Self-Forgiveness

“ Only your compassion and loving kindness are invincible and without limit.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk  Have you ever experienced what feels like a life review? Through the years and more recently at odd moments and sometimes in sleep it’s like revisiting a movie that I’ve watched. In reality it’s the life I’ve lived in this time. I’ve had moments where I have found myself dwelling on situations and the little voice, I’ll call my negative ego, sounds off, “I should have done. . . It could have been. . . Or, it would have been.” Yikes! Self-doubt, guilt, shame, and disappointment are heavy burdens to bear! This experience has given me an opportunity to reflect. I’ve wondered why it seems so hard to be compassionate, kind, and forgiving of me. This is what I often recommend to others after all! LOL Confucius, Chinese philosopher and politician reminds us that, “The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself.” How true. I’m aware that each one of us is invited to dive deep into understanding and knowing the truth of who we are while we are here. This includes who we are at our core, in relationships with family, friends, and community; as well as our relationship with God/Goddess/All That Is, and how we help one another. Compassion, kindness, love, and forgiveness can’t be destroyed. We can freely give them to ourselves and others. Accepting them; however, is up to each one of us. That’s conscious choice. Forgiveness is an act of self-love and truly a gift. Many people believe that when you forgive yourself, self-acceptance...

Be Confident!

“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” ~ Seth Godin, Author and entrepreneur How are you? There’s a lot going on isn’t there? I’m amazed at how fast time seems to be passing and there are days I have to focus on what day it is before getting out of bed in the morning! New routines have been created and continue to change and evolve. New ways of BEing are emerging. Overcoming challenges and creating ways to thrive in families, relationships, communities and the world continue to be front and center everyday. 2021 invites us to change and transform. We are invited to explore and remember  who we are and what we value; and what we’re willing to change within us. We have opportunities to make choices in our lives more consciously. During this time of change being optimistic while hoping for something better helps to keep us moving forward. Knowing that things can get better and improve helps to fuel our forward movement. Yes, we may have days of self-doubt and self-judgment and when those days happen I allow them. I am learning to become more of the observer of these energies rather than believe in and fortify them. What helps? I find that acknowledging them helps. I quiet my thoughts, through deep breathing, and move into my heart space where I feel peace and love. I recognize that I’m being invited to explore why I feel this way. I ask, “Why am I doubting and judging myself? What...

Love Is In The Air!

“We are all people who need to love, because Love is the soul’s life. Love is simply creation’s greatest joy.” ~Hafez, Spiritual poet and mystic Love is! I’m feeling the energies of love all around. Maybe it’s because it’s close to Valentine’s Day or maybe it’s because Love is who we are! Basking in and feeling these energies within and around me are making me smile. Loving and being loved are a gift beyond measure. Signs and symbols of Love are appearing as swans, sea shells, hearts, roses, doves, and Cupid. The Universe continues to whisper and send signs. Listening, hearing and recognizing them are up to us. As I reflect upon my spiritual journey of awakening I remember meditating one day several years ago and all of a sudden I felt an overwhelming sense of unconditional love. It was so powerful I broke down in tears. Words aren’t adequate to describe how it felt though. I felt humbled and yet in that moment I knew that Love is who we are and it’s unconditional. This isn’t the romantic love that we experience. Romantic love, loving and being loved by someone, is special and important as we learn to be in relationship with others. These feelings are exciting and can run deep in different ways. The unconditional Love I experienced felt deeper and more profound. Have you felt it? I’ve felt it many times during meditation when I’m centered and my thoughts are quiet. This awareness, that Love is always there to bask in is reinforced by Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk who said, “Love is a living,...

Keep Going!

