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Not a manifesto, just a list of 10 things I’ve learned lately

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by Marianne Elliott

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1. There is an astonishing ease to the things that flow from following your enthusiasm.

2. That ease doesn’t exempt you from hard work, but it does mean you never have to scramble.

3. You don’t always have to put your hand up. If your intention is strong and clear, the people who share that intention will find you.

4. Your belly will always tell you the truth. Listen to your stomach. Seriously.

5. Balance means very different things to different people. For me it means a softness in my belly and an openness in my chest and throat, no matter how ‘busy’ I may be. Balance comes in waves and cycles. It’s not about rigid routine.

6. Everything goes better with tea. Especially if the tea is vanilla roiboos with almond milk.

7. Grace is a comfortable bed you can fall back into, a place of accepting everything – including yourself. Unlike most beds, however, you never have to get out of it.

8. Kindness is one of the most powerful forces on earth. All the more so for how profoundly it seems to be under-estimated by most.

9. Singing, especially chanting, really is a shortcut to bliss. If you don’t think you can sing, I assure you, you can. If I can, you can. I promise.

10. You know that saying “We teach what we need to learn”? So far in my life, it seems to be true. Therefore, I teach the yoga of kindness and ease.


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45 Responses to "Not a manifesto, just a list of 10 things I’ve learned lately"

  1. linda says:

    love all but especially #10…..

    • Marianne Elliott says:

      Linda, Kathleen, Idelette, Jess and Katie – thanks for your comments. This post came pouring out in a very simple flow and I didn’t expect it to resonate with so many people. Which just goes to prove my own point about the energy of ease!

  2. kathleen says:

    A beautiful list – thank you for sharing your wisdom! x

  3. idelette says:

    This feels very right in my belly. I love it.

  4. This is lovely, and just what I needed today! Thank you <3

  5. What a lovely list. Good things to remember. xo

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  7. Christianne says:

    I love this list, Marianne. I resonate with so much of what you’ve shared here. RIght now, the challenge is listening to my belly. It is speaking to me long and loud, but I’m struggling to give it the merit it’s due.

    I, too, teach what I need to learn. That’s why I started my nonviolence blog. I need a place to learn out loud and invite others to learn along with me.


    • Marianne Elliott says:

      Hi Christianne, I too sometimes don’t want to hear what my belly is telling me. Especially not when it’s telling me to stop doing something that I feel ‘obligated’ to do. I wish you wisdom as you listen. x

  8. Andrew Lightheart says:

    Soft and nourishing.


    • Marianne Elliott says:

      Thanks Andrew. Soft and nourishing like the mashed up food I have to eat this week post wisdom tooth extraction!

  9. Meg says:

    Ooh I love this. Especially #1 and #2.
    Thanks for including us on the journey!

  10. laura says:

    Perfect, well said 🙂 just what I needed to get my day started right xx

  11. Richard says:

    I (and my stomach) smiled out loud reading this. Thank you so much for ten things I wish I could carry with me in the back of my mind every morning when I leave my bed. The one, sadly, that I *do* need to get out of.

  12. Nicola says:

    Wonderful wonderful wonderful…..and just what I needed to hear today. And you’re so right about your belly showing you the way, without fail!

  13. Carol says:

    Beautiful list… just what I needed this morning. Thank you!

  14. Lindsay says:

    Oh Marianne I SO needed to be reminded of ease in my belly this morning. Thank you!
    And gentle, ease-full healing to your wisdom-tooth gaps x

  15. The tea must be Green with Mint but otherwise oh yes, oh yes, such truth. Love it x

  16. kerin rose says:

    this list reads to me like a prose poem……


  17. Andi says:

    Love this list, going to read it again!!! Couldn’t agree more with the 1st 2. 🙂

  18. Marianne–
    I started the practice back at the end of 2009/early 2010 of writing the 10 things I’d learned or experienced for that week. It was a powerful practice, so of course I gave it up at the earliest possible convenience…

    You’ve given me inspiration to go back to it…

  19. Swirly says:

    This one will be printed out and pinned to my inspiration board!

  20. PicsieChick says:

    This is a beautiful list, arriving to me at the perfect time, having just received a clear message from the Universe that the time is now for building that freelance business. (yikes!)

    There is some scary in this, for sure, but it’s mostly not in my belly! Must be time for a cup of tea.

    Hugs and butterflies,

  21. Not-a-manifesto. What a relief. Inspiring and soothing in it’s clarity, too.
    Thank you so much.
    <3 Mahala

  22. @JulieStuart says:

    Lovely, absolutely lovely. Yes to tea and balance and having your people find you. Rock on.

