February 18th, 2013 → 4:35 pm @ admin
Every day, each one of us is exposed to a great deal of external “noise.” And much of this noise takes the form of advice –the TV, newspapers and magazines expressing different issues, and friends or acquaintances’ different ideas. There is nothing wrong with external opinions—sometimes there is a lot we can learn from the wisdom of others.
But in today’s culture, there is so much going on “out there” that many of us forget to listen to our own intuition. And when we stop listening to ourselves and trusting our inner voice, we are prone to making decisions that take us out of our true self and force us to conform to the opinions of others.
This may sound like a bold statement, but it’s true: if you can train yourself to trust your own intuition, you are going to be happier, more fulfilled, and more at peace. The truth is that those around you, even if they have the best of intentions, simply can’t know what’s best for you in the way that your own intuition does. Your intuition is God within you – speaking to you about what is right for you!
So listen to your intuition! Listen to it in big matters, like important life decisions. Listen to it in smaller matters, like day-to-day decisions or relationships. Stay true to your inner self.
Again — while there is often wisdom to be found in listening to others, it is up to you to be discerning… to separate your inner knowingness from the noise around you. And when your intuition is telling you something different from those around you, learn to trust your soul, the God within you, and always stay true to yourself.
Many blessings to you!
January 28th, 2013 → 4:29 pm @ admin
How can we find more peace and joy in our everyday lives? Most people are so focused on what they think are the “big” things in their lives – their jobs, classes they take, paying their bills, etc.- that they forget to slow down, smell the roses, and make the most out of each day. As I often tell my friends and clients, one of the best ways to enrich your daily life is very simple: begin each day by counting your blessings.
I mean that literally. Make a commitment to yourself that the first thing you’ll do each day when you get up is identify 10 blessings in your life. They can be little things, like “I’m thankful for the bed I’m sleeping in” or bigger things like, “I’m thankful I am healthy.” There are no rules—the point is to just take the time to think about the good things in your life.
The beauty of this exercise is that you will begin each day with the right mindset. Instead of spending your day looking for things to complain about, you will spend it looking at the positives. This will help you to appreciate the beam of sunlight within the storm.
Sure, there will be days when life will be tough. But even on the worst days, I assure you that you’ll be able to find plenty of things to appreciate. And the best part is that when you appreciate all that you have and look for the blessings around you, you’ll find that even more great things will come to you!
As the Law of Attraction says, “You get what you think about most of the time.” SO start the day off right. When you wake up in the morning, count your blessings! You will see – your whole day will truly be better – just because you took the time to smell the roses!
Many blessings to you!
December 14th, 2012 → 2:51 pm @ admin
As 2012 winds down, many of us are focused on the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Shopping at the mall, preparing to travel for the holidays, sending out cards in the mail… it is a busy time of year to say the least!
But before we know it, the holidays will come and go. And then comes an exciting opportunity—the dawning of the New Year!
The New Year symbolizes opportunity and potential. It’s like a field covered in a fresh, pure snow… or the blank canvas of an artist.
Each of us has the opportunity to create our own future and achieve our own dreams next year. And that is why this period of time, right now, is so important. It’s our chance to identify some of our dreams and goals for the year to come.
Today, I would like to challenge you to add a very important “resolution” to your list:
Resolve to create peace in all your relationships in 2013.
Make 2013 the year that you put aside anger, conflict and hostility. Make 2013 the year that you are willing to forgive and to let go… and to breathe life back into relationships that have grown cold or weak.
It won’t be easy, because we humans are creatures of habit. We may be used to holding grudges and battling for what we think is fair. In many cases, we will have to release these old habits in order to heal relationships that have grown hostile.
And though it will be difficult at times, I promise you that it is worth the effort! The sweetness of experiencing peace all around you is amazing. The harmony and the positive energy that you’ll experience through close, healthy relationships will be rejuvenating.
So make it your goal in 2013 to seek peace in all of your relationships. Breathe deeply and let go of hostility and anger, and usher in new feelings of peace and love.
Many blessing to you as you strive to make 2013 your most peaceful year yet!
November 16th, 2012 → 2:59 pm @ admin
So many lives were impacted when Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast a few weeks ago. Besides the considerable damage to homes and infrastructure, many found themselves without electricity, heat, and other basic necessities of life. While I was fortunate to avoid the worst of the storm, as a New Jersey resident I also lost power for several days.
