This month's tip reminds you how important it is to take stock of what you're grateful for in life. It's a time to reflect on how you've been living your life this past year. It's a time to reflect on what you may need to let go of, what you may need to incorporate, and how you're going to move forward as you round out the end of 2013. Ask yourself: What do I want to create? What am I grateful for? What do I need to release in order to move forward? Take a few moments to sit and reflect on these questions. Write down your answers...they may surprise you.
Everyone has purpose in life. Simply, waking up in the morning and enjoying your cup of coffee is a way of thanking God that you're alive and Be-ing your purpose. It's the simple day to day things that make life worth while. Gratitude is the key for continuing to receive more blessings and more abundance into your life.
As we celebrate and give thanks this month, let's celebrate and give thanks for our ability to speak. We can share our gratitude with our words, with our arms with hugs, with our presence, with gifts...there are so many ways to give thanks and appreciation. Even though we're blessed to share our words it's equally as important to remember how important silence is. When we're conversing with another we can become consumed with our own ideas and desire to share them - even if the other person is still speaking. Some will try to hurry the other person to finish talking so they can interject their own idea about the topic at hand. Well-timed silence is essential during these times. The next time you find yourself hurrying someone along as they're speaking, stop and allow the other person to speak and share their thoughts. Be patient. Give them time. Truly listen to what they're saying and how they're saying it. This will help you tune into the entire message...how they feel about what they're saying, what they think about it, and if they want feedback, or if they just need a sacred space with a friend to just vent.
Allowing someone else the gift of your time, your presence, the ability to share their thoughts with speech is a wonderful gift you can to give another. Many people simply want to be heard. When you listen to someone you're actually honoring that person for who they are in that very moment. AND, you might actually learn something that you didn't know before about them or the subject they're talking about. Now that's both powerful AND generous.
Another time to practice well-timed silence is when you're conversing with someone and find yourself becoming emotionally charged. Most of us know too well that ill-spoken words can do great harm and have lasting effects. The adage, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is simply not true. We know that the damage from words can do serious harm and can sometimes take a lifetime to heal from (just look at how many folks are in talk therapy). Think of this the next time you're about to say something when you're upset, angry or frustrated: harmful words harm the heart. If you need a visual: harmful words = damaged heart. When you've damaged another's heart with damaging words, unfortunately, you can't take it back. The damage is done. If you want to refrain from hurting hearts, then refrain from speaking hurtful words. Even to yourself.
Give grace to others even if you're upset about what they're saying. This month's mantra reminds us that Silence is Golden.
This past month I've been consistently reminded of how magnificent we humans are. During my morning run a couple of weeks ago I was personally reminded of how amazing the body is. As I was running on the trail I looked down at my legs and literally thought to myself, "Wow, my legs, knees, ankles, feet and muscles are all working together right now to propel me forward." It was such a beautiful feeling to appreciate what my body was doing for ME in that very moment. I had the desire to run right at that very moment and I was. My body didn't resist, my mind didn't resist and I was so grateful that I was doing exactly what I wanted it to do...run.
As I went about my day after feeling gracious and in the days following, I started looking at the people around me recognizing that they're all such magnificent spirits using their bodies as vehicles to move about the world. How awesome is that? We're all inhabiting physical forms so we can express ourselves exactly how WE want to with it. It's extraordinary. We use our voices to say whatever we want. we use our brains to think, we move our arms where we want, our legs, and we use our eyes to look at whatever we want - that's TRUE freedom. We don't realize how free we are until we start to examine what our bodies do for us. We can gain weight, or we can lose it. We can get up, we can move, we can strengthen it, or we can sit around and let it languish. We can express our thoughts, or not. We can share our I love you's or not. We have the power to do whatever we want with ourselves. Just think about that for a moment...Take the time today, tomorrow, this year to truly appreciate your vehicle for spiritual expression - your physical body. It's such an awesome concept to ponder and appreciate. I think you'll be just as awestruck as I was during my run a couple of weeks ago.
And above all else as we give thanks this month, remember we were born to ENJOY life, not suffer it. Just about every spirit who comes through for a client delivers pretty much the same message: enjoy life. Enjoy Life. Suffering is an old paradigm that's outmoded and outdated. We've chosen to incarnate during these times to acknowledge, recognize, let go, and move forward. If you're not moving forward in your life, think about the ways that you can. It can be as simple as forgiving someone from your past; or forgiving yourself for something you did in the past. Life doesn't want you to harbor old resentments and hurts. Life wants to be LIVED and lived NOW. Like the adage says: Life is a Present, so live IN the Present. May you know that just by breathing you're already blessed.