"Every day is a celebration! Every meal is a feast!"-Joe McCabe

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today's Affirmation
"Today I will trust the Highest Power That Is and make a leap of faith."

There comes a time in each of our lives when we are on the brink of change.  We are asked to make a leap of faith.  It feels like standing on the edge of a cliff and seeing the other cliff farther away than we can jump.  There we are standing there with hundreds of feet below us and across from us and we ask ourselves, "What the heck am I going to do?"

Option one-Play it safe.  Back away.  Walk away.  Go back to the same way we have been living.  Feeling unsatisfied, mediocre, incomplete, unsatiated..

Option two-Trust.  Jump.  Move on.  Move closer to the goal, the dream.

Hard choice.  It is easy to just stay where we are:  safe but unhappy.  It is much harder to trust and jump.  But at some point, we have to decide, we have to move, we have to ask ourselves, "Is where I am better than where I could be?"

I am, myself, standing on the edge of that gorge, asking myself the same exact questions. 

The people around me, and maybe the people around you are encouraging you, but not in the way you and I need to be encouraged.  They are afraid for us; they are encouraging us to stay where we are, we have good thing going, why change, upset the apple cart. 

But deep inside of me, deep inside of you, we are screaming for release, we are screaming for change, we are screaming for new life.

Well, the only way to get it is to push those who safer encouragements away and just close our eyes, say a prayer, trust in the Highest Power that Is, and then stretch our feet and move across the abyss.

If we can find the courage to do this, Universe will support us and keep us from falling.  Universe will see to it we have everything we need to move from one side to the other successfully.  After all, isn't it Universe who brought us here in the first place.  If Universe did, indeed, bring us to this brink, then, then shouldn't we trust enough to know that we will be safe.

I don't know about you, but I am going to jump.  Come with me.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Today's Affirmation
"Today, I will love and nurture those that I love-my pet(s), my gardens, my family."

Early in the morning, each morning unless it rains, I like to take a slow walk around my gardens.  I like to touch each of the trees and greet them.  I close my eyes and focus on each one.  I still my mind and heart and listen to the energy. 

My plants and trees talk to me.  Each of them is different, feels different, has a different personality.  By doing this, I can discern each's temperament, their needs, and then follow through with trimming or fertilizing, or repotting, or repositioning.

I love my gardens, my trees, and I treat them all with love and care.  They, in turn, bloom and blossom, and bear fruit and vegetables.  They grow tall and full and green. 

Some people feel about dogs or cats or other animals the way I feel about my gardens.  It doesn't really matter if dogs or cats or birds or gardens are our interest, we all need something to love and care for and nurture. 

So take extra time today and "listen" to those you love.  Get down on the level of your dog or cat or gardenia, and hold it lovingly.  Tough your forehead to him, and send your loving thoughts into them.  Listen with your heart.  Do this frequently, and before you even realize it, you, too, will be able to hear the thoughts and feelings of your beloved pets and plants.

Love them as they love you.

In Light and Love-Always,

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Today's Affirmation
"Today, I will embrace my personal journey.  I will step onto the road that leads to my personal transformation.  Universe supports my journey and transformation."

Because we are human, we are subject to all of the human frailties, all of the lower aspects of character.  It is up to us to conquer these frailties and overcome these lower aspects of character.

Easier said than done.  We have a tendency to turn and run when these frailties come into the light.  We would rather push them back down into the depth than bring them out into the bright sunlight.  We would rather lock them away deep, deep down there we think they belong instead of exposing them to bright sunshine.

We want to do this because we  may be afraid to confront them or because we don't feel we have the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual resources to combat them, or because they may be unsavory and we don't want to admit they are a part of us.

But they are part of us.  We don't have to like them, but we should own them.  By owning them, we can then move into amending them.  These frailties may never go completely away, but we can find a way to master them.  By doing so, we progress.  We come closer and closer to who we truly are meant to be. 

Our humanness involves journey.  It involves traveling from one state of being to another state of being.  It involves moving ourselves from who we are to who we want to be.

So don't be afraid to confront your frailties.  Be brave and do it.  You won't be sorry.

Begin your journey today.  Embrace the journey.  Learn as much as you can.  Begin your personal evolution.  You will be pleasantly surprised at you can truly become when you embrace the work that leads to your transformation.

In Love and Light, Always,

Monday, March 31, 2014

Today's Affirmation
"Today, I will remind myself that struggle is temporary, and after the struggle, I will celebrate my survival through it."

