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Living in the Present Moment as Time Passes

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I was startled to realize that almost a year has passed since I last posted a message on my own blog. Among other events, this year also marked the 50th anniversary of my graduation from high school, hence the picture of me fifty years ago.

The year has been more momentous, though, for my personal development, as I worked my way through the Steps of a 12-Step program, completed the training for my 200-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), and began teaching Yoga at a wellness clinic that emphasizes the use of Dialectical Behavioral Theory as therapy for borderline personality disorders and recovery from addiction. For the year ahead, I am anticipating a further course of training that will enable me to identify not only as a Yoga Teacher, but also as a Yoga Therapist.

All of the practices that I've just listed -- 12-Step Recovery, Yoga, and DBT -- have led me into a spiritual transformation that grows deeper and stronger each day. That transformation has radically changed my sense of who I am into someone whose strength of self comes from an awareness of the divine grace available to me and the desire to accept it in my life. Each day, I pray that God will help me to maintain that awareness and to express my gratitude for it by making decisions to act as God's compassion and acceptance would guide me. And I pray that all who are suffering in their lives will be guided by the God of their understanding through their suffering to their own awareness and gratitude for divine compassion.

I understand my practices as a threefold system of healthy living: hygiene for my body, my mind, and my soul. I eat well and exercise to keep my body tuned up, and doing so keeps my nervous system -- the basis of my feelings and thinking -- tuned up, too. When my feelings and thinking are tuned up, I can more readily quiet the inner voices of my less healthy feelings and thoughts -- the voices of fear, shame, anger, guilt, envy, perfectionism, or inadequacy. With those voices of negativity acknowledged, but stilled, I can hear the softer voice of divine grace -- the voice of self-acceptance, humility, empathy for others' suffering, compassion, patience, and selfless love.

In that voice, I find the strength of heart to share these gifts of the spirit with all in need, for I know that the fountain that refreshes our spirit never runs dry. It is available for us whenever we choose to drink.

Keep well.
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JOEMARCHESANI 7/7/2013 10:00PM

    Thanks to all who have responded to my most recent blog posting, another confirmation that in giving, we receive. My 50th reunion was held at the beginning of May. I attended -- the first time I've done so. Twenty percent of my graduating class had already died, and another of my classmates died just ten days after the reunion. Those sad statistics prompt me all the more to be grateful for my late-blooming spiritual mindfulness and to recognize that the true joy of my life is entrusting myself to God's will for me.

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CAROLJEAN64 7/7/2013 12:59PM

    You have touched my heart and soul with your blog. Thanks for posting.

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PEZCATHY 7/7/2013 11:08AM

    Congratulations on the 50 yr. anniversary of your graduation! I hope you will get to go to your reunion. I hate that there are 10 years between get-togethers, as we lose so many of our friends during that 10 year span, don't we? I had my 40th a couple of years ago and couldn't go because I had two new grandbabies scheduled to arrive the same week. I love how you spoke of a "transformation" , as truly we are being transformed! God has transformed our minds, and we must keep Him foremost to help us transform our bodies. People who haven't struggled with a food addiction (or any other kind), do not understand or appreciate the turmoil and struggle we go through to gain control. Yet it is only through His grace and help that we can do it in any case. I do believe it makes us more sympathetic and loving toward other people, no matter what their affliction. Congratulations on your transformation, becoming a yoga teacher, and the relinquishment of your life to God. It isn't about us, it's all about Him. We can't do any of it without Him!!

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ADKISTLER 7/7/2013 11:08AM

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NEPTUNE1939 7/7/2013 11:00AM

    Time does truly march on. God bless! emoticon

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