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.
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!
Coming back home to Vancouver Island after a week away at a Therapeutic Touch Mentorship Intensive has been tough. It was such a spiritually infused and blessed energy group to be a part of, it was hard to come back to the realities of everyday life outside of Indralaya.
I was connected with some amazing souls while I was there and made some new life-long friends as well. I journaled daily which is such a treat... life at home is sometimes too hectic to allow me enough 'me time' to do such things.
The peace and tranquility and the quality learning and experiences at this camp were inexplicably wondrous. I learned so much from my mentors and the others who gave seminars throughout the week. The daily meditations were beautifully facilitated and the food was unbelievable.
I wasn't sure about the ova-lacto-vegetarian diet at first, thinking it would leave me feeling hungry between meals, but the menu was amazing and the food fabulous, and miraculously, I never felt hungry anytime in-between.
The scenery was stunning.. the Island is beautiful and filled with quaint farms, buildings and breathtaking coastlines with the neighbouring San Juan Islands so close there is a feeling of protection from their vicinity. Residents are friendly and have that laid-back-Island-life-approach to living. It truly is a magical place.
We were asked to do a short presentation our last day for the whole group on what our learning experience was like there: I wrote from the heart, like I always do, and was so grateful to be able to share the words with everyone else. It went something like this:
"Thinking back over this last week, my mind is filled with dozens of adjectives that I could use to describe how I felt about my time here. However, they too have morphed over the week into words that hold much deeper meanings.
Day One: excitement, anticipation, nervousness, eagerness, curiosity, humor
Day Two: inquisitive, questioning, humbled, self-aware, meditative, reflective, stewardship, tired
Day Three: Energized, introspection, self-discovery, sharing, connecting, camaraderie, understanding, openness, humility, groundedness.
Day Four: centeredness, peace, acceptance, simplicity, connectivity, exhaustion
Day Five: unity, order, transformation, universality, bonding, life-way, understanding
Day Six: respectful, honored, blessed, teamwork, transcendence
Now, my Mentor, Sue, is likely sitting there saying "Well, that sounds very lovely, Dayle, but what does that 'feel' like?"
Well, it feels like the lens through which I viewed the world has been cleansed of a film that was obscuring my vision. The distant blue mountains now I know have beautifully deep-rooted trees that can withstand the winds; rivers that wind through out, sometimes cascading and carving, and yet other times trickling or calm and deep, but always nourishing. Animals and other life-forms reside there too, all in harmony with the trees, the water, and each other. Each very unique but each equally affected by the actions of the other. The Sun I see now has rays that reach deep within even the darkest parts of the forest, adding warmth and light to foster growth and life.
Color abounds an each is a new perspective and representation of my emotions that have been newly defined.
I see the wings of a butterfly that can now gently un-ruffle a field the most beautiful soft green and yellow that can heal and comfort. I sense the swirl of a cool breeze and the color blue that can calm and cool the irritation, and I can hear the hum of the color purple that can open and heal the darkest places.
I can smell the warm salty breeze that can stimulate the void and I can taste the spice that can heat up the coldness. I can feel the energy, see the connection and hear the words depicted as images, emotions, and senses that before were unimaginable.
What I learned this week cannot be captured in a textbook. It is so much more than that, and for me truly is the embodiment of what Therapeutic Touch is all about. It has been a wonderful journey. Namaste"
I am grateful and I am blessed to be part of such an amazing and wonderful group of healers. Indralaya, I will be back.. :)
~Love and Light
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 :)
Today marks another milestone as I travel to the mainland to write my Nursing registration exam along with the rest of my classmates as well as others from all over the province. The realization of exactly what I've accomplished has yet to sink in, but I'm grateful for the freedom and peace that my new career has already given me.
I look forward to meering everyone again after a long time since last working with many of them. Many new friendships were formed and have become solidly planted in my new life. I'm thankful for all the lovely souls that have crossed into my life since this journey began two long years ago.
What this means now is that the academic doors will shut behind us and we now stand in the threshold that matks rhe boundary between student and professional. We have all earned our new designation with hard work, perseverence, dedication, and lots of coffee and some good moments of moaning and geoaning about 'the system'. Overall, I'm so very grateful that I chose to embark on this new path, and even more so that I've already been given blessings in positions within my new career. Life is good.
The next chapter of my life will be the constructive phase of laying the foundation of where I would ultimately like to see my profession go. My eyes are duly focused on my dream; and as I work towards making that a reality, step by step, I'm grateful that I have the patience and perseverence to make my dream come to fruition.
I am blessed, amd for that, I am grateful!
~ love and light
It's interesting how life can change direction in a single unannounced moment. Forgiveness has a huge part to play in the energy we attract into our lives. I know for myself, I have practiced forgiveness to greater depths this last year and the effects have been profound.
