Sunday, December 28, 2014

Why The Universe Is Your Bootcamp

Just when I think I've finally mastered a skill, the Universe steps in and says "Drop and give me twenty, rookie."   The issue?  Exercise and eating healthy.  My pants are starting to fit just a little more tightly than they should <ugh>.

It started with all of the travel I've been doing.  It's tough to stick with a program when I'm on the road every other week.  I'm not complaining because I LOVE to travel but I admit that I get lazy and choose to sleep in rather than hit the gym.

I also tend to enjoy my dining out options while on the road.   That means I typically eat WAY more than I should as well as enjoy an extra glass of wine or indulge in chips and margaritas at the bar for a nightcap.

Fortunately, I easily drop back into my workout routine when I'm back home, however, I've noticed that I'm starting to find reasons to eat out more and more.  I'm also noticing I'm not disciplined enough to skip the appetizer or eat only half my meal and save the other half for another time.

Where all this leads me to is the realization that eating is as much a spiritual practice as meditation and contemplation.  Just as I make a choice to spend time meditating until I've mastered the discipline to make it a regular practice, I must also make the choice to master my eating habits.

And, similar to meditation, that means slowing down as I eat, savoring each bite, being in gratitude for the delicious meal, being mindful and staying in the moment.  It also means taking a look at my food choices, eating out vs. eating at home AND questioning decisions like having an extra glass of wine.

It's interesting to look back at the practices I've developed over time.  I can see a pattern where a challenge in a certain area will cause me to dive deeper and become stronger.  That's certainly true of my prayer work and now, it's become true for my eating habits as well.

So, I'm enrolling in Bootcamp run by the Universe.  I'm taking on mastering my poor eating habits, knowing up-front it will take patience with myself if I'm too see improvement.  It will also take listening to the inner voice that knows what my body needs.  And, in that knowing of what needs to be done, the space is created to become stronger in working with the Universe rather than fight against it.

What area of YOUR life is the Universe telling you to step up and become stronger and more disciplined in?

Today, I set the intention to listen to my body and become mindful as I eat, knowing I am guided to the foods that will be best for me and the portion sizes that will be sufficient for my active life.

"Continue to declare that there were no mistakes, there are none and there never will be.  
There are no mistakes in the Divine Plan for me."  

"You cannot make your life move faster than it's moving.  
No matter how urgent your situation may seem to be, things are going
 to happen when they happen, not a minute sooner.  Be patient with yourself. 
 Be patient with others.  Be patient with life.  Patience always pays off."  

Affirmative Prayer:
In the stillness of this moment, there is only one Infinite Presence that I call God.  It is a love that flows through the quiet of the night and a brilliance that uplifts with the rising of the sun each day.  This Infinite Presence flows through me, reminding me that I am guided and I am guarded as Life experiences and expands through me.

And, just as an eagle soars to the greatest heights, so do I soar through my life with self-compassion and with a realization that I am worthy of the best of life.  I welcome the knowing that my challenges and my failures around my eating habits allow me to set new and perfect goals for my health.  There is an inner knowing of what my body needs to thrive and I willingly listen and make beautiful choices each morning and each night.  There is such an abundance of healthy foods and I savor each bite and affirm that my body delights in the experience of vibrants flavors and textures. In the bounty of life's gifts, I am directed to the highest and best choices for me, trusting that the Universe always has my back.

I am filled with gratitude for the amazing transformation in my life as I take responsibility for my eating habits.  And I am thankful for the power to say No when my body tells me it has had its fill.  Thank you, Spirit, for the depth of wisdom that tells me I have the discipline to make a change in my health for the better.

From this place of wisdom, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  I live from the truth that I am empowered in every area of my life.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Grant Frederickson/Flickr

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Have a Wonderful Weekend

I just heard that this Sunday is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.  That means each day gets a little sunnier - yay!  I'm grateful for the rain we're having in California but I love the sunshine and always count the days until spring is here.  What are you doing this weekend?  Hope its filled with the right and perfect activities for you.  And, here are a few fun and inspirational links from around the web....

Different kinds of difficulty - should you buckle down or despair?

3 things you need to stop doing to yourself when you work

Those things by which we get embarrassed 

This holiday drinking game made me smile

2 lessons that bring the joy back into giving

How writing a letter to Santa will make you more creative

7 ways to fall in love with life

10 priciest pooches to own

Besides loving the sunshine, I am also setting an intention this weekend to really focus on loving people exactly as they are.  I have to remember that it's not my job to change anyone.  Who we are is  between us and the Universe and the choices we make.

"The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.  Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them."  ~Thomas Merton

Photo courtesy of Renatas/Flickr

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Start Right Where You Are

With the changes happening in my career over the last year, I am being called to re-evaluate exactly what my livelihood will look like.  Taking small steps, I've kept busy with a part-time marketing role and have found that I really enjoy the work.

Last week, I was a bit sucker-punched when I learned that I may not be able to continue in that role.  Since getting that news, I turned it over to the Universe for some guidance and to prayer work to release any fears of stepping into the unknown.   There have been no big 'aha' moments, however, I am noticing an internal shift.

I am no longer holding back and questioning my abilities to handle a marketing role and develop a program.  Instead, I am breaking down walls that I have built which told me I didn't have the skill set or the background to step into a different career.

And, at the deepest level, I notice feelings of ambition that drive me to expand on what I'm doing currently.  Of course, I've set the stage so that, if I'm not the perfect fit, the programs in place can be transitioned to someone else.

In the meantime, my strategy is to keep pushing forward as if I am the Director of Marketing for the firm.  In doing so, I am discovering an internal joy that has me feeling as if I am exactly where I should be in the work I'm doing.  

I know that every situation in our lives is leading and directing us to create a life where we thrive.  And I trust in this feeling of being right where I should be because I am the only one who knows my truth.  It's in something as simple as starting right where we are that reveals our unique and perfect place in the Universe.

So, where are YOU making changes in your life because it just feels right?  

Today, I set the intention to remember that I am the creator of my life, trusting in my inner wisdom to guide and direct my actions, making space for my true talents and livelihood to be revealed.

"We are called, each of us, to discover our inner splendor and to express it fully in our lives.  
Every event in life is a call for something within to come forth into expression."  

"Do not compare, do not measure.  No other way is like yours.  
All other ways deceive and tempt you.  You must fulfill the way that is in you." 

Affirmative Prayer:
There is a joy in this moment that reveals the presence of the Eternal Spirit.  It is a feeling of grace, infinite and generous.  It is an Infinite Intelligence that is pure and whole, beautiful and wondrous.

