Friday, 20 December 2013

The Word of the Week - Love and Gratitude

As this will be the last WOW for the year I will be honest with you that I struggled for a theme, as I had far too many that I wished to share!  They ranged from my research into philosophy and why it is an important part of our existence to think and ponder deeply upon life as we know it; understanding  the purpose of keeping your mind active by acquiring knowledge that enriches your being and the significance of the Winter Solstice and the various traditions that are linked to it.  Knowledge is a beautiful thing! (Smile)
However, my heart was moved to end this year with one of love and gratitude.

A good practice that enriches the soul is to make time in remembering what we are grateful for every day.  This is easily overlooked when our attention is focused upon some drama or another that is occurring in our world but this exercise is a gentle nudge that allows us to focus upon the present moment and not live in the past or the imagined future.  Being grateful by saying thank you before you arise out of bed especially when you do not wish to face the day, changes your energy before your feet hit the floor. 

On the days where I do not feel like getting up or going to work and my thought processes start bemoaning the drudgery of life all before I have even opened my eyes, I literally say in my head “stop,” and just say thank you to my bed.  I know you may think I am a loon here but trust me, I love my bed and when I put my attention to how comfortable it is, how my duvet keeps me warm, how it is soft and luscious, I cannot help but smile and snuggle further into the sheets in bliss and gratitude.  Moreover, I remind myself quickly that I will be back to snuggle again in no time at all thus changing my attitude from one of misery to one of joy and expectation.  I also spare a thought to those who do not have the luxury of a comfortable bed and thus add humility to my gratitude.
The point here is to NOTICE the wonderful little pleasures that we take for granted and use them to shift our vibration and our energy to its natural and highest form. 

Therefore, during this festive season, whether you are celebrating with family or on your own, look at what you do have in your life and not at what you don’t.  Be thankful for every relationship that you have had this year, even those that have been difficult for you because ultimately there was a lesson to be learned.  Appreciate those closest to you who put up with your mood swings, both your highs and low and look at how YOU can do better in the New Year.
Most of all look at your reflection in the mirror and be thankful to your-SELF.  Appreciate your body that has been the wonderful vessel with which you communicate.  Even if it is showing more signs of wear and tear, say thank you for its sustenance.  Remember thoughts and words have energy and vibrations that change the molecular structure of your DNA so if you have thoughts of appreciation for your body, your body will in turn appreciate the spirit within.

May this festive season bring you more love, peace and joy into your hearts.
May you be blessed with abundance and prosperity.
May your spirit expand its loving kindness to all.
And may you realise your potential in the coming New Year.

Thank you for giving me this forum and I appreciate your individual light and the significance that you bring to this world.


Friday, 13 December 2013

The Word of the Week - I AM

There is a wonderful quote from the author and Minister Joel Osteen that I wish to share with you:
“Whatever follows “I AM” is going to come looking for you”

I needed this reminder today because we inadvertently make statements about ourselves forgetting that words have creative energy and power.  It is important to master the art of mindfulness because we have to be extremely cognizant of each word that we use to describe ourselves, as they will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

When we arise in the morning and began our day with the statement “I am so tired,” tiredness will come looking for you; when you tell yourself “I am so fat”, well calories will definitely start blessing those parts you wish they would not.  However, if you look at your reflection in the mirror and say “I am beautiful” then that is exactly what you will see staring back at you because it all begins with the WORD.  Once you affirm the words repeatedly, your feelings will then start to align with those words and the Universe has no other choice but to make it your reality. 
We have an awesome creative gift at our disposal, that if used correctly it has the power to change not just the individual but also the world in which we live.
Why are we so quick to put ourselves and sometimes others down?  I have to remind myself daily to change what I say to myself and to my children because even in jest I realise that my words when said about another has as much weight as if I say it to myself. This is a big challenge for me but as I am so desirous of change, I am confident that I will succeed.  

 I would like you to recall all the “I am” declarations that you have made recently, especially those that were self-deprecating and now replace them with words that carry a higher vibration and energy such as:

I am Wonderful
I am Healthy
I am a Masterpiece
I am blessed
I am Lovable and Loved

Just for today, give the gift of love to yourself by practising even more wonderful “I am” statements and then watch the miracles appear  in your life.

Have a blissful weekend.


Friday, 6 December 2013

The Word of the Week - Own your thoughts

Welcome back to another round of the Word of the Week until the Christmas close down.  I hope you all have been keeping well and more importantly, inspired to your greatness.

There is a lesson in the book A Course in Miracles that I have had to repeat frequently of late and this is what I wish to share with you today.

I can be hurt by NOTHING but my THOUGHTS

Just let this sentence marinate for a minute in your mind and repeat it again.  I know from personal experience that my thoughts, my internal dialogue and my judgements that arise about others are all contained within this sentence.  This reminds me that I and only I create my own anxieties, my own negative feelings and my bouts of victimisation.  All of my thoughts that I construct create the feelings that I feel and thus keep me in an illusion that I have no control over my thoughts whatsoever.  This statement reminds me that I am the author, architect, director and indeed the star of my own movie called life and it boils down to a simple question that I can ask myself.
 “Do I wish to continue this particular thought and the associated feelings or am I willing to choose again?”  It is as simple as that.  In asking myself this question, I give power back to me and not the ego. 

For in truth we actually believe that we have no control over our feelings, which are instigated by our thoughts, which we alone create.  Further, when you are in the midst of a particularly negative spiral it can make you feel as if it is an impossibility to pull yourself out of it.  You feel as if you have absolutely no control over the situation and literally submit to the tirade of the ego’s onslaught of negativity.  For the past few days, this has been my own test, where I could feel bouts of negativity and anger seep into my mind and have me act out in very unskilful ways. 
This particular onslaught felt very determined to shake me off my seat of peace and tranquillity, so I reached into my trusted toolkit and first gave my thoughts to my inner guide for healing. A simple statement of,“I give this situation to my inner guide to heal,” is all that I said, then I moved out of the own way to let my miracle mind set do its work. 
When I say move out of the way it means to let go of that thought process and trust that your inner guide (your spiritual big Self) has the strength, which you might find lacking, to change your mind to one of a much higher vibration.

I am pleased to report that I am definitely back on track.  This exercise helps you to build that much needed trust in your Big Self as well as a reminder that ALL your solutions come from within.

Have an empowering weekend.