Thursday, November 16, 2017

LINKING TO YOUR BLESSINGS



Life is a gift and with every breath, we must realize that our gratitude for the ways we are blessed resides in our truth from the deepest place in the heart. 

Reflection in each moment can give us the opportunity to see beauty, even in the most challenging situations.


  • When we are tested, we are asked to rise.
  • When we are given voids, we are asked to see the abundance and the bounty. 
  • When we are emotionally lacking, we must cherish what is full in our heart. 
  • When we are challenged and stretched, we are asked to be flexible.  
  • When we are given a delay or a stall, we are asked to rest in the trust of what will come when energy changes.  
  •  When we are feeling less than, we are being asked to become more.
  •  When we are overwhelmed, we are asked to appreciate the opportunity to stay calm. 
  •  When we are bored, we are being asked to create.
  •  When we are tired, we are being asked to rest peacefully.
  •  When we are sick, we are being asked to redefine self-care and wellness.
  •  When good things are happening, we are asked to celebrate the moment and be grateful for these moments.


Life is full of blessings and the contrast we sometimes see or experience is to remind us of what opportunities we have right in front of us to learn, grow, thrive, become, challenge ourselves and appreciate what we have in that moment.
 
Our center of our being holds many truths.

Don’t believe me?  

Look inside your heart – the truth is there. 

On your most challenging days, the gratitude in your heart keeps compounding because you know what it means to be humbled so you can appreciate everything from your most authentic place.

Gratitude is born from the challenges you face and what you endure in survival coming out the other side of everything that tests your mettle. 

Higher in your 'knowing' is that you are loved, supported and protected as you take every step on your journey.  Yes, sometimes life is hard, but you are tough and you are still here and that is what pull you through.

This is a blessing.

Your intuition nudges you to believe in the idea of optimism, because your SOUL KNOWS something deeper than the HUMAN DOES.

What is that, you ask?

If your human shifts gears to sit in the soul level, it KNOWS it has what it needs from a knowing place inside the heart. 

If your gut and soul drive your human forward … you know your own connection like no one else's since your connection is part of your own conviction that blessings are all around you and more will find you when you least expect it. 

This energy is like electricity to set your soul ablaze into the joyous harmony of comfort and being. It is inner peace which comes with being grateful... and there is no other happiness than being grateful for your blessings. 

Of course, there are days you forgive yourself for 'wondering' about blessings, because you are human.  Humans expect the tangible.  We are always wanting to ‘see proof’ – but better than merely seeing is FEELING the proof that all is well and understanding that the proof is in your TRUTH.

Smile knowing with internal recognition that you are blessed in many ways that you may not always recognize or see every day, externally.  

Our time of reflection gives us the chance to appreciate our blessings and experience life from a place of gratitude.  

Confidence is most beautiful when it resides in a place of trust that there will always be something to be grateful for.  This of course must begin with trusting ourselves with our intuitive knowing that our blessings are more bountiful than the perception of what is realized.

From here an overflowing abundance of blessings are at every turn and we can LINK to these moments with tremendous gratitude where the seeds of appreciation can continue to grow.

Namaste.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

LINKING TO SELF-ALIGNMENT REALITY






Have you ever felt the moment when your arm or knee feels as if it needs to realign with your body?

It is that moment where one tiny little pop or crack will somehow get it back to feeling like something is ‘normal’ again as you are used to feeling.  

Finally, as you go about your day there is that ‘ahhh’ feeling when something pops/cracks back in alignment and you feel like yourself again.

Most of you will read this and completely relate, right?  

It is human, it is normal; it is something that happens to people every day.  Sometimes you never even give it a second thought, unless it is some obvious obstacle.  You may feel it is a slight annoyance and you will blow it off as something that will ‘work itself out’ during your day.  You have been down this road before and it is not a big deal.

Of course, I only presented a simple and small example of body conscious alignment here so you get the gist of it.  Larger examples of body alignment would be feeling your nerves or the blood flow through your veins, or the air fill up in your lungs, or a tick/pulsation of a muscle.

Well…now imagine your human sitting in the moment.  Your mind may be reflective, nostalgic, and thinking about a memory then slightly gear shift toward a future daydream or wish. 

