocking and amazing and very, very challenging in many ways. What I experienced was a roller coaster of feelings … both emotional and sensory yet all the while I KNEW I was ok.
Communication …. a simple word which literally means to share. Add a few distinctions and things start to get interesting in terms of meaning and understanding and how we share what we share.
That’s right … you heard … I am giving up this Christmas … Well actually I am choosing to give up right now and right now and right now. What I mean is giving up old, automatic reactions, beliefs and subsequent behaviours that are no longer fit for purpose in 2020 and beyond.
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