Writing down that which we are grateful for helps to shift our focus off the things we cannot control, and onto the positive aspects of our life; those that we are blessed to experience.
In honoring this simple, daily adjustment in our routines, we change the energy of our being to vibrate at a higher frequency, therefore attracting more sustenance into our lives that is rooted in love.
September is one of my favorite times of the year... the summer heat begins to dwindle, and although I prefer the longer days of summer, the earthy smells that return to the air with the cooler temperatures and some of the rains, really connects me to Mother Earth again and makes me feel alive. This is my favorite time of the year to be out in Nature, whether for a long hike, a meander down to my favorite beach or a paddle in the kayak. There seems to be a new energy in the environment, almost like how one feels when emerging from a hot sauna.
I'm grateful that I live in such a beautiful spot on this planet that affords me the beauty of the surrounding mountains and the ocean. The best of all my favorite things Nature has to offer.
Of course, fall wouldn't be complete without the harvest that comes with it that we all enjoy: fruits and berries abound, and the squash and root vegetables are ready in the gardens. I used to enjoy canning every year, but have had to put that on hold for now; I miss the smell of cooking fruit and spices filling my home for hours as dozens of canned goods are prepared. It's an amazing feeling creating an abundance of food for the ones you love. For that, I am also grateful. I am blessed to live in a country free from war and terror, where the landscape is forever damaged beyond any hope of a productive and nourishing garden. I'm thankful that I have loved ones who are still here with me in this lifetime to share these annual bounties with.
This time of year for me isn't just about the offerings that Mother Nature brings forth, but also the harvest we reap from within.
The summer months are the most productive for myself, when I busy myself with new ventures, creating new alliances and building new friendships. I'm thankful for all the new people that have come into my life in this last season, and look forward to nourishing those relationships further in the future.I'm also blessed to have received so much new training in the last few months, and more yet this fall. With each comes more and more opportunity for me to pay it forward with what services I offer the public; my contributions to making this world a better place for all is growing with each one of these ventures, and I'm so thankful that these opportunities continually cross my path.
Through this has come tremendous growth, and to me, that is bounty in and of itself. I have experienced more growth and inner peace in the last year than I have in a very long time.. it truly has been a productive year. I look forward to enjoying further insights and reflections through the coming months, and really taking a deep personal inventory of where I am today. I know that I will be showing a healthy margin for growth, experience, and productivity... all the good things in life.
My wish is that many more can experience the same during this time of the year.
~Love and light
It's easy for life to take over what we truly need and to become so busy that we let the little things go that we draw so much pleasure from.
Recently, I've cut back on the amount of 'work' that I"m doing out in the community simply so that I can make the time to do the things I need to do that nourish me spiritually, mentally and physically. It was hard to give up the extra income but I realized that it wasn't what was making me happy... and having regrets daily about what I was missing in my day to day life was weighing more heavy on me than anything.
I'm grateful for the realization that I've had in understanding what I need for my Self now. I think if I were younger, I would have ignored these inner messages and just plowed through and maintained that level of busy-ness.I'm thankful for where I'm at in my life today and what that has afforded me for time.
It's also really easy to lay the blame on external factors.. statements such as "there's never enough time in the day" is a poor excuse. Although time is a human perception, there is really no limit on when things need to be done, outside of work where we likely have no control over those demands. We put pressure on ourselves to have more, be more, do more. Our kids suffer, our pets get ignored, our joyful moments lose their priorities as the insidious tentacles of busy-ness begin to take over every aspect of our life, robbing us of the joy and passion that life is truly meant to provide us. Our busy-ness is a true reflection of the chaos that is going on inside our selves.
I'm thankful that I have a career that gives me the freedom of picking and choosing my time devoted to working. I"m grateful and forever thankful that I live on such a beautiful Island, filled with amazing energy and people that further feed and nurture my soul.
I"m blessed, and for that, I am thankful!
Mistakes can sometimes bury us in shame, guilt, regret and a bevy of other uncomfortable emotions and memories, but it really doesn't serve us well to perceive these moments in life as failures or mistakes.
Most times, mistakes or blunders are synchronistic occurrences that materialize to change our direction, force us to slow down, provide opportunity for the right circumstances to enter our lives, or even the right people. Sometimes, they can even save our very life.
Viewing mistakes with humbled grace means that you recognize the mistake for what it was, but are able to see past the obvious and the negative aspects and find the treasure among the ruin. When you begin to analyze these moments with an innocent curiosity with no attachment, you can easily spot these treasured lessons as easily as a shiny piece of silver laying in the sun.
Acceptance of these mistakes or faults, as some will label them, with a divine level of Self-conscious grace will allow us to move forward into the purpose that these lessons are meant to establish for us... rather than serving up more shame.
