Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Power of Words

The Power of Words
by Desiree Leigh, Wake Up to Live


The words you speak will either keep you in bondage to your unwanted repeated circumstances and give you mental fatigue, or the words you speak will be freeing, powerful, and positively impact and raise your circumstances from dread or lifelessness to joy.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Being the Power In Your Circumstances

Being the Power In Your Circumstances

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If you don't have power, freedom, and fulfillment in your current circumstances (whether they are positive or negative), that's when you're probably going to be stuck with your current circumstances (whether positive or negative). You must have power, freedom, and fulfillment 'especially' in your negative circumstances in order to transform them. We are afraid to feel this power, freedom, and fulfillment in our negative circumstances because we think that we will be stuck with them or stay in that same situation, but this belief is where the misconception lies. Think about Nelson Mandela, for instance, when he was in prison.

What is available to you, what is important to you, and what matters to you, is obtainable in the face of any circumstance. It is about being the person you want to be TODAY, not when your circumstances change or get better. We are a society that has become addicted to creating possibility by changing or fixing our circumstances.  A lot of times, this way of thinking makes some sense, but does it work? "If I have that new car or new house or better relationship or new body or new job, I will be happy and my life will be at peace."

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi did not mean, 'do' the change you wish to see in the world, with this particular statement. Nor did he say, change the thing you wish to see in the world. As you be who you desire to be, a shift occurs and transformation naturally begins to happen.  This doesn't mean that there is no doing at all.  Only that we must be to become and then do or act.  First, we need to understand who we want to be.

THE DOING IS LIVING IN THE BEING. A function of what one honours by one's WORD. By being your word, you can either empower or disempower - yourself and others. Your word will show up in all your circumstances, in all your doings in life.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, "It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life...we can never help another without helping ourselves." Be the change you wish to see in the world, first, to see a new horizon and great possibility. When you come from a powerful state of being whole, complete, sound and unimpaired amazing things happen! When you come from a state of being in daily despair, recurring angry thoughts, making others wrong or feeling wronged, only those things that you are being will surface.

Be the Power In Your Circumstances

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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!  

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Exterior Stresses Create Internal Imbalances

Exterior Stresses Create Internal Imbalances,
by Desiree Leigh, Wake Up to Live
For a moment, think about a modern day rubber wheel on a vehicle. When you buy a brand new car or truck, you are pretty sure, at the time of purchase, that the tires will be balanced. Right!

Now, once you get behind the steering wheel of your beautiful new vehicle and begin driving over the uneven pavement, perhaps some stones, a curb or two (hopefully not that one!), a piece of wood, whatever it may be, the tire is still balanced with the air pressure within it. Right? Yes.

Although, the tire is balanced, it endures the stresses of constant imbalances, such as the stones or the uneven pavement I mentioned. It may even endure the stresses well when driving into a snow bank or two (yikes!). The rubber tires, looking at an external view, fluctuate. They are balanced with the air pressure within. On the outside, we can visually see that things look different - perhaps oddly shaped at times depending where you're parked, on an incline or a decline, what hole or bank you drove into (another yikes!), whatever the case may be. The tires are still balanced.

Over time, though, the once balanced rubber wheels driven out of the parking lot, become imbalanced due to these external fluctuations and stresses. It's not noticeable immediately, but if left without 'checking in' you may end up with a problem - a flat tire, or even a bigger problem, a collision if you were driving at a high speed on a busy highway.

When you responsibly check in you would realize that the pressure, within the tires, occasionally changes when you experience external fluctuations caused by stresses, and sometimes you need to add air to balance them or maybe even repair a small leak.

What does this all mean? We are always going to fluctuate in our energy balances due to the external stresses we go through. There is a continual ebb and flow to life and life's experiences. Everything is constantly in motion. What is most important is to check in regularly and adjust your internal energy accordingly to create harmony. When you don't check in to your internal energy, recognizing your imbalances, discordance is assured. And when discordance occurs and remains within your system, exhaustion, dis-ease, mental or emotional illness, skin disorders, or organ failure can occur.

Check in regularly to continually create harmony and great health!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Being in the Now Creates Extraordinary Relationships

Being in the Now Creates Extraordinary Relationships
by Desiree Leigh, Wake Up to Live

To have extraordinary relationships, we must spend time dealing with whatever is coming up. Sometimes we get things in our head, for whatever reason. We conjure up thoughts and ideas that never happened and may never will. We'll even have arguments in our head for hours or days, only realizing later that not much came about from the mild hum or the deafening noise we kept thinking about. The only thing that caused us grief was the thoughts encircling our head over and over again.

