The Beauty of Aging

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Life isn’t about your age. Life is about living. So when your birthday comes be thankful for the year that has just past and anticipate with a happy heart what the coming year will bring -Catherine Pulsifer

Life is about living, seeing everything as a gift.  When a Birthday arrives, it’s a celebration of YOUR divinity.  Your Birthday is that special moment in time, when you were created.  Each breathe an extension to your soul.  Grateful for your memories, experiences that have contributed to you who you are.  To be alive here and now.  

What does the process of aging signify to you?  Do you define yourself by a number or can get beyond this paradigm?  You are daily evolving into the best version of yourself.  Seeing the development of your spirit at any given age.  Appreciating all you have, the daily blessings.  Over the summer of 2021, I turned 40 – a milestone.  That big BIRTHDAY!  I could feel something stirring inside me.  Knowing that things are about to shake up this decade.  An end to playing it safe, and time to embark on a new horizon.  Inner growth and an anticipation for a new phase of life.  

Prior to turning 40, a few of my girlfriends offered their sentiments.  It was articulated that 40 would  bring some unrest.  There will be soul-searching, questioning my life path and who I AM.  I thought to myself, “I do this daily”.  Truth be told, turning 40 was not a simple process.  Even to write this blog-post I hesitated, as to whether I wanted to share my experience.  After a peaceful meditation, the decision was clear.  I needed to share my story.  It is being honest with ourselves that helps one heal and assist others.  Maybe this is what was meant all along?    

The years ahead are ours to win and cherish. We cannot let anything, least of all our age, stand in our way! -Tina Sloan

My 40th was spent with my family.  This filled my heart with such compassion and love.  I could not have asked for a better celebration.  Being in the company of family is all one needs to feel cherished.  I had every type of Italian dessert you could imagine and was surrounded by love.  Phone calls from family and friends lifted the spirit.  

On the opposite side of the pendulum, I kept thinking where have the last 40  years of my life gone?  I wanted to avoid my emotions and was in denial.  I felt inadequate unworthiness crept in.  My choices, decisions and past were all flooding forward.  I thought by 40, I would have my life together.  What does having together really mean anyway?  I had to allow this to surface.  Release all preconceived notions and judgments.  There was a long list and I was tormenting myself.  I needed to embrace all contrasting emotions to find clarity.  This was a turning point.  There were plenty of tears, ice-cream and journaling.

Spiritually speaking, I was being governed by my ego.  Sitting in regret and unkind to my heart.  It took an enlightening conversation with my brother to break the funk.  I was thankful for his insight.  He offered words of guidance that allowed me to soften.  Age is meaningless, and can not let this rule your life.  Try not to allow a number to define your existence.  What we need to give more attention to is our consciousness and passions.  No matter what age you are, follow your passions.  This will always keep you young at heart. 

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. Sophia Loren 

With every age you will shift.  Your insights will change continuously.  It is your perception on how you grasp experiences.  This defines your character.  I often question whether women or men feel societal expectations with becoming older?  We may all feel this at any stage of our lives.  One can not allow to be influenced by media or societal pressures.  Count your blessings, instead of the candles on your cake.  See the beauty of all the daily positive influences around you.  You are golden. 

Your life is a gift.  What holds significance is how much you value yourself.  Life is a paradox.  We are here for a brief period, learning lessons and evolving our mind.  I finish with this, adhere to what sparks the light within.  Advocate for yourself, be subversive, create the life you are destined for.  The blessing of 40 has shown me, it’s time to live my dreams.  To take the reign of my life.  I hope at any age you do this as well.  Live each day as if it’s – YOUR BIRTHDAY.  

I believe the second half of one’s life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. And the second half is enjoying it -Frances Lear

Brave – Sara Bareilles

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You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue

Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

This beautiful song Brave by Sara Bareilles, is a reminder to take action! Be brave in the pursuit what sets your soul on free. Raise your voice, speak from your heart and know you are capable of achieving anything. Happy April and stay blessed xo

Kindness

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Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. Henry James

Wherever you are living, every human being has been impacted by Covid.  We are all collectively sharing a similar dialogue.  Though life has transformed, let us play our part by being kind to ourselves and others.  Have you ever noticed, when you smile at a stranger they respond in the same manner?  A smile is a warm exchange, that you are acknowledging someone.  This is true kind-heartedness.  It is an expression of gratitude from your heart to another.  

I am humbled to write this piece from my own personal experience.  We learn by hearing stories from others.  Similar to our ancestors, they shared stories throughout generations to guide and teach us.  These narratives were created to help you progress.  We are able to relate, reflect and share our experience for the better.  My story begins with nurturing of the spirit.  I was in need of some vitamins and required a visit to a health and wellness store.    

