Word of The Day: Participation

socialaction-topblock-bgDefinition:  taking part, a sharing

Today’s Guidance asks how are we participating in the world around us?  Most of us are so busy we are not noticing the birds in the trees or the clouds in the sky.  We have become very self-absorbed.  I sense that it has a lot to do with just how busy we all are these days.  We keep our heads down and plow ahead to get everything done that we need to in a day.  We think if we stop and say hi to the neighbor on the street that we will get sidetracked from getting our to do’s done.  The question then becomes what are we missing when we don’t participate in life when it comes calling?  The answer is connection.

When I tuned into the word more deeply, Guidance showed me that participation has a lot to do with awareness.  When I notice the birds singing in the tree my energy automatically connects with those birds and I am no longer separate from those birds.  By participating in life around me, it connects me to the birds and to my neighbor on the street and to the people reading this post.  Are you up for participating in life today?

 

Word of The Day: Awareness

Leaf (1 of 1)Definition:  the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness:

Today is a good day to pull in your scattered energies and listen to your intuition.  What are the messages being offered that you may not be aware of?

One of the ways to achieve going inward is by placing your fingertips and thumb tips together as if you are holding a ball.  Now rest this mudra in front of your solar plexus and begin to breathe long, slow and deep.  Notice how when your breath slows down your mind slows down.  The quieter the mind can become the more you are able to tap into awareness.  Now ask Spirit what message does It have for you today?  Listen in the stillness for your answers.

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Always Do Your Best

ALWAYSDOYOURBEST-1024x512Every morning I pick an agreement out of The Four Agreements cards by Don Miguel Ruiz to hold as a theme for the day.  Always Do Your Best is my favorite.  When I get down on myself for something I think I did poorly at I can ask if I have done my best at that moment.  I almost always can say yes.  When I hold space for myself and can ask the question it gives me an opportunity to suspend judgment.

I am also following the Deepak & Oprah program on shedding weight and one of the journaling questions is to reflect on how self-judgment fragments your life and keeps you out of balance.  When I read the word fragments I had this image of myself flying into a thousand pieces every time I am in self-judgment.  That visual really got my attention.  No wonder I have a hard time being in my body some days.

Here is a meditation video I created a while ago to help bring back fragmented pieces of self.

What is your favorite agreement of the Four Agreements and why?

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Connect With Your Spirit Guides Through Art For Health & Wellness

My Heart is WholeI love to paint and when my friend Elizabeth Fritz invited me to connect with my Spirit Guides through the Soul Art Process I immediately said yes.

I have worked with many guides in many ways over the years but have never experienced anything like this before.  The Soul Art process is a technique that connects the individual to their subconscious self for wisdom and guidance. The beauty of this process is that you need no artistic skills whatsoever to have an enlightening experience.

My Soul Art journey was incredibly revealing to me.  What came forth onto the canvas wasn’t what I expected at all.  I came into the day wanting to heal some health issues I had been struggling with lately.  As you can see by the image above I painted a big heart.  The message from my painting is this:  the key to healing my health issues is to heal my broken heart.  I had spent the past two years recovering from the ending of an important relationship and my health suffered from the grief.

Elizabeth brought me through a series of exercises that freed my mind enough to allow creative guidance through.  The brilliance of the Soul Art Process is that it gets you out of your own way with such gentleness that you don’t even realize it is happening.

I have my painting hanging in my bedroom.  Every time I look at it I am reminded to tend to my heart.  I went through this process over two months ago.  Since that time my health has improved to such a state that I feel stronger and healthier than I have in many years.  I recently went to the doctor for a physical and I got all the tests they’d let me have.  I wanted scientific proof that what I was feeling about my health was real.  Other than a slightly high cholesterol level I am in excellent health.

This playshop is a great way to pair metaphysics with what you may already be doing physically to improve your health and overall wellness.  I hope you can join Elizabeth and me on March 10th for this special playshop.   Click here to find out more and to register.

Black Panther Medicine

ab4aa8446684b4fe568bf5949f380979--dark-moon-the-moonBlack Panther came to me in a vision this morning.  I was asking for Guidance around a particular issue around romance.  I saw myself in a dark forest sitting by a fire.  I was covered in furs and very much alone.  She walked up to me and I began to weep.  I didn’t want her as my guide.  Black Panther has been with me before when I was living my life as a single parent.  Panthers are very solitary and tend to raise their young alone.  I am tired of being alone.

She invited me to join her up in a tree where I could look down upon myself from a higher level.  I could see that I was lonely and my body felt like an empty shell.  I didn’t know if this was how others see me or how I see myself.  As the vision was closing she gave me a small stone made of hematite.

