Tune Out and Tune In

22 01 2017


I have two pears sitting on my counter. Seeing fruit outside the fridge, in a bowl, a plant near a window, a photo from a trip hung near the piano – these are all signs that things are going to be ok. They are connections to life that exists beyond these four walls – whether in an orchard, a nursery or a vacation destination. They are things that will remain constant in what increasingly seems like a life uncertain.

A pear. A houseplant. A photo. They are not dependent on the size of my kitchen nor whether my piano is a grand piano (it’s not) or a traditional upright (it is). They are just layers of a life; proof of an existence – even if for a moment in time.

And perhaps that is what this divisive period in our nation’s history is, as well. The inauguration, the marches, the tweets – they are layers in a moment in time. Or I hope. If this nation is our “four walls” right now, then we may be looking at those things that are there to give us what we need to remind us that things will be ok.

For some, that is voting an unconventional candidate to lead our country.

For others, it is raising voices and signs in solidarity to not lose the progress that has been made so far and over so long a time.

I would be disingenuous if I didn’t admit that I am very unsettled about the direction our nation is going. Regardless of the President, I have been awoken to both the plight of fellow citizens and the reality of the real thread of bias, racism and apathy that is overlooked by many good people in the name of “change”. This disheartens me greatly yet it is not for me to judge. It is only for me to recognize what is at this moment and allow it to pass so that we are not defined by party, nor by our social security number but rather by the more complex nature of what makes us human.

That’s why those pictures and plants, children and pets, songs and favorite shows are so critical right now. Tune out of CNN and FOX and tune into YOU. That station is a lot more interesting and a lot more fun for others to watch and without all the side effects.

Until next time,







Transitions and Shifts

30 09 2015
Am I a new agist in hiding?

Am I a new agist in hiding?

I have been wanting to write about this for a few weeks but was unsure of how to do so without sounding like a new age convert. I am not.
I still have no idea what this blog post will end up sounding like but that hasn’t stopped me before.
Over the past few weeks, I have felt that there is a profound energy shift – not just for me but for so many people around me, also. When I refer to “energy shift”, I simply mean that when listening to what is going on with these people’s lives, it seems like they are all on the cusp of something transitioning and it even feels a bit different when being around them or speaking with them.
For those of you reading this and thinking “can I get whatever it is Marc had this weekend?”, let me explain. You know when you are around someone and their energy is just present…it affects you and may even rub off on you? It’s sort of like that.
At first, I thought it was just that feeling I sometimes get when the Fall hits and the air tastes differently and the sunlight casts different shadows than in the summer. Then I imagined it had more to do with all the many things happening simultaneously in my own life propelling me in an unknown direction. But that wasn’t it, either.
I could sense shifts in my own kids – shifts beyond the normal evolution that takes place with growing up. I spoke with friends who were coming out of intense situations or circumstances, some short and some after long periods, either for better or for worse. As I listened to each of them, it seemed more than coincidental that this feeling – a cautious but real feeling – that something was about to change; the cliche “starting a new chapter” was a common theme.
It reminded me of a book I read a long time ago called The Celestine Prophecy. I don’t remember the actual plot but do recall taking away this idea that there are no coincidences in life and that there are times when profound “shifts” occur and we can either lean into them or work against them.
I am sure if I go online I can find plenty of spiritual “evidence” to support this feeling I have. But I don’t want to simply because it doesn’t matter. I believe that there is a lot to be said for paying attention, being uncomfortable and having some faith that the journey we are on is the journey we are meant to be on – whether it feels easy or not.
In the end, though myself and others may have difficult learnings ahead of us, I actually feel very optimistic about what this shift may lead to – for each of us. The idea that there could be some sort of cosmic shift occurring, spiritual or otherwise, and that it is not coincidental nor unique to our own experience is a very hopeful idea for me. It makes me feel like there really is a connectivity to others. That is never a bad thing.
Do you feel like there is any fundamental shift happening around you?
Until next time,
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Thanks again, Marc

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