practice of being human

This Practice of Being Human…

We all have that center, a place of connectedness. And we all veer away from that center, again and again. That’s the nature of life. In fact, we may be off-course more than on-course. So what we look for often times is a course correcting mechanism. A practice to bring ourselves back to the center and feel alive in the connectedness, this is what I refer to as my Hour of Power. The practice of designated time when I take a seat with myself, to connect, commune and create. A tending to self as my greatest resource. This practice that I have shared with you over the last few months is one of the most valuable mechanisms I use to course correct and live my life by design. This is the final post in my Hour of Power series, if you haven’t yet read the previous posts in the series I invite you to check them out here. Join me and thousands of others as we journey in connectedness and living a life by design from the center of our being. Quite simply, the practice of being human.

 

When I sat down to write this blog post I quickly realized a struggle between the call to keep things simple and the impulse to make the words and ideas new, fresh, exciting and amazing. I realized how often my need to sound exciting is a distraction and blocks me to write my thoughts down, I paused took a deep breath and began to type. Offering my thoughts in a very simple, stripped down way. The way it feels in me when I go back to the basics of living my practices.  

 

Hypocrisy has sat it’s fat ass down in my thoughts lately. I have been struggling with my own practice. I have felt powerless at times to the demands of life and noticed resentment begin to chisel away at my connection and inspiration. Even as I write this the undercurrent of “who am I to say anything about any of this” pulls at the edges. And it’s that very pull that has me write these words today.

 

This practice of being human is a struggle at times. So as I write these words and think about pushing the button to send them where others eyes, minds and hearts will witness my struggle feels strangely necessary. The very act of offering these words on the page is an act of connecting. And although the discomfort and distractions are tumbling around in me the very action of writing, sharing and posting it somewhere feels like coming back to my practice. Coming home to a seat inside of me where connectedness comes alive in my breathing.

 

So here is my hour of power today:  A pause in the rapid fire thoughts and heaviness in my heart. A letting go of the hypocrisy and gripping tighter to what I don’t want to reach for a deeper sense of connection and truth. So whatever you have been experiencing, learning or discovering as you read these blogs I encourage you to live the learning. In fact when I say “live the learning” what do you think of? How do you feel? What does that mean to you? And whatever you bring your attention to, listen deeply and then consider an action or practice you can implement to bring that alive in your life. Create your own living of your learning. To practice one lesson with all your heart for the next several months and let the learning continue to unfold. Turn towards the discomforts and tell yourself the truth. Start now.

 

No amount of wisdom or insight counts for much if it doesn’t lead to changes in behavior and sustained results.  

 

Offering this with deep gratitude and lots of love,

 

 Krista

 

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7 responses to “This Practice of Being Human…”

  1. Erin Griffin says:

    Thank you Krista, thank you for creating this space and for your heartfelt opening. “Living the learning, practicing being human”, is speaking to me clearly and consistently. My learning is to first be in the action of letting go of what hurts and does not serve me or the people and visions I hold dearly. My response, my practice, is where I am struggling. I am longing for a break and a vacation – a lengthy one. Not the roller coaster kind of vacation, the leisurely, restful, connected, sleep-in kind of vacation in the presence of the natural beauty of this earth that I long to experience more of. I am pulled to this vacation in a big and daily way. I have worked very hard for a long time to create stability and sustainability for myself and my son, and I have succeeded at that. I have also weathered and dug out from a series of major storms in recent years. I am proud of that too and think I would mostly make the same choices again. Clearing out now, what is alive in me is OMG I am tired and I need to rest and restore! The demands of life – those that come with maintaining the stability and sustainability that is so precocious to me and also those that lurk directing me to breathe, listen and tend to myself through the distress I still feel in the wake of those storms – those demands are competing with very result they are intended to create which is ultimately to connect with myself and others in an expansive space of love, connection and nature. I am grateful for the gift of this clear vision. Knowing and feeling my heart’s desire is where manifestation begins, moment to moment in the small ways and over time in the very foundation of my life.

