Taking A Turn Holding The Lantern…

Never fear the shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby" (pencil drawing by Diane Mottl, Beingtrulypresent.com)

Not too long ago, I was contacted by an author who had just published a short story called The Tale of the Lantern Lady1. Having received similar emails before, my cursor inched towards the delete button. Then it stopped. Fast forward to me deciding to set up a Support Other Worthwhile Projects section on my blog, her sending me a PDF of her story as a thank you, and me having one of those “just-what-I-needed-even-when-I-didn’t-know-I-needed-it” moments. With the effects of her story still lingering, this is what I wrote back to Natalie (the author): I am not sure if I will be able to find the words to describe […] Read more »

Zen Dog: Learning from our Four-Legged Friends

We are most alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures (pencil drawing by Diane Mottl, beingtrulypresent.com)

Is it the animal lover in me or the soul-searching-inner-peace loving me that sees so much in this pencil drawing? There is a part of me that wishes I could transport myself into his furry body and see the world through his eyes. Is his doggy-brain in a peaceful state of bliss? When I think of my own search for this peaceful state of mind, I know I can be in it one moment, then 300 miles away from it the next. How easy it is for the human mind to get pulled in so many different directions; to get caught up in the distractions […] Read more »

Putting Yourself Out There, Then Letting Go…

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self (Drawing by Diane Mottl)

Confession time. When I started blogging a year ago, did I expect my blog to be an instant hit and reach thousands? Yes and No. I knew “instant hit” was a tad optimistic, but reaching thousands by year end felt like a realistic goal. Did I make it? Not even close. And boy, has that ever pushed buttons for this perfectionist-in-recovery. Over and over again, I have had to tell myself that the numbers do not matter: it is more important to reach that one person who finds something they need. I remind myself that each blog post gives me the opportunity to explore something […] Read more »

Cartwheeling through Life: Letting Go and Trusting

Pencil sketch by Diane Mottl (Beingtrulypresent.com)

Do remember the first time you did a cartwheel? It did not matter if Nadia Comăneci grimaced at your form. In your eyes, cartwheeling was the next best thing to flying: that magical millisecond balanced upside down, before you spun yourself back to the ground. Some went at it full gusto, flinging their legs to the sky trusting that they would land on their feet (or not caring if they did). Others (like me) did the more tentative turtle-cartwheel: back curved, hands and feet barely leaving the safety of the ground. What makes some able to trust and fling themselves into new experiences while others […] Read more »