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein, Theoretical physicist I find it hard to believe that January is already ending! We’ve even experienced a Full Moon also known as a Wolf Moon. There’s been so much energy, including this lunar energy, to support and encourage us to ‘let go’ of  our baggage – the things that no longer serve us. Albert Einstein’s quote really resonated with me as I thought of my old baggage as the stuff I’m learning from the past. In fact, many yesterdays! It’s a beautiful reminder that today is what’s real although having hope plays an important part for the future. We’re invited to continually question what’s working and not working for us in every moment. Then, consciously choose to let go of the old stuff or not! Some things are easier than others.  What about the fear of letting go of what’s known and comfortable? Are you ready? Do you think about being different if you clean your closet so to speak? Maybe create a new wardrobe! How fun! Do you wonder how your friends and family will respond to the change in you? Keep going. It’s ok to become more of who you are! Imagine how much lighter you will feel when you do this! Whew!  Being awake, aware, and accountable for you and your life with intention is a beautiful way to be and live. Why let someone else choose for you? Once you realize your own power and the gift of free will – the power to choose with...

BE!

“When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.” ~ Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate My soul was touched during the Presidential Inauguration ceremony as I listened to Amanda Gorman’s powerful poem ‘The Hill We Climb’. She radiated beauty, light, and love as she delivered it. Goosebumps! It reminded me of how often the words ‘with light and love’ and ‘being vs doing’ are used as we spiritually awaken to greater remembering and depths of understanding who we are. For many years I’ve believed that our true essence, which some may call our eternal soul, is LOVE and the embodiment of light. However, the concept of ‘being and not doing’ has only made sense to me in recent years. Why did it take me so long to understand? I didn’t think that I wasn’t brave enough. As I journeyed I learned that I couldn’t intellectualize it. In fact, I had to give myself permission to unlearn some things. One of the big ones was to re-vision what success and reward meant to me after spending so many years in Corporate America where success meant producing results and answering ‘what have you done for me lately’? It’s amazing how much unlearning there is once a conscious decision to awaken is made. Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk said, “We have a tendency to think in terms of doing and not in terms of being. We think that when we...

Happiness is a Choice!

“When you think everything is someone else’s fault, you suffer a lot. When you realize everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” ~Dalai Lama Do you realize how powerful you are? Not muscle strength but inner strength! It took me quite a few years before I accepted the truth that everything begins within me. In fact, this awareness and understanding continue to deepen all of the time. I look back and wonder why it took me so long to “get it” and now I recognize that when I “got it” was the time I chose! Imagine that! LOL  Each one of us has been entrusted with an inner power that is wondrous and limitless. How happy are you? Yes, being happy is a choice as the Dalai Lama reminds us. Is it that easy, especially now with all of the chaos in the world? Yes, I believe it is. What we think and believe as well as the choices we make and how we respond to the choices made by others create our reality! We are powerful aren’t we? Imagine! Are you feeling a little down or stuck right now or are you wondering when things will return to normal, whatever that means for you? Take a minute to stop and breathe deeply a few times with your eyes closed. On your in breath imagine only love, gratitude, and possibilities entering and on your out breath imagine your feelings of frustration and suffering leaving you. Do this a few more times. Focus on your breathing until you feel your body relax and center. Better?...

Happy New Year!

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, British poet 2021 has arrived and I’m feeling optimistic and hopeful! Holiday celebrations were very different for us and most of you this year. I took time to reflect on the difference and I realized that the holidays this year were just different – not good or bad! Opportunities for inner reflection and feelings of gratitude emerged and soared during this time. I guess, you might say, I leaned more into acceptance rather than resistance. Instead, I acknowledged the many blessings in my life and now that the energies of change and transformation are supporting us in 2021 I feel new levels of hope! How about you? I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions; however, I was struck by a reminder that was shared by Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, “Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.” In fact, it reminds me of the intention I say when I wake up in the morning, “I get to be here another day with the people I love and help others. I get to become more of my truest self – LOVE!” Being here at this time is truly a gift! I am the author of my life and each day with twenty-four brand-new hours to live gives me an opportunity to write a...

Gifts From the Heart!

