A plow was loudly pushing the snow from our drive way. I waited in the softly lit hallway with the dogs. I had just finished my morning meditation and was not prepared for the noise of the blade bumping and scraping on the driveway or the loud engine running.
As the truck pulled away I let the dogs out. I followed them into the snow. The contrast was amazing. I was surrounded by silence. Snow was gently falling. The lights glowed in the darkness. I felt peace all around me. Watching our dogs, run made me smile. It was a morning like many others; but perhaps the contrast helped me recognize the presence of peace.
One of my favorite traditions comes with the New Year. I love writing goals that lead to celebrating success.
The magic of the New Year shines brightly with possibilities. For years our family has taken part in the ritual of writing down goals for the New Year. When our children were young we helped them. Now they are independent in this practice. Goal writing is an exciting process. The action of putting dreams down on paper; cultivating them with inspiration, and watching how they come to life, is like unwrapping an endless gift.
It is really fun to check in during the year. Look at your life. Maintain the awareness of your dreams and intentions. This brings them to fruition.
Before we celebrate the arrival of new possibilities, we need to say goodbye and thank you to the adventures of the previous year. Allowing this transition to take place; automatically offers you the choice to let go of what you don’t want. Energetically, now is a great time to let go of bad relationships, poor health, imagined lack, and anything else undesired. The first step is to look at these items differently. Notice what you gained from these situations. What did they bring into your life? Connect to gratitude. They served a purpose; maybe they offered contrast.
It is up to you to release the unwanted back into the Universe. Tell the Universe thank you, I am now done with this experience. This opens wide, the door for your new inspired year.
There are many approaches to setting goals. Writing them down is a way of showing you are serious and committed to experiencing your desired life. I usually write mine in a planner. I want to be able to easily review them.
I also use the New Year as a time to write my visions of love, peace and accomplishments for my loved ones. These goals are almost like prayers. This also helps me recognize how I can support my family through the year.
Creating goals in all areas of life keeps fresh inspired thoughts in all you do. If you can’t find an intention for an area of your life; it is time for a change.
Make some small goals that are easy to attain. Be sure to celebrate all success. Enjoy the process of creating and receiving your dreams. If you have a huge goal, for example becoming a doctor. Write it down. Also write down what you need to do now. Maybe currently you are focusing on getting good grades as a freshman in college. Write the long term and short term goals down.
Most importantly is connecting to the joy of calling your dreams to life. Set a specific time to write your goals. Create a little personal ceremony. Light a candle. Allow yourself to really connect to how you will feel when you achieve your goals. Enjoy the experience of living your life with intention.
The last piece of successful goal writing is recognizing fear has no place in the process.
Writing down goals also helps me stop and enjoy not only my success, but the moment of now. I feel eternity and all possibilities when I pause and connect to the Universe. Living a life with intention is the act of recognizing the power every moment.
Behold in the brilliance of your awareness.
Deep within, you know the patterns that are used to create the dreams that become reality...
Your Universal wisdom has the ability to create and manifest all that you desire or all that you fear. Universal consciousness allows the magnificent tool of contrast to help guide us.
We are given the ability to see both sides of all that is. Compassion rises from this.
In truth it is no longer needed to live or experience the reality that is not of joy, or based of love. We are no longer tied to the vision of unrest or fear. We are completely free to experience only the highest form of expansion...
Your thoughts, your mind, and your soul resonates with the likeness of you. The likeness of you is love and pure potential... There is no other.
Humanity mistakenly has fear and love tangled together.
We call you to a world that is of pure love and light
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Blessings and love,
I stepped into the shower, noticing a glass bottle of vinegar that someone had used on their hair. Once again I made a mental note to not leave glass in our stone shower.
While enjoying the warm water I was thinking about my day. I put conditioner on my hair enjoying the luscious smell. An ominous sound entered my awareness. I then began to feel the shower move underneath my feet. We were experiencing an earthquake, a big earthquake.
