Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Why I Finally Embraced Listening

Listening.  It's something I thought I did very well.  And, last week, while on vacation in Lake Tahoe, I set the intention to really up-level my listening.  Not just when people were talking to me but when other conversations were happening around me that I was not even a part of.

The results?  Not only did I find I listened with the intent to shift the conversation onto a topic more interesting for me, but I found I listened with the purpose of inserting my opinion into the 'conversation' before the other person was done talking.

Ugh!  Why is it such a challenge to keep my mouth shut and my mind focused?

I also noticed the negative self-talk going on around me.  "I'm so chubby, no one will ever dance with me."  "I'm never lucky at these games."  "I'll probably get sick after being in such a crowded, smoky place."

What?  Did they not understand how they were setting the stage for their future life with those words?

Not being one to shy away from self-improvement, I decided to take action.  All week, when in a conversation, if I found I was starting to think of my response instead of listening to what the other person had to say, I took a breath and re-focused my attention.  After a few times, I noticed I was much more calm and relaxed in a simple exchange of thoughts and commentary.

And, if I heard someone talking about themselves in a negative way, I changed the wording into a powerful affirmation and held the space for them in that moment.

While I'll never be sure if I impacted the other people's lives in a positive way, for me it felt great.  I feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm for creating something out of this practice that is proving to be life-changing.

Listening is a gift I and I'm enjoying unwrapping it, one conversation at a time.

Today, I set the intention to listen wholly and completely when in conversation with another person, grateful for the opportunity to share in other's lives at a deeper level than before.

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, 
a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, 
all of which have the potential to turn a life around." 

Affirmative Prayer:
Taking a breath and going within, there is the stirring of the Presence of Spirit; a light as bright as the sun on a beautiful winter morning.  This One Creative Intelligence is felt in each life-sustaining breath and with each beat of the heart - all love, all joy, all power, all peace.

Smiling at this thought, happiness overtakes me as I realize that this Presence lives within me and that I can never be separate.  I am a unique expression of the Infinite Intelligence that I call God, unfolding and revealing a glorious, magnificent life right here, right now.

Tuning into the calling of my soul, I welcome the opportunity to be in relationship with others, listening attentively and allowing for conversations that go beyond a surface level.  I accept the beautiful transformation that unfolds as I hold the space for other's negative self-talk and turn it around into something positive.  With each breath I take, there is a bliss that is revealed with the simple exchange of a smile.  I rejoice in the happiness that spills over each day as I see more good revealed in every area of my life.

Filled with joy, I give thanks that my unique gifts and talents shine through as I make time to be fully present in all of my conversations.  I am filled with gratitude for the aliveness that flows through me from the simple act of listening.  And I say Thank You, Sweet Spirit, that peace and happiness are right where I am as I up-level my spiritual practice of being present in each moment.

From this place of deep gratitude, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing it is done.  I let go and let God.  And so it is.  Amen.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Sjolund/Flickr

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Have A Wonderful Weekend

We are off to Lake Tahoe for the week.  It should be a great time of year for hiking and walking around the town.  I'm really looking forward to taking a break to recharge and just going where the day takes me.  Hope you have a good weekend and here are some fun and inspirational links from around the web....

TEDx: The fear of being found out

How to make life's challenges count for something good

10 signs you don't love yourself enough (and what to do about it)

15 signs you are doing well in life even though you don't think so

These sound like the ultimate vacation

Take time to treat yourself kindly

Why celebrate success?

14 morning mantras that will calm your restless mind

Trust is the key ingredient to miracles

You won't believe #13

And, something to contemplate this weekend from Georg Hegel, "Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion."  Enjoy!

Photo courtesy of m01229/Flickr

Thursday, October 15, 2015

What Are You The Best At?

Nurturing the creative side of me has always seemed like good advice to take.  Allowing for creativity is supposed to use a different part of the brain and sharpen our mental acuity.  So, I've pulled out my flute to begin playing again.  And, I've taken dance classes to get my body moving.   I've also explored writing, painting, cooking and singing.

In reading quite a bit of spiritual literature, a common theme seems to be that we are each here to share our unique gifts and talents.

I thought if I explored a few options, one or two of my creative explorations would lead to finding the ONE that resonated deeply.  I was sure I would suddenly be caught spending all hours of the day following this compelling urge to excel at my gift.

I could see myself moving mountains to play the piano until I mastered the skill with ease and a natural flow.

I felt confident it would be clear that I was meant to sing the lead in The Phantom of the Opera with a voice that made the audience come alive.

Instead, I feel like I'm still standing on the sidelines, waiting for the coach to put me in the game.

So, I'm left asking, what is it that I am the best at?  What is it that I can do that no one else can do quite like me?  The answer that comes back to me is to keep searching until what I am seeking finds me too.

And with that, today I set the intention to continue fostering my creative talents until I discover the one that I am the best at, allowing my life to thrive in new and meaningful ways.

"As you shift and change your own experience, the experience of 
the whole human race begins to shift and change as well."  

Affirmative Prayer:
Taking a breath and turning my attention within, there is a sweetness that is the all-good of Spirit.  It is a Divine Intelligence that is more beauty, more joy, more love than can even be imagined.  It is seen in the smile on a child's face and is felt in the softness of a caress.

I am an expression of this Divine Intelligence, being lifted into a greater version of myself in unique and beautiful ways.  I am the vehicle for the One Life to shine here in this moment and every moment going forward.  My heart and my mind remain open to the possibilities being created as I allow the strength and wisdom of Source Energy to sustain and support me.

In this moment, I accept the magnificence that is seeking to express through me.  My unique gifts and talents begin to reveal themselves as I step out and try new creative ventures.  Whether it is singing or dancing or playing music, there is a genius within that is unfolding beautifully and perfectly.  I am raised to my highest expression of the One Life as I embrace the many different choices of creative opportunities.  I welcome the journey of discovery and know that what I am seeking is also seeking me.  And, I affirm that the Universe is supporting me in this journey of discovery with a love beyond explanation.

Accepting my good, my heart is filled with gratitude that there is so much Life still to discover.  I give thanks for my unique gifts and talents that touch and bless not only myself but others around me.  And I say Thank You, Sweet Spirit, for a life that is thriving, filled with huge abundant prosperity and abundance in health, wealth and happiness.

Breathing in the gratitude, I release this prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing God's got this and it is done.  Joy fills this moment.  And I say Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo my own

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bite My Tongue

Every relationship has some things that work and some things that don't work.  Our spiritual practice has helped Kevin and I to enjoy what is working and to recognize what isn't working, and to adjust to what is not working long before it becomes a real issue.

