Beyond Our Lines
This is what I want to do.
This is exactly how I want to live my life-
Consciously taking risks and having a good time doing it.
Expanding my total presence without embarrassment or denial of my power, your power, our power, divine power—in this moment.
Putting everything right out here on the line
And then daring to really be myself.
Choosing to step beyond the lines I know and love so well
And deliberately risk everything I’ve built up this far to keep myself comfortable.
Not just once a workshop, once a week or once a day
But over and over
Again and again
Until I experience my full potential
As a soul, as a teacher, as a transformer.
I want to live this life—my life—to the fullest
And continuously stretch and relax my boundaries to include more. Among other things I want to experience an unplanned moment-
An unpremeditated, unanticipated, unexpected, uncontrived, uncontrolled moment. And when it happens, I want to recognize it
Let go, open to it
And release my pictures of what the successful moment looks like
And of how I should perform within that moment. And simply surrender and trust my unknown abilities and let my spirit rush into that space and show itself
Fully, authentically, magically, miraculously, splendidly, wonderfully—the works! And I want to be substantially different as a result.
I expect that moment to make a difference to the rest of my life.
And I want there to be a difference in the world because of the choices made
In that single moment. And since I don’t know when that moment’s coming, I want to experience all moments as possible entry points—just in case this is IT— And stay conscious and be present to myself, to you, to what’s happening now.
Within me and between us—along with all the possibilities of what can happen next
I want to see clearly whatever’s going on and to respond to it. And I don’t want to feel I’m doing this on my own.
I want friends to help. I want to feel close and touched, loved and empowered by
God’s living grace—you folks.
So that together we can celebrate our full power as women making a difference
Together we can celebrate our full power as men making a difference
And together we can apply our spiritual passion for life
And build a planet of light and transformation which really works
Within our lifetimes.
Today’s “leaping” exercise: Wow. This is so powerful – where to begin? Print a copy of this and gather 7 colored pencils, crayons or markers. Commit to spending 10 minutes at the start of each day for the next 7 days to slowly read and absorb this inspired poem. Each day, use a different color pencil and underline what stands out for you that day. After underlining, copy what you have underlined into your journal and ponder it. Ask for inspiration and unfolding of the wisdom contained in those lines. Allow yourself to be absorbed by it. Listen for inspired action, then spend your day looking for opportunities to act. Enjoy! Revel! Fly!
Daring to really be myself (and inviting you to do the same!) – Joan Kappes
Photos courtesy of TinyPic
Thanks to Marni Battista for sharing this amazing reflection
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