How to simply be happy.

this is my new mantra, taken from gabrielle bernstein's book, 'spirit junkie', as i sit here in paradise, looking out from my balcony through palm trees, to the turquoise colored caribbean sea, in the beautiful cayman islands.

to sit here and feel the wind blowing on my face, and to listen to it whip through the leaves ignites my inner peace. these past ten days have been exactly what i've needed.

spiritual guidance shows up in so many ways. it could be through a friend, or any person for that matter, through an inner voice or spark of inspiration. however many shapes and forms it shows up, nevertheless, it does.

as cliche as the saying is, 'it's the journey, not the destination' in this life.

and what is life to you?

this answer for me, has been the grand finale of the unveiling in my deep spiritual work of 2012, here in grand cayman.

i have been gently guided into all the necessary situations, scenarios, and suggestions during this significant year, and at many times, have been confused and frustrated. i have second guessed decisions, and felt totally isolated and stuck. had i not experienced these challenges though, i would not be able to finally understand my soul's purpose.

i have a lot more inward work to do, but i have finally peeled back the layers of that onion and am now left vulnerable and completely open.

the clarity i'm seeing is that all the potential for a sense of wholeness and completeness resides within all of us, we just need to remove all the walls that we've built around our heart (those illusions we've created of what we think is 'the truth').

the tools i'm blessed to take with me as i enter into a new year, is a peaceful sense of faith and trust in myself.

in feeling comforted knowing all that i ever need in this life is in my heart. my soul's purpose is simply to be happy. to expect to experience all that i can and more. to do what i love and love what i do.

to me that means to stay inspired. to give into that subtle pull/call/voice that draws you to something. and to not let judgement, fear, negativity, doubt or worry creep in. those are all illusions.

gabrielle bernstein is a spiritual mentor who has been the anchor to all the wisdom i've obtained over the years. she's helped me get grounded in allowing myself to dwell in the space i've created for self healing, and ultimately, self-love.

it's now incredibly clear to me where my attachments lie. they are all fear based and centered around control. but guess what? we are not in control of our lives. something far greater is, whether you believe it or not.

once we let go and allow our hearts to open to love, we can find peace in our own selves, and see love in every encounter, trusting that our soul's purpose for being here on earth is to ENJOY THIS GIFT of life.

then we can help others separate themselves from their illusion of reality, and realize that all that is life, is the present moment.

the here and now.

the wonder of creation. to feel the wind on your face. to stare at a flower a little longer. to trust that your hammock is secure amongst the trees to sway. to let the salt keep you afloat in the ocean and to let yourself go...let yourself present.

be still and witness your thoughts, as you connect with your breath and the life force that constantly flows through you. this is life--this is it. it's time to arrive--wake up!

there's nothing more you need to do, there's nowhere else you need to be or need to figure out.

when you surrender to the 'non-doing' you can allow for the inner guidance to take over and guide you into the next moment...easing through life and enjoying the ride...

in 2013 i intend to do a little more 'non-doing'. to do one thing at a time--simplifying my life and letting spirit guide me in the 'letting go'.

to release and forgive all that does not serve me. to not judge others or gossip--to see myself in them, as equal and a mirror image of myself.

to let my heart continue to open and to invite only loving thoughts and actions into my life, so that i may find peace within the moments in each day.

to do a little more of what brings me that peace--in yoga, riding a bike, journaling/blogging, taking more pictures and cooking more food. enjoying my connections with others and feeling filled up from inside, instead of grasping for external 'things' to fill me up.

my wish to you in the new year is to trust, trust, trust that you're being taken care of. do a little more of what inspires you and slowly fall in love with yourself. happy new year, dear friends! xx

The collective consciousness shift.

my beloved teacher, master, and mystic, dr. levry, has been repeatedly expressing the importance of how intense the last few months of 2012 will be. we could never have comprehended the consciousness shift that is happening in our universe right now.

it has been an emotional roller coaster for me, to say the least. the more spiritually awakened we become, the more light we let in. that light then shines on the shadow areas that need more attention--that's how it works.

where there is light, there cannot be darkness, so we must continue to face the dark side of all things in life. the universe is mathematically held together by polar opposites, dancing together, ebbing and flowing. changing. evolving. the yin and the yang of life.

i asked a friend last week if it was just me becoming more spiritually awakened, or if the world is lighting up before our very eyes?

she looked at me intently and said, "yes, the universe is becoming illuminated!"

then she shared the best youtube video that moved me even more, to conclude that the world is lighting up, one soul at a time! the song and video was by, the maccabeats, called shine.

i'm sure you all are seeing subtle shifts in your lives that causes you to feel full of light and of love. are your hearts bubbling over and are you moved to tears more often? are you feeling a deep sense of connectedness to all beings? are you realizing the simplicity of the meaning of life--that which is love?

i know i am, but i see it shining in so many others.

the shift is happening. the 26,000 year cycle is ending and we are moving into a new one.

what a phenomenal time to be alive! take a moment to appreciate the significance of being here on earth to experience this shift...each one of us plays a role. that's why it's so important for us to access our divine potential.

what are your gifts to share with the world? how will you contribute to the collective consciousness to raise the vibration of love, peace and light?

we all have the capacity to feel alive, vibrant and free--free of worry and doubt, fear and anxiety. creation is the expression of who you are. when do you feel totally clear, connected and inspired?that is your expression of love--your voice, your gift. it is the channel/portal into your soul--your soul's purpose.

finding this truth is what the universe is experiencing right now...

what i have learned is that from 12-12-12 through 12-21-12, we are literally merging with the heavens...this ten day period is a bridge/portal ascending from heaven down to earth, which leads me to believe that its no coincidence to the tragic event that just transpired... where there is light, there cannot be darkness, right?

i haven't known how to digest my emotions from that horrific day because i just can't understand the why...what gives me a sense of peace however, is that this has forced us all to find hope and faith in our hearts.

my dear, loving, yoga teacher led us in a beautiful healing meditation tonight to help us all cope.

she symbolically helped us to realize that in an instant, hope can be restored, by lighting a match to a candle, and igniting that flame that resides within all of our hearts.

as sad as this situation is, i do believe it is a test for us as humans, to understand that we are all brothers and sisters. that we need to shine bright like the sun and the flame in our hearts, so we can come together in unity and in love for world peace.

the holidays are a wonderful time to tell everyone just how much you love them. keep your faith alive and find peace in the christmas lights and music to uplift your spirits, and shine on...!