While searching for a few items, I saw a customer service representative and decided to ask for assistance.  We spoke for a few moments.  Instantly, I felt myself being triggered and judged.  The guidance was unfriendly and it caused emotions to arise.  Has this happened to you before?  An interaction with a complete stranger can cause you to feel intense emotions?  “I kept thinking, is this all about me?  Am I projecting energy this is causing this all to happen”?  

I absorbed the energy from the sales representative and was quite upset.  They were condescending, and right away I felt small.  Not a good feeling for the soul.  Instead of walking away, I took a few breaths and came back to equanimity.  Started to regain my strength and approached him.  I needed to advocate for myself.  I honoured myself and told him how the interaction made me feel.  I explained the importance of being heart centered and kind – especially during Covid.   

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama

What I reflect on daily, is that I am unaware of what someone may be experiencing.  When you demean someone else, majority of the time it is all about “YOU”.  Kindness is inner job, first and foremost are you being kind to yourself?  Your self-talk is vital to your wellbeing.  Plant seeds of kindness within. They will begin to blossom from you heart and expand.  Your inner discourse towards yourself impacts the mind and body connection.    

When one stands up for themselves, it creates a domino affect.  No matter what the situation is, may you always remember that you have every right to be heard and appreciated.  You are strong and here to make an impact in the world.  Kindness touches others.  You do this by loving strangers unconditionally.  Not by hiding yourself, however by shining your “LIGHT”.  Let us all rise to by extending our best selves forward.

During the time of Covid, many have been soul searching.  May you be mindful when encountering others, to be empathetic and genuine.  It cost nothing to be kind to people.  Why are we so guarded?  How can we return to the essence of love?  Love is a spiritual energy that changes the chemistry of our being.  My observation over the past year is that we need to extend our compassion and be kind.  Each day make it a priority to see someone smile.  Uplift others for no reason or expectation. 

Kindness is about giving from a sincere place within.  Giving can take on many forms: listening to others or leaving a thank you note, this is kindness.  Doing something for the sake of giving, to see someone light up from the inside out.  Let kindness be in your smile, radiating from your heart – this will impact those around you.  Do your best to do an act of kindness towards yourself and others daily.  Lets create a world based on this principle.  

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao-Tzu

Magic of the Universe

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All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark. –Swami Vivekanada

What is the Universe?  Defined by Wikipedia, “The universe is all of space and time and their contents, including planets, stars, galaxies, and all other forms of matter and energy”.  The universe is precisely made up of components of the ethers!  I once read that stars and humans consist of similar chemical elements.  Think how magical you are,  you are like stardust!  In my own interpretation, the universe is a grand phenomenon.  It listens and responds to our intentions and overall frequency.  The universe is beyond our grasp, however resides within you.  Listening intently to your thoughts and heart desires.  An awareness that there is invisible force guiding your life and destiny.  

The Universe is cosmically woven: embodies Mother Nature, galaxies, consciousness and humanity.  It is endless, formless, it will always continue.  For example, think of the symbol of infinity, there are two circles that overlap one another.  Circles are infinite, never ceasing to stop.  A circle is symbolic as it represents divine nature, chakra spiritual energy and patterns.  The circle unifies and expands, it is associated with totality, wholeness and eternity.  When you master your life lessons, everything comes full circle  – you make a conscious choice to evolve.  

Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite. –Anais Nin.   

For example, the sun, moon and earth are all circular.  They are in harmony with the sacred universe, flowing like the cycles of nature.  There is always balance and unification within the universe.  A unified field of possibilities.  All things have potential in every aspect of your life.  Every decision you make connects you to your soul purpose.  There is no separation, everyone is connected.     

I have written about the concept of  “Universe” in a few articles.  Recently, I have felt compelled to research this topic further and understand how it was orchestrated.  The definition of the universe may vary from each individual.  How many times have you done this, looked up at the sky and asked how did creation begin?  How did everything evolve?  Evolution of mankind, it all started somewhere.  Do you ever stargaze in the evening, hoping to see a shooting star or are mesmerized by the beauty of the sky?  These are tiny miracles that shine upon us daily.  

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. –Stephen Hawking

The marvel of the Egyptian Pyramids, Stonehenge in the UK, and the Acropolis in Greece.  These are all Ancient Wonders of the world, with profound historical significance.  They were constructed or self-made centuries ago.  It is remarkable how these ancient wonders are still standing. There are several theories on this, however this is an entire different article.  