This feeling of beauty and wonder reaches out and reminds me that I am one with this Infinite Intelligence.   I am the compassion and creativity that expresses in amazing ways.  I am energized and moved forward by a Source that knows only good and right and perfect for my life.

Diving deeper into this moment, a feeling of sweet happiness runs through me.  I celebrate the revealing of my unique gifts and talents, knowing that I have the skills needed to move into a new and amazing career.  Each day is filled with opportunity and success as life flows through me into perfect expression.  I am compensated well for my work and embrace the prosperity and abundance that comes from doing work that brings me joy.  I let go of any struggle and I accept where I am now as my right and perfect place.

I am filled with gratitude for the light that shines and guides my choices.  I am created to thrive and am thankful for the experiences in life that reveal that reality.  And I give thanks for the possibility of perfect work that is uncovered by taking one small step at a time.

Surrendering to the Allness of Life, I release this prayer to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  Life is filled with purpose and dreams.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of LUZ-2011/Flickr

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Jealousy.  For me, it's a feeling like the green-eyed monster has sucker-punched me in the gut.  And - that's what I'm experiencing right now.

What I can't figure out is where this jealousy is coming from.  What I do know is that I have felt less than successful in my work life.  Currently, I'm working part-time handling marketing for a small business.  The business is doing well and is continuing to expand.  I'm longing to be part of the expansion and contribute to its growing success.

What I also know is that my boss is looking for someone to take over a piece of marketing that I thought was an area I could handle.  To be fair, it's a new marketing skill and I would have a learning curve, however, I was ready to find a good mentor and cultivate my weak areas.

I had embraced this new position and ideas were running through my head, just waiting for the go-ahead.  Then, today, the search for the 'someone else' was moved up and I likely have 6-months until my role is reduced.

As I look at it, I believe I might be jealous of this new person who is not even a reality yet.  So, what do I do with that?  Is this somehow a sacred learning moment that I'm totally missing?

When I ask this question of the Universe, the answer that springs from within is to use this to create my own version of becoming a success in marketing.  That might be in my current role with my current boss or that might lead me to something completely new.

So, I feel mad.  And, I feel confused.  But, most of all, a feeling of uncertainty overtakes me.

Is this really the direction I want to take my career?

Is this something I can be great at?

What am I going to have to sacrifice to follow this path?

At this point - in the uncertainty - it seems I am being called to trust the process.  To sit and imagine and dream what success in this role would look like.  To take action steps and embrace the journey.  To be okay with the fear of failure and remain open to receiving guidance from Life.

And, in this moment of small revelations, I place my faith in the knowing that Life wants me to be successful.  So, I gather my courage and decide that I'm willing....

So, what area of YOUR life are you feeling uncertain or jealous or fearful?  And how can you use that to create something even better than you can imagine?

Today, I set the intention to acknowledge the feeling of jealousy and use it to help me create my own version of a successful life.

"Fear is the insidious belief that there is something that God cannot do or 
does not know.  Fear not!  No matter what you are experiencing, you
 cannot lose because help is on the way." 
~Iyanla Vanzant

"Listen - are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?"  
~Mary Oliver

Affirmative prayer:
Turning within, there is the recognition of Spirit at the center of all that is.  It is joy and peace in the stillness of this moment.  It is the Infinite Presence of Source that is everywhere, always, just as the sun rises and sets each day; a Presence that is guiding, guarding, protecting and directing.

I am one with this Infinite Presence that I call God.  There is nothing I experience that is not touched by the rays of peace and joy as they surround me, moving through me and as me.

Staying in the stillness and the pure feeling of love, I release any heaviness in my heart, any confusion and need to figure things out.  Instead, I welcome the strength that reminds me that success is my Divine birthright.  I say Yes! to success and affirm that the greatest version of me is still to come.  And in this knowing, happiness exudes from me as I allow myself to receive only the best Life is offering.

I give thanks for the Infinite Wisdom that shows me my good, each and every day.  I say Thank You, Spirit, as I share my gifts and talents and see the blessings flowing as effortlessly as water flows to the stream.  And I am grateful that I can follow my heart and see that my journey here is beautiful.

Rejoicing in these blessings, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  My good is right here, right now.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Kris Williams/Flickr

Friday, November 28, 2014

Have a Beautiful Weekend

Since a theme of gratitude seems to weave it's way through every TED talk I've enjoyed, I decided to share a few of my favorites this weekend.  I spent time this week reflecting on everything I am grateful for and it was beautiful and humbling to see my list.  I hope you all have many things to be grateful for, and if you have only one or two things on your list, know that it is enough to start there.  Have a great weekend...

"In a piece of music, it's the pause or the rest that gives the piece its beauty and its shape." ~Pico Iyer

"Love is in us. It's deeply embedded in the brain. Our challenge is to understand each other." ~Helen Fisher

"It's unbelievably important for us to really test our listening skills, to use our bodies as a resonating chamber." ~Wade Davis

"People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny box with a very specific label." ~Rosie King

"Why 'follow your passion' can be terrible career advice." ~Mike Rowe

"Hard choices are precious opportunities for us to become the distinctive people that we are." ~Margaret Heffernan

Photo courtesy of Luz Adriana Villa/Flickr

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

You Got What You Wanted....Don't Panic

At the beginning of this year, I chose four affirmations I wanted to focus on and started writing them down daily to invoke the feeling of having them.  As I wrote them again today, I realized that one of them has manifested.

I now have the financial means and freedom to travel to beautiful resorts six weeks out of the year.

What I've discovered today is that perhaps six weeks out of the year is too much for me.  Kevin and I just returned from staying for a week at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans and this Friday, we leave again - this time to stay in Palm Desert at another very nice resort.

I mention this because it started with a simple, small intention.  I love travel and figured six weeks a year was perfect.  And, I really enjoy staying at a resort where everything you need is at hand and you get that wonderful, pampered feeling.

But - I love my home too.  And I miss my dog when I'm gone, worrying about his care even though he's with my daughter and an awesome dog walker.

I believe this is very likely the dilemma for a lot of us.  As we use the creative process, knowing that our thoughts and feelings and words are directing our life, we sometimes create things that aren't quite as on the mark as we thought.  We got what we wanted - or at least, what we THOUGHT we wanted.

That's especially true for me with my ambitious nature and readiness to go 'all in' on the things I enjoy.  What shows up, then, is that my intentions have gotten ahead of me and my imagination has me moving through experience after experience after experience with no time to savor the simpler, beautiful things I have created.

