How do you stand up today? How do you show up?
Like all good spiritual realizations, this one comes into my heart and mind from the bottom up, starting at my feet.
I’m a tai chi practitioner, in my fifth decade of studying tai chi. (Why yes, I was very young when I began.)
I learned tai chi in a playground on the upper east side in NYC, then my teacher (Patrick Watson, a senior student of Professor Cheng Man-Ching — I’m respectful of this lineage thing) began to bring his classes to our workplace. I learned. I practiced. I taught. After a couple of decades I moved away from my school and in California became a teacherless solo practitioner for a long time.
My practice was inconsistent after that. I’d teach every now and then. I’d practice in spurts. Until getting critically ill acted like a dope-slap reminder that tai chi is good for balance, health, and longevity. I’ve been a daily practitioner (again) for the last three or four years.
Each morning, my tai chi practice re-introduces me to mindfulness, to balance, to patience. I get to be present to these questions (if I’m not present I fall over):
- Am I grounded? Do I feel my feet — all four corners of them — on the floor?
- Am I moving from my center, suspended from heaven, roots going down into the earth?
- Am I present to what’s going on? (In other words, am I balanced? Easy to tell in tai chi, because when I’m not I’m often falling over.)
I’m watching conscious business people struggle to find their balance in these new darker and hard-to-comprehend times.
There are many facets to this:
- It’s hard to maintain a positive outlook in the face of the potential shitstorm that this month’s election is foreshadowing.
- Business as usual is not longer usual — it’s time to get really serious (more than ever before) about your commitment and how you are of service.
- Being a steady loving presence in the marketplace for your business is more important than ever, but untenable and ineffective unless and until you are a steady loving presence for yourself each and every day.
Wake up. Stand up. Show up.
- Find a way, a practice (or two, or three) that leaves you balanced, grounded, and centered. Because these are dark and stressful times. And you carry the light.
- Go deeper. In your conscious business, as a solopreneur, your personality is critical. Take care of your brand, starting from your insides, because in a personality business your brand is you, sweetheart. You may need to grieve and mourn. You may need to occupy activism. You may need to contribute financially (three days after the election, and the after watching the movie Loving I found myself writing my first-ever check to a civil rights organization.)
- Who you are, why you do what you do, and how you do it are more important than ever. The clarity you had about the Who, What, and Why of your business (your brand story) may no longer be enough. Now is not only a nice time to take a new and deeper look at your brand story, it is a critical time. The Priestess Your Brand UnChallenge starts Sunday 12/4. It’s free, and we’re going to dive deep into these essential brand questions. Join us.
What you do on the inside affects everything you do on the outside.
Microcosm – macrocosm, yo.
I recorded this video about how to show up when business is stressful and the lesson for me is that it’s more than just the stresses of business. It’s about showing up when stress happens. Period. Again: inside job.
Lastly, thank you Danielle LaPorte, for sending Guru Singh’s words into my inbox today:
These are the darkest of times where medicines for profit have more side effects than benefits; where banking is not financial security, but a chop-shop of money gangsters; where industry has stopped making life better on Earth and is destroying life on Earth. And government, sweet government, is now an accumulator of lawless characters housed in an institution of anarchy. Within this ridiculous riddle—in a world turned upside down—you’re on an assignment from Spirit, and have no choice.
At the threshold of human extinction, if you’re paying attention, your awareness is agony set in treachery—it’s experiencing disloyalty causing great misery, and with no place to hide or run… no free will… you’ve got to be willing.
Our prayer is that you experience this catastrophe and then resolve your honest mourning… it’s a natural response; that you then bring yourself to the threshold of deep breaths each morning; set yourself into outstanding mode every day, and stand out in the crowds of your life, with the best possible performance of your life, for life depends on it… and on you… this is real.
Either wake up, stand up, and show up, all the way up, or pack it up. — Guru Singh
I’d love to hear from you, tell me how this lands. Let’s talk in the comments, and let’s really dive in in the Priestess Your Brand UnChallenge.