The one area I've noticed that I'm still challenged in is speaking before I think.  When my buttons are pushed, only recently have I learned to take a deep breath, and rather than my normal knee jerk reaction to the situation, I bite my tongue - mostly.

At this new level in our relationship, it's not so important for me to be right or to make the other person wrong.  Instead, there is an acknowledgement of the difference and, if it's needed, we can set a time to discuss the issue when neither of us is so heated about the situation.

When we do sit to down to talk about the problem, we've also set a guideline to start with something positive about the other person. It's amazing to see our conversation unfold when we've acknowledged some small thing about the other person that makes us happy.

Ultimately, we've come out of this feeling closer in our marriage.  Neither of us is perfect.  We're doing the best we can.  But, we're doing it together and that keeps us moving forward.

So, today I set the intention to recognize its not so important for ME to be right, but to accept my part in making my relationship the thing that is right.

"Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions 
to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods." 

Affirmative prayer:
Taking a breath and moving into this moment now, there is the recognition of the all-good that is God.  It is the sense of peace that flows through the stillness.  It is the feeling of love that surrounds all that is.

This Divine Presence flows through me, speaking as my soul's desire.  I am a unique expression of Spirit, revealing the highest and best good for myself and for others I meet during my day.

Focusing on my heart's desire, I am led into a closer relationship with my husband, with family and with friends.  I welcome the closeness in my marriage as I practice thinking before I speak.  I accept the growing sense of peace and love that fills me as I remain mindful in my conversations with friends and family.  I embrace the beautiful truth that something within me keeps me balanced in all of my relationships at work and at home.  And I affirm that as I give my attention to the good I see in other's relationships and communication, that same good is revealed in the words and body language I use in my conversations.

I am so grateful for the awareness that Spirit lifts me into a greater expression of what is possible each and every day.  I am thankful that I am free to shine in my relationships, allowing my personality to shine.  And I say Thank You, Sweet Spirit, for all this good and so much more.

From this place of deep gratitude, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing it is already done.  I experience peace and joy in this release and I celebrate the good I witness.  And I let it be so.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo: my own

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello, Healthy Living

I've been spending more and more time with the fitness apps on my phone recently.  For some reason, it's become fascinating to open my health app and see how many steps I've gone or how many stairs I've climbed in a day.  And, my Nike app tracks my route so I can see all the zigs and zags I've taken on my walks.

It started about a year ago when I read somewhere that we should take a break every hour to stand for 10 minutes.  So, I set a timer on my phone and followed it pretty religiously.  Every time the chime toned, I would stand.

Recently, I've read that it's now every 30 minutes that we should stand for 10 minutes.  After adjusting my timer to go off more frequently, I started watching the trends on my health app.  That's when my competitive nature kicked in.

I felt compelled to up my game and, before I knew it, I was taking more steps and climbing more stairs than before.  But, on Fridays, I took a big dip for some reason.  So, I pushed a little harder on Fridays and walked around the block every 30 minutes.  And, up went my trend line.

Then, Kevin and I took up hiking on weekends.  Wow! My steps and stairs number took a big jump.  But, on Mondays, I would be back down to my previous normal pattern of exercise.

I noticed two things.  I was a little disappointed in myself when I took that big dip during the week.  At the same time, I started pushing a little more to get in a 10-minute walk so I could beat what I did the day before.

I'm not sure of the psychology behind my feelings of wanting to push more to beat my former limits, and I'm not sure how healthy it is to give in to this driving need to beat my own previous achievements.  I do know that I have been spending time in the stillness 'talking' to my body and feeling grateful for how healthy it is.

So, is the outcome of pushing to do more coming from the Universe?  In which case, I have to believe the Universe would also help me to set my limits through some gentle reminder.

What I AM sure about is, for right now, it's fun to see if I can beat my health statistics from the previous day.  And, I'm guessing if it feels fun, it must have some essence of the Goodness of Spirit that is directing my life.

By they way, I've lost 10 pounds over the last six weeks, and that is answered prayer, definitely!

So, today I set the intention to remain steady in my exercise, even if it's only standing for 10 minutes, knowing I am always at choice to decide if its become too much.

"Your body is a living organism that hears and believes every thought you think
 and every word you speak.  What do you believe about your body? And what thoughts
 are you feeding yourself consciously and unconsciously?"  

Affirmative Prayer:
Taking a deep breath, I feel the energy of my heart expand with love.  It is the love of the One Infinite Presence that is hope and grace.  It is the place where Spirit and Soul meet.

Looking beyond this moment, there is the sense of that Presence which is greater than me and yet, flows through me and around me.  I am supported by the arms of a powerful Divine Intelligence that expresses as me.  And I am strengthened in the knowing that I am loved beyond measure, wanting for nothing.

Reveling in the magnificence of this moment, I accept every ounce of good that flows to me.  It is the good of a healthy body fueled by delicious foods that I can easily afford.  I welcome the blessings that flow to support me as I honor my body temple.  I stand in awe of the ease with which I make exercise choices that serve me well.  As I learn what works for me and what doesn't work, I am reminded of my Divine essence that knows exactly what I need to experience my highest and best.

I am so grateful for the love and caring of Spirit that tells me I can never be separate from the One.  I give thanks for the clear thinking that my body is responding to.  And I am filled with gratitude for the amazing health that allows my life to thrive.

Leaning into the feeling of connection and being lifted up, I release my prayer to the One Divine Mind, knowing it is done.  What I focus on moves from the unseen into the seen in this moment now.  And I say Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Nick Harris/Flickr

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Weekend Of More Of Our Greatest Yet To Be

This weekend, we're taking a class on the Bhagavad Gita.  I'm excited to learn more and, after last weekends retreat, this feels like a double-dose of amazing spirituality.  Of course, we'll also very likely fit in a hike to get our dose of nature, haha.  Hope you have a good weekend and here are a few fun and inspirational links from around the web.....

How to handle difficult relationships

Financial infidelity: 5 reasons to keep money separate in relationships

Did you know confidence can actually increase your income?

How to create a happiness habit

Make love to the work

There was a time when You live to protect me

9 struggles only introverts can relate to

Waffling between indulgence and self-care

Love this

And, love this from Michael Bernard Beckwith: "We are always becoming more of our greatest meant to be."

Photo my own from last weekend's hike

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Doing Nothing

The more I am on my spiritual path, the more I see that there is nothing for me to do.  And, I have the Universe's permission to do nothing.

