Happily Ever NOW…!

547799_10150999096686623_297850554_nHello beautiful world and hello beautiful planet! Today is the day that we decide how we will define ourselves…! Who are we? Yes, seriously…WHO ARE “WE”? When we think of ourselves, who do we see? Who do we expect? Who do we yearn to be–and who has convinced us that we are not that?

Are we holding close to us only the beliefs that fully serve us–or are we cluttering our “reality” boards with anchors that conquer and truly divide? Is our past a series of scarlet letters or is our past the pre-paver on the way to discovering electricity?

Is it not time to filter out the “bad code” and to reprogram ourselves with the best that our personal “technology” has to offer? Can we turn in the “old phones” and move on to the “smart ones”?

And so…if we were to wake up in the morning totally whole…totally full…who would we be…or more importantly, not how would others see us as, but how would we CHOOSE to define ourselves…for in that belief is the seeds of reality…

Dear World… (and sometimes dear “Whirled”, for what a whirlwind you are….!!!),

I woke up today to discover that I am limitless… I am funny too… I see joy in Life and I do make others laugh in the process…I am solid, buoyant and ready to tackle anything new…I thrive on freshness and I thrive on discovery…the world is my oyster…just when I think that I hit a brick wall, I discover a pearl…new things are always unfolding… I never get bored because I will never EVER be able to possibly conceive of getting everything done…I am excited by new possibilities…I thrive on learning and even on those dang “problems” that make me beat my head against the wall about 2 seconds before I dance in celebration at having found the solution…I love diversity…ok, it might temporarily annoy me until it inspires me to bask in all that I have—and then to bask again at the new thing that it has inspired me to imagine…and possibly to create…I am a creature that is always moving…I am like the most majestic of the waterfalls because I am truly magnificent in my power…I am loving and even when I criticize, my purpose is to create… I love beauty..and in loving beauty, I am learning to appreciate the beauty within myself…I am a believer…I see Life as an opportunity and a palate upon which to create…my family is amazing…so diverse yet so connected…my family consists of those who I was born among and those who have connected with me across the challenges of time and space…my family is those who would see me grow and those who inspire me…my riches are endless…my riches bask in my imagination and are limited only by my temporary beliefs….I am a work in progress and it is for this reason that I play on this Earth…

Ha ha!…Sounding a bit airy fairy…but who are we, dear friends…and isn’t it time that we allow ourselves to define who we are as we take the next step forward? Yes, we have been “programmed” and we have lugged along a heavy backpack of beliefs that don’t really serve us….but we are at the helm…tomorrow is a new day and WE (yes, WE) tell us where we are at the word “go”. Isn’t it time that we proudly wear the badges of the past well lived and tread enthusiastically into the “happily ever NOW” that is here at our fingertips…? “We can fly, we can fly, we can fly”….would Tinkerbell have believed any less…wink! So jump off the windowsill and be on with it….!

Believing is seeing, so embrace the believing and the rest will come…!

Discovering the secrets of the “You-niverse”…

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Hello dear friends and hello, beautiful world! Today, I sit surrounded by the perfect harmony of chaos and perfection….the sky was brilliant…the clouds couldn’t have been more poofy…life dazzled and glowed in an amazing brilliance…the wind…the sun…the scent of a world still expanding….a world at full orbit…and how it does spin….!

It seems at times that we have been programed to weep at the “yet undelivered”…the “imperfections” in ourselves and in our world….and yet…isn’t it the lure of the “almost”…the  tantalizing presence of the surprise that is “just around the corner” that makes our hearts skip a beat?…. Isn’t it the wonder of a new discovery that arises out of the ashes of “disaster” that makes us leap tall buildings in celebration of the magnificence of all that we have become…isn’t it sometimes our harshest moments that let us come face to face with that which we truly desire…isn’t it the plunge that most quickly leads us to embrace the core that points to who we truly are….

