Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Angels in Your Life

Do you believe in angels? What is your vision of an angel, a supernatural, esoteric being, with wings, flawless skin, and a sunny smile; an unreachable character that only exists in fairy tales?

As a little girl I used to have an imaginary friend; my companion in all my adventures, dreams, and also my early sad days. With time I learned that my imaginary friend was one of the many angels I have been blessed with. Angels come in many shapes. It could be your neighbor next door, a passing stranger with a powerful message, your best friend, a family member who will keep you safe even after their physical body has disappeared, even your dear pet that has the amazing power of warning you of trouble or an imminent danger.

Belief and they will come. Ask for their presence and guidance and they will show you the way. We tend to only believe in what we could see with our physical eyes but there’s a lot more in the world than what we touch. Be aware of your feelings, of that sudden hunch, the strange tickling in your stomach. Be mindful of the smells surrounding you and the wind suddenly blowing in a calm summer afternoon. Pay attention to your inner voice shouting and the repeated messages apparently coming from nowhere. Angels always work hard in trying to get our attention. Stop the rush; don’t run through life. Listen. There’s an angel waiting to be discovered and acknowledged.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

So you are stuck!

I know the feeling. You feel hanging from a fine rope, no way out. Your thoughts are blurry and nothing seems to be right. No matter where you turn to there’s no visible solution. What do you do? Some decide to do nothing, absolutely nothing. Their motto is: “I’ll go with the flow and the solution will come.” Others tend to relax, observe, and take all the time to find an opened door. In the meantime days go by and their unresolved issues grow bigger as do their worries. The third generation of stuck people is those who find the root of the problem, think, weight, and act upon it. To which group do you belong?

I have been there. These are my findings and I’ll share them with you, hoping that it helps.

1. Do it now; do not feel sorry for yourself. There’s a reason for every single situation we encounter. What is that situation trying to teach you? Take action today.

2. What past or present actions brought you to that uncomfortable place? Many times we don’t realize that our present is a result of our past. You can’t change the past, but your present is yours. Do not repeat the same mistakes.

3. Is it pushing you to make a drastic change? Then take the risk, follow your instinct, and embrace the amazing possibilities life has in store for you. You will never know if you don’t try.

4. Do something fun. When was the last time you did something that really made you laugh? Allow your inner child to take over.

5. Socialize. Messages can come from unexpected people. Your answers might come from your friends or even a perfect stranger.

6. Release your fear; this is one of men primary enemies. Face what you fear the most and then let it go.

7. Take time to know yourself; after all you are your best friend.

8. Love yourself unconditionally and always do your best.

9. Be grateful that you have the opportunity to go through a difficult trial. Moments like this serve to help you grow and find the real you.

10. Be happy. No matter what you are going through remember that there’s always someone else also experiencing pain. You are always blessed.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Love your neighbor even if…

Let’s be real, not all the time we like, much less feel love for everyone around us. It is about personality, likes and dislikes, or as I say sometimes, old karmic loads. Every day you encounter people who look at you with disdain, a trace of envy or plain indifference. What do you do when you meet people like this? Do love really works to lower down their iron shield? How could you avoid been dragged into their negative energy?

Love has been forever confused with an extreme feeling where everything seems perfect and joyful. It is closely related with passion and lovers living the perfect fairy tale. Love is not always about feelings but about our minds and the positive attitude we bring to our daily life. It is about learning to use all our senses with acceptance and compassion.

The following steps have helped me to truly love my fellow brothers and sisters in God. They have helped me in throwing love, even if that person is not really “in tune” with me and what I am:

1. Acceptance is the key. Learn how to accept and respect people just the way they are. What would the world be if we were all the same?

2. Kindness is the road to loving relationships. Be kind with yourself and spread kindness to those who are still trying to figure out their own path. Do we all learn the same lessons at the same pace? It takes time. Be kind enough to understand it.

3. Compassion leads us to paradise. When was the last time you acted out of compassion? The basis of a compassionate heart is non-judgment. Stop judging yourself and others. Diane Berke once said: “The major block to compassion is the judgment in our minds. Judgment is the mind's primary tool of separation.”

4. Unconditional love is the greatest gift you can give yourself and others. This is the kind of love that accepts, embraces, let go of selfishness, and is never disappointed because it never expects anything in exchange for what we give. It is given in total freedom. This is the one that grows in the soul.

Today, take a look at that person who always seems to be clashing with you. Make the intent to accept without questions, be kind without asking why, feel compassion without judging, and surround that divine being with your unconditional love. Each human being out there, whether we accept it or not, is our own mirror. I assure you your life will be changed forever because indeed, love is that powerful tool we were given to live and enjoy a miraculous life.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ask and You Will Be Given

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seek finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10)

These simple but profound words were given to us many, many years ago. They tell us about the power of our thoughts and our faith. How many times do we use their power? At some point during our evolution process we forgot that by asking with our heart and waiting with faith and assurance, all our dreams would come true if that’s what it is needed as part of our growing process. We receive what we need even if we don't understand it at a specific time. Sometimes we can’t understand the why’s; reason why we should focus on the how’s. How could I make this work for me? How is this experience serving me for the highest good? How is this situation teaching me a valuable lesson?

Today, ask with your heart and be confident, elevate your sincere thoughts to your inner and outer heaven, be grateful for what you already possess and for what is coming, and see your petition already here. Life is not as complicated as we tend to make it if we remember and follow the instructions that were given to us since the beginning of times.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Questioning Hate…

To dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy. This is the meaning of the word hate as shown in any dictionary but what is the real meaning? Why do we hate? How does this feeling get into our skin? Who's your enemy? Could it be your own self?

Through history, humanity has witnessed many scenes were hate has been the main character and, in some cases even unconsciously, we have played a part. Have you ever criticized or despised a person just because of his sexual preferences? Have you ever commented on this or that religion, or your own as the best and only? Have you ever ignored brutality or abuse? Have you ever neglected yourself forgetting your own divinity? All these are examples of how hate infiltrates our life in a very subtle way.

We are humans and as such we all make mistakes. These errors make us grow and become better people and citizens of the world. The time has come to realize that in hating others we are hating ourselves because every human being is a reflection of what we are. By looking at each other’s eyes we are looking deep into our very own souls. Who are we to judge? At what point did we become so indifferent and careless?

Today, let’s all remember the words of one of the greatest prophets and visionaries of our time. Today, live by these words and make the intent to be part of the world, embrace it, and be a proactive observer in loving detachment. And Jesus said: “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? (Matthew 5:43-47)

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Story of a Sign

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Unfinished Business

For many years I used the phrase “by myself” to describe what I had done in my life; did by myself, raised my children by myself, finished my education by myself and many others. Yes, it was tough to achieve my dreams with the responsibility of a house, four children, college courses, and the innumerable chores I imposed on me without a partner to share my load. So I began thinking that I had survived all the trials and challenges of life all by myself.

One good day I realized that even though I had the heavier load, I was not alone along the road and as an unfinished business I need to give credit to all those that lent me a hand while walking the many curves and steep hills. Truth is that I was never alone. My family was always next to me giving their unconditional support and for that I’m eternally grateful. A small but wonderful group of friends were present to wipe my tears, share my sunny days, or just listen without judgment. I’ve had many angels in disguise, people who would come and go, like sent from heaven at the precise moment when they were needed, to teach me valuable lessons. Most important, in the worst of times there was always a mysterious force holding and keeping me strong. Looking back I was not alone. I did not do it by myself.

Today, I am focused on my intent of working with my unfinished business by reaching out to all those who have walked this road with me. Today I say thank you to them all for being there; for helping me in the shaping of the woman I am and the dreams I have achieved.

Think again. We are never alone in our path. When we think all the doors have closed and there’s no light to shine on our face, there will always be an angel to shed that light on us; to give us hope. Today, finish that business, by saying thank to all of those angels in your life, those who have helped you along the way. Today, share your blessings, your wealth, and your time and give back as a sacred homage to the wonderful life you have been allowed to live.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

On Father's Day...

I honor my father, the one that life gave me, who surrounded me with love and unconditional support and the one who did not know how to be one but received my love and forgiveness.I owe him my strenght and ability to realize that in forgiveness we find freedom. I honor my grandfather and thank him for teaching me that the best things in life are the simplest. I honor my own children who recently entered the fatherhood circle, for giving me my precious blessings in the body of my grandchildren.I honor the Father of all Fathers, God, the force that moves me every day, for His company, His daily blessings, and for allowing me to be here and enjoy this paradise on earth.

I honor the mothers who have been mother and father. They deserve our admiration and respect.

Happy Father's Day!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Noticing the Alchemy of Chocolate

For centuries, chocolate has been considered sacred in many cultures. Consuming this sweet delicacy gives us the power of strength, health, faith, and passion. It has been a symbol of love and devotion. The Maya offered its seeds to the gods, the Aztecs used it in sacred rituals, and the Europeans drank the magical beverage in Christian traditions.

In my case, although I am not a “sweets” person, chocolate does have a special appeal. No one can deny its decadent flavor that touches all the known and unknown senses. I owe chocolate one of my most passionate and enduring love tales, supporting the belief of chocolate as a powerful aphrodisiac. Truth is that we all love its taste. It makes us smile and experience some kind of ecstasies with every bite. It has the power of transforming our spirit and bringing back our inner child.

Today, stop your busy schedule and take some time to indulge in a piece of tasty chocolate; smell it, touch it, savor it, and feel its texture; notice how you feel. Give yourself the simple gift of the forgotten sacredness of what many still call the treat of the gods.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Noticing Cincinnati

The E-29 is one of the many fire trucks in Cincinnati, Ohio. This city, considered the first purely American city surprised me with its nature within the city walls. Situated on the Ohio River, Cincinnati amazes the visitor with its rich and colorful parks, its night life filled with international music, and its German architecture.
After a week walking its streets I had the opportunity of noticing the wonder of us humans and the many blessings that we take for granted. We are all the same.

Cincinnatians enjoy their daily life with a charming happiness and cordiality that many of us have forgotten. They walk slowly nurturing themselves with passion and the determination of living each minute. Night time gather the public, natives or visitors in camaraderie surrounding what I call the Lady’s Square with natural rhythms of smiles, flowing dancing bodies, and vibrant music.

Cincinnati revived my hope that we are all searching for the same dream; the dream of brotherhood and common good. I saw myself immersed in a world in the verge of a positive transformation where we will all finally realize our divine interconnectedness. The running water of the Ohio River refreshes the souls of everyone who have the chance to smell its aroma. It reminded me of the freshness and youth of my own soul and the gift I have been given; the gift of a wonderful life.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Unconditionally Loving Me

Most women I know have been raised to serve and please others. From an early age they have been trained to take a major role in all the family matters, even though their tasks have been hidden under a patriarchal tree. I was raised in the same way but somewhere along the path managed to escape. Traces did remain.

While driving yesterday evening this thought suddenly hit me. My grandmother’s image came to my mind and I was finally able to understand her in a whole different way. Although she was the spinal core of the family, she always put herself first. This was her secret to manage all the ups and downs keeping a family involves. We cannot give and share what we can not possess; we cannot give love if we don’t love ourselves unconditionally. That was her strategy and it worked.

As you read these lines think about the last time you had a me time. When was the last time you did something for yourself, simple things like taking a walk, going to a spa, closing the door and read your favorite book, dreaming your best dream which is already there for you to touch? Have you felt selfish when feeling the desire to just be you for a day? Probably you have; I use to feel the same way until I realized that I was the most important person in my universe. Time has proven me right.

In the long run your family and the people who love you and care for you would be happier if you are. They will respect your time because they will be the ones ripping the benefits of a woman who loves, cherish, educates, cares, and values her first.

What then are you doing today to reclaim your sacred power as a woman? What would be your first step into an amazing new you? I begin each morning by looking at my reflection in the mirror, giving thanks for one more day in paradise where I am able to keep weaving my life in gratefulness.

Elizabeth Kbloer-Ross said this once: “The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.” Today love yourself unconditionally, make the intent to be happy and listen to the words from above.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Take a Leap!

What is holding you back from reaching your dream; from stepping out and be who you really want to be? Could it be fear, doubt, finances or what others say? There are many reasons, none of them real. The truth is that when passion hits your core nothing gets in the way but the stones you throw in your own way.

Remember that today is the day; that you are always protected. Your dreams will never materialize if you are afraid of taking chances. In the worst case scenario you will always receive what life is all about, a great lesson to be learned.

Today be willing to take a risk, shape your dream, and do what it takes to make it happen. Leo Buscaglia once said: “The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”

Today, you decide to stop been a mere observer of life’s adventures. Be the adventure itself. As always, listen to the sounds coming from above.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Children in Paradise

At the beginning of a new month see yourself in the most beautiful place in the universe; you’re here, wherever you are now. That is your paradise. It is yours because you are creating it. Close your eyes and ears to all the bad news that bombard us daily. Imagine that those are just illusions created by people who have lost their faith in what we as a global community are able to create.

How your personal paradise does looks like? See it, embrace it every day. Cherish the love that you give and receive. See perfection in all that surrounds you. Be present. Know that every step of the way you are guided and protected. Nothing can harm you if you don’t allow it.

You are a blessed child in a blessed paradise!!! Listen to the sounds coming from above.


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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great story by Paulo Coehlo. Real life down to earth characters struggling to find the meaning of life; a mirror of what we all go through day by day. The amazing story of Linda makes us ponder and question. What's life's ultimate purpose? What force moves us? What is it that we should all strive for?

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