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Happy Holidays to each one of you! This year has presented many challenges as we celebrate traditions, holidays, and significant milestones in our lives and the lives of our families and friends. Re-imagining how to celebrate while staying healthy and safe has created sadness, disappointment and stress for many. I realize this. It’s affected me and my family too. I found that I had to remain open to and accept a new way of experiencing the holidays. I also had to let go of the past and “what was” before I could enjoy something different and new. Remaining healthy was key to each of my family members. In some ways I feel we had a deeper connection finding meaningful ways to be present to one another instead of meeting in person. I found so much acceptance, joy, and gratitude for the many blessings in my life on Christmas morning. In the past we’ve usually been hustling and bustling with gift opening and preparing food to take to a family gathering.  My husband and I began Christmas morning by sitting in front of the fireplace, enjoying the lights on our Christmas tree and we reflected on years past with gratitude. Being present to each other in this way touched both of our hearts! We’ve never enjoyed this time in the same way. Later we enjoyed a lovely meal together and connected with friends and family members through phone calls, texts, and FaceTime during the day. Technology can be wonderful! The...

Enjoy Every Minute!

“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of everyday that is given to me to live.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist What an amazing and powerful month of holiday celebrations! This week, Monday, December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the first day of Winter, and we find many cultures celebrate this event in a variety of ways. In addition, Jupiter becomes conjunct with Saturn and can be seen from Earth for the first time in over 800 years! This planetary alignment is also known by some as the Bethlehem/Christmas Star. In Christian traditions the Bethlehem Star is also associated with leading the three wise men to Bethlehem. Merry Christmas if you celebrate it and Happy Hanukkah for those of you who celebrated!  With the Solstice new directions and goals, opportunities, growth, and possibilities are supported. It feels, to me, like entering a time of hibernation where I can reflect on my old habits, perceptions, and behaviors that I want to release and then envision, imagine and dream about new possibilities for the coming year. It’s not a time to push and force something to happen! Rather, it’s an invitation to enjoy everyday that we’re alive and give ourselves permission to dream big! It’s not about resolutions for the New Year, rather a new way to BE and live. What a gift we’ve been given to live our lives intentionally and consciously. Now, with these supportive energies I feel like our inner canvas is clear. We are invited to use our inner artistry to create another masterpiece of our life intentionally. Jonathan Lockwood...

Reach Out!

“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.” ~Khalil Gibran, Writer, poet, visual artist, and philosopher  This week I’ve talked to several people who are feeling more isolated and alone than ever. 2020 has been a year of changes, trauma, and challenges. So many are suffering from what is becoming known as “Covid burnout.” Thanksgiving gatherings and other social activities have brought on an  increased number of people infected and hospitalized with the virus. In addition, more economic pressure on individuals and families without seeing any help in the near future has added more stress and feelings of isolation and desperation. I’m an optimist by nature and I find myself consciously looking for the light at the end of the tunnel and bright spots. I don’t want to dwell on what’s negative and wrong. I admit that some days are more challenging than others. To combat this, before I get out of bed, everyday I offer my gratitude for being alive and ask, “How can I help someone today?” When I feel down or discouraged I take time to go inward into my heart space to re-ignite the spark of hope within me. It’s here that my thoughts quiet and my faith in humanity is restored. It’s also here that I remember to reach out to my friends and family to see how they’re doing. I realize that I’m not alone and the feelings of separation and isolation go away. I remember that I am LOVE and we’re all connected. Through my reaching out to someone else my situation doesn’t...

Finding Yourself!

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, and peace activist When I work with clients I’m often asked, “Who am I and what’s my purpose?” In fact, for many years I asked these same questions during my own meditations. Looking back there are 3 moments that stand out for me as I’ve traveled this journey of spiritual awakening. Several years ago while I attended Theology school, during a Spiritual Direction segment, I was enjoying a walking meditation and I asked, “What’s my purpose?” I heard, “To help people remember.” At the time I had no clue what this meant.  On another day during morning prayer I saw the words from Hosea written on the wall behind the altar, “Come to the desert and I will speak to your heart.” Tears rolled down my cheeks. Not long before I had relocated to Arizona from the Bay Area with my family. The third stand out moment, as I look back, came during an intense weekend retreat where, during one of the exercises, we were asked to shout out, “Who am I?” I shouted, “LOVE!” That’s who I am. Others participating shouted different things. We are all individual and unique! So are our journeys. These experiences felt like seeds that had been planted and brought into my consciousness. It’s taken many many years to nurture, reflect, and allow them to grow. Accepting and BEing myself without wanting to please others first has been quite a journey. How about you? Others believed in...

