Meditation June. 19

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Buddha

I spent most of my life pushing against my comfort zone in one way or another.  Now, my comfort zone is a matter of survival .  I am trapped where I am.

Where do I go from here?  Small steps into discomfort.  I exist now but not live.  Small steps.
Where’s your comfort zone? Can you challenge yourself to go beyond?

The Firefly

The Firefly

Ever wonder what the firefly feels
Lighting up the night sky?
Then captured in a jar of glass
Limited flight and beauty lost.
The night sky is there beyond
The invisible boundary
But not obtainable
Until someone sets you free.

 

Lightning bugs in a jar-soft focus diffusion through glass, enhanced with photoshop

Lightning bugs in a jar-soft focus diffusion through glass, enhanced with photoshop

Being a Misfit

This TED talk came up on my podcast list today.  It’s about being a misfit: where in some ways, some people just don’t fit in.  

The speaker relates her story of being broken by circumstances and not feeling like part of society- being a misfit and how that impacted her life.   The last few minutes are powerful.  We are beautiful even in our brokenness and failures.  We can rebuild our lives as many times as needed.  

It really is something that I needed to hear again.

Being a Misfit

When the World is Breaking Down

Afterlife: Ingrid Michelson

This song means to me life after trauma, fear,hopelessness.

When the world is breaking down around you

Taking everything that you know

What you didn’t know

Is that we can go forever if we want to

We can live inside of a moment

The one that we own

You and me we got this
You and me we’re beautiful, beautiful

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife

Living like you’re dying isn’t living at all
Give me your cold hands put them on my heart

Raise a glass to everyone who thinks

They’ll never make it through this life

To live a brand-new start

You and me we got this
You and me we’re beautiful, beautiful

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife

‘Cause we’re the afterlife

‘Cause we’re the afterlife

Every time I close my eyes I hear your favorite song
Telling me not to run, not to worry anymore

I can hold on tight to nothing better than the rest

So it’s now or never more

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife

‘Cause we’re the afterlife

‘Cause we’re the afterlife

We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us

We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight

Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife
Click on link to hear the song.

Afterlife

I hopeĀ 

I hope…

One day to run free 

From the chains that wrap my heart

In healing and joy
Life takes strange turns.  I wouldn’t have believed five years ago that my life would be what it is now.  “Improvise, adapt, overcome.” 

Adapt to new circumstances.  Overcome the challenges.  Improvise solutions. This is easier said than done. Life is never what you expect.