You are used to this ‘gear shifting,’ and for convenience-sake, you can justify this action, as you know you are merely navigating past and present thoughts or feelings.  Maybe a song comes on the radio or you see something that reminds you of something you want to capture as an experience later and these become the triggers for that vibe.  You don’t flinch at this either… it’s normal, natural-feeling and again, you may not give it a second thought as some sort of big deal, either. 

Larger examples of this mental gear shifting would be analyzing your thoughts as you process them in the moment of formulating subjective thoughts, before you are conscious of your thoughts as “whole concepts.” Transitioning thoughts mid-process through your brain, you can amuse yourself with the flashing rapid speed of your thought connection with relating it to memory recall or compartmentalized new experiences.

What I just described for you is the slightest “alignment” link of body and mind.  Whether you related to the simple examples or the larger ones, you are formulating an understanding of that alignment as it sits with just mind-body awareness.  

Perhaps you were not conscious of these isolated movements, but for pedestrian life, this is something that happens. 

So far, so good, eh?

Okay…now for the soul and spirit… 

Now imagine how your mind or your heart feel as if it is not quite in the full consciousness pathway of your own human awareness… you are floating somewhere in-between.  No, you are not living in some fantasy world, or time warp, but rather you are in the middle of ‘downloading’ energy, literally ‘defragmenting’ within your own awareness.  Part of it feels like a premonition, other times it feels like a dream or another lifetime as you stand within this experience. 

This does not feel ‘everyday-normal’ … but it has happened more than once.  If you can recall it, perhaps you may feel slightly uncomfortable as you experience the navigation between these two places.  

Some call this a ‘weird day’ or ‘feeling out-of-sorts’ or perhaps feel like life is in slow motion and you are observing it.  All that you know as a human is that ‘something is shifting’ or not ‘feeling exactly as it once was’ – rest assured, it is normal. 

Right here in this place, you have arrived at doing mind, body, soul, and spirit alignment. 
No one talks about this last part, but it is a human experience everyone has at some point in his or her day or week.  Some of you may have it as you toss and turn feeling restless and cannot go to sleep or just before you go to sleep.  Some of you wake up and have this seven-minute zombie moment as you open your eyes from dream state before your human becomes aware of the day ahead.  Others may experience this in meditation; while others may only have this when doing some sort of long road trip, plane, or train ride. 

LINKING to our total alignment of self is necessary for everyone to do because when we feel “disconnected” for just a moment, we can find our truth within a clarity moment for stability when we gear shift back into our present consciousness. 

WHY is this important?  Everything is PURE in this moment – it is not tainted with noise, news, human treadmill action, nor is it disrupted – it is part of this ‘self-awareness’ force which exists for us to use.

For many humans who utilize the ‘crutch’ of being busy in order to avoid feeling their feelings or dealing with their thoughts – these ‘pure moments’ are like a turbo vitamin shot in the arm for your well-being.  They are a gift for you to be conscious of, if you allow yourself to receive it, but all you have to do is STOP and pay attention – for it is there for the taking.

For those souls who spend a lot of time in the introspection zone, this is old hat for you and you’re probably exercising this muscle of awareness on a higher level of consciousness making time to have it and find it enjoyable.  Some of you may even ‘prefer’ to live in this place of appreciating it to the point you proactively carve out time to have these moments.   

They are sacred, special and keep you in tune and in balance with an elevated tool to navigate your life.

When you are in total self-alignment, you find a new spot of human and soul truth to deal with, which becomes a zone for which you have to ask yourself important questions….


  • ·         Have you finally stopped kicking yourself for missed opportunities?



  • ·         Do you believe in your own possibility of doing what your heart wants to do?



  • ·         Can you come to terms with your mistakes and honor your own growth?



  • ·         Are you being kind to your human, taking the self-imposed pressure off your being?



  • ·         Is the idea of rewriting your own life from a new place embraceable or impossible?


·         Are you able to abandon old patterns, thoughts, and behaviors long enough to make life changes?

These are important questions to ask yourself to help you step into self-alignment reality.   

Your answers to these questions will provide you with a reality check as to if your being is open, willing, able and if you are truly ready to fully align with taking a step forward into a brand new direction. 