Take Care of You!

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.” ~Buddha, Philosopher, spiritual teacher, and religious leader I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable. Mine was different, like many of you, and I was grateful I had energy enough to cook a few things while my husband barbecued turkey and sausages! I have to admit that once we ate I crashed and took a long nap! I’m also grateful that my COVID results came back negative. It seems like I had and I’m recovering from a nasty flu. I am on the road to recovery and feel better every day. Thanks so much for your wonderful healing wishes. I’ve had plenty of time for self-reflection during this recovery. I realize that taking care of me hasn’t always been a high priority. I find it’s easier to take care of others first. Even while I was sick I found my first concern was not to infect my husband. Fortunately, he helped me during my weakest moments. I remember one day, as I was reflecting, the image of me as superwoman appeared. Guess what? I could see how wanting to take care of others first became a habit throughout my life. I’ve always been strong and thought I could do anything. I learned, once again, I don’t have to do it all and I’m not a very good patient! I asked, “Why did I get sick? What’s mine to know about this experience?” One of my greatest awarenesses was “surrender”. For those of us who like to “be in charge or control things” I found it challenging...

Gratitude!

“Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.” ~Rumi 2020 brings a different way of living and being. Most of this content I wrote in September 2019. I’m sick and I’m grateful for a partner who is here to help me. It began Tuesday and hit hard Wednesday. I’m grateful that I still have taste and smell. Hopefully I just have an ugly case of the flu. Just to be careful I’m being tested for COVID-19 tonight. I won’t go over the details though. Will keep you posted, however. We don’t go out often and when we do we wear masks. Mostly we’re home!It serves as a reminder to BE in each and every moment in gratitude. It doesn’t matter if one moment is challenging I’m reminded that the next one can be different. It’s a choice and one that is mine to make. Sometimes in a moment of challenge it is often difficult to see another way.  As I imagine swimming wildly and joyously in gratitude I close my eyes and allow myself to “feel” a greater sense of joy and freedom – a greater sense of peace. Yes, I even imagine a big smile on my face and a lightness in my heart. This has been a particularly challenging week for me personally –  loving, supporting, and being present for a loved one who was in the hospital. While there I experienced a full range of emotions that included love, impatience, fear, helplessness, hope, and gratitude to name a few. To be honest, I haven’t quite reached this state. Seems like all I do is sleep! When...

Wisdom is Available!

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word, freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” ~ Winston Churchill, British statesman, army officer, writer, Prime Minister of the UK I hope all of you are doing well and not stressing too much about the upcoming holidays and what to do about them. My prayer is that you stay safe and enjoy them in a different and more creative way than usual. Allow them to be different! I’ve been reflecting a lot about wisdom this week. As I channel messages and information I often hear “wisdom, information, and guidance”. So I’ve been sitting with what wisdom means to me. In fact I would add the single word “wisdom” to Winston Churchill’s quote. Like many people, I think of wisdom as a virtue. Where does it come from? Well, for many it comes when you’re centered in your heart space and your thoughts are quiet. When a question is asked the answer comes without thinking about or analyzing it. Wisdom is innate and available to anyone. Others consider wisdom as an ability to think and act using experience, knowledge, and insight. How about you? Hmmm. More reflection to come. When I seek guidance and wisdom in my centered and quiet state I wonder how my own filters influence what I receive? Through my own practice I’ve learned that clarity comes as I surrender to God/Goddess/All That Is – Source. I’ve learned to trust and my thoughts quiet more easily. It’s taken practice though. Most of us strive to be the best versions of ourselves that we...

