Photo by Vicki Flaherty, near Guzelcamli, Turkey, Dilek National Park

Photo by Vicki Flaherty, near Guzelcamli, Turkey, Dilek National Park

At the start of the year, I wrote a Leading with Intention blog post on Awakening. A delicious place to start the year, with a kind of unfolding….the kind of opening that happens when I am on the beach. Maybe it’s the way my sense are alive watching the waves roll in, smelling the delicious salt air, feeling the warm sand under my feet and the tender breeze brushing my skin, able to breathe deep and relaxed. In this place of connection with my deepest self, a sense of calm comes over me.

Sometimes I long to connect with that feeling, and when I have trouble finding it , I am drawn to a poem I wrote during my recovery called Awakening. This soothing poem grew out of a prayer of sorts that I found myself repeating during my quiet reflective morning time. I’ve had the courage to recite it for a couple of different business groups as my way of inviting people to bring both their minds and their hearts to work. One organization has included it in their onboarding manual. How awesome for a business to encourage the kind of presence suggested by the poem.

So here it is…may you be invited to a place of calm and wholeness where life is full of possibility.

By Vicki L. Flaherty

Slowing down.
I see with clarity.

Slowing down.
I hear what people are saying.

Slowing down.
I feel the energy around me.

Slowing down.
I speak in the direction of truth.

Slowing down.
I find power within me.

Slowing down.
I breathe into the world.

And, I awaken.

© Vicki Flaherty, Mostly My Heart Sings, 2012


About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

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