64 Days – Knowledge

Knowledge is love and light and vision.”  – Helen Keller
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The thought for today is KNOWLEDGE.   It has been said, knowledge is power.  If you interpret that as the more knowledge you have the more powerful you are, it would explain why you have an anxious, fearful and vulnerable response to “not knowing”.

The good news is, True Knowledge comes from uncertainty.   A famous Zen story teaches “You are like a full cup, when you are full of ideas and you ask for teaching, you cannot put anything in.  Before you learn anything new, you must empty your cup.”

Most of the time, the answers we seek are just below the surface of our own heart.  Trusting your own knowing is the deepest seat of power.  Trusting your own knowing strengthens your convictions and deepens your wisdom and understanding.

Whether you refer to your “own knowing” as intuition, gut feeling, inkling or hunch,  it is not a single way of knowing – it is your ability to hold space for uncertainty and your willingness to trust the many ways you’ve developed knowledge and insight, including instinct, experience, faith and reason to give you the answer.

Today consciously expand your knowledge about yourself, your intutition, your compassion and peace through books, newspapers, television or friends.  Share what you have learned with at least three other people, and invite them to learn, too.

Embracing uncertainty is the greatest form of wisdom for it allows new ideas, perspectives and insights.  A Forbes article for 2014 sums up uncertainty and how to make big leaps in your life.  Embracing Undertainty

Five keys ways to achieve knowledge and wisdom:

Embrace uncertainty, however uncomfortable.

Be flexible in how you approach your challenges. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting the results you’ve always got!

Take chances, foregoing the security of the known for the unknown.

Trust yourself that whatever happens, you can handle it. Time to stop underestimating yourself!

Refuse to succumb to negativity, no matter what (and no matter how pessimistic others may be!)

Think About It

What is something positive that you have learned about yourself that has really made a difference in your life?

Take Action

Begin a journal to record what you are learning about peace, compassion, intuition.  Add graphics, newspaper clippings, art, song, lyrics, poems, etc.

Major Do:  Remember Paulo Coelho’s words:  Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, here the histories of all people are connected, and you are able to know everything, because it is all written there.

Major Don’t:  Quit disrespecting your internal instinct!

Words to live by:  Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela


64 Days – Caring

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all that ever has.”  - Margaret Mead
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The thought for today is CARING.  Research demonstrates that caring (compassionate, warm-hearted and loving) leads to being healthy, wealthy and wise.  You can read more about this study Harvard study here.

Marketing executives would have you think that happiness lies in a product that will taste delicious, magically fill your bank account, or transform you into a supermodel that looks not a day past 20.  The science shows something different.  Caring, compassion and giving lights up the happiness centers of your brain much more than winning the lottery.

Even more important is self love the crowning sense of self worth; it is what the Greeks call reverence for the self.”

How often do you find yourself engaging in self-conversation that sounds like this:

What will people think?”

 “I can’t really love myself yet.  I’m not ____________ enough” (fill in the blank, pretty, skinny, successful, rich, talaneted, happy, smart, feminine, masculine, productive, nice, strong, tough, caring, popular, creative, well-liked, admired, contributing . . . .)

 “No one canfind out about ______________________.”

 “I’m going to pretend that everything is okay.”

 “I can change to fit in if I have to.”

 “Taking care of them is more important than taking care of me.”

Truth is caring for yourself  (self-love) is learning to trust yourself, treat yourself with respect and be kind and affectionate with yourself exactly where you are right now.  You can only care for yourself and the world when you are your authentic self and embrace that.  This is the essence of true caring.

Today, make a list of at least five ways that you can love you imperfections and honor yourself more fully.

Think About It

 In what ways do you care for yourself?

Take Action

Write about three areas in your life in which you could care for yourself, and make a commitment to take do that.  What has not caring for yourself in certain areas cost you? What support do you need to make a change.  Create an intention diary to support yourself.

