Storm Wisdom Blog

You Are The Gift!

How are you? This time of year can be stressful for many people. I was reminded recently that the Holidays can be a very happy and joyful time but it can also be a very lonely and depressing time for some people. This contrast of people feeling the “high highs” and/or the “low lows” during this time of year makes me feel grateful for the many blessings in my life. It also brings a greater awareness, once again, of the very different and unique journeys that each one of us are on. Yet, what we have in common is our core essence or what I feel is our eternal and divine nature sometimes referred to as God, Source, Soul, Life Force, Creator, Oneness, and other names in other cultures. That essence is LOVE.

So why am I bringing this up right now? Please be aware of the different experiences we are having. When we interact with people with greater awareness we can offer words of kindness; listen to someone who wants to feel heard; be a sounding board without wanting to “fix” everything; offer a smile; or express gratitude to the server, cashier, customer service representative. Your kindness just might be the spark of hope and gift that was needed right then. You may never know your impact on another person’s life just by being you! The ways you can be a gift to someone is limitless and really up to you!

Do you believe you are a gift? Why not? A gift is something that is freely given to another without compensation or strings attached. Why not think of yourself as a gift? Kindness is one of the best gifts you can give to someone and it’s free. If you feel shy you can use your intentions and imagine beautiful light and love surrounding someone. Thoughts/intentions create things don’t they? You are still a gift! read more…

Shine Your Light!

On December 12th we experienced what is often called a Full Cold Moon! This is the last full moon of 2019. This moon emphasizes communication, trust, clarity, and slowing down before making decisions. This energy added to the upcoming Winter Solstice maybe stirring things up for you. There’s a lot going on energetically. How are you feeling?

In addition to releasing the old and making room for new opportunities you’re invited to slow down and not make rash decisions while letting people know what you’re doing and how you feel! Whew! You may feel exhausted and think it’s due to holiday preparation but recognize there’s more going on than you think! LOL

Now is a great time to listen to your body. If you’re tired then rest. Don’t fight it. It’s not a sign of weakness. When you feel refreshed the “to do” list will feel easier to tackle. Does this make sense? Take a few moments throughout the day and close your eyes while you enjoy some deep breathing to find your center. Breathe in through your nose as you imagine receiving love. As you breathe out imagine stress and what no longer serves you leaving! read more…

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la! Remember this verse from the holiday song “Deck the Halls”? It’s that time of year isn’t it? How do feel about it right now? Are you excited with heightened anticipation or are you anxious and dreading it? For some of you and people you know the holidays aren’t easy to navigate. Feelings of sadness, struggle, suffering can be intensified as well as feelings of excitement, anticipation, joy, and love.

Many traditions have celebrations during this time of year so I’ve been revisiting what does this season represent to me right now? Looking back through the years it continues to evolve. When our kids were young we celebrated in a different way. Decorating the tree, wrapping gifts, Christmas Eve with family, attending Mass, Christmas morning breakfast, opening gifts, and Christmas dinner with family and friends were key. Now that our kids are grown with families of their own our celebration is different.

Throughout the years, though, we’ve always been mindful of reaching out to others who were alone or needed help to provide for their own families. To me, the act of helping someone else makes my heart sing and my soul happy! This time of year presents so many opportunities to help others and there are many organizations that you can contact if being of service appeals to you. read more…

Let Go!

Wow! I can’t believe December is here and 2020 is near. Time seems to be progressing faster and faster! Does it seem that way to you too? I hope your holiday celebrations were wonderful and not too stressful. This month offers more opportunities for celebration. Please take the opportunity and take time for yourself periodically during this busy time. Find your center and “happy place” – the place where you feel safe, peaceful, and loved. Deep breathing, walking in nature, immersing yourself in beauty, prayer, or meditation can all work!

I woke up this morning with the refrain of Aretha Franklin’s song “Think” looping through my head. It goes “‘Cause freedom (freedom) stands for freedom (freedom). Oh freedom. Yeah freedom, right now. Freedom (freedom) Oh oh freedom (freedom). Give me some freedom. Oh oh freedom right now.” Are you familiar with it? I wondered why the concept of freedom came into my awareness. So, I found my “happy place” where my thoughts quieted and waited to see what came up.

At first I was reminded of Veterans Day and those who have given there lives and those who still serve to protect our freedom. Then I was reminded that we are free to make choices which determine our experiences and reality. Freedom has been fought for aeons of time and isn’t something to take for granted. Next, I realized that like a traveler who packs their luggage for a trip there are many of us who never unpack. In other words, I asked myself, “How much of my past – past lives, past slights or hurts, anger, resentment, betrayal, etc. are still in my suit case, so to speak? Why haven’t I unpacked them and let go of them?” read more…