We’re In This Together!

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change.” William Arthur Ward, Writer I don’t know about you but there are moments where I feel overwhelmed and I ask, “What in the heck is going on in the world? Why am I here? How can I make a difference when so much seems broken?” When I feel like this I know it’s time to take some deep cleansing breaths and move my awareness into my heart space and once again feel inner peace, love, and my connection to God/Goddess/All That Is, Source. In this space the spark of hope emerges and once again I realize I’m not alone. As I reflect on the quote by William Arthur Ward I remember that life is an adventure and I’ve always thought of it as an evolving journey that’s dynamic and not static. For me, it’s like a spiral. There’s no beginning or ending only ever deepening levels of understanding with abundant opportunities for personal growth and change. I know that change must first occur within me before anything in my outer world changes. I also realize that I don’t have to travel alone. So, it was timely to watch a new music video by Tim McGraw, Singer, actor, and record producer called “Here On Earth”. I felt uplifted and inspired after watching it. I loved the words and the refrain resonated as Tim McGraw sang, “It’s like we open our eyes for the very first time when we found out why we’re here on Earth.” I often meet clients...

Being Free!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; . . .” ~ Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman The above popular quote from the Declaration of Independence written by the Committee of 5 on July 4, 1776 and signed by 56 Congressional delegates on August 2, 1776 reflected a hard won independence and freedom for our country. Today, I realize how much I’ve taken my freedoms for granted. In fact, I feel like I’ve only just awakened to a deeper truth that not everyone enjoys the same freedoms that I do. If all men/women are created equal then why do we still treat people who we perceive are different from us with prejudice? Whether it’s the color of someone’s skin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender – inequality persists. For too many years there has been a culture of domination, power over others, separation, and racism in our country. I know this is true and the inequities are coming into the light for all of us to see. Opportunities to change feel overwhelming at times and yet I am hopeful that there are ways of creating more freedom and equality for everyone. Buddha tells us, “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.” I’ve written before, that first, we must change within ourselves before things in our outer world can change. I believe this is more true than ever...

You Are a Healer!

“World peace begins with inner peace.” ~Dalai Lam How are you this week? With everything going on in the world do you find it more challenging to take time to focus on your inner world? Has it been more challenging to find your center and happy place? Does it seem like there are more distractions that prevent you from taking time for yourself and going within? If inner peace feels elusive then creating peace in the world isn’t possible. How can we begin? Have you thought of yourself as a healer? Hmmm. Close your eyes and feel how it resonates when you say, “I’m a healer.” Can you remember times when your physical body has healed either on its own or with help from practitioners? I believe we all are healers at some level. Some of you have chosen to enter healing professions, acquire healing techniques and tools, or create healing for others by listening. Have you created a healing and peaceful environment in your homes? Those of you who are drawn to the earth, think about how your touch or creation of beauty has helped heal the environment. What about looking within to become aware of the injured thoughts and beliefs that are often held deeply? This is one of the greatest healing experiences and gifts we can give to ourself as we acknowledge them and choose to let them go. Each one of us plays an important part in healing and creating peace through our words, beliefs, and actions. Through our individual growth, healing and peaceful feelings we contribute to the whole. We are One. The Dalai...

Let It Go!

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” ~Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher and writer Endings and beginnings! Wow, so many examples everyday. Systems, beliefs, biases, habits, routines, self-image and so much more. It’s amazing how synchronicity works. For example, my husband mentioned letting go might be a good topic to write about this week. Next, although I’ve never seen the movie Frozen, I kept hearing the song, “Let It Go” so I watched the animated YouTube version. Then, later as I listened to my Pandora playlist guess what song came up? “Let It Go” by James Bay! Synchronicity, I love it!! So, let it go, it is! How timely that we’re in the seasonal change represented by the Summer Solstice. As I reflected on “Letting Go” and how it applies to me I considered the energy of the Solstice which many feel represents new beginnings as well as an awakening and return to the light. Once again we’re invited to slow down, be patient and take time for self reflection. I think of this time as a gift and an opportunity to ask, “What do I believe? Am I aligned with my beliefs? What am I willing to change if I’m not. What am I willing to let go?” Brazilian lyricist and novelist, Paul Coelho has said, “If you’re brave enough to say goodby, life will reward you with a new hello.” In the moment it may not feel like it though. Remember, chaos precedes and follows change. There’s certainly lots of it around us right now. Are you ready to think about new beginnings and a new hello?...

