Which are you?



Today’s question: Are you living in an awakened consciousness or an ego consciousness?
So many things happen in our lives where we tend to feel hurt or taken advantage of. This is normal according to our culture and upbringing. Someone says or does something to us that hurts  deeply and immediately we feel anger and rage within us. That is the ego consciousness.
But, what if we, instead, we tapped into our awakened consciousness? In this state we no longer feel the negative emotions. This gives us freedom from suffering and detaches us from the negative ego. This is empowering. This is freedom. This is no longer being the victim but being the victor. The Universe gives us these situations in order for us to grow. If life were always fun and games, no one would grow.
When we tap into our inner feelings, really feel what is going on, we can identify with our ego suffering. The world is suffering from ego poisoning.  When we claim our “Is-ness”, which is the quality of being, life changes. From “Is-ness” we find universal love and forgiveness and freedom.
So next time you feel anger or rage from one of life’s challenges, tap into that feeling, deeply feel it. Question it. Don’t take it personally. When you are on the journey of crystal clarity, you feel and live the whole inner process of re-claiming who you are and resolving the situation or problem becomes an easy process.
So which are you?
Are you living in awakened consciousness or ego consciousness?
Are you the victim or the victor?
Live Awake!
For more clarity on this topic, listen to Mooji
About the photographs:
Top: Eaton Canyon in Southern California
Bottom: Klawock Inlet on Prince of Wales Island, Southeast Alaska
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Drum Beats of the Spirit and Life

Drumming is the oldest form of music that renews our rhythms and is likened to the heartbeat of a mother when we were in the womb.  In Native American cultures drumming is used as a means to reconnect our physical and spiritual selves and put us in touch with our natural rhythms. It is also a very important part of ceremonies, rituals and celebrations of life cycles.  It puts us in tune with the rhythms of the earth and a deep place within to make us aware of our body, mind and spirit while relieving tensions, stress and aggressive feelings. It restores our energy and vibrations to bring us closer to Mother Earth and powerfully moves us toward a new level of conscious awareness.

“We are a tribe, a cauldron of potential, a seed of possibility. We are women growing, learning, deepening, clearing, opening. We are gathering. We are healing. We are ready to be in service to a new way of living, to sharing our authentic, sassy, bright, quiet, loud, vulnerable, powerful selves.”

~ HeatherAsh Amara ~
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Daily Photo Challenge – Extra, Extra


Everything we interact with has something to contribute to our journey.

There are no extra pieces in the universe.
Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill,
and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.

~ Deepak Chopra ~


Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.

~ Aristotle ~

We walked this way many times on a local hiking path but this day we noticed the face-of-a-man-rock lurking along the path.  Its mysterious shadows yet stalwart gaze gave us an eerie feeling.  Was this Mother Nature’s way of watching us?  Maybe it was the way the shadows fell across the face of the rock from the setting sun that we hadn’t noticed before.  Or perhaps it was Mother Nature’s way of letting us know we were protected or maybe she was just being humorous.  Either way, it was something to marvel at.


What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.
~ Werner Herzog ~

Or how about this sea monster located off Peratrovich Island in Southeast Alaska?  The tides draped him with ‘Pop-weed” or more officially Bladderwrack, which, by-the-way, is mineral and iodine-rich when used in cooking and some of the best garden fertilizer around.  None-the-less, an eerie creature indeed as we slowly paddled by on our kayaks.  Once again, another marvel of nature.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!


Good Morning!

How do you start your day? Are your mornings filled with mayhem or meditation?  How do you feel when your feet hit the floor?  Do you wake up happy or have you fallen into the rut of hitting the snooze a few too many times?

Here’s ten ways to get your day off to a good start …

1.  Awaken your senses.  When you wake, open the curtains and let the sunlight in.  Wake up on the bright side of life. Turn on some uplifting music. Take a few deep breaths. Concentrate on one thing at a time, don’t try to multitask first thing in the morning.
2.  Stretch.  If you have a cat …. watch what it does in the morning …. it elongates the spine and stretches out the arms and legs, one at a time.  Reach for the sky. Loosen those joints and muscles.

3.  Set your intention for the day.  Starting your day out with a positive affirmation makes all the difference in the world.  Recall that intention during the day.  Start by being grateful for something every day.

4.  Meditate for at least 10 minutes before you begin your day, even before your morning coffee or tea. Does your mind start to randomly jump from one thought to another when you awaken? That’s called the “monkey mind”.  When you start your day off with your breath in the morning, you are more aware of your thoughts and have the ability to keep  your monkey mind thoughts in check. You can control your thoughts and enhance your awareness.

5.  Go outside and breath in the fresh air.  Take a morning walk or run and get your body moving.  I find that if I don’t do this in the morning, I won’t do it any time during the day.  I make excuses like now it’s too hot or I get busy with my daily routines. Moving in the morning helps get your day off to a good start and you will feel more energized throughout the day.

6.  Use your morning shower to not only cleanse your body but your mind as well. Focus on positive thoughts and be aware of the water pressure stimulating the muscles of your body.  Be aware of the warmth and be thankful for all you have been blessed with.

7.  Fuel your body with a good breakfast, not loaded with sweets but with high protein and some fruit.  And don’t forget to take your vitamins.  Put your health first.  Eat healthy and organic all through the day.

8.  Journal your thoughts. Start a journal and write down your first thoughts of the day.  Then, write a check list of the things you want to accomplish during the day.

9.  Do something special for yourself each day. You are worth it.  Don’t be so hard on yourself. Some days will  be harder than others. Once you start a routine or practice it will come naturally to you and you will feel the benefits. Keep practicing.

10.  Commit to the process.  Do these things for 21 days and it will become second nature to you. Be patient with yourself.

“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

~ Albert Einstein ~

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated


Saturated!  With color.  With paint.  With creativity.

This masterpiece was an ever evolving painting at an Interactive Art Exhibit at the BIL Converence 2012.  It gave all of us grownups a chance to be a child again.  I returned the next day and found it had changed entirely as each artist that came alone added their own touch of color, style and creativity to the painting.
As Picasso states …. grown ups need to reflect back to childhood more often in order to feel, see and experience our creativity.  When’s the last time you acted like a child?   If you don’t feel like a child, hang out with one and see how they make you feel.

Take your pick ….


People inspire you or they drain you. Pick them wisely!

~ Hans F. Hansen ~

It is your choice.

There are no mistakes …. there are only lessons. Life repeats those lessons for us until we learn them and sometimes it takes on various forms.  Sometimes it takes a lot of time for it to sink into our being and we finally learn from those lessons.

Those we associate with are only mirrors of ourselves.   There is something that person has that has attracted you to them, be it something you love about yourself, or something you hate about yourself.  Ultimately, the choice is up to you what you do with them.  You have everything you need to make that decision.  All the answers lie within you, just look, listen and trust your own best judgement.

 Make the happy choice because you are in the driver’s seat.

Once you make your mind up to be happy, everything will change.  Let go of all the emotional baggage.  Give yourself permission to be happy.

While you aren’t always happy all the time, and that’s OK, accept the times when you aren’t.  Focus on how your body feels when you are aren’t happy.  Perhaps letting go of limiting beliefs and stress, along with emotional baggage might help you get more present and be aware of those feelings.  It’s your decision, your choice.

If you choose to look on the bright side of life, your life will brighten.  What you focus on will manifest and the outcome will be far more positive.  And don’t forget to smile.  Release the true optimist within you! That alone will draw those positive and inspiring people into your life that you want to associate with.