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Celebrate Life

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Affirmations:

I am releasing all pain, hurts, suffering, and limited thinking from every cell of my body.

I am breathing in new energy full of love, light and gratitude to every cell in my body.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. – Rumi

I am releasing all anger, resentment, bitterness and hate from every cell of my body.

I am forgiving myself for all conscious and unconsciousness mistakes made in the past.

I am letting go of any people, situations, and belief systems that no longer serve me.

First, we have to face the notion that in order to consider forgiving someone we must have been blaming them for something. We must have anger, resentment, blame, even hatred going on in order to feel the need to forgive. Forgiveness is really an act of letting go, releasing the anger, the hatred, the bitterness, the thoughts of revenge that we have been carrying around. We can do this letting go without even encountering the person we want to forgive. We forgive by releasing all resentment, anger, and bitterness and thus set ourselves free from the negative feelings that weaken us. First we have to get past blame. Then we have to learn to send love to all. – Wayne Dyer.


I am celebrating all the successes of the past year which include being, becoming, doing, and experiencing.

I am grateful for all the wisdom and blessings I have learnt from good and bad experiences.

I am creating in the present moment all that I want to become, do, and experience throughout 2013.

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. – Rabindranath Tagore

Adversity

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You are not your past. You are not all the things that have happened to you. You are the possibility of what can be. —Oprah

Although Christmas is a time for celebration, joy, giving and receiving, it can also be a time of adversity for many, whether that be financial difficulty, illness, death, tragedy, divorce, war, natural disaster, conflict, life doesn´t stop happening just because another festive period is beckoning.  With patience, self-love, and compassion, we can try to move into a perspective of life happens but let´s turn these lessons into blessings, helping others, and making changes to laws, government policies, education etc. so that others don´t have to suffer what we have, instead of having an attitude of life happens to me and becoming stuck by circumstances.

Check out this inspiring short video about adversity and make a choice about how you´re going to approach life from now on: are you the carrot, the egg or coffee?

http://www.flickspire.com/m/LittleeInc/CarrotsEggsCoffee

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford

Have no regrets!!! Empower yourself and loved ones with this knowledge that during the time you spent feeling unfulfilled, sad, depressed, unhappy, vulnerable, you also learnt the skills you need to succeed and be happy.  Check out Dr. Brené Brown´s research on how vulnerability actually connects us to our joy and creating loving and healthy relationships in our lives by showing up and being authentic.

http://www.ordinarycourage.com/ 

If you want to succeed in your life, remember this phrase. The past does not equal The future. Because you failed yesterday; or all day today, or a moment ago, or for the last six months; the last 16 years, or the last fifty years of life doesn’t mean anything…All that matters is what are you going to do, Right Now.
– Anthony Robbins

I’ve never met a person, I don’t care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don’t care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within.Preston Bradley

True Self

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When there is love in a marriage
, there is harmony in the home; when there is harmony in the home, there is contentment in the community; when there is contentment in the community, there is prosperity in the nation; when there is prosperity in the nation, there is peace in the world. Chinese Proverb

True happiness births and evolves from within ourselves despite our external circumstances and the stories, beliefs and ideals we attach to others and situations past, present and future in our lives.  The true test of who you are, how secure and resilient you are and the relationships you have in your life is when life circumstances change beyond your control or expectations.  Despite taking care of your health, you may still get ill; despite working hard in your job and accomplishing work goals, you may still get made redundant; your beautiful home may be destroyed in a natural disaster; your husband/wife may leave you suddenly through choice, or by death; you may lose a child or relative unexpectantly; or you may be suffering the consequences of your actions through poor health/relationship/money choices.  Either way, everything changes and there are no guarantees in life.  All we have is the present moment where we can change the past and future by how we choose to act and treat others in each given moment.  Instead of judging others by their external circumstances, material possessions, or bank balance, pay attention to how the people close to you and who you invite into your life choose to act when things are going wrong, when obstacles show up, when plans and projects fail, when they experience any type of loss or sudden change, this will enlighten you to the true character and qualities of that person and how their actions and behaviours could influence and impact your life for better or for worse.  The following is a poem to guide you and ask yourself how you and the people close to you are choosing to live and what is really important in your/their life:

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for,

And if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,

For your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow,

If you have been opened by life’s betrayals or

Have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain!

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own;

If you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you

To the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful,

Be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you’re telling me is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

I want to know if you can see beauty

Even when it is not pretty every day,

And if you can source your life from God’s presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine,

And still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have,

I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,

Weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came here,

I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the Fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away,

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, And if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

– Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder.

A Metaphor for Life

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Everything you try to avoid about yourself will keep playing out insidiously in your life. This creates the perfect opportunity for you to embrace, love and heal this part of yourself. – Melanie Tonia Evans

Life can throw us all many curve balls.  Often times life doesn´t play out in the exact way we planned; good opportunities can sometimes turn out to be negative experiences and often our low points and seeming failure can lead to our success and  outcomes beyond our wildest dreams.  Therefore, it´s important to have a nurturing practice in your life that can not only help support you during the hard times but also support in manifesting our heart´s desires, living from our joy path and feeling connected to the universal energy that resides in all of us.

Using the life process of the Chinese Bamboo Shoots as a metaphor for life, read my article in the latest issue of the online spiritual magazine Radiant to discover the art of patience, faith and self-love:

http://issuu.com/radiant-magazine/docs/radiant_issue2/55

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one; each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle. —Paulo Coehlo

The online Radiant magazine is a spiritual magazine sharing tools, techniques, and wisdom from the realms of mind, body, spirit, and holistic living.  Check out their website here:  http://www.radiant-magazine.co.uk/

You can also interact with the magazine on Twitter @radiantmbs and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/radiantmag

Though we can’t always see it at the time,if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves. – Swami Satchidananda

Resilience

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If you are going through any challenging times in your life, here is a little gem to give you a hug and encourage you to keep going as you ride the wave between yin and yang.

A familliar biblical passage puts the issue of trust in perspective. You can build your house on sand, or you can build your house on rock. If you build your house on sand, then the winds will come and the rains will come, and your house will fall down. But if you build your house on rock, then the winds and rains will still come, but your house will remain firm. What this means to me is that if I trust in temporary things to give my life a sense of meaning, then I will always be vulnerable to despair and disappointment. But if I build my house on rock, then my life will remain firm in spite of life’s inevitable disappointments.

The rock, of course, is love. People may betray me or disappoint me—but if my heart remains open, I will endure the storm. My job or my house or my money may go—but if my heart remains open, I will endure the storm. The man I love may decide tomorrow that he loves me no more—but if my heart remains open, I will endure the storm. – Marianne Williamson

Remember, you are your own rainbow, the bridge between the sunshine and the rain; you create your own well-being from within.  Although it´s fun and joyful when we are at the sunshine end of the rainbow, it´s important to learn the skill of being resilient. When our rainbow is hiding behind the clouds and rain and we start to lose hope that only dark skies lie ahead, we need to remember that we are the rainbow and we are sat on top of that rainbow taking in the view, accepting what is with gratitude, whilst simultaneously envisioning and taking small incremental steps towards our joy.

“No matter how hard the past,you can always begin again.” Buddha