I discovered the NWSL channel on YouTube and I am hooked. The games stream live and are archived there.
Watching the success of the Women’s National Team in the 2012 Olympics and in the 2015 World Cup got me hungry for more so I sought out the pro league and which teams have my favorite players. There are many talented players and I’m finding new ones to root for all the time. I love watching Alex Morgan glide down the field, Meghan Klingenberg hustle and strategize, and Lindsy Horan muscle her way in. The ladies are winning fans with their skill, personality, and heart. It’s all very cool to see.
Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose —it teaches you about life. -Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King has it right regarding sports teaching about character and life. The player has the opportunity to face the anxiety (aka fear) and respond with integrity (aka love). Doesn’t mean they will but it also doesn’t mean they won’t learn to respond with integrity eventually even if a hard fall is required first. People are always learning even if they don’t mean to. Life is one big experiment that way.
Sports aren’t the only places to learn to face the fear and respond with integrity, of course. Lessons come for everyone through one life arena or another: family, school, health, relationships. We can choose to be authentic in our daily interactions and activities. There are opportunities on a daily basis for each of us to choose integrity and good reasons for doing so even if it means “losing” in the interim. The biggest reasons for doing so are to know your true self, to stretch your own personal limits, and to live the whole-hearted beauty of an authentic life.
I’ve had a blog since 2006. That’s ten years now! I’ve started over numerous times…too many to count and still feel good. The thing is, I still want one. I want to communicate and share information. I thrive on being a source of it (a nod to my 10th house Gemini Moon).
My motivations have changed, though. In the past, I was building a portfolio, marketing an info product, and always wanting very much to help others. I’ve been strategizing for years about how to best be of service while making lots of money and how to do it without disrupting my family at all. It’s been a puzzle that tied me in knots and limited my progress. I still haven’t figured out that puzzle, but I’m ready to give up on it in favor of savoring each moment without a sophisticated plan or goals in mind.
That’s where my new start with this blog comes in at this Aries New Moon. I want to post more often about what I’m doing and learning. I want to tell my own story more often. I want to keep it simple and authentic. I’m going to do it because I enjoy it, no other reason.
This exercise to practice listening to intuition is called “The Intuitive Walkabout.” You essentially take a little stroll listening for information from your intuition. You can have a question on your mind or you can just intend a pleasant experience of noticing what is most important at that moment.
Walk around your house or yard. Notice urges to stop or change directions. Notice ideas about what rooms to visit and where to look. Just see what catches your attention. Focus there for a moment to see what ideas come to mind. Quiet your mental chatter and listen. Have your journal ready to capture ideas or possible solutions to problems you have been contemplating.
The purpose of this exercise is to notice what it feels like to connect to your intuition. This is a calm, almost meditative experience. Do it during a downtime when you don’t have to rush off to anywhere and there are no time constraints. Though the exercise doesn’t need to last long, only a few minutes really, it is important that you feel grounded and aren’t needing to rush off anywhere the first few times you try it. Being grounded is being fully present within your body. It happens naturally once you learn to let go the mental chatter that will knock you off balance.
This is an exercise to try sometime when you have two important options you are considering. It’s the “Flip A Coin” exercise.
Designate heads to one of the choices and tails to the other choice. Then flip a coin and notice how you feel once you see which choice won.
How you feel as a result of the flip is your intuition at work. It suddenly becomes quite clear how you feel about the option that won and maybe even what was better about the other choice.
This exercise of taking that one small action can really tune you in to how you would feel about the choices rather then just logically thinking them through using your mind only. How you feel about the decision is much more predictive of how you will do with that decision once you’ve kicked it off into action.
I get what I expect and allow.
…I expect cooperation.
…I expect beauty.
…I expect love.
…I expect friendship.
…I expect joy.
…I expect laughter.
…I expect fun.
…I expect wellness.
…I expect cool experiences.
I expect and allow all that I enjoy.