Why do we feel shameful about making mistakes? We are raised to follow societal norms; we are taught that we are either behaving well or poorly... there is no in-between, and with these lessons, we are taught that to be "bad" is a shameful thing.. and being 'bad' encompasses making mistakes, not learning quick enough, not listening, not following the rules set out by others. Making mistakes is commonly viewed as an incompetence rather than a process of learning and of growth.
When we make mistakes, it is so very important to be able to find comfort in knowing that it is okay to do so. It only confirms our humanness and our ability to learn and grow. There is no shame in that. Don't allow others to dictate or try to make you bend to your mistakes. Hold your head high and acknowledge your mistake, identify the lesson, and learn from it.
Moving forward with grace is the best gift you can give yourself; remaining stuck in shame and guilt serves no purpose, so find the shiny reason to reach forward and leave it behind.
~Love and Light
We've all been willing victims to situations or people who we feel are 'out to get us' or a result of some bad Karma that has fallen onto us. Truly, these are only excuses to avoid having to look inward and see what our own part was in the negativity... and yes, there is a part for each of us.
Taking ownership of our shiny parts is easy, but its the not-so-shiny parts that really want us to pay attention to them. Like tarnished silver, these less attractive parts require a little TLC, some love and a bit of effort to restore them to where they shine again... and shine they will!
Accepting our faults as well as our strengths is what truly walking our individual journey's is about; learning about our true Self as it reacts to situations that life presents itself. Instead of being judgmental, disapproving and disappointed in these parts of who we are, embrace them and learn the lesson they have to offer. Then simply let them go with the intention of changing, modifying, resolving, owning, or authenticating it. Quite often we will subconsciously seek out others who wear our tarnished parts as their armor. Once we get comfortable enough with them, the criticizing starts and their flaws begin to bother us. Sometimes it gets blamed as the demise of the relationship. Stopping and analyzing why these purported flaws bother us so much will usually reveal our own discomfort with the exact flaw in ourselves, but of course its always easier to pick it out in someone else and blame them for what we feel inside that we've spent years, likely, trying to stuff away and hide.
Instead of reacting to tarnished bits, we should be reaching inward and asking our Selves what it is about this trait that we find so bothersome. If this can be explored openly and without blame and judgment, you will likely find that it goes back as far as the development of some Core Beliefs that are likely not serving you well. Own what is yours and deal with it in a healthy manner that will heal the inner child in you and allow you to engage in relationships without judgment or blame. There is no 'shame' in owning our own stuff... in fact, we must be able to do this if we are truly wanting to explore, experience and live the life we are all meant to enjoy.
The power in this act alone can restore the love of Self back to the level that promotes self growth. And we are not living if we are not growing.. the two are symbiotic in nature. Growth sometimes means separating ourselves from those which we get comfortable having around to use as our crutch for our flaws. Its easier to have someone in front of you that you can point fingers at when your 'stuff' is surfacing and you don't recognize it for what it is.. it takes the onus of of us to do our own self-work and make the changes that need to be done. Recognizing when you are engaging in this type of soul-flagellation can be liberating, but often means you need to separate from blame-filled relationships and spend some time on your own to work on these issues. Loving yourself in this manner only creates a being that is easy for others to love.
Start living the way you are meant to live. Stop blaming, shaming and making excuses for why your life isn't what you envisioned. Work on your Self and you will find that you are completely in control of your own destiny... an age-old addage that we've all heard time and time again.
Begin living the life you deserve; operate from a place of love and compassion, and this is only ever authenticated with a strong foundation of Self love first.
For years I've kept myself busy; always had more than one project on the go, always worked hard, raised kids and done things for others on top of my own life. It soon defined who I was.. I had a reputation for just that: a loyal, hardworking woman who had a big heart; someone that everyone could rely on.. someone who was always there, giving and giving some more.
What took me forever to learn, however, was that this seemingly admirable trait was really a distraction from having to love myself and spend a whole lot of time with me. When this was gently pointed out to me by a professional colleague, mentor and confidante (who also happens to be a clinical counselor), I was in absolute denial and was quite insulted by this suggestion. She is the kind of person, however, that I needed to hear that from; I admire her professionalism, her direct approach, and above all, I trust her beyond anything. We discussed this at great length, more than once, and she was able to pry away that first important, steadfast and iron-clad layer that let the light through.
I'm grateful for that moment in my life, as it truly was a turning point for me. Since that time, I've completed my own professional training as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and have learned even more about the psychology behind this very common behaviour. This has resulted in a tremendous amount of work on my Self, which I am forever grateful for. I've had to really concentrate on saying "no" and not taking on too much. I've realized that its innately easier to fall back into the same old habits, but with perseverance and a willingness to change, I've managed to overcome that desire to bury myself in busy-ness and instead, to find the peace and solitude in living in the moment. From this, I've not only gained a sense of wellness, peace, contentment, focus, completion but more success than ever before.
Sometimes we have to allow others the privilege of holding up our mirrors to see ourselves for who and what we truly are. Sometimes that moment isn't pretty and deep down, we likely know that, and that's what keeps us wrapped up in the go-go-go lifestyle.
I'm grateful now that I can sit in silence with myself and that I can enjoy my own company again. I've gained a tremendous amount of gratitude for being able to love myself.. something I realized in that epiphanous moment, that I could never do before.
I'm thankful for the people who have woven their way into my life over the last year in particular; these people have been monumentous in seeing my new dreams and goals to fruition, and for that, I will forever be grateful. I've realized that its not about crossing the finish line by yourself as the winner, but about creating a team that can each carry the other to the finish line at the same time, albeit each with their own journey.
I am blessed, and for that, I am thankful.
My first exposure to the concept of Synchronicity came after reading James Redfield's books, The Celestine Prophesy and the Celestine Vision. I immediately woke up to how much synchronicity was actually going on around me, and I was fascinated. With this realization began a personal journey of 'playing' with this concept.. the idea that 'thought creates reality' and paying 'attention to the details' soon opened my eyes further to the grand order that exists in our world. I was mind-blown.
Once I became aware of this concept it was very difficult to ignore the synchronicity that was around me daily. From events that would seemingly transpire magically, to the people who came in and out of my life, doors were opening and leading me down new and exciting paths. It was simply too uncanny to ignore.
I have a deep respect for the existence of synchronicity today. Everything truly does happen for a reason, as the old adage goes, and it is through this realization that I have been able to sit and take a back seat to my life-journey and just 'be' in the moment, allowing things to unfold as they are destined to do so. As Redfield put it, living synchronistically is about living intuitively; allowing one's intuition to guide and direct one through life in a gentle and natural way. Through this, we are able to feel spiritually grounded, connected and are further able to operate out of a place of truth, authenticity, and love.
I'm grateful that I have been easily able to capture this 'flow' and live my life in this manner. I'm thankful that it is available to all of us; that there is no secret to being able to live a life filled with synchronistic and beautiful events; we all possess the ability to allow this flow to happen. I'm grateful for the people and events that have come into my life in this manner.. life is good.
We all like to think of ourselves as progressive in our thoughts, our livelihood, our relationships and our lives in general. For me the focus has been internal rather than external. Journeying to the center of this 'earth' (me) has been tough. There's been no map, no indication of direction, no knowing of this way or that, no answers, and at times, it's even been scary and dark. Similar to hunkering down in a dark room, the eyes soon adjust to their new environment and you begin to be able to 'see'. The internal journey has been very much that way. It's amazing to me just how much light can travel down into the depths of Self.
That light doesn't come from sun-source, however. Rather, it comes by way of peeling back the layers that have hardened us, wrapped us safely, protected us and nurtured us from life up to this very moment. Those wraps, cloaks, tarps and reinforced steel buildings no longer serve us, and the process of tearing down those protective layers is very liberating and ultimately allows more light inward.
Self-realization is a powerful thing; it literally has the power to change your perspective of life; what's important and what's not. Through this journey, I've slowly become 'detached' from material 'stuff' that really doesn't matter. Don't get me wrong, I still have expensive taste and have a huge admiration and respect for the creation of man-made items borne from creative minds... but my desire to own them and possess them has greatly diminished, I'm proud to say. I can see the intrinsic value in relationships and astonishingly enough, those who no longer walk the same journey as me have faded to the background and new, amazing souls have presented themselves in the here and now.
The amount of pressure that relieves alone is paramount to happiness... Happiness truly is a very simplistic end to a rather attached journey through life. This has resulted in a slower pace to my life... being able to live in the moment and cherish each and every moment and person that comes into that time with me, however fleeting.
I recognize the value in 'being' in the moment: we are pre-wired to do just that.. after all, we're not human 'doings'..but human 'beings'..
Having no regrets has also been part of the growth that has come from this introspection.. regrets keep you anchored to the past, and like a weight that just won't let go, it will eventually rob you of your strength, your passion and motivation to keep on moving forward.
My life now has more meaning, more valuable relationships, more truth, more authenticity, more beauty, more peace, more synchronicity and more positive energy.
For that, I am eternally grateful. I have truly come full bloom...I am blessed.
I love it when I find books or documentaries that rock my world. They seem to come to me at the exact moment that they are required to help shift my perspective on some subject or another.
I wanted to share my findings with everyone as I think these are a goldmine of information that can truly make a difference to how we think, feel and act in our created realities.
