Sunday, June 22, 2014

When Was Maya Angelou Ever Afraid?

One of my daily practices upon waking and expressing gratitude for the day is to stand before my collection of books, choose a book that I'm drawn to, open it to page 111, flip through the pages to see what else speaks to me, sit in meditation and then write.

Yesterday, I was drawn to "The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou," given to me by my sister-in-law a few years ago.

At this moment, I smile at the synchronicity of the words that appear on the top of page 111 that read, "laugh on beaches" which is exactly what I did yesterday after an Author Event at Burgundy Books in Westbrook, CT.

Jan Krause Greene, Stephanie Brockway, Kathleen O'Malley, Keith Yatsuhashi

Jan Krause Greene, Author of "I Call Myself Earth Girl"

There were other moments of synchronicity that I could share about, but I'm particularly amazed by the fact that I also read Maya Angelou's poem, "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" for the first time that morning to later find a copy of the children's book at Burgundy Books when I had no idea that it even existed. 

Maya Angelou defines the term "inspiration" as she gracefully and courageously stepped beyond the hardships she experienced, refusing to wear the heavy cloak of shame that keeps many of us anchored in fear rather than living free and fulfilling lives.

I am still captivated by Maya's words in this courageous poem for the child inside of us all,

"Shadows on the wall

Noises down the hall

Life doesn't frighten me at all 

Bad dogs barking loud 

Big ghosts in a cloud  

Life doesn't frighten me at all...

Don't show me frogs and snakes

And listen for my scream,

If I'm afraid at all

It's only in my dreams."

If Maya Angelou were to ever be afraid, was it only in her dreams?  Dreams can be a lonely place especially when we're alone.

But Maya Angelou didn't live in her dreams.  She most definitely lived!

She toured the world, explored the depths of creativity, spoke with elegance and allowed the world to see her unshakable faith.  She certainly was not afraid to let her voice be heard.  What a phenomenal woman indeed!

Thank you for paving the way and leaving imprints of love, Dr. Maya Angelou.

So, are you living in your dreams or are you truly living?

Love to all,

Kathleen O'Malley, DC
Author, Messages from Within (Balboa Press, 2012), Messages from Children (Balboa Press, 2013)

To learn more about any of the other authors mentioned here, view book trailers for Jan Krause Greene's "I Call Myself Earth Girl" or Keith Yatsuhashi's "Kojiki," and/or get a glimpse of Stephanie Brockway's, "The Mystic Phyles: Beasts," you can visit Burgundy, one of few independent book stores in New England.

Kathleen O'Malley, DC is passionate about transforming lives.  She is an integrative wellness chiropractor, mentor to adolescent and young women and  has authored two inspiring books;  Messages from Children and What They Can Teach Grown-ups (Balboa Press, 2013) and Messages from Within (Balboa Press 2012)  She is currently working on her third transformational book.  She lives in MA with her husband, daughter and their rescue dog, Logan.  

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