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The Fierce Beautiful Strength of Vulnerability By Cylvia Hayes

The Fierce Beautiful Strength of Vulnerability By Cylvia Hayes

Last week I did something terrifying.  In order to move forward I faced a threat and immersed myself in extremely traumatic memories and experiences.  All I could do was trust the assurances of a stranger that I had good reason not to trust. It was a place of extreme vulnerability and that is a place […]

Freedom through Forgiveness by Cylvia Hayes

Freedom through Forgiveness by Cylvia Hayes

Forgiveness is such a powerful, and powerfully difficult thing.  As I’ve shared in previous blogs, for many months I have worked to forgive my attackers.  I have held the intention, meditated and read books about forgiveness.  I’ve made something of a mantra from the quote attributed to Buddha, “Hating someone is like drinking rat poison […]

Temper to Tempered by Cylvia Hayes

Temper to Tempered by Cylvia Hayes

Tempering is a process used to toughen steel and glass.  It involves applying intense heat.  With steel the tempering process is done after the steel has been hardened.   The metal is heated to just below a critical point and then allowed to cool in still air.  This reduces hardness, increasing the ability to absorb energy […]

2015: Gifts Wrapped in Barbed Wire

2015: Gifts Wrapped in Barbed Wire

I have never been this ready for a year to come to a close.  I know January 1st is just another day but this time it seems much more. A few days ago I was meeting with an author friend of mine.  We were discussing what a challenging year it had been for me, for […]

Opening Presence by Cylvia Hayes

Opening Presence by Cylvia Hayes

Yesterday I woke up in a funk, not really sure why.  I just felt stressed and unsettled.  During meditation my monkey mind was all over the place.  Then, the morning hours that I had carved out to write and work on a couple of deadline projects got derailed and consumed by stressful, frustrating issues and […]