Jane Arie Baldwin

Personal Tools for Living at the Highest Levels of You

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Trying too hard to make things happen? It’s time to soul surf.


These days it can be awfully easy to get caught up in the headlines or bogged down by the intensity with which life is moving. When my brain needs a rest, I let my cats take the lead. Gingerberry and Jiji remind me not to take life too seriously and by life I mean — that which I have no control over. Instead, seeing Gingerberry curl up on her favorite cushion after lunch reminds me to focus on what’s really important to me and set intentions accordingly. For Gingerberry and Jiji intentions are clear — eating and sleeping. Beauty in simplicity. Lightness in being.

It’s dark because you are trying too hard. 
Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.   

— Aldous Huxley

Intentions focus our thoughts like stepping stones that shape our reality. Intentions, different from goals, is about focusing on the present. Setting goals is about planning for the future. The art is in the subtle movement between holding fast to the notion of the goal while creating routine and habit around the intention. In this way, focus fluctuates between the detail found in the intention and the goal of the big picture, molding our reality to match our desires and our purpose.

The question often comes down to how to do things lightly.

Intentions made from the head put reason before feeling – you know, the old “this is what’s best for you,” line of reasoning that often results in overthinking, which leads to trying to force things happen, which requires lots of personal energy (the ego’s investment) and also takes an extraordinary amount of will power.

It is the intentions made from the heart that align with the soul’s purpose. Heartfelt intentions result in synchronicity and a sense of effortlessness. They require faith in a wholeness that trusts that we are all connected and when we acknowledge this connection we are automatically living our higher purpose, our soul’s purpose.

Carolyn Myss says that the solar plexus in the body is the place where personal will meets divine will. This is the place in our body from which we expand and contract the breath in the diaphragm. When we can trust our connection between personal will and divine will, the solar plexus and diaphragm combine with the breath creating a bridge that connects our head to our heart. The soul, then, lightly surfs on the waves of our deepest most heartfelt intentions.

It is a process and we’re all in this together.  ♥ Jane

Max Baldwin guest blogs: On the Importance of Friendship

As this is a time of great change it seems, in every facet of life, so too in our house where about a year ago Ruby changed her name and asked to be called Max. Now that Max is thirteen our quiet introvert has socialized, developing bonds of connection outside the family nucleus in the uncharted terrain of experiences to be had, lessons to be learned and wisdom to be gained.

In English class the other day, Max’s teacher asked the class to write an essay on the importance of friendship. her response blew me away. I’d like to share it here today:

Sometimes at night when the sea is very still, you can see the stars in its surface. The tremors of a breeze mix with the twinkle of an entire galaxy in the sky. More times than not, this sight can be so captivating that sometimes people forget to remember the ocean underneath. I am this ocean.

Because where some people may be busy appreciating the sky that I reflect, others might look deeper and see the still water underneath. 

My friends are the ones who waited long enough for the dawn. Waited for the stars to pass so that I could show my true self. They understand how my waves flow, how the fish inside of me swim, how I always fight against the storms that pass over me. How I can be still or I can be hectic, beautiful or terrifying. They stuck around through my stars and my moon to see my sun and my sky.

This is why friends are important. They will appreciate all of your beauties. They will take more than a glance and say more than, “Oh how pretty”. They will paint a picture of you in an angle that you have never thought to pay attention to. They will bring out not only your constellations but your clouds, too. Your tornados, your singing birds, your boats and your whales. They will take you for what you are an love you unconditionally.

So I will show my brightest stars and my prettiest planets for the whole world to see. But I will also disclose the shapes in my clouds and the rays of my sun to those who will take the time to notice it.

And I implore you, dear reader, to spot the people in life who not only discover your daytime but love it too, and hold onto them as if you will never let go.



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