Major Do:  Be more loving and compassionate towards yourself as you notice your imperfections.

Major Don’t: Get off your case.  If you goof up, so what?  Just decided to change it.

 


64 Days – Simplicity

simplicity“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ― Confucius

 The thought for today is SIMPLICITY.  To simplify is to invite peacefulness into your life.   When you have lots of “stuff” in tour life, it is hard to be peaceful.  Close your eyes and ask “How can I simplify my life, what can I let go of?”  Letting go of possessions is much more than releasing attachment, control and false fulfillment, it cultivates a deeper relationship to what is important to your life.  It fosters peace within you because you can accept the present moment as a gift.  By simplifying your life, dropping less important activities and “things”, you allow more time for what matters most.

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person.   For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you. Want to learn more of how you can simplify, check out this article Peaceful Simplicity 

There are really only two steps to simplifying:

 Identify what’s most important to you.

 Eliminate everything else.

Think About It

 What areas of your life seem complicated?

Take Action

 Today, do one thing for the sake of simplicity in your life.

Major Do:  Calm down, relax, soften up, get natural, be closer to You.

Major Don’t:  Quit trying to find yourself through stuff.  Begin, instead, to allow yourself.  A grand life is your right.  You are your life; therefore you are your right.


Words to Live By:  “Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.  I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.” ― Langston Hughes.  T

 

 

 

 

 

 


Join the Inspiration Party

intuitionIt is only day 8 of a 30 Day Blog Challenge I voluntarily committed myself to and I’m struggling.  Writing a blog a day for a month, I’ve only been that consistent once, it was when I first created this site and blog.

Setting a schedule for writing triggers a writers block mechanism in me.  Grateful for Lisa’s daily Blog tip, I kept staring intently on my lack of creative content . .

INSTEAD

of what was right in front of me!!!!!  The creative Inspirational content I had written every day for the past 34 days born out of what inspires me!  Every day I have written a “thought for the day”; each thought designed to remind us all of the potential for peace, compassion and abundance everywhere all the time!

I realized the reason I was struggling with the Blog Challenge was I had no clearly defined intention for doing it other than discipline.  Scheduled Discipline for one’s self is no better received from ourselves than it is from others. Mostly Resistance!  I imposed overwhelm with cranking out content upon myself, using focusing on my being uninspired distract me so I missed the most obvious inspirational journey I was already on.  For the past 34 days, clearly in preparation for this Challenge, I have hosted my version of an Inspiration Party.  — As I smack myself on the noggin “I could have had a V-8”.

I was about to give up on the Blog Challenge but thank goodness Lisa shared a tip on inspiration which INSPIRED ME!

Thirty – four days ago, I was so moved by Inspiration, I invited everyone I knew to an “Inspiriation Party” to celebrate the Anniversary of the “omni-local” conscious action in a revolutionary movement for the past 17 years, a landmark initiative promoting compassion, kindness and peace for a more abundant world.

Eureka!  My Blog Challenge dilemna was over! Not only did I have the focus for the next 30 days, I already had practiced for the last 34 days!  What’s better is how to share this with more people.

If you haven’t heard of the The Season of Peace and Non Violence. It was Founded by Mahatma Ghandi’s grandchildren Arun and Sunanda Gandhi with AGNT the Season relies on local communities with a singular purpose during the 64 days.  Each day deciding to practice a different quality to support a self-created peaceful, compassionate and joyful life!

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

The change I want to see is more people experience the feeling of absolute compassionate peace abundantly.

It is a universal law that if you want more good in your life, you must experience and express more of what it is you desire.

So why did I do this?

In honor of the 64 days of the SPNV.   It is my small contribution to this global movement sharing a simple daily reminder of how be more abundant and compassionate with yourself on each of the 64 days.  When you begin to honor and value yourself abundance is a natural result.

My next posts are already done.  Register to receive the daily inspiration.  Day 1 is Courage.

