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Friday, May 13, 2011

I Am Noticing

"We believe we are hurt when we don’t receive love. But that is not what hurts us. Our pain comes when we do not give love. We were born to love. You might say that we are divinely created love machines. We function most powerfully when we are giving love. The world has led us to believe that our well-being is dependent on other people loving us. But this is kind of upside down thinking that has caused so many of our problems. The truth is our well being is dependent on our giving love. It is not about what comes back; it is about what goes out!" ~Alan Cohen

                                                                                            Artwork by Lori Portka

I am noticing that the more I practice quieting the mind, the more I practice saying thank you, the more I say yes to love and no to fear...the more I am moving into a place of presence and stillness inside.  It's not that my mind doesn't still try to get me to believe all kinds of lies (it still does this plenty--plenty!) but, I'm, on a very moment to moment basis, practicing staying present with what is, rather than getting sucked into endless stories about what is.  I still have numerous less than pretty moments, but rather than blaming and berating myself--I'm meeting myself with love and compassion (not always).  I am noticing that this meeting myself with love and compassion is really the key to it all.  Even when I screw up (and I definitely screw up plenty), maybe even especially when I screw up.  I'm noticing that the way to move back into a good, quiet place is to be soft with myself.  I am noticing that a little gentleness goes a long way.    

In the midst of these daily practices, I am noticing all kinds of things, below are a few more of these things...

I am noticing that when I ask what would love do now, there is always a filled-with-love, almost instant response

I am noticing I must quiet my mind before I can hear the voice of my heart and that this is a constant, ongoing, moment by moment practice of choosing to do so

I am noticing that when I let go of trying to figure out, the knowing just rises to the surface organically, in its on Divine time

I am noticing that when I completely let go of the way something should look or should be, I open up to beauty far beyond what my limited mind can conjure up.  The more I trust, absolutely, the more awed I am by the abundance that comes to me in a form quite (beautifully) unlike anything I could have thought up or imagined

I am noticing that when I let go of trying to be, I just AM and this sacred place of AM-ness (this place that we all have) is what lights and fuels and feeds and blesses the whole wide world

I am noticing that when I slow my doing way down, I tend to let go of the "wrong" things and get far more of the "right" things done

I am noticing that the more I love and accept all parts of myself, the more Me I have to give others

I am noticing that the more I say thank you, the more there is to say thank you for

I am noticing that when I make time every day to quiet my mind and tune IN, questions get answered all by themselves, with ease and grace

I am noticing that when I pause before I react, this pause allows space for my mind to step out of the way and my spirit to step quietly (and sometimes boldly) forward

I am noticing that my mind is always busily telling me what I should do but when I pause and slow down and get real quiet, there is a soft, subtle voice whispering words of every single moment it is up to me to CHOOSE which voice I will listen to.  This is a constant practice of choosing which way I want to go--the choice I make makes all the difference in the world

I am noticing that when I give from a true heart place, my heart fills with love and that that receiving is better than any getting could ever be

I am noticing that when I decide that I am a victim of anything or anyone my power is immediately zapped

I am noticing that when I fully allow whatever to be, my eyes can then see the beauty in front of me

I am noticing that the quickest way to shift from a place of fear to a place of love is to GIVE, to LOVE, to say THANK YOU and to fully allow whatever IS to Be.  And that all of this can only be done in this very, right now moment.  The one that is here now.


  1. I love your painting and enjoy my visits every time I pop in. take care.

  2. There is so much beauty unfolding right here. So much wisdom that you share here in this sacred space. Thank you for inspiring me to notice the things I sometimes forget. Giving love is everything.

    Sending you much love today my friend.

  3. I adore Alan Cohen, I adore Lori Portka and I adore you! This post is so in tune with what is going on in my heart these days. and yes, a little gentleness goes a long way.

    Happy weekend, sweet Julia!

  4. Beautiful noticing, my friend. Thanks for sharing your journey.xo

  5. ah - yes the stillness, finding the silence in the noise. when we enter the silence, even for just a few moments the gifts that are there are wonderful. beautiful post filled with reminders of the importance of living in the now.

  6. Thank you for sharing this Julia. I need to have this message repeated over and over and over and over...

  7. i love the phrase "what would love do now", it really sends us down the most beautiful path.

  8. I thought I commented on this post when I was in Oregon! Thank you for putting my painting in your lovely post. I am so honored! Such a great message is here. Coming over to your blog is like getting a fresh bouquet of wild flowers brought to my door. Love.


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