My name is Toni Parker and I’m excited you are here. I’ve been working on my book Wake Up Before Your Wake Up Call and I have so much I want to share. I am looking forward to engaging with community, inspiring conversation, and connecting. As a therapist, speaker, and meditation teacher, I have sat with many people, been inspired to deeply listen, and support the process of getting to know oneself. Through my work, I have helped people to wake up. I have helped people to learn to wake up and pay attention to the sensations in their body, their thoughts, feelings, and to learn to hear the messages that are speaking to them. I have listened to my calling and I am here to offer you the opportunity to do the same.
Often, our minds and bodies are asking us to wake up. We experience subtle sensations, perceptions, or opportunities. However, truly hearing those sensations knock is a practice. Our lives are full, fast paced, and demand a lot from us. Sometimes we are on autopilot going from one thing to the next and we don’t pay attention to the messages we are receiving. Taking time to pay attention to these messages can be a challenge. Navigating boundaries, social media overload, jobs that require constant attention, or raising families can be both wonderful and exhausting. Life asks so much of us. Finding time to steal away, to sit quietly, to get to know yourself offers you the chance to hear when your life is asking you to wake up.
I want to invite you to notice where you might be receiving wake up calls in your life. Are you taking time to slow down, to notice the Spring trees in bloom, or the way you feel as you listen to a piece of music? Are you recognizing when you might be feeling disconnected in your relationship but don’t want to acknowledge it because it could be too painful? Are you experiencing some kind of anxiety but are not sure what it is or where it is coming from? If we begin to investigate those sensations, emotions, and feelings then we can wake up before something bigger happens. We can begin to make conscious choices about how we want to live with intention that aligns with our values.
Sometimes we are shaken awake by a major transition, event, or crisis. However, waking up doesn’t have to come at one of these pivotal moments. Waking up to your life can be slow, soft, and subtle, and teach us to pay attention to those whispers we hear but sometimes ignore. Shifting your perception, awakening your senses, and mindfully walking through your day can alter the way you show up in your life.
Our emotions offer us so much information. Even in moments of feeling sad, or exhausted, or resentful, we can learn a lot about who we are. We can take these experiences as lessons, even as friends, that teach us about our own humanness.
Have you ever asked yourself:
- What am I feeling sad about?
- What makes me feel most alive?
- How can my answers inform my decisions?
- Can I accept this and continue asking with a curious and open heart?
- What could I do differently?
- What am I willing to do?
- What do I need right now?
Living a life on autopilot can be numbing, or feel safe. There is comfort in knowing what to expect from your routine. I invite you to ask yourself where that routine is keeping you stuck, where it is dimming your vitality, and becoming an obstacle to your authenticity. I believe you can live a life of feeling, honoring both pleasure and pain, and moving forward in a compassionate, conscious, and curious way.
Are you listening?
Please share in the comments below ways that you connect with the authenticity of your life, what makes you feel alive, and how you practice being awake.
I’m grateful for your presence and honor your journey.