This is a sewing machine. A Singer Rocketeer, Model 502A. It is similar to the one that my mother taught my sister and I how to sew with. It is a solid metal, heavy, work horse. I could sew ANYTHING with this baby. Who knew this machine would become my connection to creativity and happiness?
My mother was a very creative and talented sewer, not a seamstress, but a creative sewer and a fabulous knitter.
Learning to be Creative When Young
She started to teach my sister when she was 11 years old. When I saw what they were doing, I wanted to join in. Not sew much for the sewing aspect, but for the camaraderie and companionship that I thought was happening. Little did I know that by encroaching upon their togetherness, that I would actually enjoy the creative process of sewing.
I had no idea that I was driven, passionately, to create with fabric, especially colorful fabric. As I advanced through the stages of “making” something, anything, I realized I thrived on the challenge of learning another new aspect of creating. Buttonholes, zipper installations, welt pockets, collars, waistbands, hemming. It didn’t matter what it was, so long as I was able to spend time with my Mom, and create.
Periodically, she would announce that she was going to the store and if any of one of us kids wanted to join her. When there fell a silence throughout the home, I peeped up and asked, “where are you going?”. When she replied that she needed to go to the grocery store and the fabric store, I chimed in, “I’ll go with you”. I was on a natural high whenever I entered the queendom of fabricland. I LOVED, absolutely LOVED and still do LOVE entering a fabric store. There was sew much to take in, the beautiful fabrics, patterns, buttons, zippers, thread and sewing supplies. I absolutely LOVED taking my hand and laying it upon the fabrics, touching, feeling, the different textures as I walked throughout the bolts of fabric.
Starting a Project Requires a Vision
After looking at all the fabric, I would eventually settle in at the table of pattern books, perusing the pages upon pages of clothing designs. Then one or two patterns would, it seem, jump out to me and want to be created. I would go to the pattern cabinets, search out the pattern and size, then walk back through the fabric to find the one fabric that beckoned my name. Getting the nod of approval, the go ahead from my Mom, we would together collect all the required notions necessary for completing my new found creative experience. As we would drive back home, my mind would race as to the next steps to make the garment.
And, as in all projects, there are steps and trials and errors. But the one thing that has NEVER waned, is my excitement to get to the next project, the next step and, even having to figure out how to handle a challenging project or redesign.
That is and was my mother’s gift to me. Not just the creative process, not being taught a skill that she enjoyed, but the opportunity to nurture a desire with her by my side.
My mothers encouragement, guidance and support was always there. She NEVER criticised my wonky seams, or imperfect zipper installation, or uneven buttonholes. To this day, I remember having her check my work and ask for what the next step was to be. She would kindly comment, “next time, keep your eye on the seam guide”, or, “what do the directions say”. But she would NEVER say that any of my sewing was wrong or bad. And, for that I am most appreciative and grateful.
Motivation and Passion
I believe, that my Mom, as tough as it was to not say those unencouraging words, knew that she herself enjoyed the times we spent together.
Her motivation of my passion led me to studying clothing at college where I received my BS degree in Home Economics with an emphasis in Clothing and Textiles. I was fortunate to excel to the point that I created my own classes and created period pieces for the town’s historical home docents, one of which was blind. The piece I designed had to be easy for her to dress and undress by herself.
Every time I sit to create, I always feel my mother’s presence. Not sew much guiding and supporting me, but enjoying the creative process, seeing what I am going to make with me.
I am sew blessed, sew grateful, for sew much. I love the creative process as it helps me to pull out what I am meant to do and that is to create.
We are all here to create something. Whether a dress, stained glass window, painting, gardening, even plumbing and accounting. EVERY THING that we get excited about, desire the challenge, the opportunity to figure something out, is our purpose. It is our purpose that drives us and we are meant to be desirous, driven and to create whatever “it” is. And, it doesn’t matter what others say, or not say, do or not do in regards to our creative purpose. As long as it matters to me, I will continue to keep creating some thing.
My wish for all is for all to pursue their creative desire, whatever it is, and never stop.
The past few weeks we have been watching a family of doves nesting in our basketball hoop. I had no idea they would offer me a lesson about letting go.
