Be Present Now

How often are your thoughts, emotions, body and spirit in alignment? When you’re having dinner with your family, friends, or co-worker, are you really present, of course your body is, but where are your thoughts? Are you listening without hearing, because your mind is scrambled with thoughts of work, getting the laundry done, finances and what’s on the agenda for tomorrow?

Whatever it is you’re doing, or whomever you’re with, are you really there? Are you fully participating in conversation, or is your body an empty shell with nobody home, because your thoughts are else where? Do you half listen and find yourself tuned out rather than tuned in?

Minute to minute, we’re bombarded by sounds and noise from the world outside our eyes; add to that our own inner chatter and it’s no wonder we find ourselves lost in conversation, forgetting what we were just going to say, or not hearing what someone is trying to tell us. We can’t be tuned in and tuned out at the same time.

Listening is a difficult task to begin with. We each have these little critters in our heads competing for attention; distracting us from being here now. I think of listening as an art form that requires focus, attention, presence, and being fully in the moment. When you think about it, the present moment is all we ever have, yet we spend so little time being there.

You cheat yourself and others when you allow your harried pace and constant mind chatter to run interference with the peace and stillness that living from spirit offers. Your life doesn’t have to be a race to that next meeting, convention, exit sign, or the illusory finish line. You are not in competition with anyone other than yourself. Don’t strive or drive yourself into finishing first; instead, stop, pause, take a deep breath, look around, listen, and be present in your life and the lives of others.

 

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Back on Track

Off line for a few weeks because of illness. Now back on track, stronger than ever and determined to make a positive contribution, via my writing! My blessings for you all, only exceed my gratefulness for all the good life has to offer us, if we walk with eyes wide open, listening ears and gratitude for each moment that gives us an opportunity to live our best life, with the awareness that, in doing so we can help each other grow into the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual beings we were intended to become. Each of us, by virtue of our thoughts, can raise humanity up to the level where faith replaces fear, calm replaces anxiety, love replaces hate, unity replaces divisiviness, courage replaces inaction, risk replaces comfort, and gratitude replaces hopelessness. We may all march to a different drummer and dance to different music; still we are one in spirit and that trumps all the differences in the world! Be you, in and under all circumstances! Blessings

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The Choice to Follow or Lead

Jesus was one of the greatest teacher’s of His time. He was the total manifestation of love and compassion. Still, He is but one of many paths to the One God, or the All in All. Each of God’s creations contains a cell of God; therefore God in us, is the hope of all healing.

Each of us, is the experiencing part of God; we are the spirit/essence of all that God is. The problem is, from the beginning of time, man’s writing, as well as his interpretation of the Bible, humanity has lived in fear at every level. Religion’s thrive on the fear’s of the faithful. Strange isn’t it!

To think and search for the meaning of God and our purpose in His plan, is a threat to traditional religion. Dare not question nor reach into the depths of your own spirit for the answers that have escaped humanity for centuries.

We need but look around observe and listen; if we have ears to hear and eyes to see it is self-evident that religion, has been but a stepping stone to a greater and authentic truth, denied for all too long.

I once read that “we are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a physical experience.” Wayne Dyer.This makes sense when one considers that it is the breath of life, God, the All in All, or the Universe if you wish to define it, that has infused our physical forms with the spiritual energy that holds all this matter together.

We’ve been taught not to question authority, rather to follow blindly, because there is, after all, only “One Way” to the truth, and whatever your religious affiliation happens to be, your way is the “one way!

The greatest secret never revealed by the religion’s of the world is that “religion” promotes and contributes to divisiveness, separation, and exclusion of any and all who question their authority, rather than the “God” authority that dwells within each of us. As long as we continue to attempt to define “God” with our finite minds, our humanity will suffer and all manner of atrocities will continue.

In my 72 years, I’ve observed the reverence, kindness, compassion, non-judgmental, open minded, forgiving and God loving folks, many of whom have never read the Bible. They seem to live from a place deep within themselves and from an essence/spirit that demonstrates and reflects the “God” within.

If each of us could trust ourselves enough to step out and invite religious leaders to, not only open their doors; moreover, expand their minds and hearts to embrace all who are searching; we could close the divide that exists, just by being fully inclusive of all God’s children.  We could evolve as spiritual beings with a single mission, to heal ourselves and one another.

When we shape our outer life from the essence and guidance of spirit, choose to live by faith and not the fears we’ve been taught, embrace love and the concept of “Oneness” then we shall know the true God and the world will know peace.

Blessings

 

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Embrace Who You Were, Who You are Now and Who You Choose to Become

 

Our thoughts are the foundation our life rests upon, as we change our thoughts the direction of our life’s journey changes as well.

Unexpected roadblocks or challenges that we find ourselves confronted with on life’s journey, are moments when Grace appears, (that soft whisper or nudging) that reveals us to ourselves; a yard stick for measuring our spiritual growth. It’s no different than measuring your physical weight by stepping on a scale. Both reveal something about you, don’t they? They are valuable opportunities or barometers that gage whether or not, you’re moving in the direction of your dreams and goals to be all you’re capable of becoming, physically and spiritually.

