I am writing to you all as I sit here bursting with joy and love, and floating on cloud nine here in the beautiful Azores, with a dazzling ring on my finger and handsome fiance (!) by my side, to tell you that we just got engaged last night over a romantic dinner overlooking the gardens of the luxurious Terra Nostra hotel in Furnace, Sao Miguel.
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,
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 feel...be 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
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...!