Browsing the blog archives for October, 2012

Wake Up Call! – Uniting Your Voice and Story


UNITING YOUR VOICE AND STORY

Randy called to say his work on knowing and integrating the many facets of his life story presented him with an invitation. He adores his lesbian daughter and her family. His State has a marriage equality initiative on the ballot. He said, “My reticence to speak about the initiative collided with my love of my daughter and trusting my voice.”

Instead of choosing the familiar path Randy chose to go to the edge of his fears.

“My spirituality of love and compassion was inviting me into a new authenticity that I’d never thought about before” he said.

The result is that Randy is testing his voice and story with friends and colleagues talking about his daughter and his pride in her. “They make my humanity richer” he says, “So it’s not a hard stretch to ask people to support the initiative.” He adds, “It’s hard for love and compassion to be absent when I’m authentic in my voice and story.”

Call-to-Action:

Respond to life’s surprising curves:

  • Be awake to the invitation to test your voice and story

  • Be present to the love and compassion being revealed

  • Give thanks for being willing to go to the edge of your fears

Notice how uniting your voice and story reveal new spiritual truth about yourself and those around you.

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©2012 Robert V. Taylor

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Claiming Oneness for the Human Family?

Robert V. Taylor

This blog was first published on Huffington Post, October 24, 2012

Is Oneness among the human family a sweet mushy sentiment? Or is it a movement that can reshape how we think of ourselves and the planet? The observance of Global Oneness Day on October 24 is an invitation to align our intentions in creating Oneness. When our imagination and mindfulness are engaged, dramatic shifts in human consciousness are possible.

Oneness is not simply an idea; it is a choice about how to be human, engage with life and align our intentions and actions.  It is an intentional, mindful way of being that joins us with others in creating a more hopeful, compassionate and peaceful world.

For the last six months I’ve travelled the country on a speaking tour and I’m struck by the frequent questions around being more intentional about our inter-connectedness. It’s asked with a profound hunger for something beyond the rhetoric of political divisiveness and the arrogance of religions which teach an exclusivist theology.

If, as I believe, we are intended for Oneness then why is it not realized or more evident?  In the questions of those I talk to on the road there is a tension between their head and heart space. In their heart they have permitted the seeds of division and fear sown by religious and political leaders to build a nest. In their intellectual space they know that modern science provides empirical data that supports ancient mystic traditions about the inter-relatedness of all forms of human life.

The tension is whether to allow what we know to be true about our inter-connectedness to be trumped by a more cramped and dislocated way of being.

Instead of being enclosed by jadedness, Oneness creates awe and wonder about the world. When I am awake to appreciating that protecting the environment is indispensable to my well-being and that of others my awe at the wonder of this intricate ecosystem of life expands how I see my place in the world.

Instead of being fearful of difference, Oneness allows me to be grounded in the truth that each person seeks happiness in their life.  This shared yearning allows me to see beyond those who foment division by living a life of intentionally seeking a meeting ground on which happiness for all is sought by the acts we take and the words we use.

Instead of succumbing to the hate mongers, Oneness is a choice to be grounded in compassion and love.  With each choice I make to choose acts of love and compassion I am reminded that we are each hard-wired for such a life. I want to work and allow for the magnificence of others; my own magnificence depends on it.

Instead of a cramped unimaginative view of others, Oneness invites me to remember that I am made in the imagination of the Universe which is ever-expanding, ever-creating.  I become awake to the truth that instead of stasis, our well-being and aliveness is intricately connected to honoring the imagination discovered in each other and creation.

Instead of rigidly clutching at one path of spiritual truth, Oneness allows the tradition I am grounded in to be informed, enlivened, challenged and given new expansive life when I am open to the truth revealed in the spiritual tradition of others. The sacred existed long before any one religion and spirituality then ceases to be a battleground for exclusion giving way to a feast of wisdom and truth for all.

Oneness already exists in the inter-connectedness of creation and the Universe.  Global Oneness Day is a wake-up call to the human family to enter and celebrate it. It is an invitation to choose to be part of a shifting consciousness of our need for one another. How will you respond?

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Wake Up Call! – Meditation Minute


MEDITATION MINUTE

One minute meditation breaks shift the flow of your day and energy.

Preparing for a radio interview I noticed the stress present in me from a rough day. I knew that my response to the stress would be revealed in my voice and presence on the radio show. I needed to make a mindful choice.

Instead of ignoring the stress I chose to respond to it by entering into a mediation minute.

As I sat in a favorite spot, paying attention to my breath and allowing the voices and activities of the day to become uncluttered I entered into a meditation minute. I noticed my body relaxing and my heart and mind open to flow of the Universe and the Holy.