It takes courage to follow your vision.  Are you ready?

As simply as registering an email they receive a daily reminder during the 64 days of the Season and be entered into a drawing for $100 cash.

Even cooler, those who shared the inspiration with a friend, receive an additional entry.

 


Love, Texting and Connection

Sipping my first cup of morning coffee, chomping down a sugary snack of Channel 5’s cast They feel like your friends in the living room, the sugar rush I know they will always deliver, came through big time.

A rather shocking study via something called Voucher Cloud, found that, among 2,712 men and women age 18-30 the NO.1 BREAKING UP METHOD was … via text message.  This is how the results fell into place.Caribbean

25%  Text

20%  Social Media

18% Face to Face

15 Phone Call

11 Email

eeegjgjgjjjjhhhhh is it just me, or is that all … messed up?

“I know we live in a warped “future is now” era in which nobody bothers to open their mouths to emit actual sounds at each other — we prefer to do it all, EVERYTHING, via little screens. But still! We’re talking about breakups here — love and war and the soul-pummeling death of real-world entanglements!I wonder sometimes if we have so disconnected from others through technology we have replaced vulnerability and intimacy with a virtual world of our design. “

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

The thought for today is HARMONY.  The basis of the word is to be of one heart.  It is difficult to be of one heart when you are blaming another for anything.  This includes gossip, criticizing, scolding, rebuking, condemning yourself or anyone else.  As Brene Brown says “if blame is driving, shame is riding shotgun”.  Blame in whatever form, has it roots in anger, hurt, grief, pain and shame.

It is only when you connect from your heart to another’s heart that harmony flourishes.  When you recognize the common nature that you have with every other person you are able to honor this nature in yourself and those around you.  Being in harmony with your surroundings, people, places and things will allow peace to flourish.  When you have a vision for your life and for humanity you strive for “the greatest good for the greatest number of people.”

Choosing NOT to engage in any form of blame today contributes to harmony.  Choosing to see the good in others rather than finding fault leads to peaceful relationships.  Look for the good in yourself and in others rather than finding fault. By making these choices, you are contributing to a culture of peace, compassion and abundance.

Today choose to see the good in others instead of finding fault. Spend the entire day without criticizing anything or anyone; if you are tempted to criticize, write down the criticism rather than speaking it, then later discover where the criticism is coming from within you.

Think About It

How do you know when things are in harmony?

 Take Action

Decide on three areas of your life that could be more harmonious.  What steps are you willing to take to be an agent of more harmonious interactions in those areas.

Major Do:  Ask yourself constantly, “How am I seeing the commonality” in others.

Major Don’t:

Don’t justify your feelings with a “I’m right and you’re wrong”.  This plugs up the flow of higher energies to all other areas of your life.

Words to Live by:

 Harmony is a beautiful balance between mind, body and soul measured in tender peaceful moments. – Melanie Koulouris

 

 

 


Play

Struggling over a Help the Newbies or List Post while creating an Inspirational Thought for the day on Mindfulness I forgot what an amazing day I was having. Practicing Mindfulness is difficult when I am stressing over the manual labor of writing a How to for Dummies.  I need one right now on how to Play!

Thirsty for a respit of relief, I reminded myself of the other portions of this Blog Challenge was to comment on other posts.  Yeah!  I could distract myself for a while and accomplish part of my commitment.

I found this amazing video on happiness Amanda Gore.

It took me a few more head banging moments, but the ah ha came with a gong You are not Playing!

Playing is so essential to our happiness experience as well as our well being.

I’m off to play, how ‘about you?

 


Space Mountain and Life Changes

space mountainI was a little taken aback by my client’s vivid description of the changes she has experienced in the past few weeks. “Working together has been like Space Mountain”, she excitedly shared as our session came to a close.   Explain more I said.

