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Wake Up Call! – The Rethink Reveal

 


THE RETHINK REVEAL

 

Rethink your labeling of something and open yourself to surprising new life.

Many people use Hip-Hop as a label that is synonymous with violence, degradation of women and homophobia. A lot of it is exactly that. I recently spent time with two Hip-Hop creatives who amazed me with a different truth and history about their art form.

I could have clung on to the Hip-Hop label I thought I knew but chose to be open to what their creative passion revealed.

I discovered that this music genre also has a history of transcending gang warfare and pointing to a different, peaceful and positive path! The artists I was with are consumed with teaching young people to create transformative Hip-Hop.

Peeling away an unexamined label revealed a Hip-Hop that is celebratory, positive and hopeful. What labeling of something or someone will you rethink?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be aware of the labels you use and the assumptions that go with them

  • Be open to rethinking them

Notice how rethinking a label reveals unexpected new life and possibilities.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Dethrone Your Inner Critic

 


DETHRONE YOUR INNER CRITIC

Dethrone your inner critic and open your life to the positive energy of the Universe.

For years I thought it was normal behavior to be harsh on myself – my work wasn’t good enough, I could have done more for another person, my comments could have been phrased more clearly. The inner critic was running amok. This was not normal!

I made a choice to dethrone the inner critic.

I began to think of the inner critic as a monkey on my shoulder who delighted in tripping me up and keeping me from my own life and joy. The monkey’s comments from my shoulder did not have to be internalized or owned.

It was a simple yet life-changing new construct. I began to walk through the world differently. I discovered the life-giving energy of being kinder, gentler and more loving to myself and therefore to others. What needs to be dethroned in your life?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be mindful of what keeps you from the life-giving energy of the Universe

  • Be willing to dethrone it

Notice how dethroning what keeps you from your fullest self liberates your life.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Wrestling with Demons

 


WRESTLING WITH DEMONS

Wrestling with your demons is a choice to be free of them and discover new radiance.

My friend Dale spent decades living with the demon of believing he was not worthy. He could not let go of the ingrained childhood experience that he could not match up to the admiration his parents had for his two siblings.

Dale could have chosen to live with the label of being unworthy but instead decided to wrestle with this demon label and become free.

He wanted to believe that the unconditional love of his religion of birth was true. Not convinced, he began to search the essence of many spiritual traditions as if to exorcise his demon.

Along the way Dale learned practices of mindfulness and compassion for himself and others. When I asked him how he had become free of his demon he said, “By wrestling with it and in discovering that love is all that matters. Love for myself, for my life; love measured by my loving others without expectations.” He was radiant.

Call-to-Action:

  • Wrestle with your demons in order to clear a path to be free of them

  • Hold on to the touchstone of your own radiance

Notice how the wrestling allows new truth to offer itself to you.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Present to Another Person

 


PRESENT TO ANOTHER PERSON

Being present to another person is often the greatest offering you can make.

I was with a mother and son seeing one another for the first time since the mother had received news of having Stage Four cancer. They stood holding one another in a tight embrace. A few minutes later they held onto one another again.

Instead of pity, despair or anger they chose to be fully present to one another.

Through endless medical appointments and tests accompanied by a dear friend they processed their emotions and the options the mother faced.

In being present to one another their frankness about managing the cancer is laced with love about how to live and love through an experience that neither would have imagined. Being present to one another is the gift they offer in the midst of life being upended. How will you be present today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be present to someone you love today.

  • Be present to love and life bundled together in even the most difficult situations.

Notice how being present to another shifts your courage.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Be Present to Love

 


BE PRESENT TO LOVE

Be present to the love of others and be renewed by the Universe’s pulse of love.

Our wedding was imagined as a celebration of the lives of those who nurture and fill us with gladness. Generous friends opened their home for our guests to feast and be together on the day before and after the wedding.

I could have seen the three days as a moveable feast but discovered that it was that and more.

In the circles of conversation, the telling of stories and the bringing together of relationships that have spanned years and decades I was filled with gratitude.

The gift of our marriage celebration was the reminder that love renews itself and us when we are present to it. How will you be present to love renewing itself in you and your relationships today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Be present to the love of others today.

  • Be attentive to the gift revealed in loving friendships.

Notice how your life is part of the Universe’s pulse of love.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Good & Bad News

 


GOOD & BAD NEWS

The tumble of good and bad news is often an invitation to pause and pay attention.

