Monday, November 30, 2009

Winning

"Win as if you were used to it, 
lose as if you enjoyed it for a change."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Courage to Face Things

Courage to Face Things
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It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are without any self-deception or illusion that light will develop out of events by which the path to succeed may be recognized.

~I Ching

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Life at Full Throttle


"If you're going to go to hell... I suggest you come back learning something."

~Drew Barrymore

(Excerpted from the Ali Magazine)

(Model in picture is Aimee Mullins)

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Shine As Children Do

Shine As Children Do
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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

~Marianne Williamson

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to the World

Happy Thanksgiving to the World
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Whether we gather together or stay in solitude,
give thanks for the experience of being a sentient being.
For all the trials and tribulations we encounter,
everyone else is going through the same.

Both you and I are unfolding a great story,
when we listen and dance with the mysteries of the Divine.
There is something magical when we open our hearts,
we begin to bless the world with a gift unique to us.

Give thanks for your connection with your Divine Self,
that may need some work to be revealed.
But when your inner wisdom explodes like a fireball of light,
Be ready to offer it to others to heal with insight.

Don't let fear or timidity push you around,
keep reminding yourself about your service to the world.
Play your part fully for the great Divine,
remembering your brilliance as a human being.

By Desiree Leigh

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Monday, November 23, 2009

A Powerful Teaching Tool

A Powerful Teaching Tool
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Healing your past from a place of wisdom will change your story. How could the story not change when you are bringing light into it. It's inevitable. The more you use your inner wisdom, the more the story will continue to change. Until one day you can use your story as a powerful teaching tool it is meant to be. And not until then, otherwise you will still come from a place of blame and resentment.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Diverting Your Plans With Distraction

Diverting Your Plans With Distraction
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Are you diverting your plans, avoiding your calling, perhaps unconsciously, because you're afraid to show up? Are you afraid of stepping forward into your own life? Have you moved along, showing up with integrity and authenticity, only to find yourself on another path wondering why you're there? Are you avoiding greater growth because it feels scary, moving once again into your comfort zone?

For instance, it's like building a business only to realize you must now speak publicly to get your message to a greater amount of people, and now you feel your knees trembling, sick to your stomach, and decide this is just not for you anymore? Somehow you begin to sabotage your vision. Somehow you find yourself on another course of action but not in alignment with your passion. Is this you?

This happens to many of us. I can't imagine everyone on a smooth path to spreading their message. I, myself admit to these diversions. Sometimes they can be costly and sometimes they can take away more of our precious time from achieving our dreams. However, these diversions are distractions that can clarify your vision and your conviction towards them. Sometimes, if we just don't get it, meaning, we just don't see our vision clearly enough, we seem to attract something that gives us more insight and clarity. Something that will cause us to wake up a little more.

There is one great realization from experiencing these diversions, though. You begin to learn more about yourself and your habits. When you learn more deeply about your patterns, you raise awareness to them, therefore able to change them. Well, I guess that would be your choice too.

How to:
  1. Before making big or costly decisions, show up to your life first. Meaning, 'Be Present'.
  2. 'Be Aware' of your patterns of habit. For instance. If you have always had a pattern of lying to yourself about who you really are to accommodate others & just got into the habit of doing it for everything else, question what's up. It's easy to lie to ourselves to get away with showing up to life. It's that darn 'story' again.
  3. Question if what you are about to decide, moving you towards your vision or away from it.
  4. Allow the answers to come.
  5. Most importantly, remember to be 'open to receive' the messages. Your messages are always around you. You have to pay attention, though!
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You Have My Loyalty

You Have My Loyalty

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You and I...
we meet as stranger,
each carrying a mystery within us.

I cannot say who you are,
I may never know you completely.

But I trust that you are a person
in your own right,
possessed of a beauty and value
that are the Earth's richest treasures.

So I make this promise to you:
I will impose no identities upon you,
but will invite you to become yourself
without shame or fear.

I will hold open a space for you in the world,
and defend your right to fill it
with an authentic vocation.

