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“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~Jane Howard

Who are the friends and family members who you most depend on? The ones you know will keep their promises. The people who hold themselves accountable for their actions. The ones who are authentic. Now ask yourself the same question. Are you someone who people in your sacred circle can trust?

Being accountable to others is probably more important now than ever before. We need to be able to trust each other to be honest if we’re not feeling well so that everyone in our sacred circle is protected.  We need to be able to trust that what someone says is truthful and that those closest to us have our best interest in mind.  In today’s reality of COVID, accountability is everything.

Something that I’ve observed more acutely since COVID, is that I’m much more discerning about what information and what energies I allow into my consciousness. It’s like the fog that once hid the falsehoods has lifted so that I can see more clearly now.

A foggy river bank with mountains in background and a falcon in the air

I think it’s because we’ve all been bombarded with so much information from the news and from well-meaning friends and family that it’s been even more important that we learn to trust our inner knowing in order to choose what to believe and what to put aside.  For me, there’s no going back. This is what I mean.

I think once you become aware of what’s under the fog, you begin to see yourself, other people, systems and things for what they really are.  As Thomas Paine said, “The mind, once enlightened, cannot again become dark.”  In other words, what is now revealed cannot be unseen.

Like the brutal reality we have seen play out in front of our very eyes over the past two weeks, we can no longer unsee the racial inequities that exist in our society. And that’s a good thing – seeing brings about change and growth. But it comes at a price.

It may mean getting uncomfortable while making new choices. Perhaps distancing yourself or at least limiting your exposure to certain influences in your sacred circle that no longer align with your new vision.  It may mean changing patterns of thinking and doing.  And it may even mean making drastic changes to your environment or your career.

I usually find that once you become aware, the changes will feel quite natural.  In fact, over time the old way of seeing things will feel foreign.  The important thing is that you take 100 percent responsibility for your thoughts and actions, taking ownership of your new reality.  And when you do, you’ll attract a sacred circle that is more aligned with your authentic self.  And that is truly joyful living!

Here’s a daily mantra to remind you to keep promises that matter:

green mandala with text overlaid - I promise to be accountable to my sacred self so I can be accountable to my sacred circle of family and friends, to my sacred community, and to my sacred planet.

Love from your Joy Mama,

Gloria Stewart signature

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