Heartfelt Gratitude

Heartfelt gratitude and joy draw in even more for which you can be grateful, creating an infinite cycle of abundance.

“Celebration is a thankfulness; it is a prayer out of gratitude. It is a recognition of the gift that has been given to us…”
~Osho~

It seems that many people forget that life is sacred. In their unconsciousness they create an existence that is filled with drudgery and conflict. For them, the world feels like an unsafe place. This is the high cost of unconsciousness.

Those who have awakened understand that there is no need to postpone their joy. They can see the beauty in every situation and are deeply rooted in the Now. Nothing is missing and this moment has great cause for celebration. They do not wait for everything to fall into place before they dance in celebration of life.

When we treat one another with generosity and compassion, we create a space filled with infinite possibility. Become more sensitive to the nuances of life itself and allow its essence to enter you. Choose to be more trusting and open while purposely living in a world of wonder.

Love What Is

Honor your path as sacred.

“The ego says, ‘I shouldn’t have to suffer,’ and that thought makes you suffer so much more. It is a distortion of the truth which is always paradoxical. The truth is that you need to say yes to suffering before you can transcend it.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

The human experience is paradoxical. Through anger we discover peace. Limitation teaches how to expand. Hatred transforms into love. Judgment paves the way for compassion. By immersing ourselves in whatever unfolds in the present moment without resistance, we can begin the process of loving what is. This shift becomes more fluid when we approach our daily life situations with conscious awareness rather than reactivity.

To honor your path as sacred means to understand that everything plays a valuable role in your awakening. Nothing is dismissed as unimportant or “not spiritual.” On the contrary, all you encounter becomes meaningful and worth your loving examination. Self-reflection is the key. Turn inward, bring yourself into balance and experience life with an open heart.

Tree-hugging

The world is ready to share it’s gifts with you.

“And into the forest I go
to lose my mind
and find my soul.”
~John Muir~

Trees seem to call to me. No matter where I live or travel, I find myself being drawn into their loving energy. Each morning on my gratitude walk I take a moment to meditate under a copse of pepper and oak trees. Their silence grounds me. Their peace comforts me, and I leave their presence renewed. Nearing home I stop to hug another tree that stands patiently with open arms. In our embrace my heart chakra opens to receive pure love.

These brief moments play a significant role in how I decide to begin my day. It’s important to recognize what brings you joy and incorporate it into your daily routine. Your conscious choices will expand your experience of life in miraculous ways. The world is filled with beauty for those who have eyes to see.

The Universe has secrets to share. Love rains down upon you from all dimensions. How will you choose to receive it?

Reflection

Today my intention is to be an authentic, loving reflection of the Presence in others.

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”
~Wayne Dyer~
Sometimes it can be challenging to see ourselves clearly. One of the most beautiful aspects of the human condition is our ability to reflect truth to one another.
When you enjoy someone’s integrity, compassion, kindness or sense of humor, it’s because they are reflecting your own wonderful qualities to you. Likewise, when you see patterns of behavior that frustrate you, it’s important to look within. By simply owning your own stuff it becomes easier to release limiting patterns of your own.
Pay attention to the words you use to describe the people you encounter throughout the day – they will provide tremendous insight. Each of us views life through the filters of our own perception. If there are things you wish to shift or heal, simply do so without any self-judgment or recrimination. Otherwise, honor and own your beautiful qualities and allow them to shine.

Dancing in Slow Motion

Stop and listen to the melody that plays within your heart.
“Now is the time to see Sunlight dancing as One with the shadows.”
~Rumi~

All of life participates in the dance of existence. The ebb and flow of experience creates a give and take that is artistry in motion. If you have lost your joy, ask yourself when you stopped dancing. When did life become more of a drudgery than a flow? Have you lost your ability to recognize the song of infinity?

To dance, we must be fully present and allow our mind, body and spirit to respond to one another and to the world around us. We must be free of ego, ready to follow when necessary, moving confidently in harmony with the music of life.

Learn from one another. When someone or something sparks joy within your soul, invite them into your dance. Let your life be a celebration of connection, passion, and creativity knowing that each of us plays an integral part in the collective dance of awakening.

The Doorway

This moment is your doorway to eternity.

“Peace comes from being aligned with the present moment. Wherever you are, you feel that you are home – because you are home.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

No matter what is unfolding in your experience, immerse yourself within it completely. Feel the breath as it moves through your body. Move into gratitude for all that you see. Honor the present moment as sacred by experiencing it without resistance or thought. The choice to consciously be present creates a sense of peace and may bring a contented smile to your face. Both are indicators of someone who is awake to the Now in a way that is healthy and life-affirming.