Beauty is Felt With the Heart!

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer In the midst of chaos, pandemic, staying home, political division, and protests this week I found myself seeking more and more beauty to find inner peace. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but I believe that peace begins within me and so does beauty! I have felt my soul sigh with a deep heartfelt knowing that beauty, hope, peace, and love are possible regardless of what’s happening in the world. It’s ours to choose and experience. I’ve wondered, “How often do I take beauty for granted? Does beauty really reside within me?” Staying at home has provided time to become more aware of beauty in my life. It begins with the inner beauty I hold which can’t be seen or touched. It’s felt. In addition, there’s external beauty that includes: vibrant colors, fragrant flowers, birds singing, chalk art on the sidewalks, clouds in the sky, my home and health, and my relationships to name a few. How is this moment different? I feel beauty from my heart and soul in ways that seem deeper and more visceral. When I feel like this there is no room for fear, judgment, or self-doubt. It’s a conscious acknowledgment of feeling, seeing, hearing, accepting, and appreciating what’s within me as well as around me – not thinking or intellectualizing. The opportunity to BE more than constantly doing has contributed to these heightened awarenesses. Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “The mind can...

Be the Change!

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi, Lawyer, politician, activist and writer How are you feeling this week? It’s been another roller coaster ride of deep emotions for me. So much has been happening all around the world. First, a Pandemic then, 3 pivotal black lives killed triggering a peace movement, violence and looting. In addition, we’ve experienced a Lunar eclipse and a Strawberry full moon. Through these events I’ve seen how connected we are to one another throughout the world and seen long buried feelings of discrimination, inequality, and hatred come into the light of day once again. People have gathered in groups to demand change due to police brutality, inequality, and systems that are broken. I’ve also seen sparks of hope, courage, compassion, and a willingness to change during the chaos. For a moment I wondered if the significance of the Strawberry Moon was important. Considering so much chaos swirling I felt comforted that these lunar energies were supportive of self care, creating space to change our  lives as well as a time for us to step back and regroup. This is exactly where we are. Right now I hear singer, songwriter, peace activist, John Lennon’s words, “ . . . Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us and the world will be as one.” What kind of world do you imagine? We are all equal and no one is less or more than another truly. Unfortunately power over people...

Be a Warrior for Peace!

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops  of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”  Mahatma Gandhi, Lawyer, politician, activist and writer I was especially touched by Gandhi’s words this week. Although he is known for his activism I think of him as a warrior for peace. With so much chaos in the world due to the Pandemic and major life changes that have occurred we’ve seen, first hand, how inhumane some people can be. We’ve seen what appears to be little value for human life. We’ve seen black men, especially, singled out and killed by police. There is an underlying ongoing culture of discrimination that has reared it’s ugly head more publicly. In addition to being black there are biases against anyone that is perceived as “being different”. It feels like there’s a darkness and yet I believe that light and love will prevail. We have an opportunity to change these biases but first we must change our own. No one said it would be easy. Change and peace begin within! This week I’ve found myself riding a rollercoaster of emotions – disbelief, horror, anger, deep sorrow, grief, gratitude and hope. Whew! One minute up and the next one down. People are horrified and grieving after watching the brutal murder of George Floyd. This has triggered global protests demanding justice! Some are peaceful and others violent. Throughout history there have been cries for justice and equality for black people and some progress has been made but not enough. Their lives matter! Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so...

Forgive, Love, and Accept You!

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” `Gautama Buddha, Philosopher, Spiritual Teacher, & Religious Leader Staying home and being more physically isolated has created many opportunities for self reflection for me. How about you? Have you ever wondered if a decision you made in the past was the right one even though it may have been a few years ago? This has come up for me lately and kind of like an annoying gnat it doesn’t go away. It buzzes around and what I noticed is that self doubt, judgment, and second guessing became more dominant. In fact, I reached the point where I had to stop myself and sit with it for awhile. I found myself asking, “Why are these thoughts persisting? What is mine to know? How do I resolve this, stay present, and not dwell in the past?”  I know that I’m not the only one that does this. Hmmm. It seems that I have an old habit of judging myself. I guess it’s been a learned behavior through the years. After so many years self-judgment feels like my favorite pair of comfortable shoes. Yikes! “Why do I find it easier to judge me than accept and love me?” I wondered. Spiritual author, Don Miguel Ruiz has written, “Forgive yourself. The supreme act of forgiveness is when you can forgive yourself for all the wounds you’ve created in your own life. Forgiveness is an act of self-love. When you forgive yourself, self-acceptance begins and self-love grows.”  Why does forgiving oneself seem so hard? Have we learned that it’s...

We’re Only Human After All!

“The greatness of humanity is not being human, but in being humane.” ~Mahatma Gandhi, Lawyer, Politician, and Activist A couple of songs have been playing over and over in my head this week. First, “Rise Up” and “I’m Only Human After All” sung by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. I couldn’t get the refrain out of my head today so I’ve been considering what’s mine to write about. Yes, I’m only human after all and I’m a spiritual being, as well, here to express my divine self as a human being so I began to think about what is happening around me. Change is a constant. Fear is all around if you choose to embrace it. Goodness and love are there to embrace as well. There are examples of humanity being humane and there is the contrast of human beings not being humane. Contrasts are very visible these days.  With so much going on I began to ask myself, “What do I believe? What is my truth? What do I value? How do I want to be remembered? How do I want to be treated? What choices will I make given many businesses are opening to more contact with customers?” I came to the conclusion that the answer to these questions is a personal and individual one. My intention is not to do harm to myself, loved ones or others. So I continue to hear Rag ‘n’ Bone Man sing, “Maybe I’m foolish. Maybe I’m blind. Thinking I can see through this and see what’s behind. Got no way to prove it so maybe I’m blind. But I’m only human...

Can You Love Yourself Too Much?

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet “You don’t spell it you feel it.” – Pooh Almost 20 years ago I participated in a weekend retreat that was designed to explore awakening the soul and why I was here. It was an intense weekend and I remember on the closing day one of the last experiences we had was asking our soul, “Why am I here?” Everyone was invited to shout it out. Although this was a group exercise each person’s answer was different. I heard shouts of courage, family, relationships and so much more. I shouted out, “Love.” Wow! I had no clue what it meant except what I will call a limited understanding of what it meant at that time. I realized that something deep within me had opened a door and I’ve been on a journey of remembering and rediscovering what love is since then. For many years I felt romantic love with my husband and love for my family. During meditation I felt, at times, an overwhelming sense of receiving love unconditionally. I’ve also accepted that my family loves me unconditionally even though what I believe has changed through the years. Intellectually I knew that there was a deeper love – a love of Source – a love that is me eternally. Last year when experiencing a family health crisis I became more vulnerable through the pain and fear of possibly losing love – love as I knew it. As Pooh said, “You don’t spell it you feel it.” This intense experience and the deep emotions I felt set into motion a feeling that love...