Really, at the heart of doing nothing is the faith that it is Spirit doing the 'doing'.  My work is to stay in the flow and spend time in prayer each day.  My work is to hold the vision of my dreams and desires and sit in expectancy of my good.  My work is the process of taking small steps driven by inspired action.

It's been a journey to let go of needing to figure everything out myself, especially in a society where I'm told to set goals and prioritize lists.  But, it's been a journey, more and more, of peace.

Knowing this is about allowing, what I'd really like to do is create a miracle in the next few months.  One of my recent written affirmations is to effortlessly receive a minimum increase of $5000, with grace and in perfect ways, to pay for our sailing trip around the French Polynesian Islands.

Here's my plan.  I'm setting aside time each day to read something that will put me in the mindset of Spirit.  As I do that, I move into seeing my desire taking form, and hold onto a deep feeling of excitement and gratitude for its unfolding.

It may happen very quickly and it may take some time, but I'm committed to doing this practice until it happens.  I don't know HOW exactly the outcome will unfold.  I only know that there will be an amazing outcome, far better than I can imagine.

So, today, my intention is to hold the vision of the finished creation in my mind, to sit with it and love it, and to be grateful for its manifestation.  

"Listen to your soul. Hear your Self. The guidance you are getting is to follow your heart." 
~Neale Donald Walsch

Affirmative prayer:
Moving into the stillness of this moment, there is the recognition of something beyond this grand Universe.  It is an Infinite Intelligence that is larger than life.  It is a Creative Wisdom as majestic as the mountains.

I know this Presence as the love of God, moving in me, through me, and as me.  And, in this sacred moment, I know this Presence intimately.   Spirit is always present, guiding me to a greater expression of myself.  I am connected to the One Perfect Life and revel in this relationship with something bigger and more intelligent than me.

I am never alone as I release the need to figure things out by myself.  I focus on my heart's desire and surrender to the Divine Wisdom that leads me into inspired action.  I accept my good and experience peace and wholeness.  I hold in my mind that which I'd like to have, feeling thrilled and excited as I sit in expectancy of its unfolding, and a way is made from no way.  I welcome the success and abundance that I only need allow to reveal itself in every moment of the day and I say 'Yes' to living from the overflow.

Thank you, God, for your presence today and every day.  I give great thanks for this moment that brings me closer to the manifestation of my heart's desire.  And I am grateful for the peace at the heart of every word I speak and thought I think.

From this place of peace and joy, I release this prayer to the Divine Law of Mind, knowing it is already done.  Everything I desire is right here, right now.  No one and no thing can stop it.  And I say Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Tomas Sobek/Flickr

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Going Deep

This Thursday, Kevin and I are taking off for a 4-day spiritual retreat in the nearby Los Gatos mountains.  It's perfect timing because I have been hungering for time spent away from the chaos of work and home.  I almost feel as if I'm off on a quest to search for something more mystical, more spiritual and yet, more practical as far as living my life's purpose.

I've had a taste of this quest in the past in the form of growth opportunities.  I look back at some of my challenges - losing a job, living in an apartment at age 48, having my car towed - and I see that they have all led me to this beautiful chapter in my life currently.

I have a job I absolutely love. I live in a home I adore, filled with peace and joy.  I have a brand new Lexus that I can easily afford.

With all of those previous challenges, I have developed into a person who now allows others to help me.  I don't have to do it all alone.  My faith in the Universe has reached a point where I truly believe that Life has my back, through all of the turbulence that comes with change and growth.

And I have enjoyed the calm in my life over the past year, but I'm ready to evolve into the next iteration of my journey.  Based on past experience, that usually means there will be some worrisome moments and maybe a little bit of kicking and screaming against situations I find myself in.

Knowing all of this, it makes this retreat all the more important to my mastery of transformation.  It's a chance to get clear on what I DO want and what I DON'T want and to set the manifestation wheels in motion.  It's a chance to get quiet and simply breathe and reconnect to the Spirit within that will become my calm during any storms ahead of me.

And, it's a chance to tap into my inner wisdom that will guide me down a path of perfect Divine order.

So, today, I set the intention to remain open and allow my time at the retreat to strengthen me, to uncover even more potential for living my purpose, and to better who I am as I show up in the world.

"No matter how successful the personality becomes in accomplishing its goals, 
those goals will not be enough. Only when the personality begins
 to walk the path that its soul has chosen will it satisfy its hunger." 

Affirmative prayer:
Taking a breath, I lean into this sweet moment of seeking the One.  And in the seeking, there is the recognition of a Divine Presence.  It is the beauty of pure Spirit and limitless Substance.  It is the love and grace of Infinite Intelligence, as fresh as the ocean breeze and as strong as the most expansive mountain range.

Embracing this knowing, I feel the love and grace of Infinite Intelligence move through me and around me.  Perfect peace guides my steps and perfect joy lights my path.  I am Spirit expressing in everything I do and say.

Leaning even more deeply into the peace and joy of Spirit, I accept my evolution into the next iteration of my best self.  I let go of any doubt or fear that I can never be wise enough or strong enough and instead, I welcome the knowing that Divine Intelligence will guide my steps.  I am able to just be me as I surrender to the process of beautiful growth.  And I welcome the future that is in alignment with my purpose here at this time.

I am so grateful for opportunities to remove myself from the world and tap into the mystical.  I give thanks for the wonderful transformation that takes place as I remain in the present moment, letting prosperity and abundance wash over me.  And I say Thank You, Sweet Spirit, for the gifts I receive as I allow myself to just be me.

Smiling in anticipation of my good, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing it is already done. It is already here and now.  I only need uncover and discover it.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Inspiration

There was a mention of getting out among the redwoods this Sunday as a way to be in the 'Now' so we're off to do some hiking.  What are you up to today?  Hope it lets you be in the 'Now', and here are some fun and inspirational links from around the web.....

The gentle art of trying something & sucking at it

7 ways happy couples deal with disagreements differently

Check out these strategies for reviving your relationship with your spouse

Grudges aren't worth it

6 ways to overcome obstacles

Why celebrate success?

Photo courtesy of Lee Coursey/Flickr

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Obstacles To Enlightenment

As I re-read Eckhart Tolle's Power of Now, this phrase leaps out at me; "Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle they need to overcome."   Of course, now that the thought is in my consciousness, I also have an awareness of how this shows up in my day-to-day life.

I notice how in the present moment at the grocery store people rush to park and shop and get back out.

I notice how in the present moment at the gym, there is a rush to get on the treadmill, get through the workout and rush on to the next activity of the day.

I notice how in the present moment, a man walking his dog is distracted by his phone, nose down and pulling on the dog to keep going.

And, I am guilty of that same thing.  I push to get through work so I can get to the store, then go home and walk the dog, then cook dinner, then catch up on email and Facebook and Pinterest...and on and on.

In an instant, I see that mindfulness doesn't fit neatly into my 15 minutes of meditation a day.  Mindfulness and being in the present moment are something that is practiced each day in every moment.

So, I've begun again to slow down a bit and give my attention to the present moment.

Walking up the stairs, I enjoy the strength in my legs that let me easily climb up to my bedroom.

Cooking dinner, I inhale the aroma of delicious flavors and give thanks for the food about to grace my table.

Walking the dog, I watch as his ears flop up and down, and his nose twitches as he explores the green grass of a neighbors lawn.

I am remembering to treat the present moment as Life itself, something to savor and experience, filled with beauty and joy, expanding with good beyond my imagination.

Today, I set the intention to surrender to the present moment and embrace it as Life itself as I journey toward enlightenment.  

"Always say 'yes' to the present moment...surrender to what is.  
Say 'yes' to life - and see how life starts suddenly
 to start working for you rather than against you."  
~Eckhart Tolle 

"Enlightenment, joy and peace can never be
 given to you by another.  The well is inside you."  
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Affirmative Prayer:
Sitting in a space of gratitude, there is the recognition of the One Divine Intelligence that is kindness and compassion, beauty and joy, shining light and love over all of creation.  One God.  One Power.  One Presence.  One Life

This One Power and One Presence is made manifest with my life.  It seeks expression through me.  Its beauty flows around me.  Its elegance lives as me.  I am pure bliss and light itself.

I embrace the truth that no matter what, I am fully supported in all that I do.  I accept that I am unique, traveling a path that is mine alone.  I graciously accept the bounty of miracles and blessings that flow into my life daily.  I welcome the expansion into ever-increasing good that comes as I take divine right action.  And, I affirm that as I bring my full awareness to the present moment, a feeling of joy and serenity overtakes me and reminds me that I am the beloved of God.

I am grateful for the clarity of my thoughts and actions as I remain in the present.  I give thanks for the love that surrounds me, even in the smallest of ways - a song that makes me smile, a bird singing in the trees, the moonlight shining through my window.  And, I say Thank You, Sweet Spirit, for the peace that surrounds me in every moment of mindfulness.

From a place of peace and joy, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, surrendering and letting God take care of the 'how'.  It is done now in amazing ways.  Life is good.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Ilker Ender/Flickr

Saturday, September 5, 2015

(Long) Weekend Inspiration

What are you up to this weekend?  We've been binge watching Game of Thrones and we'll likely finish the series in the next few days.  I've really enjoyed it but I'm wondering what's next until the new season starts. Hope you enjoy the long weekend and here are a few fun and inspirational links from around the web.....

These prayers aren't very long but they are packed full of meaning

In case you have not been adequately informed...

6 tips for finding happiness

Turn that frown upside down

Is it really possible to find your soulmate?

If you love someone right now, tell them

Make an important goal a morning habit

Making smarter choices

And a quote to keep in mind this weekend from Zayn Malik: "There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on."

Photo courtesy of Lucie Bluebird-Lexington/Flickr

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Guided By My Interests

Decisions, decisions.  About a month ago, I was driven by a desire to get my Series 7 license on the path to becoming a financial advisor.  Today, that desire still raises its head and I feel like I'm at a choice point in deciding to pursue this goal or let it go.

By holding off,  I wonder if I'm just being lazy or procrastinating out of a fear of not being successful.  I definitely have perfectionist tendencies that I've had to manage all my life.

Or, maybe its just my impulsive nature that scares me as I tend to jump into the next thing when I'm excited about learning something new.

Or, maybe because I can't see what my future holds as I make that choice, I do nothing out of concern that it could cost me my happiness.

If I listen to advice from people like Martin Luther King, Jr.,  I would take one step at a time toward this goal. I don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

So, my first step is to turn inward and seek the advice of my emotional intelligence.  I have learned that my gut feelings never steer me wrong.

Time to pull out my journal and start hashing it out.

Today, I set the intention to get to the heart of what's delaying my decision to take the Series 7 test, letting go of any angst, and tapping into what's next.

"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, 
the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work; you don't give up." 
~Anne Lamott

"Your interests will guide you.  Give no concern to what they say you cannot do. 
Be willing to accept the challenge. Take time to retreat to that quiet place 
within the pit of your soul and unleash your right to decide what is best for you." 
~Iyanla Vanzant 

Affirmative Prayer:
In this moment, there is a light of goodness that is the One Divine Presence.  It is the Creative Wisdom of love that embraces each person, each thing, with the mystery of grace.  It is the laughter of children at play and the softness of the dew on the grass each morning.

I am filled with this Divine Presence, breathing in the love of Spirit that is at my core.  I open to the Presence that is greater than myself and yet, I am one with It.  I stand with openness as I hear the still, small voice that tells me I am the beloved in whom Spirit is well pleased.

From this place of knowing I am one with all that is, I welcome the truth that I am a huge and vast vessel for love, for power, for greatness.  I no longer look at the past and feel regret.  I let go of the need to be right.  Instead, I stand in the present moment and take divinely guided action toward my good.  I sit in expectancy of a future of my creation that is bright and beautiful and joy-filled.  I stake my claim that this moment is a new way of living as I journey toward new dreams and desires.  And I affirm that whatever life throws my way, I am fully equipped to rise to the occasion.

I am so grateful for a Universe that supports the big visions I have for my life.  I give thanks for the success and prosperity that follows as I take small steps that are Divinely guided.  And I say Thank You, Sweet Spirit, for the fullness of my life.

Taking a deep breath in, I release this prayer to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is done.  My good is right here, right now.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is!

Photo courtesy of H Matthew Howarth / Flickr

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Weekend Inspiration

Kevin and I are having a fun Saturday morning making a few different appetizers for a BBQ this afternoon - all of them with bacon!  We'll see how they taste but so far, they're looking pretty good.  Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web....

Your dreams are waiting for you

4 ways to feel more loved

There is courage in being vulnerable

Freedom from the past is only a thought away

Why exercise is the best medicine

Seeing your value

12 little known laws of mindfulness (that will change your life)

Before attaining success you must do this

And, summer almost over but it's not too late to travel.  25 trips you can do in a weekend

Photo courtesy of cyclonebill/Flickr

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Hidden Perk Of Walking The Dog

Without a doubt, I've known that walking my dog, Cody, is great exercise.  Yesterday, after a day of things not going quite right, I also found that walking the dog was a catalyst for happiness.