As I pulled into the driveway tonight and stepped out of the car, I was gripped in the perfection of the instant…the diamond-like chill was pure and yet all embracing…the stars pierced through the day’s distractions with the powerful call of a Universe whose sky is often to be seen but never to be repeated….and I knew that I was MEANT to be here….right now…as me…with every component of my kaleidoscope whirling into play…

Look at our marvelous planet, dear friends…breathe it in…we are a heavenly concoction of tastes and textures…visions…desires..quests…dreams…challenges…and indeed miracles…we stumble..then we rise and we create…we question our purpose…we question the meaning….and then without quite realizing… we redefine eternity…just by being…just by living…just by asking…just by being alive…

And so…it stands to be said…isn’t the “meaning” of it all simply the beauty of learning to be you…yes, REALLY you… the “good, the bad and the ugly”…. the gift is in the opportunity to evolve…to create a new moment now irrelevant of the moments that came before or of the moments that will follow…the “meaning” is the gift of being allowed to “stumble”…to “botch it up”…to cry…to rebel..to question…to love…to change…to see….to dream…to aspire…to ‘never get it done”….to be as stern or as silly as you wish…to explore..to learn….as bright or as boring as you heart tells you to be… maybe the “meaning” is simply to leave your own very unique and important thumbprint on this tiny world…

Without you…nothing would be quite the same…so….what are you going to do with your moment…your uniqueness…your meager hundred years to dance on this stage….to draw on this palate….how do you wish to remember this moment….isn’t it time to touch the true fabric of all that it means to be (yes) truly and intoxicatingly human…..? 

The Power of the 1%

Hello dear wonderful friends and hello dear wonderful planet! Today I sit in the marvelous silence of Night and bask in the unbridled power of the 1%. Often we tell ourselves that we must achieve these monumental tasks…we must move mountains…we must amass great fortunes…we must save the world… Life can appear daunting when we look at “all that must yet be done” and/or “all that is wrong or simply missing”….

And yet, the secret is to embrace the power of the 1%…..

Instead of needing to immediately leap from “here” all the way to “there”, what if our daily goal was simply to move further by 1%?  Losing 200 pounds may seem impossible when faced with such enormous numbers—but dropping 2 pounds is achievable. Eradicating a $50,000 debt might seem overwhelming but knocking off $500 can be done.

Feeling and acting like a champion all day every day is probably pushing it for most of us particularly when  there are computers that crash, phones that lose connection, speed traps when you’re late to work or that dear sweet person in line who managed to pick up the one item without a price tag….yes, even trying to behave like that perfectly enlightened soul can sometimes seem more daunting than scaling Mt. Everest.

So, today, as you go out to face the world, I would encourage you to celebrate the 1%. Be the champion that you aspire to be 1% longer today than you were yesterday. Dieting? Try eating 1% healthier today than you did yesterday. Trying to save money? Save 1% more than you did last week, last month or last year …Trying to get yourself out of those summer doldrums? Find 1% more time to pursue a passion…..go to the beach…call an old friend…or just do something “totally weird and silly”….

Yes, 1% today adds up to 365% in one short year, but who’s counting??…! So, THE PRESSURE IS OFF! Anyone can handle 1%….! Time to laugh at those mountains up ahead! Time to let your dreams and imagination aim high! Anything is achievable if you approach it one step at a time. Anyone who aspires to improve by 1% can be “successful”. The journey is so much more than just a “start” and a “destination”, so experience those miles in between….

THIS is your moment! Make it the moment that you embrace the 1% that is NEW! Let go of all fear and let go of all pressure. This is your time to reach out and to be all that you are and all that you wish to be. THIS is that 1% moment when all risks are worth taking. The knowledge is yours… yes, you’ve “got” this… you’re “good”…. everything is working in your favor….that 1% is surely yours….!

And surprise….that 1% is Life’s wonderful rocket fuel, so get ready to soar….we can already hear your rumble…so roar on and make it your 1% day!

Inside your fears is a dream waiting to make itself heard….

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dramatic dream (Photo credit: unNickrMe)

My inner world is a reflection of the outer world….sometimes it is bright and sunny (“Life’s a Beach” weather)…sometimes it’s partly cloudy….sometimes it’s a light drizzle…and sometimes it’s a full fledged tropical storm ( I suppose that this type of inner weather inspired the “Life’s a B-tch” mantra..!)….

