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Arbitrary Moments of Nearly Painful Happiness

“…..This is my true religion; arbitrary moments of nearly painful happiness for a life I feel privileged to lead.  Think of the way you sometimes see a tiny shaft of sunlight burst through a gap between rocks, the way it then expands to illuminate a much larger space – it’s like that.  And it’s like quilting, a thread surfacing and then disappearing into the fabric of ordinary days.  It’s not always visible but it’s what holds everything together.”  From The Art of Mending,by Elizabeth Berg, page 148

I was taken by these few sentences in the novel I just finished reading.  As the summer stretches out before us it gives us time to consider those “arbitrary moments of nearly painful happiness” where we are touched deeply and often irrevocably changed.  These moments are within everything that we do, even those seemingly endless tasks that we set before us.

Isn’t it these experiences that wake us up……. pausing to take a  breath and simply becoming quiet enough to appreciate the moments of pure art, magic and beauty that pour themselves in and through our lives every single day.

What would you miss if you weren’t here?   Transformational coach Cheryl Richardson lists a few of her things below.

…..”I thought about the little things that bring me joy that I’d miss – the things that often go unnamed as important.  Things like a bird’s nest under construction that captures my attention each morning while I enjoy a cup of tea.  The way my cat Poupon covers his eyes with his paw when he naps, making me smile every time, regardless of how many times I see him do it.  Or, trees billowing in my backyard like soft sheets on a clothesline when a strong breeze blows.  And, of course, the beautiful, nuanced moments that occur when I connect with others. ” Cheryl Richardson

Now is the time to pay attention….sometimes they sneak up on you when you are least expecting it!  Embrace….they are woven into the fabric of your life…

WEBSITE www.ResonanceWithLife.com



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Cut Loose!

What if there was nothing in the way of you expressing exactly what you wanted to in the moment.   Have you ever thought of that?  A multitude of examples have placed themselves in my path this week…so here are a couple of them.

I adore dancing in most all of it’s forms for to me it sets the body free to explore the boundaries of timing, space, limitations (or not!) and freedom of expression in our finite bodies expressing from an infinite source.  Besides that it can be fun!  For all of those non-dancers out there, do not despair…this video may entice you to wiggle just a little.  Just try to stay still!  I can see those toes moving!   For all of you dancers out there I am certain this will delight you…and I wish I had a video cam focused on you right now as I just know that you are movin and groovin – footloose!

Thank you to Cheryl Richardson’s weekly newsletter for this video.  I often find bits of wisdom from her newsletters and would recommend that you sign up to receive it.  Just click here:  www.cherylrichardson.com to subscribe and go to “Newsletter”.

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia Gorge in Oregon is breathtaking (or should I say breath giving) especially this time of year in the transition season of Fall soon to come.  I am fortunate to be able to be in the heart of it within a couple of hours, and this past weekend found me there.

Being the wind surfing capitol of the world, Hood River is a spectacular place to have the experience of sailing along the water propelled by the ever present wind – or to merely watch from on shore and vicariously enjoy this “cutting loose” sport.

This is the sport

After being taken captive by a beautiful older woman (looking to be in her 70’s!) who was busily instructing a man about 20 years younger than her on “how to do it”, I decided that this was an experience that I just had to try (next season mind you).  Usually going up to people to connect with them I held back this time being content to watch this wildly free woman in action.  She was the “queen bee” of this particular area and seemed to have admirers everywhere….and what was she doing?  She was expressing every bit of herself and seemed to be savoring every moment of it.  She delighted and entranced me – a real life WildlyFreeWoman cutting loose.

And...this is the woman, earrings and all!

So…ask yourself this question one more time.   What if there was nothing in the way of you expressing yourself exactly the way you want in the moment.  Julia Cameron has you finish this sentence using your imagination:  If the best of all possible worlds were reality…….


*My writing would be published and have an appreciative global readership
*I would be dancing with indigenous people all over the world
*I would have a home in Bali where I would spend part of my time each year

Now take this a step further and begin to make the best a reality by doing things a little bit differently every day.  Have fun!!  Cut Loose!

Gaye Abbott, A WildlyFreeWoman

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