So, as the year-end gets closer, I'm re-evaluating my affirmations and declarations.  I still want the experience of traveling, however, I think five times per year would be plenty enough.  And, it might be fun to mix it up.  I love resort-style getaways but I'm open to trying some luxe camping or bed & breakfasts where you meet the innkeeper and enjoy the company of others.

Above all, I'm celebrating the fact that I see the evidence of my imagination come to life.  I have co-created, with the Universe, a life that is in alignment with my desires.   Now, I can expand on that, checking in with my soul and deciding if I need to pull in the reigns OR affirm something even bigger than what I have been declaring.

Of course, that's after Palm Desert AND Cabo San Lucas AND Ireland AND Germany....  :-)

So, where are YOU seeing evidence in your life of what your thoughts have created?  And, are they still in alignment with what you desire?

Today, I set the intention to rethink my affirmations, choosing words and thoughts that are in alignment with what I now desire, and based on what I have created previously.

"You who breathe mindfully, you know that you're alive, that life is a miracle, 
that you're living that miracle in the here and now."  
~Thich Nhat Hanh

"There is something within us that can lead us and direct us if we will but let it...
it is in the integrity of our own mind, in the silence of our own solitude, 
in the immediate presence of that Divine Being inhabiting us and the Universe."  
~Ernest Holmes

Affirmative Prayer:
Immersing myself in Life, I see clearly that Divine Spirit is everywhere present, infinite and unbound.  It is love and joy, empowering and healing, perfect and whole and complete.

In the greatness of this knowing, I am supported always by the indwelling presence of Divine Spirit.  My life is impacted in big and powerful ways as the thought of Oneness with Source becomes so very clear.  The reality is that I can never be separate from the good of Life which is always available in every moment of the day.

Despite the churning of the waves of the ocean, there is a calmness in simply going with flow, wherever it leads.  As I go with the flow of Life, I claim joy despite outer circumstances.  I co-create with Spirit through my feelings and I am at choice as the evidence of my thoughts become manifest.  I celebrate that I can always make a new choice, living from my heart's desire and my soul's calling.  I am guided into so much good, I accept the powerful possibilities available to me.  There is a magnificence that calls my name and I simply open my arms and welcome it home.

Cultivating my magnificence, I give thanks that life is so good as I simply live it the best I know how.  I am grateful that joy is at the center of my being as I choose thoughts and feelings that reveal good health, beautiful relationships and solid finances.  I focus on gratitude and my life is transformed.  Thank you, Spirit, for the daily reminders of how deeply I am loved.

From this place of greater awareness, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  I celebrate my Oneness with Spirit.  I open my heart.  I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Tipton/Flickr

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Have A Beautiful Weekend

Kevin and I are back from New Orleans and our weekend will be spent doing laundry, restocking the fridge and a few other neglected chores.  On the other hand, it will be perfect to catch up on The Blacklist and How To Get Away With Murder in between running errands.  What are you up to this weekend?  Hope it's fun....and warm!  And, here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web....

Lose your fear; it's never too late

Are you giving your attention to empty vessels?

How he decided to move to Las Vegas in 12 hours

Why positive thinking sucks

Now is the time to express your passion

3 body language adjustments that will change your life

Letting go of guilt about what you "should" be doing

I always need to be reminded of this

30 things you had no idea you needed

You want me to what?

Hate to admit it but it's true

I had a chance to listen to Michael Beckwith's radio show today.  His guest was Mark Nepo and I've forgotten how much I enjoy what he writes.  My favorite from the show?  "We are challenged to have the courage to ask for what we need, only to practice what we are given." ~Mark Nepo.  Enjoy your weekend!

Photo courtesy of Charles Roffey/Flickr

Friday, November 21, 2014

Making Progress In Parenting

I can remember my fear at being a new parent very clearly.  At the time, I was sure I was dealing with issues that no other parent had dealt with before.  Of course, I learned that wasn't true.

I was also convinced that I was raising my children to be more creative, more original, more intelligent than I was and perhaps, even than their peers.  I soon found out how impossible - and exhausting - that would be.

As a parent, I think THAT is our nature - to want more for our children AND to believe we can provide that space for greatness to emerge.  What became clear as I grew as a parent is that, while I want the best for my children, they have their own path to follow.

My real job, then, as a parent, was to affirm the very best version of THEM be revealed as they grew. So, as I had conversations with my kids, I used words that encouraged possibilities versus limitations.  I spoke about their originality versus simply fitting in.

What emerged from my own progress as a parent was a discovery of my children's unique gifts and talents.  They learned to move through fear and to take risks that helped them grow in their abilities.  They grew in self-respect, generous with their time and making choices that were empowering.

My children know that they matter, not just to Kevin and I, but that they matter here in this life.  And as they move through the challenges that come their way, they see the lessons and move courageously through the issues.

I am unique as a parent, building on the parenting I learned from others who have done it before.  My children are unique and will build on what they have learned from others.  And they will take their knowledge forward with an awareness that, while greatness may or may not be part of their journey, being who THEY are meant to be is really the path forward to happiness and fulfillment.

So, as a parent, are you letting your children travel their own path, supporting them with words of encouragement?

Today, I set the intention to remember that we are each here on our personal journey, even our children, and it is our job to guide and encourage others with words that allow for growth into the unique self.

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." 

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." 

Affirmative Prayer:
Turning within and listening to the still small voice, there is a knowing that Spirit is all there is.  It is a Divine Intelligence that awakens the feelings of endless joy and eternal happiness.  It is a Creative Wisdom that transforms and transcends.

Aligning with this knowing, I see clearly that I am one with Divine Intelligence.  I am endless joy and eternal happiness, on a journey of revelation and discovery.  My heart is open as Source expresses as me and through me, strong and powerful in each step I take.

As I grow in Life, I have compassion for the sometimes messy journey I am on as a parent.  I have faith that I am guided to make choices that allow my children to grow in loving and supportive ways.  I affirm that there is a passion within that lights my path in the perfect and right direction, knowing the same is true for my children.  I remember that I am doing the best I can with what I know as a parent and I listen for Divine Wisdom to show me how I can be even better at raising my children.  It's wonderful to see the transformation in all of our lives as I meet the gift of parenthood with trust, letting go of the fear of 'doing it wrong'.

I am filled with gratitude that Spirit is active within me, showing me the truth of who I am and who my children are.  I am thankful that I can let them be exactly who they are, knowing that they are guided in right and perfect ways.  And I am grateful that with every cloud in life, the sun is sure to shine and light the lessons that take each person to the next level.

