Monday, January 31, 2011

Sacred Circle- The Beginning

I remember a group of women sitting in the kitchen. That was the sacred circle where they would chat, laugh, cry, mix, cut, taste, and watch time pass by. Within their fraternity of sisters, they managed to speak without words. Their hands would come together to create anything from simple recipes to complicated tinctures, salves, and prayers to cure the wounds of the soul. The sky blue, rustic kitchen was the center, where the fire would be lighten and rising flames felt in their bodies transformed. Hidden in the corner and hoping not to be caught, I witnessed, wondering if one day I would be welcome in their world of rituals; finally allowed in that magic kitchen.

They represented the power of the wise women. They knew who they were. They wore the awareness of their mission. They felt the drive within and in their own way, revealed it to the world.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Forgiveness and the Freedom of Letting go

Today's Grateful for.....

"Your hands are the way you relate to the world: how you reach out to others and how others return your touch; what you use to do work; and often, they are the instruments through which your creativity flows to create music, art, or poetry." - Excerpt from Milagros: A Book of Miracles by Helen Thompson


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Our Sacred Hoop of Life

For Native Americans, the Sacred Hoop or Circle of Life represented interconnectedness, no beginnings, no ends. We evolve with the world, following the natural cycles and changes. The main idea is that we are part of the all and the all is part of us. These forgotten concepts come handy and critically necessary these days when the world has become so detached and differences outweigh similarities, making us aliens in our own world, strangers to each other, foreigners to ourselves.

The Sacred Hoop embodies every entity. It teaches us that whatever we do affects, positively or negatively, the entire all like a ripple effect. These were the ways of our ancestors no matter their cultural background. I still remember the stories were I was told about being entrusted with special talents. We all are. We have been given definite roles and responsibilities. We are all a unique patch in the quilt of life. Our contributions to the world completes this sacred circle. It is up to us to make it a masterpiece.

These are the times when we must go back to those voices. It is the time to come together and stop fighting each other believing that our truth is the only truth; that our way is the only way. It is the time to remember what is truly important for us as members of this sacred circle of life. It is time of healing and regeneration; time of beginnings so there will be no ends.

Photo credits: Sally MacKenna

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why or Why Not?

George Bernard Shaw said: "Some men see things as they are and say, why? Others dream of things that never were and say, why not?"


Quick Tip on Awareness

You intuitively know it. The greater our awareness, the closer we are to tune in to inner guidance; a much needed skill these days. Take your time to learn to observe in silence, not only the external environment but your internal ecosystem too. Listen to your thoughts. Feel your emotions. Read the signs your body is sending you.

Walking is a great way to improve your awareness besides being a great workout. Nature is a delightful company and master teacher. Listen to the sounds around you. How do you feel? What are you thinking? How is your body reacting to this experience? Don't make plans. Follow the trail of your instinct. Do you think you can bring this to your daily life? Give it a try!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Embracing Change

"Of all the things I've learned in life, I know that change is the strongest truth.”Janice Van Dyck

Leaving our comfort zone could be difficult for many people; the crossroad they constantly avoid. It is better to feel safe inside the close circle they have built, where everything seems under control or where they are in control of every situation. Truth is that, whether we want it or not, changes are part of life, everyone life, and they occur especially when we are not looking for them.

In looking back, I have realized that the most rewarding and enriching experiences in life arrive during these voluntary or unexpectedly delivered transition periods. Sometimes these changes could be ignited by unpleasant events labeled as tragedy or lost. Occasionally, they are provoked by our own actions. In any case, there are powerful lessons hidden among these changes and this is reason enough not to fear inner or outer transformation.

The benefits of embracing changes are many. Change teaches us to be flexible, to try not to live so methodically, to be willing to explore new possibilities. It instructs us not to take everything and everyone for granted, to be more appreciative of what we have and cherish the simple things in life. Change drives us through the risk takers road when we are focused on the outcome we are pursuing. It could lead us to live a life we would have never imagined had we stayed inside our own self created plastic bubble. Change makes us grow. It makes us stronger and more knowledgeable of the person we really are by making us re-evaluate what our life has been so far.

Let's face it, we might think we have all the right cards in hand but chances are some aces will appear somewhere, breaking up our perfect game, forcing us to refine our strategies or learn a different one. Embracing change is a leap of faith that could lead us to an extraordinary life full of possibilities!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Awareness Quick Trip

I think of awareness as the state of being conscious, alert, and in the knowing of the present. This quick exercise has helped me remain in the now while increasing my state of awareness, a skill so needed these days.

Close your eyes for a few minutes and think of the room around you, the place you are in at this moment. Visualize the details, describe them mentally. Smell the aromas, feel the textures, see the colors, listen to the sounds. Where are you? How does it feels to be there?

Being aware of your surroundings will connect you to the world of senses. It will help you in staying grounded to your present. Have a wonderful awareness moment.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bringing Out the Best of You

2011 is a year of big changes. It is the time to be fully awaken and commit to be the real you; the one you were born to be. It might look like there is a whole world falling apart around us. Truth is falls occur before order is replaced. We are all in the right place, living in the right time. Could you see the best of you in this picture?

Close your eyes and see this bright picture of your new self. It all begins with self respect. Love the person you are, the whole you, with all your apparent flaws. Rocks are not perfectly shaped and that doesn’t mean they are not perfect. We all come from the same divine source of perfection. We simply haven’t realized it yet. Respect yourself, your inner self. Honor who you are. Love and accept yourself just the way you are.

Let go of the past. The past has no power over you. It is your present, your day to day what determines your happiness, your dreams, and the achievement of your goals. The past drags you into a world that does not exists anymore. Stop living and battling with your ghosts. The days gone only served one purpose, lessons learned. Keep the happy memories and smile with them. Burn the negative events that attempted against your true being. You don’t belong to that time anymore.

Bring the best of you by acknowledging your own magical power, use it, and accept your responsibility for your own life. Be happy. Set positive intentions every day. See yourself where you want to be. Be the one you want to become. This is the time to rise and shine.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Ultimate Self Game

There I was, writing again on one of Delta’s napkins while flying towards a new destination. This habit dates back from 1997, when I made my first drastic change and moved from my country to the unknown. Since then, these napkins have accumulated many memories, happy thoughts, anger, and reconciliations with life. This time I was headed Southwest to begin a new journey along with a new year. My mind was running faster than the plane’s engines but one word was constantly pounding, transformation; for me and all of us. So as the clock turned twelve I thought I could start visualizing myself in a different way; my ultimate self.

My ultimate self rises early every morning with a grateful smile and positive intentions. She chooses to see the good in every person and situation, and to think about the lessons hidden behind them. She chooses to take care of her mind, body, and spirit, finding joy in nature and the simple things in life. She chooses compassion and opens her heart to understanding and tolerance for, her worst day could be the happiest when compared to other people’s suffering. I am my ultimate self in the making, therefore: I choose to be me, the best of me, providing myself with the tools needed to fulfill my own needs and happiness. No one is responsible for my happiness but me. In the degree I attain inner joy, I am able to share it with those around me thus creating a healthy and loving environment. My ultimate self loves and respects life. I live my best dream and I am guided towards it every day. My ultimate self looks, feels, speaks, and reaches out to people everywhere because in embracing diversity, I am honoring the divine laws of life.

This was my new year’s statement, written at 34,000 feet above the ground, where we are literally inhabiting the still unknown and mysterious sky. I am confident all of you out there have written your own list of goals, dreams you want to achieve, things you want to let go, and changes you want to see to better your life. I invite you to follow me in my ultimate self game. Write it. Read it every day. See how you are transformed into the YOU, you have always been.


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Adultery by Paulo Coelho

AdulteryAdultery by Paulo Coelho
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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