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Is It All Too Serious?

Is It All Too Serious?

Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: it’s good to be silly at the right moment. (Misce stultitiam consiliis brevem; dulce est desipere in loco.)

Play is as important as laughter. Silliness lightens the load. Do something simply because you enjoy it, without any thought of accomplishment or return.

Reflection:  Are you playing enough in your life? Create something, now, that is playful and silly.

Affirmation:  I am secure and confident enough in myself to be silly and playful!

Act in Faith

Act in Faith

“Faith without works” is mere belief in a theory, without having proved it to be true.  Its opposite, “active faith,” is knowing from direct experience that a theory can be proved.” — Ernest Holmes

Your life is God’s gift to you.  What will you do with it?  That’s your gift to God.  It’s simply not enough to know that Spirit is the indwelling presence in your life.  You must act on that fact, as if you believed it to be true!

You are constantly co-creating your life with the Universe.  Stuff happens (that’s the Universe!) and, then, you get to decide what to do and how to respond.  The more creatively you can respond, the less stuck you are.  Even out of the negative stuff, you can create possibility.

Reflection:  Where are you not acting on your faith?  What “move your feet” actions do you need to take?

Affirmation:  I confidently step out from my faith and co-create a joyous life in partnership with the Divine!

Spying the Divine

Spying the Divine

”…how often in my trivial conversation with my neighbors that somewhat higher in each of us overlooks this by-play, and Jove nods to Jove from behind each of us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of the Divine!  These may show up as “coincidences” or “serendipitous happenings”.  You may see the Divine in someone’s joyous laughter or a special gleam in their eyes.   Notice beauty that moves you.  Pay attention to possibility, as it presents itself to you.  Especially look for things that uplift and expand your heart and your soul.

The easiest way to catch a sighting of the Divine is in those moments of connection when you are with someone and you know you are meeting heart to heart.  Or when you experience oneness communing with nature.  You may often be looking directly into the heart of God!  Pay attention.  Don’t miss it!

Reflection:  When and where do you catch glimpses of the Divine?

Affirmation:  I pay attention to all the ways Spirit shows up in my life – through people, circumstances, and all of life.

Breathe, Again

Breathe, Again

“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” — William Londen

Learn to breathe your stress away.  In yoga, it’s called that centering breath. Take a moment and simply breathe.  Take one deep, conscious breath.  Then take another one.  You can take as many of these as you need.  Notice how the breath takes you deep into the center of your being.  Simply breathe.

This centering breath makes all the difference and takes no time at all.  You can do it anywhere, anytime, and in any situation.  As you do this more and more often, it’ll only take one breath to bring you back to center.  Breathing is free.  Moments are free.  Then, you are free!

Reflection:  Do you remember to breathe?

Affirmation:  I take a centering breath.  I breathe in Spirit and breathe out everything else.

Finding Hope

Finding Hope

“The attitudes of praise and thanksgiving are salutary.  They not only lighten the consciousness, lifting it out of sadness and depression; they elevate consciousness to a point of acceptance.”  — Ernest Holmes

Depression and suicide are epidemic today in all ages – young, middle-aged, and elderly people. Sometimes people are overwhelmed by the pace of their lives or simply unable to cope with changes and loss.  Yet, there is nothing too big, too hard, or too much for the Infinite Divine Reality.  Spirit is bigger, deeper, wider, richer, and more full than you can possibly imagine!

Do not despair. There is always hope. Even if you do not have, or can not get, everything you want, you have something to be grateful for.  No matter how low you might feel, you have something to give. You can give your love, your song, your time, your creativity. You can be grateful for the air to breath, and the sunshine and rain. Giving and Gratitude are what make like meaningful.

Reflection:  What one thing can you contribute today?  What are you grateful for?

Affirmation:  I am filled with the presence of Love and Hope! Nothing is too big for God!