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. It seems that daily I see more and more contrast and what is broken in our world and yet I also see more and more hope and inspiration emerging. There are days I say, “Enough! It’s time to begin fixing things!” Then I remember that really the only thing I can “fix” is me, the choices I make and how I respond to others’ choices! I realize that the more centered and peaceful I am the more around me changes. If I’m upset and angry or resentful then that’s what my reality reflects. I also hear many people wanting to return to “normal”. I ask myself, “What does normal mean in a new reality?” I don’t believe we can ever go back to how things were. In fact, I believe we are being offered an opportunity to create a new normal, so to speak. I feel like we’ve been given a gift if we choose to see it that way. For many of you this time is a crisis of identity. For others it can be a spiritual crisis or crisis of faith. Studying the mystics was one of my favorite subjects during Theology school. I remember reading Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross, a Spanish mystic and poet. For some of you this time may feel like a Dark Night of the Soul. A time to face fear and deeper truths about faith, self, expectations, beliefs, and dreams. I’ve...

What Are Your Super Powers?

“When we act from a space of love, we unleash our super powers.” ~ Nimesh Nimo Patel, Empty Hands Music Founder Hmmm. Super powers? Lately I’ve been so impressed with the selfless service of so many people throughout the world. To me they are fearless and yet fearful at the same time. Does this make sense? It makes me wonder about the courage it takes to be a health care worker, first responder, postal worker, sanitation worker, janitorial workers, grocery workers, warehouse workers, and so many other nameless professions and workers. What does it mean to be a hero? Is it something that one day you wake up and say, “Today I’m going to be a hero?” I don’t believe it. To me, a hero is someone who shows courage and in spite of a challenge they rise to the occasion in the moment. They step up to help others. I’m curious how you feel about what it means to be a hero. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you are heroes and don’t think of what you do as anything special, right? I’ve followed Nimesh Nimo Patel for awhile and love his mission which is to spread seeds of goodness in the world through selfless service, music and love. His new song/video called SuperHeroes is worth listening to and watching. It reminds me of heroes in our daily lives who are doing extraordinary things as they show up helping others whether they are an adult or child that who were aided by powerful mythological beings like Angel Numbers that let them know how help people....

Into the Unknown!

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ~ C.S. Lewis, British Novelist and Scholar How often have you heard the saying, “Now is all there is”? Does it resonate with you? Think about it. The past is gone except in memories. The future has many possibilities and is unknown. The present, NOW, is what’s real. The choices we make NOW will create the future! Make sense? So, the future is really unknown, isn’t it? Each one of us is being invited to take a huge leap of faith into the unknown. The choices we make today will create the future, yes? It sounds so easy doesn’t it? Well, I guess it can be once fear, anxiety, uncertainty, comfort, and the need or desire to control outcomes are released! Whew! How does that sound? For some, this can be challenging and for others I can hear the joy of leaping into the unknown with a loud shout of WooHoo!! In this moment, I feel that many people are overwhelmed with confusion, conflicting information, and yet a desire to stay safe and healthy. A desire to protect family, friends and loved ones but unable to in some cases with “stay at home and social distancing” guidelines. We see people experiencing these same things worldwide. In spite of the challenges we’ve also seen the resilience of the human spirit. People clapping while they recognize healthcare workers and first responders; a Romeo and Juliet story emerging after meeting on separate balconies; communities singing and helping one another as creative ways to...

A Time to Reflect!

“Don’t become too pre-occupied with what is happening around you. Pay more attention to what is going on within you.” ~ Mary-Frances Winters, Author I don’t know about you but “staying at home”, for me, has provided an incredible opportunity for inner and self-reflection. I find this type of reflection can be challenging. It’s so much easier when there are other things I can use to distract me! LOL In today’s environment it’s easy to focus on what’s going on around us through the media, friends, and the internet. Depending on the source you might find yourself immersed in fear and anxiety. When this happens it’s better to shut off the external influences! Remember there’s an invitation to take time for yourself – time to feel grateful, enjoy the beauty around you, immerse yourself in nature, and seek answers within. This requires quieting your racing thoughts and moving inward. I like to think of it as moving into my heart space or consciously meeting my soul! I find that when I do this I feel more calm and settled. Yes, there are many things going on in the outer world that I cannot control but when I’m in this space of calm I remember how blessed and loved I am. This I can control! Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, has said, “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Beautiful words of wisdom, yes? When I am immersed in fear and anxiety then I can choose to let it go and become more of what I might be – love, compassion, and...