“Well you know how the ride is dark at first, you go through a dark tunnel, then you start to lift into the mountain, there’s a disorienting spinning sensation, slowly building as you lift, then the ride begins and it’s fast.  My life has changed so quickly it’s like Space Mountain”.

I had never heard it put quite like that before, and yet it seems to be the truth of how you can experience anything your heart desires if only you are willing to buy a ticket for the ride.

All too often I hear change is difficult, takes time and can’t happen for me.  The truth is all change can occur in a Holy Instant or take as long as you believe it needs to.  Simply opening to the possibility that change can be quick and painless are the building blocks to creating the experience.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ― Napoleon Hill

The thought for today is BELIEVING.  Believing has gotten a bad rap during especially in the positive thinking being too Pollyannaish or Kumbayahish, yet Medical Research continuously supports its huge impact on our lives.  The more deeply you believe the more completely your results.  Believe your Fixed Mindset and the voice says you can’t do it.  Listen to your Growth Mindset and it says “I can’t do it YET!”  Great You Tube Video on the Power of Belief

Today believe that you have all the resources to move your life in the direction of abundance, peace and joy.  Be aware of the simple, abundant, peaceful, joyful things you receive.

Desire to Improve

Embrace challenges

Persist in the face of set backs

Discover yourself

Think About It

What are some limiting or empowering beliefs you have about yourself?

Take Action

List the beliefs you carry that impact your life.  Did you learn them from your family, friends, culture or religion?

Major Do:  Believe you can have it all!

Major Don’t:  Don’t ever say you can’t.

 

 

 

 

 


The Oscars, Smiling and Abundance

baby smilingWatching Pharrell Williams perform Happy on the Oscars, you can’t help but smile.  As he engaged the audience with stars like Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong’o and Brad & Angelina, you could feel the energy come through the television screen into your own living room.  That energy is what makes up the entire universe.  The good vibration energy and the low vibration energy.

YOU ARE ALWAYS IN TRAINING FOR GOOD!  Just as an incredible artist, craftsman, performer hones their craft, you have the rest of your life to do just that.  Practice having more good.

If you’re going to make a decision to take control of your life, have the things you want, do the things you want, be the person you want to be, and live the way you want with the people you want, there’s something you must know.  You are in charge.

At this point in your journey do you know when you are creating greatness in your life and when you are sabotaging your success.  This path is a life-long endeavor.

You can Deliberately Create prosperity, security, health, freedom, joy, aliveness, ingenuity, independence, fulfillment and a natural state of being the way you were meant to be . . . as simply as smiling.

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” - Thích Nhất Hạnh

SMILING.  Such a simple act yet so profound.  Science now tells us that the simple act of smiling is not only good for your health it also makes you happier.  Research also evidences that “happy” people make more money.

So when you feel out of sorts, just smile and your brain does the rest.  You don’t have to wait for something to smile about, starting smiling to create oxyitocin in the brain.

The most basic kind of peace work is peace within your own soul.    A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship and nonviolence.  A smile not only improves your looks, it improves your outlook, and when your outlook improves, it is much easier to be at peace.

Today share a buttery warm smile with at least three people, knowing that your smile contributes peace to your and everyone around you.

Think about it:

What keeps you from smiling at others?

 Take Action!

Identify a person to whom you would normally not smile (i.e. someone from a different race, neighborhood, or class).  What gets in the way of a smile?  What might happen if you smile at them, either good or bad?  Experiment several times, then write or draw about your experience.

Major Do: 

Start your day with the intent to look for positive things to smile about.  Then intend to find them.

 

Major Don’t: 

Don’t live for the end result, saying “I can’t feel better until it happens.” Smiling makes it so.

Words to live by: 

I smile to the world and the world smiles to me – Sister Chan Khong

Post your “selfie smile” on our FB Blog.


Blog Challenge Shame

Man jumpAfter signing up for a 30 Day Blog Challenge, I find myself after the third day two days behind.  Instead of shaming myself into compliance, I wondered if there was a great learning in this experience.  Of course there is!

