This week we explored the theme of Aliveness as an essential part of blooming in our Bloom Conversation and Meditation sessions. Bloom Conversation and Meditation is a community offering that meets remotely using Zoom. Each week we explore a new theme through discussion, sharing, meditation and practices to improve daily life. If you'd like to join Bloom Conversation and Meditation, you may email Bloom! directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Bloom, we assert that to practice cultivating worthiness is the key to experiencing evolving from a state of survival to thrival - embracing with integrity the vitality of aliveness. We invite you into this Bloom Way of being, to bloom a life you authentically love. "Practicing courage, compassion and connection in our daily lives is how we cultivate worthiness. The key word is practice." ~Brene Brown~
Madonna shared the following poem she wrote. We hope this inspires you to connect with your felt sense of aliveness.
By Madonna Murphy
I want to lose my breath at the power of the mountains,
The stillness of the vast desert plains,
The depth of the mighty canyons
And feel the Spirit of the red rocks
I want to smell the fresh salty air of the ocean
Feel the twinkle of the sun glistening on the water
The wind blowing through my hair
Hearing the waves crashing to the shore
And feeling my feet crunching through the sand
I want to be amongst the majesty of the trees
Breathing in the sunlight filtering through the leaves
Feeling like I have finally come home
And allowing myself just to roam
I want to feel the rain pouring all over my body
Drenching me till I feel cleansed
Not a care in the world of how I might look
Or what they might think on Facebook
I want to feel the earth dirtying the souls of my feet
Like I did when I was young…
roaming the earth with my dog…
in the hot Aussie sun
I want to feel delicious muck between my hands, fingers and nails
The satisfaction of creating something…
without a care if I fail
I want to run through a field of wild flowers
Screaming with pure joy, hands waving about in the air
Doing cartwheels because I can’t contain my excitement
Then crashing to the ground panting with exhilaration
I want to laugh so much that my belly hurts
I want to love so much that my heart wants to burst
I want to be amazed at the beauty of this life
And fly so high, just like a kite
I want to feel there is all the time in the world
To know that all I have to do is be Me
And that everything is already taken care of
Just wait and I will see
I want to feel a smile on my face
Connection to Spirit in my soul
Tears in my eyes
And contentment in my breath
And know that I am truly… Alive
Questions for reflection:
1. How has practicing courage, compassion and connection allowed for experiencing aliveness in your life?
2. How has this enhanced your sense of worthiness, or phenomenal enoughness?
3. How has your sense of worth and aliveness been diminished, deadened, or cut off by experiencing the opposite of courage, compassion and connection?
4. What helps you restore from things feeling the hardest?
5. To feel alive, I need...
In Bloom we grow,
Madonna and Maria xo