What IS Love? ?

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I’ve been thinking about love. I had two interactions last week with different people. One person is barely an acquaintance. And the other is one of my closest, lifelong friends. The first encounter was unexpected and impromptu. I heard that his parent died recently. For years this individual has been cold, detached, and outright rude to me. I choose to ignore this behavior; I realize this is not about me. On a whim, I reached out and offered my condolences to him. I then gently asked if it was okay to give him a hug. I was pleasantly surprised when … Read More

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My Lunar Eclipse

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Have you felt a palpable shift in your life recently? Have a loved ones or coworkers revealed themselves in ways that initially bamboozled you? I realize this is a loaded question! I have certainly experienced accelerated shifts that required me to pivot. I have observed others acting and reacting with uncharacteristic intensity. Changes have occurred at an unusually rapid rate. I could not immediately identify what I felt, which frustrated me. So I consciously paused to ponder what I sensed. I learned more about the impact of moon cycles on our emotions. It was illuminating, fascinating, and clarified the confusion.  gazed at the luminous moon with my fur … Read More

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A RESOLUTION REVOLUTION

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I contemplated my New Year’s resolutions for days. And then I thought deeply about the word “resolution.” There are several meanings beyond just making up your mind to accomplish a goal. And if we are being completely honest, who ever follows through with resolutions? I certainly do not! So welcome to 2020! I decided to pivot and enter this decade with mindful intentions! For me, this includes specific shifts in how I will choose to live, learn, and love. I often write every moment matters; all we have is now. My inner compass is calibrated. My vision is clear. I am ready. Are … Read More

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Receive

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Swaddled in a fuzzy, light blue blanket, the baby finally stopped shrieking. His mom’s demeanor shifted from frenzied to relieved. I asked her if she needed help; traveling alone with a little person who wholly depends on the adult is overwhelming. She nodded and exhaled as I opened her stroller. The young woman’s dark hair covered one cheek, and I glimpsed at her infant’s dimples as he smiled at me. I then thought about giving and receiving. Babies not only give love freely but they also receive (and often demand) nurturing with ease. And I suddenly realized how difficult it … Read More

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The Waiting IS the Hardest Part

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It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. Elizabeth Taylor The waiting IS the hardest part. Tom Petty, the late musician, nailed it when he wrote those lyrics. Today I pondered this annoying but inevitable part of life. It causes anxiety. It festers frustration. And it generally gets people agitated. I thought about this topic while waiting to board a plane recently. We spent the additional money on “extra space,” which included allegedly “even more speed.” My husband does NOT like to wait. So while we waited, I … Read More

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My Alarm That Disarmed!

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Has anyone heard the phrase, “ADT! Always there”? I’ve heard it for years. Fortunately, it is often followed by a helpful, friendly human on the other end of the phone. However, I nearly wept with frustration after three alarming conversations in a five hour window!!! It was the night before Thanksgiving. The smell of pie mixed with turkey permeated the house. I joyfully and eagerly anticipated one of my all-time favorite holidays. I somehow fell asleep by 10 p.m., which is unusual for me. Just about a half hour later, we awoke to an obnoxious, repetitive beeping sound. Ugggghhhh. ADT. … Read More

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Grateful For It All

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How do we live a life of gratitude? It is not always easy. To be honest, I think it’s more challenging than we choose to acknowledge. And being grateful is particularly difficult when we are experiencing detours and bumps in our journey. Yet, that is precisely when a grateful mindset is needed the most. One of my favorite authors is Brene Brown. Her words, research, and writing resonate deeply with me. I recently posted one of my favorite quotes: “WHAT SEPARATES PRIVILEGE FROM ENTITLEMENT IS GRATITUDE.” Brene’s statement is, as always, impactful and timely. As Thanksgiving approaches, I am reflecting … Read More

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My Annual Mammo Meeting

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I sat, shivered, and waited for my name to be called. The light pink soft but thin fabric barely covered my chest. Grateful for the white, knee-length robe, I pulled it closer and tighter. I thought about sitting in this exact space years ago. A woman with thick, short dark hair sat across from me. We still cannot recall who said hello first. And it truly doesn’t matter! Diana and I quickly connected. I was still practicing speech therapy at the time; this was more than a decade ago. Why is this important? Within the first few minutes of our … Read More

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Ex”fall”iating and Letting Go With Grace

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Death CAN be beautiful. As I marveled at nature’s masterpiece, these are the words that gently and repeatedly floated through my mind. I gazed at the leaves that lingered on the branches. Red, orange, brown, purple, gold, and green hues formed an abstract rainbow against the pale sky. I continued to walk. The crunching beneath my feet was like a jazz jam session of syncopated beats. Each step sounded different than the one before it. I glanced down and thought about the clear contrast. These leaves were ready. Their time to fall and leave was now. We don’t know, as … Read More

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FLOW

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Do you ever feel “off” but you cannot pinpoint why? Have you sensed a shift in a relationship but there’s no specific reason? I have experienced being out of synch with myself. And I’ve also had moments in which I feel stuck. I thought about the clearest way to describe the peaceful, fluid energy I feel when life is on course. Then I realized this does not require a lengthy explanation. For me, it is about one simple but impactful word: flow. This weekend, I relished every second of a spontaneous staycation with my husband. We decided to go to … Read More

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