Browsing the blog archives for May, 2013

Wake Up Call! – Taken for Granted?


TAKEN FOR GRANTED

When I stop taking ordinary things for granted I discover awe and wonder in them.

Driving through rural Eastern Washington with my visiting cousin she pointed to one of many barns we had passed, expressing her wonder at their beauty. “I suppose you take them for granted” she said.

More than just a comment, her words were received as a gift.

I wondered what things I take for granted and how doing so dulls my experience of being alive.

The result has been a reawakening of being present to my surroundings. I invite myself each day to notice and appreciate something around me. I’ve discovered a renewed sense of awe and wonder about ordinary things like barns, my IPad and a neighbor’s flower pots. What will I not take for granted today?

Call-to-Action:

In seeing beyond what you might take for granted:

Notice and appreciate the ordinary things around you

Express gratitude for how they are part of the circle of life

Allow yourself to enter into the wonder and awe they invite

Notice how being awake to the seemingly ordinary things of life shifts your connection to the world around you.

Share a story about seeing beyond something you have taken for granted here.

3 Reasons to Share Your Storyan opinion piece by Robert

Cultivate Compassion in your life – watch Robert speak at Stanford on cultivating a life of compassion every day

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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Wake Up Call! – Safe Wise Guides


CHOOSING SAFE WISE GUIDES

Choosing safe and wise guides on the journey of life is a path of wisdom.

It’s been a recurring question recently – “How do I find a safe guide along my journey?” As audience members ask the question I’ve been reminded of the blessings I have received from trusted guides along my path.

I’ve chosen to trust my intuitive response to prospective guides along with finding out about their agenda.

Knowing I will be safe in the fullness of my story is possible with a wise person who is generously authentic. Those who have named my hubris or fears have gained my attention and respect. Generosity of spirit, an ability to laugh and an expansive heart have marked my wise spiritual guides.

The result has been a life of unexpected insights from those who have been midwifes of expanding my heart, compassion and authenticity. I’m filled with gratitude for them!

Call-to-Action:

In choosing a wise guide:

  • Be aware of what growth you are searching for

  • Be awake to the possibilities of those who present themselves to you

  • Ask questions that allow you to both be authentically engaged

Notice how a wise and safe guide points you to new and expansive life.

Share a story about a wise guide here.

3 Reasons to Share Your Storyan opinion piece by Robert

Cultivate Compassion in your life – watch Robert speak at Stanford on cultivating a life of compassion every day

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

Join Robert on Twitter and Facebook

©2013 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Welcoming Simple Joys


WELCOMING SIMPLE JOYS

Welcoming simple joys in the bustle of my day creates life-giving energy.

I woke up a few days ago thinking about my work schedule and preparing for a house full of guests. I was feeling stressed. Taking my coffee outside I noticed the Peonies about to bloom and listened to the birds singing. Welcoming these simple joys shifted my approach to the day.

Instead of living into the stress of the day I was choosing to be awake to the joy around me.

The stress remained real but its significance shifted as the urgency of the present was diminished by the magnificence of the importance of simple joys.

The result is a reminder of how easy it is to allow negative energy to brood over a day. The simple joys make my heart sing with gratitude for the life-giving energy they invite me into.

Call-to-Action:

Choose to welcome simple joys:

  • Be awake to them around you

  • Embrace the life-giving energy they invite

Notice how the rhythm of your day shifts as stress and busyness are balanced by the simple joys.

Share a story about welcoming simple joys here.

3 Reasons to Share Your Storyan opinion piece by Robert

Cultivate Compassion in your life – watch Robert speak at Stanford on cultivating a life of compassion every day

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

Join Robert on Twitter and Facebook

©2013 Robert V. Taylor

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Cultivate Compassion Every Day!

Mesmerized by the audience at Stanford - Robert V. Taylro with James Doty of CCAREWe are hard wired for compassion.

Aware and awake to cultivating compassion in our daily lives is a choice.

The compassion choice shifts the energy of how we experience each day.

The Universe longs for our acts and words of compassion

Watch Robert on YouTube at Stanford University sharing his insights on expanding compassion every day – Conversations on Compassion with Robert V. Taylor

Post your comments below on the video or else post directly on YouTube

 

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Wake Up Call! – Getting to do something?


GETTING TO DO SOMETHING?

When I choose to celebrate what I “get to do” versus what I “have to do” my energy is different.

It was unexpected – my spouse and I were going to have twelve friends over for dinner. With twenty four hours’ notice my previously planned activities were upended. I caught myself saying, “Now I’m going to have to plan a menu and we’re going to have to shop and cook.”

Was this how I wanted to approach a rare opportunity to enjoy this grouping of friends together at our home?

Instead of “having” to do anything I reflected on how fortunate and blessed I was to “get to” prepare for our unexpected feast. This shift allowed me to anticipate our shared meal and feel blessed to get to do such things.

Call-to-Action:

In approaching daily tasks:

  • Ask how fortunate you are to “get to” do the simplest of things

  • For the things you “have to” do consider their importance to your humanity

  • Give thanks for the things you “get to” do and the people they involve

Notice how your appreciation for the things you are blessed to get to do expands your spirit, heart and delight.

Share a story about your experience of “getting to do” here.

3 Reasons to Share Your Storyan opinion piece by Robert

Cultivate Compassion in your life – Robert speaks at Stanford

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

Join Robert on Twitter and Facebook

©2013 Robert V. Taylor

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Loving Self In Spite of Self

In comparison to others, I’ve had a very lucky life, although not completely without pain. I know that it is not right to rest on laurels without trying to help others not so fortunate I’m trying to learn about respecting the diversity and stories of others. In so learning, I sometimes blurt out stupid questions or comments without first thinking of the impact they’ll have on others. I feel so stupid about this! I feel that I will forever be an immature rube. I want to step back and remain with my own “kind” as a result. I can’t do this. I am trying to love the part of me that seeks kindness, compassion and change. I’m trying to understand the part of me that needs to grow. Thanks, Robert; this post about loving self in spite of or because of self was just the inspiration I needed for (another) fresh start.

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What choices will you make?

What choices will you make to live your life fully?  How will your choices expand your heart of love and celebrate your voice?

How you choose will affect how you are a participant in your own life!

Listen to Robert talk about these questions at The Forum at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco – click here for the podcast

Robert V. Taylor, The Forum at grace cathedral April 28, 2013

Post your thoughts, questions and responses below!

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