No time to turn off the water, I grabbed a towel and bolted. My son, the dogs and I ran down the stairs and out the door. Before the power went out I noticed art work on the ground or hanging precariously on the walls. It was like looking at everything in slow motion. I could hear the sounds of shaking and falling. I could see the destruction. Time stopped.
Once outside I stood barefoot in the snow hugging our son. Our dogs were completely confused, one ran away. I don’t remember even feeling cold. I had practically nothing on, wet, in 20 degree temperatures. I regrouped and took a deep breath.
As I hugged Finn, I reminded him we are always protected. We will be OK. As the Earth beneath our feet calmed down, we went back inside. There was no power and the sun was not up yet. I returned to the shower to rinse my hair. The after-shocks continued.
Finn looked for the run-away dog. I walked through our home. It could have been much worse. Only glass objects were broken, no structural damage was apparent. I touched base with my husband and other family members. We were all in semi shock, but doing fine.
As I cleaned up pieces of glass I thought about protection. What is this protection I promise myself and our children? Today called for me to dig deeper into my spiritual beliefs and reckoning on protection.
I know miracles occur. A person can experience an accident and unbelievably walk away unharmed. Is this because of their protection, or simply a spiritual wake-up call? An invitation to live a more insightful life? Maybe it is both.
We are guided by a higher power, and through this guidance, we are offered protection. This helps us stay on our purposeful path. The Earthquake did not clearly fit either of these versions of protection.
I was however, reminded of the power of our Earth, and all the unseen energies in our world.
My thoughts took me to the idea that we will eventually all leave our human body. There is no protection from that experience. But maybe it is a protection that travels beyond our physical self that we need to connect with. Through everything our human-self experiences, our soul is always protected and loved. The highest form of ourselves expands with the insight of each experience.
We are always protected in a much greater capacity then protection from harm’s way.
As the sun came through the windows I was able to pick up more of the shattered glass and art work. Using a flashlight I looked into the shower. The glass bottle of vinegar was broken, pieces all over the floor. Somehow I had been guided, or even protected from cutting my feet, when I returned to wash the conditioner from my hair.
Being able to hug my son, breathe deep, and remind him of our protection, helped us both connect to a higher place that does always protect us in the best possible way. Our love and eternal connection is always protected.
Later in the day we had to leave our house for a possible gas leak. Eventually the fire department determined it was a false alarm. Our community expressed gratitude for the caring of neighbors, friends, family and professionals. Together we raised the vibration from fear to love.
That night by candle light my husband, son and I played cards. Our daughters were safe. The dogs were all home. We all enjoyed the protection found in our thoughts.
We extend our love and guidance to you...
Sit and take note of the life that surrounds you. Every aspect of your soul is permeated with the awareness and love of all. You are, we are, so close to being able to begin a fresh. Experience the world as a place of peace, love, delight and joy.
There is no separation. Your thoughts and experiences complete all thoughts and experiences.
The void is filled with the promise of all that is; eternal expression of love.
It is this awareness that is being shared.
The Universe is completing a cycle.
The new energy is helping to shut down and remove the confusion. The way of love is being shown with the brightest light possible. It can be felt in your chest and experienced with your mind...
You are aware that everything is transient, yet always available. Lasting is your brilliant light... your lasting love and forgiveness... your ability to stand tall and courageously bare your heart and mind, to finally receive the most miraculous healing...
The telling moment reveals the connection to the Earth, plants, animals and yourself. In every moment we have been waiting for you to remember your internal peace and beauty... with trembling arms the Earth is wrapping you in new love... Trust.
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After the earthquake everything was oddly silent. No sirens, cars or planes were noticeable. A raven flying above the trees, outside our home was the first reminder of normal life. Eventually this was broken by military helicopters flying above my house. The experience served me well. I learned we have the opportunity to recognize the wisdom of the raven or the disruption of the helicopter.