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December 2016 - looking out into water

While not a selfie, this is my favorite photo of me in the world! I love the Bay!

Today is Day 17 of My Selfie Challenge. This is my time to look at how I walk in the world and to shake loose from some of the very things that bind my spirit.  And if I am going to be really truthful, it is my hope that as I take each photo, I will learn to be just a little happier with the person that I am. As a seeker, it is my time to find the beauty that is me.

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Life is messy.

As a writer, a dreamer, and a seeker, my world is feeling a little daunting right now as I navigate new beginnings. With each step, I am embracing the journey – even the hard parts.

Somehow I am able to stay afloat – most of the time.

And then there are days when I’d like to curl up on the beach and just let the waves soothe my spirit, but I simply don’t have time for that. Instead I have some tools that help me to keep riding the waves through:

  1. writing/journaling as much as possible.
  2. listening to inspirational podcasts, Ted Talks, and now Facebook lives.
  3. chanting, drumming, breathing, meditation, and other mindful practices.
  4. taking time for creativity and movement.
  5. dealing with the hard stuff even if it makes me cry.

Always stretching, growing, and evolving.

Sending love, light, hope, and blessings. . .

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 ‘Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.’ ~Thich Nhat Hahn

Lately, I have been considering what I want in my bucket list.  No worries, I have no plans to go anywhere other than to live life fully, but I am considering how do I really want to fill my life.  What do I want to have in my life?  What do I want to do with my life? Who fuels my soul? Who makes my life more meaningful and is worth making the time for?  Living fully means making some very conscious decisions about your life.  About 16 years ago, I worked for a education director in a day school who used to make me begin every lesson plan with “begin with the end in mind.”  That lesson has followed me every where I went since I first heard him use Stephen Covey’s teaching a springboard for my own classroom teaching.

Creating that which I want jazzes me.  I, quite literally, love life and love engaging in it.  There is so much that makes me smile; there is so much that I want wrap my hands and heart around.  The goal is finding the core elements that will allow me to soar as a human being while following my dreams and being reasonable too.

Action needs to be about thriving as the person I am.  It is so easy to fade into routine, to settle for the norm, or to continue on the road that has been part of your life for what seems like forever.  In truth, I have found that settling is no longer an option.  Life needs to be lived to it’s fullest.  The bottom-line of life is that you don’t know when life will be taken from you so living with integrity by honoring your soul with your actions is the only way to go.

After a short hiatus of actively engaging in life, I am feeling empowered to embrace life again.  I am part of the living and all that I do needs to be for the purpose of honoring my soul and actively engaging in life.  My life needs to be surrounded with many creative pursuits including writing, painting, chanting, drumming, and movement; it also needs to incorporate activism for that which I believe in modern day slavery, Israel politics, environmental issues, Darfur, among other things.

Time to follow my passions and to remember from Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark that you “can’t start a fire without a spark’.

Time to ignite the many sparks inside and to create meaningful fires too. The bucket list is a tool that helps me see where I want to go and institute a plan of how to get there.

Interested in seeing parts of bucket list posted, keep your eyes open. 🙂

With light and blessings,

Chava

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