The temptation is to try to achieve as many “beach” days as possible (could this be why I have gravitated to Florida…??), but when it rains, I console myself with the knowledge that our glorious planet would be one dry, nasty little dust bomb if it never rained.

Knowing that I definitely don’t want to wake up as a “dry, nasty little dust bomb”, I reluctantly allow my inner world to try to relax into those “indoor weather” days.

That’s a bit of a long intro, so let it suffice to say that I woke up yesterday knowing that in spite of the appearance of sun outdoors, inside my world was definitely a rainy weather day. In spite of the chipper “Tick Tock” song on my alarm, in spite of the lure of my favorite gym classes, and in spite of the yippity yaps of my three “furever” friends, the idea of burying myself more deeply under the covers and letting the world orbit without me seemed like the most palpable option at that moment. Yes, all analogies aside, this was a day when the stress factor seemed almost overwhelming. I wasn’t even in fight or flight mode. I was in the “why don’t you just hide” mode…

And as I lay there, trying to inch my way to better and better thoughts (which can seem truly IMPOSSIBLE when part of my mind insisted on belting out those “helpful little realities”–cough, sputter, wheeze— along the lines of “how on earth could you have gotten yourself into this….what happened…you should have, could have, would have…and we of course TOLD YOU SO….!), something quite magical happened….

This wee tiny little thought just popped into my head…suddenly…and unambitiously…it was like the person who pops into the party where everyone has decided to wear black, but this quiet little person has decided to wear this brilliantly bright red dress (or jacket) and all of sudden, the room’s world is a brighter place.

“Inside your fears is a dream waiting to make itself heard….”

As I poked at this small but mighty thought, I felt that first little ray of sunshine dance into my inner world. A new seed had sprouted and the roots were taking hold. I got out of bed and began my morning with this odd sense of hope and faith in my path–when moments ago, I felt like my road had been blocked by a landslide. As I maneuvered through my chores, my mind began to play with this new guest…this interesting new perspective that proclaimed itself to be a “reality”. Could I embrace this as a “real” belief? Would it pass the taste test? I poked and prodded some more and inched my way gingerly back to the computer.

My fear was that the day would bring more challenges…but if fear was just the wrapping paper for the dream that lay inside, could I coax myself to peel away that wrapping and focus instead on uncovering the gift? I took a breath…a deeeeeeep breath….yes, I could feel that I was already able to find some thoughts that allowed me to definitely begin to feel little tingles of hope…it was still a glimmer, but it was definitely better….

It was not unlike taking myself to the gym, but this time, instead of exercising my body, I was exercising my mind….at first, “lifting” those hopeful thoughts to a point where they felt genuine and natural was a bit hard. I have been immensely helped by the ideas shared by Abraham-Hicks, so I knew to start “general”. I left the “how will I accomplish” and “when will it get here” questions for my “universal trainer” to figure out. I just began gently focusing on the things that WERE going well, the things that I HAVE improved in my world, and what it feels like when it feels really good….!!! How DOES that successful sensation feel? What DO I feel like I really love doing–and therefore do it well? And haven’t so many “successful” individuals had some amazing stories to tell? What would be my story?

Suddenly, I had that little jolt of energy, for no “logical” reason (if you were basing logic on the stresses that I was facing at work). But–guess what? I had SHIFTED my logic…. my logic had suddenly bought into the belief that these reasons for optimism were real…yes…REAL! They FELT real, so I was off and running and ready to energize my day!

Well, here’s where the “cool, weird” part landed… my phone rang…and an official legal document that I feared was in jeopardy (and that supposedly would take up to 3 months to resolve) was approved and ready to go…yes, it had only taken 2 weeks!!! I got two emails from clients saying that their slow payments were being overnighted to me. Presto! My cash flow was instantly better… New clients called…and my world was suddenly an easier place to breathe. The rain had definitely created some new blooms in the process. Ideas were flowing and I was once again seeing signs of the “ener-joy” (energy+ joy….yes, I am a solid believer in creating my own vocabulary!).

