Monday, February 11, 2019

The Ocean in One Drop

“So many of us are afraid of meeting ourselves, alone, without distraction.  
We have been taught to fashion an image of 
who we think we are supposed to be and show that to the world.”  
--Dawna Markova in I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, pg 22

We avoid ourselves at our own peril and to the detriment of a life well-lived with utmost fulfillment and healthier relationships.  Our constant states of distraction with the world and the people around us on social media, television, and computer screens drain and rob us of awareness, presence, and wholehearted satisfaction. 

Instead of creating our own inspiring, heroic life stories, we try to wear the stories of others and dress in ill-fitting garments which do not accurately represent who we are now and are still meant to be.  Little by little, we become strangers to the very personal essence of “who I am” and even come to develop fear and phobia of finding ourselves alone with our own company.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Walking My Way - Lines 1-2

A couple of months ago, I came across a most beautiful book titled Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching by Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum.  The book is the author's rendering of the Tao Te Ching: an ancient Chinese text attributed to a sage by the name of Lao Tzu and providing a foundation to Taoism.

The words shared in this book by Rosenbaum are so rich and full of meaning that I find myself hardly moving forward in the book.  I pick up the book and savor some of the text, think about it, and write my thoughts.  When I return later, I go back again to what I've already read and written and read it all over again, think about it again, and come up with new thoughts and inspirations.  For me, this book is like a tree full of endless, tasty fruit to savor and enjoy while also nourishing the soul.

Monday, October 8, 2018

A Shift of Perspective Brings Unity

Have you ever looked at a picture of the Earth taken from far out in space and considered how beautiful our Earth is and how from that wider perspective there are no territorial boundaries and no differentiation between religions, color of skin, ethnicity, country, government, or any other dividing label we place on ourselves and against others every day?

From way up high, implementing an expansive God's eye view of the Earth, we see that we are all one human race living on one beautiful planet. We are one people. We are us. I think if we were to regularly take some time to admire and thoughtfully consider that more expansive view within our thoughts and actions, we could become more united instead of continuing on so divided.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Being an Empath Requires Coping Tools

A year ago, a new friend told me about the book The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD.  I glanced at the book at the time but was too busy to dig into it.  Fast forward a year, after having spent it all in heavy duty yoga teacher training, and I was in much need of some me time, self-introspection, soul renewal and personal in-depth growth.  Something I saw or read a few weeks ago triggered my memory of the book, and I was ready to delve deeper.

I chuckled at myself taking the questionnaire in the book because I already knew the answer.  But of course, it doesn’t hurt to confirm it with a questionnaire, right?! 

Yes, the questionnaire shows me as a full blown introverted empath. 

I’m not sure at what point in my life I was able to put the word “empath” to my emotional and relational characteristics.  It’s only been in the past 3-4 years that I have understood the power (pleasant and unpleasant) this personal characteristic has had over me, my life, and my well-being.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Our Differences Really Don't Matter So Much

Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In being with faced with heart-pounding moments hanging between life or death and the sacrifices that come with those moments, we are given the perfect opportunity to starkly realize that our human similarities are way more important than our differences.

In life or death moments, we are faced with the blunt truth that the color of our skin, the language of our words, the things we hold true or false, the God we worship or don't, and the way we regularly live day to day absolutely matter not one iota under the desire of staying alive or being swallowed up by death. Therefore, those differences should not matter even more so in light of the gift of life that we are given today.

We are given the gift of today that we may make our own and someone else's life a little better and brighter. Be kind, always.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

POEMS - Light Within

Light Within

Open your eyes to see
The wonders of even the darkest skies
For beyond the stormiest clouds
Radiates an infinite light
It cannot be extinguished
And does not die out

Continue to persistently seek it
With an adventurous heart
Though the storms may cloud your sky
Do not walk away in defeat
And altogether miss
The miraculous revealing
Of this vibrant light down deep

© MaryAnn Broussard
July 1, 2018

Monday, July 31, 2017

Learning Opportunity at the Poudre River

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence 
by every experience in which you
really stop to look fear in the face."
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Reflections from an ever learning sojourner...

I believe that some of the greatest life lessons with the most growth potential initially come wrapped in not so pretty and very messy packages that we would prefer not be gifted to us.  A few days ago, I was given one of these learning opportunities.  

Two of my children, Braden and Madison, were home for a few days' visit and Braden's fiancĂ©, Alyssa, was also here with him.  We thought it would be a fun adventure to buy some intertubes from Big O Tires and tube down the Poudre River in the Poudre Canyon.  My husband, Michael, and I had seen people doing this last summer and it looked like so much fun!  We even scoped out the river the day before to decide the furthest possible point of entry to avoid the spillways and take a look at the speed of the current.  At that time, I made mental notes that there were a couple of areas where the rocks were too abundant and jagged creating turbulent rapids, and that I preferred not to tube through those.  I also made a point to express to the family that we had to have good shoes on to protect our feet from the rocks.  My expressed concerns about the rapids and jagged rocks and the importance for shoes were a little poo pooed at first as if I was being overly cautious, but I paid no mind to the skeptical looks I received from some of my family members.  I'm a mom, and it's in my nature to protect those I love and to be wisely prepared for the unknown, especially because in the Poudre Canyon there is no cell phone service whatsoever (with any provider).  So unless you find that rare call box somewhere along the long stretch there is no ability to call for emergency personnel in case of an emergency.