  23. Grace Bower says:

    The Angels that were listening in to my conversation with my Canadian friend (Linda Kavelin Popov author of A Pace Of Grace – endorsed by the Dalai Llama) heard the final comments as REST – WRITE – BE – that were given to her by her mentor were passed on to me. They chose to complete the conversation through Beth Pattison (The virtual Teahouse) and Patti Digh’s repost this morning!! Your ten things are ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for my last week of being 64 (Will you still need me- Will you still feed me…) and turning 65 next week (on September 2nd – the day after the first of Spring here in New Zealand). And as it dawned on me that you are a Kiwi I see that you also recommend Rachelle as an agent and I am fb friends with her business partner Greg and his wife Becky so we are often on fb together! And I have the ideal Kiwi connection for you with Jacinda Short who I have just connected with after finding we have both been fans of Help Others dot org -well I’ve been mostly with Daily Good! How’s that for a start?!? Let me know when you’re passing through Auckland next and I’ll be there!! And Now – back to those ten things….A- MAZ – ING!!!!! Huge Gratitude and Blessings.

  24. Yes! oh yes. Especially 4 and 5.

  25. LaGitane says:

    Simple and brilliant! #3 is so true! I have to say that my sense of right and wrong is in my belly but also my solar plexus and my throat. The more I learn to listen to my body the more I am aware of the complex messages it’s sending me at every moment. 🙂

  26. Jane says:

    WOW Marianne, that was quite a powerful list. I’m copying it into my journal to read again and again. I think I have #6 mastered, but the rest are always a work in progress. Thank you!

  27. alex wilson says:

    this is utterly beautiful.

  28. alisha says:

    Great list! I don’t sing as much as I should, probably because I don’t drive as much as I used to, so that probably balances things out. 🙂

  29. Lisa says:

    Wonderful list!

    My belly has been speaking loud and clear to me lately! Glad to know I’ve finally tapped into my body enough to hear its wisdom.

    I, too, will copy these into my journal ~ as so many of your truths are mine too.


  30. grace says:

    Hi Marianne, love the post.. I dont know if you remember but I emailed you a few years back when you were on fridasnotebook about your job as a human rights worker and how you got into the job.. you replied and I was a little starstruck I couldnt even reply a ‘thanks’ email but I’ve followed your blog ever since I found it, years ago, finally got the courage to start a blog and to comment you – just thought I’d let you know your blog has been a kind of ‘guide’ for me over the years and I’ve always enjoyed hearing your thoughts, keep it up 🙂

    • Marianne Elliott says:

      Hi Grace, Thanks SO much for leaving a comment. I do remember writing to you a few years ago and hope that all is going well!

  31. comfortable beds, guts, chanting, ease, tea with almond milk–we are made of the same stuff, beautiful. it is an honor to read your truth. can’t wait to hug you.

  32. Anna says:

    I really needed to read this list today – it made the tears that I have been holding back flow – which I think is what I needed. Thank you.

  33. Why is it the belly always knows…as much as we would like the mind, or even the heart, to rule they day, the belly is so wise…

  34. Amelia says:

    so clear, beautiful and to the point – your words sing . . .

    it’s so true that following my love/enthusiasm has led to beautiful places, with an ease and sharing I guess I never anticipated. Launching into my art and teaching on line in an all embracing way this year so far, has been amazing with doors swinging wide open. And now giving for free (based on freeconomy) is resulting in amazing things too.


  35. Alex says:

    Year after year, you never cease to inspire me! xo

  36. Jane says:

    What a lovely, thought provoking list. And very true. Number 4 rang particularly loudly because I was told a while ago that a LOT of women carry tension in their stomach.

  37. Liv says:

    I suddenly feel hopeful and happy!

  38. Kim says:

    Wow, what a beautiful list. If we were all to pay such close attention I’m sure we could each create a new one every day.

  39. Jo says:

    My eyes filled with tears at your description of Grace. Remembering it is always there to relax in to! And the thought of never having to leave it made me smile 🙂

  40. Ange says:

    You posted this on my daughter’s birthday. It seems fitting.
    My tea would be Jamaica Yogi tea with soy. A staple autumn and winter treat. I have learnt some of those things and some how seem to keep learning them, on a continual basis. Thank you for bringing them back to me.
    Love from France

  41. Amy says:

    Loved, LOVED your blog – so happy that I stumbled upon this. Peace and everything good to you in 2012!

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