Two men in India do outdoor demonstration of sword skills.

Our time on Earth is limited.

It slips away, what a shame!

There is so much to celebrate. Wish it didn't have to end this way! But with enough alignment and centering in our personal development we can create a life by design with all the things and people that matter and feel most relevant to us. This is why the sword of personal discernment is key. Face it, no one wants to waste time on things and people that won't mean a thing as life slips away.

Having the courage to disseminate what is most genuine in us and to afford everyone the kindness of our hearts helps us better know what and who will paddle out with us on our life journey. We must find similitude with all things and beings, a common human ground. Mentors invite us to see and understand patterns in life so we can more effectively navigate a life worth living.

Discern, at least know where you belong or don't belong as we all make life choices.

And discern because it takes clarity in order to let our consciousness fully express itself. And it takes the right lenses and perspective of things, people, and experiences to achieve that great feat.

Plus, being part of someone's life is special. So being able to recognize who and what is best aligned with our path is valuable. What is the shared question in relation to something or someone? If there isn't one, let's have the courage to let go and move on. Our shared freedom with others is based on how available we are to the world, on how vulnerable we can be with others and on how close we can let people see and understand our past, present, and future.

To do this well, discern.

A great life gives us the freedom of time and energy to be fully present with high dosage, fidelity, and frequency in every moment. No moment is small. If we have spent the time to vet, to prospect, and to adopt what and who belongs in our life path, then commit to that sustained bond. Karma is the results of our work. So let's carry on with charity as duty to all things and beings that matter and feel relevant. Let's honor the time and commitment our friends and family have poured into us. But when welcoming something or someone new, let's have the courage to ask and discover how our wants and needs align in mind, body, and spirit. And how our presence is advancing their path as well to make the exchange mutual and in service to a shared higher purpose and transcendence. And with that, we can all be seekers of greater enlightenment, awareness, and consciousness before the great famine of time catches up with us as we approach the end of life. To use the sword of personal discernment is to value life on Earth as sacred. 

The relationship between discernment and time is not only valuable but necessary. Both are tools that help us measure how we allocate our life efforts. Tuning in to such appreciation for life will make us more sensitive to all of our moments and experiences for a better people and planet. 

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

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