Sharon Ann Wikoff

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Learning from the Present Moment

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Last night, great winds came up during the night! Winds that actually woke me up, which is very unusual. To make matters worse, or should I say to make things NOSIER, there was a tarp on the roof, that had come loose but was still attached to the structure it was protecting by a single rope and was flapping all around constantly!

As it was blowing around, it would have one type of sound when hitting the roof, another sound when hitting the window and still another sound when it would hit the sky-light. The sounds were different in each moment. It really was entertaining as I became more aware of the various sounds.

As I lay there half asleep and half awake, I compared it to the TRUTH that we live by or the VALUES that we stand for. When we aren’t sure of our way; when we aren’t sure of our values, we are blown this way and that...just like the tarp was the blown this way and that with the winds.

Not knowing what we stand for, we stand for nothing. We may have a thought here or a thought there, but with no consistency, with no certainly, and thus with no authority!

So, I inquired, “Am I like that tarp, just blowing this way and that, or do I stand for something, is there stability in that which I stand for?”

And so I ask you, WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?

And then I inquired, “Is what I stand for hidden away or can it be heard just as the tarp was so easily heard last night?”

And so I ask you, ARE YOUR VALUES VISIBLE OR HIDDEN AWAY?

I do believe that we are in an era where each voice is important and has a purpose in connection to the greater whole.

I invite you to…

KNOW Yourself...

TRUST Yourself...

and to have FAITH that YOU have a role to play in creating a world that works for everyone, not just a few.


Let your voice be heard!

In addition, I invite you to be aware of what is happening in THIS moment.

And as I come to do this more and more… without anger, judgement or repulsion, the present moment, brings to me an awareness about life that is refreshing, deepening…and very meaningful.

Please comment here or send me your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.

SharonAnnWikoff@gmail.com

In Joy, 

Sharon


 

Handling the Unexpected!

Posted on February 26, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Readers ~

As you may have noticed my blogging stopped very suddenly!

On February 15th, I received a very surprising email, giving me a 30 day notice to move out of my home. Although the property was up for sale, it had been discussed that I could stay and see if the new owners wanted a renter. I have been there almost 4 years and the house fit my needs completely. However, life happened and a move was needed.

SO, life as I knew it stopped in many ways. Much time went into reflection, on my next step. Thus the blogging stopped too!

So my apology!

And then an 8 day trip away had already been planned, so that was the next “big thing” on the agenda.

SO, for this blog, I want to reflect on HOW do we handle change?

How have you learn to handle the unexpected?

First, for me, I had a conversation to make sure, the move was needed. And when I realized that is was needed, I had to stop “wanting” to change the situation and ACCEPT WHAT IS!

Next, came GRIEVING. I had to grieve my lovely home! I had to face that I would no longer be here. The grieve rose up within me suddenly two days later. At that point I walked around the house, spontaneously, touching all that I loved, thinking of all the memories, sobbing. It was intense! But it lasted only 5 minutes!! I was amazed.

Next the MIND kicked into place and began analyzing what I could do, where I could go, etc. The MIND was not happy with the changes and kept very busy.

Then, my higher self, the God within, the Divine within, took the driver’s seat (as my spiritual teacher would say). This is different than the mind; it came from a place of just KNOWINGNESS. And the flavor of the knowingness that came in was to move nearer to my spiritual teacher. With God in the driver’s seat, everything fell into place within about 48 hours, all was set it place to begin that process. And all seemed well!

However, the mind woke up and my “ego” came out again. The QUESTIONING began! Then the DOUBT jumped in! “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” Then much fear of the unknown arose. How can I move so soon? I’ve never lived in another state before! How will I pack everything? Will I need a moving truck? Etc.!

However, the next morning when I awakened, COURAGE was present and 95% of the FEAR was gone. The questioning and doubt had subsided. And there I stood in COURAGE. There was courage to welcome the change; courage to handle whatever was necessary; courage to move forward with joy. :)


What an amazing process I observed that “this person Sharon” went through.

I’m wondering what YOUR process was,

when you’ve had to face the Unexpected?

I do believe that the most powerful Truth to stand by, when the unexpected comes, is to Accept What Is. We must develop a relationship with what has happened and to accept our emotions about the situation. As we are present with what is, it can transform.

The UNIVERSE is FOR US! It deeply support us in our process of growth and change and thus if given an opportunity to work with us, will show us how to work with the situation.

I’d love to hear from you…about your experience.

Feel free to contact me at: SharonAnnWikoff@gmail.com I’d love to hear from you.

Together We Learn…Together We Grow!

With great love, Sharon

 

The Gifts of Compassion & Forgiveness!

Posted on February 18, 2018 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Readers ~

When we live consciously in life and fully present to what is going on and see our imperfection…it may be difficult to allow it to be. We may have shame or embarrassment around our past actions. We may feel humiliation. Holding on to those feeling toward our self or others doesn’t do any good.

So if we can have compassion for our self knowing that we are always doing the best we can in any one moment, it may be easier to extend such compassion. Realizing that everyone, including our self, is always doing the best we know how to do, was very healing for me.

MENTAL KNOWING AND BODILY KNOWING:

Now, that I think about it, I had known that truth “mentally” for years…but it hadn’t been a huge “knowing”. It hadn’t made a difference in the way I lived. It was only when that truth became embodied, that I “got it”. For me to take an idea from the “mental” realm into the “body” realm, I have to sit with it…and allow it to come into my body. Sometimes, my body will actually tingle when I knew idea in penetrating it. It may be different for you.

Simply taking the words, I AM ALWAYS DOING THE BEST I CAN into your time of sitting in silence, can bring them into your consciousness and body in a greater way. During this, you may want to be aware of what takes place in your body, as you repeat the words. Perhaps an idea of your body will become more alive, more awake.

COMPASSION:

When we deeply understand that we did the best we knew how to do in any one moment, then we can extend compassion to our self… a deep understanding that we did our best, and we are a spiritual being… living and learning her in “Earth School”.

FORGIVENSS:

And along with compassion, comes forgiveness. Letting go of the error, getting back up and continuing the journey, is living rightly.


THICH NHAT HANH:

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Monk, states that “when you can make peace with it (your pain) you won’t suffer as much. And when one realizes their suffering, they are freer, feel lighter and can approach the moment with a sense of freedom, of possibility, of hopefulness.


 

“There is suffering, fear, and anger

Inside of us, and

When we take care of it,

We are taking are

Of the world.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

This is such a powerful statement I believe. What a deep blessing it is to know that as YOU heal, you heal the world! And as YOU face your darkness, you lesson the darkness in the world.

Know that YOU make a difference!

 

Wishing you a day of great compassion and forgiveness,

With love,

Sharon

Ps I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at: sharonannwikoff@gmail.com