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Ugh, I'm terrible at sitting still and not doing or listening. I really need to do better.

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you don't have to literally sit still - you can walk. Just do it on your own and focus on what's around you - not the monkeys that can jump around in your head....

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Ah, but you see, I can't run on my own or walk the dogs without some kind of noise in my head 😜 Usually a podcast or audio book.

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Got it. I’m of the non-headphone-raised generation. I loveeeeee the sound of wind, birds, anything going on around me. My favorite sound? The silence of snow. Take yr headphones off this winter if you don’t know what I’m talking about....πŸ’ƒ

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I love silence too, but I want to read all the things! My students are driving me crazy because they ALWAYS have headphones or earbuds πŸ™„

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I never got it - they miss out on so much by always being in their head!

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Yes! I keep telling them to be present!

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Dec 13, 2022Liked by Diane Hatz

Wonderful insights and timely too, Diane. Thank you.

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Dec 13, 2022Β·edited Dec 13, 2022Liked by Diane Hatz

Diane, thank you for this wonderful reflection. I missed the first two in the series, but can't wait to go back and read them now.

I really loved this paragraph: "If you feel paralyzed and full of fear over something, sit to see what's underneath. Perhaps you aren't actually scared of the change - instead, you feel bad because you aren't doing what you want to do."

This is exactly what has happened with me recently! Your words are helping me a lot today to sit with my feelings. It's crazy how much we humans will create things to be afraid of instead of facing what it is we're actually feeling!!

In that spirit, I'm making recent efforts in my journaling and meditation to literally "thank" my monsters: ex. "Thank you guys for being big and scary. You kept me safe from something that was scaring me even more."

Looking forward to catching up on your other articles. Peace!

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Thanks so much, Rian. And I am so with you - the monsters kept me safe. And thanking them is such a great thing to do. Negative feelings like fear and anger are guideposts for me and are really helping me sit into myself. I hope you can take the leap to do what you want! It still scares me at times, but when I feel the feeling, I also recognize excitement is in there also. I'm working on transforming the fear into fun and excitement.

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Dec 14, 2022Β·edited Dec 14, 2022Liked by Diane Hatz

That's so awesome. I am rooting for you on your writing journey - and I appreciate the call to follow suit!

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deletedDec 15, 2022Liked by Diane Hatz
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Exactly, Wayne. I think being still inside is the most important ingredient to a creative and peaceful life.

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