Living Awake: Your Choice - Rancho La Puerta

Living Awake: Your Choice

Living Awake is a simple invitation to freedom. This is an invitation to this moment right now, as it is. Simple… not always easy… but definitely worth it.

“How we spend our time is how we live our lives.”-Annie Dillard

Habits of a lifetime take time and space to acquire. These habits take time and space to transform. The human body takes seven years to replace all of its cells. And the neural pathways are affected by habits of everyday living. There are choices every step of the way as we negotiate our lives in this time-space continuum. These choices are like doorways, which we step through.

Imagine if when you spoke, more often than not, you decided to stop repeating that old worn out stale story you have recounted many times—you know the one! Even if you are bored with this oft-repeated storyline.

Imagine if instead you paused, took a breath or two, and listened for the briefest of moments. And your words were a conscious contribution to whoever you were relating with…even if that were you. This simple change would transform every exchange; personal, professional, with your community, and with your family.

The time has come. The freedom of nowhere to go. The liberation of nothing to prove. Nothing to fix or even change. Not what ‘would be’, ‘should be’, ‘could be’ but what actually is happening in this moment now. Feel what arises? What would love say? Or do? Or even, more radically, what would love, love?

Deep liberation, wholeness, and well-being are already in each of us. Pause, relax, and listen. Respond instead of reacting. This is not just semantics. This IS response-ability. And this is a feeling of being at home in ourselves, our lives, and the world. This is radical well-being.

Enter into this inquiry, into staying here a moment and feeling what arises. Don’t take my word for it. Find out and explore. Be curious, creative, and free to choose to live awake. Welcome home.

Katheryn will be teaching two courses with wonderful international collaborators this winter at Rancho La Puerta. Living Awake: Grief, Grace, and Gratitude from November 30 to December 7, 2019, and Wild and Precious Life: Women Living With & Beyond Breast Cancer from December 7-14, 2019 with Ulrike Schöneck.