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Look Around

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

You are surrounded by beauty.

Look within.

You are surrounded by beauty.

Enjoy your weekend! Enjoy your beautiful self.

(Photo by Mary Anne Flanagan)


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You Are the Sunrise

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I sit on the bus and watch the sun rise.

I walk on the beach and I see the sun rise.

I drive on the highway and notice the sun rise. 

I pass you on the street and welcome your sunrise.

{Photo by Mary Anne Flanagan} 

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Savor the Moment…

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

My meditation this morning was about savoring. My message was clear:
Our path is not so much to find things to savor as it is to savor all of life, and all people.

My focus of savor came to mind because I spent the weekend going for long walks and took delight in the exploration of new trails, beautiful sunsets, and serene surroundings. I appreciated taking paths that were unknown to me. As I walked around a beach trail on Saturday afternoon, the sky changed colors and I could tell the light was going to be beautiful and I wanted to savor the day. As the sun started to descend, I began to follow the cars towards the west point of the trail. As I sat on the rocks, I looked deep into the horizon and watched an incredible sunset over the Long Island Sound. I gazed in awe as the light changed, the colors in the sky expanded, and an entire cloud turned pink. I knew I had to savor the moment. I quietly meditated, took photos, and smiled at the brilliant sky.

By the time Monday came, all I could think about were the trails and the sunsets. I felt a sense of renewed spirit. I was even furthered inspired by watching hours of the Inauguration. I was struck not only by the power and energy of President Barack Obama’s speech, but by his ability to savor the moment. As the President re-entered the Capital after the ceremony, he took a moment to pause and reflect. “I want to take a look, one more time,” the President said. “I’m not going to see this again.”

Whether stopping to look at the sky, walking slower on a trail, or watching a few hours of the Inauguration, each day offered me an opportunity to savor the moment.

What are you savoring?

Surround yourself with people who know what brings you joy and want to celebrate it. Savor the moment. Savor your moment.

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No Expectations

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Even after all this time

The sun never says to the earth,

‘You owe Me.’

Look what happens

With a love like that,

It lights the whole sky.

-from The Gift by Hafiz of Shiraz

{Photo by Mary Anne Flanagan}

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My Year of Outrageous Bliss

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Back in January, I declared 2012 to be the year of adventure and outrageous bliss! My theme lived up to its name. I have had many adventures with lots of personal and professional excursions and have had several emotional inner journeys.

To hold myself accountable and focused on my theme, I met weekly with my good friend and Life Coach, Myron. We spent nine months meeting every week to set goals, share stories, and create our own mastermind group. Together we laughed, cried, shared success, and moments of challenges. What I loved most about my weekly meetings with Myron is that we could be real and vulnerable. We shared our big dreams with one another.  When we struggled with personal and professional challenges we could share without being judged.

At the end of each year, I slow down before I speed up into a new year. I take time to reflect, to be grateful, and to acknowledge. There were so many moments of 2012 that were filled with bliss. Many were everyday moments that brought a smile to my face.

I am grateful for every lesson, every journey of my heart, every tear, every smile, every friendship, every laughter, and every moment that brought me closer to outrageous bliss. Thank you to everyone who shared themselves with me on my journey – whether you know it or not, you made a difference in my life. Everything became my teacher this year from the NYC subway, to my nine year old nephew, to the Pacific Ocean, to a new health condition. I allowed myself to be open to the adventures of my heart.

2012 brought some big, wild, outrageous adventures that I led or created. I am grateful for starting a new coaching company, Growing Edge Coaching, traveling to Peru and leading a ceremony on Machu Picchu, giving my Wild Cosmic Heart Retreat in Hawaii, and expanding Toning the OM with new beautiful meditation videos.

It certainly was a year of adventure and outrageous bliss! Thank you for sharing it with me. I look forward to many new adventures together in 2013.

This blog is dedicated to my dear friend, Myron Tucker. You made this year full of more joy, laughter, and love – thank you my friend.

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Friday, December 28th, 2012

Thank you I95 for the traffic. The highway reminds me to slow down and breathe.

Thank you for the homeless people who ask me for change. You remind me just how much abundance I have.

Thank you to the sirens for your loud sounds. You remind just how much music fills my life.

Thank you to my backache. You remind me how strong my body is.

Thank you to the snow, sleet, and cold nights. You remind me to hibernate and take time to rest.

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Kindle a Conversation

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

In a social media world where we can like, follow, tweet, add, watch, text, and update a status in an instant, let us remember the importance of sharing a real conversation and developing healthy relationships. Perhaps we can put away the smartphone and enjoy a cup of tea with a friend. Perhaps instead of reading status updates, we can pick up the phone and hear about the status of a loved one. Perhaps we can kindle a conversation rather than add to a long thread on social media app. Perhaps we can have more personal experiences.

To invest in the life of another is perhaps one of the best trust funds we will ever have.

Technology has the power to ignite, connect, provide accessibility, increase workflow, and connect to others on a global scale. Yet, it can also keep us isolated, disconnected, and addicted.

This holiday season, I am inviting everyone (myself included) to use social media to kindle a conversation, connect with a community, create a tribe, lead powerful dialog, invite access to mindful practices, and provide opportunities that leverage social movements. We have the power to promote relationships over results.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

I’m ready to kindle a conversation.

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November Lessons: Heart and Health

Friday, November 30th, 2012

I like that in the month of November lots of folks (in the US) pay attention to gratitude. People acknowledge their thankfulness for so much goodness. This year there seemed to be a heightened sense of gratitude on the East Coast after a huge storm destroyed so many homes and lives. I watched as people pulled together and helped out in many communities.

I, too, have so much to be grateful for. November started out with a retreat in Hawaii for a week. The retreat focused on listening to our heart. The more I invited folks to delve deep into exploration, uncovering, playing and opening to our wild, untamed heart, the more I allowed myself to do the same. I received clarity about relationships and areas I want to focus on moving forward. My heart was open, receptive, vulnerable, playful, silly, reflective, and grateful.

After returning home from Hawaii, I had a scheduled medical test for mid-November. I wasn’t looking forward to it. Luckily my partner came with me and was with me afterwards when I had an adverse reaction to it. I ended up in the emergency room and had to take time off to rest. I became so aware of my health and all the support I have in my life.

I know many more lessons await me and I am grateful for all of them. For now, I know my heart is open and my health is good and for that I am beyond grateful.

What are the lessons in your life showing you?

(Photo courtesy of L. McMahon taken in Hawaii)

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Breathing Gratitude

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

I am grateful for… 

my breath

my heartbeat 

my partner

the sun on my face

wonderful friends

amazing colleagues/co-workers

Toning the OM

being of service

traveling to Peru 

giving a retreat in Hawaii

meeting heart-centered people

making a difference

big hugs

lots of laughter

my health

celebrating LIFE.

And you?

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Shine Your Light

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

I have noticed the sunrises lately – even get up early to watch them to begin my day. I noticed that I smile at sunrises. I smile at the light. I breathe deeper and calmer as the sky brightens. I notice the parts of myself that are the light. And I end each meditation with an invitation to be the light and to shine my light.

How do you shine your light in the world?

{Photo taken in Goshen, NY by Mary Anne Flanagan}

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