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Love!

Love!

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” The Buddha, Spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism

I hope that those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving did so with love, joy, and gratitude. So many blessings to acknowledge and embrace. I’m curious what stood out for you? What was the most surprising or amazing revelation that happened? I woke up with Tina Turner’s song playing in my head, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Perhaps it’s the time of life but for me I realized in a deeper way how love is at the center of everything – beyond romantic love. It’s been a time for re-prioritizing what’s important to me. I cherish and value my family, friendships and relationships more.

Many years ago while meditating I heard, “Love is the greatest transformer of all!” And in that knowing I’ve come to feel it in deeper and more meaningful ways. This was the first time in three years that we’ve celebrated Thanksgiving together. Each of us has changed. Life circumstances changed for some in significant ways. We offered prayers of gratitude for our gathering and meal. We included blessings and prayers for those who couldn’t be with us. We laughed and enjoyed a wonderful meal with each other.

I realized, once again, that we all are a part of the whole. Our essence is LOVE regardless of our beliefs and differences. Sharing this meal that was created with love we touched and appreciated each other. Differences were forgotten. Gratitude and joy were felt and shared. As we sat with one another I felt past grievances, differences, and disagreements leave. They no longer served me. I wasn’t even aware that I was still holding them.

I felt our souls connect for a moment in celebration and as I felt our sameness, LOVE, I let go of what wasn’t mine anymore. American singer-songwriter and pianist, Tori Amos, has said, “Love is deep, love is wide. It’s the only thing that reaches a soul.” Truly, LOVE is the greatest transformer of all! Have you ever felt love so deeply that your soul smiles and sometimes weeps in remembrance? I encourage you to be open to the possibility of this feeling during your quiet moments or when you are with loved ones. You can say, “I’m open and willing to receive love and feel it in my soul.”

 

The ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, has said, “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” Imagine being open and willing to receive love; allowing yourself to feel it; and for some of you associate it with a favorite fragrance, touch, sound, taste, or vision. Head, heart, and senses engaged fully to remember and be the LOVE that you are! Imagine your journey is one of remembering this. How will you express LOVE in your daily life? How will LOVE transform your life? How will you allow yourself to give and receive more love? How will you BE LOVE?

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if LOVE is the lens we use to make our choices? I hope your post-Thanksgiving weekend has been peaceful and look forward to hearing from you! I’m sending you lots of love!

I’m available for private coaching and channeled information sessions at Storm Wisdom on Tuesdays from 1p – 6p by appointment. Please call Storm Wisdom, (602)334-1204 to schedule. I’m also available by phone or Zoom. To schedule please go to victoriabarna.com.

An Attitude of Gratitude!

An Attitude of Gratitude!

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
Eckhart Tolle, Spiritual teacher and author

How are you? I hope you aren’t stressing about the Thanksgiving holiday and any gatherings you might be planning. Take a deep breath! Maybe take a few of them until any anxiety or worry settles! For many of you this may be the first time you’re celebrating a holiday with family and friends. And for some of you it may be old news. In the past, we have always hosted Thanksgiving. With Covid that changed. Holidays can feel stressful for a variety of reasons whether you are hosting a gathering or not. In light of this I’ve been asking, “What’s the most important thing about this Thanksgiving holiday?” For me, it’s a perfect time to reflect, remember, and acknowledge the many blessings and abundance in my life! How about you?

Many people have expressed concerns about rising food costs and in some cases lack of availability of some food favorites. Rather than dwell on what’s not available let’s focus on what is available. Perhaps it means offering some different dishes on our menus but let’s remember what’s important! Is it the food or the gathering of friends, family, and community? Of course the meal is comforting in its tradition and bounty; however, it’s the people who participate as you celebrate health, relationships, kindness, and love. The foundation of your abundant life becomes front and center.

What if this year’s celebration is viewed through a new lens – a lens of gratitude, abundance, and love? Let go of how you celebrated this holiday in the past. Let it be new. Everyone is not who they were. Changes have taken place. Even you may feel different! What if changes in how you celebrate and the menu you create are encouraged? What if your focus becomes creating a stress free day being present and filled with the people you love? American poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, has said, “If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present . . . gratefully.”