We are given the opportunity, in each present moment, of ditching any and all thoughts that impact our life negatively. Awareness is the key to accomplishing this feat, as it guides us in choosing the higher road or taking a positive approach to problem solving.

Problems are actually possibilities in disguise, just as challenges are opportunities waiting for our recognition. Do you ever wonder why certain problems or disturbances keep cropping up in your life; the same old thing repeating itself, whether it’s a situation, discussion or event causing you to react in a way that robs you of your inner peace. This is a hint, or eye opener to the reality that, if you don’t change your thoughts or reactions to life’s occurrences, you’ll attract more of the same into your life; the same old problems, issues, miss-understandings and negative outcomes.

When we realize we are our own best problem solver, then we are in a position to reject the negative thought patterns that have moved us in a direction, we may not, otherwise, have chosen. What results is you and I learn the art of non-reaction, realizing that no look, words, insinuations, insults, rejections or whatever the situation may present is about us.

Those who would insult or strike out at you, is due to a pain, insecurity or fear deep within that person. Their perception of you is blurred by their inability to see their own self worth. Perhaps their lacking self-assurance, feel insecure in their own skin, fearful or overwhelmed by life’s pressures or past hurts. You may be the target, but the person who is striking out, is attempting to control, manipulate, or make you feel inferior, whether by look, word, or action, because they, themselves, are a victim of their own life circumstances.

Is someone lashing out at us ever justified? Absolutely not! Does it justify a reaction from us? No, not if we want to maintain balance and harmony in our own life. Remind yourself that no one else’s thoughts of or about me, are more important that the thoughts I have of or about myself! Choose in favor of yourself, by opting to not to react to life’s outer drama. Flavor your path with authentic truth and let your spirit be your guide.

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Who Am I

Have you taken a few minutes to stand in front of a mirror and gaze into your eyes with abandon? It’s an awesome and freeing exercise.
Focus with intent into your eyes and ask the question “Who am I?” Be still and listen to the one and only answer possible, “You are Spirit!” It is said “The eyes are the mirror of the soul.” You will discover your true authentic essence when you ask that simple question. Who am I?
We’ve been taught to believe that we are merely a body; yet how can that be? Without our inner spirit/essence, the breath of life that keeps this body in physical form, and our heart beating, we’d be void of this form that has been gifted with life by the spirit/essence/breath that sustains us.
No need to take what I offer as the only way to live your best life. Stand in front of the mirror, ask the question and discover for yourself the answer that you, like me, have  been seeking for a long time. I Am Spirit!
This awareness will guide you on a path that will, indeed fulfill your deepest dreams, wishes and goals for living a life that can overcome or beat any odds. Obstacles will become stepping stones to possibilities and problems will become opportunities to growth. Most importantly your thoughts will embrace the light that will eminate from within you; this is when your thoughts will begin to work for, and no longer against you.
This is how we begin to change from entertaining what we don’t want to show up in our life experience, to embracing a new thought that says “I Can, I matter, I’m worthy, I will”
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Perpetual Publicity with Bruce Cadle

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Whether you are an author, business owner or entrapreneur, if success is your goal, and I’m sure it is, the information and growth option with Bruce Cadle will prove priceless.

I’m enrolled in Bruce’s four week coaching session on “Perpetual Publicity” and can already envision the end from the beginning.

As an inspired author, with a passion for growth and with the opportunity that Bruce provides to accomodate my inexperience, I’m prepared to reach beyond my own grasp, to one who has the knowledge and spirit that can help me light my way to success.

See his offering’s, for yourself, at: http://www.facebook.com/perpetualpublicity.

Blessings

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We Are Spirit Manifested in Form

We come from spirit and are born fearless, blameless and without guilt, remaining as such, until we are taught differently. We come into this world color blind, not knowing of prejudice, inequality, judgment or that injustice exists, until w are taught differently. We arrive as a free spirit, with no conception of humiliation, intimidation and limitation, until we are taught differently, that is.

From infancy and onward we discovered by observing and listening, that we were no longer a free spirit. There were demands, expectations and conditions placed upon our being. As we grew we learned again by observation, that we weren’t truly a human being rather, a human doing, and were expected to follow the path of the human doing way of life.

Little by little our way of being in the world, faded into the shadows and our spirit became obscured or hidden, having been overwhelmed by the expectations, demands and conditions that come with living in a body. Soon, we forgot our true identity or essence, as we imitated all that we observed on our travels from infancy to adulthood.

Once upon a time we were that little child, oh, we’ve grown taller and older, but that child, in all its innocence is hiding in the shadows of our memory just as your spirit is seated within; both waiting to be re-discovered and awakened to the freedom and innocence that we arrived on earth with. You and I long to be re-connected to that child/spirit relationship in all its wholeness, connected to all that is good, kind, forgiving, loving and understanding.

