As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where and how I would behave.
With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior.
~Dan Millman

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ups and downs ~Life's Joy Ride!

Emotions are always high during the holidays. We feel elated, depressed, stressed, joyful. Which one is the one though, that you share with your neighbor, your workout partner, your kids, the love of your life?

Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. And don't be fooled...take a moment to really consider what is important. The line at the market check out? A cookie that you feel guilty about? A missed workout? Talking to long distance relatives? Volunteering in the soup kitchen? An anonymous gift? Knowing the hearts of your children?

Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience. Honestly, how long did you go on about how long it took to park at the mall? Your online ordering experience? The politics of today's water cooler chat? Um, needless FB viewing? Instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens. It will feel like your life begins to transform right before yours eyes, but it is not by magic. It is by the power of intention, creation and your perspective and deliberate alignment with your spirit. If you aren't paying attention to the joyful moments in your life, who is?

You don't have to feel good every single moment, that would not be real. You can feel better in those moments though. Sad news from a friend, listen to an uplifting song. Tough day at the office, dedicate your workout to someone that you could be a little more understanding of. Feeling lonely or missing a loved one, pour a glass of sparkling cider and honor their memory by sharing stories of the past.

Here's to finding your joy whether up or down ~jgirl

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"We act, behave and feel according to what we consider our SELF IMAGE to be and 
we do not deviate from this pattern."  ~Dr. Maxwell Maltz

Thursday, December 08, 2011

This time of year always finds us with emotions high, stress in abundance and the pressure to deliver unrealistic. Time for reflection, enjoyment and gratitude can be lost in the holiday shuffle. Treat yourself to a moment, close your eyes and imagine a time in your life when you felt anything was possible and wishing was like that feeling of riding your bicycle full speed ahead, confidently. Wind in your hair...ultimate freedom to fly!

There really is magic in the season but the real secret is that it lasts all year long. God chose his son to show us the way home. What a gift! Don't get lost in the matrix, follow your heart.

Love transcends all!

A Magical Mind

When we wish for something our consciousness opens to receiving it like a flower unfolding its petals to receive a bee. 

From blowing dandelion seeds into the air to throwing a penny into a fountain, we have all felt inspired to make a wish, to whisper our secret desires into the ears of the universe and wait for signs that we have been heard. Some wishes come true while others remain ethereal visions that either stay with us or fade like a star in the light of morning. Whether they come true or not, wishes are important missives, expressing our heart's desire as well as our intention to create something new in our lives. When we wish for something, our consciousness opens to receiving it, like a flower unfolding its petals to receive a bee.

There is something innocent and magical about making a wish, something that recalls the energy of childhood. Wishing is not about formulating a plan and following it step by step to attain a goal, which is the realm of adulthood. Wishing is more like a playful volley across the universe, an invitation to play. Waiting for the response is an integral part of the process. Wishing inspires an innocent opening to the possibility of magic as we wait to see if the invisible realm will bring our wish to life. This opening is a beautiful gesture in and of itself, regardless of the outcome. We place ourselves in a magical mind, and this mind is arguably as wonderful as the fulfillment of our wish itself.

In our straightforward, action-oriented society, we may tend to dismiss the power of this seemingly passive process, yet the power of a wish is well known, hence the cautionary phrase, "Be careful what you wish for." If you have given up wishing in favor of more adult pursuits, you might want to bring its magic back into your life. The next time you see the first star of the evening, or find yourself in front of a birthday cake covered in flaming candles, give yourself the gift of the magical realm that you knew so well as a child—close your eyes, open your mind, and make your wish.