I first noticed them when I was sweeping the side yard and saw bird droppings. A lot of bird droppings. I thought oh, the birds must be perching on the basketball hoop and leaving their mess. When I looked up I came face to face, well maybe 8 feet, but face to face with a mother dove perched in her nest where the backdrop and hoop meet. I quietly moved away.
Of course, not to leave something so beautiful and special alone, I went and got my camera and took a picture, quietly and slowly.
I’ve secretly watched the mother sitting in her nest and over the past several days have noticed two more little heads pop up from under her body.
Before I knew it, those two little heads grew and were almost the same size as mom.
This morning I decided to quietly take my camera and try and get another picture. I knew it had to be done soon, because of how fast they were growing and since it is spring I knew they would be leaving the nest soon.
Being Forced to Let Go Sucks
To my shock and sadness, the family was not only gone, but so was the nest.
I think about how quickly birds raise their young and then boot them out, or in this case, talon their young out the nest. Little did I know they also pack up their home and leave, completely, lock, stock, and barrel. And, in this case, twig, leaves and padding. Everything! Gone!!!
When I think of my own young, it takes quite a bit longer for them to strengthen their wings and trod on off to the great big world out there. Occasionally they come home to share, visit, get well fed, food and spiritually, but then they move on. I do so miss when they were young, although I do not miss the daily duties that keep them moving and learning, i.e., lunches, laundry, house cleaning, etc.
It made me a little sad that I would not get to look into that mother dove’s eyes any longer, connecting and sending my love to her.
Until I was sitting at the computer looking out onto my backyard. There, under the grapefruit, tree were two doves. They were cleaning themselves, walking and just enjoying themselves in my backyard. Yes, of course, I grabbed the camera. But then, I just sat there and watched and allowed them to be in their moment enjoying themselves. I did too, enjoy them and myself, connecting and being in peace. Just letting them be. Just as I need to let my young be, themselves, growing, learning and experiencing the great big world we call life.
My kids are smart, fun, creative and have a great sense of right and wrong. I know they’ll survive whatever comes their way because like the dove, we loved them, unconditionally. We may not be able to be there to always protect them. Just love them and have fun with them and knowing they have the love to survive anything.
In Texas, they tell it like it is, respectfully. In Texas and in Hawaiian culture, younger generations respect their elders, or Aunties and Uncles in Hawaiian. I was brought up to respect my elders. Why? Not because they are smarter and/or know more, well, that part is probably true, but because they deserve to be heard and to impart their wisdom on the younger generations.
I had that lesson today. I was trying to impart my opinion/philosophy on someone in their 20’s and I was rather rudely told, well, told off. WoW!
I respected their opinion and told them so, as well as, reminding them that if you post something on Facebook, then you have to be prepared to get the good response as well as the not so good. Right? Well, I am also thinking that they probably weren’t really mad at me, just upset that they have some other battle going on and I seem to have popped their balloon, maybe they weren’t having such a great day. It’s all good.
I reminded them that I loved them and I would mind my own business next time. If they want my opinion, they can ask me for it, respectfully given, and respectfully received.
I Expect Respect Because I Give It
I’ve noticed in the two climates mentioned above, Texas and Hawaii, that the young for the most part, from what I’ve seen and experienced, respect their elders. They refer to an older generation as Ma’am and Sir in Texas. I love that. And, I’ve experienced it and relish when I visit as I appreciate being honored.
Same thing in Hawaii. I’ve volunteered at a Hawaiian descendants summer camp and the first day when I was introduced to the attendee’s, the matriarch asked the children what I was to be called if they needed my help. In unison, their response was, “Auntie Anne”. Wow! When I heard them say that, I felt it in my body like a wave upon a shore, a wave of respect and love.
What I’ve also noticed in both those cultures, because Texas is a culture in and of itself. Thank God! Most everyone I’ve met actually looks me in the eye when in conversation. They hold the door for me/us and genuinely seems to care. Now I know that that is not everyone and I am sure that I’ve missed some folks who do not do the things mentioned.
Different Places Have Different Cultures
I am just saying that I’ve noticed a difference between these two cultures and climates and my own here in California. Are we too laid back, go with the flow (one of my favorite mantras)? Or, do we truly not care how we treat others especially the elder generations? I don’t really know. What I do know, is that if someone I care about whether they are my age, my children’s age or even older, I, as Aretha Franklin sings, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. them first and foremost. Even if it’s the first time meeting them.
Now if I know them well enough that I think they need some parental input, then I give it lovingly and honestly. Why? Because if I feel I need to say something, then I say it, coming from the heart. And, I let them know that I love them and that I’m saying it because it needs to be said. P.E.R.I.O.D. If I am so concerned what others think of me, then I’m going to shrivel up and die never speaking my truth. Not happening. Not in this life time.
Truth and Respect Go Hand in Hand
And, it is not just because I am a life coach or parent or friend. It is because the truth always, A.L.W.A.Y.S. prevails, always. So, if I don’t speak my truth about something to someone that I feel needs to be said, then I die and so do they, a little bit. This is what works for me. If I don’t, then it festers and over a period of time. Over that period of not voicing my heart, disease sets in and illness prevails, the death of the soul, the heart and possibly the body.
Now, what you do with what I’ve written or said, that is up to you. I am an open book, and I am willing, or should I say, W.I.L.L.I.N.G., to put myself out there in full expression of my most beautiful and amazing self, because it is no different than what Jesus did. I will gladly take the flowers and stones if that is what anyone chooses to throw my way. Why? Because that is my truth. And, I know that I speak my truth from an unconditional loving heart. Open to the gifts, whatever they are.
Please, please, please BE RESPECTFUL and speak with a loving heart.
I Am speaking my truth. At times it’s difficult for me to do so as some of you who know me, but I feel that it’s a must.
As a highly sensitive (I’m a keen intuitive spirit) individual who preaches her insightful teachings to those that want to hear. Although it may not be what they want to hear it’s what’s needed nonetheless.
It seems that I’ve been sensing a whole lot of people are hurting. Why? (see above, intuitive) because I’m hurting. There are FB posts what they are doing and who they are sharing a joy with, but underneath it all, there is a vulnerability of some battle they are fighting. Not always a big one, but some sort of battle.
Not sure exactly the specifics, but, I feel that there are a whole lot of us that are dealing with some level of heartbreak, loss, pain, regret, fear, anger, silent anger, frustration, etc. We go about our day putting on our happy face, but underneath there is some level of pain. Suffering. Wondering “when is it my turn to be happy”, or “ why not me” now.
I post enlightening, empowering FB posts because I read and practice my spirituality daily. Why? Because there is a certain amount of constant flow of uplifting vibes that I need. And, it seems that I am in need of that more now than other times. It helps me tune into my connection with spirit or God (or whatever works for you), but it reminds me that I am loved, NO MATTER WHAT, and that my purpose is to do just what I do. Breathe. Meditate. Read spiritual texts, books. To remind me of who I am, my truth. That I am one aspect of god, a sort of Godlet,
What I want to admit is that although I may post positivities, only because I love them, I do it to remind me again, and again, and again, that by doing so also corrects my subconscious mind from playing the broken record of false truths belayed upon me years and years ago. My evolution is just that, me evolving into the nextstep of my path.
I am, just as you are, an inherent good if not great person. Although sometimes, somewhere along the way, that universal known gets sidetracked and starts speedlining towards a train wreck for sure.
I know that I have the wherewithal and the tools, or toys as I like to call them, to slow that super train down of negativity and speed up the happy train. It’s not easy sometimes, but it is essential. Why? To be Me! Not anyone else. Just Me!
I’ve passed the baton to you. Be you. Not me, not your neighbor, not your best friend. Find the gumption, to stand in integrity and voice your voice, not the millions of other voices in your head or on any social media. Speak from the heart and be heard. Who needs to hear you? You because that is the only one that needs or wants you, is you! Yes, there are a lot, and I mean A LOT of people who want you, need you and love you for you being you. See, there’s a lot of YOU. Share you.
When we voice our truths, even our vulnerabilities, we release and speak so others can do the same.
The saying, “curiosity killed the cat”, certainly does not apply to me. I am a spiritual warrior. Wanting, desiring more, more information, diving deep and expanding. Breathing. Pondering and wondering, for the answers to what else is there for me to know. For this curiosity, at times, very ferocious, I search out books and love to read. For this I am eternally grateful.
Books have been a love of mine since very young. My Mom would take us to the library, remember those? And, I would love walking through the aisles, reading the titles, the cataloging label, and breathing in the smell of words upon paper. As I got older, I would ride my bike and bring home mostly fiction. It was one of several sanctuary’s for me.
As a Certified Spiritual Life Coach, the momentum of my reading has expanded exponentially. There are not enough minutes in a day for all the books I want to read. As I share my passion to those who are curious, I offer a reading list. Why? Because sometimes that is the best way to teach. So, I’ve attached my Suggested Reading list. Please take a moment to ponder the list. Breathe. And, see what comes up. If one or more titles resonate to you, get the book and read. There is something in the book that you have called out to for an answer. The answer is in the book, or, at least the next step on your path.
Also, on the list are meditation CD suggestions. All of these I have and still use. Another “toy” in my toy box. Enjoy!
Be Ferociously Curious
Or at least curious in trying new genres of books. Fiction, non-fiction, science, cosmology, metaphysics, just to name a few. Rereading some of the ones on my list also teach me something I didn’t catch the first or second time around.
Please feel free to add your favorite book(s). I love sharing! Post them in comments and also let me know what you think of this post. Blessings
Cre8tive Connections Suggested Resources
Angel Cards – Doreen Virtue
Angels of Abundance: Heaven’s 11 Messages to Help You Manifest Support, Supply, and Every Form of Abundance ~ Doreen virtue and Grant Virtue
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga ~ Swami Kriyananda
Autobiography of a Yogi ~ Parmahansa Yogananda
The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have ~ Mark Nepo
Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Co-creating at its Best: A Conversation Between Master Teachers ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Esther Hicks
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself ~ Melody Beattie
Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life ~ Marianne Williamson
The Four Agreements ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness ~ Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teaching of Abraham ~ Ester Hicks and Jerry Hicks
The Law of Science: Using the Power of Spirit to Create Health, Prosperity, and Happiness ~ Parmahansa Yogananda
The Little Book of Bleeps: “Ponder These for Awhile!” Quotations from the Movie, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” ~ William Arntz and Betsy Chasse (Editors)
Real World Lessons
Think and Grow Rich ~ Napoleon Hill
Love Without Conditions ~ Paul Ferrini
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey ~ Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? ~ Rick Warren
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” ~ Marianne Williamson
The Four Agreements ~ Don Miguel Ruiz
The Science of Mind: A Philosophy, A Faith, A Way to Live ~ Ernest Holmes
The Secret of Letting Go ~ Guy Finlay
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire ~ Deepok Chopra
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself ~ Michael S. Singer
What You Think of Me is None of My Business ~ Dr. Terry Cole-Whittaker
Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
It Works: The Famous Little Red Book That Makes Your Dreams Come True! ~ R. H. Jarrett
You Can Heal Your Life ~ Louise Hay
Your Inner Awakening: The Work of Byron Katie: Four Questions that Will Transform Your Life ~ Byron Katie
Getting into the Vortex: Guided Meditations CD and User Guide ~ Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks
Namaste ~ by Namaste
Relax, Soothing Sounds for Mind & Spirit ~ Bath & Body Works
A very dear friend of mine suggested that I blog. So, here I go. Not knowing what to blog about, I thought I would start out with what “being happy” is for me. Take from it what you will, try it on, see if it fits, if not, don’t use it or maybe if something remotely resonates, then make it your own. There are no rules. I do not have to do anything. Truly, if you think about it, the only rules that I live by are the ones I created. These rules are also called beliefs.
Being happy for me is about being in completely joy anywhere with anyone under any circumstance. We all have lives to lead and inevitably we have to relate, be with others. Some make us very happy while others, well, don’t. It is just that.
