If today were the last day of this world before it blew up, how would I spend it? Many indigenous people talk about living each day as if it is your last. I heard it again recently and thought I would think about it while writing this blog posting.
Many thoughts ran through my mind. My family, my friends, memories of times past, regret for it being over, so many things to think about and ponder their value to me. What would I do for the last 24 hours of my time here in this world?
As I mulled it over and over, a structure began to outline itself and with that insight, peace began to flow through my Being. Peace, calmness and a sense of well-being. This is what I would do:
♥ I would go to a place in nature with water and plenty of dirt or sand to write in.
♥ I would write a gratitude list that the world ending would send back to Source.
♥ I would sit in the silence and savor the now moments as they strung into pearls of wisdom expressing this world and the beauty that It and I were together within its evolution.
♥ I would lovingly and joyfully embrace the change I was Becoming.
♥ I would completely surrender to the Moments expanding out into greater Beingness as I said good-bye to the last moment and welcomed the New Being I was birthing.
In Essence I would:
Be the Change
Embrace the Change
Enjoy every moment in every way
Love who I am, who I am becoming and Know that All is Well!
All of this Beauty underneath the sea,
This is the Beauty within You and Me.
I have spent most of my Life searching for what was wrong with me and I found many things. I would list then, work on then, give up on them and then do it all over again. But I have come to realize that I spent no time at all searching for what was Beautiful within me.
As I gazed at the picture above, I thought about how beautiful nature is in all of its colors, moods, and seasons. Then I thought, if my Beloved Source had taken the time to create this beauty in nature, wouldn’t the same beauty be within me? As I spent time in meditation and silent contemplation about the possibilities this line of thinking was opening up, I searched for a way to see this Beauty that might lie within me.
As I was allowing myself to really see and feel the shapes and colors reflected in nature, I began to pull them within my physical body and feel the colors and shapes taking hold within me. I watched as if in a dream as they danced, shifted, merged and then did it all over again. It went on and on and as I gazed upon this Beautiful Happening within Me, I began to feel and see this Beauty as a part of me.
I began to practice this daily and the more I practiced it, the more Beautiful I felt myself to be. The more Beautiful I felt inside, the more I loved myself and the more I was able to open up and share myself with those around me. My intention became for the world to be a more beautiful place to live for it has my inner beauty as part of it.
Take the time, to get to know your inner beauty. Nurture it, love it and then let it out for all the world to see and enjoy. We create this reality from within and together the Beauty we create is breath-taking.
As I close the door on 2014 and prepare to begin 2015, I took some time to review the lessons I learned in 2014. What had I learned and what Wisdom am I taking with me as I begin the new year?
It was amazing how many little things I had relearned as well as new wisdom to add to my “jewel chest.” I had a friend who had shared this concept with me many years ago and I have found that it works for me. Common usage labels strengths, skills, techniques, etc. as a “tool chest.” While that is descriptive, it reeks of work and hard labor. On the other hand, acquiring jewels makes me think of color, beauty, life sparkle, and other adjectives that reflect how I would prefer to see my efforts out-picture.
So, Wisdom for me is a jewel to be treasured, nurtured and worn proudly! Let me share a few of the things I learned anew or relearned as I hadn’t paid enough attention to them the first time!
♥ Be patient and gentle with myself!
♥ Allow and accept help from others!
♥ Be present in my life!
♥ Appreciate what I have been graced with in this life!
Before you make a list setting out goals for the coming year, take the time to reflect on what you learned from last year. As you see your jewel chest overflowing with all of your colorful, sparkling, exciting jewels, notice how your life changes!
See your value in your wisdom!
Make a commitment to adding to your Jewel Chest in 2015!
As we start to say Goodbye to 2014 and Hello to 2015 take the time for a few moments of reflection. Focus on what worked and not on what was wrong. The more we can focus on our strengths or what works, the faster we can build the life we want. As we know, thought creates and the thoughts we focus on manifest. So, it falls to reason that the more we focus on our strengths, the faster we can build the life we dreamed of living.
Ask yourself questions such as:
1. Was I a good mother, wife, employee or friend?
2. If yes, what did I do that helped me achieve that status?
Write down a list of your answers so you can reflect on them in the coming week. Here are some of the items from my list.
1. I made time in my life for those relationships. They were important so I made them a priority.
2. I nurtured my relationships. Relationships are like plants. They need to be watered and fed which translates into time and attention.