For as long as your search takes,
you have my loyalty.

(Author Unknown)

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Hope for the Elusive Actress

Hope for the Elusive Actress
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Have you lied and lied and lied to yourself so much that you don't know who you are or what your truth is? Have you been the most elusive actress to yourself and others that your truth is no where to be found or no where in sight? Have you been that pretender that okay, aha, yes ma'am, yes sir, so loving and pleasing person yet minimizing or demeaning your own beauty and talents?

If you have, how many more days or years are you going to lie to yourself? What is it going to take to change your life and 'give' others your message? What if you only had one year left to live? Really! What if? Can you imagine that? Truly imagine that? Do you want to continue to live in pain, hurt and grief your whole life? Do you want to create your own illnesses? Do you really want to escape forever?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I ask you another question. Why are you here? What do you feel your purpose is? Do you really believe, deep in your heart, that you don't have a purpose? Can you really say from the tip of your toes to the top of your head, from one end of the world to the other end of the world, and to all the stars in all of the galaxies in the universe that you have no purpose? No reason for being?

Well, I have been in this position. I was the elusive actress, as I call her.  I know what it's like to feel like there is nothing left. To pretend who you are. To want to escape the world. Thinking there is no purpose or reason for being. But the first thing you must do with the feelings of despair, is find hope. When there is hope there is light, and without it it's hard to move forward and lift the darkness.

Do you believe things can change? I do. I especially do now. What will it take for you to believe in your life, in you? Your purpose? Your message for others? And our lives together on this earth? Because without you, we lose a piece of us. We are part of each other. We are all part of the whole.

Do you really know and understand how significant, unique and important you are? Because you really are. You're special like everyone else and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Wake Up to Live is about awareness in every aspect.  Waking up to live life is about questioning the social norms and the things that feel uncomfortable to talk about.  Wake Up to Live is about becoming awake to our biases, prejudices, and injustices. Waking up to live life is about waking up from unconsciousness to see what is really true.  Although waking up to live life with awareness and clarity may be difficult to do because now we must begin to make the hard choices, we must strive to Wake Up to Live and be responsible for our actions and the actions of others.  We are in this life together!  

Are Your Desires Greater Than Your Obstacles?

Are your desires, your biggest dream or vision, 
greater than any of the obstacles you encounter?

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Watering Your Dreams

Watering Your Dreams
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"Be careful what you water your dreams with...
Water them with optimism and solutions
and you will cultivate success...
Always be on the look out for ways to nurture your dreams.

~Lao Tzu

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hoarding Anyone?

Hoarding 
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Oh my gawd. I just came to the realization that I am a hoarder of books. I was here in my office doing some pacing, which I seem to do when I want to memorize things, and at the same time I was observing my bookshelves. I starting looking at some of the books that I haven't read. Yikes! There seemed to be so many of them. Too many of them.

You may know what I mean. You buy a great book knowing that you want to read it. Over time you buy more great books. "Well", you say, "It's a new release. It's hot off the shelf. I love the author. I just have to have it!" Before you know it, you now have 10 maybe 20 or more of them that are still crying out for your attention; collecting dust from getting neglected in the corner. But the thing is, you seem to never get to it because you still have about five plus more books in front of that book that you're already committed to. So when are you ever going to get to the new one (or should I say the old one ;) They just seem to keep piling up.

Wow. I mean I knew I did this but I never really acknowledged it. I kept thinking, "I'll just keep some for a rainy day." Or, "I'll always have variety. A bit of spice once in a while is nice." But is it? I mean, when you really think about it, especially when you seem to be running out of shelving space, you start placing books on the floor. Then there's the living room. And how about the bedroom. I guess eventually they can go in the basement or the shed, but I haven't got to that point and hopes that I never will. I keep saying, "One day I'll read them. Just after I finish this one." But then there's another new one to buy. When does this craziness of hoarding stop? And even all the while I read avidly, I just can't keep up to the amount I'm buying. Kind of makes you feel full!

