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Style Mantra:Hold + Shift

Greetings, friends. How is your Monday going? I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all those who stopped by last week to comment on our new meeting space, The Inner Interior. It is my sincere welcome to anyone who is here for the first time, and please know you are appreciated. Monday is the day where I choose a new mantra for the week so I  have a go-to tool to help me navigate interactions that might create instability within my interior. Today has to be the best day to describe just how much I value a mantra, and I am so pleased to be able to share it with you.


This afternoon I arrived home from a long day of working to find Popcorn gazing out the window and crying with excitement that I was finally home. I must admit, I get excited to see them and we rejoice in what probably sounds like a bunch of cackling to anyone nearby. You see, whippets don’t really bark  much, at least mine don’t, but they talk in their own unique way. Having been in their cozy beds for all of an hour, Coolwhip and Popcorn were ready to hit the road running. I decided to let them run out the back of my house into a communal garden area which has a leash rule which I decided to ignore. My intention was to let my dogs sniff and smell bushes without a collar around their neck, I wanted them to be free and feel the air on their face without any restrictions. A member of my community was not happy when she noticed the dogs were enjoying their leisurely wander. With her pierced lips and perfect posture she looked right at me and said, “it really shows your character that you don’t follow the rules”. At first I was shocked, and all that could come out of my mouth was, “thank you” which I genuinely meant. As I felt the heat rising in my face, I repeated the mantra….hold and shift….hold and shift….hold and shift. I wasn’t about to match her energy so I held the feeling of anger and shifted it into understanding which immediately dissolved any possibility of further discord in our conversation. I have come to realize it is important for me to feel my feelings in order to let them go and when I do, the message is clear, what am I here to learn? This, my friends is exactly why I have a mantra, to steady my inner interior and bring my awareness back to a central point where I can respond, not react. In case you were wondering, the poised and direct lady kept walking with her back towards me as I thanked her. When I see her again I will meet her as if I were meeting her for the first time, no judgement and certainly no lack of love. As I walked back to my house, I felt compassion in my heart for her, and my lesson was revealed in an instant, love no matter what.  We are all doing the very best we can, right?

How does this mantra feel to you? Do you feel it would be helpful to you? Would you like to join me this week in using it as a tool to carry within to keep centered and still?

May we all find the stillness within, and  spread more love everywhere we go.


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