Creative Play

Creative Play

“You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. Don’t turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them. You’re always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.” — Richard Bach

Life is your playground!  The very nature of the Universe is like play-dough.  Quantum science shows how the interaction of observation and intention literally shapes the physical reality.  In the same way, your life is shaped by the “hands” of your attitudes and beliefs.

What this means is that nothing is permanently the way it is.  Everything can be re-shaped.  You can take any part of your life and roll it backup into a ball, and begin again.  You can renew yourself with a positive attitude, expecting a good outcome for whatever you try.  Like a game, you can change the rules or start over again. Just start playing!

Reflection:  What area of your life would be enhanced by a more playful approach?  Where are you taking yourself way too seriously?

Affirmation:  I playfully engage with my life. I take my life in my own hands and create it however I choose!

Be Yourself

Be Yourself

“Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide…To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be yourself!  Do not try to be like anyone else. Do not waste your time trying to be something you are not.  Trying to be something other than who you are creates an inner discord that is harmful to yourself.  The tension you feel gets communicated to those around you, no matter how hard you try to pretend.

You are a priceless gift to the world!  Your unique qualities and talents are your special gifts.  You are free to express yourself in the ways you choose; ways that bring more love, joy, light, and hope to you, and to the world.

Reflection:  How are you trying to fit in?  Where are you trying to be something you’re not?

Affirmation:  I am wholly and completely myself. I like who I am. I am a gift to the world!

Calmly Speaking Out

Calmly Speaking Out

“It is easy in the world to live after the worlds opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great one is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not be afraid of the negativity in the world or in someone else.  You do not want to become superstitious or afraid.  Each time you are confronted with negativity, whether it is in the news, on TV, or from the mouth of a friend, it is a call to prayer.  Rather than becoming worried, fearful, or angry, move into the centered space within that you know and feel every time you go into meditation or prayer.

Pray for peace, healing, justice, and right action.  Speak your word of truth that Spirit is present and everything will turn out for good.  You will be a benevolent presence to everyone, including yourself, and to Life itself.

Reflection:  What do you do when confronted with negativity?  How could you come from a place of Truth?

Affirmation:  I speak for the Presence and Power of Spirit in any seemingly negative situation, for the Good of all.

For Something and Against Nothing

For Something and Against Nothing

“Find me one person who is for something and against nothing, who is redeemed enough not to condemn others out of the burden of his soul, and I will find another savior, another Jesus, and an exalted human being.” — Ernest Holmes

Are you for something or against something?  Often, when you are against something, you are actually lending your energy to the very thing you don’t want to have happen!  Being for Peace rather than against War, focuses all your attention and intention on the end result you want to experience.

The same thing applies when you think about whether you are moving toward your dreams or moving away from something that you want to avoid?  Running TO something is always taking you to a better place. Running AWAY from something just causes you to recreate the unhealed experience someplace else.  Being for and moving towards are both POSITIVE, expansive actions.  Being against and seeking to avoid are both contracting, NEGATIVE actions.

Reflection:  Where are you against something and how can you change it to be for something, instead?  Is there someplace in your life where you are running from rather than running to?

Affirmation:  I am for everything that supports life – my life and all life.  I move toward my dreams, letting them expand me!

Sabbath Time

Sabbath Time

“Sabbath requires surrender. If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop, because our work is never completely done. With every accomplishment there arises a new responsibility… Sabbath dissolves the artificial urgency of our days, because it liberates us from the need to be finished.”  — Wayne Muller

The Sabbath is set aside to take a complete break from the ordinary demands of life.  Regularly set a day aside to turn off your phone, email, and Facebook.  Turn off the TV, news, and internet.   Stop trying to complete what’s in your inbox or on your to do-list.  Take a day and let yourself get bored. This reconnects you with a slower rhythm and helps you find your own pace, again.  This re-centers you in yourself and in your own life.

Reflection:  How can you create a regular Sabbath time in your life?

Affirmation:  I take time to reconnect with my life by slowing down and by unplugging from all electronic devices.

