Browsing the blog archives for March, 2013

Wake Up Call! – Open to New Life?


OPEN TO NEW LIFE?

Letting go of an old hurt opens me to new life.

I’d not spoken to a friend in a long time. His image kept reappearing in my meditations reminding me of our lack of conversation. Then I named a truth I did not like – I was unconsciously holding on to an old hurt. I wondered why?

Would I choose to give power to an imagined hurt walling me off from someone or would I choose to detach from the hurt and make contact?

When I called he was genuinely delighted. Later over coffee he offered his regret for what he had said and we spoke about it without either of us needing to be right. It was a moment of grace for both of us.

I was reminded that letting go of an old hurt frees me to live in the present. When my imperfections meet those of another person we discover new life.

Call-to-Action:

Be open to new life:

  • Allow yourself to be awake to those things that wall you off from the present

  • Choose to be proactive

  • Give thanks for every experience of renewed life

Notice how your life invites you to pay attention to the birth of new hope and life.

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©2013 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Simple Acts of Kindness


SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS

Simple acts of concern and kindness are treasured gifts.

In my meditations this week I reflected on kindness. A flood of memories surfaced of a difficult and stressful time in my life. I remembered the emails and phone messages from friends, those I worked with and some whom I barely knew. Perhaps unknown to those who sent them they were each a gift of love, sustenance and encouragement. I was not alone!

These messengers could have chosen to be silent or respect my privacy but instead they chose to be a light bearer.

Only I could do the work needed to come through that period but that work was more bearable because of seemingly simple acts of kindness and concern.

It was a reminder that my life is shaped and formed by a generous circle of people. Surely the concern expressed through kindness is a marker of our spirit? I’m wondering what opportunity this day will offer for an act of kindness?

Call-to-Action:

Each day:

  • Be grateful for the kindness of another person

  • Be awake to opportunities to engage in a simple act of being kind

Notice how the spirituality of kindness expands your generous circle of connection.

Share a story about kindness here.

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Wake Up Call! – Trusting Intuition


TRUSTING INTUITION

Trusting my intuition is part of my spiritual GPS.

For several days an acquaintance had been in my consciousness. We hadn’t spoken in a long time and I was surprised by the growing insistency with which I thought of him. It certainly grabbed my attention.

Would I choose to only offer my intentions for him or also choose to pick up the phone and call?

My call was welcomed with heartfelt appreciation and thankfulness. He was dealing with the approaching death of his dad and feeling consumed and isolated. At the end of a long conversation he said, “You’ve made my week.”

My resulting wonder in the richness of our conversation made me glad that I had paid attention to my intuition. My admiration for how he was dealing with an impending death was coupled with the gift of what I learned from him. I’m giving thanks for the spiritual GPS revealed in intuitive responses.

Call-to-Action:

Each day:

  • Be aware of what your intuition reveals

  • Respond to it

  • Be thankful for the connection it reveals with others

Notice how your intuition reveals the Holy at work in you.

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Loving with abandonment is a choice – click here to read!

Looking to end relationship dysfunction? – click here to read!

A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.

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Wake Up Call! – Letting go of Frustration


LETTING GO OF FRUSTRATION

My frustration closes me off from myself and others.

It was a difficult phone call trying to sort out a travel arrangement. I stepped outside as I spoke to the reservation agent. My frustration grew as a simple issue assumed the proportions of a major problem. After staring at them for a while I suddenly paid attention to the radiant colors of my Crocuses in bloom.

In that moment my choice was to remain consumed by frustration or to be present to the beauty in my own backyard.

I wondered why I was allowing myself to be consumed by the negative energy of frustration. The Universe seemed to be saying, “Pay attention” to what is around you.

I was smiling at this reminder about the choices I make. As I breathed in deeply and expressed my gratitude for the Crocus flowers I realized that my frustration serves only to enclose my life and energy. Then I noticed the frisky playfulness of the Squirrels who seemed to be celebrating the onset of spring. The radiant holiness of the Universe was claiming my attention and energy.

Call-to-Action:

In times of frustration:

  • Be aware of the choices you make about the energy you are present to

  • Pay attention to people and nature around you

  • Invite the holiness of the Universe to surprise you

Notice how choosing to let go of frustration connects you to the rhythm and circle of life giving energy

Share a story about letting go of frustration here.

Loving with abandonment is a choice –  click here to read!

Looking to end relationship dysfunction? – click here to read!

A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.

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Wake Up Call! – A Resurfaced Fear


A RESURFACED FEAR

A resurfaced fear is an invitation to move beyond fear.

My body was tense and I could feel the anxiety growing within me as I drove over a snowy mountain pass this week. The road was bare and safe but I had flashbacks of totaling my truck after losing control of it on black ice last year. I wished I were not driving.

The fear felt immobilizing but I had a choice to succumb to it or not.

The flashbacks were vivid and real. As I breathed deeply and took in the landscape I realized that the shimmering surface on the road was water and not black ice. I smiled at my fear acknowledging it while knowing that I was not re-living the day of the accident.

The result is a reminder that my fears are usually an invitation to learn from them. I’ll probably always be cautious driving in snow but I choose to not be defined by the fear. As the anxiety lessened I began to appreciate the awe of the snow covered trees and mountains.

Call-to-Action:

When a fear resurfaces:

  • Acknowledge the emotions it surfaces

  • Pay attention to what it reveals about the past and the present

  • What choices will you make to live beyond the fear?

Notice how detaching from a fear allows you to be present to the Holy in and around you today.

Share a story about responding to a fear here.

How to choose unconditional love – click here to read!

Have you had your holy surprise today? click here to read!

A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.

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©2013 Robert V. Taylor

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Forgiving a board member

I’ve been working with a board of directors for about one year. One member of the board has been a challenge for me in a variety of ways. He knows no boundaries, practices rapid takeover, appears to have some communication issues, speaks with authority on all subjects and generally bad mouths the organization’s leadership whenever possible. He has marginalized me at every turn. I feel angry and hurt by his behavior. Suddenly, I began to filter my own “ego-driven” feelings through a compassion filter and now I’m concerned for him and his anger. Why does he need to do what he does? What is he really looking for in this role? How do I find a way to make him a friend. He is on my path for a reason. I am being prepared for something through this person.

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