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The Shift Ezine

We were sitting on our deck under the table umbrella on a beautiful summer morning. A bee flew up into the point of the umbrella, and there he stayed. He buzzed around the top looking for a way out. When he got tired he would rest on the fabric. Rested, he would once again try [...]

Originally posted 4/7/2009 For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite poems has been Victor Hugo’s, “Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.“ Isn’t this poem beautiful? It sings about the [...]

Hurry Up – Or Feel Groovy

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There is more to life than increasing its speed. -Gandhi Getting there is not the point. I know, that is not how we have been trained. We have been trained to hurry; hurry through school, and hurry to get a job. Then, it’s on to more hurry. Get the house, get the family, get the [...]

Are You Kind To Yourself?

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I used to be a really bad self-talker, or perhaps I was a good bad self-talker. I would say terrible things to myself about myself. Sometimes I said them out loud, sometimes under my breath; but mostly quietly where no one could hear what I was saying. Nobody but me. I told myself that I [...]

Everything that is present is present as God only. John Hargreaves We might understand this idea better if we use the word energy. It’s not accurate, and I will get back to that, but it is a helpful analogy. It enables us to wrap our head around the idea that everything present is present as [...]

A famous choreographer had come to UCLA to mount one of her dances for the annual spring concert at Royce Hall. It was something we looked forward to; the chance for us student dancers to work with professionals. Of course that meant we had to audition.  As in most auditions, the choreographer demonstrated a dance [...]

I love stories. When I was really little I would go to bed extra early on Sunday nights, and snuggle down under the covers to listen to The Shadow. Once I learned to read, I read everything I could get my hands on. I was lucky. My dad was an English professor, and filled the [...]

How To Stop Believing Lies

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I was listening to an NPR show in which a hacker was describing the process he goes through to hack into theApple iPhone. It struck me how similar it is to what happens in our lives. The way to keep hackers out of computer code, can also be applied to our life code, and anything [...]

You Can Be A Life Artist

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One day I heard my grandmother talking. Kinda weird since Mimi has been gone for years. Although sometimes I smell cigarette smoke when there is no one around and I think, “Hey, maybe Mimi is watching over me.” But, it was her voice I heard that day. Mimi was amazing in many ways. Full of [...]

Unlock The Door To Harmony

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I was dreaming in that time between sleeping and getting up. I was awake enough to notice that my neck was tense, and was trying to relax it. In my dream, I realized that harmony would dissolve the problem, and the solution was to unlock all the doors that had harmony shut up behind them. [...]

I once belonged to a wonderful organization called The Inside Edge, and in the mid 1980’s I ran the San Diego, CA chapter. I took over from another woman who wanted more time for her business. The lessons I learned during this time were amazing, but one in particular has stuck with me through the [...]

Decisions Can Be Easy

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How many times have you been stuck because you can’t make a decision? It can be a little one, like standing in front of your closet trying to decide what to wear. It can be a big one like, “Shall I move, shall I take this job, shall I stay, or shall I go.” Not [...]

Do We Really Get What We Expect?

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Yes and No. There are laws that can be bent, broken, interrupted, or made to fit circumstances. Human laws, even laws like gravity, are like that. Universal laws are not. They are the way things are. One of those laws is “we see, and experience, what we expect to see and experience.” We may say, [...]

What the Hummingbird Teaches Us

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For about a week this summer, whenever I stood at the front window and looked outside at the garden below, a hummingbird would stop drinking from the zinnia’s and morning glories, and fly straight up to my eye level, and look at me before returning to her tasks. Sometimes, I would politely ask her if [...]

Nothing Belongs To Us

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I have to confess, I didn’t know there were two sides to the well know Bible phrase - All that I have is Thine.* I might be the only one who didn’t know this, but just in case you didn’t think of it either, here’s what I have finally begun to understand. I can’t remember [...]

The tree on the corner of our street is broadcasting change. For the past few years, it has been the first tree in the neighborhood to change to its fall dress colors. Although the majority of the trees won’t have changed into their new garments for a few months, this tree is already heading into [...]

Are You The One?

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Did you know that squirrels, given a good food supply, can have two litters of baby squirrels a year? Considering that our yard and woods is full of squirrel food of one kind or another, and we have been here for seven summers, that means there have been 14 generations of squirrels born under our [...]

The movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, is a story about George and Mary. They meet, fall in love, and marry. When George’s father dies, they choose to give up their personal dreams in order to continue his dad’s banking business, a business that has been good to everyone who lives in their community. As is [...]

Of Birds And Bodies

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It happened at the airport, and it changed my view of bodies forever. When I wrote my book Living In Grace, the hardest chapter to write was the one on bodies. I didn’t want to write it. I worried that if I said, “We are not our bodies,” not many would believe me, and all [...]

Relax What You Don’t Need

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Alone on the floor of the gym, stretching before class, I heard that little-voice-within say, “relax what you don’t need.” I wasn’t surprised. Del has been working with me, and his Taiji classes, to learn how to recognize what muscles tighten in a stretch, and then to let those muscles relax in order to move [...]

