Going with the flow can be a beautiful thing!

I’ve written about my rescue dog, Zelda. How sad I was when I discovered her fear of the leash, among other things.

Some of the ramblings were my prior dog (Sweeper) ran with me, It was a partnership, there was mutual joy . . . and on and on it went.

I would imagine we all feel like that at times.

If only. . . .

All it does is create more resentment and unhappiness. When I fully surrendered and accepted what is, the solutions started to appear. For instance, regarding the morning routine/jog I loved and fitting Zelda into that picture, a new routine took shape. Jogging and playing in the backyard every morning became my new thing!

I then took it inside and found even more joy! Sounds strange I know! But I’m not a runner, I am a jogger. I put on some music, add a little dance if I want and I’m happily enjoying my workout.

I realized one day, that Sweeper wasn’t able to run with me toward the end anyway. I would take her outside for my jog (she insisted) and I would just jog back and forth, allowing her to move at her pace. It’s kind of what I’m doing with Zelda, jogging back and forth. This is where she is at . . . and I’m flowing and finding such joy in my new routines.

I woke up this morning excited to get out of bed and jog . . . inside, with Zelda by my side.

Sure, Zelda continues to practice so she can move through her fears. She doesn’t know what she’s missing!

Of course I didn’t know what I was missing either. This new routine is a keeper.

When we flow, we open ourselves up to new experiences, new opportunities and this can happen in any part of our lives. It’s easy to resist! The unknown, change, can feel scary or just down right annoying. But if we can surrender, we may just discover a treasure we didn’t even know existed.

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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