Life is a series of struggles and celebrations.  Without struggle, we would not know celebration, and without celebration, we would not appreciate the struggle.

This is how life works.  We move from one series of events to another, learning and gaining wisdom.  It is never easy to undergo struggle.  Some struggles are incredibly challenging, and sometimes we think we will never make it.

But we do make it.  We do endure.  We do move beyond where we have been.  We move through the fire and come out on the other side-sometimes a little scathed, sometimes a little crispy, sometimes with barely a burn.  But each time, we come through with new information, new insight, new wisdom, new and renewed strength that helps when we enter the fire again.

The most important thing about entering the fire is knowing that the eventually the journey through fire will end and we will shine brightly amid the smouldering ashes and smoke. 

Be steady.  Center and ground yourself.  Ask for Divine assistance.  Know that Universe always supports our growth and Universe is always present even when we feel alone or when Universe seems to be silent.  Universe, Our Higher Power, the Divine-never leaves us. 

I can tell you to be strong, but what wisdom is there in that?  What I can tell you is that you, me, all of us, have undergone the fire, have struggled, and thought that we simply could not make it to the end, only to find that yes, there is an end, and that we have survived, we have make it through the flames.

Be encouraged.

When the flames finally burn themselves out, then celebrate your voyage through them.  Celebrate all the good things Universe has provided. 

Be the Hero in your own story of struggle and celebration.

In Love and Light-Always,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Today's Affirmation
"There is a season for all things.  Spring is my season.  All I have been working toward manifesting will begin to come into being."

Spring is a time of renewal.  It is a time for casting off the old, the outmoded, the outworn.  It is a time to blossom into newness and to celebrate rebirth.  It is a time to bring into being all that we have been working on manifesting.

Each of us undergoes our own seasons: 

Summer:  a time of great fruition and full blossoming; a time of maturity and richness and abundance

Fall-a time of the lessening of our resources (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual; weakness, diminished hope

Winter-a dark and cold time; a time when we feel isolated and stagnated; a time when we feel we are frozen in time or frozen in situations in which we find ourselves

Spring:  a time to wake up, to rouse our consciousness out of the winter stupor; to reinvigorate our bodies, minds, spirits

So, dear friends, rouse yourself!  Wake up!  Drink deeply from the well of the change from winter to spring.  Embrace rebirth! 

Accept the wonderful gifts that are coming to you.  Be open to the positive changes that Universe is bringing into your life!

In Love and Light-Always,

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Today's Affirmation
"Today I will open my heart and mind to the gifts that Universe gives me.  I freely accept them and will use them and enjoy them."

The future is abundant with gifts from the Universe.  We need to change our thinking from, "I can't have that" or "I don't deserve that," to "I welcome that with which the Universe blesses me" or "I accept that with which the Universe blesses me."

I have said this before, Shakespeare said, "there is nothing which is neither good or bad, but thinking makes it so."  The same is true with how we view our worthiness to receive the blessings of the Universe.

WE, all of us, deserve the best that Universe has to offer.  We simply need to open our hearts and minds to receive. 

Imagine this, if you will:  You have a unconditionally loving friend who has a great big, beautiful present for you.  He or She comes to you and says, "I love and appreciate you so much that I want you to have this special present for no other reason than because I love you.  I don't want or need anything back, I just want you to have this because I know you will enjoy it."

What would you do?  Many would say, "Oh, no, I couldn't."  Some would say, "What did I do to deserve it?"  Many would take it and feel obligated to later give a gift of equal value in return.  And some would simply not accept the gift.

BUT We are loved beyond measure and we do deserve any gift that Universe gives us.  So Change your thinking abut what you DO deserve, and simply open your hands and heart, receive the gift, and say, "Thank you so much!!!!!"

The Universe is generous, and wants to be generous to each of us.  We are worthy, and we do deserve every blessing that our Higher Power wants to give us.

In Love and Light, Always,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Today's Affirmation
"Today I will be patient and wait on the will of Heaven"
It is not always easy to be patient and wait on the Universe to bring things into fruition.  But for today, I must practice patience, for I know that Universe is working for my highest and greatest good, and if I steel myself against impatience, then all will turn out the way that it should.
Universe always knows better than we what we need to be successful on our path.  It is we who interrupt our own flow by trying too hard.  If we can just sit back and look and listen for the signals of the Universe and let Universe do its job for us, we will be far better off and fare far better.
In Light and Love, Always,