The Simple Everyday

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The Simple Everyday

By Vicki L. Flaherty

Today
Opens
With Possibility
I Wake
And I See,
Hear, Feel,
Listen, Speak.
I Look
For Peace,
Wonder, Joy.
I Create
Connection,
Sparks, Pauses.
I Find
Contentment
And Meaning
in The Simple
Everyday.

* Image courtesy of milewalk.com

Leaping Toward My Dreams

Vicki Flaherty:

I thought my followers here might also be interested in a recent interview where I spoke about leaping toward my dreams.

Originally posted on Mostly My Heart Sings:

She Dreams Big

I’m honored to be featured as part of Christina Zini’s LEAP series. I had the amazing opportunity to be coached by Christina as I went through my breast cancer recovery. Our interview, published yesterday, was a great opportunity to reflect on my journey, share some of my poetry, and to appreciate the leaping that came out of my experience.

CLICK HERE to access the interview.

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Lightly child, lightly

Vicki Flaherty:

I just loved this…holding on lightly…

Originally posted on Live & Learn:

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It’s like a dance. And we have to give each being space to dance their dance. Everything is dancing; even the molecules inside the cells are dancing. But we make our lives so heavy. We have these incredibly heavy burdens we carry with us like rocks in a big rucksack. We think that carrying this big heavy rucksack is our security; we think it grounds us. We don’t realize the freedom, the lightness of just dropping it off, letting it go. That doesn’t mean giving up relationships; it doesn’t mean giving up one’s profession, or one’s family,or one’s home. It has nothing to do with that; it’s not an external change. It’s an internal change. It’s a change from holding on tightly to holding very lightly.”

– Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Into the Heart of Life


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Authentic

By Vicki L. Flaherty

Show up
ME!
Real
Just as I am
Nothing to hide
Open and vulnerable
Yet confident and strong
BE
Who I am

I wrote this little poem back in 2007 when I had started experimenting with poetry as a form of expression. I’ve been leaning into this intention ever since. Seems every day provides reminders that this is what I want and invitations to make choices that align with it.

*image courtesy of http://www.lulyb.com – I just love how ‘googling’ for graphics to accompany my message sometimes takes me to place that inspire me – visit Luly B’s site for more inspiration on being who you are

a remarkable thing of beauty

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Today is for being alive, feeling alive, living…and so I am here looking inside for what I have to express…

“Creative work is the fullest human expression of being alive…

The primary task of human beings is to creatively work

at making our lives a remarkable thing of beauty.’

~Earnie Larson & Carol Larsen Hegarty, Day of Healing, Day of Joy

* Photo credit:

“Life is a canvas, you are the brush, and all the colors lay before you. Paint your portrait.” – Chris Mott – Find Your Sprinkles – http://www.mottivation.com.

Advice from a Prairie

courtesy of http://ben.biomimicry.net

courtesy of ben.biomimicry.net

I picked up a bookmark at the Prairiewoods Retreat Center about 10 days ago when I attended a Wellfinity retreat for women. The bookmark holds my place in the current inspirational book I’m reading (The Book of Awakening: Having the LIfe You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo). The name on the bookmark is Advice from a Prairie, and it was created by Your True Nature – Set it free!

My top 3 favorite 3 messages printed on it are:

  • Stay open
  • Give yourself space
  • Be natural

Other Advice from a Prairie includes: explore new horizons, keep a sunny outlook, be patient through dry spells, and listen to the wind.

Visit YourTrueNature.com for more great advice from nature!

Read more about my experience at the retreat: Positively Affirming

The need to be porous and real

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I recently started reading a new daily book of inspirations by Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life YouWant by Being Present to the Life You Have. The April 3 entry includes this delicious quote that really resonated for me:

“It remains important to reach out and to express oneself, but underneath that is the need to be porous and real. Through the opened heart, the world comes rushing in, the way oceans fill the smallest hole along the shore. It is the quietest sort of miracle: by simply being who we are, the world will come and fill us, to cleanse us, to baptize us, again and again.” ~Mark Nepo

* I took this photo in San Agustinillo, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2014

Determination and the power of fresh resolutions and reasonable goals

courtesy of finneranfitness.com

courtesy of finneranfitness.com

Ah…the feeling of satisfaction that comes from following through on a commitment.

I didn’t think I would do it. Turned out to be snowy here in NY today. So I wrote off going for a run.

My recent resolution to run a modest 1-3 miles at least 3 times a week got me asking myself – Not even a mile? Just 10 minutes? It’ll feel good to get up and move…

And with that, I put on my gear and headed out the door.

It felt great to be honoring the commitment I made to me!