With spring fully upon us, many people feel like it is a good time to tackle cleaning out our closets and picking up our desks. Tax season is over. Time to decide what documents to file away, which ones to throw away and which ones to place in the hallowed box waiting for the statute of limitations to run!
A friend of mine recommended a book on a decluttering system by Marie Kondo. Kondo’s book is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. As with all self-help books, some of the ideas resonate with me and some of them don’t. I always try to see what fits my circumstances and personality. At a minimum, I like to use the knowledge as a catalyst to do something. Any movement in this area is a step forward, for me anyway!
What I like about Kondo’s approach is that the whole idea is to motivate us to determine if the things in our lives are bringing us joy. If they are, make room to keep them. If they aren’t, find a new home for them or throw them out. Kondo suggests that we become more conscious about why we have certain things in our lives. Why do we hang on to the clothing, the books, the paperwork and the mementos? She is not suggesting we have judgment regarding if we do keep it, just asking ourselves consciously why we do. Then, allowing for the conscious self to determine if this item is still a good fit for us.
Kondo has three insights that struck me as particularly wise.
Her first comment is “One of the magical effects of tidying is confidence in your decision-making capacity.” This is definitely not one of the benefits I would have expected from a decluttering philosophy. However, I think she is right. The more we make decisions that help us to feel free and alive, the more we are going to be confident in all our decisions and in all our choices.
Kondo’s second insight is “…when we really delve into the reason for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.” Kondo is applying this philosophy to help declutter things, but this statement actually applies to us decluttering events, energies, old patterns and “what ifs” in our lives. We can discard our old belief systems, old resentments and discordant emotions just like we can throw away that holey t-shirt that no longer serves us. Detach from past actions and events. Start to live more consciously, in order to move into the future without fear.
The final insight that really struck me was, “The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” Wow, that is really powerful. Again, this is a great principle for determining what things you want in your house, but it is also a guide post for other aspects in your life. What are we willing to own as our belief systems? What are we willing to own in our relationships? What are we willing to own in our relationship with money, with mutual funds, with other investments? What are we willing to own in our energy fields? Do these things and situations bring us Joy? If they do not, should we change how we look at them or throw them out? Maybe we only need to make slight modifications and maybe we need wholesale changes. Asking your inner wisdom if something brings you joy and serves you and your goals well and then acting on that wisdom, will allow you to continue to live more consciously and more joyfully.
Take the opportunity to use the energy of the spring to move forward into a more joyful life.
This time of year, we observe the most sacred day the Christian calendar: Easter – the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. It is a celebration of the spiritual essence of Jesus, as well as his physical body. In the enthusiasm to celebrate the renewal of life that is a hallmark of Easter, we may forget the symbolism and underlying meaning that we can take away for our own lives – the divinity of our own physical body.
I have heard friends say that they couldn’t wait to no longer be in body because they feel like the body is a limiting format – a great vehicle for helping us to learn what we came into this existence to learn – but still limiting.
What if in our zeal to be renewed in spirit, we look not to Easter but to the Transfiguration of Jesus that is spoken of in the Gospels of Matthew (17:1-8), Mark (9:2-8) , and Luke (9:26-38), chronologically weeks prior to Easter. The Apostles, Peter, James and John, are with Jesus on a mountain when Jesus is filled with radiant light. This transfiguration is considered a miracle by Jesus and yet is unique among miracles because this miracle happens to Jesus himself.
What if we take a page out of Jesus’ play book and look to allowing miracles within our own physical bodies. Of course, transfiguration into full light sounds like the quickest way to handle any aliment! What if we start with smaller miracles, smaller transformations and transcendences and work up to full transfiguration?
Let’s first recognize that the physical body is divine and is a blessing not a curse. Sometimes the physical body gets a bad rap with sayings like “sins of the flesh” or being told to deny sensual pleasures because they are sinful or ungodly. In some philosophies, dancing is a sin and in others a divine gift and a vehicle to getting into a meditative state.
Instead of denying physical comforts and delights what if we start honoring our physical body with its unique abilities and its fabulous healing capabilities. Instead of blaming our physical body for the state of our “sorry existence” we allow ourselves to rise up through the emotional, mental and spiritual union that is represented in physical form with our human bodies.
Let’s resurrect our essence of awe and wonder at our own human body. Know our beauty and strength and allow it to shine through us to those around us with the ease and peace of transformation, transcendence and transfiguration. Know yourself as light, know yourself as divine, know yourself as transfigured. Know yourself as the physically divine being that you are. You are your own miracle creator. Create your own miracle.
In a world that seems as divisive as ever, 2018 is a great year to focus on Unity. If not now, when, right?
As I have been focusing on Unity, I have had some frank discussions with myself. Ultimately, we want to be in Unity with our own internal wisdom and the Source that we know we truly are. That is a tall order. However, I sometimes feel like being in Unity with other humans, especially those who I might still be judging, no matter how I try NOT to judge them, is even harder. I know it is appropriate to be able to discern whether other people’s actions and beliefs are my truth and in the highest plan for me without judging that other person.
With this goal of not judging anyone in mind, I asked my inner guidance how I could stop judging someone like Steve Bannon.
Late last year when there was a lot of talk in the news about Steve Bannon, the chief strategist for the White House and close confidant to Donald Trump, I was trying to clear my judgment of Bannon. I asked my soul what I needed to see to clear the judgment.