The result was an ability to be fully present with the host and listeners of the show. I was reminded that one or two minute meditation moments in the course of the day are always possible. In place of stress I was invited to be grounded in the presence of the sacred discovered in our lives.

Call-to-Action:

To practice a meditation minute:

  • Pay attention to the breath within you

  • Embrace a meditation minute as part of your routine or daily diet

  • Be present to the opportunities to do so each day

Notice how meditation minutes invite you to be more awake to life and the Holy.

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©2012 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Heart Spaces Replacing Fear


LOVE AND LOSS

The journey from fear to trusting your heart space is an act of courageous love.

Chad said his teenage son was excited and anxious about a school trip to a remote region of a foreign country. “I’d never had a conversation with him about how my spirituality helps me respond to anxiety. I’d always been fearful to speak about my spiritual practices with others” Chad said.

He could have chosen to only address his son’s anxiety but instead chose a heartfelt conversation about his own spiritual practices.

As Chad described his use of meditation moments to center and calm himself he described the ensuing oneness he felt with the Holy in which his anxieties dissipate and new calming clarity is revealed. He was not certain what his son made of this.

The result was that in his son’s blogs about the trip Chad read mentions of the calming power of meditation. “Moving beyond my fears of discussing my spiritual practices allowed me and my son to enter into a new heart space together.” In the ensuing months Chad and his son describe a new authenticity in their relationship. Chad says, “We have been transformed by courageous love.”

Call-to-Action:

In choosing how to live:

  • Invite courage to love generously

  • Be present in safe situations to a trusting heart space

  • Be thankful for choices of moving beyond fear

Notice an enlivened relationship made possible by choices inviting you to courageous love.

Share your experience of moving form feat to an open heart space here.

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©2012 Robert V. Taylor

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Beyond Grief

My dear Mother left this earthly planet six years ago today. I miss her daily and remember what made her special. She was a strong woman who said what she thought, was kind, loved being around people, and was not afraid of change. She moved cross-country at the age of 85, learned to use public transportation, used a computer, and loved life- choosing her own path up to the end.

As I remember my Mother I cannot help but reflect on the Alexander Technique and grief, the principles of awareness, inhibition, and direction! I think grieving never ends. Once that hurt is there, it is forever in our hearts. Awareness or recognition of it’s existance and the tension surrounding it can be the first step towards relief. Really understanding from where the grief comes and how we are reacting to it helps the process of healing. Never-the-less, once one has reached a point, it may be time to give it up! But, often one is like a dog with a bone, loath to give it up. The question becomes, is there something to be done or is the pain of grief something which will not change and must just be endured?

In response to that question and with a little space- there’s that pause again- I come to BREATH is the ANSWER. Here is a new direction; I know, it sounds simplistic. How can such a short statement come close to answering the question of grief resolution and relief? Breath as a solution will not likely totally erase the grief, but breath can help relieve some of the pain we experience as a result of tension created by our grief. Breath can bring us back to the NOW, giving us a moment of relief and a wiindow through which to direct our attention to the present, rather than to the past or future. The breath can open that window to sunlight and start healing the pain in our hearts.
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Wake Up Call! – Love and Loss


LOVE AND LOSS

Grief and loss invite us into expansive chambers of love.

My friend Steve experienced the death of those closest to him over an eight year period. The first of these to die asked him to carve a small wooden funereal boat in which his ashes would be placed and put to sea. Steve began a ritual of carving such boats to hold the ashes of those whose deaths followed.

Steve could have chosen to curve inward on his losses but instead chose to create intimate expressions of love.

The carved boats and paintings of them became the doorway to expressing his love for those who have nurtured him. There is a gritty authenticity revealed in loss illuminated by love.

The result is that Steve has discovered an expansive voice to explore and express his love for his circle of living friends. Vulnerability has led to a life of open-hearted living in the present in which the chambers of love for others is more expansive than anything he could have imagined.

Call-to-Action:

In response to grief and loss:

  • Develop a ritual for being authentic about your emotions

  • Be awake to what is revealed about your chambers of love

  • Be present to expansive expressions of love in the present

Notice how loss and grief invite you to a more expansive canvass of love.

Share your experience of loss and love here.

Click here for new video book trailer for A New Way to Be Human

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©2012 Robert V. Taylor

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One’s Surroundings

Every morning we walk our dog and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t marvel at what surrounds and encompasses that time. As we walk out we look up to the hills of our desert, offset by the often swaying palm trees, and the clearest of blue skies. Higher up the hill we look out at a mountain range climbing some 8,000 feet, rugged and rocky, and often the sun just graces it with hues of purest palest pink which turns brighter with each minute. In the evening, it is the setting sun which seems to make each palm frond glisten with its own seemingly spiritual light. There may be a time when I will be leaving here, but these scenes will forever provide solace and comfort and an appreciation for an unusually beautiful place.

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