2/29/12

Leaping

...The word paints an expansive picture of springing, jumping, or suddenly covering great distances in a single, abrupt bound to get well beyond where we are now. We can move by leaps and bounds, but haste won't always lead us forward. Sometimes we can leap the farthest by beginning change right where we are, using care and taking our time. 


We all know a creative person who can effortlessly skip steps to get to a final solution, jumping from A and B immediately to Z. This person has done their homework and is intimate with their art and it's many possibilities. Most of us need to take smaller, patient steps with discipline and practice to get to where we want to be. Baby steps often bring us farther than impetuous leaps.
Here's hoping that when you leap, it's with joy and mindfulness. Have a Happy Leap Day.

2/1/12

Seeing Shadows

Tomorrow is a big day in Punxsutawny PA, where crowds will gather 
to see what happens when the groundhog emerges from his hole. 

But what will the groundhog really be seeing and feeling?
It's not easy to see our own shadows, 
and maybe the groundhog also tends to ignore his own. 
It could be the crowd's shadows 
that scare him back into his burrow.
In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray is forced to 
relive the same day until he rises above his troubling ways. 
We all sometimes create shadows within and around us, often
in effort to protect ourselves from fear or pain. When we 
shine light on our habits, we can begin to climb out of 
any gloomy burrow we're in and move with brightness.

Here's hoping the groundhog and all of us courageously face our shadows.