Monday, March 30, 2009

Knowing

Knowing
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"To know means to be silent, utterly silent,
so you can hear the still, small voice within.
To know means to drop the mind.
When you are absolutely still,
unmoving, nothing wavers in you,
the doors open.
You are part of this mysterious existence.
You know it by becoming part of it,
by becoming a participant in it.
That is knowing."
~Osho

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

What Are You Thinking?

What Are You Thinking?
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"Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality." ~Earl Nightingale


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Friday, March 20, 2009

If Today was Your Last Day


If Today was Your Last Day, by Nickelback, a song that I heard yesterday late afternoon when I was heading over town for my acting class. The words "against the grain should be the way of life," came through and because I am such an emotional woman I began to cry. There were two things that I started to think about when I heard these two statements.

First, I was frustrated because I had some feelings I didn't want to deal with. I was busy getting some writing and reading done, catching up from the time I was sick and I just didn't have the time to address this kind of stuff. So I jammed these feelings down telling myself I would deal with them later.

Well, that later came, but not until I sent negative vibes to the others I was around. I cut my conversation off with my son because I felt inconvenienced, snapped at my husband and slammed a couple of doors as I was heading out but not until I heard a few disheartening words from him too.

As I was driving down the hill I began thinking that I was 'right,' and everyone else was wrong. They should just understand when I get busy and to just deal with it. So I blasted on the music to try to change my energy because I couldn't stand to be in this way anymore. Well, that did it! Nickelback's song came on the radio.

The words 'if today was your last day' began echoing in my mind and I started to think about it. How would I have left the situation that I put myself in if I never came home that night, or if I could never see my family again? Is this how I would want to have left things? Of course not. So I got on the cell phone and began to call them and what would you expect? The anger and frustration melted away. I began to ask myself if my behavior was really worth it? Certainly not. But to pick up the phone and resolve the mood and to let them know that I loved them was definitely worth it!

After the first incident was resolved I began thinking about the words 'against the grain should be the way of life' and had to go back to the feelings that I felt I was stuffing down and did not want to address. And so, I had to ask myself the question about whether or not I was following my heart. Am I being absolutely truthful with myself or am I still justifying and lying why I cannot do what I really, really want to do? It is amazing how cunning our minds can be. I say this because many of us have been conditioned to be logical and sensible about our dreams. I know I have been. And if it is not appropriate to the way we were raised or society's standards then we would rather not do it because of ridicule or condemnation. No one said going with what we believe in or following our dreams were going to be easy, but I do know one thing, we will live a happier, healthier and sane life.

What are you doing right now in your life to make sure that you do what you want, even if it feels scary and lonely out there doing it? Who have you dreamed of becoming since you were a small boy or girl but always put off because everyone else would think you are crazy? It's time to take ownership and responsibility for your life and do what life is calling you to do and be.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Live Now

Live Now
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"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." ~Steve Jobs

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Create Your Own World of Happiness

When the sun is shining, your neighbors are smiling, your children wake up in a great mood and even do the chores without your request, your spouse brings home flowers, you get a raise at work or you receive an unexpected gift in the mail, all of these cause great joy and your day progresses much like this. These scenarios put you in a great mood and then you extend your happiness to everyone else. Perfect, life is a breeze!

But when you wake up discouraged from a dream, didn't sleep well, coffee spills on your newly dry cleaned shirt, you get stuck in a traffic jam or someone cuts you off, your spouse comes home in a foul mood, someone criticizes or blames you for something you didn't do or your children are so strong-willed that you can't seem to relate to what they do or want, your mood seems to flounder in a place of, perhaps anger or disappointment. Now, life sucks! And everyone around you will know it too.

What are we doing in this scenario? We are hijacking others' emotions. We are basically at the mercy of our surrounding conditions. Does this sound familiar? We are responsible for our own happiness. We make our own joy. No one else does it for us.

It is like many parents, and remember I am one too. They tell their children to behave a certain way so that they can feel better. They tell them to do something different so they don't have to worry. They expect good grades because they don't want disappointment. But is it for the sake of the children or for the sake of the parent? I see it for the sake of the parent. This also occurs with family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. If others are not behaving the way that makes them feel better, then they have a deficiency and a problem. We never consider that it may be us that has the deficiency or perhaps that we may need to change our perception.

We have a choice on how we want to feel and it really is up to us and not them. We can either create our own happiness, or we can create our own sadness and disappointment. What day are you going to create for today? Flow with the stream of life and let if take you through your journey with love, peace, joy and harmony.

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