Immerse Yourself In Beauty!

“And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” John Muir, Naturalist and known as “Father of the National Parks”. I know it’s unrealistic for most people to “go into the forest” physically but using our imagination opens doors of possibilities. You can choose to enter any forest that you want! Beauty is what speaks to me this week in spite of what’s happening throughout the world. We are seeing the best and the worst manifest, aren’t we? We have a choice to make. I realize I can only control how I respond to everything since so much is out of my control. Whether you are “sheltering in place” or “staying at home” we have an opportunity to feed our souls and immerse ourselves in beauty! What does this mean to me? I find time each day to quiet my active thoughts and explore my inner world. My soul is happy when I focus on beauty. Sometimes it feels more real when I meditate sitting in the backyard or walking in the neighborhood and other times I use my imagination during meditation. I imagine beauty in a variety of forms. For example, I imagine my loved ones, nature, flowers, feeling loved, crystals, a piece of art, and so much more! I also feel my soul blossom. Does this make sense? For me, beauty abounds and is everywhere. It’s more than the physical. It resides within each one of us and when I immerse myself I can feel my soul doing a happy dance! I feel loved unconditionally. Khalil Gibran, writer, poet and philosopher has...

You Are The Artist!

“Replace fear with curiosity.” Steven Spielberg, American filmmaker How are you and your families doing/being this week? Life certainly has changed for most people, hasn’t it? This is definitely a time for experiencing the unknown in ways we never imagined. Being present, feeling, and enjoying every moment is what’s real. How we respond to what’s going on will create our experience, yes? This is an opportunity to dream, vision, and consider what new realities we want to create – what do we want to change, eliminate or add to our lives as we can – what is most important to us now? As I’ve moved through this week I’ve noticed how I feel more. Does this make sense? If you feel frustrated, sad, anxious, happy, or worried it’s ok. I hope you have a healthy way to express them! Maybe find a room or closet at home where you can take a few minutes to scream and let out your frustration! LOL If you are alone please look for ways to stay connected to someone. You are not alone and you are valued! How we respond to this crisis can be viewed as an opportunity to reset as well. I asked myself, “Do I focus on how awful things are or look for the magic and positive that’s happening?” I’m choosing the positive. We can choose to replace fear with curiosity and creativity. Maya Angelou, a great American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I believe this is true. There is no limitation to...

A Season of Change

“Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart.” Dalai Lama Life as we’ve lived it has radically changed for most people in the world! How are you adjusting? As I talk to people I’ve found a variety of responses. Those who are working from home and have kids at home from schools closing find it challenging to keep young kids occupied while they work. Others with older children are enjoying online learning and are finding creative ways to have space for the privacy everyone needs. Families are scheduling lunch and dinner time together rather than shuttling kids to activities. Games are being dusted off and time is being set aside for the family to be together having fun. It’s also a great time to have conversations about what’s going on in the world and the individual dreams or concerns that are being held by each family member. Resist or embrace the coming together of family?  I know quite a few individuals who live alone. Some also work from home. It’s important to stay in touch to minimize the isolation that is felt. Knowing that someone cares is so important to overall health and well being. Please reach out via phone, text, e-mail or skype if you know someone who is alone! It can make a big difference. How are you adjusting your daily lives? I would love to hear from you. My husband and I are staying at home and only going out if it is essential. Fortunately the weather is cooperating and we can go for a walk in the neighborhood. I’ve noticed...