What I'm especially grateful in light of all this is the 'little things' in life.. and I mean this quite literally. I've grown attached to the little details in life of late; I think its part of my appreciation of introspection and paying attention to the details of Self from within.
Some of the "little" precious things in my life that I'm grateful for are my own kids, my ex's children, and my son's pet bunny to whom I've grown quite attached. These small beings are full of unconditional love, and when I'm with them, they are 100% focused on the relationship we have. It's a beautiful thing. I am thankful for the inquisitiveness that they all bring to our special relationships, and the endearing moments when they cuddle up against you, and you know that you offer them security, safety and love and that they can feel it from you. I'm grateful that I have the children in my life that I do.. for each of them is a wonderful and delightful blessing; a gentle reminder of the child in all of us who needs constant nurturing and that which is provided through interaction and play with these beautiful souls. Just listening to their often long-winded and animated, silly stories and fragmented thoughts is a delight, and I'm grateful for each and every moment I have with all of them.
I'm also extremely touched and forever grateful for the intimate little moments of unconditional love, empathy and compassion between myself, my clients and patients. When an elderly soul with dementia struggles to find the words to explain something they need or feel to me; I can gently take their hands while we come together, forehead to forehead and I tell them that its all okay. In these moments they are able to be lucid enough to tell me that they hate that their brains are failing them, and that the words they so desperately want me to hear, are lost. I often am told how scared they are. We share these moments sometimes with tears as I travel this slow and ever-changing and frightful journey with them. Or the client that comes to me and wants to know what they should do because they can't understand what is happening to them; I can take their hand and give them a hug, and tell them to walk with me.. we can do so in silence and the communication that is received in doing this is deeper than any verbal conversation we could attempt to have.
I'm also extremely grateful for the days that feel satisfying enough that allow me to have an afternoon nap, uninterrupted. As a nurse, the long 12 hour shifts overnight that are so disruptive are counterbalanced by these moments of solitude and peace. I"m grateful that I have the time in my life to relish these moments in a healthy manner.
I'm also grateful for the companionship of some amazing people who are on similar journey's to me, whether spiritually, emotionally, or professionally. Each one offers me moments of reflection that further enhance, augment and highlight my own unique abilities and persona. Through this self-realization comes Self Actualization, and for that, I'm so grateful.
Life is beautiful.. there are so many facets to living in this world, that we often forget to stop and 'smell the roses'.. and appreciate the little things that lief also offers us.
I'm grateful for the forgiveness in the hearts of those around me who have suffered and found requiem in this single, yet difficult act. I'm grateful for the human experience, for without that, none of my story would be able to be told. and so far, I think its a pretty interesting read...
~Namaste, friends :)
The energy shift has been pushing us into an era of extremes; extreme emotions that are borne from extreme changes. I've been intuitively aware of these changes in my personal life for some time now, and my first instinct was to fight them. I've learned to let go and let the cards fall where they may, so to speak. Fighting something I have no control over is exhausting, futile and doesn't serve my Self any good. I'm grateful for the growth that I've experienced that has allowed me to embrace these changes of late. The last of the big changes almost de-railed me completely, until I realized that it actually re-railed me; sometimes changes occur because we need that slap upside the head to get back on track. I'm grateful that the Universe worked its magic in balancing out all that is, by shifting the energy to find balance again for me. I am now very sure that I'm where I need to be; there is a great sense of peace surrounding me, and a sense of being in the 'flow' of life and its energy.
I walk a lot on my favorite beach at Neck Point Park. I love this particular beach because of its ever-changing face. Every turn of the tide brings some subtle and other times some remarkable changes to this particular stretch of coastline; each just as beautiful and worthy as the last. The lighting at this particular place during specific times of the day is magical. I realize when I visit there that like the tides that sculpt this beach line, I am also formed by the push and pull of the forces of life around me. And like this beach, the light will always shine forth and highlight the beauty of each intricate change made.
Life is dynamic, and dynamic means ever-changing, never static. Embracing the changes in life can be painful, especially when raised in a societal view that holds expectations for each of us at various stages of life. These expectations cause a tremendous amount of pressure and anxiety when success is not met. Learning to embrace change takes a certain level of mindfulness and the ability to let things go. Knowing that attachment does not serve any purpose will make adapting to change easier. I'm grateful that I've learned to acknowledge, accept and let go of that which I have no control over in life; with this, I have found a level of peace that allows me to roll with the tides.