3. I was a good listener. We all need to be heard. We don’t need solutions, we just need to be heard.
4. I loved and didn’t judge. We all have our life lessons to work through. At those times, we need love, not criticism.
5. I encouraged, supported and praised the strengths I saw in them. We all need for others to see what we are doing right. We criticize ourselves enough and don’t need it from those around us.
Now, take the time to give yourself LOVE! We can never have too much love and most times we don’t love ourselves enough. This includes loving what you don’t like about yourself. All of those experiences helped make each of us the person we are today and it is a part of us. So, focus on Loving the total you!
Have a Loving, Prosperous, and Joy-Filled New Year!
Growing up on a ranch surrounded by vineyards, the new year was always important. It was a fallow time of anticipation as we waited for the first sign of life. The tiniest bud that would indicate new growth, new possibilities, new life! All of the things we are anticipating for 2015 as we set our intentions for our future.
The best intentions always focus around intangibles. From these underlying thoughts our lives out-picture. So, I have listed a few intentions/goals below to get you thinking as you ready yourself for the New Year!!
I AM Perfect, Whole, and Complete just as I am!
LOVE FLOWS through me 24/7!
I AM a Beacon of Happiness!
I SEE the Cup 1/2 Full in everything I do!
I AM a Positive Person!
Change how you think and your world changes!!
All I want for the Holidays is an Open Heart!
For so many years, my heart was closed or only partially open. Through fear, I had felt the need to protect myself from the world around me, relationships, myself and on and on. One day I realized that this wasn’t working for me. I was miserable, depressed, isolated, and existing in a life that wasn’t worth living. Something had to be done! But what to do?
I had been traveling my Spiritual Path through using the principles of Science of Mind as formulated by Ernest Holmes and it came to me that I was going through the motions and not really embodying what I was telling myself I believed. I needed the change that comes from within and I knew that I hadn’t visited my “within” in a long time. Here, I thought was where to begin my spiritual transformation.
Daily I began to use the tools of meditation, prayer, monitoring my thoughts, being grateful, trying to stay in the now moment, and slowly I began to see positive changes! This was so exciting. Tangible feedback that something was working in my life. Seeing the improvement, I was encouraged to continue my daily disciplines/tools to create change.
As I look back so many years later, I realize now that my goal of spiritual transformation was really one of “Opening my Heart.” I had opened the door to the flow of the “Divine Love of Source” and it felt good! No longer was I alone and isolated, but so Loved Filled that I could only see this world through the Eyes of Love.
Seeing the Divine in everything, I could only be Love, See Love, Connect with Love, and become Loving Source Manifested in this world. I had become the verb of Loving!
Now, I go about my daily living recognizing the Divine in everything. Connecting with the Divine in those I interact with, I no longer see only their perceived failings, but the pain of their journey where I can empathize and feel compassion, the joy of their successes where they have completed another step of their spiritual journey in this life and recognize the Gift that we all are to Source and this world!
Open your Heart and be the Gift of Divine Love Everlasting!
As I sit here and contemplate the holiday week to come, I am reminded of the vastness of the universe. As the universe is so immense, intense, evolving, and beautiful, so are each of us! As we look to the days ahead, I want to challenge everyone on this planet to look for the immense, intense evolving Beauty Within Each of Us! Our differences are beautiful and are what draw us together completing the beautiful tapestry that humanity represents.
Easy to say, but how do we do this? Here are some suggestions:
♥ As you look into the eyes around you, recognize the Divine in all of them.
♥ Instead of looking for the mistakes or the bad in people, spend time looking for the kindness and love within them.
♥ Focus on being courteous, respectful and appreciative in your every action and behavior.
♥ Count your Blessings and realize that you have more than enough to share with others.
♥ Be a role model for a lifestyle of Loving Kindness!
Our entire world and everyone in it is Divine!
Respect that Divinity!
Love that Divinity!
Be that Divinity!
Let us build a Beautiful Tapestry of a Divine Humanity Together!
This week has been an emotionally learning one. My ride to “wisdom” has not always been easy and this one was no exception. One of my “flows” had stopped flowing. It was blocked and there appeared to be no moving it. Nothing was working. Sharing my situation with a dear friend, she saw that a brick wall was blocking my flow and my feet were moving a hundred miles an hour in an effort to knock it down. What she further got was that I had to stop fighting it and surrender to what is. Now I know all of that, but for some reason it had not permeated my conscious mind in the fear of the moment.
