Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ancient Wisdom

The Chinese kanji for crisis includes the two characters: danger and opportunity.

I find this to be a wise teaching in and of itself.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Emotional Flow

Lots of experiences leave us hurt, angry, unsupported, lost, sad, etc. All are emotions we're not super-excited to face in our day-to-day.  One thing I see lots of people unwilling to do is cry because they think it makes them seem weak in another person's eyes, or even their own.

There are times when the tears need to flow - these could be tears of sadness, hurt, frustration, grief, or even relief or joy - it doesn't matter.  We need to let them flow. Having a good cry can move us to a different space and in doing so actually can save us time and prolonged heartache. We need to stop judging how we feel and allow ourselves to express the sadness, hurt, etc. Why do we resist this so much?

Tears are a sign of strength that we can handle expressing the emotion rather than pushing it down only for it to erupt later on for no good cause. We all know pushing down emotions over extended periods of time is counterproductive.

If this resonates with you, please take the time to feel the seeming unpleasant emotions. While it may be uncomfortable initially, experiencing and expressing the emotion helps us move through the emotion into a better space where we can either find clarity and perspective to deal and heal, or let it go altogether.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

In a Moment

I woke up this morning and started off ok.
Wasn't quite sure what to do for the day. 
I was tired from work the week before
Was out late and wanted to sleep some more. 
'Twas not in the cards so I got up and ate
And pondered tasks that I could put on my plate. 
I realized the feeling of anxiety and fear
Puzzled at why it was showing up here. 
I was safe at home no expectations to fill
Yet I could not shake this feeling at will. 
I started to distract me with a little this and that 
No matter what I did this feeling with me sat. 
So I stopped what I was doing and decided to say
We've got to address this so I can get on with my day. 
Usually I hide it and smother it with stuff
Cause facing this is perceived as quite tough.  
So here I was sitting with this powerful emotion
Wishing there was a quick fix-it-all potion.
I sat and asked "Why are you here?"
The answer came back "What do you fear?"
I said, "A lot quite frankly and honestly so.
But you can't stay here - you have got to go!"
It said it would stay until it was faced
With conversation and love and until I found grace.  
So I took a deep breath and tried to stop my mind
From all the negative thoughts of the spiraling kind. 
I spoke with this fear for what seemed like a while
And realized how much there was on this pile. 
Self doubt self worth and self love came through
Others expectations and some of mine too. 
There was a mountain of being enough by my eyes
So I picked out some truths and thru out the lies. 
We shined a bright light on all that is me 
Who I am now and who I wish to be. 
The doing of things only gets us so far
It's what goes on inside of us - its the who we are. 
I acknowledged this fear and thanked it too
For it helped me see what I unconsciously do. 
We parted with new understanding and learned 
That we will meet again until all comes to terms. 
After it left I could still feel it linger
Like a bee bite once I've taken out the stinger.  
I hadnt noticed how deeply it bore,
Yet now I know there is so so much more
To these feelings that I seem to keep pushing away -
Until I work with them they are here to stay.  
They also offer a great opportunity
To feel freedom of emotions' hold on me. 
So glad that I took the time to hear
What was actually hiding beneath the fear.  
I look forward to our next meeting whenever it shows
And wont allow it to take me to unlikely lows. 
I suppose we will become seemingly good friends -
Friends who help each other lovingly transcend. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Shifting Frequency

Previously I have written about other people, pets, etc. that prove to be angelic helpers throughout our days. It is also necessary to acknowledge the many times we are the angelic helpers, not just for others but also for ourselves. We all know we can't be anything to anyone if we don't take care of us first.

After some time and exploration we start to learn what techniques or activities might work to bring our own selves into a better space. Here are some common activities or in-activites that I have employed in the past:
  • listening to music
  • exercise
  • creating art
  • journaling
  • talking with a friend
  • volunteering
  • taking a nap / sleeping
  • watching a movie
  • feeling the emotion(s)
  • meditating
  • cooking, etc.

Depending upon the day or particular funk that arrives, it may take a long while to muster up the motivation to actively work on shifting a state of being.  Quite honestly, the first thing or two or five that I try doesn't always work. When it does, I am certainly grateful and happy for taking the effort to try.  

If you haven't already used some of the above, you may wish to try them. I'd also be interested to know what other methods that have worked for you. Sometimes it can be a tough for us and sharing our coping mechanisms can help us learn and grow together. 

Thank you all for being you!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Connecting with Animals

Connection can occur with any animal regardless if we have ever seen the specific animal before in person. For instance, if we want to connect with a tigress, all we need to do is think of her and open up to what the tigress feels like. What presence does she exude? What characteristics of her stand out? What do you like or dislike about her?  How can you be more like the tigress, if you wanted?

Simply by requesting the presence of this animal can we begin to understand a new perception - a new way of being - and a new understanding is forged. We bring forth the tigress energy from within and allow it to surface. This practice can be done with any animal.

Connecting with animals is helpful, for example, if we are starting or in the midst of completing a project. Here we may call upon an animal (or more than one) that resonate tenacity, perseverance or creativity. When delivering a presentation or speech we can request animal energy that we perceive as bringing calm, good communication, and confidence.

There is no limit to the way in which we can connect with the animal kingdom. It is fascinating to explore our reactions and realizations as we work with the spirit animals. By connecting with different species we not only deepen our relationship with them but also strengthen our own relationship with ourselves.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Animal Totems

Many people believe in angels or passed loved ones watching over them and providing guidance in their life path. Some people also believe in animal totems, who offer similar direction along the way. Animal totems can be energetic resources similar to our angels yet in the form of an animal, or they can be actual physical beings in the 3D.

While it's possible for an animal totem to be a pet, our animal totems could also be a large fish, a sea or land mammal, an insect, a bird, etc. There is no limit to what the animal kingdom can provide in terms of knowledge and connection, and there is no such thing as a good or bad animal totem. Meditations and classes are available that assist individuals in determining their primary animal totem(s). Connections with animals who may not be our totems is possible too.

Having animal totems is helpful to assist us in our quest for self improvement, leads to greater understanding and compassion for self and others, and cultivates a deeper connection with Mother Earth. 

More on animal totems to come...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Have you ever said something and as soon as it left your mouth you wished you hadn't said it? 
Or have you had an experience where you said something unexpected and the room erupted in laughter?
Or perhaps you expressed compassion or love with words that brought a smile or heartwarming tear to another?
These are all examples of the power of the spoken word.
How will you choose your words today?