Making Time for Yourself

Making Time for Yourself

“Don’t count every hour in the day; make every hour in the day count.”  Unknown

Are you on your own priority list?  Making time for the things that are important to you means you are creating the life you choose to live.  When all your time is devoted to your work or to the television, someone else is in charge of the way you spend your days.

Put time into your day for those things that matter in the life you want to live.  Schedule a date with your partner.  Plan your exercise and mediation times into your calendar.  Set aside a day just for creativity or for working on your dream.  Don’t just wait for it to happen.  Make an appointment with yourself!  You will be happier, healthier, and wealthier because YOU made time for YOU!

Reflection:  When are you making time for you?  How could you schedule time for things that are important to you?

Affirmation:  I easily make time for myself because I know I am worth it!

Keeping Time

Keeping Time

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” —  Harvey MacKay

Taking time, killing time, wasting time, never having enough time… How often do you describe your experience of time in one of these ways?  In using these words, you perpetuate that feeling and actually create exactly that experience for yourself!

How would you rather be spending your time?  Enjoying it, savoring it,  filling it?  What kind of time would you like to have – creative time, play time, nap time?  Are you paying attention to your subjective time, meal time, and bed time?  It takes all kinds of time to make a day.  And, it’s all happening in the eternal Here and Now!

Reflection: How do you describe your experience of time? What kinds of time are you creating?  What kind do you want to create?

Affirmation:  I have all the time I need.  I enjoy my time.  My time is always well-spent.

All You Need is Laughter

All You Need is Laughter

“All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.”  — August Wilson

Laughter is the best medicine – for the body, mind, and spirit.   Norman Cousins, diagnosed with a terminal illness, decided to watch nothing but laugh-out-loud funny movies.  This was his medicine and it cured him.  Laughter releases healing chemicals and relaxes different parts of your physical, emotional, and mental being.

Invite all sorts of laughter into your life.  Giggle, chortle, guffaw, belly laugh, and laugh so hard tears are streaming down your face!  Even sharing a simple smile lightens the load.

Reflection:  How much laughter is there in your life?  What kinds of things can you invite into your life to enjoy more laughter?

Affirmation:  I laugh out loud easily and often.  I walk around with a smile on my lips.

Relaxing into Being

Relaxing into Being

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” — James Dent

Remember those long, lazy days of Summer when you didn’t have anything to do? You were faced with endless hours of games, boredom that made your creative, and a slow and easy pace. It is important to find times like these as adults. They renew, rejuvenate, and enliven your whole life.

Being is the other side of doing. Being means you are simply enjoying and savoring the present moment, without the need to accomplish anything.  This doesn’t necessarily mean you are inactive. It just means your activity has no purpose or goal. Find a few ways you can simply be – with yourself, with a few friends or family, with Nature, with Spirit – and enjoy a few hazy, lazy days of summer!

Reflection: What is your favorite way to simply be? How can you have more time to be?

Affirmation: I experience the joy of being. I simply am present and allow myself to enjoy whatever is.

Currents of Adventure

Currents of Adventure

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated.  It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path.  Listen to your own truth.” — Ram Dass

Talking to captains or sailors while watching boats gently bob up and down moored safely inside the protective bay, I find they all have stories of their adventures at sea to freely share. Just outside the cove are the currents of adventure waiting for them to re-enter. But for no, it’s time for rest, security, and restocking.

Being able to find a safe harbor to reorient and ready yourself is extremely valuable. To be in a heightened state of awareness is powerful and exciting, but to never come down can be depleting.  Life will always be waiting for you to re-enter its currents of adventure. You must replenish and strengthen yourself with nourishment of the soul by stepping out of the currents of your activities. Catch your breath, let your guard down, and reorient your course by checking your inner map to make sure you are still moving in your life’s direction. Refuel, do the repairs, adjust, clean up, renew, then set sail.  Life’s adventures are waiting!

Reflection:  When it was your time in life to rest, how did you not rest, and what price did you pay? Where is your next cove, so you know your next rest is on the horizon?

Affirmation:  I surrender to my rest!