It was interesting to notice the transformation as I decided to strike out on a longer walk than usual with Cody.  As we started out, I was still feeling tense from issues at work and trying to figure out the best way for me to deal with the issues.

Feeling overwhelmed by trying to find a solution, I decided to let it go and be present for the walk.  Occasional thoughts of what wasn't working drifted back into my mind but I made the conscious choice to let them go.

Walking further and rounding the corner, my thoughts also took a turn into one of forgiveness as I silently repeated the Ho'oponopono mantra in my head.  My steps felt a little lighter with each repetition and my pace settled into a nice, easy rhythm.

Continuing on into a local neighborhood, I soon began noticing the people outside, going about their day in seemingly good spirits.  I would say a friendly hello and smile, and that was returned to me by every single person I encountered.

As Cody and I made our last turn toward home, I realized that my spirit had lifted quite a bit.  I felt....good.  So much better than when I had started out on this 2-mile jaunt.

And, by the time we reached our front steps, I felt a joy inside for my beautiful new home and all the things I had to be grateful for.

Of course, Cody was oblivious to all of this going on with me.  He was simply smiling and panting from the enjoyment of being out on a walk and looking forward to a nice long drink of water - and maybe a treat or two.

I wonder, sometimes, if I overthink my spiritual practices as a solution for where my day may take me. Maybe it's just a matter of enjoying time outside and the simplicity of walking the dog.  And maybe that in itself is the spiritual practice.

So, today, I set the intention to trust that the simple things like walking the dog might just be exactly what is needed to bring me back to living in the present and forgiving the upset of the day.

"This being human is a guest house.  Every morning, a new arrival."  

"Very little grows on jagged rock.  Be grounded.  
Be crumbled so wildflowers will come up where you are."  

Affirmative prayer:
Taking a breath in and letting my heart expand, my thoughts turn to the all-good of God.  It is a sweet presence of love and light.  It is the joyful presence of that still, small voice within.  It is the One Divine Presence that moves through each day with ease and grace.

This Divine Presence delights in reminding me who I am - a child of the Universe, a channel through which Spirit expresses magnificently.  I am outrageous prosperity and abundance that circulates perfectly and, as such, I am open at the top as an instrument for Source.

Secure in this knowing, I allow Spirit to surround me and guide me into something even better than I can imagine.  I recognize the stressors of the day and let them go.  Instead, I focus my thoughts on the good in my life as I walk outside in the warm sunshine, listening to the birds sing and realizing it is the voice of Spirit.  I celebrate the freedom of choice I have to discover new paths as I journey through life as Sandy.  I welcome the joy and happiness that emerges through simple tasks like walking the dog.  And I affirm that I am surrounded by love and laughter, thankful to be alive!

Cherishing this knowing, I am thankful for the wonderful unfolding of each day in right and perfect ways.  I am grateful that as I remain in the present moment, the gifts of the Universe appear as if by magic.  And I say "Thank You, Sweet Spirit", for the blessings and everyday miracles that light my path and fill my soul.

From this place of deep gratitude, I release my prayer to the Divine Action of the Law, knowing it is already done.  I am free and worthy to receive, every day.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo my own

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Have A Great Weekend

We're just back from Boston and we had amazing weather! It had been awhile and walking the Freedom Trail AND catching a baseball game at Fenway Park were still big highlights for me.  What are you up to this weekend?  Hope it's filled with adventure....and here are a few fun and inspirational links from around the web....

The cutest things about baby hedgehogs?  Their tiny sneezes

Why don't I live on one of these islands again?

Are you having a moving through jello day?

How to see today in a new light

Stand in your discomfort with comfort

6 tips for learning hard lessons

The power of saying 'NO'

Conquer the impossible

TEDx; learning to be awesome at anything you do

Do you value the freedom that comes with choice?

Great news for highly sensitive people

Making smarter choices

And here are some words of wisdom to work on this week from Mark Twain, "When people talk, listen completely.  Most people never listen."  Enjoy your weekend!

Photo courtesy of DannyMac15_1999//Flickr

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

In The Midst Of Outrageous Gratitude

Being appreciated is nice.  I always feel good when someone says a simple "Thank you".  But - expressing my own gratitude has been the real secret to keeping my energy high and allowing the flow of good into my life.

I used to feel a bit phony when I would express my thanks to the Universe for a positive outcome I had prayed about, almost as if I was groveling to get something and, by appreciating what I received, I was even weaker and more needy.  Or worse, saying 'Thank you' became an automated chore, an immediate response that was required in certain situations - not a heartfelt congratulations on a job well done.

My perspective shifted not long after I met my husband, Kevin.  I would watch him reach out with extra effort to make sure a person was appreciated.  And, he also took time each day to focus on the feelings of gratitude for everything happening in HIS life.

Amazingly, he would even feel grateful for things that weren't quite working out as expected.  And, that's where my shift in perspective came in.

It was inspirational to see how he recognized that by expressing gratitude for something that was not working, it was actually a course correction that moved him away from things that might have been disastrous if they had come to fruition.

The other piece of magic I noticed was that as he got specific in his gratitude - declaring a heart-felt deep thanks for the office lease that didn't come through, for the car breaking down in the parking lot of a busy supermarket, for dropping his phone onto the hard ground so that it shattered - there was a seemingly fast response from the Universe to aid him in what ultimately worked out for the better.

And, the same was true for the good in his life.

An expression of gratitude for a $75 gift certificate to a local restaurant that was found a week before it expired led to meeting a client in that same restaurant.

A 'Thank you' to Source for a check received in the mail led to a chance to take an amazing vacation.

It's almost crazy to think about it sometimes now- to see the circumstances that came out of something that I had always considered weakness.   But, it's exactly what moved me from a place of phony and insincere appreciation to making time to be fully present in my statements of gratitude.

Now, as I make time to drop down into that feeling of thankfulness for what is working AND what is not working, I am seeing my own evidence of the real power of gratitude.  My sincere gratitude is a connection to the Universe that is powerfully creating a life of workability.

So, today, I set the intention to continue my evolution along my spiritual path, deepening my gratitude practice and allowing the highest version of myself to be created.

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
 and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." 

"The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am
 and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy." 

Affirmative prayer:
Taking a breath and settling in to the chair, there is the awareness of the still, small voice of Spirit.  It is a Divine Intelligence that whispers of life and of love.  It is grand and glorious, as mighty as the mountains and yet, as soft and gentle as the wisp of a cloud floating in the sky.