I am grateful for the opportunity to host a small group of family for Thanksgiving this year. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my moments of feeling overwhelmed while creating a new menu. I am grateful that my family has volunteered to bring some of the dishes. I am grateful that I get to spend ‘in-person’ time with them as we give thanks for each other and those family members who aren’t with us this year. Although the number of people joining us are fewer and the menu has changed I am grateful that my husband and I are able to host our celebration! I am grateful each morning when I wake up that I am here another day on earth to enjoy my friends and family. I am grateful to be able to help others as well. Motivational speaker and author, Steve Maraboli, has said, “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love – then make that day count.”

So, this Thanksgiving I’m planning to enjoy it more consciously with a grateful and open heart with as little stress as possible! I plan to make our celebration count and focus on my relationships with each of my family members with gratitude! I’m sure that whatever we serve will be enjoyed but what is important is how we value and interact with one another – how we love! How about you?

I’m looking forward to hearing from you about your holiday celebration too! I’m grateful for each one of you and thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter/blog articles. I’m sending you lots of love and wish you a blessed Thanksgiving holiday if you celebrate it! If you don’t I’m still sending you lots of love and wish you a blessed week! Please stay safe if you’re traveling as well.

I’m available for private coaching and channeled information sessions at Storm Wisdom on Tuesdays from 1p – 6p by appointment. Please call Storm Wisdom, (602)334-1204 to schedule. I’m also available by phone or Zoom. To schedule please go to victoriabarna.com.

Write Your Own Story!

Write Your Own Story!

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic scholar and Sufi mystic

What’s your story? How often do you feel warm and gooey about who you are? How often do you find yourself competing with or comparing yourself with someone else? How does it make you feel? Do you feel stuck or are you thriving? Are you unfolding your own myth as Rumi suggests or living someone else’s story? Take a few minutes and reflect on your life. Hindsight is wonderful isn’t it? I’ve looked back on my life and I understand that who I am is a result of choices I’ve made and experiences that I’ve had. Who I am today and becoming more of is also my choice! I don’t know about you but when I look back I don’t recognize me. It seems like a lifetime ago and I suppose it is. I know, now, that I’m unfolding my own myth consciously!

In the past, especially in my professional life, I found that in order to be considered ‘successful’ I had to wear certain clothes and meet others’ expectations. The corporate environment I worked in supported a philosophy that ‘all glory is fleeting and what have you done for me lately!’ Comparing and competing was a way of life. I didn’t think about writing my own story then. I went along with what was viewed as acceptable in order to be viewed as ‘successful’. I began to see and experience things differently when my awakening journey began.

Today I’m different. I accept that we are creators. We are the authors and artists of our lives. Being aware and accepting that we are so much more than our work, degrees, accomplishments, and material acquisitions is a part of our awakening journey. Gaining a deeper understanding of who I am has evolved. It’s been an exciting and unexpected journey of surprise, changing beliefs, and feeling deeper love and acceptance. Chinese philosopher and writer, Lao Tzu, has said, “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”

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Open Your Heart!

Open Your Heart!

“Open your eyes to the beauty around you. Open your mind to the wonders of life. Open your heart to those who love you and always be true to yourself.” Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist

Hold onto your hats this week! Not only is Election Day on Tuesday, November 8th (please vote if you haven’t), but the final lunar eclipse of 2022 will take place in the early morning hours! Whew! Lots of change and chaotic energies will be swirling around. More than ever please practice good self care. With the Blood Moon resulting in the lunar eclipse you might feel like you’re in emotional overdrive. Problems and emotions that you’ve been avoiding may surface. This is a great week to practice introspection and reflection. What is it that you’re ready to let go of so that new opportunities have room to enter?

Maya Angelou reminds us to open our eyes, minds, and hearts so that we can be true to ourselves. Beauty, wonder, love, and leaning into the magic of change and chaos can help navigate this emotional time. HH the Dalai Lama has said, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to LOVE, BELIEVE, DO, and mostly LIVE.” We are reminded to live in the present moment for that is all there is. Yes, our past experiences have helped to shape who we have chosen to be. Our future has yet to be created. Today, our choice is what will determine what our future will become. We are powerful creators and it’s up to us to choose what we will become.

This week I invite you to take time for you. Immerse yourself in beauty. Inhale deeply the beauty that abounds. Imagine it manifests as love joining with the love that you are. Exhale negative thoughts, fear, and what no longer benefits you. Make room for more love. Open your heart and choose to receive more love! You deserve it. If you are worried about the election outcomes just do your part and vote! Surround your ballot and choices with love. If you are releasing things from your past, surround them with love and reflect on what gratitude you might feel for the experiences.

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