From this place of thanksgiving and grace, I release my word to the Divine action of the law, knowing it is already done.  Life is wonderful.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Lotus Carroll/Flickr

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Have An Awesome Weekend

It's a busy weekend for us.  First, we're hosting Kevin's family for an early Thanksgiving dinner (plus the birthdays thrown in).  Then, we're off to New Orleans on Sunday for a few days of work and fun.  It's my first time in the French Quarter and I'm excited to take everything in.  Hope you enjoy your weekend and here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web....

What's your purpose today?

Spiritual economics - training the mental muscle (podcast)

Two rules of giving

When peace goes away, it doesn't make a sound

How to make every day count

A reason to forgive your parents (and how to soften your anger)

Seeing the good (TED talk)

When resistance smacks you in the face

What to do when your prayer goes unanswered

6 ways to minimize moving day stress

Unlock your creativity

Enjoy your weekend and remember: "Nothing remains as it was.  If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting."  ~Judith Minty

Photo courtesy of Andy/Flickr

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Expectations For Prayer

Prayer is an opportunity to make a conscious choice about how you want your life to look.  It's a chance to put your dreams out there to the Universe and let it conspire to help make it happen.

So, what if you're praying for something you want badly and it just doesn't seem to show up in your life?  For me, I went through a period in time where I struggled financially and it seemed my prayers were always about money.

I could see myself living a financially free life.

I affirmed my prosperity and abundance daily.

I gave thanks for my overflowing bank account.

And yet, I still lived paycheck to paycheck, some months worrying if I would make it until the next pay period.  I needed money and was certain the Law of Attraction, via prayer, was going to start showering down all the money I could ever desire any minute.

Prior to this latest 'need' for money, I had no problem being in the flow of abundance.  I had a great job and, with a little hard work, was able to travel and go shopping and eat out as well as the Joneses.
Still, there would eventually come a time when it seemed the money just stopped coming in as easily as it had before.  Looking back, I had somehow fallen into this cycle of earning and spending it as fast as I could earn it.

I believe that's where the Universe finally said, "Enough!"

I believe we are meant to be good stewards of the gifts we are given, financial and otherwise.  When we move away from that, there is a correction from Life that is a reminder to get back on track.  In my case, the reminder was increasing and significant struggle financially every time I fell into the black hole of debt.

The good news: I DID attract someone into my life that has a beautiful nature with money and finances.  He realizes the importance of circulation and giving and saving - all the skills of a good steward.  Once that became clear and I was able to turn money management over to him, my financial life turned around very quickly.

It's allowed me to share my unique gifts from a solid financial platform and now, when I pray for abundance and prosperity, I can simply release it with gratitude, let it go completely, and trust that it will show up.

I have a budget that more than fits my needs.  I still get to travel and shop and eat out.  But the best part?  I have financial confidence in giving again, knowing it will come back to me in right and perfect ways.

I am worthy and deserving of financial abundance.  And I am conscious of the power of being a good steward of that abundance.

Above all, I have faith that my prayers are always answered.  Not in the way I may picture at the time but in a way that brings me around to my desires in a much better way in the long run.  That is something I choose never to forget.

So, where in YOUR life does it seem your prayers are going unanswered?  Is there a lesson to be learned from the unanswered prayer? 

Today, I set the intention to see the gift in seeming unanswered prayer, to learn the lesson and to look for evidence that I'm heading in the right direction.

"Everything is a choice.  This is life's greatest truth and its hardest lesson.  It is a great 
truth because it reminds us of our power.  Not power over others, but the power to be
 ourselves and to live the life we have imagined.  It is a hard lesson because it causes 
us to realize that we have chosen the life we are living right now."  

"You're never too old, it's never too late, and the mistake is never too big.  
Your destiny is bigger than your mistakes." 

Affirmative Prayer:
Turning within, there is a divine and radiant center of Life, an internal light that glows brightly in every moment.  It is a wholeness and harmony that is beauty and courage and grace.  This wholeness and harmony moves through me as Divine Spirit, expanding and experiencing as me as I enter into the fullness of my journey here.

Stepping into this new day with a sense of adventure, I declare that magnificent good is right where I am now.  I affirm that I am worthy and deserving of financial abundance and that as I receive my good, I make wise and beautiful choices in my giving.  Knowing I am always enough, even in the simple things I do, I say a prayer that my desires and dreams are realized in joyous ways.  If there is a lesson to be learned, I get the lesson easily and get on with life.  I welcome the presence of Spirit that guides my prayer from thought to manifestation and I only need to let go and let God.

Remaining open to possibility, I am grateful for answered prayer that unfolds in perfect, Divine timing.  I give thanks that as I relax into the flow of abundance, prosperity is revealed effortlessly.  I am filled with gratitude for my new confidence in being a good steward of my abundance, knowing it is wisely shared from a place of love.

With an open heart, I release this prayer to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  My good is already flowing.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of My Tom Hai Trung/Flickr

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Have A Wonderful Weekend

This weekend, we're going to a Nadine Risha concert.  She has an amazing voice and I've heard her back-up band adds a nice touch to her performance.  I'm also planning to make a big batch of fudge brownies with walnuts.  I've been craving brownies for about a week and I figure it's time to indulge a little.  What are you up to?  Hope it's a little indulgent too :-)  Have a great one and here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web....

What habits are best for creativity?

Don't let your past keep you from your future

Stop comparing yourself to others and find your sweet spot

Great quote about conscious living

Turns out dogs love boxes too

If you don't ask, you don't get

The desire to tinker makes us feel like we're fulfilling our purpose

And here's a quote from one of my favorite authors, J.K. Rowling (if you haven't read her new books under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, you should check them out). "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all; in which case you fail by default."  Enjoy your weekend!

Photo courtesy of Neon Tommy/Flickr

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Universal Flow Of Giving

Money - easy come, easy go.  That's the perception I've lived with for a long time.  Recently, I've noticed because of that perception, I tend to keep score with my generosity.

And while I'm keeping score and sometimes hoarding my money or making judgement calls about who I feel safe being generous with, I can feel my bank account shrinking.  It all comes back to the Universal Law of giving - the tighter I hold onto money (or love or a job) the more I struggle with bringing money (or love or a job) into my life.

On the other hand, when I remember that there is more than enough financial abundance to go around and give from that place, I tend to receive back MORE than I originally gave.  Not surprisingly, it comes back to me - usually - from a different source, NOT from the person that I gave to in the first place (which has been another misperception on my part.)

There is a flow to giving and receiving.  It's an acceptance and trust that something bigger than me is at play here.  I am financially okay and I will continue to be financially okay.  Thinking anything else is defeating and self-fulfilling.