Fear is a big part of what is happening when things aren’t working. It can crop up so suddenly and stop everything! Thankfully I have surrounded myself with a group of family and friends who will remind me of what I have lost touch with in the emotional moment of what is happening. They are:
♥ Focus on the present moment and start your gratitude list. Being grateful for all of the small and big things that are working on a daily basis brings the focus back to what is working and how much of your life is working!
♥ Fighting goes against the flow! Fighting what is keeps us stuck in place and allows nothing to flow.
♥ Surrender = Acceptance. Sit down, close your eyes, use your breathing to relax and accept the moment as it is. Keep doing this and string the moments together like a necklace until Acceptance enters your world and lives there.
♥ Focus on your strengths! What we focus our thoughts on manifests in our lives. Our strengths are Love, Gratitude, Acceptance, Sharing, Connecting, and seeing life through the eyes of awe and beauty!
♥ Our Strengths are what helped us to survive and evolve through life. By building on them, flow happens as an out-picturing of them at work.
If your week isn’t working out as you would like, take the time to reread this Blog and think about what I experienced and what I needed to remember. Consider writing the 5 things to remember down so that you have them with you at all times. When the going gets rough, bring them out and reread them to remind you in this moment what to do.
Surrender = Acceptance
Accepting what is allows our flow to return!
Over the years I have worked with many clients who wonder what they are doing in this world and what their purpose is for being alive. I admit that at various times in my lifetime I wondered the same thing. Lately I began to realize that there are 2 purposes that everyone has in some form or another.
The first purpose we all share is creating and maintaining “connection.” Communities, families, tribes, co-workers, social media all have connection or connecting in common. We thrive when we know that someone cares. I can remember years ago feeling so alone and wondering if anyone would notice if I died. As I look back, I realize how sad and depressing that thought was. Love is so important in our lives and love in its many manifest forms is what drives the need for connection. Love flows in the giving and receiving, the caring and sharing, volunteering to help others, connecting through our jobs, schools, travel. The ways and means go on and on. So many ways to connect allowing the Love Flow to flow naturally and gracefully.
The second purpose we all share is the gifting of our ourselves. Opening up and sharing ourselves is how we bring life into our existence. It is the essence of connecting. We learn so many things by opening ourselves to new experiences, distilling the wisdom we acquire as we grow bringing warmth, light and love both into our own lives along with the lives of those around us.
Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. As the puzzle needs all of the pieces to complete the picture, this world needs all of us to make it complete. We all live in the same world which by itself connects all of us. Take this a step further and consider that to have peace in our time, we need to have some form of unity. With all of the diversity around us, we need to create “unity through diversity.” We achieve this by connecting and sharing ourselves. It is that basic and simple.
So, when you wake up every morning, affirm “I choose to share myself and connect with life today!” Then go out and do it. We change the world by changing ourselves and we do that one choice at a time. Peace tomorrow means making the loving choices today!
Peace Tomorrow Means Connecting and Sharing Ourselves Today!
Over the years of my spiritual journey, I learned a number of things about “self value”. It started with an awareness of what I was doing during a shopping trip. I had gone into a store for something I needed and while there saw that they had a great price on bras. Having 2 daughters, I immediately started searching for their sizes. I put what I found in the cart and then realized that I hadn’t put what I had come into the store to find into the cart. I wouldn’t have enough money for it if I bought the gifts for the girls.
I stopped for a moment to determine whether or not I really needed what I was going to buy for me never once considering why I was putting my girls first. They were grown and had moved away from home and were living their own lives. Yet, I was still putting them first at my expense. I pondered this for months afterwards as I again and again revisited how I was thinking about and treating myself.
From this awakening, I began to compile a list of how I wanted to treat Me and work on embodying these thoughts and actions.
♥ I have value!
♥ I am worthy of being loved both by myself and by others!
♥ When it comes to money, it is okay to put myself first!
♥ I deserve being taken care of and provided for 24/7!
♥ By taking care of myself I show both myself and others my value!
So, as you shop for the holidays, keep my actions in mind. Do you spend all your money on others? Do you max out your credit cards to buy gifts for others? Or, do you put yourself first and make sure you have everything you need and then, review what gifts you can share with others.
One of the easiest gifts to share is Love. For many, it is easier to buy a material gift than to share ourselves, but material gifts come and go. Love shared lasts forever! I have found that many try and buy love through presents, but love can’t be bought. It may only be given and received.
Spend time giving and receiving Love this Holiday Season!
Give and Receive the gift that lasts forever!
Spread the Love!