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Friday, November 7, 2014

41 Days of Simply Saying YES! (Again)


"...the next step is the most important step. Take it
now. Do not wait.

Take the next step. Right now. Stop waiting for a "sign"
from the "gods." Your sign is your intuition, wrapped
in your desire.

Hesitation is not a stopping place on the road to heaven."  Neale Donald Walsh





41 Days of Simply Saying YES!


So, I did 41 days of yes-ing way back a long while ago, and, since I have pretty much been in paralysis mode over these last several weeks (until a few days ago), I've decided it's very much time to begin this again. Plus, looking back to that time, I very clearly remember how deeply powerful and empowering it was.

So, here we go. I am hereby committing to 41 days of saying YES....to nudges & whisperings and giving and self-nurturing and Love. As I move through these 41 day, I will tell you about how invigorating and life-changing it is to deeply honor and move toward all that is calling, to say YES to it all. 

Here's what I wrote about this experiencing of YES-ing way back when...



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Oh, goodness gracious me.  

I'm thinking about that sign I always pass on one of my favorite walking/running trails; the sign that says "Off Leash Area."  I feel a bit like I've been unleashed, like whatever has been holding me back has broken free somehow, like the floodgates have collapsed and now I'm spinning in a sea of goodness and  inspiration and boundlessness.  It feels a bit like flying, and, at the same time, it feels a bit like standing rooted way down deep in blossoming richness.  

As these words appear, there is this mind voice hovering right over my right shoulder, it's saying, you know, for someone who isn't feeling particularly inspired, this might be really irritating to read, can you just lighten up on all the mushy gushing?  

The answer to that question, little mind, is no--I cannot.  I will not.  

Because, here's the thing.  I've decided to say a big, bold, brave YES to all that is calling me, all that is moving me closer to my own light and to yours, all that has been crying for my attention for f-ing Ever.  I'm moving toward what moves me, what quickens my pulse, what excites and enlivens and invigorates and calms and quiets and inspires and whispers and nudges and empowers.  I'm saying YES to all that makes me giddy and all that makes me want to twirl and spin and skip and maybe do the Tango or the Two-Step or something.  

I'm saying YES to my intuition and my desires.  To Love.  And gratitude.  And kindness and softness and surrender.  And presence.  And deep breaths.  To moving slowly and accepting fully.  To giving and healing and opening and allowing and receiving.  To abundance galore! and twinkling little stars and chirping, little birdies.  And blossoming.  And lingering a little longer.

To feeling the fear and doing it anyway.  And Trusting.

I'm saying -  no, thank you - to little mind and YES to all of the above.  

I don't know what the next step will be because there is only this one right now. I can't add any more details  because I don't know them yet.  



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I'm so very eager to being again. 

Even though I hadn't officially announced this, I already began saying YES a few days ago when I submitted a brand new poem to The Huffington Post. The poe is entitled "In Defense of God" and is especially close to my heart. It feels like my work in this world (or part of my work) to get the messages in this poem out into the world. I would so love it if you stopped by and, if you are called, you can leave your thoughts over there in the comment section. And please- feel very free to share.


Today, which is officially Day 1, I am going to do something that feels super, super scary - something I've had the nudge to do for a very long time but just haven't been able to muster the courage. Tonight, I will be reading one of my poems aloud at an open mic poetry reading. YIKES and YAY! I will report back to you with how this went. Wish me courage!



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Okay. That's it for now. I will be checking in regularly to share these 41 days with you.  I'd so love it if you'd come along on this ride.  Please feel free to share in the comment section.  

With love and excitement for new beginnings, 

Julia









15 comments :

  1. I'm thinking/feeling that your poem, dearest Julia, is completely, totally, awesomely, beautifully RIGHT! xoxo

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    1. Tina, deep sighs. Thank you, thank you so, so much.

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  2. I am so utterly humbled to have read your poem, to have felt it in my bones and to see you saying yes! I can't wait !!!
    ~BG

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    1. "to have felt it in my bones" - whew...this is just where I hope for it to be felt, beautiful BG - winks and so much love. Thank you for being here, beloved one.

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  3. You, beautiful soul, are the most courageous voice of truth I know. Thank you for saying YES. You pave the way for so many of us. <3

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    1. I feel these words from you so deeply, Alia. No words can say the thank you I feel.

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  4. Funny how we sometimes push in the same direction no matter how hard the push becomes...feeling like a plow in quicksand, but because we always did a thing a certain way, we continue with the ridiculously punishing push. And then a friend writes a blog, like this one, and you say to yourself, "I can do this differently. I can actually say yes to my heart, which has been wanting to push blue into stardust, but has been too afraid to try it. If Julia can do this so can I."

    That's what I'm saying! Thank you sweet, Julia for finding your YES, and sharing it here. I'm going to say YES too...thanks to you. <3

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    1. Leah, I am so excited and grateful for your YES.

      Your light is so damn bright I can feel it from here, from wherever I am.

      The world needs this - you - just the way you are. I love you.

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  5. Julia, you are truly an inspiration. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for saying “yes” and inspiring me to do the same. Next week is about new adventures for me, and your words have given me a courage-boost. I look forward to hearing more about your journey!

    Your poem…oh your poem; it is simply breathtaking. “…keep moving closer to / love -- just love.” By the time I read these last words, I had tears in my eyes. Your words are a gift; you are a gift, Julia.

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    1. Jenna, thank you. Your words wrap around me in the most magical way - always they do this.

      I love that next week is about new adventures for you - I can feel the excitement in this and I am here cheering you on, sending you courage (though I know it's already right there in you).

      So happy the poem resonates - it's one that is deep and close to my heart.

      LOVE to you, precious one.

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  6. I found you during your yessing, a way long time ago, and it changed me too. Sending you all manner of love and YES, my friend!

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    1. Yes you did, J...you found me and I found you. What a grace-filled, happy gift.

      Love you to absolute pieces, my friend.



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  7. So very exciting!!! You go, girl, and thanks for encouraging me too.
    "To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment."
    – Galway Kinnell

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    1. Oh my gosh! Naomi - do you know that you are the second person in the last week or so who has sent me this quote? I had never seen it before and I absolutely love it. Synchronicity abouds.

      I am so happy our paths have crossed again - what a blessing this is. I look forward to MOVING closer and closer with you.

      Here's to BIG WIDE OPEN YES-es.

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  8. YES !! truly cool
    can't wait to hear about it

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♥ Julia