Are you ready?

Let’s talk about that quote.  Do you fear your light?  Think about it. 

 Are you in a pattern of feeling small, powerless, invisible, afraid? 

 What would happen if you changed your mind?

 What if you decided that you have POWER?  What if you decided that you could change your circumstances by changing your mind? 

Practice this prayer today: 

 Lord, thank you for my life.  Thank you for my troubles, they make me stronger.  Thank you for my triumphs, they bring me joy.  Thank you for dreaming me up and creating me with all of my unique gifts and talents.  Thank you for being patient with me.  I’m ready now.  I’m ready to let go of my limited beliefs and accept your divine plan for my life.  I’m ready to PARTICIPATE in making my dreams come true.  Thank you for another day.  I will not waste it.  I am ready.

How does that feel? 

 If you do not believe it, say it again.  Say it out loud.  How about saying it every day when you wake up?   

Gratitude is the first step to knowing peace and joy.  I love the quote by Helen Keller that says,

 “So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.”

 Isn’t that amazing?  If she was grateful with all of her challenges and she saw her life as full and abundant, what are we complaining about?

We have the power to change our minds.  Start today. 

 Isn’t it cool you have someone you can thank and ask for help?  Isn’t it great you are not alone?  Isn’t it wonderful to be alive?  Be ready.  Your adventure awaits…

Shine

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond meaure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

                                                                                      -Marianne Williamson
Awesome, huh?  Possibly my favorite quote of all time.  There’s nothing more I can  add except to  invite you to sit with that one.  Take it line by line and let it seep into your pores.  This is for everyone to really internalize – men, women, children.  We all are meant to shine.  Can you imagine how much brighter our world will be when we all give ourselves permission to shine?  I can feel it already!

Courage to Commit

I went to a wedding this last weekend.  I love weddings!  Every time I hear wedding vows, it brings tears to my eyes.  I think the words are so beautiful. 

Imagine…we stand up and say “YES!” to a lifetime commitment to LOVE.  We promise unconditional love to another person.  As imperfect people, this is a leap of faith.  This kind of commitment takes courage. 

The priest at the wedding this weekend said, “We have no idea what people, events, and circumstances will define this union.”  Isn’t that true? We can not predict what will happen but we are hopeful, expectant, and full of faith (or are we just clueless?).  We don’t know what our story will be and that’s the beauty of it.  That’s the romance.  The two of us against the world!

My husband and I were young when we got married.  Did we know what we were doing?  Absolutely not!  That’s the beauty of being young and brave (or clueless) and invincible.  I remember the priest telling us in no uncertain terms that we were committing to love each other unconditionally for the rest of our lives.  He said it really slow, Unnconnditionnalllly (dramatic pause)…for the resssssssssssttttttttt of your liiiives.

At the wedding, I sat next to a couple that was talking about having a baby.  They were wondering…should they, shouldn’t they, how will their lives change? I have found that if we think about things too much, we all become hesitant, fearful, and unsure.  I’m not recommending we throw caution to the wind and live life without thinking but I know that if I think too much about something, I can have “paralysis from over analysis”. 

I found a quote on a Starbucks cup (Inspiration is everywhere!) that speaks to this.  The quote is not attributed to anyone but this person sure was wise.

The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating – in work, in play, in love.  The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation.  To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.

Don’t you love this? We do dress up our fear, don’t we?  We call ourselves “realistic” or “cautious” or “practical” when often, we are just plain scared.  Sometimes we need to say “Yes!” first and then figure out how to make it all work. 

Our head is often a barrier to our lives.  Our little mind tells us to hesitate and fear.  But if we listen to our heart…well, that’s a different story.