Our soul’s purpose often gets hidden under the teachings, experiences and social mores of family, community and society. These are not bad in and of themselves, but we take them on as our personal truths when in fact they are collective identifiers, not expressions of our True Nature, which is as distinct and individual to each of us as our fingerprints.
I love kale. Normally I use it finely chopped in a salad or sautéed with garlic and onions, or thrown into a soup. All good! But, freshly made kale chips. OMG! What an awesome way to get your greens. And so easy!
When we experience the downs, the setbacks and sadness, life can feel hard and disappointing. But amidst this, there are always things to be grateful for … if we “choose” to acknowledge them.
We, as humans, have such a strange relationship with failure, which the dictionary defines as “disappointment, breakdown, bankruptcy, catastrophe, fiasco, botch, flop.” When we view our perceived unsuccessful endeavors in these ways, many of us simply give up.
When we use affirmations, visualization, focused meditation, we are actually using this great attribute of imagination to “re-imagine” our lives, circumstances
I recently tweeted a great quote from Victor Hugo, who was talking about the creative process in his writing,
“When you get an idea into your head you find it everywhere.”
Not only does this truly apply to the creative process, it is a stellar example of what is meant by the “law of attraction.” When we exude positive energy, we attract positive energy back to us.
The natural world has many lessons to teach us if we are willing to listen and learn. I have discovered that spending time outdoors with heightened awareness can bring deep insights. This kind of awareness can be cultivated but is particularly easy to do when relaxed and on vacation.
For the last several months and well before the celebration of the Beatles 50th Anniversary (just so you know I wasn’t getting a subliminal message from all the media hoopla around that event), I consistently have heard the words “let it be” during my daily meditation.
Recently, I have been reflecting upon our 4th Chakra – the heart chakra – located at the center of the chest and the connection or segue point between our upper 3 and lower 3 chakras. Anodea Judith’s book, Wheels of Light, has been one of my study sources. I particularly like some things she says about Love, one of the main aspects of the 4th Chakra, along with unity and healing.
We live in a day and age when the ability to multitask is applauded – the more we can do at any given time, the more efficient and productive we are, right?
Wrong! According to William Deresiewicz’s stunning piece of writing, Solitude and Leadership, which he gave as a lecture at West Point in October of 2009.