Topic: Inspiration

Fears

Last week I went to watch an assembly at Ava Blu’s School. It was an Oratorical in honor of  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There were 35 students plus two second grade classes that participated in the assembly to a full house. I was so impressed with how these students had the courage to take the stage and recite some truly amazing poems and literally pieces by the likes of Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Marianne Williamson. My goodness I don’t think I knew the works of any of these amazing folks till I was in college and some not until much much later!! Two students actually recited the same passage from Marianne Williamson‘s A Return to Love that I think rings true for so many, myself included that I’d like to share it with you here:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 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, 1992 Found in “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles” Harper Collins, Chapter 7, Section 3, 1992.

a moment in good karma :: my favorite candy

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Violets!

I’ve loved these candies since I was a kid. I would often snatch a piece out of my dad’s jacket when he wasn’t looking. How easily they bring me back.

A reminder that good karma is always around the bend,
even on the rainiest of days.
Keep the good vibes coming, share your good karma moment in the comments for all of us to see. :)

Pinpoint!

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I am not a fan of new year’s resolution.  The last few years rather than make a resolution, that I’d inevitably break as quickly as I’d made, I have decided to pick a word that has meaning for me to harness and embody for the year. In the past I’ve chosen words like grow, learn, and doing the unexpected.

This year my word is pinpoint.  I’m feeling the need to focus and be more precise with the direction I want to take my life, work and business. Usually I try to be really open to what is around me. Feeling like yeah I can do that, and that or even that. But being pulled in too many directions ultimately just make me scattered and feel unclear on what my next steps should be.

I’m working on accurately aligning my goals and actions so that I can land on the mark.

The Winter Solstice is a time for letting go

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Right before the holidays, under the new moon of the Winter Solstice each member of my family sat down and wrote and created a Fire Release Packets. I first got the idea a few years back from Pixie Campbell  and we’ve been doing it ever since. It’s a lovely ritual to release and leave behind those things that no longer serve us and invoke peace and wholeness while inviting in our good intentions for the start of the new year.
Feeding the solstice fire is a way for us to transfer our energy and reclaim hope. Turning our bad habits and obstacles into something rejuvenating, new and reborn, just like the phoenix rising from the ashes.

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This is how we made our Fire Release Packets:

You’ll Need:

  • A contained fire (either in a fireplace or an outdoor fire pit)
  • A brown paper bag or craft paper
  • Strips of scrap paper
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scissors
  • String or twine
  • An assortment of symbolic and meaningful herbs  (Pick 3-5 to include from our List)

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SYMBOLIC & MEANINGFUL  HERBS

Ash – is an herb of the sun, for protection
Bay Laurel – to bring in the light of the sun and ward off illness
Camomile – to soothe and cleanse, love and purification
Cinnamon-  success, power, healing, the spice of life, lust, protection, intuitiveness and spirituality
Eucalyptus- wealth, abundance and foretelling
Frankincense – an antiseptic herb to bring purification and protection
Ginger- passion, success, wealth and power
Holly- hope, protection, the co-existence of human and plant spirit and life
Jasmine- sweet love, modesty, sensuality, grace and elegance
Juniper-  staying true to oneself and never compromising your integrity
Lavender – devotion, virtue and acknowledgement
Mint- virtue eternal refreshment, wisdom
Mistletoe – healing, peace, and beautiful dreams
Pine- peace, healing, joy  and humility
Rosemary – remembrance, love, loyalty, fidelity, faithfulness
Sage – wisdom, long life, banish and ward off evil and cleanse spaces of negative influence
Yellow Cedar – for cleansing and purity

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To Make A Fire Release Packet:

  1. Cut your brown paper bag into 5 in squares. One for each person participating in the Fire Release Ritual.
  2. Place a pinch of each of your selected herbs in the center of you square.
  3. On the strips of scrap paper write down what you would like to release and in exchange what you would like to invite into the new year. (See below for some release writing prompt)
  4. Fold each strip and place them in the center of your square.
  5. When you are finished writing fold your paper together to enclose the contents and tie it closed with the twine.
  6. As a group give witness to each other as you gently place your release packet into the fire.
  7. Gaze into the flames in a symbolic gesture of letting go and watching your thoughts and intentions transform.

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RELEASE WRITING PROMPTS to help get you started

  • Write about how you can turn a negative into positives.
  • What do you want to manifest and hold dear.
  • What fears have been holding your back? It might be time to let them go.
  • What are you are working on changing in your life?
  • Align and empower your goals by changing your mindset and thoughts.
  • What old connects are no longer serving you? Let go and release them.
  • Let go of grudges, hurt feeling, petty grievances, emotional wounds and debts owed to you.
  • Where can you turn to for inspiration?
  • What part of you do you want to awaken?
  • Is there an opportunities or some bit of knowledge available to you that you have chosen to overlook or ignore?
  • What intentions would we like to put forward for the next phase of your life?
  • How can you rejuvenate yourself physically and spiritually?
  • What have you taken for granted ? Offer thanks.
  • State and restate personal dreams, goals and desires.

Pixie also offers some really good writing prompts. But most of all remember to be honest with yourself no one but you and the flames of the release fire will see what you’ve enclosed in your packet.

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The Winter Solstice is the time for the releasing so you may step into a new year free and clear of the burdens you have carried.