Did you know that the Universe resides in you?  Within you, are all the answers your soul seeks.  The Universe supports you and wants you to live your best life.  For example, think of the universe as Aladdin’s lamp.  The tale of Aladdin is about a young boy who discovers a magical lamp.  He was only permitted three wishes to be granted by his companion the “Genie”.  The universe is like the genie!  It wants you to live beyond your dreams.  Your emotions, thoughts, are all vibrations you transmit.  The universe picks up on your requests and sends the frequency out to the universe.  This can be defined and termed as the “Law of Attraction”.

The universe loves and cares for YOU in every way.  Serendipities, signs, happenstances are all manifestations of the universe.  Every aspect of your life is a blessing whether positive or negative.  When you face doubt or lack, know source energy is taking care of you.  All you have to do is ask.  Asking?  How many times do you forget to do that?  Once you make a conscious decision on what you desire the universe hears that request instantly.  Your only job is to be clear, trust the process of life and surrender.  The universe is going to arrange every aspect of your life.  As a musical symphony is composed of melodies and harmony, all the notes align together to make a masterpiece.  Your life is like a beautiful song from the universe –  sing it loud!  It is meant to be absolutely glorious.   Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence – Alan Watts

You have been given the gifts from the beginning of birth, can you remember?  The year 2020 has certainly been full of surprises.  Can you align yourself to the light of the universe and open yourself to miracles?  Perhaps, this is the time humanity is seeking transformation for the best.  Let this year be a turning point for you.  Healing, growing and shedding the past are central to 2020.  Listen to your inner voice, the universe is YOU!  Know you chose to be on earth, at this pivotal point in time.  The unpredictable and unknown will create the life you have been waiting for! 

Journeying Through – The Wizard of Oz

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You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself. – Glinda the Good Witch

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”.  How many times have you heard this famous phrase from The Wizard of Oz?  A novel written by Lyman Frank Baum in the 1930’s.  I recall watching this classic movie as a young child numerous times.  It invoked such magic and mystery.  All I ever wanted was a pair of ruby shoes and to time travel!  Wouldn’t be delightful to have those shoes, and manifest anything you desire?  Maybe we could go back to the past, or see into the future?  There is distinct symbolism behind The Wizard of Oz.  The storyline and characters have a deeper spiritual connotation.  Themes of love, friendship and trust are incorporated into this tale.  I invite you to dive into the journey of Oz.

Dorothy Gayle, from Kansas is the main character of the story.  A young spirit who is drawn to adventure and mysticism.  Her life changes in an instant, during a dramatic storm.  Everything is flipped upside down, as her home is lifted by a cyclone.  Dorothy, along with her pet dog Toto arrive in a city called Oz. An enchanted place, full of illumination and wonder.  Her home lands on the Wicked Witch of the East. The protagonist, feels abandoned and reluctant to trust others in Oz.  Although the cyclone breaks Dorothy’s foundation, at this moment is when her spiritual quest begins.  While she feels alone, there are pivotal characters that guide her towards self-discovery and “home”.  

Glinda -The Good Witch 

One of the first individuals Dorothy encounters is Glinda -The Good WitchThis character represents one of Dorothy’s spirit guides or can be depicted as distant family.  Glinda, reiterates that Dorothy is always safe and guided by light.  Glinda, almost seems like a guardian angel watching over Dorothy.  The Good Witch gives Dorothy ruby slippers as a gift, to protect her from negativity.  On Dorothy’s sacred quest she also encounters the Munchkins, who represent innocence, positivity and happiness.  Glinda, reminds Dorothy to reflect inwards and pursue The Yellow Brick Road.  This will lead her to the Emerald City and eventually back home.    

The Yellow Brick Road signifies a spiritual pilgrimage.  An emphasis, on what is ahead of you.  Take time to visualize on your dreams, and the future you desire.  Pursue your path to enlightenment, however daunting it may be.  Self-discovery can be challenging at times, however you are ready.  There are critical experiences that connect everything in your life.  

The Yellow Brick road is yours to uncover and is uniquely woven.  You have the answers, and are all knowing.  Whatever path you take, you will end up exactly where you need to be.  In Buddhist teachings, the Golden path is referred to as the path to your soul.  The soul takes this journey in order to achieve enlightenment and return to the Higher Power.  Perhaps, collectively individuals like Dorothy are on this inner search to really understand themselves?

