First, the Tantrum

 

 

I wish I had time to meander through the days and hours and minutes of the week.  The truth is, I could write pages and pages only to come around to this one preposterous statement:

Nothing is impossible.  Nothing.

I know this because this week I pushed myself harder than I have in a long time.  I got lots of beautiful additions made to the website (wander around–see what’s new!), kept the house in order, never forgot to pick up the kids once and managed to lay and clean a 200 square foot rug in my 160 square foot bedroom using only an exact-o knife, a scrub brush, vacuum cleaner and sheer Will.   Oh, I also dragged every piece of furniture out of the room or over the waves and waves of uneven carpet.  Did I mention that I did this single-handedly?  If you don’t think that’s a big deal, take a look at the picture I posted below of four men with the right equipment doing it in an utterly empty room and think again!

It was not pretty.  I swore a lot.

But here’s the best part:  It needed to be done.  I wanted it done. I’d been visualizing the end result for months.  Once I stopped whining about how I couldn’t do it, what a pain it was going to be to do it, how I didn’t want to do it . . . I just did it.  And now?  My bedroom has been transformed into the all-purpose (bedroom, office, temple) space I dreamt about having months ago.

I could wax poetic about all the fancy tech stuff I learned this week as well, but the point’s been made:

Give yourself some time to whine and complain.  Moan and groan.  Have a little tantrum if you need to (I did!).  Then, roll up your sleeves and begin.  Don’t stop until you arrive at your goal.

The result is that you get done what needs to be done.  You get the satisfaction and pure, unadulterated Pride of having done it.

It doesn’t matter if the task at hand is fitting in your daily meditation, making that call, getting dinner on the table, writing a book or building an empire.

If I can lay a carpet all by myself using the three tools of Visualization, Will and Action,  I can do anything.

So can you!

Tell me about your impossible mission and how you plan to (or did)  accomplish it in the comments, below.


Saturday, May 5, 2012 is the Full Flower Moon!

It’s the largest and most powerful full moon of the whole year!
In honor of the burgeoning Moon and the blossoming flowers, I’ve uploaded a FREE 20 minute informational audio recording on Flower Essences!
Audio is great because you can listen while you get other stuff done!  Enjoy!
And, until the Moon goes Dark on May 18th, right on time for Mother’s Day, I’m offering a very special discount on Stock Flower Elixirs.
Listen to find out all about Flower Essences and how they work to help us overcome obstacles, act as catalysts for transformation and help us integrate powerful positive energies.
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Enjoy the Full Flower Moon, the Springtime and the Flowers!

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ec·stat·ic/ekˈstatik/
Adjective: Feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement.
Noun: A person subject to mystical experiences.
Synonyms: rapturous – rapt

Last evening, a student in Ink & Ecstasy asked,  “What do you mean when you use the word “Ecstatic.”

What a great question!

I appreciate the above definitions, although my own experiences with the ecstatic are not limited to “happiness.”  We can also enter the ecstatic through grief, love, loss, creativity, connection or number of emotional, spiritual or intellectual doorways. Ecstasy is reached when we allow ourselves to fully experience any given circumstance with our three fold nature (rational, wild, divine) fully engaged. Ecstasy is often perceived as being located “outside” the normal, day to day experiences; occurring in ritualized or other highly specialized settings.  But, when I speak of the ecstatic, I am affirming that we can and should engage in ecstatic states often, blurring our distinctions between sacred and profane while leaving off the idea that only “good” feelings are ecstatic.

Ecstasy is an experience of deep and expansive connectivity:  To our own emotional states.  To others.  To nature.  To deity.  To art.  To the cosmos.  To the task at hand.  To the call of our own Soul’s purpose(s).

Athletes call this state, “Being in the zone.”  Everything else but the current moment fades away and our attention is given over to tiny details:  The breath coming in and out of the body, the foot meeting the ground, the power of the muscle and its movement, the sweat trickling down the brow, the movement of air over the fine hairs of the body.  The ecstatic zone is available to us whenever we access connection, presence, focus with our rational, wild and divine nature engaged.  When engaged with the ecstatic, time seems to slow, color brightens, sound heightens, emotions deepen, senses open.

When I speak of the Art of Ecstatic Living, I am pointing toward engaging with ecstasy in our day to day lives. The Great Mysteries are pressing up against our daily routines and mundane tasks all the time.  They are there, at the edge of our consciousness.  When we slow down, align our souls and give our attention fully, those Mysteries open to us like a bouquet of fragrant roses, leaving us to wonder how we never noticed them before.  By bringing the whole of who and what we are to the whole of our lives, we transform the ways we live and move very subtly yet very powerfully.  When we approach the whole of our lives from the perspective of an ecstatic, we are able to operate from our core of truth and connection.  We are able to be more creative, connected and effective in our selves, relationships, goals and connections.  The whole cloth of our lives is woven of the strands spun from the very best of our thoughtful, intuitive and divine nature, creating a glorious work of art.

I chose the image to the right because I often slip into ecstatic states in my sunlit kitchen.  The scent of ripened fruit, the color of the juices bleeding across the cutting board, the tang of  my salivary glands anticipating taste, pulpy slick texture in my hands.  Connecting to the fruit and the plant it was picked from, the dirt it grew in, the sunlight it ripened under, the rain which drenched it, the stars blanketing it at night.  When I eat this fruit, I am literally eating the sun and stars, the rain and earth, the tree and the years.  I am connected–if I allow the Mystery bumping into me to blossom inside of me. From fresh fruit to the star studded expanse of space in a matter of focused moments.  The Mysteries are that close.

What are your definitions of ecstasy? How often do you enter the realms of the ecstatic? What blocks you from crossing those thresholds?


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