I don’t know exactly what my dream to end all dreams is. I find that I have many dreams–and that they change with my own inner ebb and flow. But, I can say this, by lightly gliding through the fear, I did find more focus…a finer tuning…revived hope and vision. I am not a big fan of stress and daunting challenges, but maybe that’s where courage comes in… Perhaps courage is that little voice that bravely proclaims in the midst of those inner demons:

“Inside your fears is a dream waiting to make itself heard…”

Courage is the moment when you take that next step forward….

Wishing you all your own moments of bliss and courage…

In-joy,

Tinkerbell

The Road to Happiness: Surely It Doesn’t Include That Brick Wall?

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English: The Great Wall of China, near Beijing in July 2006. This is a section of Mutianyu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello dear wonderful friends and hello dear wonderfully precocious Universe! Today I (gasp!) celebrate something that probably sounds a bit odd and bizarre to be celebrating: yes, those obnoxious and frustrating brick walls that we all seem to occasionally hit….Ok, so maybe I’m not truly rolling in joy as I say this, but please read on…..

Sometimes these little challenges can feel like mere pot holes and other times, they can feel like the Great Wall of China. When that’s the case, it is often hard not to feel like the wind has been knocked out of us. Forget about having any wind left to fill our sails. It is an awful, scary, frustrating and disempowering sort of feeling and we usually wind up feeling like we just want to hide under the covers until some Fairy Godmother can come and magically strike down this evil intruder. Whatever happened to our previously calm Universe? And what on Earth could we have possibly done to have deserved and/or to have created THIS particular monster?

This is the part of the story where the temptation is either to beat up upon ourselves or to try to distract ourselves from the discomfort by looking for the villain elsewhere? We often feel like someone else is seriously flawed (because they really should have behaved differently) or that the world/entire “system” is flawed (because what happened was so obviously unfair) or in the worse case scenario that we ourselves are somehow tragically flawed (i.e. others seem to be able to avoid these sorts of disasters, what’s wrong with me that I have allowed this to happen?). Regardless of who we target (and sometimes it is all of the above), the feeling is anything but good and our outlook on Life at these moments is anything but encouraging.

So yes, I am a Tinkerbell, but why am I celebrating this “brick wall” phenomena? Am I just trying to put an airy fairy costume on Captain Hook? Am I willing to smile when my entire world is falling down around me…? Have I somehow managed to control the “calamities” in my life so that my tales of woe delve no deeper than a bad hair day?

Ah, wouldn’t we all wish!! And if I could figure out how to achieve THAT, I promise you, I would definitely blog about it….!

No, Life definitely dealt me a distinctive wall that seemed to come out of nowhere. And it definitely scared me, worried me, depressed me and left me shivering in my boots….

BUT……!!!!

(…Yes, in the midst of my spiral, my despair actually lead me face to face with a very awe-inspiring and powerful “but”…..)

After I had panicked for a while and imagined all forms of ultimate destruction, I finally took a breath and ALLOWED myself to relax into the new thoughts that I have learned to begin thinking….

What if this “obstacle” (this huge horrible beast) is actually a necessary and important part of “the plan” to get me to “the next level”. What if instead of being evidence that something is “wrong”, it’s really a sign that something is on target…? What if this is not the Universe doing something TO me but doing something FOR ME…. what if it’s a hint to let go of something that no longer leads to the path that I desire….what if it’s a chance to re-examine my desires and to virtually “start fresh”….what if….what if…what if….? (And doesn’t it make sense that those “what if’s” just MIGHT be positive….)

And as I took it further in my mind, it struck me that we ALL encounter these hurdles…even the most “successful” folks encounter challenges in their lives…whether it’s Michael Jordan at one point being told that he can’t play basketball or numerous multi-millionaires pulling themselves up from bankruptcy. So if these “challenges” are so prevalent, it isn’t logical to buy into the belief that these “stumbles” are signs of failure. If those who succeed have also stumbled, then it isn’t accurate to tell ourselves that these stumbles just prove our own failure. In fact, many who now have success attribute their success to the lessons and inspirations that came as a result of those very catastrophes.

So if that’s the case, then maybe these brick walls are not signs of anything going “wrong”. And if things aren’t going wrong, if these challenges are an important part of our progress, doesn’t that mean that perhaps we shouldn’t be viewing these moments with such dread and self-loathing? Couldn’t it mean that rather than chide ourselves for our stupidity or for our slowness or for our inability to foresee (or control) events, that perhaps we should be smiling with the thrill of understanding that we have come upon one of the most high-octane moments of “the race”?

So, YES, today I declare peace with the brick wall…and as I look from this new perspective, I have to wonder if this daunting obstacle is really the wall that it initially appeared to be? Maybe it’s just a new palate on which to create…. maybe it’s THE lesson that will catapult me onward….maybe it’s part of the road forward…or maybe it’s the new lens with which I more clearly see my true self. Today, maybe it’s time that I thank this turn of events for inspiring me to look anew at this journey and to hope and to believe and to trust in this process.

Today, maybe it’s time to truly and openly look for the opportunity within the unknown. Maybe the challenge is simply to let go of the sails and to allow the power of the wind to carry this great vessel forward. There are worlds to discover so rather than curse our supposed misfortunes, let us venture on…strong, mighty and with the courage of the ever great explorer! If the moving currents can shape mountains, imagine what they can do to a mere brick wall….?

The Power of Celebration

Happy Cinco De Mayo, dear friends! It seems like all of the world here in the US becomes a giant margarita bowl!…. And yet….as I wade through the promise of the impending mariachi music, it strikes me just how POWERFUL the energy of celebration can be….

Gratitude is said to be empowering, but often when we think of gratitude, at least part of our brain is still focused on that big hairy nasty thing that we have “just narrowly” escaped from…. so yes, it’s quite possible that even if I’m expressing “gratitude” for money coming in, a good part of my subtle focus is actually saying, “I am so grateful for money coming in because money doesn’t grow on trees and one can lose one’s source of income so easily and lots of people don’t have enough and that could easily be me and there doesn’t seem like there is enough money to go around and all sorts of things can happen that can make me lose my money…..and….and…and….”

Alright, maybe I am the only one who occasionally catches my mind “pretending” to be positive when the mischievous part of my brain just can’t resist pointing out the 101 Deadly Calamities that could be just around the corner….wink! I may not SAY it, but “the man behind the curtain” is certainly trying to get me to THINK IT!!!…..

And conspiring with that “man behind the curtain” is the naughty little flying monkey in my brain who also is quick to point out that “gratitude” seems to imply that I believe that I am “out of the weeds” on that topic…”but am I really?” says the naughty monkey, “because Life is full of change and nothing lasts forever….” And all of a sudden in the middle of my attempt to express some good empowering gratitude, I am swept away in a sudden mental cyclone…ruby slippers and all….!

Now I am DEFINITELY not saying that gratitude isn’t important–although in my own life I prefer to view it as “appreciation” since my own mind seems to find less “evil story” characters attached to that phrase. Appreciation is VITAL!…providing that one is truly viewing the FULLNESS of the scenario and not the links that are either still missing or potentially just around the next bend.

It occurred to me that since I have such a precocious little mind at times that I would be the perfect “guinea pig” for figuring out how to “outsmart” the system that my mind has spent half of a century hammering into place…. so yes…. I read and I read and I read….and I observed and listened and tried HARD…. the “A” student in me REALLY objected to the news that the harder one “tries” the longer it takes to reach the goal…now how is THAT “fair”?? …more kicking and fussing….more pouting…more reading….and finally more hoping and just plain asking the Universe….

…. And then one day, the Universe seemed to reply….

….it was a day with dozens of brilliant gold and vibrant orange butterflies jetting around the foliage in the back yard….the sky was such a brilliant blue…the breeze was perfect….and my three furry Yodas were celebrating Life in their most spectacular rendition of “squirrel chasing”, toy shaking, and pure unbridled runs of joy…. “learn the Art of Celebration”, the world seemed to say….because in Celebration is PLAY….

When we can celebrate, we amplify appreciation. We “allow” ourselves to laugh and to focus just on the “good”. We allow ourselves to really feel great and to bask in the best that we can be. It’s the closing pitcher on the winning baseball team who points at the sky in victory as the game is won. It’s the athlete in the end zone dancing in delight. It’s the child whooping and whirling when Life feels perfect. It’s the resounding “YES” that we shout at the computer when we get that perfect piece of news—even when there is no one around to hear it!

For in those moments of celebration, we are COMMITTED to believing that we can handle whatever comes our way! We know that there are challenges, but we KNOW that we can be champions! We see others around us as contributors to this wonderful game– sometimes opposing us, but always inspiring us to play our best. When we celebrate, we are not focused on the details of the future. We are truly (no evil story characters on site) APPRECIATING the now.

So today, on this beautiful 5th of May, I would invite you to give yourself the license to CELEBRATE. Give yourself a party in honor of all that you wish for and celebrate those victory feelings as if they are here. Yes, pretend and let loose–because this is PLAY! And in the concept of “play” lives the concept of “allowing” and “freedom” and “empowered risk taking”. “Play” means that the “serious” part of your brain can go “off duty”. You can punch out your mental time clock and proceed onto (YES!!) “HAPPY” HOUR!!

And as the glorious sun shines down on your face as you laugh and raise your glass, know that the laws of the Universe are at your back. They are giving you more wind for your sails because as you cut loose the anchors of “struggle”, “worry”, “doubt”, and the “shouldn’t-I-be-seeing-more-progress-by-now” moments, the waves calm and AWAY YOU GO! So today: CELEBRATE! LAUGH! PLAY….and turn all 24 hours into your own spiritual “happy hour”….because in celebration is focusing at its best and in its purest–and therein lies our power at its most breath taking and SUBLIME! Happy Monday, dear friends!

Mud or Masterpiece?

Hello, dear wonderful friends! Happy May!! Ahhh, there is always the luster of a new month and with that luster shines the perfect opportunity to “recreate ourselves”. Time to dig our hands into the clay and sculpt the next masterpiece in our grand collection! YES… our hands will get dirty…and our focus must be open yet precise…YES, there will be aspects of this creation that does not please us, so, yes, there will be parts of this project that we will build only to take apart…we may pound it…we may caress it into place…but eventually, the artwork will stand….majestic…the beautiful offspring of heart, soul and the deliberate mind…..

Let’s dive into these days of spring with the renewed vigor and focus of a master creator! Let’s not lament the mud beneath our fingernails or the time required to transform that lump of clay (pun intended—wink!). Instead, let’s play with the joy of the artist…completely engaged in the eternal connection of this work in progress. Let’s banish our fears of getting it “wrong” because in art, there is only expression and unfolding….

Yes, let’s breathe deeply and see the world through our Michelangelo eyes… today we can choose….are we viewing the mud or the stone….or are we viewing the potential foundation to a masterpiece that will span into eternity…?

Maybe it’s the dirt beneath our nails that defines us as an artist….so dive in and get muddy!! The month is “yours” for the creating!! Happy May, all!

Morning Mental Java…!

Today, we are PURE POSITIVE ENERGY!!! Today, we are PURE JOY, PURE LOVE and TOTALLY UNSTOPPABLE!!! Today, we SOAR! Today we THRIVE! Today, each breath resonates from our soul on the wings of angels and radiates outward like a giant gentle wave of PURE MAGNIFICENT EMPOWERMENT! Today, miracles come true! Today, we soar and thrive and dream beyond any boundaries that we have dared to dream before! Today, the world aligns to make our visions the reality! Today, the very pulse of the planet feels our heartbeat! Today we see the GENIUS of our planet, of ourselves and of our entire species! Today we APPRECIATE ~~ we BASK in exhilaration and in awe ~~ for this is the moment that we have been waiting for! Today, there is no greater moment in which to be alive! Today, there is only goodness and greatness and the vibrant potential that is yet to be! Today, we marvel at the unfolding yet savor all that is already here. Today, we are at peace with the process and eager for more! Today, we feel abundance with an energy that we have never felt before! Today we are one with ourselves ~~ one with the planet ~~~ one with each other ~~ and one with the Eternal! Today is the BIRTHING into our fullness! Today we finally SEE!

Today, there is nothing that we can’t be, do or have so let us DANCE full throttle into the moment. Let us celebrate all that is, all that brought us here and all that we know that we CAN create! Let us live this moment wholly and fully! Let us feel each breath ~~ appreciate each sunrise ~~~ know that the BEST is upon us ~~~ SEE the successes ~~~ savor the steps forward and BELIEVE AND BELIEVE AND BELIEVE. For we KNOW that BELIEVING IS SEEING and, yes, we now can see SO FAR!!! This IS working! THIS is a day worth LIVING! CARPE DIEM! Seize the Day with Love and Positive Knowing! THIS is why we are here! THIS is the Secret! THIS is what “purpose” feels like! THIS is Heaven on Earth and there is NO ONE luckier than we are! Our planet evolves and like a heart that is still beating and breath that is still breathing, this evolution is the promise of Eternity. THIS is life at its best! THIS is our moment ~~ our opportunity ~~ our destiny. THIS is the LAUNCHING. This is the moment that we have always been waiting for!! GOOD MORNING, WORLD! Let’s create something truly SPECTACULAR! Together ALL is possible!!!

Once Upon Our Time…..

To my dear darling sweet planet…. I am not part of your beginning and I am not part of your end (if there is indeed such a thing), but thank you for allowing me the glimpse at the perfection that we call life~~~ wow, how short and sweet a mere hundred years can seem when there is a planet brimming with such beauty, such insight and such love… each moment stands still when basking in the brilliance of even the most trivial of your realities… so let there be life and let there be imagination for in our imagination grows the seeds of eternity…kiss me with your sunsets and push me forward with my “defeats” … bless me with the ability to grow…and in my growth, let me understand that change is the wonder from which all infinity blossoms… and in the meantime, I watch the turtle persevere to the next pond. I watch the roses unfold into their full bloom. I listen to my children navigate to new frontiers with glee and exquisite confidence. I listen to my own heart dance and play at the possibilities. This is life. This is bliss. THIS, my dear ones, is a look into the soul of our most eternal and sacred being-ness. This is the opportunity to throw the acorns back up to the sky. This is the opportunity to smile with the pure unadulterated smile of the “can be”.  This is about beauty and wisdom and about all that we can’t perhaps yet explain. This is about the silence and the awe that we feel under the moon and the stars when all of the rest of the world is trying to make us believe that this magnificent planet is somehow broken…. This is about the unfinished and about the exquisitely unfolding… This is about pure life—pure breath—and ultimately about pure and sublime NOW….. Being wholly and fully ALIVE could not possibly hold any more rich meaning than the gift of each reverent breath of evolution…..Dive in and revel in the opportunity to mold your own clay of dreams….the lusciousness of existence simply waits for your decision to harvest it….

And so, dear world, as I force myself to say goodnight to another day of promise and adventure, I gaze at your moon….I taste your breeze….and I inhale the awe of how much beauty has come before me and how much mystery is yet to come….Life is not about the “must do’s”…. Life is about the forgotten moments that shape all that we are yet to become… Life is our own personal fairy tale…and OH! To behold the magic!!!!!

 

 

 

Financial abundance– the ultimate love/hate relationship?

If money is the “root of all evil” then why do we chase it and/or lament it so? We give it so much power and responsibility…so much credit…so much fear….what if we could gently shift and explore prosperity in a new empowering way…. what if today, we could wake up and proclaim:

Today, dear world, will be the day when we SEE OUR ABUNDANCE! Today will bring that powerful shift where we step further into our total loving embrace of this planet and all that it is and all that it offers to be. Today we see the evidence—”the answer to our prayers”. Today we feel the “whoosh”—the undeniable arrival– of our financial abundance!

