I write to myself twice a day, sometimes 3 – about love, money, my growing business. I ask the universe for the things that I want and also tell myself how all of my desires and wishes are manifesting as I type. It makes me feel better to get it out on ‘paper’- to get my thoughts out of me and into the universe where it does its thing before my request boomerangs back to me. I may request certain things in particular but that’s not always how they ultimately present themselves to me. I keep an open mind knowing that everything always works out for the best. Cliché, I know. Those wishes may not manifest in a clear cut and exact way but I like the not-knowing. How will the mystery unfold into my world? How will my life change? I keep my mind wide open and expansive and my faith in the universe infinite. I encourage you to do the same. Just try it for 30 days and see what happens.
To all of you who love white flour, processed foods, meat and dairy and much more, I am attaching a list of good/better foods you can substitute for those you’re so used to eating. This can be easy when you take small steps toward change. I love change, that’s the best way to grow and learn- ways in which you you can’t imagine right now but when they happen, you’ll be forever grateful. You are in charge of yourself, do what you can do, be patient with yourself while you implement these new lifestyles. Slowly but surely, you’ll feel better, healthier, happier. Enjoy!Food Substitutions list
Spring has sprung. Well, sort of. Here in the northeast, it’s been cold, snowy, and quite dreary for most of the winter. It’s now March and we are seeing a glimpse of some warmish weather. It’s all relative; it’s in the 40’s today, clear, crisp, not a cloud in the sky. Still cold but not like it’s been for far too long. Perhaps this may be it for the winter- the snow is all melted and although March is temperamental, we’re hoping for the best. We’re hoping Winter is over. New Yorkers are smiling, sort of. So with all this talk about a change of seasons, it stands to reason that we need to change with it. And by that I mean: clean up, de-clutter, and start fresh in preparation for warm weather. This will mentally, physically, and spiritually liberate you from the chains of Winter, weighed down by all those layers- thermals, turtleneck, sweater, coat, hat, gloves, scarf- I’m exhausted just reliving this on my keyboard! By cleaning up your surroundings, you will find a renewed sense of anticipation, openness, energy, and expansion. This doesn’t have to be hard and in fact, it can be a lot of fun to purge. I’m going to make it easy for you, just some simple rules and guidelines to get the energy flowing in your home:
• Clothes: If you haven’t worn it in 2 seasons, get rid of it. Donate to your cause of choice, have a swap party with your friends, or leave it on the sidewalk (Trust me, someone will take it- what is your junk is someone else’s treasure).
• Drawers and doors: What is behind them? Have you just jammed stuff in and now only use whatever is closest and easiest to access? For me, I need to tackle the sock drawer and tool box- my 2 least favorite de-cluttering activities but do them I must! Most of this stuff can be trashed, I can almost guarantee it. If you can do the same as you do with your clothes, do it. I’m not a big one to just throw out- I hate adding to the landfill – so I go to FreeCycle.com and advertise it and of course you can always do Craigslist. I’ve sold a lot of stuff this way- some people are flaky but mostly it’s a good way to clean house and make a few bucks.
• Clean the windows: This is not my favorite thing to do, but on a nice day, I go to a Zen place mentally and just focus on the task at hand. When it’s done, I’m SO happy!
• Wash the slipcovers (if you have them): I did that this morning and now they’re clean, bright, fresh, and tighter around the cushions. I am often deterred by the challenge of pulling and tugging and shifting the freshly washed slip cover just so in order to get it back on the sofa frame that I avoid taking it off. But then I surrender to my resistance knowing my pristine sofa will make me happy.
• Move some things around: Literally. Just move some stuff around. One rule of Feng Shui is to move 27 things around in your home to shift the Chi and re-energize your surroundings. Even if it’s just pictures, re-organizing your bookshelf or swapping a chair for another. It’ll help.
• Smudge your home: By this I mean get a ‘smudge stick’ (that is really just a dried bundle of sage). You can get it at many alternative natural health stores or go on line to order one. I’ve smudged my home after boyfriend break ups to rid their energy from my home. It’s very helpful.
• Remove and clean up piles: This one is pretty basic: Go through your piles of paper and shred, file, trash, recycle and be done with it. I know, I am not wild about this one either but when it’s done, it’ll be like a huge weight has been lifted off of you.
• Clean out corners: Get the dust bunnies out and remove the stuff you’ve pushed out of the way and into no-mans land. Just do it.
OK- so if this seems daunting, just take a few deep breaths. Put some music on that makes you want to dance, tackle one thing at a time, take a break, and then go back to it. You WILL see progress and you WILL see a change in you! Have fun!!!
I’m so sorry. I have neglected my bog is quite some time and I feel terrible. Not that there are so many of you out there counting on me, I’m counting on myself and I haven’t followed through.
But here I am. I can’t promise anything too exciting but here I am anyway.