I have been researching my whole life through experiences, although I did not know it at the time, but I was creating a manual if you will, of what my likes and dislikes are. I also created within that what and who I want to play with. Why? Because when I make life a game, then everything that I experience I can much easily choose whether I like it or not. Do I want to research it more? Is it a keeper or maybe I’ll hang around the belief or the person for a specific need that needs fulfilling.
Thoughts, Beliefs and Actions
My beliefs initially were created from a thought. Thoughts become things if we create the momentum. The momentum of a thought is created within 17 seconds. What?!!! 17 seconds, yes, just try it out. Create a thought and count along with it. Like a car getting into first gear after awhile, it builds momentum, then after 68 seconds the car, me, has built momentum into a belief. For example, It’s a beautiful day, I could wash the car, I really don’t want to wash the car, maybe I’ll take a walk, yes I’ll take a walk, wonder what I’ll see, don’t know and will appreciate whatever it is I do see, I love my life.
So, that was pretty easy, do you think? Try the other avenue, It’s a beautiful day, I could wash the car, I really don’t want to wash the car, maybe I’ll take it somewhere and pay someone, then I’ll spend money and I don’t want to spend money, why can’t my husband know that I want the car washed and he just do it. I do not like my car, I’m mad at my husband and I need more money.
Try it out and see. While doing this, take a body scan and see where the feelings that arise come up. Do you feel exhilaration and joy? Where? Your heart or head. How about the feeling of anger and upset? Do you feel it in the same place but maybe just a tightening of the chest and now you have a headache. Good to know, is that all of this whether good or not so good is that it is just feedback. No one is wrong.
When we become aware of these feelings then we are on the right path of enlightenment and pure joy most of the time. In time with deep breathing and meditation and just being aware, you will find as I did that life can be incredibly beautiful, happy, joyous, creative, bountiful and the list goes on.
Everyone finds immediate joy in something. Think of one thing right now that brings you immediate joy. Mine is being outside in nature. When I think of nature I am at ease, calm and very happy. There are no attachments or condition on nature, for me, that requires me to be happy. In other words, I live life unconditionally more and more in love with everything because I go to my Happy Place, nature, most if not all of the time. Whether I am home creating quilts, at work, driving, in a city with all the hustle and bustle; I find joy in everything.
When this happens I see more beauty, my vibration and energy are high and so I am attracting the same energy level. People, things, abundance, joy are coming my way because that is what I am putting out vibrationally. Like attracts like.
Letting Go of Attachments
It is when we put conditions and attachments on people and things that gets us off of our path and unhappy and cranky. Think of something in the past where this happened to you. Could have even been unconscious at a dinner or meeting or with the family and out of the blue something was said, not said or done or not done and then you get on that hamster wheel of fear.
Yes, that is what negative emotion is is it is all based on some fear created by our belief system. And, our belief system was created by our thoughts. These thoughts and belief systems were started when we were very young and then there were other incidences that occurred later in life that validated those beliefs. Now they are pretty permanent in our cellular structure.
Are You Using Meditation?
First and foremost is to breathe, deep gut breaths, then just be with the feeling, whether good or not so good. If you have the time, try to figure out where it came from. If not, no worries. Really. Just go to your happy place.
I have found that daily meditation, walks in nature are my source of immediate joy. Just because I am considered an adult by my age I love being a child, acting like one and really getting into imagination and creativity. My favorite sport is laughing and it is risk-free, I don’t need special insurance for it, and most importantly, is that it is contagious.
One of my recent favorite sources of inspiration besides the above is Abraham-Hicks. Check her out on the internet, YouTube and Pinterest. Oh, and Pinterest is another source of fun and joy for me too! Actually I have lots. Lots and lots of joy and happy people, places and things.
Key to all of this is being congruent with my source, my spiritual guidance is always showing up especially in nature, smiling giggling children, quilting and life experiences.
Check out my website, www.cre8tiveconnections.com, go outside, find your happy place and keep that energy that vibration of pure joy within you and ride the path, your path of joy, enlightenment and happiness.
Happy Spring… What a beautiful day it is and, once I finish writing this for the Better Life Blog, I am not going to miss being outside and enjoying Spring.