Don’t wait for the right answer and the golden path to present themselves. This is precisely why you’re stuck. Starting without seeing the end is difficult, so we often wait until we see the end, scanning relentlessly for the right way, the best way and the perfect way – Seth Godin 

Cowardly Lion 

Each character Dorothy encounters is critical in her journey.  The characters reflect emotions or parts of herself that she needs to acknowledge.  The Cowardly Lion, signifies courage – to take changes, be brave SPEAK YOUR VOICE!  We all have that lion energy within us.  Do you honour yourself & boundaries?  Take those risks and leaps of faith, you can accomplish anything you put your mind too!  It is rewarding to know you are capable of changing your life at any given moment.  Courage is something Dorothy needed while in Oz.  She had to trust in the unfamiliar,  surrender attachments and old versions of herself.  Have you ever felt this way?  In order to evolve, you may have to relinquish parts of yourself and give birth to a grander version. 

Tin Man

The Tin Man, is the sacred heart.  Are you tuning into your heart and inner wisdom?  For years we have focused on the mind which governs many of us at times.  The tendency is to get caught in ego mind, and  disregard that essential energy we hold in our heart centre.  The heart is a separate intuitive centre full of knowledge.  When you allow your heart to expand, you elevate as a human being.  That loving force is sensed by others instantly.  The Tin Man was afraid to listen to his heart.  When you are in unison with the mind and heart, harmony is created within.  Dorothy had to open herself up while being in Oz, as she did, healing began.  Do you feel like you need to connect with your heart centre?  The Tin Man is a reminder to soften, and gently allow your heart to guide the way.   

“Believe in Your Heart”  Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.
Roy T. Bennett 

Scarecrow 

In essence, the Wizard of Oz offers the spiritual gateway to the divine mind.  Dorothy encounters the Scarecrow at a fork in the road.  It is here, the decision to remain the same or evolve.  The scarecrow is the reminder to connect to your consciousness.  One can see how each character in the Wizard of Oz has a deeper significance.  A phrase I am reminded of is: ”your mind is a garden.  Your thoughts are the seeds.  You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds”.  Fill your mind with seeds of knowledge and it will expand like a garden.  Being positive is the first step.  However, add an emotional frequency of elevated states of such as; joy, peace, love, gratitude can truly bridge the heart/mind connection.  Dorothy had to comprehend  her higher mind, this is connected to a deeper energy.   

True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid. – Wizard of Oz 

The Wicked Witch of the West

This witch represents a part of ourselves we want to neglect.  Our shadow self and the ego.  The Wicked Witch of the West, was related to Dorothy’s inner fear and darkness.  The witch wanted revenge on Dorothy has her home landed on her sister.  The ego is a part of us, this is unquestionable.  When we understand the ego, is here to teach us we break free from fear and attachment.  Your thoughts are just thoughts, and can be changed instantly.  

Dorothy was accompanied by all characters on pathway towards the Yellow Brick Road.  In essence, she was collecting fragments of herself together to reconcile.  The heart, mind and courage are elements we need to connect to daily.  All characters assisted one another to grow in a distinctive way.  They were sharing there story and elevated one another.  However, it was Dorothy who was in search of the Golden Path.  

The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.”
Barbara Hall 

One can assume that The Wizard of Oz was a dream sequence.  All Dorothy had to do was click her Ruby shoes together and be home.  Perhaps, she needed to encounter all the various characters, obstacles and epiphanies in order to truly find herself?  Life is never a straight and narrow path, sometimes there will be detours and roadblocks overcome.  

The Wizard in the Emerald City was unable to assist Dorothy for a specific reason.  Dorothy’s revelation was to tune into her own heart, energy and soul in order to return home.  She didn’t have to wish upon the rainbow, the rainbow was within her.  The Golden Path was always within her reach.    

You have plenty of courage, I am sure. All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty. – The Wizard of Oz

My Love Is Your Love – Whitney Houston

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If tomorrow is judgement day
And I’m standin’ on the front line
And the Lord ask me what I did with my life
I will say I spent it with you

If I wake up in World War Three
I see destruction and poverty
And I feel like I wanna go home
It’s okay if you’re coming with me

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

If I lose my fame and fortune
And I’m homeless on the street
And I’m sleepin’ in Grand Central Station
It’s okay if you’re sleepin’ with me

As the years they pass us by
We stay young through each other’s eyes
And no matter how old we get
It’s okay as long as I got you babe

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

If I should die this very day
Don’t cry, ’cause on earth we wasn’t meant to stay
And no matter what the people say
I’ll be waiting for you after the judgement day

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

A song of love and comfort from the late Whitney Houston.  Let us remember that love has an healing energy and vibration.  When we stand in love, peace and light, we can truly change the consciousness of humanity.  Let us stand in Amistad.  Pray, keep faith and rise.  Stay blessed xo

Maya Angelou – Still I Rise

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Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.