It IS what it IS

My dog was recovering from being spayed. Because of some of her issues, especially not knowing how to be walked yet, we needed to keep her contained in a small room for 12 days. 

What the heck, I joined her.  She has pretty bad separation anxiety so I hunkered down next to her and set up space.

It was an interesting 12 days to say the least. One day an advertisement for a class by Eckhart Tolle appeared on my Facebook page. I was not up for a class at this time but, because it really called to me, I looked at some of his books he had written and decided to purchase A New Earth.

What a shift!

I’ve read a lot of spiritual books and I’ve read books similar to this. But sometimes it’s just not the right time. The words might make sense intellectually but it doesn’t really resonate into a feeling state. This time, however, what I read really resonated with me and I started to practice the concepts.

How much time I waste in my head thinking about the past, the future, and my redundant STORY. In addition, I compare, judge, wonder, dwell, obsess and … ENOUGH! You wonder why we have no energy or excitement or motivation. It has been sucked dry by the endless chatter of the mind.

The most freeing feeling I had was when I was stressing about some stuff and made a decision to practice what was taught in the book.  I looked right at it and said “it IS what it IS” and then I just started cracking up. It was one of the most freeing feelings I’ve had in a while!  

I was reminded that the amazing feeling I had 25 years ago when I meditated into a state of pure bliss, NEVER left me. It has always been there but I’ve allowed myself to get caught up in the human condition. I mean that’s fine and all – being human can be an amazing trip. But remembering that it really is just a trip, a story, nothing more, nothing less, helps remind us of our true essence. And entering into that state is freeing and magical.

Right now, I am fully present and it IS what it IS.  

About the author

Kim Hiles (Dancing Feather) was born in Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Her mother was from Germany and met her father while stationed there. The family moved several times before settling in a town called Millis, Massachusetts.

Kim developed severe anxiety and depression as a child and struggled to find her way. Growing up, Kim was told by her grandmother that she wrote beautiful letters and had a way with words. Later in life, this memory would be a catalyst for sitting down and writing her memoir.

Continuing to say yes to life, Kim talks about her struggles of addiction, anxiety, depression and relationship issues, to name a few. She considers it her life mission to help empower others and uses her memoir as a way to offer guidance in living a more authentic life, following your dreams.

She has overcome much adversity and enjoys walking with others as they find their way. Kim has also co-written a young adult fantasy with her husband Will, called Little Wonders. Their pen name is K.W. Hiles.

Kim is a successful Educator, Social and Emotional Learning Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Mediator (Restorative Practices), 3rd degree Reiki Practitioner, and blogs regularly. In addition Kim offers online classes at Shamanic Passages Institute

Kim is considered highly sensitive and intuitive. Utilizing her gifts, her mission is to channel inspiration and healing and help spread some light. Empowering others to create the life of their dreams is the ultimate goal.

Kim is happily married (21+ years) and lives with her husband, son and their animal companions.

"I had a teacher who told us to go out that week and see how many Mercedes cars we noticed. When I came back I told her I had seen a lot! She asked me if I had seen any junk cars. I told her I didn’t remember seeing any. The next week she reversed it and asked us to go out and see how many junk cars we noticed. Of course we noticed a lot but didn’t remember seeing any Mercedes cars. Where is your focus? Is it on the problem or on the solution and more importantly, where would you like it to be?" -- Kim Hiles

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