I am so glad I finally acknowledged this behaviour. But I didn't stop there. I asked some pretty deep questions about what reasons were behind my actions. And where else do I act out this kind of behaviour. When you have a particular behaviour in one area of your life, you may find out that it bleeds into another area of your life. Perhaps in my shopping? How about eating? Any money issues? Wow, this is so cool! The possibilities are endless. This is something real good. I love addressing new hidden beliefs lurking beneath the surface of my reality. Because NOW I can change it. This is awakening in the works!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Every Great Dream

Every Great Dream
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"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

~Harriet Tubman

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Demand Self-Care

Demand Self-Care
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Demanding too much of ourselves in time and effort will cause imbalances in our energies creating misalignment. But it also depends on what we are demanding from ourselves. In a world filled with information bombarding us from all angles, the responsibilities of so many things such as aging parents, a change in career, updating our skills, gaining more knowledge, and changing our limiting belief systems daily, we can begin to burn the candle at both ends, becoming physically tired and creating discord. It is much too challenging to have a cheerful outlook and remain positive, upbeat and uplifting towards others when we're exhausted.

I tend to do this a lot, sometimes catching myself in the nick of time and sometimes a little too late. It is really easy falling into old patterns of habit, and when most of the people around you are doing the same thing, I question whether or not I should be taking that day to completely pamper myself. Actually, forget about a full day, how about a couple of hours. This is something that is challenging to change.

This belief was instilled a long time ago. My parents were brought up with parents that had seen the devastation, desolation and starvation of both World Wars and The Great Depression as well as the waste of human lives. I could only imagine what it was like during those times. Money, food, and time was scarce. All of the days thoughts were focused on how to put food on the table for the family. And, the rest of the days were working for bare minimum or finding something to trade for rations. These were my grandparents. Always working hard, no time for themselves, hoarding materials needed for later and stocking shelves and cellars with food, just in case!

My parents took on these habits, in a very natural way, and gave them to myself as well as my siblings. And I am very sure I gave some of them to my children too. Amazing how patterns of habits created from beliefs we acquired are passed on from generation to generation.

It's time to stop repeating the same old pattern. I can see parts of the world creating the same pattern of war and devastation, and then I can see parts of the world at a higher state of consciousness creating peace. So to anyone that is really listening, let's take care of ourselves first. Take time with nature, write in your journal, explore who you really are, question everything, and above all have faith and the power of your thoughts to create the beautiful change. Self-care is something we should be demanding from ourselves first!

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Decision Making

Decision Making
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Why are small wins so important when you are making choices in persevering a goal to achieve your vision?

When you persevere a goal you are bombarded with a lot of decision making. Think about how many decisions you have to make in a week, a day or even an hour regarding an ill parent, a child's future, your business, your education, your marriage, or your career. Just thinking about making these choices can prove to cause overwhelm with information overload.

In many complex decision-making situations you would experience cognitive obstacles creating ambiguity which becomes overwhelming. With socio-emotional obstacles, you may experience stress, frustration, and personal friction (resistance) because of the many choices.

Both cognitive and socio-emotional obstacles occur and must be overcome while you are in the process of achieving closure from one decision to the next. If the choices are not made because of these sometimes hindering obstacles, you may feel as though you are stuck. If you make a decision too hastily, you may feel the choice is a mismatch causing anxiety, slowing the process once again.

Another common scenario to decision making can be a continued constant debate regarding the choices. Laying down many choices and weighing them out for much too long can create more of the same feelings of overload.

This analysis is from my studies, as well as my research and experience. What I believe to be the greatest benefit in making a decision is understanding this process as well as trusting my internal wisdom. We can gain a lot of knowledge from the materials we read, which is essential, but our choices should be guided by within as well.

Some may argue that the process of decision making could take too long if we had to stop every time and listen to the voice from within (or meditate upon it). But I think if we don't, it can prove to be an even longer process because our choice may be poor and not in alignment with our heart.