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...

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,...

Why Am I Here?

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion, and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitzer, Theologian, physician, humanitarian, philosopher, and writer Lately, it seems like I’m riding an emotional wave at unexpected times. How about you? One day this week I felt my heart breaking and my soul cried out, “Enough! It’s time to stop and treat one another as equals with compassion and kindness.” So much seems broken right now; however, I believe we are being shown things that have been broken for many many years and now is the time for them to come into the light. Many people believe that we are at a tipping point, a time to make changes. Instead of wallowing in despair and hopelessness I took a few deep breaths and moved into my heart space then focused on what I’m grateful for in my life. There are so many things including: I’m grateful for the awakening of more human beings and for the opportunity to BE more consciously responsible and accountable for my choices in ways I haven’t been in the past. There is a clarion call for change and each one of us can play a role. I wondered, “What if we treated one another as equals? What if we looked deeply within ourselves and noticed what we still hold separate? Are we courageous enough to claim and integrate them? Is change possible?” Yes, I believe it is and I’m hopeful. I recently was invited to listen to The Turning sung by Justin Michael Williams, Author, recording artist, and transformational speaker. The refrain reinforced...

You Are a Creator!

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I’m changing myself.” ~ Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic So much change is going on in the world and everyday life! Things are not what we’re used to anymore. We’ve been experiencing a pandemic, fires in some areas, protests, staying at home more, wearing masks, worrying about family and friends, buying groceries online, traveling less, communicating via Zoom, and so much more. Whew, I hear so many of you saying, “I can’t wait until things return to normal!” I wonder what that really looks like, don’t you? During quiet moments we’ve had time for inner reflection and to imagine what the new normal might be. It’s different for each one of us. Once the seed of change begins to sprout and grow then we ask, “What in me and my life am I willing to change for my new normal to be created?” If this exploration isn’t challenging enough there have been intense universal energies encouraging us to let go of old stuff and open to new possibilities. Elkhart Tolle, Spiritual teacher and author has said, “When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.” Amazing, isn’t it? Leaning into uncertainty isn’t always easy. For those of you who like to be in charge or control the outcome of your decisions this can be especially difficult. I always thought I loved change and then several years ago I realized that I only loved it when I thought I could control it! That was a big...

In Search of Wholeness!

“Love is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete.” ~ Plato, Athenian Philosopher Have you ever thought that you weren’t “complete” and that something was missing? Have you found yourself always looking for something outside of you to fulfill what you thought was missing? I’ve heard so many people say, “If only I could find a wonderful relationship or if only I lived somewhere else or if only I could find my perfect job then I would feel complete.” The common thread is that there is a belief that looking outside of oneself is how you feel complete or whole. I believe as Plato so simply stated that our search for wholeness is Love! Our essence is love and the journey to rediscover it is within us. That’s who we are. When I think about it aren’t we afraid to lose love or want to feel loved or feel like we don’t deserve it? “We are already love so how can it be lost?” I ask. This is part of our journey isn’t it? To remember. We are already whole and complete unless we believe we aren’t. I understand there are also parts of us that we have rejected through the years and it’s important to reclaim, accept, love, and integrate them back within us. I’ve been experiencing this myself recently. It feels good when it happens. For me, it’s been happening during my lucid dreaming where it seems like a life review happens and then I feel the emotion and reclaim and welcome the part(s) of me that I’ve rejected for many...

The Lion’s Gate Portal Opens!

“. . .the season of the sacred feminine is upon us, bringing with it a return to a simpler, natural, life-centered ethos that puts people and the environment above money and things.” ~Karen Clark-Shepard, American Grammy Award winning musician and songwriter The Lion’s Gate Portal opened once again on August 8, 2020. Why is this significant? I’ve heard from several people that they feel more emotional, tired, and have flu-like, non-COVID, symptoms. The universal energies are pretty intense right now and, in some cases, amplifying what’s being felt in the world. So what does it mean? This is a time when the rising star of Sirius aligns with the summer sun in Leo and Earth. Powerful and intense energy can be felt. It’s a time for illuminating our inner self, goals and ambitions. Courage is called upon to navigate these energies. Opportunities are opening for us to make changes if we choose and step into our personal power. Sirius, in Astrology, represents wealth, passion, honor, abundance, confidence, will power, and self-expression. Think about it as a super charged opportunity to raise consciousness! Whew! In addition, it’s also known as the “Stargate of the Goddess”. Hmmm. Divine feminine energy of harmony and balance are showering us too. Self-care is important! I can’t think of a more perfect time for this portal to open in light of everything the world is experiencing today. There are no coincidences, right? Herman Hesse, Swiss poet, novelist, and painter has said, “You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, a single power, a single salvation and that is called...