But it is amazing what such a disaster can do to help change our perspective and realize how blessed we really are. I, along with so many others, was very upset to have been without electricity and other necessities of life. But then I began to think about the countless numbers of people around the globe who lack access to electricity every day. For them, a day without electricity is normal.
And in addition to electricity, there are so many things that we have been blessed with. Clean water—right from our faucets! Can you imagine what a miracle this would be to someone who is used to walking miles each day to draw water from a well? And this water is often dirty and even dangerous.
It really got me thinking about how fortunate we really are. Please take a few moments right now to focus on the blessings life has given you. Start with the basics like food, water, warmth, shelter, and electricity. Then think about security, access to transportation, and the right to live in freedom. Think about your relationships with family and friends, or with other loved ones, and your health.
We have so much to be thankful for, and yet most of the time we think about what we don’t have or what we think we NEED. If the power ever goes out again, let’s remember the power that is always within us – and be grateful for the amazing blessings that we already have in our lives.”
October 17th, 2012 → 1:12 pm @ admin
Everyone wants peace on earth, but too many of us feel powerless to actually do anything about it. The truth is that we all can be part of bringing peace on earth. We all have the power to impact others around us, influencing them with our positive energy and thoughts.
First, it is important to understand that bringing peace to the world always begins with experiencing peace within yourself. Take a moment and look deep inside your soul. Are you holding onto anger, fear, or unhappiness? If so, make a conscious decision to release that negativity and fill the void with positive thoughts and energy. Daily meditation and prayer would be most beneficial in helping you through this process.
You don’t have to wait for others to bring peace to the world. Start creating peace in your world. And then, your positive energy will begin the ripple affect— washing away the negativity, fear, and anger of all those in your path.
Yes, you have the ability not only to create peace for yourself, but to share it with the world around you as well. You have the ability to make this world a better place. And how awesome is that?
May peace prevail on earth! Many blessings to you!
September 21st, 2012 → 2:20 pm @ admin
Do you ever feel that you don’t have enough control over your life? That life’s circumstances force you to spend most of your time and energy just “getting by”? This could mean working at a job you don’t like just so you can pay the bills, staying in destructive relationships, or any other number of circumstances that seem to trap you into a lifestyle that doesn’t truly represent your passions and priorities.
Most of us identifies with this scenario to some degree. But here is an important truth: you CAN determine what your focus is. And by shifting your focus to what you want instead of “what is,” you truly can change your life for the better.
The key to attaining whatever you want to in life is to “feel” and “see” everything exactly as you want – as if it’s already here. When you let go of any negative thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back from achieving what you want, you will be able to make space for what you want instead.
So, remember to focus on all the blessings in your life. Visualize everything as you want them to be—whether it’s your job, your health, your relationships, or anything else. Fantasize on all your dreams coming true…….and then just watch what happens!
Many blessings to you!
August 22nd, 2012 → 2:44 pm @ admin
Many people don’t have to look very far to identify a difficult circumstance in their lives. For some, it may be financial hardship. They may be unemployed—or stuck in a job they don’t like. Others may have a hard time managing relationships with friends and family who are difficult. Still others may be battling a tough living situation or some other type of chaos. And because of those reasons, most people believe, it is impossible for them to achieve inner peace.
But here is the truth: inner peace does not result from your circumstances; it will come from your perceptions of them. Your circumstances don’t have to be perfect in order for you to feel happy and peaceful inside.
In other words, inner peace isn’t about money. It’s not about owning a great home or car. It’s not about your job. It’s not about having the latest clothing. It’s not even about friends and family. These things are all wonderful, but plenty of people have all of them—and still remain unhappy.
Some people have a strong desire to “keep up with the Jones’.” They constantly tell themselves that they’ll be happy… as soon as they get that promotion, or that new house, or a spouse, or better friends, or something else.
But it’s never enough.
So here is my best advice. Don’t compare your circumstances to those around you. Instead, consider everything that you do have, including “simple” things like the ability to draw a breath or read this blog entry, to be a blessing. We are all so fortunate to be here, experiencing this very moment. Learn to savor the blessings that life sends your way, no matter what they may be. Don’t obsess over changing your circumstances. Instead, learn to appreciate them. If you follow this advise, I know your life will change so much for the better. Try it – you will see what I mean.
Many blessings to you!
July 19th, 2012 → 9:27 pm @ admin
I want to challenge you to take a few moments, right now, to search yourself for any bitterness or negativity that you may be clinging to. Do you realize the negative impact this unforgiveness has upon you? There is a saying that “It’s not the snakebite that kills us. It’s the venom that’s left behind.” This is so true.