What we must remember, is that those recurring thoughts that keep us trapped in our head, keep us distant from one another, and even ourselves. This language, whether spoken out loud or thought about, also creates our world. And, then we wonder why our life doesn't work! Many of us talk about being in the now, being in the present moment, feeling that oneness - our point of power. But if we continue a life with others (exception being your pet) with daily incompletions, we will never hear what comes through in the now, our point of power. We will never hear It because we will be too busy thinking about what is going on in our head and what we should say or do next.

Doing a 30 minute activity and forgetting the rest of the day will not work either. Being present to your point of power is not about a 30 minute a day activity, or a prayer in the morning and/or the evening. Being present, is 'all day' work; from the moment you wake up to the the moment you go to sleep. Being present and living in the now, should be lived minute by minute, not once a day or when you feel you have to do your yoga, meditation, or chants.

Learn to catch yourself when you're not in the present moment and bring yourself back. Being aware of what we aren't aware of, and being responsible for it, leaves us free to choose and free to create new possibility. Trust the process. You will get better at it.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Our NOW Is Littered With Our Past

Our NOW Is Littered With Our Past
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"Trying to resist, change, or avoid the enormous influence of the past keeps us foolishly focused on it. Yet we're reluctant to leave it behind, reluctant to transform the pervasive hold it has on our present-time lives. Not doing so, however, results in an endless continuum of living a "now" that is littered with the detritus of the past. There is no better arena to watch this play out than in our relationships."

~Nancy Zapolski

Friday, March 12, 2010

What is Love?

"Love is not a whimsical feeling.
Love is deeply embedded in our being."
~Desiree

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Appreciation Day

Appreciation Day
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I was on my way to a scheduled doctors appointment but had time to spare. So I thought it best to walk to the grocery store and pick up some much needed items.

Funny thing, though, again here I am at the grocery store on Tuesday. And what happens on the first Tuesdays of each month at Safeway? Appreciation Day! It seems to be a common thing for me lately, constantly noticing I am shopping for groceries particularly on this busy day. You see, I usually prepare my schedule so I can avoid traffic; morning and after busyness at the schools, ferry traffic, or afternoon rush hour. But when it comes to grocery shopping, here I am again on the first Tuesday of the month at Safeway.

Busy as it was, it didn't seem to bother me too much. At the Ambleside location there is a lot of elderly people and I really love and appreciate them. They have so much history. And when I say this, I mean it in the most kindest sense. I'm always so intrigued by their story's that they so long to share. I sometimes wonder if I am a beacon of light for them. There is no place that I go where I am not approached by a beautiful face of wisdom and told so many great things.

Today, standing in the line up, I met a wonderful lady. She started talking about the Olympic Games and how great they were for Vancouver, Canada. The Olympics had brought back so many memories for her and I was so happy to listen.

We somehow got on the subject of the cross-country skier that fell into a pit hole. She broke three ribs and punctured a lung and still continued to ski to the finish line. As we talked about it briefly, I mentioned how much physical pain these athletes must endure. She agreed as though she knew and identified exactly with their experiences. Well...of course I had to ask her. She told me she was a competitive speed skater for years in her younger days. I was so intrigued to hear all the details while she was joyfully mesmerized in her story.

Anyways, I had one more burning question. I asked her in so many words what it was that she had to do to stay in the game of being a competitive speed skater. There were many factors.

1. She said she had to give up a lot of things in order to succeed at what she loved. She repeated "I gave up a lot," several times. There were brief moments when she smiled and laughed and there were brief moments when she was shaking her head in sorrow.
2. She had to be strong within herself to endure the yelling of her coaches, the physical pain, the long training days, the crying, the conflict, the adversity, and the loses.
3. It was a must to have determination and discipline.
4. She said in winning 'timing' was everything.
5. She said above all, she had to have the competitive nature. She said if she didn't, she'd have no reason to push herself to win.
6. But even above the competitive nature, she said she could never have done the demands of the sport unless she had support! Nodding and repeating the words, "Yes, support was important." "If I didn't have support, I couldn't have done it."
It truly was a wonderful experience to talk with her. I'm glad I was shopping today on Appreciation Day. How ironic. I loved every moment of it and I'll genuinely cherish our talk and ponder her words.

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