~Love and Light
Whenever I can, I connect with like-minded souls and experiment and play with the energy that is a gift to us all. As an intuitive, a healer and an empath, these 'play-dates' can sometimes be really profound, emotional and draining.. at other times they're uplifting, enlightening and a bit of a 'high'. Today's play-date turned out to carry a theme, as they almost always do, and that was of Self-acceptance and love... recognizing that there is no void in-between each and every one of us.. the space is the same as the object.. it is all the same; as are all things on earth. We are all created from the same source energy.
I'm grateful for these experiences with some truly beautiful beings that are on similar journey's as I am.. I'm thankful that my experiences are also that of others and we share something that is growing exponentially among all of us on earth. I'm thankful for the gift of intuition, empathy, and an innate sense of energy flow from all that surrounds me.
I have come to learn that vibratory states really affect me.. this may be why I have always had a very strong affinity to music of all genres.. take a look at the now-dated CD collection I have and one can instantly see the eclectic tastes in music that I possess.
I'm grateful that we are able to produce music and that it is such a huge part of my life. I'm also grateful to be surrounded by many friends who are musically inclined and who also appreciate the energy that this provides. I'm thankful that my creative side has brought me to mix with such an amazing group of like-minded friends and acquaintances; musicians, artists, writers, creators, dancers.. without any of these creations, life would be dull. The vibrations that these talents emit from their love of these human experiences serves us all.. energy knows no bounds and its affects on the human body are global.
I'm grateful that I continue to work on loving my Self and that through this love, I am able to affect those around me in the same way. I can see the winds of change shifting us in a whole new direction.. people are starting to care; to love one another; to erase the lines that have separated us from each other. We are learning to play with energy and operate out of love. What more of a gift could we give each other, that is in exact alignment with our purpose here on earth?
What an amazing experience. What an amazing time to be alive and to experience this paradigm shift. For that, I am grateful.
We are blessed.
~Love and Light
I've always enjoyed having time to myself. I think innately that was where I felt safe from the onslaught of energy I would pick up from others as I am very much an empath, and was not in control of this energy as a youth.
Today, I cherish my time with my Self as it allows for a much deeper understanding of the world around me and how I am interacting with it. I can honestly say that all of my growth has occurred from these moments with my self and some deep self-exploration. I'm grateful for that, as that's what has given me the beautiful life I have today.
Society tends to create these harsh labels for those who choose to withdraw and disengage from others: words like loner, loser, hermit, recluse and other labels have been floating around for years. There is a fine balance between separating Self from others due to lack of social skill or an imbalance of coping abilities versus the need to withdraw to re-group and survey actions, responses, emotions and just to find peace. I'm grateful that I'm able to do this and feel good about it: I do not have a strong desire to seek happiness and fulfillment from others, I am able to 'self entertain" with confidence and a generous sense of peace and well-being. I'm thankful for that because I can only imagine how exhausting it would be to try to maintain a level of activity around me at all times to keep myself distracted from what really matters: discovering my true Self.
There is a difference between self and Self. Although this difference is subtle, it is likely the most important difference that one can learn to distinguish. Self (with a capital S) is the seat of the soul; the real essence of you that recognizes behaviours that you do, habits that you have, and feelings that you experience from a back-seat perspective. It is the part of us that is pure source energy.. the part of 'us' that we think about when we really ask "Who Am I?". The 'self' with a small 's' is that part of us that is heavily involved in the human experience.. the part that hired the committee of voices that hold debates in your head; "I knew I should have called sooner! Why didn't I call sooner? Jeez! Now I've lost valuable time and I won't be able to make up for this. If I wasn't so stupid, I would have listened to myself".... this small 'self' is condescending, doubtful, insecure, argumentative, snide, and very very powerful.
The art of mindfulness is the remedy to this destructive chatter. When one is able to fully be mindful, one can experience the emotions, reactions, feelings of the human experience simply by noticing, and releasing. We get stuck, well, our 'self' gets stuck the minute that chorus of voices has something to say about any given experience.. "Why did she look at me that way?? What was that all about? What a bitch! I didn't do anything to her. Hmmph! The nerve. I knew she didn't like me..."..... whereas the Self acknowledges the 'look', and the feelings that want to well up from that moment, takes a back seat to it and simply lets it go. Practicing mindfulness is truly the best Self-love we can do for ourselves, and an age-old practice that embodies this is meditation and yoga. It takes practice, and needs a commitment from self and Self to take a piece of your day, every day.
I'm grateful that I have been able to incorporate mindfulness in the form of meditation and yoga practice into my busy life. I look forward to these moments with my Self, and when life gets in the way, I can feel my body craving that time: My body now knows what that feels like and wants more of it. For that, I am forever grateful.
Learn to love the time with yourself. It's not about finding something to do with your self because you get too bored.. its about sitting, contemplating and learning to distinguish Self from self.
~Namaste, dear light souls... :)