  2. Suzanne Boyington says:

    I have always reveled in your your words and thoughts. Tonight was no exception. Thank you for the honesty in your writing. It is a reminder and refreshing to chew on the reality of what you wrote as it is in all of us. I was at a educator summit this week and today a presenter made the point that teachers must be willing to let students linger a little longer in learning to read. It struck me while reading your post that we all could stand to linger. Linger in love. Linger in friendship. Linger in caring. Linger in gratitude. Even linger in hardship, and enjoy the storm. Just my thoughts that you stirred up…..

  3. Sylvia Chamberlain says:

    The last 4 years have shown no mercy. The death of both of my parents, hospitalization..damn drama..but missing my parents is not drama..I have built a beautiful library and each day I put out for my mom and dad a cup a tea. That is my comfort. II love the lack of mercy because although it pisses me off sometimes it makes me want my life. I recently got married and have 4 children and now I believe my house is spiritually active..the lights in the library go on and off by themselves in the am and pm..so not only my mom and but my husbands father….he gets tea too…in this way I am reminded just how. True I have been to myself and others …the newest lesson is not everyone gets to have my true and that makes me proud of me. ..I was always love the most meant. Hit rock bottom because I smile, drink my tea… And look up

  4. Sylvia Chamberlain says:

    The last 4 years have shown no mercy. The death of both of my parents, hospitalization..damn drama..but missing my parents is not drama..I have built a beautiful library and each day I put out for my mom and dad a cup a tea. That is my comfort. II love the lack of mercy because although it pisses me off sometimes it makes me want my life. I recently got married and have 4 children and now I believe my house is spiritually active..the lights in the library go on and off by themselves in the am and pm..so not only my mom and but my husbands father….he gets tea too…in this way I am reminded just how. True I have been to myself and others …the newest lesson is not everyone gets to have my true and that makes me proud of me. ..I was always love about Hitting rock bottom is I smile, drink my tea… And look up

  5. Amy Rohyans Stewart says:

    I sit here and I’m “supposed to be working”…yet growth and evolution knock, ache and pine for more in these hours after my first Grace experience…gentle and encouraging whispers, “keep seeking, with devotion and promise, your deep and abiding truth” and I find I want and need more exploration of this pause in-between.
    Greg Holden sums it up so well in his song “Hold On Tight”.
    “I’ll try not to complain about the things I have lost,
    Because when you’ve had something great, that just means there’s a greater loss.
    So when you look at yourself, tell me who do you see?
    Is it the person you’ve been or the person that you’re gonna be?”
    I have felt so lost and alone here…..this pause in-between the person I’ve been been and the person I’m going to be…the person I want to be, the resilient and powerful Mom, Wife, Aunt, Sacred Sister, Healer…..I long to keep becoming.
    And then Grace comes bounding through the Universe and gently aligns my gaze in the direction of a path toward clarity. On a journal I bought 6 years ago, during the unforeseen birth of my pause, is this AH-HA message, “Yesterday is History. Tomorrow is Mystery. Today is a Gift”. Following my existential head rush comes…..YESSSSSSS!! (The deep, Krista type of YES with slow and deep fist pump) Thank you Grace and Eleanor Roosevelt! The pause in-between IS a gift!
    And the gift continues to emerge, as if my quiet yearning prayers for sage wisdom and guidance are beginning to be answered. Here in 9 introductory words, I find ever more. Here, in-between, in the pause, in the center, I find connectedness. WHAAAAT?!?! Can I have deep and growly “YES!” with double fist pump! I am no longer lost in-between, I am no longer stuck in that deep, dark pause… I’M FREAKING CONNECTED PEOPLE!! As a matter of fact, I AM the connection…….I AM the connection……
    WE ARE the connection.
    Mind blown, bucket filled, chortling happily, soul plump with delight….Yummy 🙂
    Krista…I am so grateful for you and your willingness to share your gift so that we may find ours.
    Fly On…..

  6. Ann Drakeley says:

    It is hard sometimes to be human to feel the heaviness in my heart with the constant bombardment of petty politics that cause harm to so many people. And the disappointments of the heart when we open to others. Thank you for your openness and allowance of being human. It helps me to let go of perfectionism. To feel. To be so honest with myself it hurts. And then to recommit to life and love!

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