10 steps to Inner Peace and Harmony

  1. Intention: When you get up in the morning, say with enthusiasm, “This is a great day!”
  2. Clean the clutter: Your home should be a sanctuary from the outside world’s chaos. Deal with mail as it comes in and discard or donate what you do not need. Your piled excess may be another’s treasure. Repurpose what you can.
  3. Date yourself: Pursue what makes your heart sing. If necessary, get up an hour earlier when the house is quiet.
  4. Exercise: Keep the body moving for good health. Choose a variety of activities that you enjoy. Make it playtime.
  5. Face your fears:  We make our own jails. Most worries never happen. Precious time and energy that could have been spent pursuing your passions are lost forever. Fear and Love cannot coexist. Choose loving thoughts.
  6. Gratitude: At least once a week, write ten items for which you are thankful. Alternative: Go over them in your mind while exercising.
  7. Self-love: Stop the negative narrative in your head. You are perfect.   
  8. No comparison: Stop comparing yourself to others. You are on your own journey. Follow your heart without worrying what other people think.
  9. Empathy: Put yourself in the other guy’s shoes. Be kind, compassionate and serve humanity in your own gifted way.
  10. Focus: Look for good and beauty. As per Dr. Wayne Dyer, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Follow the Light

Post-war 1950’s was a time of prosperity. My hometown of 30,000 was a safe place to grow-up. People left the doors unlocked and children could walk or ride bicycles anywhere. Milk and bread were delivered. Specialized markets provided meat, pastries and produce. Everyone, who I knew, had two parents. We went to school and church, regardless of the weather. Chains were put on rear wheel drive buses and cars for traction. Trunks held a sand pail and shovel for emergencies.

If this sounds too idyllic, it is. During this time was the Korean War and Cold War with Russia. We lived under the threat of nuclear attack. Civil Defense mobilized locally, encouraging every home to build an air raid shelter. Municipal buildings, including schools, were designated as public shelters. Beside fire drills, each school participated in air raid drills. We would file to the hallway, away from glass, crouch and cover our heads with our hands. I was terrified that a bomb would strike and I would die, or be separated from my sister and parents. Perhaps, that explains why I am intrigued by the supernatural, mediums and psychics.

Raised Catholic, I attended weekly Catechism classes during the school year. A nun from the Sisters of Mercy order taught the class. In those days, the sisters wore full habits that gave them a penguin appearance. Only their faces were visible. In those days, children were afraid of ruler wielding grown-ups of authority. A call to parents was terrifying. We were a compliant bunch.

One day during catechism class, the nun explained déjà vu, as recognition of a person, place or event that we had seen before birth, when a veil was placed over us to forget. I had never heard the term and was sure it was untrue, but the story stuck, unlike everything else in eight years of religious training.

Looking back at the strict rules of Catholicism and the denial of psychic capabilities, I wonder if the nun was teaching her own radical belief. Another puzzling contradiction is that some priests are trained as exorcists.

All of us possess ability to connect with God, Source, Allah or whatever name you prefer to call the supreme love of creation. A simple look around shows that miracles abound. The one that races my heart is that we are spinning on a molten core rock, in an endless universe, with no strings attached, kept alive with earth, fire, air and water.

My skills are not honed, but I knew things about my life that came to pass.  At age 10, I predicted my grandmother’s death. When I was engaged, I told my husband to be that I would have two sons. Although I avoided risky sports to avoid breaking my leg, I finally did it on a cruise. Involvement in cancer deaths, weighed heavily on my mind. I witnessed the passing of my father, mother and husband. All succumbed to cancer. Thinking about someone and receiving a phone call, text or email is a frequent occurrence. You may have similar experiences that you shrugged off as coincidental.

Many yearn to know how things will turn out, instead of letting them unfold like the petals of a flower. Our Earthly journeys flow like a river. Until the transition to the other side, challenges and learning opportunities continue. In my darkest hours, I asked for enough light to take the next step. Sometimes they were baby-sized, but I trusted my inner voice and moved forward, one foot in front of the other.

My message is about faith, hope and trust. Look within for guidance. Follow the light. It will lead you to love and your highest good.

Dare to Dream

Too Much

Do you feel bombarded from every direction? You are not alone. Technology tethered us to phones, television, social media, internet, podcasts, radios, books and newspapers. Depression runs rampant as negative news assaults our self-worth and hope for the future. Like moths to a flame, we are drawn to that which is destroying us.

In simpler times, Madison Avenue influenced our buying, but we could depend on the major television and radio networks for truth. Today, there are many rogue news outlets that pedal propaganda. Lies and half-truths seep into our beliefs. Like sponges, we adopt fantasy as reality, because we hear it or see it in print.

We must become aware of manipulation, shield from overstimulation and listen for our own truth with loving, kind and open hearts. Rise from division to unity. Humanity is counting on us.

Photo by Naveen Annam

Self-Care

Self-care is not selfish.  When exhausted from responsibilities, resentment brews beneath a thin veneer.  Instead of turning to anti-depressants, alcohol or illegal drugs, take time for self-care.  It is Win/Win for your loved ones and you.

  1. Be in the moment. Give yourself a few minutes each day to be, not think. 
  2. Take a break from stress. A five-minute walk can change perspective.
  3. Treat yourself to simple comforts. You deserve it.
  4. Play.  Connect with your inner child and have fun.
  5. Dare to Dream. Everything man-made was once someone’s dream.
How many images can you discover?

Lost in the Mist

USA Election Chaos

Light

Light shined into corners dark

Watch the guilty scatter

Hidden from the naked eye

Ugly deeds uncovered

Empathy, integrity

Honor, truth, compassion

Restoration needed now

Posterity at risk

Shut Off the Media

Look at us, floating in space, no strings attached.

What keeps us from falling into the abyss?

The mystical power of what we cannot see and do not understand.

Shut down the media and go within!

Think for yourself.

We are all equipped with a soul to guide us.

Shut off the noise from those who want to influence and control you.

Each of us has a guidance system for truth and love.

Use it!

The animal and plant kingdoms know what to do.

Humans flounder!

Kick greed to the curb. There is abundance for all.

No one is above another.

Show compassion for fellow man, animals and the environment.

Planet resources are for all.

We are one!

Unite!

What Lenses Do You Use?

What lenses do you use to view the World?

Are they scratched and dirty, seeing only the ugly?

Or are they clear to view the big picture,

Including those who serve humanity?

Illness, poverty and injustice plague our planet.

Beauty, kindness and service abound

The rapid downward spiral of negativity leads to the sewer

Lifting up the broken takes co-operation and strength

Your choice whether to curl up in a fear-based fetal position

Or strive to improve the Earth with a loving and kind heart