Simple ways to live a more zestful life!

as i sit here and write, i am bubbling over with enthusiasm! enthusiasm for life and the gifts that are always at our fingertips! i am incredibly grateful for my dear friend, adele, who has always lead an inspiring life of zest! she recommended the book, "mama gena, the school of womanly arts" to me and it couldn't have come at a better time.

she actually leant the book to me about a year ago, and i remember starting to read it, not getting hooked, and ultimately leaving it on my coffee table, buried under the rest of my self help books! she inevitably took it back, and has referred to it here and there throughout our conversations. you know the old saying, "when you're ready to learn, the teacher appears"? well, apparently, i'm open and receiving of this added whipped cream with a cherry on top delight in my life! big shout out to adele--thanks girlfriend, i love you dearly!

my spiritual journey has lead me into a portal of love, peace and light, revealing a clear and beautiful path for me to walk along. the guidance and support that surrounds me unconditionally is exhilarating and comes with a huge amount of responsibility. i welcome the lessons and recognize my job--to give. to receive, assimilate, and share my knowledge with those that are meant to hear it, or read it.

what i can't even contain is the simplistic message from the book i'm reading--to seek pleasure!!!

oh my gosh, it makes me so excited! have you ever considered the concept that we are here to enjoy each and every moment on earth?

we have five senses. obviously, they are meant to absorb the energetic vibrations found in   what we see, hear, taste, feel and smell. what we experience is directly related to what we put out there--so change your surroundings to your liking!! it's that simple. duhhh!

don't get ahead of yourself and think you have to up and create a whole new life for yourself. no, in fact, the lessons in the book offer the acknowledgement of staying present! living in each moment! the oh-so-challenging task of not getting caught up in what's yet to come, and the past that haunts us. let it all go my friends and delight your senses NOW!

start getting into the mindset of "how can i make this present situation more fun?"

the exercises in the book are very enlightening. it really offers a new approach to living mindfully.  she talks about how she sets out to fly a kite for enjoyment, only to stop when she's had enough. this simple notion is easy to relate to--relate it to all areas of your life!

i can't help but argue that pleasure seeking could, in turn, become addiction, but what i keep realizing is that no, in fact, it is the art of staying present in what brings you joy, and when it stops bringing you joy. some days we may have more energy than others--that's normal. just as the sun is always shining, but sometimes we have cloudy days.

here's the real challenge--pleasure should not be rushed.

why are you in such a hurry to get there? we've all heard it before, but it really is about the journey, not the destination. savor and relish in the simple pleasures, moving from one moment to the next. this instant gratification notion in our society is causing us to zoom through life and miss out on smelling all the roses!

think of your body as a vessel to absorb the light from the sun. soak it in, drink it up and bask in its glory. you will be a shining star in no time if you embody the love that is joy.

pleasure is creation.

notice how your enjoyment ignites the fire within you, to be the essence of the sun, which you already are--this is creation, which stems from pleasure. but when you've had enough, know that it's time to condense that energy, to let it marinate and do its job.

your life will have more meaning if you start to acknowledge how you can have more fun and when you've had enough. that last bite that you knew you didn't want, can really put you over the edge and cause you to over indulge, leaving you feeling crummy. why not savor that last bite instead?

i have been dancing and singing all over town this week, realizing how much joy i find in music. i've been lighting candles and making out with vegan ice cream. but i've also realized when it's time to be quiet and go to bed early. these are the little moments that string together, allowing me to experience the life i love!

try setting your alarm each hour of the day today to check in and ask yourself, "how can i make this moment more enjoyable?" the choice is yours.

hopefully you'll be movin' and shakin' and lettin' your hair down while you sing at the top of your lungs out your sun roof, in no time!

in health and happiness,

kate

mama gena