Jerry and I have felt the excitement mounting for weeks as our Memorial Day weekend wedding approaches. It felt shocking and profoundly sad to learn that one of our best friends was diagnosed with multiple cancers and could not join us. Our tears at this terrible news have been blended together with elation about our marriage.

Each day I choose to pause, breathe deeply and pay attention to what the good and bad news reveal.

Our friend’s news has heightened my awareness that each day is an invitation to name the blessings of those I love.

In the tumble of this week’s good and bad news a signpost is revealed to live in the present. My heart is filled with love and gratitude for each person who can and cannot be with us.

Call-to-Action:

  • Pause, breathe deeply and pay attention to what good or bad news reveals to you.

  • Allow your heart to be filled with loving gratitude.

Notice the surprising gift revealed in news of any kind.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – The Worst of Times?

 


THE WORST OF TIMES?

In the worst of times remembering to be grateful clears a path forward.

Health problems, relationship difficulties and death have all recently surfaced in conversations with friends. Any of those situations have the power to consume and overwhelm all else. Each can wall you off from the rest of your life.

Each friend chose to be grateful for something or someone in the midst of the worst of times.

One of them said, “In choosing to express my gratitude for another person I’m reminded of the circle of people who nourish me. I need to be reminded of these life-givers.”

It’s easy to be grateful in the best of times, but it is in the worst of times that voicing gratitude becomes a blessing of hope, encouragement and love. Who or what will you give thanks for?

Call-to-Action:

  • When life is not going as well as you might like, be still and invite yourself to be grateful.

Notice how the path forward is illuminated by the gift of those whom you are grateful for.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Your Mother’s Day Blessing

 


YOUR MOTHER’S DAY BLESSING

Naming your blessings is a reminder of who has blessed your journey.

My mother was not the easiest person. She was adept at isolating herself by her words and acts. She was also funny, proud of her sons and unexpectedly kind to strangers. It was an often confounding and complex mix of traits.

On Mother’s Day I choose to remember the blessings that she gave and left behind.

In naming the sacrifices she made for my benefit I am humbled. In her joy of entertaining I discovered the gift of hospitality. In her harsh judgments of others I was pointed to another way of experiencing life.

Like many she was doing the best she could with the tools she had. As she lay dying in our home she asked us, “Why do you love me so much?” It was a final blessing that loving another person is not in spite of them, but because of whom they are. Naming her blessings is a blessing. Whose blessings will you give thanks for today?

Call-to-Action:

  • Name the blessings that someone has bestowed on you

  • Ask to be a blessing to someone today

Notice how naming blessings allows you to be grateful for the complexities of your own life and those you love.

Share a story about blessings here.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – Judging Others

 


JUDGING OTHERS

Judging others is a choice to avoid the fullness of your life.

I called Ben on his constant dribble of judgment towards other people. After a very defensive response Ben acknowledged that passing judgment had become a way of life. He agreed to find some help.

He could have chosen to remain in his judgment comfort zone but was instead open to living beyond it.

Ben discovered that his judgments were a learned behavior from adults he’d grown up around. He also realized that judging others made him feel better about himself. “I learned that my judgments were a way to avoid truths about my own life” he confessed.

Living beyond judgment revealed a new way of being to Ben. He began to stop judging and start accepting others. His next epiphany was to stop judging and start loving. Ben said “I now inhabit my own life and I even love it.” What will you do with judgments?

Call-to-Action:

  • Replace a judgment with acceptance of another

  • Instead of judging try loving

Notice that the things you can do nothing about are released and those which you can change are seen differently when acceptance and love conspire.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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Wake Up Call! – The Gratitude Surprise

 


THE GRATITUDE SURPRISE

Be prepared to be surprised by gratitude.

Each year on my birthday I begin the day by entering into gratitude. I start by naming people who have shaped me. Then I offer an intention to be surprised by gratitude throughout the day.

I could choose to see my birthday as a day much like any other but this practice brings surprises.

This year rich childhood memories of my parents were joined by unexpected memories of those who have disturbed my life or caused pain to me.

The surprise was the reminder that those who brought about painful or upending experiences gave me an unintended gift. It is a gift of intentionality about choosing what grounds my life. With gratitude I offer an intention for the well-being of my unexpected gift-bearers. Who and what will you be grateful for?

Call-to-Action:

  • Express your gratitude for at least one person today

  • Offer your intention to be surprised by gratitude

Notice the unexpected surprises gratitude brings to your life.

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©2014 Robert V. Taylor

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