This Intelligence flows through my life, energizing me into divinely guided action.  I am an open channel through which Spirit expresses, a full expression of magnificent grace and amazing love.

Settling into this realization just a little bit more, I feel the invisible life essence of God lift me into the realm of joy, of peace, of vitality and vibrancy.  I let my old beliefs of appreciation and gratitude fall away, knowing that I have evolved and those beliefs no longer serve me.  I welcome the new beliefs of sincere appreciation for the good in my life and I practice gratitude for the seeming 'not good', with faith and trust that it corrects my course into more abundance, more prosperity, more happiness, than I can even imagine.   I affirm my freedom to reach a place of outrageous gratitude and bless the miracles that follow quickly behind.

I give thanks for the path that has led me to know real appreciation and gratitude.  I bless the lessons and am grateful for the out-picturing of prosperity that has resulted from them.  And I say, Thank you Sweet Spirit, for this journey of self-discovery that gets better and better each day.

From this place of deep gratitude, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing it is done and I only need to be still and know.  In this moment, I am renewed.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Joe Valtierra/Flickr

Saturday, August 8, 2015

What Is Mine To Do?

When I first started learning about the ability to 'change my thinking and change my life', it was fascinating to see the possibilities and the potential.  And, little by little, I started seeing the evidence of my manifestations - a free cup of coffee, great seats in a busy restaurant.

That could be why the spiritual practice of visualization was so powerful.  I could see the tangible results from simply picturing everything that I desired in my mind and feeling the gratitude and thrill and elation as they came into form.

As I evolve in this practice, I'm finding that I'd like to discover new ways to keep it interesting.  I love the free cups of coffee and the great seats in a restaurant but they are starting to feel superficial.  Instead, my hope is to go deeper and start holding a greater vision for my life.

What am I here to do?  That is the sense that is driving me.  And, from past experience, I know that the higher vision for my life is unfolding daily.  So, the question then becomes, what is mine to visualize?

I've started by visualizing my success in the job I've held for almost a year now.  Interestingly, as I visualize the success, I am guided by intuition to make certain choices.

And, beyond following my intuitive urges, I can hear voices telling me to take a certain path.  The most recent voice I'm hearing tells me I should take my Series 7 licensing exam to play a more active role as a financial advisor.

My first reaction is, "Are you crazy?  I'm terrible at math!".  So I push back and fight and argue with the voice.  However, I also turn to visualization and imagine my life as if I have completed this licensing exam.

And, it feels good.  It feel right.

Now I have to ask, "Is that my ego talking?"  Do I just want something that will give me a more prestigious title with more letters after my name when I'm at a work conference OR is this something that I am meant to do?  Will I feel lifted up and joyful if I do this?

There is so much to think about and contemplate.  I'm here to play a part in this beautiful Universe and there is greatness waiting just around the corner.  I only need to claim it - no excuses.

So, today I set the intention to explore the voice that is telling me to get my Series 7 license and I watch for circumstances and opportunities that guide me in being in the right place at the right time to decide Yes or No.

"Your big opportunity may be right where you are now." 

"Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must 
carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment.  Therein he cannot
 be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task
 is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it." 

Affirmative Prayer:
Pausing to take a breathe during this busy day, I take a moment to be still.  And in this stillness is the recognition of the One Divine Presence.  It is the experience of a natural state of grace that flows easily and effortlessly.  It is the joy of a child's laughter and the confidence that comes in a task well done.

This Infinite Intelligence that is laughter and grace and confidence is my source.  I am guided in every step I take by this source of Good and it is always available to me, dwelling at the center of my being.

With a realization that I am here on purpose and for a purpose, there comes a sense of freedom to take chances; freedom to explore the possibilities for my life; freedom to make mistakes, knowing there is a beautiful lesson to be learned from them.  I welcome the outpouring of God's imagination in my life, trusting that I am always on my right and perfect path.  My thoughts and feelings are aligned with my highest good and my life unfolds so that I am always in the right place at the right time.  And, I affirm that my inner knowing guides me daily from a place of deep love as I remain open to the blessings that are showered over me, wonderfully and beautifully.

I give thanks for the peace and the joy that come from being open to letting Spirit guide my life.  I say Thank You, Sweet Spirit, for your presence that tells me I can meet all that comes my way with confidence. And I am filled with gratitude that my skills and talents are ever unfolding, leading me toward even greater success than I can imagine.

From a place of awe and wonder, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing the world is my playground and the possibilities are endless.  I am free.  Life is good.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Zedda/Flickr

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Don't Let 'This Can't Last' Defeat You

It's an awfully funny and strange thing happening to me.  All I have to complain about lately is that I can't decide where I'd like to go on vacation next.

It used to be that I'd have places I'd love to visit but not have the financial means to do so or that I couldn't get the time off from work.  Not anymore...and thankfully so.

That transition from being in a place of 'I can't afford it' or 'my company won't approve it' to 'where should we go next' has snuck up on me.  And as the realization hits, the immediate thought that teases me is 'how long can this goodness last'?

What I know from all that I've learned is that if I keep the focus on the vision for my life - especially when those jolts of fear of 'this can't last' show up - I am staying in my power.

I acknowledge the feeling of worry that this will all go away and I bless that feeling.  And then - I surrender to a power that supports me in achieving my goals and dreams.

My spiritual evolution in learning how to use the creative process, how to set a mental equivalent for the life I desire, and then doing what is next for me to do, has been transformative.  Application of my spiritual practices - setting intentions, affirmative prayer, life visioning - has given me tools to let my life be directed by Spirit.  And keeping it all going has been key to developing new habits that show me, in real ways. that all my needs are met.

Practice.  Habits.  Small steps.  It works!

So, today, I set the intention to continue down this path that is working, taking small steps and allowing my life to be guided by Spirit.

"It's funny how day by day nothing changes.  
But when you look back, everything changes." 
~Author Unknown

"If you can't fly, then run.  If you can't run, then walk.  If you can't walk, then crawl.  
But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."  

Affirmative Prayer:
Taking a deep breath, I turn my attention to the Divine Within.  It is the Perfect Grace of Goodness that I call God.  Life sustaining.  Life altering.  Forever creating.  It is the majesty of a setting sun over the mountains and the twinkling of each star that lights the night sky.

This grace and majesty is the essence of who I am.  My natural state of being is love and light, beauty and joy and abundance.  And I am guided, in every moment, by an Infinite Intelligence the works as me, that blesses around me and that serves through me.