Why I want to be like water

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As I prepared to write about my desire to be more like water, a gentle mist rose outside my window to remind me of another way that water transforms itself, and yet remains water. Oh how I wish to be more like water — flowing, gentle, patient, consistent, and ultimately always effective in carrying out [...]

Choose A Different View

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Arranging a bowl of daffodils for a family party wasn’t turning out how I wanted it to. All the beautiful faces of the daffodils were facing downward. I thought how silly it was that in order to see the flowers everyone would have to sit under the table and look up at them. “Then turn [...]

Does Our Thinking Create?

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My bluebird’s back. It must be April. We have bluebirds all winter, but this one is different. This bluebird comes to visit every year. He moves between my windows and my glass door, hitting his beak on the glass. Bump, bump, and tap, tap. He is a beautiful, if noisy, reminder that spring has arrived [...]

We Aways Have A Partner

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Many years ago I belonged to a little dance troupe of ballroom dancers. One morning my tango partner didn’t show up for rehearsal, and that’s when I fully realized how true it is that it takes two to tango. The tango is a balancing act; one dancer supporting the other, and as they do their [...]

All winter my flower gardens lived under a pile of leaves that I didn’t have time to rake up before the first snow arrived. During what felt like endless winter months, I saw no evidence of anything growing, just snow and wet leaves. One warm day in late winter, when the promise of spring was [...]

I couldn’t find my letter opener. I loved it. It was efficient and beautiful to me, plus it had sentimental value because it was a gift from a business community I had helped serve. After searching for it, I reached the conclusion that I probably had thrown it away while throwing away a pile of [...]

Scan Yourself Daily

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You probably know what brought this on. It was our computers. Out of nowhere, they each developed a problem. Ads started popping up suggesting we “do this, buy that, fix this;” it was terrible. It was obvious that we had some kind of virus, or at least a very nasty intruder. After a little research, [...]

Outside the glass door, a movement caught my eye. I looked up just in time to see the large red-shouldered hawk lift off the deck onto the railing, and then into the trees. I have seen this many times before, he is a regular visitor, and he, or other members of his family, has a [...]

Don’t Wait, Do It Now

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It happened in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLV. For all of us watching the game at home, the microphones picked up what was intended to be a private moment between a coach and a player. With only moments left in the game, and their team trailing behind, the coach said to the player, [...]

Welcome To The Guilt Free Zone

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Del was explaining to a new person in his Taiji class how to follow along, enjoy the process, and not worry about what she didn’t know yet. Earlier, a member of the class mentioned to me that she felt guilty for not knowing how to do what she was learning. So I added, “And there [...]

Come Live Outside The Box

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On the TV Series Battlestar Galactica, Captain Adama asks Starbuck, a top woman pilot, to design a battle plan that will work. With almost 50,000 lives depending on the outcome, he asks her to think outside of the box. She answers, “I live outside the box.” In the book, Children of The Mind – one [...]

I love a good story. It doesn’t matter what kind; mystery, romance, fantasy, or drama, they are all wonderful. I can drift away for hours in a good story. If it is an excellent story, I will feel the presence of the characters for days, and sometimes years. Their essence becomes part of how I [...]

Who Is A Chosen One?

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If you are of a certain age, you remember Romper Room. During the show the host would take out her magic mirror, look through it as if she could see us in our living rooms, and say, “I see Tommy, and Paul, and Joe, and Mary. I see you!” Even if she didn’t say our [...]

Imagine A Better Life Story

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What if we really understood that our lives are a story we tell, and we have both the ability and the permission to rewrite it, what would be different? The answer is — everything. If we were actors in a movie, we would receive a script to memorize. However, almost every day until filming is [...]

And It Will Be Beautiful

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I couldn’t find it. I knew it was there. However, after looking, and looking, and not seeing the can I was looking for, I began to question my memory; maybe I never did buy more. Then I remembered to stop doubting, look again, and see differently. As soon as I switched to that mode of [...]

The Tim Gunn Save

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I admit it. I love those crazy TV shows where creative people compete in order to win a prize. I have a few good reasons, to me, for enjoying this guilty pleasure. However, I have to clarify. I passionately dislike shows where abuse is heaped upon the contestants, or among the contestants, and accepted in [...]

Butterfly Grace

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The short cut I took to the store was supposed to save time. Instead, I waited for four minutes before the green left turn arrow appeared, releasing all the waiting cars back into the hurry-up-and-wait world. Stopping on the way home for some chips to have with the salsa I had made before I left, [...]

Shopping For Angel Ideas

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In a one of his posts, my long-time friend Bert Carson, reminded me of a reason why I sometimes run. Well, Bert runs. I jog so slowly people walking have passed me. However, what happens when Bert runs, and I jog, turns out to be the same. We write. For me, sometimes ideas for what [...]

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BECA LEWIS coaches, teaches, plays with art, has a podcast, writes blogs and books and is addicted to reading. She lives in Ohio with her husband, loves visiting beautiful places, and has kids and grand-kids scattered across the country.

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