Accept and Love 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, Buddhist Monk How often do you find yourself trying to be what others think you should be? Have you ever felt like you don’t matter, aren’t seen or heard? If you’ve felt like any of these you aren’t alone. Through the years I’ve felt some of this too! It’s taken me many years of being willing to be introspective and dive deep within myself to seek understanding and reclaim my own power of being me. Accepting, owning, and loving me has become a daily adventure!  How do you feel about being beautiful? Judith Manganiello, Friend, author and founder of A Peace of the Universe recommended a practice many years ago and I still use and recommend it. Take a minute and look in the mirror and say, “I’m beautiful and I love you!” How does it feel? Comfortable or uncomfortable? Do you feel your inner beauty that shines through as you accept yourself? It may take time.   During this time of being more socially isolated the opportunity for self re-discovery has opened up for those who have been willing to experience more inner reflection and exploration. Rupi Kaur, Author, poet, artist, illustrator, and performer reminds us that, “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” Like so many things, it all begins with us doesn’t it? I wonder why criticizing is easier than accepting and loving?  When I first began practicing looking in the mirror I was more focused on what...

Despair or Hope?

“Hope is the only thing that will keep you from despair.”  ~C.S. Lewis, British writer and theologian. There’s a lot going on, isn’t there? So many distractions in our external world make it more and more challenging to spend time in our inner world, yes? I’ve heard several people talk about how emotional they’ve been this week. One person described it as a change in barometric pressure that’s bringing up so much emotion. Another person said, “It feels like I’m cleaning out all of my old stuff including suppressed emotions.” And still others have described an emotional roller coaster experiencing highs and lows. How have you been feeling? I’ve found moments where I’ve asked, “What’s next? What else can happen now?” I’ve found myself feeling the collective pain and I’ve felt helpless at times. For those of you who are sensitive and feel energies of others this time presents great challenges. It’s important to know when the energies are yours or others. Now is a good time to practice, especially when you feel off, asking, “Is what I’m feeling mine or others?” If it’s not yours then ask for help from God, High Self or your guides to release them.  Currently there’s a wide range of emotion swirling around in the collective consciousness. The denser emotions can range from despair, hopelessness, rejection, sorrow, anxiety, anger, hate, and fear. Feelings of hope, love, understanding, acceptance, inner peace, kindness, compassion, and joy are also being felt in spite of what’s happening in the world. I’m encouraged and hopeful as I see people of all ages immersing themselves in beauty, helping others,...

You Are You!

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~Dr. Maya Angelou, American poet and Civil Rights Activist What is normal? How many times have you heard people say, “I can’t wait for things to return to normal?” Is that what we really want? Is it more that we want to feel more comfortable and in control of what’s going on around us? I love Dr. Maya Angelou’s quote as she brings up the possibility that we may never know how amazing we can be in doing so.  I’ve said this before, “I believe we’ve been given a great opportunity and in many ways a gift to create a new normal.” Whatever that means for each one of us. After all, we are all creators, aren’t we? More people are awakening to the fact that we have an opportunity to reclaim our power – the power that we’ve given to others for so many years. The canvas, gardens, or manuscripts are all blank. They are ours to fill. We are the Master Gardeners, Artists, Writers, and Musicians and can create more beauty, love, and stories with amazing outcomes. It’s our choice to survive or thrive! In other words, a new normal is ours to create. Dr. Angelou tells us, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, some humor and some style.” Our lives are ours to create and now more than ever is the time to let our voices be heard. We hear the cries of the oppressed,...

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...