Once you come to terms with yourself fully aligned as you are, there is no more crossroads – there is only decision-making, opportunity, and an open mindset to making shifts and changes for choices which now align with who you are, why you are here, where you are going and what you want to be doing on your terms.  This forward step in full alignment can give you confidence to be at peace with whatever adventure comes next and help you embrace where you are right now.

Namaste.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

LINKING TO YOUR LIFE ORIGAMI





You, your life, your journey … you keep hearing me say that it is unique to who you are, right?

Well, it is.  If you take a deeper look at the person you are, you soon begin to understand WHERE you are and WHY you are here.

Your family, your culture/heritage, geography/neighborhood, generation, your family dynamic, lifestyle, religion, and your entire life of what you were born into is designed for your own life lessons.  The personality you have, your upbringing and your own navigation within your own journey will always present a series of things for you to learn as you become your true self.

Everyone's challenges are different. Some of you may be adopted and your journey may be about adapting to the culture or religion you were brought into.  Some of you may be in a blended family merging several different cultures or beliefs.  Maybe your own personality or temperament may clash with your traditions and you struggle to understand how this could be so as everything seems to be opposite of how you are.

Maybe you grew up in a small town, but you are the only one in your family who is a big city person.  Perhaps you grew up in a sports-oriented family, but as an adult, you see that is not who you are, and your interests are the only different ones.  Some of you could be born into a very political family, but maybe politics isn't your thing.

You get the picture. Sometimes your life lessons come from being opposite of your environment and you have to learn to step into who you are or deal with why you are there in your soul's choice for your situation.  Your human has to adapt, adjust, learn how to co-exist, or simply accept yourself as you are.

Being forced to sit in your environment as a child shapes you. It's like The Universe saying, "Here you are... what are you going to do now that you've been placed in THIS scene?"

It is here you have to figure out if you are going to go with the flow, or independently find your own way to your truth.

Life lessons could vary from communication, feeling inclusion and trying to find common ground.  Other lessons could be about what you could learn by being flexible, or being open to broadening/expanding your ideas, or simply how to own who you are and learning to share your differences. 

My soul in this lifetime decided to choose a Japanese-American vessel as her human flesh puppet.  My culture is about the art of learning patience - everything from the arts to nature, everything is slow and about becoming present in the art. I did not embrace my culture growing up and ironically neither did my family, even though many of the values transferred.  The double-edged sword of my culture is being perfectionistic, trying to master things to the pristine level of performance to be the best at it or die in shame that you didn’t or couldn’t’ be the best.  

The Universe laughs, because my personality growing up was not very patient with MYSELF. I wanted to get everything done as quickly as possible, and do everything at high speed.My energy is that pulse like vibe of a major metropolitan city (still is), but I did not grow up in city life. Once I got over the aggravation of that feeling I realized that was my life lesson, to deal with being placed in an opposite environment and working through it.

I laugh now, because I see as a child and in young adulthood how I battled my own self growing up trying to be patient with my own soul and human to try to not only learn things, but master them perfectly.  It was here I had to learn the challenging lesson and art of letting go, and learn the difference between self-imposed pressure vs. external imagined pressure to gain deeper understanding and composure in being. 

So yeah, it’s an interesting mix of lessons here… patience and mastery... Balance. I had to learn to be Zen. People assume that it was a natural thing based on my family culture, but quite frankly, it was the opposite.  I was restless and could not sit still long, when things had to be done.  Yet, I could peacefully listen to music or read for hours. Opposite extremes were the challenge for me - finding balance was the life lesson as  I had lived most of my life as high octane fuel in turbo mode and was happiest this way.

My grandmother would try to teach me the art of patience in how she would crochet something, grow flowers, or even do origami paper folding. My father tried to teach me the art of patience changing oil on the car or in woodworking, which is humorous considering that his work ethic was always high octane/turbo also.  I realized later he forced himself to be chill/Zen, too.  

Balance is a learned thing no matter what lifestyle you grow up in - and this is the same for everyone. You may be born into a fast-paced family and you may be the only laid-back one. Or you may be born into a lower-energy peaceful vibe and you may be the 'I've gotta get out of my small town' person.

