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Inspiration messages

Do we really see each other?

Jenn Shallvey

I see you but do I know you? I may think I do. I quickly surmise from appearance and actions who you are. I see the external, I look for cues. Then I make a judgement  and decision. Yes, I make a judgement. This is the base level of my human existence in a world of others.

On my own I look at myself in the mirror or simply within my own thoughts. I do not see the outside only the inside. I see what no one else sees. I see the truth. I don’t like the truth so I deny it. I don’t like the truth so I hide from it. I don’t like the truth so I run a million miles a way from it.  Why?  Because I am afraid.

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To Include or Not - There is No Question.

Jenn Shallvey

Today my daughter started high school. Do you remember what that was like? Perhaps you were lucky and moved from primary to secondary school with mates. In my daughter’s case she went to school today knowing no one.

As we sat in orientation assembly I observed girls congregating together. Pairs, trios and even groups of four. There was evidence that many girls knew each other well. How easy they made it look to those others in the room without a friend in sight.

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Change is in the Air

Jenn Shallvey

I love this time of year. There is this feeling of rebirth, new beginnings and fresh starts. The start of a new calendar year has a certain mystique and reverence to it. We celebrate in many different ways - some subdued, others full out wild. No matter how you sound in the new year it is a new year for all.

What is interesting about this time of year is how we each attribute meaning to the experience. If you were isolated from civilisation, temporarily out of touch with time you would just see one day change to the next. You might eventually notice the seasons shift but you would not be looking at a calendar, would you?

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A jump into freedom (a personal story)

Jenn Shallvey

“Take a dip in the ocean”, she said. “Why don’t you strip down to your swimsuit, run straight in and dive under the next wave?”  What  a strange lady to be telling me to do this? I don’t even know who she is or where she came from. Yet she wants me to run into the ocean.

My first thought. Yes! This looks like so much fun. Before she knew it I was all wet and asking for more.

Only this action was in my mind. I still stood frozen on the side of the beach watching the water lap up against my feet teasing and tempting me.  I can’t just jump in, I told myself. What is under the surface? What is lurking below? How will I be ok?

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Find your joy spot

Jenn Shallvey

I have had some writer’s block of late. Not the kind where you can’t write but where your writing is all over the place.  So to spare you the rambling meanderings of my overactive reflections I have not sent out the weekly message, until today.  Only today I want to share something different with you.  Rather than too many words I want to invite you to have an experience. This is something I hope you can find time to do over the weekend or when you have a spare moment by yourself in the week.

I invite you to stop what you are doing and be.

 

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Create your own story

Jenn Shallvey

I want to tell you a story.  This is not a story like once upon a time. This is a story of possibility and potential. You see when we sit and contemplate our life we often have questions. We also have lots of judgments and criticisms. We tend to do the old scorecard or report card on ourselves.  The story is what we tell ourselves to support the results. If we assess ourselves as poor or not good then we come up with a story to support our position. We don’t need anyone else to do this for us. We simply create our own.  Likewise when things are good there is a story going on behind the scenes as well.

The stories we tell ourselves though are different in nature.

 

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WONDER

Jenn Shallvey

Be surprised. Let yourself experience wonder. Open up to the unknown. See the world in a way that you have never done so before.

This is my wish for us all. For there is so much around us every day that keeps us from connecting to the beauty of our world. We are dragged down, beaten up mentally and emotionally, pushed around until we are weary with exhaustion. Another sad story on the news. Another calamity. Another atrocity. Why why why? With the balance of information in favour of the negative we may think that the whole world is a miserable place to live in. Yes in some places it definitely is challenging and collectively we are in need of some major change.

Yet amongst all the chaos, craziness and distractions is a saving grace - wonder. 

 

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LOVE

Jenn Shallvey

What is love?

Is it just romance or a feeling of endearment?

Perhaps it is a cute word we put at the end of emails to family and friends.

Maybe it’s that stepping stone declaration we make when we cross over from just dating into a real relationship.

Love is not just a word.

Love is a way. Love is a state. Love is an expression of who we all are as human beings.

 

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Conscious boundaries

Jenn Shallvey

We live behind fences and walls. We build these to keep people out, to keep animals in, to demarcate our living space. A fence, a wall is a cultural statement of mine versus yours.  Invitation or permission will allow you passage through a gate of sorts to the others side. Usually there is agreement, sometimes not.  Imagine the difference between the unsolicited door knocking salesman versus your dinner guests arriving for the evening.

 

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If I...I would...

Jenn Shallvey

How often in conversations do you say 'If I were _____ I would_____'. In other words you see what another person is doing and either believe you would do differently or want to do the same.  It is easy to sit on the sidelines and make the comments.

On one level these 'If I were…' types of comparisons are a combination of imagination, ego, wishful thinking, judgment, separation and empathy. On another level these statements are detachments from our own lives and our own existence. We jump quickly into another’s situation and distance ourselves from our own.

 

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When your work is done

Jenn Shallvey

Today’s message is inspired by a photo.

Look at the photo in this message before you read what I write. I want you to come up with your own interpretation, reaction and experience first.  So pause and look at the photo.

What do you notice?
What do you identify with or not?
What story does this image tell you?

Whatever comes up for you is exactly right for you. This is your own inner knowing, not mine. I want you to take note of this and hold onto your experience.

Now let’s add some other food for thought. Of course I am now throwing in my bias. I do this not to persuade nor convince you to think in any way. I simply wish to open your experience to another level.

 

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Shifting negativity

Jenn Shallvey

At times we all fall into the trap of complaining and whining about what is not working in the world. We are not alone in this tendency.  All you have to do is check out the editorial section of the local paper and you can instantly see an example of the vocal negative. Not happy.  Go online and more self appointed critics take up residence on blogs, online forums, websites, social media. The more anonymous, the more outspokenly critical people seem to become.

So what has happened? Why are we so inclined to jump down the negative line of conversation than the positive? Why are we so drawn to the glass is half empty?  Or maybe the question should be why is this voice heard louder than the other?

 

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Who cares

Jenn Shallvey

Who cares

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
No one.
No one who?
No one who cares.

So you think to yourself:
What?
Who would say this, who would even think this thought?

Many do but may not be conscious about it. 

 

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You are not alone

Jenn Shallvey

You are not alone

Rest assured you are not alone.  You walk along and pass your day thinking to yourself no one else is out there like me, right? No one really gets me. It can be frustrating, downright annoying even.  To feel alone amongst so many is not what you signed up for.

Lost in distraction
What is it this feeling of being alone? Where does this come from?  Is it inside of you? Is it of your own making? Or is it of some others' making.  Many times when alone we can walk out and blame the rest of the world for not understand nor getting us.

 

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Being alive

Jenn Shallvey

Being alive

Know, really know you are alive!

Do you ever stop and truly appreciate how amazing it is to be alive? To have this moment , to have this life? You can think and have the awareness you are alive. Yet this knowing on it’s own is not enough. To truly be alive is to experience life through you.

I do not write to you today to remember your biology. I write to you today to remember you through the senses.

 

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