So, where in YOUR life are you keeping score?

Today, I set the intention to remain open to the universal flow of giving, knowing there is always more than enough prosperity and abundance to go around.

"You have not lived today until you have done something 
for someone who can never repay you."   

"The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.  
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own."  

Affirmative Prayer:
Being fully present in the silence of this moment, there is the sense of one Divine Intelligence, one Creative Wisdom.  It is in the power of a song that touches the heart and in the gentle rain that falls on the fields of flowers; sustaining, nurturing, strengthening.

This Creative Force that I call God knows me personally, expressing as me in every moment.  I am the song and the rain; sustaining, nurturing, strengthening.  Centering my consciousness in this knowing, there is a peaces that settles throughout and I allow Spirit to light my path forward.

Today, I choose to remember that I am a co-creator with Spirit.  I release any thoughts of anxiousness around money as I put the Universal Law of giving into action.  I let go of the belief that money goes as easily at it comes to me and instead, affirm that I am in the flow of an ever-increasing supply of abundance and prosperity. Goodness and prosperity pour themselves down on me all the time and I, in turn, pour my prosperity down over others I meet.  I welcome the transformation in my life from living this Law of Reciprocity.  It is powerful and exciting to know that my dreams of living from the overflow are being made manifest, right here and right now.

I am so grateful for the changes in my life around finances as I watch them multiply into more than enough.  I am thankful for my awareness of something bigger than me that tells me every day, life is wonderful.  Thank you, Spirit, for Your fullness of expression as me and through me.

Feeling renewed, I simply release this prayer to the Divine Action of the Law which activates my word into fulfillment.  My life is filled with peace and joy and happiness.  And I let it be so.  And so it is!

Photo courtesy of Chris Gin/Flickr

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Why Good Leaders Are Well-Equipped For The Good Of Others

I am a great worker bee most of the time.  If there is a list of things to be done, and some structure around how to do them, I can easily get through the tasks pretty efficiently.  I also have the strength and energy to take on the tough tasks that no one else wants.

But - there is a calling within my heart to be more than just a worker bee.  I have a desire to become a a leader.  My challenge is that my 'leadership' role models have been somewhat brutal when it comes to managing a group of individuals.  And, I've carried around the belief that to be an effective leader, I also have to be brutal.

I have to raise my voice when things don't go quite right.

I have to slam doors and critique people in front of their peers.

I have to constantly watch the clock and call people out when they're a minute or two late.

At least, that's what I used to think.  I've NOW learned that the really strong leaders can lead in effective and supportive ways.

I believe that's the case because those same leaders want for their team, the good they seek for themselves.  They get it that people are ready to work hard when they are valued rather than scoffed at.

Those leaders take into account what the individual has done rather than discipline them based on a single error when they make a mistake.

Those leaders look at all that the individual knows rather than belittle them because they lack one small skill.

Those leaders encourage the individual's goals for their life rather than tell them their big, fat, hairy dream is unrealistic.

I no longer have to shy away from leadership roles.  I can be a different kind of leader from the stories I've been programmed with.

I can follow my heart and assert my authority so that everyone on the team, myself included, is well-equipped for the good we all desire.

So, where are YOU struggling to chase your dreams?  Where are you fearful of asserting your authority?

Today, I set the intention to know that it's safe to assert my authority, realizing that the good I want for myself is also the good I want for others.

"Life wants to come into form through you.  You didn't come here to get - 
you came to this world to contribute your gift.  Doing what you love makes you come alive.  
The more alive you feel, the more present you are.  The more present you are, the more
available you are to the creative connection to the Infinite."  
~Christian Sorenson

"That which holds our attention determines our action."  
~William James

Affirmative prayer:
Savoring the magnificence of life, there is the recognition of One Creative Power.  It is the tranquility found in a calm sea and the vibrancy found in the strains of a symphony.  Empowering and at the same time gentle, this Divine Wisdom flows freely around all that is.  It flows through me and around me reminding me that the One Creative Power resides within me.

I embrace this gift from Spirit; the knowing that I am a co-creator with Source.  What I think creates a feeling and as I make a declaration from that feeling, it comes forth in beautiful and amazing ways.  Like a field of sunflowers that follow the sunlight, my ideas and dreams follow a Divine light that calls out for expression.  I welcome the abundant possibilities for my life as a leader.  As I take the steps forward into guiding and directing a team, the perfect and right team-mates are guided toward me.  We work together in ways that support everyone's good, allowing Spirit to lead us to a life even better than we can imagine.  The way is made clear and the progress and breakthroughs into success and prosperity are evident each and every day.  Life is so good as we each contribute our gifts and talents together.

I am filled with gratitude for the connection with Spirit that makes all things possible.  I give thanks for the greatness being revealed in my life and I am grateful and available to the abundance and the joy that are on their way to me right now.

From this place of gratitude, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  I sit in expectancy of the good that is becoming a physical reality.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Lauren Rushing/Flickr

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Have A Great Post-Halloween Weekend

I hope everyone survived Halloween trick or treating last night.  We ended up going out to dinner with friends and all of the restaurant employees were dressed up.  There were some amazing costumes and it sure created a fun atmosphere.  Hope you have a good weekend and here are a few fun and inspiring posts from around the web....

Living healthy doesn't have to feel like a day to day strain

Don't call people out, call people forth

Kick your comfort zone in the teeth and create lasting change

Grab the tissues for this story

What are the flowers for?

Why we're more afraid of sharks than car accidents

Take the high road to happiness

We live lifetimes in our lifetime

Caring for yourself while caring for aging parents

10 personal growth habits

And here's something wonderful to remember this weekend from Marianne Williamson: "The opportunities for infinite possibility exist no matter what age we are."  Enjoy yourself!

Photo courtesy of George/Flickr

Friday, October 31, 2014

But That's Just The Way I Am

Yep, I've said it about myself and I've heard many others say it as well.

"I was born in Brooklyn so when I'm blunt, that's just the way I am."

"I learned to drive on the East Coast where we drive crazy & fast; that's just the way I am."

"We never had money growing up so I hate giving things away; that's just the way I am."

We all have programming that has been drilled into us since we were born.  It shapes who we are and our responses in any situation in life.  What's interesting is how reluctant we are to change that programming.

It almost seems that we would rather be bitter and resentful and blame things on our past life, then throw out that lame old excuse - 'but that's just the way I am'.

What I'm learning to see is that my old programming is much easier to change when I take it in small steps.  So, if I keep sacrificing my time and things I'd like to do when others call on me at the last minute, it's NOT because that's the way I am.

