So…I’m on an 8 hour train ride from Charlotte to Washington DC. I opted for the train, because I have so much “sitting down and focused” kind of work to do…and find that “sitting down and focusing” is very difficult for me, if I don’t intentionally build it into my life.

I’ve come to appreciate stillness. When I was in my teens and 20’s, I had no appreciation for it whatsoever. I spent most of my teens and 20’s doing. I was all about productivity…producing, achieving, setting goals and reaching them.

In my 30’s, I became wildly curious about spiritual things. I read everything I could get my hands on about various religions, spiritual growth and the underlying spiritual principles that guide so much of the world’s religions. I can remember, sharing with my sister, who is in many ways my spiritual guide, my fears about simply floating off into oblivion…about feeling so closely connected to my High Power that things of this earth would simply carry no more meaning…a kind of fear of becoming completely unattached from reality. (This never happened of course. I’ve got kids!)

But now…here I am just this side of 50. And am joyfully discovering that what seemed to be two opposing views of life, one rooted in “things” and the other raised up in “ethos” is now magically coming together! All the dots connect. Now I’m peacefully and restfully bringing together the stillness found in my spiritual wanderings with the productivity of my action-oriented doing. The human me and spiritual me that were often so engaged in what felt like opposing or polarized conversations are now coming together in a kind of integrative soulful dialogue.

As many of you know and some of you have figured out, I’m on the edge of launching something, that I believe, fully utilizes all of me…challenges me to bring it on…every single cell, thought, belief, action…will be required. I will be hanging on by the skin of my teeth…joyfully and wildly flying through the air!

Representatives Tom Cotton, Congressional Member from Arkansas and Tim Ryan, Congressional Member from Ohio were the first two Congressional Members to come on board this new initiative…more to follow. But in the meantime, I’ll just sit in the silence of this fabulous train ride and work on the project.

Some congressional fun

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