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Happy Spring 2017!


 

Today’s Pick:

Here’s wishing you all a great spring with some words of wisdom and inspiration from Tama Kieves……

 

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You are not stuck. It is not possible.

You are not your story. You are molecules of wonder.  You are potent with Love and Love is never stagnant or unresponsive.  

This is what I can tell you as a coach. It’s people who feel stuck that grow the most. It’s people who feel pain that are about to break open into wild freedom.

Stuck is another name for expansion knocking on the door.  

As Spring approaches, the tulips are pushing up against the dirt, yearning to express. Growth is in process. So, it is with you. You’re already in process.

A Course in Miracles teaches “You need do nothing.” This doesn’t mean we guzzle gin martinis and wait to win the lottery or for world hunger to heal itself. It doesn’t mean we fall asleep at the wheel. It means we don’t fall asleep at the wheel of habitual fear-driven effort. We pay attention to radiant instincts, instead of acting inefficiently.

 You do not have to push yourself to find your path.

The instinct within you will push you. The yearning will direct you. Love is active and alive. You can’t even help it. It’s your nature, your true nature. I suggest you ease up on your ambition, the trigger-happy self that is so afraid to trust a process. You are already in a brilliant process. It may be gradual. Inspired expression occurs in incremental breakthroughs.

The tulip grows in its own season. It is not stuck in the dirt. It is nurtured and protected by the soil.  Please trust where you are.

Pay attention to your instincts instead of to your fear.

You will reach your sunlight.

Here’s to New Beginnings and Springing Forward dearest ones,

Tama Kieves

 

Enjoy!

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Kids in the news, dynamic duo, Rumi, Mother Nature, health news, and Abe on complaining


 

Have been extra busy lately with various projects, including getting a group going on Facebook dedicated to global meditations, so I haven’t had time to put a post together until now….

 

PICKS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – Two heart-warming videos/stories, both involving kids….

http://fifth-grader.socialchive.com/five-teenagers-are-asked-why-1-kid-is-being-bullied-watch-what-the-boy-on-the-end-reveals/

http://www.care2.com/causes/schoolchildren-raise-over-7200-to-help-dog-hit-by-car.html

 

# 2 – What an inspiring, dynamic duo

 

 

# 3 – Oh this image is so sweet. Mother Nature is just so wonderful and grand….

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(from The Rainforest Site)

 

# 4 – Some of the latest news at Self-help Health…..

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/the-power-of-the-mind-plus-how-subliminals-can-put-it-to-work-for-you/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/omg-rejected-skittles-being-fed-to-cows-what-the-h/

 

# 5 – A lovely image and text….

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“The sun rises from the heart of the lover, filling the entire world with light.”~ Rumi
(image : jasna Matz)

 

# 6 – And a good reminder from Abe…..

Most people do not realize that as they continue to find things to complain about, they disallow their own physical well-being. Many do not realize that before they were complaining about an aching body or a chronic disease, they were complaining about many other things first. It does not matter if the object of your complaint is about someone you are angry with, behavior in others that you believe is wrong, or something wrong with your own physical body. Complaining is complaining, and it disallows improvement. — Abraham

 

Enjoy, and please join us tomorrow at 9 pm your local time, if you’d like to tap into the group energy for the global meditation focused on bringing more peace, harmony and coherence to the planet and her people!

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Happy 2017!


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – A new year wish for you from astrologer Rob Brezny……

MY WISHES FOR YOU

In 2017 I wish you joyous eruptions of profound gratification and
gratitude; a constant flow of fluid insights and “ah-ha!” revelations that
lead to cathartic integrations; a coming together of several different lucky
trends, resulting in an exquisite healing; and captivating yet relaxing
adventures that allow you to weave together diverse threads of your
experience, inspiring you to feel at home in the world.

 

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# 3 – Some advice from Elizabeth Gilbert to keep in mind in 2017…

CHOOSE YOUR THOUGHTS?

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you
select your clothes every day. That’s a power you can cultivate. If you
want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the
only thing you should be trying to control.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

 

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# 5 – More good stimulation, this time from Mary Morrissey……

Research has shown that we all have a learned voice of internal judgment. This internal voice often shuts down our genius.

When we realize that it doesn’t matter what happened in our upbringing, we are liberated.

When we apply our highest truth to our lives, our self-imposed constraints no longer hold us down and we open to a whole new experience.

Negative feelings and judgment are like acid on our skin; they burn and destroy the tissue.

Rather than wallowing in anger and judgment, find something that you care about more than your anger.

It will give you life; it will become something bigger than your hurt.

The power within you is bigger than the hurt you feel.

Here’s To A Whole New Experience,
Mary Morrissey

 

# 6 – And here’s something from Mike Dooley at tut.com you may want to sign up for….It’s the Love Your Life 30 Day Project and it starts Jan 1st…..

http://www.tut.com/index/tut30days

 

Wishing everyone a 2017 filled with their heart’s desires!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016!