I have mentioned in this blog before that I love attending the Soul Kitchen Dance free-style conscious dance group. One day at the Soul Kitchen Dance session, a man who could have been Steve Bannon’s twin came to dance. The Bannon doppelganger was moving to the music, dancing with his friends, getting into his groove just like the rest of us. He had a huge smile on his face. This put a huge smile on my face and I heard from my soul, “every time you see Steve Bannon on the news in future, remember this dance, remember this smile, and remember the Bannon doppelganger getting into his groove.” Sure enough the next time I saw Steve Bannon on the TV, I saw him in the divinity of the dance, the smile, the joy, the unity.
Tapping into and seeing the higher versions of each and all of us is how we move ourselves further into Unity with all. The energy of the universe is bigger, stronger, more plentiful than the energy of 7 Billion people on the planet. That universal energy is what we focus on, that we merge with. The energy of the universe, the energy of our brother and sisters of the light, the energy of Source. We focus on being in unity with that energy. We need to focus on being in Unity with the divinity of each other.
Steve Bannon is Divine, just as all of us are. For now, that is the aspect and energy that I focus being in unity with.
Then, when and as our brothers and sisters from the human race awaken to know themselves as we know ourselves, our unity will be felt by more and more of the 7 Billion inhabitants of this planet. The merging into the Unity will be felt by more and more until it is felt by all.
Thanks to Pixabay.com for the picture!
The gifts of abundance, wonder and play are what I have learned by watching Ruby Sunshine, our two year-old Labrador retriever on our walks around the nearby lakes this week.
A few days ago, on a route we take most of the time, Ruby was playing with a tennis ball that she found along the way. When she wasn’t chasing the ball, she was scrambling around the edges of the frozen lake and digging at whatever caught her fancy. (And yes, we were working with the command of “leave it” like most days.)
Then the next day, the wind was up so we went a different direction and she found a tennis ball on that route, as well. Plus, Ruby found the stuffed plush dog in the picture accompanying this blog entry. Playing with this toy really brought out the energy of excitement and abandon, the sheer joy of whipping around the stuffed dog.
Finally, this morning, she started off playing with the stuffed dog but then flushed out a goose which allowed her to run at full speed while the bird flew away and we got to practice her recall skills. (She did really well on this command, too!) Not wanting to torment the goose when playing, not hunting, was the name of the game, we turned around and headed for the car. Ruby flushed out a duck there, too. The duck flew away, as well, but allowed for another burst of energy. Today was a good day to be a Labrador.
How does this inspire me? It has allowed me to step back to see the wonder and abundance in my everyday life. I need to trust that no matter which route I take in a day, I will find my joy, my tennis ball, my stuffed animal, my time for play and awe. And when that is done, I can be in the silence and the light, just like Ruby is in the picture below. Gratitude for Ruby for all the lessons I learn from her. Namaste.
Ever since my friend, Nadia, introduced me to the John Denver song, Sweet Surrender, last month I have been playing his “definite all-time greatest hits”, enjoying the sweet vocals and the meaningful lyrics.
As my husband says, singing and enjoying Rocky Mountain High is a secret pleasure. It is hard to drive through the mountains of this beautiful state of Colorado and not feel the warmth in your heart that is the love affair between John Denver and this state and to know it as your own love affair, as well.
There are two lines in Denver’s song, Rocky Mountain High, that inspire my two new year’s resolutions.
Resolution #1 – “Seeking grace in every step he takes”
My first resolution for 2018 is to see the grace, the beauty, the godliness, the universal source energy in everything and everyone I encounter. The secret to being able to seek grace in every step I take will be to not have any preconceived notions, beliefs or judgments about the experience I have or see in others. If I can look at all my experiences as potential lessons instead of potential problems, I believe I will be as successful, as possible. And for that times I am not successful, I will need that non judgment of myself most of all! I will need to not judge myself when I don’t see the grace through the drama. And like all resolutions, I will just need to redouble my efforts for the next time.
The ability to not judge myself or others will be predicated on Resolution #2!
Resolution #2 – “Talk to God and listen to the casual reply”
Resolution number two is all about seeking and listening to the guidance of the divine self. Listening and following guidance is how we attempt to choose actions, thoughts and words that are better suited to allowing the love to flow through us and through our world. This is how the non-judgment and grace will be seen.
The reason I like Denver’s turn of phrase, particularly, is because there is acknowledgement that speaking with the divine wisdom within each of us is our natural state and is filled with peace and wonder. There is no hesitation regarding whether I am worthy enough to hear my inner wisdom. I just need to listen for the casual reply. There is no nervousness, no anxiety. Just peace. Coming from this peaceful place is the way to help ensure that I am not blocking the response or filtering the response through drama.
To help with being as clear as possible when I seek guidance, I like to send myself a “Calm Balm”. A Calm Balm is a technique of filling with a combination of resonances including Peace, Ease, Relaxation, Calm and Serenity, while at the same time, setting the intention to clear nervousness, anxiety, distress, stress and other similar discordant emotions. I find this helps me listen for guidance and to not judge the guidance that I hear.
Your Resolutions Here!
Each of us will have different resolutions for 2018. If any of your resolutions include introspection or self-help, you will probably want to carve out extra quiet time to be able to “seek the grace” and to “listen to the casual reply”. Find what works for you: time in your meditation chair, sitting around the campfire, walking through the woods, joining a dance or yoga class, walking your dog or petting your cat, and allowing a calm balm to settle in your being. Whatever activity or lack of activity that allows for reflection will help you with these or whatever resolutions you have for 2018.
May Grace and Guidance be yours in 2018 and always.
Happy New Year.
(click on the link below for Rocky Mountain High Lyrics!)
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