Monday, September 29, 2014

Calling All Reviewers

What Are You Promising Yourself?

I see promises as intentions; meaningful thoughts that keep us grounded and committed. As we wake up every morning we should open our minds to new possibilities; open doors to better ourselves as we improve that which surrounds us. Intentions are explained as an aim, a plan; a healing process of all that has hurt at some point in our lives.

As I begin this week, I am creating intentions for each day:

1.       To make some time to enjoy myself, do something I like, and make myself happy.

2.       To be more understanding of people and situations around me. Everyone has his own personal story, a past and present that should be respected and accepted. In understanding others with their weaknesses and strengths, I understand myself better.

3.       To live from compassion. Plato said: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Don’t be quick to judge and blame.

4.       To learn something new that would benefit me and others.

5.       To find time embracing silence. Sit still, listen to silence, and learn from it.

6.       To look at the world and calm down no matter what’s going on out there. It is said that the world is but an illusion we create by worrying too much, by allowing the circumstances to drag us. Calm down knowing that there’s a perfect plan for everything and we are always protected.

7.       To live purposefully, creating good memories that I could pass on to others.

Seven days, seven intentions. A promise keeps you focused, grounded, and positive regardless of the surrounding circumstances. Yes, as humans, chances are at some point we would be tempted to follow the crowds. Don’t punish yourself. Return to your center and live your everyday promises. 

“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen Hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.” 
― Mary Anne Radmacher

Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Hands Make the World Every Day

Among the hectic travels we are bound to daily, usually it escapes from our minds and hearts the sacredness of everything that surrounds us. We miss the train of being here and devote some time to acknowledging our blessings and the tools provided to us to perform our duties; our minds being the most powerful.

 Walking around the Sweet Auburn Market this weekend, I was given the gift of many faces, flavors, and textures. I was reminded that every moment is sacred if we look at it with awareness and intention. The fruits gathered by humble hands thousands of miles away from home, the faithful and hard worker farmer who takes the time to work around all four seasons so we can enjoy them, the seller who wakes up with the sunrise to organize them in beautiful stacks, the old lady walking, touching, smelling each of them as an act of pilgrimage…this is their world, a love offering for all of us. This is a sacred space of daily experiences, stories, smiles, harvest, and time shared.

As we begin this week, take a look around you, find the sacred in everything you do, what you give and receive. We are all creating a different kind of world every day. It is what we do and how we do it what determines our now and carves our future. Let your hands be the vessels of good things to come for all of us, close or distant. For, “now is the time to remember that all you do is sacred.” ~Hafiz

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Standing at the Crossroads, Living on the Edge

Every once in a while we come to a junction where past, present, and future meet giving us the choice of moving backwards, forward, or standing still right where we are. This is not a mere accident. In most cases we have brought ourselves to that turning point. Everything we experience we have attracted either through our thoughts, actions, words, or by not paying attention to the signs life is constantly throwing at us. And, no, this is not a quote written on The Secret book but what I have experienced and come to realized by observing others.

When least expected we are faced with a challenge, we are dared to continue on the same path or take a chance, going for what our souls are yearning for.  We can either froze or find the courage to take the first step. We can shake off the fears that keep us hostage or be consumed by it. We can keep living predictable purposeless lives or embrace the unknown giving a fair try to our potential ; making ourselves useful to the world.

We are all here to heal and become healers, to follow our hearts, giving birth to our unique path; leaving a legacy of loving transformation.

As we begin a new week, stand at the crossroads and look. Ask yourself every day, what are the cravings of my soul? Take your time. Then, go for it!

“Stand at the crossroads and look,
And ask for ancient paths:
Where the good way lies;
And walk in it,
And find rest for your souls.”

~Jeremiah 6:16~

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Created Just Now, this very moment: In Remembrance

There is no time to dwell in the yesterday which is gone and will never repeat. Today’s actions, words, thoughts, and feelings move away with the wind at sunset. Constantly re-living things past is like walking inside a never ending circle where there is no hope of moving forward.

We are meant to be reborn with every sunrise. As we open our eyes in the morning let a new life be created, an unknown path crafted, and a different you risen up in the world. Not every day is the same, the mystery is always present. Our presence is required to learn what has been hidden, to find that which is within us where intellect, fame or power finds no room.

This is our daily task…to wake up every day with the innocence of a child embracing each moment as for the first time.

“Come to the edge, He said. They said: we are afraid. Come to the edge, He said. They came. He pushed them, and they flew.” ~Guillaume Apollinaire~ 


Airfares Around The World

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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