I hope this newsletter finds you well. Are you weathering the changes of the season? Are you maintaining inner calm and mental clarity? Is your heart open to what the Universe is offering you right now?
The answers to these questions
serve as the basis of my daily practice lately. Being present to "what is" with a calm body, clear mind, and open heart. Because, very truthfully, "what is" has brought dramatic change into our household, and I need to be as present to myself and to others as I can. Autumn arrived with bushels of change!
Our middle daughter returned home with two of our dear grandchildren
(ages 6 and 4) and is expecting her 4th baby NOW. (Well, actually 3 days ago, but little Ben is still "baking," as she describes it.) We volunteered to help out and we are so glad we can at this tender time in their lives.
There is abundant chaos in our house now—piles of legos, stacks of coloring sheets, and a new dog! Soon there will be diapers and hungry cries in the night. Every moment invites us to care deeply, love large, and cultivate plenty of
patience and acceptance. Brad and I have been living alone (quietly!) for seven years, so this is a very BIG change for us.
Of course, all this is happening at the exact time I am getting ready to publish my new book, Portable Peace: A Weekly Guidebook. Don't you just love the Universe' sense of humor? Just when I was sure I knew how to carry inner peace within me wherever I went, and under every
circumstance, I am invited to an even deeper experience of staying calm—no matter what!
I bet you've experienced times like these in your own life. Life offers us a big challenge and we have the best of intentions to get it right. But sometimes we do lose our patience, or we speak just a little too sharply, or we harbor feelings we wish we didn't. That's why I'm sharing this particular Guided Meditation this
month. So you will "Cross Your Heart and Hope to Thrive," and not be hard on yourself when you are just plain human.
This guided offering comes from my new book. It feels like the perfect one of the 52 inner peace practices in Portable Peace to share with you today. I hope you will take it to heart, practice it often, and be
compassionate with yourself, because I know you really are doing the best you can in life—just like me.