There is a global shift occurring and we're all part of that changing energy. We must become agents of change.... 'changents'.... in order for the shift to complete. We know it innately; we can feel it; we've noticed the changes already as upheaval, unrest, unhappiness and unsettled energy.
There is a huge list of video documentaries that are truly eyeopening that can be found at this link:
300 Videos to Expand Your Consciousness and Blow Your Mind
And some truly inspiring books listed here:
Books that Can Save the World
It is one thing to read or watch these and be affected by them, but more importantly is how we react; how we effect change in our own way to carry these messages that have affected us so deeply, forward for others. Change occurs when the energy of a new perspective is kept alive and manifested through growing energy. That comes from you and I reacting to what we see and hear.
Choose carefully what you want to be passionate about. We all have a part to play in being earthly 'changents'.. we have to adopt a global worldview instead of a 'me' view.. look around and see what you've failed to notice before. Find your passion in that detail and shift your energy to where it really makes a difference.
~Love and Light
Today was a day in which I was given opportunity to play with the energy of spirit again, and with each shamanic journey that I've been part of, the messages are becoming more prominent, obvious and clear. I'm extremely humbled by the presence of some amazing souls that I have surrounding me. The lessons are profound and deep.. some that I remember, others that I need to re- remember. In all cases however, I recognize these spirits by the 'feel' of the energy.. familiar, comfortable and safe. I know them from another time and space and I've learned to look forward to these moments like a long awaited family reunion.
What fascinates me the most with these experiences is the level of confidence, peace and 'knowing' that these spirits exude with every level of their existence. There is no doubt, no questions, no faltering in their being and their messages. It just is. Plain and simple. I'm so grateful that I've been blessed with their presence and their attachment to my spirit and I'm humbled by their power and their wisdom. If I can develop my skill and my gifts to the degree that they hold, I will be powerful in my own right too. For that I am thankful.
Spirit not only comes to me during shamanic journeys or energy work, but lately, through my interaction with other gifted beings around me in this lifetime. I'm blessed to have them in my life, and for each of them, I learn so much and in turn, have been able to delight them with my own energy that is unique to me.
I often wondered as a child about how infinitesimally small we actually are while laying on my back looking up at the heavens. Now, as an adult, I stand before those with amazing gifts and talents and realize how small we tend to be by having closed our hearts and our minds to what we really are. I'm grateful for the insight and for the ability, the drive and the passion to expand my Self into what I am.
I am all that is, including you.
We are all that is, there is nothing else. We are all one with all that is. The irony comes in knowing that intellectually makes me feel that same smallness with the grandiosity of the universe, but in my heart, that knowledge swells and makes me feel so much bigger than I ever imagined. There is a gift in that knowingness, and for that, I am blessed and I am thankful that I have experienced that.
~Love and light
I've become increasingly aware of the connection between myself and the people I meet. I have become 'tuned in' to the vibration that exists between myself and someone new that comes into my life, and it goes beyond what they do for a living, their looks or outward appearance. By simply paying attention to the energy that exists between us during our interaction, I've come to notice a very strong and predominant thread; for every person that I have met since the beginning of this year, the energy seems to be the same: comfortable, familiar and with a degree of 'knowing each other' that cannot be explained in this moment alone.
Having worked quite a bit lately with energy workers and Shamans, I have learned that these are likely 'soul tribe' members.. souls that I have been with at a time before; ones that resonate with you without judgment but rather out of pure unconditional love for you, naturally.
We all want to belong to someone, but historically with the advent of becoming 'civilized', we've pulled away from belonging to large groups or 'tribes' and focused all our energy on finding that 'one' person who can fill the void left by belonging to a larger group. Impossible task, and statistically, the divorce rates prove my point. I"m grateful that I have gained this deeper understanding of what really matters in order to find fulfillment and authenticity in my life!
So how do we find our 'tribe' in today's world? Who do we fit in with, and for many of us, how do we find them during the later stages of life when meeting people seems to be increasingly more difficult?
Here are some tips given by Lisa Rankin on the subject:
I'm grateful that I've started to find my tribe in this later stage of my life. I'm surrounded by the most beautiful and uplifting souls I could ever imagine. The love we have for each other is pure, unconditional and true to all that is. It's not about sexual needs or desire.. its about something much deeper than that. It's a new feeling of 'friendships' and these ones are deeply rooted and I know that they're simply there to stay. It's a beautiful feeling knowing that you 'belong' somewhere, and I view it as a 'homecoming' of sorts.
My wish is that we all gravitate to our own tribes; a safe place where we are loved unconditionally and we are accepted, and most importantly, where we are supported and where spiritual growth and inspiration occur to keep us, or place us, on the path of authenticity where we ALL need to be. I'm so grateful for this part of my journey. I am blessed :)