Sunrise (3 of 3)I’m just back from a holiday on the coast of Mexico (photo is at San Agustinillo, Oaxaca). Seventh year in a row of going there with my husband Jim. It is a place where I sink into a sense of calm, peace, and openness. I connect with spaciousness and possibility when I am there. It’s the perfect location to spend the last days of a year as I reflect on my abundantly delicious life and set intentions for how I want to be with whatever my future holds.

One of the books I carried with me was When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron. Something she wrote resonated with me: “We can use everything that happens to us as the means for waking up.” and that “Everything that occurs is not only usable and workable but is actually the path itself.” resonated with me.

Try This!

And, it led me to wonder what can I do to stay awake and to use my unique path?  Here are some things I’m going to try as I ease into 2013. Maybe you want to try some of them, too? What intentions are you setting on this first day of the new year to create what you want in your life?

  • Cultivate curiosity.
  • Be open.
  • Let go of judgment.
  • Detach.
  • Relax with what is.
  • Look at what feels heavy and burdensome.
  • Invite what scares me.
  • Step toward difficulty.
  • Breathe in whatever is in the moment.
  • Stop struggling.

Word Cloud

My hope is to create in my life more of what’s shown in the Word Cloud below. Do any of the words capture what you want to create for yourself?  Maybe you want to create your own little cloud? You can at .



I wrote this poem while sitting where the above photo was taken on the sands of Playa Rinconcito in San Agustinillo, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Waking Up

Dreams like waves in the night push their way to the shore,echoing promises for the day.
Slumber like a hazy mist lifts off the morning sea, easing gracefully toward the sky.
Possibility like a salty haze moves through the morning air, glowing orange rising from the horizon.
Ideas like golden flecks shimmer and sparkle in the sand, dancing as music in the wind.
Joy like golden light ascends into the blue, awakening a new day.

Quotes to Contemplate

  • When one realizes one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake. ~P.D. Ouspensky
  • Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.  ~Frank Herbert
  • A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities. ~Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within. ~Peace Pilgrim
  • When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. ~ Rumi
  • Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

Calendar – new!

Try This! Awakening_Jan2013 Calendar2 click the link on the left to download the pdf file (note that the link will take you to a new page and you’ll have to click on another link to open the file.)

Special thanks to Hector Bird for enhancing the photo I took!

© copyright Vicki L. Flaherty, Leading With Intention, 2013

Author: Vicki L Flaherty

I am most alive when I am creating, whether through writing, photography, gardening, cooking, crafting, sewing, yoga. I enjoy traveling because it opens me to greater awareness and new possibilities. I find a special joy when I’ve helped someone see their brilliance and express their full potential. As I've focused on living more mindfully, I've found special joy in expressing myself through poetry and photography, and in truly being in relationship with those I meet along my journey.

9 thoughts on “Awakening”

  1. My dear Vicki, what a lovely way for us to start our New Year. We love Pema! And thank you for the gift of your talent and friendship, and letting us be part of your awakening journey (great job roping Hector in, too!) 🙂 I attended a Buddhist New Years Eve Service, and as one of the monks struck the Tibetan bowl (creates about 18 different bell sounds at one time) the head dude said, “Feel the energy of the sound,” and then he added, “and let it change you.” It is part of being slowly born…

    I am determined to work less and live more in 2013 – your Leading with Intent blog will no doubt help me. Thank you again for sharing with us…

    1. Happy New Year, my dear Maureen! What a lovely way to ring in the new year. With your clear intention to live more/work less, you have already begun creating it. I look forward to sitting in the car next to you as you make the journey, my friend!

  2. Wonderful post and picture (say Hi to Hector for me). I love the awakening idea. I absolutely agree that it is ‘day dreams’ that are the one’s we remember and act on. I am awakened everyday to the new and the wonderful. Thank you for a meditative moment and the lovely poem. Healthy 2013!

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