hen you live from your head, you hear many voices.  
But when you live from your heart, you hear your one true voice. 

Today I will not let my fears stand in my way.
I will not let the voices of my past influence me.
Today I will discover my one true voice.

Live in the flow.
Be amazing!
(Click the photo to learn more.)

In the Moment

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be.
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~ Groucho Marx ~
A wave or irritation came over me this morning.  I was feeling very reactive and emotional.  Random thoughts kept running through my mind, faster than I could grasp them.  I was finding it difficult to think clearly and concentrate.  What brought this on?  Is it because it’s Friday and the end of another month and  I didn’t accomplish all I wanted to do?
We are all human, living in a busy world filled with frustration, chaos, turmoil, agitation, schedules, deadlines, obligations, and overwhelm.
Frustrations are only a moment away.  But so is a conscious, calm moment, I reminded myself.  Allowing my mind to get carried away with the fears and frustration is easy.  We humans are conditioned to be that way.  It’s something that I have done all my life.   It’s like a race to see which thought will cross the finish line first.
While those random negative thoughts come easy, for me,  it takes a conscious effort to exist in the moment.  Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the negative thoughts that fluctuate back and forth.  It really does take a lot of energy to make a conscious effort to exist in the moment.
What I experience in one moment will differ from what I experience in the next moment.  Being conscious of my thoughts should be easier than just letting my mind run crazy but sometimes it never shuts up.
Realizing that, I had to step back and take a deep breath.  Stop and smell the roses, so to speak.   So, I focused on the rise and fall of my breath, allowing myself to focus on the source of my emotional turmoil.
We don’t think about our breathing very much.  It’s natural to not think about it.  But when I do think about it, it helps me feel a sense of calm, relax more and from there, think more clearly about trying to identify the source of my emotions.
Breathing in and out, consciously, helps those thoughts to pass in and out of my mind and bring on more clarity.  It’s like throwing the anchor out into uncharted waters.  Time to check the compass and charts.  It’s allowing those thoughts to flow through my mind, stopping for a moment, getting my balance.  Then my mind becomes more fluid, and with ease I can move forward.
Letting go isn’t easy sometimes, but being in control of my thoughts sure feels better.
Today I will experience my emotions as they come in and out of my mind with conscious awareness.
Today I will lighten the load of emotional burdens by tuning into my breath, staying calm and aware of my thought in this moment.
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be.
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
How do you create a mindful moment?
How many of them do you experience during the day?

Stand like Mountain … Flow like Water

Stand like Mountain . . . Flow like Water

~ Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D.~
(I highly recommend reading his book.)

Recently someone responded to one of my blog posts with this question: “Why do I always make things SO much more difficult than they need to be?”
Perhaps we should simply ask ourselves, “Why do I ask myself this question?”
Does it set me up for success or failure?
Am I deserving?
Am I afraid of change?
Are we following the same path that we have traveled repeatedly?
Do we doubt our own confidence and magnificence?
Do we allow negative thoughts because it is familiar and feels safe?
Perhaps it is the controlling and unconscious company we keep that frustrates us and throws us off course.  We feel their negative pull and it’s hard to have conversations with them because it causes us to lapse into old habits that we want to change and eliminate.
Perhaps it is one particular thing or an accumulation of many things, that happened in our childhood or something from the past that holds us in a negative pattern.
Our thoughts create positive or negative effects in our lives. They scatter in many directions, sometimes inconsistently.  They come and go at random.  They control us.  Yes, they control us to the extent that they frustrate us and keep us in a place where we do not want to be.
We can’t change the past or the people around us. But we can start with change from within ourselves.

Awareness is the first step to change. 

Consider taking time today to analyze what thoughts are going on in your head. Take time to journal what you are feeling when you ask yourself negative questions or have negative thoughts.  Write down those questions or comments, then, next to it, write a positive response to it.  Scribble out that negative thought as you read the positive response to it.
From . . . “Why do I always make things SO much more difficult than they need to be?”
To . . . “I go through each day with ease and joy.  I allow life to flow as it is meant to be.”
No one can stop you or get in your way of thinking negative or positive thoughts. When you think of your strengths and what you are capable of today, you will realize that you can handle anything you set out to do.  Allow no distractions.  When we have positive thoughts we are able to move and breathe into change and follow our path of intention.
The first step toward positive thoughts is to associate with positive people.  Hang with people who have “shifted” their lives toward awareness and consciousness.
Sit quietly somewhere or take a walk in nature. Empty your mind of all thoughts by focusing on your breathing.  If thoughts should come into your mind, take a deep breath and breathe out those negative thoughts.  Remember, we have the option not to participate in negativity.  We choose with whom we spend our time. We have the power to embrace positive thoughts.  No one can control you.
We can’t change those around us.  Everyone has to choose for themselves.  If it feels safe for them, know that it doesn’t work for us. Like attracts like. It influences our energy, thought and actions.
Change begins with me.  Set your negative thoughts free.  And so it is.  Blessed be.
Awaken to the real you.  Get connected to who you really are.   And watch the real you show up.
About the photo:  One of my favorite photos taken at sun rise in Klawock, Alaska.  All is calm and well with this place in the world.

