Storm Wisdom Blog
“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. read more…
“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. read more…
“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.” read more…
“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.” read more…