It's because I have made a choice, in that moment, to make the other person a priority.  And, sometimes that's okay.  But not always...

The first small step to changing that behavior?  Simply notice that it's something I tend to do on a regular basis.

Once I've noticed it's become a habit for me to put myself last, my next small step is to re-script my response and start to make myself a priority in those situations.  If it doesn't speak to my heart, then I've decided it's not selfish for me to explain that I am no longer available.

My next small step after that?  To repeat that process until it becomes a new habit that is more about my new choices versus old programming.  And - every time I make the decision to change what no longer serves me, I create a space where I can avoid a larger meltdown later.

No sacrifice.  No resentment.  No bitterness.  Only a choice about what I do in this moment based on the way I want to be.

So, where in your life are you resistant to change?  Where are you blaming old programming for the way things are?

Today, I set the intention to create new habits that are healthy and loving, allowing me to be more generous with others because I am generous with myself.

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who 
cannot change their minds, cannot change."  

"Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it.  
If we're frantic, life will be frantic.  If we're peaceful, life will be peaceful. 
And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace."  

Affirmative Prayer:
Turning within, there is the recognition of a Divine Presence.  There is a feeling and a sensing of Spirit, of Source Energy.  It is peace and grace, joy and harmony, perfect health and wholeness.

I sit in awe and wonder that this Divine Presence that I call God is everywhere present.  It is light and lightness, living and breathing in me and through me in every moment.  I savor this truth that I am here by Divine appointment at this time and in this place.

Each day, I am filled with enthusiasm realizing that I am supported and guided by a Source that wants my highest and best.  Trusting in this, I let go any old programming that no longer serves me and I welcome the potential to create new habits.  I declare that the awareness of what I am passionate about is what I can choose to create in my life.  I say Yes! to more satisfying experiences and know that I am not selfish when I make that declaration.  There are greater possibilities for vibrant health, for loving relationships, for opulent living and I am free to explore each and all of those as I am called.

I am filled with gratitude for the awareness that I can change my belief system to create a new life.  I give great thanks that this new life is abundant and prosperous, flowing easily and effortlessly every single day.  And I am grateful for my perfect health and beautiful relationships that are richer and fuller and grace-filled, simply because of my shift in consciousness.

Embracing the best in everything, I release this prayer to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  I anchor to the truth of Spirit within me.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Gioia de Antoniis/Flickr

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Relationships As Mirrors

Relationships are great mirrors, reflecting back who we truly are.  And, for some reason, I seem to attract friends whose lives are filled with drama.  So, I have to question why I get so close to a dramatic person in the first place?  What is it that attracts me?  Am I that filled with drama?

I never notice any drama as I first get to know someone and start spending time with them.  I suppose I'm more focused on the things we have in common and the fun I have with someone who sees things from a different perspective.

After a while though, it seems that those similar qualities we share cause me to almost compete as the new friendship develops.

They mention they know someone whose charismatic and fairly high up in an organization and I start to shamelessly name-drop.

They talk about a favorite trip to some absolutely stunning place and I rattle off the places I've been fortunate to visit.

And, after about 6 months or so, our friendship has reached a place where they are having a major life crisis; a love relationship break-down that is never their fault and we have to re-hash every horrible thing their lover has done OR a financial catastrophe where it is over the top suffering and crying and wailing with very little constructive talk happening OR calls and texts at all hours and if I don't respond right away, I'm the bad person and must not like them anymore.

It can be such a complete switch in our relationship, going from ME trying to one-up THEM to THEM having one crisis after another.   So, if relationships are a mirror, does my trying to compete reveal the internal drama I need to resolve?  Is it a peek into my relationship with myself?

Doing some soul-searching, I can see that my push to compete comes from me needing to feel worthy enough of this friendship.  And, from this consciousness of unworthiness, it seems I am attracting drama, attracting people who feel even more unworthy than me and who express it in very vocal and visible ways.

It's a fascinating insight and shows me what I believe subconsciously as far as my relationship with myself.  I believe that I love myself but maybe I need to FEEL it more.  I believe that I trust myself but maybe I need to FEEL it more.  Feelings seem trump everything.

This is my opportunity to do the work.  I can do better at loving myself.  And, from there, I can attract more loving relationships; true friendships that are less about drama and more about connecting, soul to soul.

So, what do YOU see in the mirror when you look at your relationships?

Today, I set the intention to nurture and support and be honest with myself, knowing that as I feel love for myself, that love is reflected back to me in my relationships.

"It is nice to have money when you need it, nice to be free from pain, but it is more
 wonderful to have no fear and no uncertainty and have confidence in the 
Universe and love for each other and a depth of feeling that will not be disturbed."  

"We are the means by which the earth becomes heaven."  

Affirmative Prayer:
There is a brilliance in this moment; a vibrancy that can only be Spirit, delighting in life - spectacular, amazing, jubilant.  This Divine Presence that delights in life also delights in me;  expressing as me, working through me, opening windows and doors that allow my light to shine brightly and beautifully.

Opening up to the Power of Grace, I surrender and let my life flow with ease.  I am willing to see the best in myself and let that be reflected back to me in all of my relationships.  I keep an open mind  and an open heart, having patience and compassion through the process of mastering my life.  I am in control of what I choose to feel and I choose to see that life is so good.  Love points the way and I live from the knowing that I am free to let go of competing and to cooperate so that my highest and best is revealed.  My days are transformed as I see that through all situations and circumstances, I can delight in the evolution of my soul.

Welcoming the joy and happiness that are my divine birthright, I am filled with gratitude as I see the best in everyone.  I am thankful that I am guided and protected as I make new choices in friends based on the new choices within me.  And I am grateful that the lightness in my heart allows me to unconditionally accept myself as I nurture my growth and transformation.

From a deep place of peace, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is done and made manifest in perfect ways.  My life overflows with good.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Justin Kern/Flickr

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Better Way To Forgive

I am always at choice as to how I respond to someone else's behavior.  And - I can believe that I have even drawn some people into my life for an experience that will require forgiveness.

But, sometimes, while I do know that forgiveness, in the long run, is really for me, I still am challenged by the rituals required to look past a hurt or grievance that was done to me.  

Maybe the problem is that I am pushed and prodded toward forgiveness practices as the ONLY way to heal my soul.  Do I need to work at forgiveness?  Do I need to practice it regularly?

Instead, why can't I just let it go?  

When I am offended by someone's hurtful comments, do I need to work at seeing them as a perfect reflection of Spirit?   Or can I just release it?

When I have been insulted and belittled, do I need to practice praying for their highest and best, knowing they are doing the best they can?  Or can I simply let it go?

