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Wayne Hatford

Fresh Starts
Wayne Hatford

"A fresh start is the equivalent of being fully present in the NOW. We literally make a fresh start each time we take a breath. As a matter of fact, every breath is both a re-birth and an opportunity for us to see what’s up. The ‘fresh start’ point of power is the realization that each inhalation gives us an opportunity to examine what is currently going on in our lives. Breath is an awakener. Just one inhalation/exhalation cycle may be all that’s needed to catch ourselves in action, causing us to reflect on what we are doing and why. By continually checking-in, we’re able to make more informed decisions and, as a consequence, effect mid-course corrections.

Valentino Speaks by Wayne Hatford

If we can but consciously embrace the breath-centered awakenings I refer to here as fresh starts, we’ll find ourselves becoming increasingly more aware. The practice of yoga and other body-centered disciplines put great emphasis on working with the breath. This is not by accident. When we focus on breathing not only do we feel more alive but we’re also able to go inward. It is in the breath that our disparate parts are able to dialogue and come to terms with each other.

Breathing is evidence of Spirit, the animating principle, and the primary mechanism by which the soul and personality stay in tune with each other.

Fresh starts also offer us opportunities to unhook from karmic patterns that may have outgrown their usefulness. With each breath, there are choices to be made. Do we choose to do something new or do we trod the ‘something old’ pathway, welcome in its familiarity yet at the same time rather uninspiring? This is an age-old dilemma. Hopefully, we’ll find ourselves opting for something new more often than not. Repeating the tried and true has its blessings and may even be prudent at times but by exclusively focusing on what’s old we create a lack of forward momentum.

At some time or another, most of us have been known to say ‘been there, done that, nothing new.’ But, that’s just not true. In fact, each moment in our mutually agreed-upon construct known as time and space is, by definition, new. Therefore, no one can ever claim to have done it all because that is an impossibility. What we often do, however, is revert to our default behavior whenever it seems expedient. If, on the other hand, we decide to behave differently we’re all the more likely to fine-tune or enhance ‘what is’ ~ while in the process of discovering what can be. 

My advice is to be creative in your moment to moment decision-making. By being conscious about what we are choosing to do and why, not only are we supporting our natural inclinations, we are open to change.

Going for Excelsior by Wayne Hatford

Unfortunately, some of us tend to be recidivists, mindlessly repeating our past behaviors even when doing so might turn out to be onerous or downright unproductive. When we habitually decide to go with what’s old instead of opting for a fresh start, what usually happens is that we end up feeling trapped, caught up in flypaper of our own design.

Again, each breath is a de facto fresh start. Use it as such. With each inhalation, open your mind and therefore the door to the winds of change. Breathe in what you want to see realized while at the same time exhaling what no longer serves you. Every breath we take has a dual purpose: to facilitate change while maintaining the integrity of our physical bodies."

Excerpted from "Valentino Speaks: The Wisdom of Rudolph Valentino" by Wayne Vincent Hatford.

© Copyright 2014 Wayne Hatford.  All Rights Reserved. 

Wayne Hatford
Wayne Hatford, B.A. in French and Spanish, M.A. in International Administration, is a teacher, writer, editor and author dedicated to bridging the gap between the physical and non-physical worlds. To that end, he channeled a friend, Janice Horn ~ “Letters from Janice: Correspondence with the Astral Plane” and, more recently, the spirit essence of Rudolph Valentino ~ "Valentino Speaks: The Wisdom of Rudolph Valentino" and “Going for Excelsior: Thriving in Seniorhood,” all of which are available via Amazon.com. Each of these works explores the “Other Side” while offering insight and practical suggestions on how best to make the most of this one.

A life-long student of metaphysics and transformation, Wayne has both taught in public school and been a personal property appraiser. Wayne Hatford now resides in Santa Rosa, California where he and the Valentino essence continue to collaborate. For updates and more information, please visit www.valentinospeaks.com.

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