 

Thought I would open with a prayer/blessing by Julie Renee and then close with a reblog of my Self-help Health post for the day….. 

 

Mother-Father God, we thank you for all that is good and right and wonderful in our world, for the miracles of each and every day that we are alive to enjoy this incredible paradise and for the gifts of regeneration, rejuvenation and unending grace that is always there for us! Help us to see what is hidden, to know that we do not always know, that there is mystery and more in the unseen realms and to trust in your profound and deeply abundantly nourishing love for us everyday.

Thank you for the Helpers Angelic Realm, Golden Legion, Jesus and Mary, the Gods and Goddesses from all greater and lesser known traditions who stand with us and for us to continue to establish and bring about a true heaven on earth.

Help us to see where we can offer more, be a spirit of love and giving and let go of neediness and lack, knowing that you have provided for us with endless love, and fantastic wealth! Help us to receive all you are sending our way, clear our path and help us remove the impediments to our deepest and richest fulfillment.

In you Divine Name we humbly ask and are profoundly grateful for these thy gifts of bountiful love! Amen. So Be It. — Julie Renee

 

And from Self-help Health…..

Make Every Day Thanksgiving Day!

There are numerous studies that show that gratitude and thanks giving are good for the mind, body and spirit. So if you want to be healthier and happier, make EVERY day Thanksgiving!

By Dr. Mercola

Each year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather together with friends and family for a Thanksgiving feast — a ritual that many psychologists believe actually fosters greater happiness and health.

And, while the ritual of giving thanks once a year is beneficial, doing it more often could be life changing. At least that’s what science suggests.

THE BENEFITS OF RITUAL GET-TOGETHERS AT MEALTIME

As noted by Barbara Fiese, a psychologist and author of “Family Routines and Rituals”:

“Through direct observation of family mealtimes at home, we’ve found that how families communicate with one another during meals is related to the children’s health.

For example, when families show genuine concern about their child’s daily activities … teachers report these children are less likely to show acting-out behaviors in school.

What’s more, these interactions make children with chronic health conditions such as asthma feel more secure, and they’re more likely to report that they feel better throughout the day.”

Bill Doherty, a family therapist and researcher added:

The classic outcomes of regular rituals for families are coherence (a sense of identity) and connection (a sense of closeness) …

[But] barriers to good interaction — such as cellphone use, people getting up from the table and arguments — were even more strongly related (in a negative direction) to children’s psychological well-being and academic performance.

The implication is that we have to pay attention to doing some things well during meals — such as staying at the table and laughing together — but also avoid negative interactions.”

GRATITUDE INCREASES HAPPINESS — AND HEALTH

As suggested in the video above, research shows that gratitude is a cornerstone of happiness. Moreover, actually expressing your gratitude publicly or openly yields greater results than keeping it to yourself.

If you typically cringe when it’s time to go around the table and share what you’re grateful for, remembering the benefits you reap may ease your discomfort. As noted in a previous CNN report on gratitude and Thanksgiving:2

“… there are some very practical reasons to get into the spirit of things, by taking a minute to remember the reasons you’re blessed. These are lessons that can be applied year-round.”

According to studies, the benefits of gratitude rituals — be it giving thanks at mealtime, keeping a gratitude journal, or sending thank-you notes — include:3,4,5

  • Improved sleep, especially if your mind has a tendency to go into overdrive with negative thoughts and worries at bedtime
  • Higher levels of happiness and a more optimistic outlook on life
  • Greater likelihood to engage in healthy activities such as exercise
  • Higher relationship satisfaction
  • Higher work performance (in one study, managers who expressed gratitude saw a 50 percent increase in the employees’ performance)

Studies have also shown that gratitude can produce a number of measurable effects on a number of systems in your body, all of which can translate into improved health. Biological systems beneficially affected by gratitude include:6

Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine) Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines)
Reproductive hormones (testosterone) Stress hormones (cortisol)
Social bonding hormones (oxytocin) Blood pressure, cardiac and EEG rhythms
Cognitive and pleasure related neurotransmitters (dopamine) Blood sugar

Read the rest of the article: here.

Other recommended reading:

Gratitude And The DNA Connection

Get Healthier With Gratitude

Thanksgiving 2015

 

May you have an inspired and inspiring Thanksgiving!

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“Feedforward,” vision, plant love, blessings, the election, Jeffrey Allan, and Abe


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – This is a fairly long read, but interesting, insightful article by Marshall Goldsmith about giving “feedforward,” instead of feedback. Something possibly every counselor, coach, teacher, business owner, parent….really just about anyone….should read….

