What are Mindful Moments? by Cheryl Marlene

What are Mindful Moments?

What are Mindful Moments? For me, a mindful moment is that moment when I take a breath while also become aware of whatever is at the edge of my awareness. I observe. I give attention. I let whatever is just at the surface to bubble up. I pay attention to my mind and also my …

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Commitment to Connection by Cheryl Marlene

Commitment to Connection

So, hmmm …. this has been a helluva emotional day for me and in my awareness has been a focus on a commitment to connection. This morning, sitting side by side, my daughter and I watched the first woman be sworn in as Vice-President of the United States. We watched the wonder of Amy K, …

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Assist versus Help by Cheryl Marlene

Don’t Help Instead Assist

Here’s a question for you: What’s the difference between assisting someone and helping someone? I’ve been thinking on this a bit and here’s what I’ve come up with. Help: I’m doing something for someone I think they need: Assist: I’m doing something for someone because I was asked by that someone. In other words, in …

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They Gather Me Up by Cheryl Marlene

They Gather Me Up

They gather me upThese treesThey gather me upTo mend my woundsAnd restore the depth of my soulTo the balance of me. They gather me upRoots and branchesTops and tipsBending to match the heightOf my heart in their presence. They gather meAs a prayer to the windAnd absolution to the soilAnd the moments of GraceWhich I …

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Resistance as Course Correction by Cheryl Marlene

Resistance as Course Correction

Today I have been thinking about how resistance is course correction. When I ran into resistance, I used to think I had done something wrong. That I had missed the turn. That if I had been paying better attention I would have gotten it “right.” Resistance felt like failure. However, thinking of resistance as course …

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I Am a Work in Progress by Cheryl Marlene

I Am a Work in Progress

I am a Work in Progress explores the process of the inner landscape and how one can step through the ups and downs of personal growth. Today I feel myself dealing with my sense of status quo, what’s “normal” or “average” and feeling like I don’t want to be bound by any of it. Nothing …

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My Body is the Beauty of Experience by Cheryl Marlene

My Body is the Beauty of Experience

I had a major epiphany last night. The kind of major awareness that caught my breath as tears rolled down my face. A moment where all else froze and I literally felt a huge shift within me, gears rotating into place, thoughts lining up, the unneeded quickly ushered out of my heart’s door, the wisdom …

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The Up Choice at the Crossroads by Cheryl Marlene

The Up Choice at the Crossroads

At a crossroads, choice seems apparent: left, right, straight. Sometimes life is that clear-cut. At the crossroads, feel into your truth, choose, and allow your life to move on. However, there are moments where no matter the logic of the moment nor the feeling in your gut, nothing helps you discern your truthful choice. The …

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Party of One by Cheryl Marlene

Party of One

I’ve done something really huge for myself. I’ve put me first. Usually, I defer to other, giving them the benefit of the doubt. I’m not saying that I shouldn’t seek to understand. No. I’m saying that my default position is to give up on what I want in the face of trouble on the other …

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Learn Always, Connect Openly by Cheryl Marlene

Learn Always, Connect Openly

My office is in my home and my home is a one-bedroom apartment. I’ve worked from home for more than 15 years and have trained myself to truly work. I’ve learned habits to help me accomplish my professional goals and I’ve learned to let go of house chores which can easily keep me from getting …

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The Hope of Choosing Me Over Grief by Cheryl Marlene

The Hope of Choosing Me Over Grief

I am in grief, feeling a sorrow over something which has yet to be and most likely will not be. Layers are falling away, layers of hope unfulfilled. Hope that perhaps…maybe…and now will not be. Not an impossible hope. Simply a hope born from delight and joy and love, foretelling possibility. Love is never a …

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Courage Gathered, I Name by Cheryl Marlelne

Courage Gathered, I Name

I name you. I call you out. Once a feral focal point of my life. The best of me: Dominated. Hidden. Denied. In doubt. I ignored the truth of my pain. For too long, this unnamed has squatted in my heart and the cells of my violated places. Forced upon me by those hims limited …

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On Love by Cheryl Marlene

On Love

My mind and my heart have been full of thoughts and feelings of love.  How I love myself and how I love others . . . a beautiful journey filled with the pain both of surrender and merging, autonomy and solitude.  This morning, I thought of the following words which dig deep into the wings …

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Amiramen The Origin of Amen by Cheryl Marlene

Amiramen: The Origin of Amen

Amen is a word which has evolved over the millennia as a closing to a request for divine assistance. Used only in this manner, however, it is a static view interpretation, limiting the energy flow to linear awareness. Amen began as Amiramen. Amiramen is a word of light and an expression of resonance and reverberation. …

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Winter of the Soul by Cheryl Marlene

Winter of the Soul

In the US, we tend to think of winter as a time of cold, of dark, of death.  In winter, there is no motion. However, in other cultures, Japan for example, the energy of winter is a time of sleep, of inner renewal.  A time when something is happening below the surface out of sight. …

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Story Confusion

All current stories feed all current experiences, creating new stories which in turn explain new experiences. The problem lies in confusing your story for the essence of who you are. In other words, the story you may have come up with previously for an experience is either no longer true or was never true to …

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For Women Everywhere by Cheryl Marlene

For Women Everywhere

FEAR I name you. I call you out. Once a focal point Of my life to Protect me from harm. Controlling the best of me. Making me Doubt the truth of My pain. Taking advantage Capitalizing on the Effect of Little men who do Not recognize the limits of their Minds fogged with Authoritarian smallness …

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Letting Go of Motherly Expectations by Cheryl Marlene

Letting Go of My Motherly Expectations

This is my loss in this moment and mine alone to deal with. My mother was there when I asked. To expect my daughter to ask for the same from me is me putting my expectations on her. Let me not lay my expectations at my daughter’s feet. Let me open a door to her asking of me without expectation.

To Be Held Gently

I visit the Portland Japanese Garden often. In part because I am a volunteer garden guide. In part because it is such a beautiful place. This morning, sitting at the Sand and Stone Garden trying desperately to connect to the sand and the stone, I had an epiphany. Beyond the short wall which is the …

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The Moon in Her Fullness by Cheryl Marlene

The Moon in Her Fullness

Venus rising And the Moon in her fullness I rise to the receiving Ready to bring all of me To the stillness of me. Now is the time To salute the giving To herald the adventure of a new ME. The Moon in her fullness ME loving me. And I care not the solitude I …

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