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Break Through

Bursting through the surface
An imaginary seal between surf, cold air
After swimming too long among
predatory sharks lustfully hunting
Shiny illusions that distract
from
Deeper hungers
Teeth grinding
Resentments
Birthed inside
Womb Abandonment.
Instigate Fear
Feeding frenzies
To hide insecurities, lies
their own and yours.
Escape the dark
Depths of the ocean.
Flutter finned feet
Through kelp
Schools of fish
Towards the sun-warmed
Waters filled with
sparkling bubbles
Seafoam
Body aching for
That very next
Inhale.
Feet
Shifting, sinking wet,
Warm sands of
Slipping time.
You were not meant
To remain forever in the depths
Of a dark bottomless place.
You were meant to
Break
Through
Expand gorgeous
Wings and
Soar far
Above the sea.

Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

5 COMMENTS

  1. Today, more than ever, it is necessary to find the time to isolate ourselves: from real noises, but also from the constant pressures of news and social media. To find ourselves and the calm we need to recover our creativity.
    Generating good ideas and quality work requires something very rare in modern life: quiet! Recent studies are showing that taking time for sitence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments in which so many of us now live. When we’re constantty fixated on what to say next, what to write next, what to tweet next, it’s difficutt to drop into deeper modes of listening and attention And, it’s in those deeper modes of attention that truty novel ideas are found. Even incredibly busy peopte can cuttivate periods of sustained quiet time. It need only some practical ideas. lf you’re abte to close the office door, retreat to a park bench or find another quiet hideaway, it’s possibte to hit reset by engaging in a sitent practice of meditation or reftection. You need not be an outdoors type to ditch the phone and go for a simpte two or three-hour watk in nature. lmmersion in nature can be the ctearest option for improving creative thinking capacities. Turn off your email for several hours or even a fullday, or try “fasting” from news and entertainment. White there may still be plenty of noise around – famity, conversation, city sounds – you can enjoy reaI benefits by resting the parts of your mind associated with unending work obtigations and tracking social media or current events. Even a short retreat can be the most straightforward way to turn toward deeper listening and awaken intuition. The wortd is getting louder. But silence is still accessible: it just takes commitment and creativity to cultivate it.

    • Thank you so much, Frank. Seems that deep diving keeps showing up in my life-to learn more about the dark things I lived as well as all the pearls that got formed from that grit. I appreciate your kind words very much! We can live through experiences, learn, and flourish! Yes, indeed!

  2. Thank you so much, Larry. Yes, may we all reach up from the darkness and experience the light. Yes, indeed. I feel like I’ve been a deep sea diver-I dive into the darkness to see difficult truths and also grab ahold of amazing wisdom treasured pearls each and every single time…I keep learning, growing, becoming. Happy New Year, my cherished friend!

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