Breathe and Be Gentle!

“Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.” ~ Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic I realize that you may be feeling a wide range of emotions right now. Let’s take a moment to stop, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Bring your awareness into your heart space and imagine a flame burning brightly. Focus on the flame and feel your body begin to relax – every cell and fiber of your being is relaxing. Feel your thoughts begin to quiet. Now, feel the warmth of the flame that’s burning so bright and imagine it represents unconditional love. Take a moment and feel this love deep within you,  through you, and as you. Remember, this is who you are at your core and remember how much you are loved by God/Goddess/All That Is, Source. Ahhhhh!! Allow this moment to help rejuvenate and refuel your energy from your heart space and love. Feel your inner strength grow.  This has been a crazy week of emotional ups and downs so please let yourself be gentle with you, right now. You deserve it! L.R. Knots, Author, feminist, and social justice activist tells us,“Do not underestimate the power of gentleness. Gentleness is strength wrapped in peace, and therein lies the power to change the world.” Answers, perseverance, courage, intuition, wisdom, and so much more resides within each one of us. Quieting thoughts, quieting your mind, and moving into your heart space helps to access them. Being able to “hear” the answers is key and requires minimizing and/or removing all background noise and thought....

Voting is a Human Right!

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, American politician and 32nd President of the USA This newsletter isn’t meant to be a political statement. My intention is to bring awareness so that you exercise your human right to vote! Some of you may be feeling like there’s a lot in your life that feels out of control. We’ve talked about these chaotic times in previous newsletters. It’s not surprising that you might also feel excited, elated, disappointed, disillusioned, and fearful all in the same day. Remember to stop, take some deep breaths, and bring your awareness into your heart space while you ride the wave of emotions that you feel. These are your feelings and you don’t have to hold onto or suppress them. Feel them and then let them go as you become more centered and calm. Focus on what you can do in each moment. We voted! Have you? Maybe you’ve felt excited and energized. Maybe some of you have felt afraid that your vote won’t be counted. You’re not alone. I found myself researching alternative ways to submit my ballot rather than mailing it for the first time. Wow!! Challenges, yes? There are also solutions. I found that I could deliver it to an official ballot DropBox in AZ and then track my ballot to make sure that it was verified and certified. It worked great! There are many websites with information; however, I found the AZ Secretary of State, AZSOS.gov and recorder.maricopa.gov to be very helpful. I’m sure that these options, as well as others, are available where you...

Faith – Hope – Love!

“There is no love without hope, no hope without love, and neither love nor hope without faith.” ~ St. Augustine, Theologian, philosopher, and Bishop of Hippo Regis in Namibia  There’s a lot going on right now, isn’t there? Two full moons this month, a pandemic, and elections to name a few things. The upcoming full moon which is also known as a blue moon or Harvest moon usually represents a time for hunters to prepare for the Winter and stockpiling food. How many of you believe you’ve already been stockpiling food with these “stay at home” times? LOL Regardless, this has also been a time to forgive and love ourselves and not lose faith in one another or humanity; a time to feel the sparks of hope within us ignite! I realize that at times this seems hard to do. We are resilient and can create amazing things in our lives in spite of what seems like insurmountable odds, at times – we persevere! Many of you can relate to this I’m sure. Faith, hope, and love help us continue moving forward. I believe that our true nature comes from love. We are human beings and deep within us our core essence is love. Part of our journey is to remember this! Love is the greatest transformer of all. When you feel uncertain, anxious, overwhelmed or are creating new ways of being for yourselves remember to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Bring your awareness into your heart space and imagine tapping into the source and pool of love deep within you. Swim in it. Feel it....

Your Voice Counts!