Who here is always in soul searching mode? If you are like me, you may find it sometimes a blessing and a curse. For me, it’s a blessing because it helps me grow as a person. To grow, evolve, conquer my fears, expand my horizons, be a better person to myself and others- it’s all part of the process. It’s not easy as you may know but it’s inherently part of me. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, journaling, reading ‘self-help’ books and mags, taking various programs to find the inner me, and looking in the metaphorical mirror. I can’t say I’m always happy about what I see; I am a work in progress as are we all. Sometimes I’d rather just put my rosy glasses on, bleach my hair blonde (no offense to all you deep blondes out there) and bounce through life; ignorance is bliss. But alas, this is me. I can’t help it and most of the time, I’m happy about my deep reflection (don’t get me wrong, I’m not all that serious, I do believe in having fun while I get serious). But then there are the cursed moments- my head exhausts and overwhelms me- there is just TOO much to do, too much to learn, and too many issues to fix. Not to mention too many world problems to face. I’m plumb tuckered out. I want to put my head in the sand and forget it all. And occasionally I do- sometimes my TV doesn’t get turned on for a few days, no papers are read, the phone barely rings. This is my downtime from my life.
I’m in transition. The past is done and the future is unknown. All I know is right now. Maybe that’s not transition but instead my present state of living. Letting go of all that control, control that is really non-existent, is liberating. The not knowing is always there, it’s just our choice to accept or fight it. It’s still there so why fight it? I’m accepting it.
So back to my self reflection. I accept that too as who I am. Why fight that either?
Well it’s almost another year gone by. It’s really hard to believe how fast it goes. My birthday is soon approaching as well so I guess that makes me yet another year older- the actual year will remain nameless thank you!
It’s funny how we make our new year resolutions; we are always so ready to be done with the old and in with the new year which we think holds so much promise. Especially this year. 2009 was pretty tough. There were many lessons we learned, well let’s hope we did. I know I did and I will continue learning and growing in 2010.
On December 31st of every year going back many years, I sit down to write in my journal. There I reflect on the years’ joys and pains and make some attainable goals for the new year. And not just goals, but I also ask the universe for assistance in my achieving them. Obviously I have to do the work and I’m excited to do so, but the universe in its divine wisdom and guidance is readily available to help. I am always open to what happens because I do believe it all happens for a reason regardless whether or not I know what that is. Actually one of my goals for the year is to start each morning asking the universe to guide me throughout the day and if there is something in particular I need or want, I will get more specific. I have a list of 10 others which I know will challenge me and in turn support my life goals. Just thinking about it gets me excited and nervous (in a good way).
I have learned that being open and letting go of the ‘not knowing’ what the future holds (because how much do we really know anyway) allows me to be more in the moment and appreciate what I have now. So as I blog this to you, I am here, now, not thinking about the past or the future. Even as I plan the future by stating my goals, I am here now doing so (BTW, I’m reading The Power of Now so obviously it has influenced me in this blog).
So as I get ready to close up shop for now, I ask all of you to be present in your life and to allow events to come in and go out knowing that it’s all good!
I wish everyone a wonderful 2010 and may all of your dreams be realized.
I often think about life. Not exactly the meaning of it, but more how when I open my mind and let it all flow without any preconceived ideas about what it should be, I’m fascinated. Curious. In the moment. It’s quite liberating actually to just ‘Be’ and appreciate the moment in time where there is no past and no future, only now. And as I am in the now, I can rest my conscious mind from all the busy chatter during the course of the day. In the now, I am fully present and focused and can fully appreciate my experience. I am content.
This is not to say that I don’t have any ideas, dreams and ambitions as to what I want my life to be- I do- but I am also open to the journey of the stepping stones which take me off ‘course’. There is no real course unless one believes in fate and destiny. The jury is still out on that one. I have no idea where I will end up, what experiences I’ll have as I continue on my path but I will welcome them. My past has shaped me into the person that I am today and I have no regrets; because of the past, I have learned some valuable life lessons, painful as they were.
Where is this blog taking me? I’m sorry to all you readers out there who are scratching your collective heads:-)!
Life as a concept is surreal. We are born, we have experiences and then we die. When I really think about that it’s most bizarre. I am all about quantum physics- does this blog really exist, do my experiences exist, can I create my own reality?
I love Dr Joe Dispenza-He can put it much more eloquently than I: http://www.whatthebleep.com/create/
OK, I think that’s it for now. I am going to log off and be in the moment….
I’m confused. I see loving pet owners walking their dogs, petting them, chatting with them in doggie speak, giving them their treats for being good yet all the while, wearing fur. Fur collars, full on coats or fur hats. Is it that they make no connection to their pets being live, loving, feeling creatures and the fur they are wearing once came from MANY animals- all being live, loving, feeling creatures? They care so much for their pets (well, hopefully they do) and I’m sure if they saw how those animals are killed for their fashion statement, they might reconsider their purchase (just a few notes on that- the animals are skinned alive, trapped in a steel vice and chew their legs off just to escape, starve to death, and the worst yet is Beaver- they are trapped under water in that same steel trap and drown in agony). It breaks my heart to see fur; it’s so gratuitous, especially fur collars and trims. Is there a purpose other than indulging in something pretty? If there is I don’t see it. It’s think it’s actually rather vulgar. Selfish. Thoughtless.
All I ask is that people be more aware of the implications of their actions. To think of others before themselves and their wants and desires. It’s an adjustment but it’s not difficult. Just try.