It's time to spring clean.When you think of spring cleaning you think ofputting away the winter fabrics,wool rugs,and heavy clothes.You think ofcleaning out closets and drawers.Everything begins to feel fresh and new.Youpull out your sisal rugs,your crisp linens and your spring wardrobe.
When I spring clean for you,I think of cleaning out your mind,body and spirit.It's time to put away all of those heavy winter thoughts you have carried around.It is time to clean out the cobbwebbs that have made your head feel fuzzy. It's time to lighten up.Feel the freshness available to you.Feel your mind,body and spirit opening up layer by layer.
I want to help you evolve and come to life just like the flowers are coming into bloom..I want you to sing as the birds are beginning to sing and I want you to play in your daily life like children do with a carefree zest. We all are here for a reason,a purpose.For whatever that time is,a day or a lifetime the trick is to make it joyful and memorable.Living life to the fullest and making ones dreams come true,truly means to live with purpose.
My purpose is to help you.I am grateful that I get to live my my dream each and every day.
October 2, 2006
The air is crisper; the evenings cooler. School buses travel among us, and small ghosts and superheroes will soon fill our sidewalks. We slowly begin to pull-out our sweaters while golden yellow, warm orange and crimson leaves glimmer in the trees. Every American male is excited that football season is finally here, and women are starting to think about holiday meals.
Yes, fall is upon us. And like spring, fall is a time of change. This change of season brings joy, but for some, it can also bring emotional uneasiness. Maybe it's sadness that you will not see your children in their Halloween costume or the conflict of whose parents' house you will spend the holidays. But maybe it's much deeper and more emotional.
For me, I am visited by some people who are somewhat parallelized by unhappy feelings surrounding the holidays. The holiday season can remind us of whatever sad realities are prevalent in our lives - financial distress...divorced or unmarried...bad job or no job...no children or...loss of a parent. Our minds are flooded with the truth about our life, and we feel overwhelmed.
We associate the holidays with childhood, so it is only natural to remember both the good and the bad. For some of us, it's memories of having hot cocoa by a fire - cooking with grandmother - or playing with our favorite cousin. But unfortunately, not everyone shares happy holiday memories. For some, the holidays bring back painful memories of childhood neglect...or the fear of being alone, or the stress of seeing people with whom they are not close.
It is only normal then that we are left with emotional confusion during the holidays. Perhaps you are at an ambiguous crossroads of love and anger; safety and fear; loneliness and joy. You might even feel out of control, resentful or worthless. But the good news is that you are in control more than you know, so maybe its time to see the truth about yourself and your relationships. Maybe it's time to change how you experience the holidays.
If you focus on the past, you will miss out on all the great moments now. The universe is ever-changing - every second - every minute. You have the power to change your life and the lives around you with one simple act of love.
So this holiday season, I give you this challenge...make the decision to change a holiday experience for yourself and those around you. You might reach out to a sibling or a cousin who you have been in conflict with; or you might open your home up to a new friend who doesn't have a family. You might decide to adopt a family less fortunate or dine with an elderly neighbor. Whatever the decision; you must cause positive change through your actions. You must create a new wonderful holiday memory. This creation does not always come easily. If you are struggling with this aspect, let me guide you in the right direction with a personal reading.
I am here to tell you that you are loved by God more than you will ever know. You are important to God and loved by Him. He wants your happiness. He is a God of mercy and forgiveness and He wants your life to be filled with Joy and Love. My hope and prayer for you is that you will find the courage to put the past behind you and be in the moment - the courage to recreate your fate - the courage to change.
June 18, 2006
The long awaited summer is finally upon us. The children cheer and parents brace themselves for long hours in the car to and from the pool, beach, camp, sporting activities and sleep-overs. We complain of the heat, the price of gas or maybe the price for all of these "activities". Nevertheless, summer is still a time for family, personal reflection and building happy memories.
All summer we count down the days until we can sit mindlessly on the beach with our spouse, siblings and children. We dream and speak of lost innocence and freedom as we watch the carefree nature of our children playing in the surf. We gaze over the pool or sea and reflect on our lives...who we are and who we want (or wanted) to become. Naturally, sad thoughts creep into our minds as we think of unfulfilled dreams and the person we did not become rather than celebrating the person we became.
I have spoken of Kahil Gibran many times and am reminded again now of his masterpiece, The Prophet written in 1923. He speaks of "self-knowledge". And I quote,
Your hearts know in silent the secrets of the days and the nights. But your ears thirst for the sound of your hearts knowledge. You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams. And it is well you should. The hidden well-spring of your soul must rise and run murmuring to the sea; And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure; And seek not the depths of your KNOWLEDGE with staff or sounding line For SELF is a sea boundless and measureless.
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather... "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul," but rather... "I have met the soul walking upon the path."
For the soul walks upon all paths...
For the soul unfolds itself upon a line neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
My prayer is for you to read Gibran's profound words and reflect on the endlessness and power of your soul and spirit. Regardless of your age, misfortunes and mistakes, your soul is still growing and unfolding like a lotus of countless petals. You may feel cooked, but you are not done yet. Your spirit is still evolving every moment of your lives. Your soul and spirit have infinite power to heal again and again and love not only yourself but all those around you.
My prayer for you this summer is to CELEBRATE your GROWTH, your STRENGTH, your INNERPEACE and your SUCCESS. I want you to celebrate life lessons - good and bad.
Do not dwell on the person you did not become but take time to celebrate who you are today...YOU...with all of your funny quirks, weird habits and beautiful qualities.
Celebrate your self-knowledge - your SPIRIT and SOUL.