We were created out of, and came from love so we might know the joy of living, loving being loved and experiencing total physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

We can re-connect with spirit by first learning to love ourselves. Unlike a balloon without air that cannot take flight we can, once again, call on the invisible energy of our inner spirit and receive the gift of flight, freedom and healing that comes with authentic love and living ones authentic truth.

There’s no mountain too high if we live from the essence of who we are, which is “spirit.” We are here to heal ourselves and the world and it’s more than possible! It’s our thoughts that count and we can choose the thoughts we think and thereby achieve our deepest dreams. Blessings

 

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Mind Over Matter

The folowing article was a contribution I made to the International Women’s Flag Football Association Magazine titled: FORWARD PASS Spring / Summer 2014

Mind Over Matter

I realized I was a gay later in life.
My life style was then challenged at every turn; obstacles were plentiful!
I learned a lot and encourage everyone to be true to themselves, whether you
are gay, straight, bisexual …. or a female football player breaking the barriers of a male dominated sport.

“Be self propelled, believing, daring and un-afraid on your journey. In and under all circumstances be authentically you!”

How can you be, or live a life of authenticity when many in society demand conformity? How can you live your truth, love, and best life as a lesbian, when many would prefer you lie, hide, or even change your image, to meet their expectations? Why is it, the word fear gives the illusion of having more power then that of faith?

Forty years ago, when my partner and I stepped out of the darkness and into the light, revealing the truth that we were lesbians, Kate and I were nearly swallowed up by the demands, threats, fears, opinions and rejections of family, friends and others, who no longer saw us as Sidney and Kate. We were assigned the label of lesbians,
which negated all that we had ever been, to all who had known and loved us. We had, in the blink of an eye, become ineffective, invalid, and even invisible to many.

Whoever you are and whatever your lifestyle, bow not to fear and intimidation. You need not be ashamed or cower in the dark; you need not pretend, lie or live a life that’s less than what you envision for yourself, or your partnership. Perhaps you were taught that loving yourself was egotistical and selfish, yet how can you truly learn to love another if you don’t love yourself? How can you give what you don’t have? How can you have a deep, long lasting and loving partnership, if you haven’t partnered with yourself and who
you choose to be?

You have an in-born right to happiness, freedom and equality; a God given right, to seek self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-worth and self -actualization. Society may not agree with whom you live and love. Live your truth and love your best, anyway!

As each of us face down fear and live our authentic truth, we set an example and empower others to do the same; we no longer hide, but throw the door open wide and step out into the light of freedom to claim all that love and life has to offer.

In a partnership/marriage, two people become a team unbeatable when they step in unison to the same thoughts, goals, dreams and wishes. They have the stamina, determination and courage to strive for living their best life, regardless of the obstacles, problems or issues that rise up before or between them. In and under all ircumstances,
they are a team unconquerable, and do not compromise their gifts. Women’s football calls for all of the attributes described above. Now the question becomes the cceptance of woman’s football teams into the arena of recognized and legitimatize sports games.

What stands in the way of recognizing women as a formidable force to be reasoned with on the football field? My guess is the misconception that women don’t have what it takes to drive the sport into front page headlines.

For those who question the ability of women in the football arena, I would say observe their dedication to the sport; witness their strength, power, energy and determination on the field. Whether it’s a lesbian partnership (team of two, or a line up of women on the football field,) they are a force to reckon with and deserve an honest look at their competitiveness in the game of football!

 

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Celebrate Life Now

  1. Living our personal truth is paramount to living our best life. Many of us are content to settle for what is, and reluctantly survive through the years. Unless we are willing to acknowledge our fears, anxieties, insecurities, and apprehensions, about the un-fulfillment of our personal lives, we remain deaf to the call of living our personal truth.
    Each of us has an inner voice …that constantly competes with the negative characters and chatter that works to convince us that settling for less, than what it is we desire, should be good enough; worse, all that we can expect or even deserve. Be grateful, for what you have, don’t rock the boat, just be satisfied. You have no right to ask for more. How could you not be happy with what you have? Years ago the mantra was, “You made your bed now sleep in it,” end of story!
    How many of us have heard these words before; how many of us have become un-willing victims of the language of negativity, and how many of us have believed this mantra to be gospel? Be the authentic you God intended, and not what someone else has intended for you.
    2014 is the time to wake up, remove the ear plugs, step out of our fears, and live our personal truth, whatever that truth might be. This is the moment in which we can choose to become the producer and director of our own life story. The old script, most of it proposed and written by others is outdated and lacks the luster our life has craved. Actually, if you think about it, isn’t it the inner desire, craving, and wish to live our own inner personal truth, that we’ve longed for and have been hiding from?
    Contrary to the opinion and belief of others, you don’t have to sleep in that bed, hide in that closet, or deny your authenticity. You can choose to be and live your personal truth today! You can become that luster, or glow of light that paves the way for a new beginning, a new journey, and a new life. Another day lived as a captive of your past, is a day too many! The present is now! The year 2014 has opened the door to your awakening. Plunge into your life with both feet and share your personal truth.
    The late Leo Buscaglia’s used to say “Life is a banquet and nobody’s eating.”
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