Sunday, February 28, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Come to a Close


Today is the last day of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games and there is a feeling of sadness going on in my heart because it's coming to a close. It feels as though the Olympic spirit has touched many of us - not all of us, but many of us. It has brought many countries closer together and just today I heard someone say that there was a feeling of Oneness.

The five interlocking rings represent the union of the five continents, and the colors were chosen according to the colors of each country's national flag. This union is what is so powerfully recognized when it comes to celebrating our Olympics together as One.

Not everyone agrees with the Olympics. Like everything else, many will be looking for and concentrating on the dark side rather than on what the Olympics offer us.

The Olympics is a celebration of humanity's connection to one another. To experience our grace when we all come together. To stand up for each other and encourage our growth, determination, and tenacity when we endure the pain of victory for others rather than just ourselves. When I say pain, I don't mean pain in a bad way, though. The pain, challenges, or struggles of moving forward, the daily disciplined practice to better ourselves, and to move beyond old habits and beliefs that restrict us. When we observe and really recognize what the Olympians are going through in their challenges to better themselves because they truly love what they do, we can definitely learn a lot from these athletes!

In the spirit of the Olympics, it is ease to recognize people coming together with ease and grace, sharing generosity, friendship, and smiles :) and so here we are again left in a state of awe and beauty.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Building a Strong Foundation

Building a Strong Foundation
by Desiree Leigh, Wake Up to Live
What happens when you create on top of a mess? More of a mess. Perhaps for a little while things will go according to your desires, or so it seems, then one day the original mess reappears.

Doesn't this seem to occur to many of us, especially in our middle ages? We go along in life thinking everything is fine, denying the messes that we created in our lives, pursuing our 'so-called' dreams and goals and then one day something brings us to a complete halt! We have a nervous break-down, chronic fatigue sets in, arthritis or digestive problems begin, we have an affair, we get a divorce, past issues continue to bombard us, we drink more, whatever the case may be, we begin to think, "Is this all life has to offer?"

What happens when you build on top of a foundation that lacks integrity? The building collapses. This is really a no-brainer when you think about it. Why do we build strong foundations for architectural design knowing that it works? For stability, so when it is compromised by a hurricane or some other natural force, we can depend on its strength.

And yet when it comes to building a strong foundation, from the bottom up, in our lives, we over-look it, we compromise it right from the beginning, so when life gets difficult or throws us a hot potato, we panic, throw it back to someone else or stuff it into our shoes. Can you imagine if we compromised the buildings in the cities we build? It would be devastating and horrific! So why are we, as humans, any different?

You cannot create or build on top of a mess. Structurally, the building will collapse. This also holds true for humans - structurally our body's will collapse.

Create a sound mind. If you are being driven by limiting beliefs, past experiences, recurring thoughts, or logic, as well as the world of agreement and reasonableness, the first thing to do is just begin noticing what is floating through your mind and what is triggering your behaviour. Stepping back and being the observer creates awareness and then it creates the power of choice. Peace of mind is not created from a memory or the external world you live in. It is created from within.

Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Inventing a New Future

Inventing a New Future
Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh

When you operate from the level of your distorted ego - that chatter that goes on in your head - those recurring rampages of thought, you make choices based from your past. Your future is already written. There is no creating possibilities or access to inventing anything NEW.

As Zaffron and Logan state in their book The Three Laws of Performance, you are living into a default future "written by history, circumstances, cultures, aspirations, successes, failures," and expectations.

To elevate performance and invent something NEW, we must resolve our past issues, NOT step over them and pretend life's 'just fine' and deny what happened. When we step over our broken promises and agreements (that means to our self and others), we lose integrity. Our whole, complete, unimpaired, and sound Self gets swallowed up by the 'racket' or noise in our head. We begin to see situations through filters. We don't see reality. We only see what the filters allow us to see!

What must we do to restore integrity - to restore our whole, complete, unimpaired, and sound self? First, acknowledge what happened and clean up the mess! If you really want to get on with your life and live it fully, examine your life, be scrupulously truthful with yourself and how you've been leading it. When you clean up the mess, quietness begins to happen. You begin to be freed up from the mind chatter able to create from the present moment of no-thingness where all creation begins.

Try it and see what happens.

Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh