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What's Good???

Good morning! It is Tuesday!!  :)  Gratitude breeds more gratitude… isn't that awesome?   This only  takes a few moments to do but gives to you for much, much longer.  So put down whatever you are doing and take a couple of minutes for yourself.  Every Tuesday morning I am going to ask you to write down 5 things that you are grateful for and email them to me (keep for yourself as well).  What are you feeling gratitude around?  Here are mine for this week:

Tattoos.

Movies.

Fruit Smoothies.

Sleep.

Reading.

There are no right or wrong answers.  It is about what you are grateful for.   It is proven that doing this once a week for three months (actually just 9 weeks) makes you happier, healthier, exercise more and less sensitive to perceived slights.  You will sweat the small stuff less and focus on what really matters.

So… what are you waiting for???

Food for thought:

During this time of year we are reminded to give thanks.  Thanks for the people in our lives, for the stuff we have accumulated, for our health, our earth, for any and everything.  I think that it is fantastic that we have a season for gratitude, after all being grateful sometimes is better than being grateful no times :)  If you are thinking about giving back, saying thanks and sending love now, why not try to bring this to your daily practice of life.  See what shifts for you when you spend all year saying thanks, loving each other and spreading peace.

Happy Holiday To You :)

xo

a     

You are love, you are light, send it out and shine it bright.

Shine The Light

Hello, There is a feeling that we all have felt.  That feeling of being uncomfortable.  I get it when I ask for help.  I get it when I am going outside of what my norm is.  The urge to find comfort is pretty strong for all of us when we are in that place.  We label the feeling as bad.  We find ways to avoid, delay or crush it altogether.  We certainly wouldn't say we enjoyed being uncomfortable, not most of us at any rate.  Our comfort or lack thereof is a great place to pay close attention to.  The information within that feeling is so rich, so powerful and, in my opinion, where we can begin living our ideal life.

"To get where you have never been you have to do something you have never done."  I can't remember the author of this quote, but it is one of my favorites.  In order to grow, to change, to go beyond yourself as you are today, you will need to be more, different, other than you are at this very moment.  We are reborn time and time again.  We are constantly changing, growing, being more.  For many of us the changes are minute enough to not warrant panic.  We don't notice the changes so we don't resist them as much as we do when they are hard to miss.  When the changes are in direct opposition to how we do something and have been doing it for a while, we tend to dig our heels in.  Somewhere along the line we associated discomfort with danger.  We forgot what growth felt like.  We decided that we didn't deserve to feel anything but good.  We feel.  This is truth.  There is no right or wrong to that.  When we make that judgement on our feelings we lose the power that they are.  We stop seeing the light as an illuminator and we put on sunglasses wondering why things are so bright.  We miss the point.

Discomfort gives you a clear indication of where your work is.  If you ever wondered what areas you are here to figure out in this lifetime first as what makes you uncomfortable.  Republicans make you uncomfortable?  Explore that.  Seriously.  The idea of reincarnation makes you uncomfortable?  Delve into that a bit.  Reaching out for help makes you feel all sorts of uncomfortable?  You need to reach out more.  Life isn't as complicated as we make it.  We have all the tools we need to grow, flourish, thrive and reach our potential.  We choose to ignore what we need.  We choose to ignore what we know.  We put on glasses hoping that someone will turn the light down.  I am hoping to help you lift them just a bit, here and there at the same time facing the light myself.

xo

a

You Are Light

Hello!! What makes you special?  What about you is phenomenal?  If you don't know you would do well to discover it.  There is something, something fantastic and your not knowing it is cheating the world out of something rad!  I understand not admitting it, keeping it to yourself.  Some of us have a complex about our gifts.  I know I did.  Not anymore.  I own who I am and am excited to watch my gifts grow.

I am quick.  Quick talking, thinking and doing.  I have always been quick.  That doesn't mean nothing gets by me, on the contrary, some things have and still do, I can be super gullible.  However, I am perceptive and can quickly see many perspectives in order to bring about an array of solutions to a supposed problem.  I have also always had the ability to 'know.'  Literally.  I know what is happening, what will happen in some ways and what is going on for other people.  It is what it is.  However, for so long I felt bad about sharing my gifts because of feeling like I was putting others down by shining my light so bright.

The truth is, people do sometimes feel less than when you share your gifts.  People do either directly or indirectly ask you to dim your light.  Often this is done by comparing themselves to you in a competitive or negative (self-deprecating) way.  There are many ways people ask others to dim themselves, none of which help the shiny being become shinier.  You know when you are asking to be dimmed because you begin to pretend like you aren't who you are.  You fake being small.  You feel guilty about being good with people, quick with ideas, knowing or whatever gift(s) you have.  You question your abilities and doubt that you really are gifted.  You begin to shrink.  I know I have found myself doing this in various ways over my lifetime.

When you give yourself permission to be all of who you are, you give others the same permission.  Yes, there may be those folks who end up comparing and indirectly asking you to stop being awesome… but ultimately you will find out that people will want to be around you so that they can shine too.  You will create a space that is secure and without judgment for others to be all that they are and more.  When you allow yourself to reach your potential you shine a light on the path for others to do the same.

Shine. Shine. Shine.  Be who you are fully.  Expand.  Be fantastic.  Do you.

xo

a

To Be Loved

"Honor the ocean of love." ~George De Benneville When I am working I am listening to music much of the time, either because I am making mixes for class or because I am playing videos (looking for inspiration and because I LOVE videos) or just because music is my heart.  Recently I realized just how much love is being pumped into and out of music.  Most songs are love songs.  Most artists write inspirational poetry and set it to inspirational music.  There is an insane amount of positive thinking and feeling in music.  When that realization hit me I began to see the same thing in just about everything.  I realized that we spend a lot of time sending love out into the world in so many ways, yet, what we see is the negative.  What we pay attention to is the dark and stormy.  We put the lower vibrational stuff on the news, in our conversations and we remember what went 'wrong' than the infinite number of 'rights' that happen day in and day out.

We don't appreciate the absolute and complete abundance of LOVE that exists and that keeps us going.  Think about your day.  You drive to work, possibly, someone allows you to make a left turn.  You slow down for someone else.  You stop for a pedestrian.  You wave at someone for letting you pass.  Someone asks you what floor you want to go to in an elevator.  You get a random smile from a stranger.  Someone is at work so that you can hear music on your radio in your car or in your house.  We have systems set up so that we are aware of dangers.  We have lights to make sure traffic runs well, signs to keep people safe.  Someone prepares your food so that you aren't hungry and you have a choice of what to eat.  Kindness and love are the norm.  It is how we are the majority of the time.

It makes sense that we focus on the negative, that it stands out.  It isn't the norm.  We aren't 'used' to it.  When something happens that doesn't seem loving we tend to dwell on it, which puts energy into it.  What would happen if we didn't allow our energy, our vibration, to match the vibration of the situation or person that was vibrating on a lower level?  What if instead of meeting the negative we brought it to our level?

Today (whatever day you are reading this) try to shine light on the dark.  Hold your energy at a level that allows love and dissipates anything else.  Even if that means you are working on you the whole day… keeping the light part of you in charge.  See what happens.  See what your world begins to look like.

xo

a

"Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment.  I love because I love; I love in order that I may love." ~St. Bernard