Behind our house is an abundance of flora and fauna. There is so much to see that in every moment I see something new and exciting. Every day I have the same or pretty close to it at least, routine. I greet the day with appreciation of me (I know that may sound silly, but really, it is true), meditate and then move on to having a cup of tea, breakfast and my daily spiritual readings. Then I get my walking shoes on and head outside. I absolutely love it, no matter the weather (unless it is really storming bad, but then again, that is what raincoats are for). Who said I had to be 6 to jump in a puddle. Really!
My roses are blooming, the trumpet vine is coating the back fence and our Star Jasmine is just itching to explode with white star flowers and a fragrance that only my allergies will cause me upset, if I let it. Yes, I have allergies. This year was a bad one. What did I do about it, dealt with it. Yep, tried a handful of natural, homeopathic remedies and found one that works. It has been my remedy for the itchy watery eyes and runny nose. I bring this up because some of us are “allergic” to something. Mine is pollen. I love the great outdoors and beauty that surrounds me when I am outside that I will put my bodies “reactions” just so I can be outside, enjoying, taking in, experiencing the beauty and energy that coats me when I am in the outside.
Appreciate Re-birth & Take Part
Springtime is when everything is blooming, or birthing. The ducklings are so cute, the little bunnies are even cuter. The flora and fauna are telling us to bloom where we have been planted, to shine our light so that others can shine theirs. The energy that I receive when outside is limitless and I want to keep that feeling and retain that energy always and then share it. Yes, energy. Everything is expanding and extending itself, reaching for more expansion, more light. We have all rested and have been hibernating these past few months, storing up, so we can go out and enjoy, have fun and expand who we are and where we are going.
For others, they might have an “allergic reaction” to food or certain people. The same thing applies. How you respond to anything, whether pollen, food or people or places, it is what you do with that “reaction” that is key. I dealt with mine with a homeopathic treatment. I also meditate and do deep breathing. This helps me to calm the mind and receive a “download” for my remedy. Some things take time. And, for those types of “allergic reactions” I give myself the attention I need to just BE. Be who I am, breathe and know that “this too shall pass”. Just as my allergic reaction to pollen will pass. For there is another season that I will bloom and grow and enjoy.
Appreciate Nature’s Beauty
Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you, even if you are still experiencing rain or even snow and darkness. Expand your heart and mind to the Sun that is always shining, just beyond those clouds. The Sun shines on us all which creates the abundance of the beauty that is before you in the blooming springtime and within you.
“Appreciate what is, be eager for what is coming and know that there is great love for you here.” Abraham-Hicks
What the heck! Although I find myself believing I’m on the forefront of my awakening, enlightenment and moving forward on my path, I’ve found that I still have repeat performances of habits and beliefs that I thought were put to rest. Why is that? Mmmm. Not sure though I believe that a lot of these repeat performances have become more profound because I see them happening and I see myself having them, in them, more aware of how I am responding in the moment. Is this such a bad thing? I think not, although I do get a little peeved with myself for not just BEing with whatever comes up.
Is it a good thing? Yes… And no!
Yes, because I am “disassociating” with my ego as it is taking me on a tug of war with whatever It is happening. And, I am able to sit, breath, assess and watch myself, feel myself BEing with it all. Knowing that I can manage my energy during the process is key. Why would I want to activate a negative energy is truly beyond me.
I know this. I am a certified spiritual life coach and have the tools to deactivate the negativity. The hard part for me now is the fact that I see it with others. The hard part being that I see it within them which is within me. With that said, it means that I have to clean up my negative, pointing the finger of blame and shame, in order to heal and find joy in every moment. It also means, that the joy is in the knowingness of this simple awareness.
Letting Go of Negativity
Now the “No” aspect of this is what I just stated, that I know I need to not be in the negativity and BE in the joy for the majority of the day…no matter what is going on outside of me. Then I will be constantly in joy and there won’t be anything other then unconditional love wherever I go.
The negativity, blame and shame pointing finger is also a resistance to allowing my truth show up. How do I know this? Because I have the tools, such as, affirmations, breath work, intention, meditation just to name a few. When I use these tools I allow myself to see that these “things” are not me, they are not who I AM. I just have kept an attachment to them because they had served a purpose long ago.
