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Ending? This Is Only The Beginning.

The limit is not in the sky. The limit is in the mind.”


…Anonymous

This past weekend it was my privilege to attend a party. A Retirement Party. Honoring a teacher who spent all of her working career shaping and molding young minds. 

And, she would do this not by filling their minds with conditioned thinking, but by challenging these young souls, to dare to dream.

She had a special talent in reaching these youthful spirits who are in the springtime of their lives. How did she get through to them in such a way that years after they left her classroom, they would return to visit her and share their accomplishments, their fears, and even for some, their failures.

Why were they so faithful to her? How did she do this?

I believe that it was because she had a talent…that she was given a gift in this lifetime…and she used it! Her passion to make a difference in the lives of these inexperienced, and, as yet, unworldy persons created a trust and a following that I have not seen EVER!!

She was creative in her teaching methods and taught with humor and a no-nonsense attitude. She tutored children from all walks of life. Rich kids. Poor kids. Genius kids. Average kids. Kids who struggled to learn.

She guided them with a tenderness for the courage of the human heart. A heart that would have to stand up again and again. A heart that would have to expand to hold all that mattered, even when doing so seemed, to their human minds, unbearable or simply impossible. She taught them simply by reminding them what they already knew…that they could do anything in life that they wanted, by having the courage to go deeper. By letting their desire grow larger than their fear. By sharing with them the value of participating fully in their own life.

Yes, Mrs. Nicholson is a very special kind of teacher. One that comes along only once in a while. She has helped to make the changes that are necessary to ensure that our children’s children can live on this planet. She has contributed by helping to create a world where the very idea of toxic waste, for example, will raise such a cry of anguish from the people as to make it unthinkable. That’s what she has given to our young people of today. An awakening. An awareness.

Kelly, my friend. I thank you. For teaching with heart. For guiding our youngsters from the heart. This world is a better place because of you.

Here’s to the new adventures you will now have. And, Happy Retirement. You deserve it!

 

 

 

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Our Heart and The Three Very Important Keys To Our Future

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Let us speak about Love for a moment shall we. After all, it is the month of Love.

Love is not a word. It is a vibration, a power…an essence. Love is the most priceless ingredient and most commanding vibration in all existence. It’s an eternal dynamic living force. Love is the unified power which holds all things together. Love simply contains everything.

Enough intensity of love can heal and transform everything. This is humanity’s true nature. To be. In Love.

So, what is keeping us from exploding into the fullness of our divine selves, from this burning desire to know perfected love?

Well, there are several factors. Not all will apply to you personally, but in general, several, if not all, of these factors apply to most of us in varying degrees.

First, a lack of vigilance and motivation, with too little faith in such promises of Love will be sure to derail us.

Second, is consistency.  A lack of consistency in our resolution to invest enough time and energy in our own spiritual development keeps us in a state of spiritual lethargy and in a spiritual negative balance.

Now, let me say here that when I speak about spirituality I am not talking about religion. No, religion is man-made and is more about the rules and laws, and dogmas. Spirituality on the other hand, is all about the heart. Our own heart. And how we develop that love for our own Self.

The third factor is that most of us, unfortunately are suffering from a kind of spiritual laziness. We are all too busy “doing” rather than “becoming.” How many of us know why we have chosen to incarnate here at this time?

We all need to slash our “to do lists” in half and start investing time in developing and integrating the love of the divine that is in each of us. We need to start really loving ourselves and make an effort and commitment on an ongoing basis.

In truth, given what is happening on this earth at this point in history, there is nothing more important for all of us at this time.

I mean what we “did” yesterday has a very short-term impact on our lives. But, what we “become” as a divine being incarnated in a human experience will remain with us for eternity.

These are not ordinary times. Really big things are happening out there.  So, we need a good guide, a good blueprint…we need to find a way within ourselves to embrace the change that is happening in a healthy way and not just survive…by hanging on by a thread. We want to thrive!

How do we do that? We let our hearts guide us. You see, our hearts are way more than a pump. It’s a hot-line to our true power. For when we share our deepest gifts, our greatest passion…whatever that may be, that is how we are supported in these times of change. If the fires in our hearts are burning high enough, this love will stand ready to see us through all potential conflict and chaos. With ease and grace.

“The key to our future lies in the wisdom of our heart.”

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How To Find Happiness When It Seems Like Your World Is Falling Apart

Credit Photo: Christian Rey

Credit Photo: Christian Rey

“There’s no life without humour. It can make the wonderful moments in life truly glorious, and it can make tragic moments bearable.”
…Rufus Wainwright

I’ve just received some tragic news this past week. My most favourite Aunt in the world has just been diagnosed with cancer. This has happened quite quickly and already she is in Palliative Care so it really is just a matter of time before she leaves this world.

So, in I go to visit her. A huge sadness enveloping me like a dark cloud. And, I trudge down the hallway psyching myself to put on a brave face when I see her…feeling, with every step I take, that sad, empty energy of those morbid hospital halls start to close in around me. Consume me.

But, then something magical happened…

As I approached her room, I saw this person that I thought I recognized but was not quite sure. She was doing the same thing. And, then we locked eyes and both my aunt and I broke into enormous smiles.

I was so happy to see her…that beautiful aunt of mine who commanded attention whenever she walked into a room. She was not only beautiful to look at, and she was definitely that…she had this charisma, this twinkle in her eye, this joy of life that emanated from her and made you just want to rub up against her so that maybe some of that pure joy might rub off onto you.

It was a bittersweet reunion. But, for some reason these words seemed to tumble out of my mouth before I could stop them.

“You’ll be seeing my sister soon.” I told her.

“Yes. I will.” She replied. “I will say hi to her for you.”

Then I looked at her and said “I want You to send me a message too.” Her heartfelt response was “I will do that. If I can.”

And, with that the conversation was over. I felt a profound sense of calm wash over me because I knew then that she was ready for the next part of her journey.

Her sons, my cousins came back into the room. We chatted of family things and it felt important to me to see her laugh once again. So I used my own children’s escapades as a leverage to do that. It worked. Both my cousin’s and my banter back and forth created this wonderful glee inside that gloomy hospital atmosphere. It felt like sunshine after a summer’s rain shower. And we laughed.

A while later, when I reached work and walked back into this tiny cubicle of an office I sit in every day…four walls, no windows, something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. I looked up. I saw a butterfly fluttering from a bookshelf and landing on a basket in the room. I smiled.  “Hi Pam” I whispered.

My sister, you see had been with us all the while.

I also received this video about “Aunt Chippy” when I reached my office that day and because it made me laugh out loud, I thought I would share it with you too. This reminds me of my aunt only in that she loved to laugh. I hope you do too.

Have a lighthearted, hilarious, side-splitting, gut-busting, rib-tickling week.

 

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Do You Wanna Know a Secret About Love?

"Someone I loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift."
“Someone I loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” – Mary Oliver

Calamity like that cracks you open. It leaves your soul open for all to see. But, it does something else too. For, when you are in that emotionally exposed, frantically vulnerable state it gives you the opportunity to take a good long look. At your life. At yourself. A chance to go within.

You see vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, of creativity, and of change. In fact, vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.

That is why vulnerability is the new POWER.

And, here’s the really cool thing…the great part about this game is that as you begin to become whole and in balance again, there is a warmth, a light that emanates from you. Others will huddle around and they will see it. And they are simply going to follow your light into their own pathway.

Voila! We have not only lifted ourselves up, we have effectively inspired those that empowered us…and empowered those who inspired us.

Oh, what a gift we have received…then quietly given away.