Providing feedback has long been considered to be an essential skill for leaders. As they strive to achieve the goals of the organization, employees need to know how they are doing. They need to know if their performance is in line with what their leaders expect. They need to learn what they have done well and what they need to change. Traditionally, this information has been communicated in the form of “downward feedback” from leaders to their employees. Just as employees need feedback from leaders, leaders can benefit from feedback from their employees. Employees can provide useful input on the effectiveness of procedures and processes and as well as input to managers on their leadership effectiveness. This “upward feedback” has become increasingly common with the advent of 360 degree multi-rater assessments.

But there is a fundamental problem with all types of feedback: it focuses on the past, on what has already occurred—not on the infinite variety of opportunities that can happen in the future. As such, feedback can be limited and static, as opposed to expansive and dynamic.

Over the past several years, I have observed more than thirty thousand leaders as they participated in a fascinating experiential exercise. In the exercise, participants are each asked to play two roles. In one role, they are asked provide feedforward —that is, to give someone else suggestions for the future and help as much as they can. In the second role, they are asked to accept feedforward—that is, to listen to the suggestions for the future and learn as much as they can. The exercise typically lasts for 10-15 minutes, and the average participant has 6-7 dialogue sessions.

Read the rest of the article and why feedforward generally works so much better than feedback: http://www.marshallgoldsmith.com/articles/try-feedforward-instead-feedback/

 

# 2 – A lovely picture and text from my blogging buddy Sarah Hughes, who has a big heart, immense love for Nature, and a real eye with the camera. You may want to check out her A Wildflower’s Melody posts whenever you need a bright spot in your day….

Wildflowers in the woods at Allerton Park, April 16, 2016.

When I count my blessings,

One of them is you.

May joy light your way,

And love fill your heart.

 

# 3 – Oh, I absolutely love this that was part of a newsletter from Rob Brezsny….

May a good vision catch me

May a benevolent vision take hold of me, and move me

May a deep and full vision come over me, and burst open around me

May a luminous vision inform me, enfold me.

May I awaken into the story that surrounds,

May I awaken into the beautiful story.

May the wondrous story find me;

May the wildness that makes beauty arise between two lovers

arise beautifully between my body and the body of this land,

between my flesh and the flesh of this earth,

here and now,

on this day,

May I taste something sacred.

—David Abram

 

# 4 – Wonderful image and text…..

With life as short as a half taken breath,
don’t plant anything but Love. ~ Rumi
Image : Suvi Ylikojola

 

# 5 – Regardless of who you voted for in the presidential election or how you feel about the results, I think this message I got from James Tyman is something everyone can benefit from…….

Don’t get me wrong…this is not the outcome I was hoping from. But that’s not the point, is it? My happiness does not depend on anything happening out there but rather, within my own heart. That’s where the miracle unfolds, and if we’re willing to accept everything, no matter how far it is from what we wanted to happen, then happiness becomes a constant state. I AM Happy NO MATTER WHAT.

I spent the morning praying for Donald Trump, not cursing him. Yes, of course I was shocked and dismayed, but several days ago I asked thousands of people to pray for the “highest good” to be done in this election. Part of that involves me letting go of what I think needs to happen and trusting what actually is happening. It’s impossible for me to know what humanity needs to evolve into love, but I am willing to play my role NO MATTER WHAT. That’s the key – to commit to love regardless of the direction we seem to be heading.

I invite you to join me in this brave new life. A friend of mine used to say: “Ask for what you want, accept what you get, and work on the difference.” I did not vote for Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean I have to fall into despair. You are needed more than ever now! If you feel sad or disheartened, that’s okay, but do what you have to do to move through those feelings back into love. That’s the only place the real work can be done. — James Twyman

 

# 6 – This free masterclass w/ Jeffrey Allan is only going to be available thru Monday. I highly recommend signing up for it. Have taken his Duality training and it was some of the best money I’ve ever spent. This free class he’s offering now is a lead-in to his new course on Unlocking Transcendence and talks about using your inner compass to navigate the energy world in a way that guarantees success in the physical world . Cool! You can find out more here.

 

# 7 – And a gentle reminder from Abraham…..

You don’t have to work at being in the high vibration that is natural to you, because it is natural to you. But you do have to stop holding the thoughts that cause you to lower your vibration. It’s a matter of no longer giving your attention to things that don’t allow your cork to float or don’t allow you to vibrate in harmony with who you really are.–Abraham

 

Enjoy! 

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Stress, artist, dysfunctional patterns, laughter, Pinktober, inner peace series, and some Abe


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – Good insight and stimulation from Jeff Foster…..

“RELAX, YOU ARE NOT THE DOER”

What is stress?

Stress is the tension between this moment and your mental image of how this moment ‘should be’.

Stress is your narrow focus on a mental list of ‘things to do’, the imaginary burden of ‘all the things that haven’t been done yet’.