“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” ~ Oprah Winfrey, TV host, actress, producer, media executive, author Have you ever held back the words that express your true feelings? Have you found yourself not wanting to disappoint someone if you did? Have you ever felt that you might lose someone’s love if you told them something you thought they didn’t want to hear? How did you feel afterward? How many times in life has this occurred? As I look back on my life I haven’t counted the times; however, I remember important moments when it’s happened to me. At that time in my life I lacked the courage to speak up and express my true feelings because I didn’t want to disappoint someone. In the end it was me that was disappointed. This has been part of my journey. I’m much better now about speaking my truth. My voice and yours counts! I look back on the times I didn’t vote because I didn’t think it was important. I didn’t feel like my vote mattered. Well, as I’ve become more aware and make conscious choices, through the years, I realize that this isn’t true. What if, everyone felt like I did? In fact, there’s a large percentage of our population who don’t vote for a variety of reasons. Voting is a part of speaking our truth and having our voices heard. The late John Lewis, U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District and civil rights leader reminds us that, “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in...

Laugh – Sing – Dance!

“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing.”  ~ Jarod Kintz, Author With all of the craziness and drama that’s going on in our country right now I realized that I can either enter the drama or not. So I’m choosing not!! Laughter and it’s impact on healing as well as singing and dancing to feel happy have emerged front and center for me this week. Does this sound weird? As I write this newsletter I hear Pharrell Williams singing his “Happy” song and imagine my soul dancing as I smile and feel good! So much better than joining in drama that I have no control over. How I respond to it is what I can control!  Don’t get me wrong. I realize there are serious things going on right now with significant impact and consequences for our country and each one of us. What I realize is that it’s important, more than ever, to focus on the choices I make and how I respond to choices made by others. I continue to remember who I am in my core and that is LOVE. I intend to become more loving, kind,  and compassionate for me and others.  Do you know who Ziggy Marley is? I love his father, Bob Marley’s, music. I saw Ziggy interviewed recently and learned that he’s also an amazing Jamaican musician and philanthropist. The lyrics of his song “Love is the Only Law” really resonated because I believe Love is the greatest transformer of all. Ziggy sings, “We only live to learn to love and no lesson is greater. Make it your gain, suffer no shame.” I...

Have Faith in You!

“The best way to take care of the future is take care of the present moment.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, peace activist So much going on in the world and in our country! Chaos seems non-stop! Do you feel like you’re on a roller coaster at times? Are you holding on to your hats? Would you rather stay in bed and not face the day sometimes? In the midst of what feels overwhelming at times please remember that you can control how you respond to everything. That defines your experience.  I don’t know about you but when I feel like things are out of control it seems like there’s no way out. That’s when I remind myself to take deep breaths and remember that I create my reality; I’m not a victim or martyr; and I have choices that I can make. This is what I can control! Thich Nhat Hanh also tells us that, “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” It’s easy to lose sight of this when we feel out of control! I find when I’m in this state I begin to second guess my decisions and choices. My thoughts are going 90 miles an hour. I forget all of the times I’ve responded to situations, including chaotic ones, and the choice I’ve made has been great!  Hmmm. So why during unfamiliar or chaotic times does this happen? Why don’t I have faith in me any longer? It happens less and less. I understand that, for me, this is part of the journey of awakening. It’s one of reclaiming my power...

Be Authentic!

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~Aristotle, Greek philosopher Knowing myself is one of the most amazing journeys I’ve undertaken. On the surface it sounds simple doesn’t it? What I’ve discovered is that, like a spiral, there are deeper and deeper levels of remembering and re-discovery. There are also many layers of letting go of old perceptions, habits, and beliefs. This has been a conscious journey of mine for over 30 years and it continues. In the beginning I believed that what I did and what others expected of me was who I was. A big part of becoming more of my authentic self has been remembering that I’m not what I do! I do and have done many things. I’m not what others want me to be or think of me either! The real, actual, genuine and authentic me is a foundation of love. I’m choosing to become more loving, kind, accepting, and compassionate with myself and others! Seeking to understand and speaking my truth rather than worry about pleasing someone else or wondering what they will think of me has also been a part of this journey. Along the way I realized that I feared “being seen as different” and could possibly lose the love of my family. My fear wasn’t real though; however, it played a big role in the story I created. This was something that I had to face and decide what changes I would make in my life to live more authentically. It felt like de-constructing me and who I thought I was after so many years of outside influences. It...