Embracing this knowing, I can see clearly that I am a part of something bigger than my human eyes can see.  My beautiful and amazing life flows easily and effortlessly toward a greater good than I can imagine.  As a unique expression of Spirit, I glory in being here at this time, allowing Life to move through me as I hold my vision on what's next for me.  I say Yes! to my growth and evolution and, by doing so, I remind others of their magnificence.  I welcome the joy found in taking small steps on this journey, guided by intuition and fueled by imagination.  I sit quietly.  I take a deep breath.  And I let go.

And in letting go, I give thanks that the right and perfect choices are always in front of me.  I ask for a sign and I am grateful that it is answered in clear ways that I can understand.  And I say thank you, Sweet Spirit, that my new habits are impacting my life and others in positive and meaningful ways.

Connecting to the Source Within, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, open to receiving my next step on this journey of ever expanding good.  I am grateful. I am free.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Hartwig HKD/Flickr

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Have A Wonderful Weekend

Happy Weekend!  We're hosting a small group at a local winery for some wine, cheese and chocolate pairings.  It's a fun place run by some lovely men from Ireland and England so I'm looking forward to my Saturday afternoon.  What are you up to this weekend?  Hope it's filled with fun....and here are a few fun and inspirational links from around the web....

Did you know you can eat yourself happy?

8 behaviors that can help increase your lifespan

We all have things in our lives to be grateful for - but sometimes its easy to forget

Love this! 

Are you close to your sister?

We have to love ourselves enough to say no sometimes

8 solid ways to boost your motivation

How to use regret to fuel your dreams

Turning your dreams into reality

When was the last time you told someone how you really felt about them?

Finding your passion by simplifying your life

You deserve happiness

And some words of wisdom to leave you with: "Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are." ~Bernice Johnson Reagon

Photo courtesy of Alice Popkorn/Flickr

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Disrupting The Pattern Of Blame

Part of my spiritual journey has been learning to deal with disappointment.  When I hit an issue that left me feeling sad or frustrated or confused, I wouldn't complain but instead look for something positive in the situation.  But the emotions that were stirred by the situation would not always go away so easily.

It was almost as if I was tip-toeing around the real issue behind the disappointment. So I had to take a hard look at the emotions that showed up.  One of the repeating patterns that I would go to over and over and over again was blame.

If I was frustrated with a project at work, I would blame the others on the team for their lack of commitment to success.

When I was locked out of the house recently and had to walk about 15 minutes on a foot that was injured, I blamed the other person for being so thoughtless.

And, when a cabinet was delivered to our new home today, I expected it to be a beautiful white wood cabinet with drawers. Instead, it was a metal behemoth that takes away from the energy in what I hoped would be a warm and welcoming meditation room.

As I started to turn to blame my husband, Kevin, for not clearly explaining exactly what we were ordering, it hit me that here was an opportunity to create a new normal.  So, rather than blame, I opened up to the possibility of a different response.

Rev. Mark Anthony Lord spoke at our Center for Spiritual Living in San Jose this Sunday and, as I made that choice to be open, I heard his voice in my head saying;  "Feel the disappointment and forgive.  Feel the sadness and forgive.  Feel the hopelessness and forgive."

In that moment, instead of blaming, and instead of looking for the positive in the metal cabinet that showed up, I stayed in the feelings of disappointment, and I practiced forgiveness - of Kevin AND of myself.

I was also culpable in the choosing of an office cabinet.  I needed forgiveness as much as anyone for not looking more closely at what I had agreed to purchase.

It took some time and some work, but through this new practice, I can see a release of my old pattern of blame and the stirrings of a new pattern of forgiveness.

The really exciting part of this revelation for me is now looking for the evidence of how the Universe will rise up to support me.  What am I here to learn about this process of forgiveness?  It's a question that is leading me on a new path, an even better path, to a life filled with awe and wonder.

Today, I set the intention to let go of my old pattern of blame and to call on the support of the Universe by practicing forgiveness, remaining open to receiving the ever-increasing good that comes from life-affirming practices.

"Your life is the fruit of your own doing.  
You have no one to blame but yourself."  

"True forgiveness is not an action after the fact, 
it is an attitude with which you enter each moment."  
~David Ridge

Affirmative Prayer:
Taking a breath and turning within, this new day is filled with the goodness of the One Creative Life.  It is the Divine Presence of Love that showers all with grace and abundance and joy and happiness.  It is heard in the singing of the birds as they build their nests.  It is seen in the brilliance of the sun that streams through the window.

I look at this new day with the fresh eyes of God in me and through me, seeing the holiness in every person, in every creature, that shares this Universe with me.  I am filled with the amazing potential of sweet Spirit within, creating a day that sees the diamonds in the rough, that uncovers the pearl within the oyster, that witnesses the miracles of everyday life.

Taking this vision of limitless potential into my day, I let go of any feelings of blame that may surface.  I plant the seeds of forgiveness and welcome the out-picturing of prosperity that is the result of releasing an old pattern that no longer serves me.  I accept the blessings of healed relationships as I tune into the wisdom of knowing that I have the power to change my response to whatever this day will bring.  And I affirm that I am patient and tolerant with myself and with others, seeing only the good that comes from making a choice to feel my emotions and to forgive.

I give thanks for the lessons that have brought me to this awareness that I have the power to choose how I respond. I am grateful that my day is filled with magnificence and possibility, simply because I am in that vibrational energy.  And I say thank you, Sweet Spirit, for the good that is already mine as I see it and feel it in my soul.

Releasing my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing it is already done, I stay in this energy of gratitude.  God is all there is.  And I am one with all that is.  Amen.  Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo courtesy of Ajari/Flickr

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Have An Amazing Weekend

What are you up to this weekend?  Now that we've moved into our new home, I've noticed that my car is the next big purchase we likely need to make.  So, I'm planning on test driving a few cars to get a feel for what I'd love to drive.  Lexus?  Tesla?  Whatever it is, I'm excited to watch how the Universe will support me in this new desire.  And, here are a few fun and inspirational links from around the web....

You're most creative when you should be sleeping

Why "shameless self-promotion" needs to go

Sick of saying yes when you mean no?

Be your own guru

Someone has finally made your childhood dreams come true

4 ways your darkest moment can positively change your life

Consumed by food? 6 lessons on overcoming disordered eating

If you're a woman in your 30's or younger, you must read this

What you give out will always return

The art of making spiritual excuses

And I love this thought on success from Iyanla Vanzant: "Success is a birth process. The idea, thought, dream or goal you have is like an embryo in the womb. That embryo must be nourished. You must feed it good thoughts. Surround it with a good environment. Nurture and love it."  Enjoy your weekend!