It may not be easy, but to create true peace in our lives, it is important to let this negativity go and forgive those who have hurt us. Remember, when we forgive, we are not excusing the bad behavior that harmed us, but we are making a conscious decision to stop carrying the poisonous venom of bitterness with us as we go about our lives. And you know what? As soon as we make this decision, it is amazing how things will change within us, and we will actually be able to feel this poison leaving the body. We will begin to sleep better at night. Stress levels will decrease. Illnesses and other physical disorders may even be lifted.
If you recognize that you are carrying around the snake venom of bitterness with you today, I encourage you to let it go. You can’t control what happened in the past, but you can control how you react to it. Choose forgiveness, not bitterness. This truly is the key to finding peace in your life.
Many blessings to you!
June 1st, 2012 → 8:47 am @ admin
Dancing may have filled you with joy and inspiration when you were little. Dance practice, recitals, dancing in your room; that was everything in life. You may have played the piano when you were young. As a matter of fact, you may have been quite good and loved to impress people with your talent. Well, you may say, “I have no time for that now.” What about the art, the beautiful art you may have painted? You may have even decided to use the wall in your room as a canvas. And when your mother walked in and had every right to be furious, she just couldn’t…because it was too beautiful. Or perhaps it was something else that brought you excitement when you were young, but regardless, you feel as if those days are long gone.
It may feel as if life just doesn’t seem to have room for fun and creativity anymore. With all the REAL responsibilities in our lives, the activities that feed our creative souls may just seem, well, unnecessary. I’ve actually thought the same thing many times. Fun and creativity, those are things of the past, I thought. Then surprisingly, a ukelele came to enlighten me.
Yes, I said a ukelele. See, when I was youngER, I used to play the ukelele, and I loved it. So recently I made what I thought was a small decision and bought one, you know, just for fun. I could never have imagined what kind of impact it had on my soul! Playing the ukelele has brought so much joy into my life, not just when I play, but all the time. I find myself singing more in the car and dancing when I’m home alone in my house. It’s almost like that little ukelele has fed this creative soul that has been starving for attention. It is almost like I NEED that ukelele.
I think I know why. Go outside to your favorite quiet spot and observe nature for a few minutes. Observe the sky, the variety of the plants, and all the different sounds. Our universe is bursting with creativity! As human beings, we are woven with the same fabric of the universe. Look at our own bodies – we literally embody creativity! Creativity is fun, and fun is creativity. It is a freedom to let our ideas, thoughts, and talents flow in a way that brings us happiness. It feeds our soul. What you think is fun isn’t an afterthought – It’s YOU! It isn’t time wasted. – It’s life gained! So make some time in your life for something that you just enjoy; something that’s just pure fun. Who knows? It may change every other aspect of your life for the better. You might actually realize…it’s necessary!
Many blessings to you! xoxo
May 2nd, 2012 → 2:29 pm @ admin
There is something very special and beautiful about a mother’s love. Love is felt in many ways throughout our lifetime, and whether it comes from a significant other or from your family, the energy you feel is transformative. However, there is something unique about a mother’s love. Even as a child, when love might be a more abstract feeling, you just seem to know that mom’s love is different. The way she looks at you, the way she cares for you, and even the way she forgives you, has a way of lifting you up and giving you value in this world. Then it happens. One day, when you’re a bit older, maybe in your teens, you do something you think was wrong. You go to your mother with your head down and tell her what happened, expecting the worst. Instead, she lifts you up by the chin and says, “Don’t worry, we’re going to get through this.” Suddenly the loneliness of guilt turns into the hope that you’re no longer in this alone; mom is on my side. That’s when you realize what makes her love special; it comes without conditions.
As we near Mother’s Day, take a moment to focus on your mother’s unconditional love. Often as we grow older we come to a hard realization; parents are people, and they make mistakes. While this is true, it should not dishearten you. On the contrary, it should invigorate your love for them because, while mom was never perfect, she always is there to give you the perfect love. A love that doesn’t judge. A love that always cares. A love that never walks away. That is a love without conditions. — That is the best gift you can give your mother on this Mother’s day, and every day after. Never miss a chance to tell your mother you love her. As you know, life is unpredictable, and you never want to wait until you can’t tell her how you feel face to face. Tell her how much she has meant to you and how much her unconditional love gave you the confidence to be the person you are today. If your mother is no longer with you in the physical, know in your heart that she is with you in the spiritual. Talk to her; tell her how much you love her. She’s right there by your side…like she always has been!
Many blessings to you!