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High Expectations.

Expectations, disappointment, goals, hard work, dreams, plans, success, risk, failure, vision, discipline, flow… these are words that came up in a Jess-Ned- over wine conversation last night. Hashing out the discrepancy between “Expectation is the root of all heartache” and “Success demands disciplined planning and high expectations of yourself”

Thoughts were still massaging my brain during my morning swim. Here is what my 3500 yards between two walls gave me…. For as long as I can remember, I have had high expectations; have been driven, disciplined, and striving; planning, setting goals, working hard, achieving. But, this left me always running… toward or from something. I didn’t want to surrender to stillness or calm. Even as I practiced yoga, I didn’t want the calm, the exhales, the flow, to guide me. I wanted what I thought was discipline and intensity. Because, to me, discipline meant success, and intensity kept me running so stillness couldn’t reveal buried pain.

Then I learned that flow is being present, and THAT is more intense than any intensity I had known. Stillness takes more discipline, more patience.

Then I had a moment. Ned was there. Surfing at sunrise, we jumped off our boards and floated. Together. The white water enveloped us, the waves took us in, fish literally jumped out of the water surrounding us, the rising sun beamed sparkles on the water. I told him, “this could be the best moment of my life”.

“No”, he said, “it can’t be.” But he didn’t know. He didn’t know the moment I labeled “best” one early morning surfing; that I felt a sensation and a presence that had been absent in my life to that point. Maybe glimpses of it, but never a complete contentment, an absence of expectation, a patience, an experience of not needing anything else in that moment; not running from stillness, not trying to get somewhere else. Just the full dimension of being here. Now. Living this moment.

So, where do we land in the vortex of planning and goal-setting and over-achieving and experiencing stillness for contentment in a moment? All I know is I continue to practice life with passion and intensity in each moment.

Because, each moment IS your life. ❤️

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“You will decide how much of yourself you will bring to each moment. You will decide how much your heart is going to open… How faithful and fearless you will be in each moment… You will ultimately decide how much of your soul shines into this world…” #mattkahn

I get to decide. I choose. How do I want to show up? Shining my light. If I want passion, I have to BE Passion. If I want love, I have to BE Love.

It isn’t WHAT I do, it’s how I’m BEING. Ultimately, we all have the same time, whether it is one more breath, or a hundred more years; the only thing we each have is right now. This moment is not life waiting to happen, words waiting to be spoken, regrets waiting to evaporate, aliveness waiting to be felt, enlightenment waiting to be gained. No. Nothing is waiting. This is it. This moment is life. So, I choose to show up, to risk my heart, to be Passion, to be Love.

And to know that it is a practice; that I am vulnerable and human; and if I fall, I will keep shining. But I am not waiting. I’m choosing to be Love.

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Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air… BE Love.

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” -Emerson

…And… BE Love. ❤️🌊

I’m Love. I’m ocean swims and seawall walks with this guy.

I’m summer sunsets and wine on the deck.

I’m small town beach community and connecting with friends.

I’m all the passion.

I’m Summer.

I’m LOVE. ❤️

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Enjoy each day. It’s a gift.

“Enjoy each day. It’s a gift. You just never know what’s coming next.” – Robert Madden-yogi; who lived those words until his last breath; whose light continues to shine; and whose words continue to remind me that Love is why we are here.

I am Forever grateful for his impact on my life; for teaching me that in any given moment we have two options: to step forward in growth or step back into safety; that through yoga, we shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body and mind. His teaching brought out the light in all of us… and it is so true, you never know what’s coming next…so,

BE Love. ❤️ BE Light. ✨ BE this moment. 🌊

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Breathe it all in. Love it all out.

Breathe it all in. Love it all out.

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