60 Seconds: Personal & Professional Freedom by Trusting the Present Moment

Hello, to you listening in Porto, Portugal! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga.

My teacher Thich Nhat Hanh taught us to say, “Arrived” as we practiced walking meditation to remind us that with each step we have arrived in the present moment where we can be most free. When we carry our mindfulness over to each task in our day: cutting vegetables, washing dishes, brushing our teeth, focusing on our project, and so on we are becoming our own freedom hero.

It takes determination, concentration, and sincerity to become our own freedom hero because no one can do this for you. The present moment of energy belongs to you bringing you freedom from worry, suffering, anxiety, and impatience.

Practicing present moment awareness is a gradual act of building trust with yourself so that you can continue the practice in moments of doubt or uncertainty.

When we invite ourselves into present moment energy we become more compassionate toward ourselves, our shortcomings, and our human foibles. We find peace and joy in who we are because we realize we don’t have to be perfect, nor does anyone else. We can let that stuff go to become free, fully alive, fully present. What a relief! Guaranteed.

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Podcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story Arts

Music: Mer’s Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron Music

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Diane F. Wyzga
Diane F. Wyzga
Remember the first time you rode a bike and took your hands off the handlebars? And then because it felt fun and daring you did it again - and again - riding down a hill with the wind in your face, arms up over your head screaming, “Look, ma! No hands!” You showed up. You did it. The arc of my professional career stretches from serving as a US Navy officer and nurse, corporate businesswoman, lawyer, platform storyteller, and professor before shifting into a solopreneur as a litigation consultant, wordsmith-er/editor, noted podcaster, and story consultant who was lucky enough to scuba dive the Continental Shelf, become a pilot, hike the Rocky Mountains with Outward Bound, kayak off the coast of Mexico, parachute out of a perfectly good plane, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and so much more. Over my lifetime I've been letting go of the handlebars but - just as often - having my fingers pried off when I’ve been most afraid. At some of the darkest moments in my life where the true way was wholly lost to me, a person or opportunity beckoned and I said "Yes!" That’s the place where the story changed. This is my life purpose: Helping women identify, sort out and transform unclear messages into confident, connection-making stories, and those stories into powerful sequels. How? 30 years of story work in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings and more has taught me that story principles are key to conscious connection. Together we distill hazy ideas into easily understood metaphors and direct emotional language using words with power, passion, and precision so your message, your story rings true and achieves desired outcomes. My media company has three interlocking components: Quarter Moon Story Arts: "Shaping stories into sequels." Stories From Women Who Walk (podcast): "Like magic, the sorcery of stories is this: they help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood." My Life As Compost (blog): "What matters in our life is not what happens to us but how we respond, transform the difficulty into advantage, and tell *that* story."

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  1. When I was in Denmark over the summer, I took up your invitation to brush my teeth to brush my teeth, Diane. I knew I had an extra tube of toothpaste in my hand luggage, so when the first from my traveling kit ran out, I picked up the new one. And found another tooth brush to go with it.
    That difference in the mouth feel of a new and other brand brush became an excuse to try the mindful brushing. There is no going back.

    What my dentist thinks? I will know in a couple of weeks.