As Brian and I prepare to co-lead the upcoming Intentional Thriving workshop for Heart Tree I have been thinking a lot about the question Brian posed. What does thriving look like to me?
Thriving looks like many parts of my life now. Waking up in the morning to a feeling of positive expectation and happy anticipation. Sharing a good life with a loving and loved man. The companionship of a gentle dog. Having increasing opportunities to teach what I love. Having a partner in Heart Tree. The fun of imagining new classes, an upcoming move and a road trip into being. These are just a few of the thriving areas of my life. Because this practice takes me into the vibration of experience I think of my life as a flowing orchestra of vibrational notes. Here are the notes that make up the areas of my life I just mentioned: positive expectation, happiness, happy anticipation, sharing, goodness of life, loving, loved, companionship, gentleness, increasing opportunities, teaching, trust, partnership, spiritual location, fun, imagining, new, moving, creating.
I have been practicing intentional thriving for three years now. Before that I was learning to accept and gracefully cope with that which was. Before that I was unaware of how I was creating the very things in my life that I did not want but believed that I had no control or ability to change.
My thinking was looped into; life is hard, you work hard for what you get, if you don’t work hard you’re lazy, everything is tit for tat, be careful of trusting, when good things start to flow in you should be waiting for the other shoe to drop and there is never quite enough. Not enough money, time or freedom. I know I’m not alone in this thinking loop. All of our students have said that at some time in their lives they have believed a pattern of thinking and feeling that didn’t feel good but seemed so true as to be unchangeable.
But it’s not. There is a learnable practice of skilled means to take this leap from where you are to intentional thriving bringing personal evidence supporting increasing wellbeing.
What does thriving look like to you? What are the vibrational notes that make your heart sing?
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