Stress always involves future-thinking, a forgetting of your true Ground – this moment, here, now.

When your focus shifts from what is NOT present, to what IS present, from ‘lack’ to what is abundantly here, and instead of trying to complete a list of a thousand things, you simply do the next thing, the one thing that presents itself now, with your full attention and passion and presence, lists get completed effortlessly – and even if they don’t, creative solutions are found, without stress.

Relax. You are not the doer.

– Jeff Foster

 

# 2 – Lovely image and stimulating text from Adyashanti…..

“Although they can seem numberless and at times overwhelming, dysfunctional emotional patterns are in the end illusions that we have been taught. And whatever we can learn, we can unlearn.”

~ Adyashanti, “The Way of Liberating Insight” Study Course

 

# 3 – An excerpt from Rob Brezsny’s newsletter and book Pronoia…..

Even if you don’t call yourself an artist, you have the potential to be a dynamic creator who is always hatching new plans, coming up with fresh ideas, and shifting your approach to everything you do as you adjust to life’s ceaseless invitation to change.

It’s to this part of you‚ the restless, inventive spirit‚ that I address the following: Unleash yourself! Don’t be satisfied with the world the way it is; don’t sit back passively and blankly complain about the dead weight of the mediocre status quo.

Instead, call on your curiosity and charisma and expressiveness and lust for life as you tinker with and rebuild everything you see so that it’s in greater harmony with the laws of love and more hospitable to your soul’s code.

 

# 4 – Oh, I love this one that a friend shared on Facebook….

Universe, show me today how it would be if every cell of my body embodies the energy of laughter? – Nila Nimi Nirmal Raju

 

# 5 – Check out the latest at Self-help Health…..

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/just-say-no-to-pinktober/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/great-overall-health-detox-and-cleanse-resource/

 

# 6 – Deepak Chopra is offering another one of his 21-day meditation series starting Oct 31st. The focus of this series is on cultivating inner peace (boy, how timely is that?!). I’ve participated in almost all the previous events, and the last two he did were my faves, so I have high hopes for this one. Just listening to his soothing, centering voice is enough to put me in meditation mode, and he always provides such gems of insight and wisdom…….

https://chopracentermeditation.com

 

# 7 – And some Abe to end on……

When you focus upon lack in an attitude of complaining, you establish a vibrational point of attraction that then gives you access only to more thoughts of complaint. Your deliberate effort to tell a new story will establish a new pattern of thought, providing you with a new point of attraction from your present, about your past, and into your future. The simple effort of looking for positive aspects will set a new vibrational tone that will begin the immediate attraction of thoughts, people, circumstances, and things that are pleasing to you. — Abraham

 

Enjoy! 

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My Wish For You


 

I’m not Jewish, but I just received this in a newsletter from Tama Kieves and thought it was perfect for sharing here. It’s a fairly long read, but very inspiring, uplifting and centering…..and what I wish for us all….

 

 

Dear Beautiful Spirit,

It’s the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year in the Jewish tradition, and since it’s always a wise choice to begin again, I’m making you all honorary– or honored– Jews.

Let’s talk fresh new life.

Rosh Hashanah is often celebrated by eating apples dipped in honey, to celebrate sweetness in life. I want to help you dip into honey.

We can all point fingers at what hurts right now. We can all drown in the riptides of the daily news. The media hawks fear at us. But I am appealing to your deeper intelligence. The human soul is bright with capacities. No matter what is going on, you have the opportunity to experience the joy of remembering who you really are.

I’ve always been moved by Viktor Frankl’s account in Man’s Search for Meaning of the kindness he witnessed in the concentration camps of the Holocaust—“men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.” These individuals chose to be incredible human beings. They chose who they would be in this world. They did not allow conditions to choose for them.

This is the sweetness I wish for all of us. Where are you holding yourself back?

Your spirit is made of the thickest honey, a confection stronger than you know. You may not feel safe or triumphant or complete. But please don’t wait to express who you really are. The world can’t give you that permission. There will never be a better time. I keep seeing that it’s not the right circumstances that help me to appreciate my life. It’s my appreciation of myself and those around me that helps me to stand on holy ground, where I am.

Where can you be sweet to yourself right now?

You have been on a long journey. It doesn’t matter if you have many steps to go. This is a moment of celebrating your life because this moment is your life. it’s not about what comes later or what you think you haven’t accomplished. It’s right now.

Let’s begin again. Let’s drop our expectations and frustrations. Let’s love who we are and where we are, and let’s be kinder to those around us because it feels good to be who we really are, and not who we are when we’re in fear.

Dip your life in honey. And may you and your loved ones be written into the Book of True Life.

With my inspired and unstoppable love for who you really are,

Tama

 

Enjoy, and have a great weekend! 

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