When you are a child, you do not realize that your own personal ‘life lessons’ come from the generational, socioeconomic class, culture or lifestyle for which your soul decided to ‘choose’ for your time here on Earth, right?

Take a look at your life and see how your own life experiences and lessons you have to work through apply...



  • What human vessel and culture did YOUR SOUL choose? 

  • What  have learned from your own life lessons?

  • Did your human flesh puppet teach your soul something new? 

  • What differences do you have as your human/soul within your culture or family lifestyle?  For example, is your culture really traditional with huge family gatherings with expectations for things to be a certain way and maybe your own personality prefers quieter, more intimate gatherings? 

  • When you examine the generations of your family, was there a common thread theme of lessons?  (strength, endurance through illnesses, or rebuilding after disasters, family discord through differences?)

  •  How did you overcome your 'opposition' of your situation? 

  • Where did you gain your inner wisdom about your own personal similarities/differences with regard to your own cultural heritage, religious background, political views of your family?  How do you apply your self-awareness today with your truth as you live your own life? 

  • Do you understand the larger big-picture perspective of your life from where your ancestors came from? 

 
As you look at your own life personally and professionally, regardless of your geography, religion, politics, lifestyle or family culture, there is this thing called “unfoldment.” 

We have to wait for certain things to unfold in their own time, right? 

You hear this.  Logically, your brain understands this – yet there may be some conflict between your human and your soul existence to grapple with the reality of that as your own consciousness floats between Heaven and Earth.

Are you laughing?  Am I hitting a common nerve?  Is this resonating with your soul’s awareness and your human frustration? 

Unfoldment is like origami - EVEN IF IT APPEARS TO BE OPPOSITE ILLUSION in the practical sense of what folding and unfolding means. 

I know, this sounds strange, but bear with me - you'll see what I am talking about.

Maybe you’ve never done origami… but if you have made a paper airplane at one time or another or my personal favorite, a linen table napkin folding …then you get what I am talking about.


  • Certain movements are creases that stabilize your life, providing foundation and steady anchoring.



  • There are folds which ask you to be adaptable, flexible and change your movement for your life to be better navigated a certain way.



  • Then there is precision in an awkward placement of a crease, so that you understand the art of your own life to appreciate the difficulty and challenges you have had to either reverse or contort in order for new things in your life to take shape.



  • Finally, you will see that without all of the other creases, folds, twist, and overlap; you would not have the outcome of what your life can be when it finally begins to take shape.


Yes, smile now – because you see that whether or not it is an origami creature, a paper airplane or an ornately folded linen napkin… it is like your physical, tangible life navigation road map.   

Inside all of these intricate folds, there are roads, detours, mini side streets, cul-de-sacs, dead-ends, alternate routes and certain off-ramps and on-ramps. There is UNFOLDING in the FOLDS.

Now you see how this is possible. It's forward and backward motion and movement. It's change of direction that shows you where you fold and unfold your decision making process, your actions, your reactions and ideally how you create the shape of what your life is within every moment OF EACH MOVEMENT. 

There is history there within your journey where you change something.  You may fold something a certain way and keep it there.  You may unfold something to change a fold to get the right shape.  BUT - regardless of what action you take or changes you make, you will see how the 'meaning' of your life and the destination of your life is unfolding in those movements and moments IN REAL TIME and in the life lessons you learn when you graduate from said lesson. 

See?

However, all that matters at the end of the day is YOUR KNOWING and YOUR APPRECIATION of your journey and what it has taken in order for this folded masterpiece to be what it has become.

We need to cherish the origami process of our life, no matter where we are at the bend or fold or what we have to do to get it to become what we see as our vision. 

Taking the time to have patience and master our own process is not just my lesson from my cultural influence, it is also the same for you, and yours – only your background may show you something unique to savoring your process that ONLY YOUR CHOSEN path can show you. 

When we honor the place from these areas of inspiration, we are able to understand the deeper meaning of what our own journey can show us in the process of enjoying daily living as it is presented to us. 

Appreciate every wrinkle of time and every line, which has shown you something greater than what you could ever imagine.  It is here you are able to create a stronger sense of knowing with more assured footing on your pathway to live your greatest life.

Namaste.