If not now, then when? Why wait to experience your life with joyful and conscious intent? You can step through the threshold of awareness to a new level of consciousness. When limiting thoughts arise, simply observe them and purposely choose to do the opposite. Typically, the ego-mind will want to keep us where we’ve always been; therefore, quietly taking the opposite action will begin to break you free from the past and open your energy to new dimensions of experience.

You have been prompted to read these words because you are ready for something new. What will you create?

There is Only Love

Beyond the stories, the drama and the lessons… there is only love.

“It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, but it was deeper than that. A sense of belonging to a place I never knew I wanted but somehow always needed. It was a home that carried a heartbeat.”
~Nikki Rowe~

This world is a playground of discovery. We seek to learn from one another through karmic lessons and contracts, soul agreements and joyful reunions. Every once in a while you may meet someone with whom you click immediately, someone who makes a powerful impact in your life, seems a little more intense or fills a void you may not have recognized you had. These beautiful spirits are typically members of your soul group – 30-40 souls who tend to incarnate together lifetime after lifetime.

These soul group members play a specific role in your awakening. They have participated from the beginning of your journey and you likely have a long and varied past together. These interactions may be intense or supportive, but they will often push you into new areas of growth… Yet at the core of everything, is love. In spite of appearances, the souls that challenge you the most on the physical plane love you the most on the spiritual plane.

As awakening masters, we must cultivate the ability to see beyond the roles that people play to the truth that lies at the heart of every interaction. Always seek the gift or the lesson and be grateful for those who grace your life with their presence.

Be Led By Joy

Your purpose is to awaken.

“The heart that seeks to awaken, to live genuinely, is more real than anything. That nameless drive calls you to be who you most truly are.”
~Ezra Bayda~

How can you live authentically when you postpone your joy? Happiness is your birthright, your path and your mojo. The path to wholeness calls upon us to bring conscious awareness to our choices. It’s important to be led by joy and enthusiasm rather than fear or the “shoulds” created by self-judgment.

One has greater success when they are passionate about life, work, love, friendships, art, awakening, nature… anything! Rather than trying to fit into a mold created by society or family, ask yourself what you have to offer and what inspires you. Then open to it and see where you are led.

When considering changes, seek to expand rather than seeking the known, and be willing to explore new aspects of yourself in the process. If you believe that you can’t be happy until life falls into place, you’re approaching change and manifestation backwards. Happiness comes first, then you’ll draw in the people, circumstances and experiences that will lead you forward in amazing ways.

Subconscious Beliefs

Our subconscious beliefs silently run our lives.

“We learn our belief systems as very little children, and then we move through life creating experiences to match our beliefs.”

~Louise Hay~

When arranging the circumstances of this incarnation prior to birth, you chose the perfect parents, life situation and personality traits to facilitate the particular lessons you wanted to explore in this life. Perhaps you wanted to experience the transformation of poverty to success, insecurity to strength, unworthiness to self-love or addiction to empowerment.

Remember, the soul’s only desire is to awaken; therefore, in conjunction with your spiritual guides, angels and ancestors, you set the necessary energy in motion to create the life situations that would inspire your soul to awaken.

It can be challenging to recognize the subconscious beliefs that silently run our lives. We must look to our repetitive experiences in order to determine what they are. Without judgment, we are called upon to observe limiting beliefs and go through the process of releasing all that blocks us from gratitude and joy.

Periodically, you’ll experience the ecstasy of a breakthrough. It may come and go in a flash as the ego-mind seeks to pull us back into the known through inner resistance or the behavior of others that seems to sabotage our efforts to change. See this resistance as an indicator that transformation is at hand and push through consciously and consistently. You are on an adventure of your own creation. Live your story, love those who assist you in your awakening and enjoy the journey.

Authentic Living

Share your unique gifts.

“Philosophy is speculation, Zen is participation. Participate in the night leaving, participate in the evening coming, participate in the stars and participate in the clouds; make participation your lifestyle and the whole existence becomes such a joy, such an ecstasy. You could not have dreamed a better universe.”
~Osho~

You have a purpose: to live an awakening life of joy and empowerment. Each of us has something of value to contribute to the whole. Seek first to embrace your own light in such a way that you allow it to shine. Rather than trying to meet your perception of what the world needs, ask instead, “What do I have to offer?”

The synergy that is created together is far greater than the sum of its parts. Be willing to accept what is offered while allowing the energy of the Divine to flow through you into the beauty of the present moment.

You bring something beautiful to the world. All of existence celebrates your journey and your contributions. Cultivate your ability to be totally present in your response to life. Take one step at a time, giving the present moment your full attention and energy. This authenticity will bring a wonderful new dimension to your life experience.

When we choose to create an energy field that supports each person we encounter to find his or her own light, we become facilitators of joy.