I Choose Kindness!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss Right now there’s a lot of panic and fear in the world, right? Are you feeling it? I’ve seen crazy posts of empty shelves for food staples, water, toilet paper, and sanitizing products. Lines have been reported to wrap around Costco and other retailers. It’s amazing what gets stirred up when fear takes hold isn’t it? I’ve heard of people insisting they go to the front of the line when others have been waiting a longer time. I wonder what’s going through everyone’s mind. I know that in many cases these aren’t normal behaviors but in times of uncertainty fear can stimulate unusual behavior. Self preservation prevails. My intention this week isn’t to dwell on the fear, however. I would rather focus on being kind. Why? I’m reminded of something Zig Ziglar, a well known salesman, motivational speaker, and author has said, “ Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.” So true. In the metaphysical community we talk about being mirrors for one another – what we see in someone is a reflection of ourselves. Similar, yes? I totally agree that making sure we and our families are safe and cared for is critical but I also feel it’s time to take some deep breaths and imagine releasing the fear that is so heavily embedded in the collective consciousness right now. It’s ok to feel afraid of the unknown...

I Choose Love – Not Fear!

Can you still feel all of the Lunar energies? March has a Super Worm Moon and the Vernal Equinox happening. Energetically the signs of Spring, new opportunities and growth present themselves. Can you imagine the ideas, dreams, and visions you’ve been holding as seeds that were planted in the Fall and been dormant during the Winter? Now is the time they will begin sprouting and ready to grow. This is an opportunity for each one of us to choose to nurture these seeds so that they can flourish and grow. I’m asking myself right now, “Which of the seeds that are sprouting are the ones I’ve planted and which are ones that have been planted from the environment.” Sound strange? Think about how plants reseed on their own and with the help of our flying friends! I encourage some discernment during your centering, prayer and meditation practices. Be aware that the choices you make are yours! I’m bringing this up because there are so many external distractions right now. Current politics, elections, Coronavirus, and division among groups are front and center. Now, more than ever, is a time to be aware of the influences that affect the choices we make. As I was thinking about this the other day, once again, Andra Day singing “Rise Up” was on. Immediately I got goose bumps and felt a deep longing. What captured my attention was the verse she sang, “All we need, all we need is hope and for that we have each other. And for that we have each other. We will rise. We will rise. We will rise, oh...

Be Strong and Remain Open to Receive!

I’ve had a couple of very strong reminders recently that it’s ok and better for me to be open and receive help, love, and support from others. Sigmund Freud a Neurologist who is known for Psychoanalysis said, “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” As I meditated I asked myself, “What is it about being “vulnerable” that feels so uncomfortable even when it makes me feel better and stronger?” Can being vulnerable really be a super power? I’ve found that suppressing how I feel doesn’t work for me anymore. How about you? Control comes up for me during my reflection – feeling like I’m unable to control my emotions or how people will respond to me comes up. Wow! What is it about self image that gets in the way? Like many of you I consider myself a private person. I’ve also learned habits and behaviors from working in a corporate environment for many years where it was more acceptable to keep emotions buried, so to speak. I’m not sure if this is still true in businesses today but having been one of few women in leadership roles, at that time, expressing emotions wasn’t acceptable. Our role models were men! That’s been my story. As I’ve been sitting with the discomfort of allowing myself to feel vulnerable and I thought about what this means to me. Being vulnerable makes me feel exposed and open to being wounded physically or emotionally. Not a good feeling for me. Old habits and beliefs rear up and I wonder, “What will people think of me?” I’m getting better about letting this habit...

Dance and Celebrate!

Have you danced and celebrated life this week? If not, why not? Many of you are probably wondering why I’m asking, right? Well . . . I’ve heard several things this week that have offered me an opportunity to look at what I believe. For example, I’ve heard that Mercury is in retrograde again. Ok, for many this can mean something negative and that there might be lots of challenges during this time. For me, I’ve been told I was born during a Mercury retrograde so I don’t experience it the same way. And yet, I wonder if our experience during this time is really about what we believe! By the way, this retrograde is February 17th through March 10th. There will also be two more this year. One in June and another in October. So, if you believe that “bad” or “challenging” things happen during Mercury retrograde then you may not have felt like dancing or celebrating! What happens if you change what you believe? Another situation that you might relate to is that you, a friend or a family member have recently experienced or are experiencing health issues. I know of several friends and acquaintances who have been ill with the flu, other health issues or they have loved ones who are suffering with dementia or Alzheimers. All of these situations can be very stressful and exhausting. Days are spent caring for others or self and the energy to dance and celebrate is non-existent, right? Thoughts are more focused on how to “fix” and heal things and often we find it hard to move out of that...