When I have been disappointed in the outcome at work or in a relationship, do I need to silently wish them well, knowing they have no idea they hurt my feelings?  Or can I just let it be?

Perhaps, it's ME who can go beyond the limits of my conditioning, entrenched in the race consciousness that forgiveness work is the ONLY way to be set free.   I have learned the lesson that it does me no good to hold onto anger.  So I let it go.

I realize that my vulnerability, in some cases, opens me up to possible hurtful experiences.  And so, I can let it go.

I am not compelled toward lengthy forgiveness practices, though there are times when the ritual of it does let me see things differently.  But - I'm not stuck there.   I acknowledge the hurt.  And I let it go.  No demands.  No judgements.

So, what are YOUR thoughts?  Do you need forgiveness rituals or can you just let it go?

Today, I set the intention to remember that I am always at choice when I am feeling hurt or betrayed,  and to simply let it go.

"It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including
 the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed."  

"The truth is more important than the facts."  

Affirmative Prayer:
In the serenity of this moment, there is an awareness of the One Divine Wisdom.   It whispers through the tress and sings as sweetly as the birds; a beautiful melody of love, of peace, and of grace.  This Divine Wisdom is also within me, guiding me through life as It expresses as me with each breath that I take.  And I am awake to the Presence of Spirit that renews my soul and nourishes my heart.  I am joy and happiness.  I am prosperity and abundance.

Listening to the inner voice, I turn toward forgiveness and welcome the ease with which I can let things go.  I do not need to know why or how or what the reason for the hurt and heartache are.  I remember that feelings of anger do not serve me and I release them with a knowing that I am always loved.  Just as the sun rises each morning, so to does Spirit tell me that I am the beloved, filled with grace. I welcome the wisdom of the Divine that shows me the way forward in every moment.  And I accept my destiny of good, trusting that the highest and best available is seeking me just as I seek it.

I am so grateful for the wisdom of the Divine that allows me to simply flow with each experience.  I am thankful that in letting go of hurt or anger, my heart is renewed and perfect.  And I am filled with gratitude for the unconditional acceptance of exactly who I am, a spiritual being having a human experience.

Seeing the best in Life, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done and made manifest in amazing ways.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How To Collaborate With Life

"We should know that the consciousness of good acts as a law of right action.  A consciousness of good, as it increases, always produces new and better circumstances in one's environment." Ernest Holmes, How to Use the Science of Mind.

That advice seems counter to the work harder, better, faster, stronger notion.  Set ambitious goals.  Get more done in less time.  Keep pushing forward.  Don't quit.  If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.

So, do we only need to have a consciousness of good in order to achieve our desires?  Or must we work hard and struggle to be successful?

For me, I think the point is to let go of our human limitations and align with Life rather than blast our way through it alone.  Because, even though we are working harder, we limit what we think is possible.  Even though we hope there is something better, we tell ourselves that this is as good as it gets.

What if we opened up to possibilities better that we can even imagine and then enjoyed the journey?  It doesn't mean I slow my stride, necessarily, but that I turn this into a collaboration with the Universe.

I know that good and more good is mine.  I know that ever-increasing good is mine.  I remind myself of that every single morning.  And as that becomes habit, Life matches my thoughts and feelings, showing me that there are endless opportunities to manifest that which I desire.  

Life tells me 'Congratulations, something wonderful is happening to you and through you.'  And that is becoming all the encouragement I need to take a bow, accept my good, and say 'Thank you, Life.'

So, where are YOU fighting against the flow of the Universe?  Are you afraid to let your life be easy? 

Today, I set the intention to let my life unfold with perfect ease and grace, every day holding a consciousness of success and prosperity.

"It is possible for anyone to change the trend of his life not by hearing or
 reading truth, but by making it an active part of consciousness in daily 
experience until it becomes a habit, every moment of the day, 
instead of an occasional thought."  

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, 
everything would be seen as it is, infinite."  

Affirmative Prayer:
Taking a deep breath and entering into this moment, there is no power but that of Divine Intelligence.  A living Spirit that is spectacular, brilliant, absolute.  And in every moment, Spirit is with me, reminding me of the truth of who I am; perfect, beautiful, powerful, courageous - existing for the self-expression of the One Perfect Life.

In this truth of who I am, any burden or struggle simply melts away and I am free to build up my consciousness of prosperity and abundance.  Embracing my journey, I welcome a newness and freshness of successful thoughts and feelings.  I have no doubt that my life is a celebration and I see the hand of Spirit showing me that I am fully supported in every area of my life.  The goodness of life bursts through the doors and windows, showering me with blessings and miracles every day and every night.  And I allow the possibilities of unlimited opportunities for greatness to be revealed in my life.

Smiling with joy, I give great thanks for the blessings and miracles that show me all that I ever need is right here, right now.  I am so grateful for the all-good of God.  Thank you, Spirit, for this wonderful revelation.

Breathing in again, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  The outcome is perfect and assured.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Juan Ramon Martos/Flickr

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Have An Amazing Weekend

As I've been walking and driving around town, I've noticed some pretty elaborate decorations for Halloween.  It's inspired me to get into the festivities a little bit so I'm off to do some shopping and then spread a few cobwebs, spiders, jack-o-lanterns and ghouls around our house.  What are you doing this weekend?   I hope it's an amazing weekend and here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web....

A strategy to avoid stress

Want to be happy?  Buy experiences, not things

It's not too late to change bad habits

7 ways to increase your mental energy right now

Turbo the Chihuahua finally meets the man who 3D printed his wheelchair

12 ways to know if you are too passive aggressive 

Made me smile!

How to show empathy: 4 habits of highly empathic people

4 key ways to dismantle your limiting beliefs

Creation, Reflection, Progress and Courage

Confronting our 10 worst fears

Do you hide from the spotlight?

This weekend, I'm also setting the intention to align with Life rather than try to simply affirm what I like or deny what I don't like.   To that end, Ernest Holmes has the perfection affirmation: "I am keeping my whole mind and thought and expectation open to new experiences, to happier events, to a more complete self-expression."  Enjoy your weekend!

Photo courtesy of Kieran/Flickr

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sidestep Stressful Thinking

Some days, I let the grind of life really get to me.  And, while I would like to blame outside factors - my work, the errands I need to run, the laundry that needs to be done - it's really ME who's creating the stress in my day.

I tell myself the story that cleaning the house is boring so I'll do it later.  And, I determine that getting home to walk the dog is much more important than staying late to file away completed work.  And, I continue to eat out, blaming lack of time to get to the grocery store and stock up on healthy food.