Afterwards, I looked up the symbolism in the vision.  Black Panther represents the darker feminine energy of the moon.  She is very grounding and protective.   She teaches one to be alone but not lonely.  She is very strong, graceful and independent.  She reminds me to climb my symbolic tree and look at things from a higher perspective.

Hematite is a very protective and grounding stone much like the panther herself.  It brings a sense of calm and deflects negative energy as its stone has a mirror-like quality.  I bought myself a Christmas present after reading this.  I knew I wanted a  bracelet to wear to remind me of my Panther Medicine.  Here is another message I received today:

You love so much that you don’t need anyone else’s love to make you happy.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz~

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Surrender

surrender_balloonDefinition – to cease resistance.

I have been contemplating surrender for several days now.  Every time I feel like I am ready to surrender I pause.  I pause because surrender always meant giving my power away to some nameless, faceless being.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am a believer in a power greater than myself.  But the idea of surrendering to that power is something I find myself reluctant to do.

After many nights of reflecting on the word, I realized I don’t need to surrender to some being.  I just need to surrender.  It’s the act of surrender that is important here and not the who or what I am surrendering to.

As I write this I can feel my body and mind easing into surrender.  I know this is not a one time deal.  It is a practice just like anything else I want to commit to in my life.

How do you feel about surrender?

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Synchronicity

 

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Photo Art by Della 

Definition:  the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

 

No discernible causal connection. . . Hmmmm.  I have different thoughts about this definition.

These past few days events would appear, to the casual observer, that I have very bad luck.  Not one to believe in luck I was able to step back and see how The Divine had a hand in orchestrating events to work out in my favor.

On Monday, I broke a tooth while eating a peanut butter filled cracker.  Ouch!  Having recently moved from Wisconsin to Minnesota I was unsure where I stood with my health insurance.  After many, many, many calls I was able to find out that I still have insurance through the end of the month and my tooth would be fully covered as long as I found a dentist in Wisconsin.   The closest dentist who could work on me fast was an hour and a half away.  I had already had a scheduled appointment with my naturopath for the same day back in Minnesota.  I thought I could easily go from one to the other and spend some time in between in a nice coffee shop, which I did.

I was enjoying my book and a nice cup of tea when the scheduler for my naturopath walked through the door.  After our greeting, she asked me why I missed my appointment on Monday.  I’m like, wait, my appointment is today!  Since she didn’t know how the mix up got made she borrowed my phone to see if she could get me in to see my naturopath that day.  The appointment was made but that gave me another 2 hours to wait to be seen.  Since they give massages out of the same office she hooked me up with a free massage to ease my wait.  Yay me!

I got out of the massage and ten minutes later my naturopath was able to see me because his previous appointment ended early.   Not only did I get a free massage my appointment with my naturopath was only 10 minutes later than what I thought was originally scheduled.

Synchronicity was able to flow so easily for me because I didn’t contract when all of this went awry.  I just went with it.  The definition of the word says no apparent causal connection.  I believe The Divine connected all these events together for me because I was in a state of allowing.  I am not special nor was I being rewarded for good behavior.   I simply wasn’t resistant when the opportunities showed up.

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Discernment and Faith

dd69569daf0ebf8dbf0ba4f8d7d80c4aDiscernment means to perceive or recognize a truth by sight or with other senses; knowing.

Faith is a passionate intuition.  ~William Wordsworth~

I used to have trouble with the word faith.  In the religious sense of the word, it means to have a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.  Until that is, I realized the word also means complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

We can’t know discernment without faith, faith in ourself that is.  How can we know something is true if we can’t trust ourselves to know that it’s true?  That is what I am being pulled more and more into, faith in myself.  I say pulled into because that is what this feels like.  I am gently being pulled deeply into my center.  And in my center I find my Truth.

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Spider Medicine

Spider DreamsWhile entering into an abundance meditation this morning Spider came to me.   She showed me that building her web is the part she plays in co-creating abundance.  There is no grasping or being greedy.  She trusts in the process of life.  Building her web is executing her plan.  Laying in wait is trusting the Universe to bring her abundance.

How does this vision translate to the mundane world?  I have been very busy spinning my web since I moved back to the Twin Cities a month ago.  I have been planning new workshops for 2018.  I  started teaching a new yoga class in Hastings and another one will begin in January in Eagan.  My nature would have me keep spinning more and more web but Spider is telling me that my plan (web) is ready.   Spider says now it is time to trust in the Universe and allow the abundance to come.

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Word of The Day: Intention

 

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Painting by Ric Nagualero

Definition – a thing intended; an aim or plan; the healing process of a wound in medicine.

 

Plan – a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.

What is your plan for 2018?  Have you started thinking about your intentions yet? Take some time to think about it before the new year so you can be ready to pull back that bow and let the arrow fly as we make our way into 2018.

I will be co-hosting an FREE Setting Your Intentions New Years Day event.  Click here to find out more.