Rise Up!

Can you feel the change in the air? Not only is Storm Wisdom changing we’ve had another full moon, a Super Snow Moon; and so much going on around the world and politically that it’s hard to keep track of and focus! Whew. I always thought I loved change until I realized that I only loved it when I thought I could control it! Oops! My reflections this week have centered around courage and being courageous. What does that mean to me? With so much change happening around us I asked, “Rather than feeling overwhelmed how do I cope and move forward in a positive and constructive way?” Andra Day singing “Rise Up” – the refrain began to play in my mind. “And I’ll rise up. I’ll rise like the day. I’ll rise up. I’ll rise unafraid. I’ll rise up. And I’ll do it a thousand times again . . .” Persevering is one thing but I continued to ask, “How do I thrive when there are so many possibilities to consider? How can I make a difference and continue to help people? What is important to me and makes me laugh and giggle while feeling energized? What do I GET to create and participate in?” Amazing, isn’t it? Remembering that we create our own reality can be forgotten when we feel overwhelmed! Maya Angelou said, “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.” What do you think? I believe that we all have potential and...

Thoughts Matter!

I can’t believe it’s February already! How are you feeling? There’s still a lot happening right now. Intense emotions. Strong words. More and more division and judgment of self and others being expressed. Also, I have heard many people engaging more and wondering how to change things. For me, it’s felt like riding a tidal wave of emotion that has included disappointment, bewilderment, hopelessness, beauty, compassion, love, and hope. What are you thinking and feeling right now? As I’ve meditated this week what’s become clearer is that each one of us creates our own reality. I’ve known this for many years but it is integrating at deeper levels. So, as I see what’s going on around me I often wonder if I’m in an alternate reality! Have you ever felt like that? Abraham, who is channeled by Esther Hicks has said, “We didn’t say you’re creating what you want. We’re saying that you’re the creator of your own reality. We’re saying that you create what you think about.” Hmmm. Thoughts matter. Words matter. Actions matter. Imagine that every thought you have creates a new and different reality. I’ve been told that our mind is so busy we have thousands of them during the day. Wow! Meditating helps me quiet my thoughts for awhile. It also helps me blend into the Oneness of All That Is. It’s where I feel inner peace, unconditional love and compassion for myself and others. It brings me back into my heart space and away from the drama that’s being created in the world. I feel so much better afterward and less “triggered” by what’s...

Looking for Love

So much chaos continues to swirl all around us. Everyone is trying to navigate it in the best way they can. In spite of this one of the common themes I find as I work with people is helping them learn how to love and accept oneself. Often the conversation begins with an expressed desire to find and be in an intimate romantic relationship. There’s nothing wrong with this is there? Not really. However, where do we begin to look for love? Is it outside ourself or within ourself? Rumi has said, “Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Some of the most challenging opportunities we have are those that remove old beliefs and habits. Releasing all that we are not so that we can lean more into accepting who we truly are – beautiful beings of light and love. Our challenge is to remember this and embrace it unapologetically! What do you think? Frequently quoted author, C. JoyBell C. eloquently states, “The most adventurous journey to embark on; is the journey to yourself, the most exciting thing to discover; is who you really are, the most treasured pieces you can find; are all pieces of you, the most special portrait you can recognize, is the portrait of your soul.” The journey to yourself is one of the greatest and magical journeys you can embark upon while you’re here on Earth. I often call it “The Journey Home” to your true self which is eternal and is LOVE. I know you’ve...