Photo courtesy of Sascha Kohlmann/Flickr

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Tricky Dance Of Mother-Daughter Relationships

Becoming a mother was an exciting experience.  And with the birth of my second daughter, I was equally as enthralled with motherhood.

Speaking their first words.  A smile that softens any heart.  The easy breathing of a toddler at nap time.

Even with all of those beautiful moments, anyone with children knows that parenthood isn't always easy.  Quite often, flexibility is required.  A small child can easily, and often, throw a wrench into the best laid plans.

As my oldest daughter, Ashley, grew into her teen years, I thought I had mastered flexibility and would avoid the classic teen tension between mother and daughter.  No chance!

And as my second daughter, Haley, turned 12, the typical teen trials were hitting their stride.  I tried to breath through it as I vowed to protect my girls from life's challenges.  But they pushed back.

So, I jumped in and waded through two girls going through their teens, knowing it is the natural evolution of childhood into becoming an independent person.  Many days, I would go to bed critical of my role as a mother and critical of my daughters actions and choices.

But I also realized it was an opportunity to open up and experience my role as a mother as part of MY evolution.  After many hours spent contemplating and meditating and good old-fashioned soul searching, I got to the place of being able to see the things I could give praise for rather than be critical.

It doesn't mean I didn't still have times where I would blow up at some of the situations the girls would get into.  I'm sure, at the heart of it, it was my natural protection from being hurt by their words.  Or, fear that I had not kept them safe from life circumstances.

Now, I'm at the place where both of my girls are out of their teen years and starting lives of their own.  My relationship with Ashley and Haley has deepened.  It is filled with love.  And it is, in large part, because we have traveled this journey of parenthood together.

So, I say thank you to my girls for the experience as I set the intention to allow for the unfolding of our 'what's next', declaring that it will be filled with the passion and power and beauty and joy that works for each of us.

"Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, 
than the raising of the next generation."  

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  
One of these is roots, the other, wings."  

Affirmative Prayer:
As the sun sets and the sky is filled with brilliant and beautiful colors, there is the recognition of Divine Grace.  It is the grace of God that sustains, that encourages, that fulfills.

That life of grace is God in me and as me, and I allow Life an opportunity to become more of Itself through me.   I surrender and become an open channel through which Spirit expresses wonderfully all around me.

Meeting all that comes my way with joy, I am blossoming as I accept the place where I am right now in my relationship with my daughters.  Resistance falls away and I lean into this present moment with all of the ebbs and flows and nuances my journey here.  I embrace an attitude of openness and allow Spirit to show me my greater yet to be as a mother, as a wife, as a spiritual seeker.  A magnificent sense of freedom and satisfaction fills me as I declare that my life is blessed and filled with miracles.  And I welcome the wisdom that is gained as I stay centered in the truth that motherhood is a privilege and I have been honored by it.

I give great thanks that I am moved along in my relationship with my daughters powerfully and beautifully.  I am grateful for the harmony and peace that winds its way through our time spent together.  And I say thank you, Sweet Spirit, as I say Yes! to the beginning of what's next for me.

Surrendering this prayer to the Law of Mind, I take delight that it is done and unfolding in right and perfect ways.  Spirit's love is everywhere present.  Amen. Alleluia.  And so it is.

Photo credit: Ashley Massone

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Have A Wonderful Weekend

Happy July 4th weekend!  Downtown San Jose will actually have a fireworks show again this year so we're off to enjoy the festivities.  Be safe this weekend, whatever you're up too.  And, here are some fun and inspirational links from around the web....

How one patient reversed 17 years of brain aging

Grandmas attempt to define modern slang words - lol

Growing and changing the world one thank you at a time

Wake up ready to face the day

Being productive in the right way boosts happiness

The only yoga pose you need for great sleep

Understanding inspired action

5 ways I'm happy with my supposedly "old" age

The size of your audience doesn't matter

And a quote for the weekend to leave you with: "Feelings are like waves. You cannot stop them from coming but you can decide which ones to surf." ~Unknown.  Enjoy your weekend!

Photo courtesy of James Niland/Flickr

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do You Know There Is Good For You?

On a hot day like today, I am opting to sit inside my new home and enjoy the air conditioning.  I love that my home feels like a haven that nurtures me.

One of the early new thought leaders, Emma Curtis Hopkins, said "There is good for me and I ought to have it."  Sitting inside and enjoying the cool air circulating in each room, I can see that the good I have pictured and the feelings I've held onto about where I live have become a truth because I believed so strongly in that statement.

That doesn't mean I only need focus on my good, sitting on my couch and eat bon-bon's while I picture my bliss and declare that the world is mine.  Action is a necessary component to manifestation.

But, I don't have to push and strive and constantly 'do' things.  Instead, I make choices that are guided by my intuition and embrace the possibilities that start to unfold.

This process has also required letting go of the fear of failing.  Throughout the home-buying process, fear would pop up its head and ask, "What if you can't afford the monthly mortgage payments?" or "Is that neighborhood really safe?"

Thanks, Ego, I've heard your warning.

But I've seen my better life and I've stretched into its possibilities.  My good is here today and I'm imagining what's next!

Today, I set the intention to continue to know that there is good for me as I listen to my intuition and take slow steps toward what feels like inspired action. 

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of 
creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." 

"Only when goodness awakens within, will one's personality and actions gain beauty and strength." ~Amma

Affirmative Prayer:
Taking a breath and slowing down for a minute or two, there is the Divine Presence of Love that fills each and every space in the Universe.  It is the fullness and goodness of Life that is heard in the birds singing in the trees.  It is felt in the warmth of the sun shining on this beautiful summer day.

This Infinite Presence of Life fills me and brings with it the realization of my authentic self.  I am the goodness of Life.  I am the a unique expression of the Divine, doing what is mine to do each day, walking in the magnificence of Life.

Knowing that there is good for me, I imagine a beautiful version of my life, bigger than I can currently see. I let go of playing small and stop comparing myself to others.  I am here to bring my unique gifts and talents forth into the world and I embrace this as my journey.  I accept the possibilities that my soul has planted within my heart and I welcome the unfolding experience of each day, trusting that it is right and perfect.  I affirm that joy and happiness are at the core of my being and that life is a dance to be enjoyed and savored.

I give thanks for seeing that is done unto us as we believe.  I am grateful for the power of my imagination that has helped make manifest a beautiful home I enjoy immensely.  And I am thankful for the ever increasing good that is right here, right now.

Standing firmly in the truth of who I am, I release my prayer to the Law of Mind, knowing the possibilities are boundless.  I stay focused on the good.  And I let is be so.  Amen. Alleluia. And so it is.

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