It is this attachment to, clinging to some “thing” that defined who I WAS and it got me through some thing so I kept it in my baggage. You know, that, “just in case”, I needed it to help me through something in the future.Well, I am here to say that it is time to let that go.
Stay in the Moment
Let the unfolding of my truth be the I AM in the moment, whatever happens, whatever is happening or whatever will happen. Because, as some of you may know, the only moment is in the now. Being present in the now allows me to remove myself from whatever is happening, while it is happening, and let the “whatever happening”, to just unfold, let my life unfold as it should be, could be, will be.
What this does, is to let happen happen with or without my involvement other than just BEing there, in it. When this happens I am not attaching myself to something or someone else AND, whatever that something is or someone else’s stuff is, will stay that way. Some thing, someone else’s stuff. I get to keep my energy and happy state intact and whatever be will be with or without my involvement.
When I sit for a bit with this awareness, I realize that I did forget for just a brief moment. Then I remind myself that I AM an amazing light energy in a physical body having physical experiences that is my human truth. My REAL truth is that I AM light, love and connected to the greatest source, God! God knows my truth to be the co creative light and that wherever I go I spread that to everyone that I meet and everything I see. For that is my truth.
Letting go of the habits that do not serve me any longer and allow new greater more expanding habits to enter in my life. Some may not care for the term habit, but it works for me. Some may prefer to use a term that is easier for them to use, in order to, reach their desired dreams. It is all good, all for the greater good.
In my earlier post, Are You a Plate Spinner, I spoke of letting go of spinning a lot of my plates. What I did not allude to was the path that I took to allowing myself to let my spinning plates fall. Actually, I did not let them fall; I just let go of having to keep them spinning.
In other words, I did not do what most everyone thought I would or should do, and that was rescuing, solving, or advising them when they came to me for help.
I gave myself time. Time to ponder who I was and what my purpose in my life was, for me.
How Did I Do This?
First, was to get back to my meditation practice. Every day. For at least 15 minutes. Some days it was longer and others a few shorter, but to get back into the routine of getting up in the morning and taking 15 minutes to quiet my mind. It did take some time to getting used to, as my mind runs at at least 60 mph if not faster. Then there’s the ego that likes to distract or discount my meditation.
So, I had to quiet my ego. Tell it to take a time out. Sweep out the cobwebs in my mind, open the windows, dust and clean out what did not serve my greater good. Not that I was going to fill it with anything, mind you, just a spring cleaning.
Meditation is very important on many levels. Health is first and foremost because by quieting the mind, it calms the heart and allows me to remain at peace when there is chaos all around. And, for me, that was the most important aspect of why I meditate. To be at peace and remain calm while going through my day, when traffic might be bad, work can get tense, or a friend is in a state of panic. All of these occurrences are going to come up in our lives and how we respond to them is what determines our health and longevity in our life.
Second, I had to let people know that I was not going to show up as I used to, that I was taking a sabbatical of sorts. For some, this was okay, but for others, not so. As stated in my earlier post, some got a really big chip on their plate. What I learned during all of this was that what others think of me is none of my business. And, vice versa. When I removed myself from how others thought of me whether I showed up as they desired or not, my life got a whole lot easier. It took time, but it was and still is so well worth it.
Third, was finding my joy. I had to do a lot of soul searching and I came up with the simple rule that I live by and that is to have fun. Being child-like, is first and foremost how I live my life. Remember what you used to do when you were a child? Or, how you looked at life when you were young? Play is the highest form of research and that is how I live almost every day. Yes, I do have moments and some days that I have to do some things that are required but what I do about those moments and days is that I make it a game.
Why? Because I get more excited and when I get more excited I see the possibilities in any situation. It is easy, so easy! When we start being child-like, we get the opportunity to feel the energy of our source, God, who wants us to be just like the child we were and if you think about it, always will be. We are all someone’s child, and, we are also God’s child. Made in the image and likeness of Him. All he wants of us, is to be happy, joy-filled and create a beautiful and fun place to live in for the short period we have on this Earth.
Take the time to Meditate, be Truthful and Playful.