Today, dear world, we commit to letting go! Today, we let money “off the hook”~~ “off the hook” for all of the wrongs that have been done in its name~~ “off the hook” for all of the “evil” that we have given it credit for ~~ “off the hook” for its apparent “absence” or “abuse” ~~ “off the hook” for padding the pockets of those whose choices or actions would not be our own ~~ “off the hook” for seeming to be the “yang” to the “yin” of spirituality ~~ “off the hook” for simply not being there when we “needed” it or for being there for others when we thought that it should also be ours~~

Yes, today, we will stop trying to figure it all out ~~today, we will forgive ourselves for not yet being the “Master of Financial Abundance” ~~ today, we will forgive ourselves our credit scores and all our bills ~ we will forgive our lack of savings and lack of retirement fund ~~ today, we forgive all of those “financial mistakes” and we even forgive ourselves for focusing on lack when there is so much abundance to be had ~~ TODAY IS THAT DELICIOUS AND LONG AWAITED SHIFT where we each allow the abundance of money to simply BE!!!

And HOW SWEET THE SHIFT FEELS!! Now, we embrace money simply and majestically as another marvellous resource of our planet and of our life experience ~~ we allow money to be our teacher ~~ in fact, dear money, today we invite you to become our friend ~~ yes, if we can resist judging you based on beliefs that no longer serve us, we see that you are like the oxygen that gives our global economy life. To criticize you is like criticizing the air – because even our life-giving air carries germs and viruses.

Yes, today is about turning over a new leaf and welcoming you into our powerful circle of creation ~~ today is about revisiting the dream.  Today we laugh ~~~today we marvel at the crazy yet delicious irony of life. Today, we giggle at the sense of humour of our vibrant Universe that inspired our species to have created you! If the pursuit of “love” and “joy” weren’t enough to challenge our species, we then chose to add you, dear money, into the mix! You are perhaps our wild child—our unruly offspring, brimming over with potential but defying control— Yes, dear creation, pursuing you can sometimes feel like we have fallen into the deep end—way over our heads, gasping for air— attempting to doggy paddle our way out of a shark tank .

So today, dear prosperity, we celebrate our shift! We breathe in the feeling of ease and allow money to FLOW!  Like oxygen flowing into our lungs and blood flowing in our veins, money now serves us as yet another powerful potential nutrient ~~ a life giving force ready to energize and expand us to new dimensions of health and being.

Today money becomes the paint on our giant canvas—a beckoning palate of colors and creativity. Today we dare to say “what if….?” What if we can become a new generation~~? A generation that aligns with money to create great masterpieces? A generation whose vision includes the ease of health in all aspects of our experience—physical, mental, spiritual, global AND financial? Suppose that our children view money with joyous enthusiasm—revelling in its abundance and its flow like dolphins frolicking in a great sea? Imagine the day when we are all so at one with money that its presence becomes like a heartbeat— ever present and strong, but quiet and steadfastly assured~~!

And so, as we turn to welcome in our abundance, let us be as parents welcoming into our embrace one of the most creative yet sometimes precocious of our children. There will be stories—wild tales of dragons and great adventures – there will be memories from the day and hopes for tomorrow, but there will be the security and the gentle knowing that we are one— loving and thriving unconditionally. Today, we relax into feeling the purity of our  rekindled love for this sometimes “unruly” child of abundance. We may still stare upon this little creation of our great species knowing that it has pushed us often way beyond our comfort level ~~ but today we now bask and celebrate knowing that thanks to its push, we are now more of all that we are ~~ or more importantly all that we dream of becoming. Yes, dear abundance. You stretch us and you bend us, but together we create a richer planet (double entendre intended). So welcome home ~~ it is time! In fact, it is finally OUR time! Today, we walk arm in arm with abundance and know that life just keeps on getting better for us! YES, today, a new era is launched! So thank you, world, for yet another day of empowering creations! Thank you for the ease and the success of this great “allowing”! I am refreshed and ready to dance upon the glorious wings of this magnificent day!!!