Rather than look for the good in what I'm putting off, I ignore it or neglect it.  I can complain all that I want but, in the long run, it's only me who gets increasingly irritated as files overflow on my desk or as I put on weight due to calorie-heavy restaurant food.

I believe I have gotten lost in the "I can do it all myself" rabbit hole.  I worry that if I hire someone to clean the house, it will be too expensive.  I feel guilty if I pay someone else to walk the dog as if I'm neglecting him somehow.  Plus, is it really in my budget?

Good 'ol money worries.  So, I just do it all myself.

What I've forgotten is that the Universe is really about reciprocity.  I have found work that I enjoy and get paid pretty well for.

So, why shouldn't I pay our neighborhood friend to walk the dog, allowing him the same feeling of accomplishment I do about my work.

Or, why shouldn't I hire a house-cleaning service to come in twice a month, allowing them to earn an income.

The Universe is not just MY source for all things but everyone else's as well.  When I look at it from that perspective, and trust that as I create workability in my life, I am opening up possibilities for others as well, there is a shift that happens.

There is a bubbling up of faith that shows me how I have always been provided for, and I can let go of the thinking that I can't afford to pay someone else.

There is no lack in life.  I can truly let life be easy, with the promise that as I open to receive, I make space for others to give and be in service.

What the heck - maybe I'll stop and scoop up some flowers tonight to brighten up my home.  Who knows what impact that will have on my local florist and beyond.

So, where are you making life difficult for yourself?

Today, I set the intention to let go of my struggles and bring more joy into my life by realizing there is good for everyone when I don't try to do it all myself.

"Let us seek wholeness above all else."  
~Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new
 landscapes but in having new eyes." 

Affirmative Prayer:
Staring up into the afternoon sky, as the clouds drift gently and softly, there is the recognition of the One Divine Source.  It is the abundance of nature that blooms effortlessly and it is the spectacular colors of the evening sunset that reveal the beauty of the Infinite Intelligence that is Life.

This Allness of Life is the indwelling Spirit that feels what I feel and expresses as me in all that I do.  I am a brilliant masterpiece of Divine Love, open to receive the joy the Universe is showering down on me in every moment of the day.

Embracing this joy and happiness, I let go having to fight against life and surrender to the ease and grace that guides my steps.  I am directed to my highest and best potential each day, trusting that all of my needs are met.  It is so effortless for me to live a life of reciprocity, giving from my heart and receiving the abundance that is my Divine birthright.  I am fully supported by Spirit as I dig deep and know that I don't have to do it all myself.  My life is filled with peace and I simply live my life the best I know how in each moment, welcoming each new experience with open arms.

I am humbly and deeply grateful for the prosperity that flows to me as I give up stress and strife.  I am thankful that I sleep so well each night, in faith that I am working WITH the Universe and moving toward my good.  And I give great thanks that anything I need is provided for in beautiful and amazing ways.

From this sufficiency of grace, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  I am blessed in the bounty of love and life.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Edgar Barany/Flickr

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Have A Wonderful Weekend

We're in Phoenix this weekend for my mother-in-law's wedding.  She's 83 and still very spunky - including the pre-wedding jitters and stress.  I guess some things never go away.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are a few fun and inspiring links from around the web...

7 steps to reinventing yourself and reach your goals

Finding your acceptable level of discomfort

7 actionable steps to stop success from slipping through your fingers

3 lessons on creating trust

'Maximizer' or "Satisficer' - which are you?

Made me smile

The votes are in: the best places to be an expat

Why you should treat yourself as someone you love

And from the Tao Te Ching: "But it is not enough to simply clear the debris of the past.  We must plant what we love in the garden of our life."

Photo courtesy of thewomensmuseum/Flickr

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Taking Stock Of What's Going On

Today, I got a speeding ticket.  For me, it was probably the best way for Life to get my attention.

I guess I haven't been paying attention to the slight, dull headache I've had recently.

And I guess I haven't been paying attention to the pit in my stomach.

And I guess I haven't been paying attention to the bruises on my legs from bumping into furniture.

It seems I may have been drifting through life, living in my comfort zone and going for what's easy.  After all, there are some things that just come naturally and I definitely gravitate to doing those first - which means I zip through them - no second thought.

For things that don't come as easily, there are times when Life needs to take swift and sudden action.  It's a reminder to me that I am NOT here to drift along in what is comfortable.

So, MY swift and sudden action came in the form of the speeding ticket.

I can see where I have been rushing to get through what IS and move on to what's NEXT.  So, right after I got my ticket and was sent on my way, I turned on some music and took some mental notes of areas that I needed to be more mindful in.

Taking stock of where I'm at, I realized what I've been fighting against - being in a wedding this weekend.   But, it's not about me - it's about the bride.  I just need to slow down and appreciate this next few days, knowing that I can take nothing for granted and need to embrace this time exactly as it is.

No rushing.  No hurrying.   Just be-ing.

So, what areas of YOUR life are you rushing through to get to what's next?

Today, I set the intention to be in the moment, doing things not out of habit but on purpose, knowing that something amazing is seeking to emerge.

"Because you have to just go with the flow.  Your life is not your own, with people
 coming in and out all the time.  You get mellow because you have to."  

"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness." 

Affirmative Prayer:
In the stillness of this moment, there is a Divine Presence that whispers words of love and encouragement.  It is a Creative Wisdom that is the strength and power to accomplish the seemingly impossible.  It is the grace and ease that flows freely and abundantly, surrounding all that is.

I am one with this Divine Presence, together creating a fluid motion of a life that thrives.  Embracing this Oneness, I am guided by this Infinite Intelligence as I align with Its perfect Presence.

Accepting this guidance as my Divine compass, there is a knowing that everything in my life arrives in perfect Divine timing.  As I go with the flow of Spirit, I step out of my comfort zone and into the newness of each moment.  And in situations that seem unfair or unjust, I now see clearly that they are reminders that my compass needs to be checked and I may need a course correction.  I welcome the experience of picking myself back up and tapping into the wisdom of the Universe that puts me back on my right and perfect path.  I am wiser and smarter and I affirm that Spirit is working for my good in ALL circumstances.

From this place of all that I have accomplished, I am grateful for the journey.  I am filled with thanks for what is to come knowing it will be something even greater than I can imagine.  And I am thankful for Life's reminders to be in the present moment, having faith that it is exactly where I am supposed to be.

With a heart filled with joy, I release my word to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  I invite the abundance of happiness that surrounds me to take me even deeper.  And I let it be so.  And so it is.

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