SMART Dreams

How often do we set ourselves up for failure?  Our dreams and goals matter to us but we set ourselves up for failure because we don’t know exactly what we want.  Maybe we believe we really can’t do it.  Or we don’t see ourselves having attained that goal. Or we are used to walking away from opportunities because that’s what we do.
Somewhere I read about the acronym SMART when referring to your dreams and goals.

Specific – Know exactly what you want.  Define your goals by writing them down and feeling what it would be like when you achieve your goal.  A specific goal is much more attainable that a general one.
Measurable – Mark your progress as you go along.  This helps you stay on track. Establish a time frame that allows you to reach your goals reasonably.  Journal your progress and reward yourself when you reach that goal.
Attainable – Identify with goals that are within your reach. Take baby steps with short term and long term goals. See yourself as worthy of your goals as you grow towards them.
Realistic – Think about how real your goals are.  You are the only one who can decide just how high your goals should be.  Stretch yourself.  Grow.
Timely – Establish your goal into a time frame.  If you don’t set up a time frame, there is no urgency and your goals will stay on the back burner of “some day”. “T” can also stand for tangible giving you a better chance of making it “specific”, “measurable” and then “attainable.”
Get SMART!!!  Don’t give up on your dreams.  You can do it!
About the Photo:  This photo was taken somewhere in California, can’t remember where.  Here are some things I didn’t know about the Lupine flower.
1.  They are edible, containing essential amino acids. Their yellow legume seeds, also called lupin beans, were a popular food among the Romans.  They were responsible for spreading the plant’s cultivation throughout the Roman Empire.  Some varieties can cause toxicity in live stock.   If you have a peaunt allergy, avoid eating lupins.
2.  Lupins are excellent companion plants for crops  like cucumbers, squash, broccoli, and spinach.  These crops need significant amounts of nitrogen in their soil.
3.  They are popular, attractive ornamental plants in gardens and by many, they are considered weeds because of their invasive nature.  How can anything this beautiful be considered a weed?
4.  For several types of butterflies and moths, lupins are important for their larva.

Grow Where You Are Planted

Our world is a reflection of what goes on inside of us.

Life is like a garden.
See the beauty where we are planted, even if we are planted somewhere that feels very foreign to our own nature.

Grow where you are planted.
(I couldn’t resist taking this photo at an airport some years ago.
I knew I would find the right time to use it.)

About the photo: I just love this photograph for the shear use of imagination and not allowing this massive container to be discarded on the beach or side yard, dormant and unproductive.  I also love all things  re-purposed.  (Check out my Pinterest Board.) This photo was taken in the tiny town of Port Protection on Prince of Wales Island.   It is located at the end of the northern road system on the Island.  The only way you can get there is by boat.  Well, I guess you could swim but those waters are c-c-c-cold, even in the summer.  There are only about 50, maybe less,  people that live there, so everyone knows your business.   Ahhhhh!  The pleasures of small town life.

Creating a New Me

Give up on the idea of trying to find yourself. 
Instead realize that you are creating yourself every day. 

In Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison summed it up this way: All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.
No one can influence who you are.  You can still listen to what others have to say but you have the final choice. The final decisions and the acceptance of YOU are up to you.
Being yourself will be easier to find who you really are.  Every day you are creating a new YOU.
Today I will stay true to myself and create another fabulous me.
About the photo:  This was taken in the Poppy Fields near Frazier Park, California.  It was a beautiful day of just sitting on the hill, being present and watching the array of brilliant orange color in every direction.

Live Like a Tree

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse
to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.

About the photo:  I love photographing trees.  This one in particular, caught my eye, silhouetted against  the afternoon sky, standing tall and anchored.  Trees must succumb to the elements of their environment.   Their roots holding them firmly in place even though the winds and weather push them in another direction, still they stand tall, ever reaching their branches to the heavens.  They may lean but they hold steadfast and strong which brings out their beauty and resilience.

We often view our dreams with obstacles in the way.  Overwhelm and false beliefs take over our thoughts. They hold us captive and we forget that we, and we alone, hold the key to our success, no matter what comes at us.

Today I will strive to break free of my negative thoughts and beliefs.
Today I refuse to be held captive of my environment or circumstances.
Today I will keep my eyes on my goals.
Live like a tree.  Take root and reach for the sky!

Dare to Soar!

Dare to soar!  Attitude depends on your altitude.
Acting on your dreams requires courage.
Leave behind all those fears that hold you back.