Where Do You Find Peace?

“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” ~ Marvin Gaye, Singer, songwriter, record producer Chaos seems to be ever present right now with no sign of letting up any time soon. In addition to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis I was so sorry to hear about the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week. Her courage, perseverance and belief in fighting for women’s rights, civil rights, and equality for all is remarkable and she will be missed. I’m reminded that now, more than ever, is a time for each one of us to remain centered and focus on positive and peaceful outcomes.  I know at times you may feel overwhelmed and when you do please remember to take a few deep breaths and bring your awareness into your heart space. Imagine the spark of hope and unconditional love are yours to connect with from here. Feel it. Cherish it. Allow yourself to relax and let the calm move through your body. Remember, peace begins within.  Finding peace in the midst of chaos might seem challenging. Once you begin practicing it becomes easier and almost second nature. Being aware and conscious of when you aren’t centered and feeling peaceful is part of the practice. When you aren’t or feel overwhelmed ask yourself, “Is what I’m feeling mine or coming from somewhere else?” Many of you are sensitive to other energies and are empathic. Recognizing what’s yours and what’s not is important. If it isn’t yours then ask to release all that’s not yours! Imagine how much lighter you will feel. Do you feel...

Exercise Your Spiritual Muscles!

“The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.”  ~Mother Teresa, Consecrated Roman Catholic religious nun What are spiritual muscles? They might be different for each one of you; however, for me, the foundation of mine comes from faith – what do I believe? Then, hope, wisdom, love, and compassion follow. Why write about exercising your spiritual muscles in this way now? I feel it’s time to live more intentionally and consciously. This isn’t new or surprising coming from me, right? As we exercise to keep our physical bodies healthy it’s also necessary to exercise our spiritual muscles. If they aren’t used then they lose their tone and effectiveness much like our physical muscles.  So, I wondered during my quiet and reflective time, “How can I exercise my  spiritual muscles? What does this mean?” I realized that I’ve been exercising them but haven’t always been conscious of it. I also recognize that this is something I can control and change! WooHoo!! Like with physical exercise I’ve found that practice makes a difference. Think of it as creating muscle memory! Faith in yourself, hope, love, compassion, and wisdom will grow as you practice After so many months of continued chaos and uncertainty in our world with no end in sight I continue to ask, “How can I make a difference?” The answer always is, “BEcome more of your truest nature which is love! This is what you can control. This is what will make a difference to those around you! For when you are BEcoming more of your truest nature, love, this affects the resonance of all life!” ...

Jump – Leap – Arrive!

“Hope is passion for what is possible.” ~Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, and author Lunar energy has been intense this week! Have you felt it? We’ve experienced a Full Corn Moon instead of a Harvest Moon. Why is it different? Typically, at this time, we’re ready to harvest the seeds of what ideas and visions that we planted during the Spring. In addition to this the energy of the Full Corn Moon brings up and accentuates sensitivities, emotions, and creates openings to new possibilities. It only appears once every 3 years so I hope you’ve been practicing good self care! You may have wondered why things seemed different given all that’s been going on this year with change and uncertainty. Your emotions may have felt like they were running wild!  I’ve been feeling more optimistic and hopeful in spite of the intensity. Kierkegaard tells us that hope is the fuel for what’s possible. It feels like the spark of hope within me has ignited and is stronger than ever. I’ve noticed that I don’t feel triggered as much considering the divisiveness, uncertainty, tension, and negativity that’s happening in the world right now.  Why? I’ve chosen to spend more time in my inner world accessing available insights and wisdom. I’ve chosen to take a leap of faith, so to speak, and focus on what I can change. Change begins with me. For me, love is the greatest transformer of all and I find myself returning to the source of my being which is love. St. Augustine of Hippo, Theologian, philosopher, and bishop has said, “ There is no love without hope,...