With the back drop of the Oscars as my canvas, it struck me there is this overall need to review and judge how we dress, speak, behave, make mistakes and paint the world with sweeping assessments of our performance.  Blogging is like that for me.  Judging the content, the look, the impact.   There is this place of vulnerability that is uncomfortable as I squirm in my chair the whole time.

There is also this “practice what you preach” voice in the back of my head.  My teachings on wealth and abundance always have their roots in worthiness. Building worthiness is a daily practice which begins with courage.

The root of the word courage is cor - the Latin word for heart.  Originally Courage meant “to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart”.  Over time the word has become synonymous with being heroic.

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”  – Brene Brown

Letting go of what other people think is a huge act of courage.  Courage is letting go of the need to please, perform and perfect.  Saying “no” rather than sure (and being resentful and pissed off later).

If you would like to practice courage today, light a candle to symbolize your commitment to accept the courage to practice 64 Ways of living the authentic you.  The good news is abundance is a natural outcome of your courageousness.  Let the flame represent the beginning of a new season: of reflection, growth, and practicing harmony, authenticity and abundance.

Think About It

What is the most recent act of courage you practiced in your life?

Take Action!

As you reflect on that courageous action write a short paragraph (3-4 sentences) about what it meant to you and why.

Major Do Today:  Find new ways to feel a “little” more courageous.  Be creative. Be inventive. Be outrageous

Major Don’t Today:  Don’t live in someone else’s opinion about you.  Own your own spectacular-ness.  


Money Magnet

money on treesOnce you master the magnetism of money, you will never have to worry about wealth and abundance again.

Instead you are able to:

  • Tap into your own value and worth
  • Attract money like a magnet
  • Uncover and discover your blocks and resistance around receiving good
  • Transform challenges into Cha Ching
  • Become pregnant with your soul’s passion

BEFORE YOU START EACH DAY:

Declare Your Affirmation: 

The biggest mistake you can make is to forget to begin your day with the truth of who you truly are.  This is why you begin every day with your Money Magnestism Affirmation:

I am wealthy because I breathe!

Call In Your Good:

Energy is everything.  When you align with this energy and clearly decide what your life looks like, you are unstoppable.

Take just 15 minutes each morning to call in your good, invoke the syncho-destinies and miracles that go beyond what you create through force and will.  This journey is not designed to be a struggle, rather a graceful, easy, feminine, creative birth of your dreams and desires.

Practice calling in your good in the morning before you begin your busy day and see the amazing results unfold before your eyes.

BEFORE BED EACH EVENING
Money Value Meter

Most women avoid tracking how they give and receive.  There is usually a heavy side of giving and not much receiving.  Because they don’t acknowledge this fact, there is a lack of balance in their wealth and abundance.  It’s much easier to stay stuck in the story of why life is not supporting you.

Being in balance with both giving and receiving is essential to the wealth and abundance quotient.  Clearing seeing your value and worth will open the channels of receiving as well as allow you to give from an open heart.  Every evening review your day with the Giving and Receiving Journal and the Bed Time Story.

Giving and Receiving Journal

Draw a line down the middle of the journal page…on the left side write “Giving” and on the left side write “Receiving”. Write down those things you receive and give during a day under each column. (Like I took my mom to the doctor, my friend bought me a cup of coffee; I got great business counsel from a coach no charge).

You want to choose a dollar amount you value yourself at hourly. Here is the secret sauce, write next to each item of giving and receiving a value you attach to it based on your time or gift to the world (Like great business advise $1,000 because it led to a new way of doing something in your business or a contact for a new client that could potentially bring in $5,000) . It’s important to claim the value now not necessarily when it shows up. Remember pre-grateful. Here’s the interesting part: a negative thought of lack cannot live in your mind at the same time as the positive abundant thought when you are journaling these gifts. You will see remarkable shifts with this one activity!