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I looked down at my watch and it was 6:41 AM. I promised to be there at 7AM, I was feeling weird. Am I going to make it? I stay on schedule all the time for the most part and I am anal with my time and methodical with how I plan it. I don’t like things falling through the cracks. I definitely don’t like being late.
Do you sometimes notice that time seems to stand still and it gives you back what you need when you really need some extra seconds, minutes and even hours?
I am sure that many of you have had similar situations in the busy, rich, full world you live and work in.
As I drove down the road hoping that time would stand still, something incredible happened. Imagine this: Not liking to be late at all, straight ahead a red light and a car in front of me. The red light was really just a car and a little space away. I’m thinking: “I am really going to be late!” As I approached the car in front, closing in the gap, visualizing being late, the car moved to the right lane which made room for me! I giggled. Then the light turned immediately green, clearing my way. It really was the shortest red light in history.
I more than giggled and found myself yet again being reminded that the car moving and the light turning green was a metaphor for the THE FREEDOM STEPS that take us inch-by-inch, step-by- step to our goals. Noticing these steps whenever and wherever they appear is a gift we give ourselves. Making good use of these steps is imperative in staying a course, not giving up and staying true to our choices.
Listening is key to seeing the steps for what they are and connecting all their dots. We see how we fit into the process. When we listen, we see the amusement.
Oh, by the way, I got to where I needed to go in more than enough time.
Kim Hughes is a 30+ year veteran of education with Master’s degrees in both Elementary Education and School Leadership/Administration. She excels in providing engaging, informative events for educators and administrators of children infant through elementary age. In 2011 she began Conscious Connections, an educational firm that helps teachers, school administrators, child care providers, and parents harness positive discipline techniques and cutting-edge early childhood research to create rewarding relationships and positive learning environments for children from birth to fifth grade.
Kim has worked as both an administrator and a teacher of children birth through fifth grade. As a parent of two, Kim raised her children with positive discipline, the essence of Conscious Discipline, as she wanted her children to learn from their mistakes and to take responsibility for their actions. She discovered the power of Conscious Discipline while serving as an early childhood educator in an inclusive mental health setting. It soon became her passion to share its transformative and empowering message with as many children, parents and educators as possible. Kim has supported Conscious Discipline, school-wide implementation in both early childcare and elementary settings, mentored administrators, conducted both large and small group trainings and worked directly with parents and teachers of children, infant through elementary age.
Kim continues working with young children via ongoing mentoring, modeling, coaching and training. She currently trains early childhood professionals through Project Enlightenment/Wake County Public School System, as well as throughout Wake County, North Carolina, the United States and Canada. In 2010 she received her certification as a Conscious Discipline® Instructor, was promoted to the national level in 2012, and was invited by Dr. Becky Bailey to become one of nine Loving Guidance™ Associates in late 2013. Kim served as North Carolina’s 1999-2000 Teacher of the Year and is very active in local, state and national Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) initiatives, and has served as an officer and board member at all levels of the association. Ms. Hughes has worked with the PBS series of both Sesame Street and Danger Ranger as a curriculum developer and specialist and currently consults for Teaching Strategies, Inc. She lives in Wake Forest with her husband, Scott, and their 2 dogs, Stella and Katie.
By Marilyn Shannon
I had the most extraordinary realization that I had to share. It’s about my mother. Some of you already know her and how beautiful she is. I have loved my mother for years, right, she is 89 and I am 61 so you know that when you have a warm, loving, close relationship of course you are living love.
I was exploring the idea of infinity with my Google Hangout panel and the notion surrounding endless everything. While we were exploring how listening opens up the unknown realm more and more, a feeling of calm came over me. A smile quickly followed. And I knew.
What is the connection you might ask?
Here is the story, abbreviated. I just got back from a whirlwind visit with my mother in Florida and I had the best time ever and so did she. I am going to do my best to describe why I would like this to matter to you. It’s profound, so bear with me.
I have always said love is love. As I mentioned in the beginning, I love my mother dearly and in the way I understood love to be.
What does love really feel like I ask you, I am asking me too?
I never really questioned it. I just accepted that it was love, yet I have felt that there was something more or missing, something I was holding back. There was an uncomfortable feeling that I accepted. I figured, Why even question it? I am sure it is normal and what can be missing anyway that really matters? It’s all good, right? I know that I love my mother and she loves me and through our actions we show it to each other. I feel a joyful feeling with her and had always loved being with her, etc. etc….
Some of you might laugh at this, but during our visit we ate, drank, talked, visited and really spent time together. Something I thought I did before. And I am sure I did, but this time was different and the result was different. We both connected at the same time. When you think about it, a true connection between people can only really really occur when both are ready, willing to put love first and be in the present moment There is a space where love meets love. .
I had experienced infinite love with my mother this trip and listen, it was very different than what I had experienced with her before. It felt complete. I could not believe it. It really is something else. And the smile I told you about was this stream of feelings that came to me that I was not controlling or aware of till I felt it.
I hope you are getting the magnitude of this. Infinite love for my mother. What a shocker.
What’s my point?
I have been evolving consciously, experiencing and living love. I have felt it when my children were born, when I got married, when I was blessed with my grandchildren but something was different now. This new experience with love was enhancing all the other loves in my life, spilling over into my life and juicing it all up. I was radiating love quite different – being more in action with it than not.
I feel happier than ever, more connected to life and everyone in it. My mother and I experienced simpler things in life this time and what came of it was infinite love. Believe it or not, this blog has taken days to write and today is week 3 of being home. The feeling is still alive in me. It has become a checkpoint. The realization is still there. I can tell you it’s’ something to strive for and look for and when you are in a loving relationship something to expand the relationship to. This expanse happened with me, and it is a gauge for what is possible. I am sharing this from my heart, as you can tell. And am very curious about your reactions, so please share.
Have you ever wondered about the life of a Hindu monk? What do they believe and what do they know that can help us take more freedom steps? On Monday, 3/9/2015 Marilyn and guest, Jamie McConochie, a former Hindu monk, talked about love, connection, listening, life at a monastery and what it was like to return from that life. Watch the show in its entirety: