Monthly archives "December 2017"

the meaning of Christmas

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people. Family, friends, partying, gifts, eating too much, Santa Claus, sleeping in and even stress. All fair, all relevant.

The one meaning that I cannot dispute as to why this day exists is because that of a single person. Just a person. Not a saviour. Not a god. Not anything more than a person. And, what that person represented; Love.

Amidst the dogma, precepts and tenets, there was only one reason for that star to shine in the night sky over two thousand years ago. Not for anyone, but for everyone. For Love.

Christmas opens our Hearts. It carries with it an energy and power that is unlike any other. It is the power of connection. Whether aware or not, we have all felt this energy. I have felt this energy and I know that it isn’t able to speak to my Heart and not yours, for either none of us are special or all of us are special. And I don’t believe the former to be true.

The power of this energy, this connection, is yours with no bounds. It was always meant for you. It is a power of kindness, compassion, forgiveness and, of course, Love. It is a power of true meaning. It is a power to see the beauty in the Hearts of others. It is a power to see the beauty in your own Heart. It is a power to overcome our fears, our insecurities and our doubts and to realize our courage, our resilience and our confidence in ourselves and in each other. This is the feeling we were meant to have always. This is a real power you own not just for one day of the year, but for every day.

It’s not just about how strongly we can Love in the best of times, it is too, about how strongly we can persevere in the name of Love in the not-so-best of times. Christmas, I think, is a time where we all let our guard down. We let our guard down because it’s not really where our Heart wants to be, even though we sometimes put it there. The power of Christmas, the connection to each other, the connection to those close to us, is so special on this day that Love has no choice but to prevail. To be more triumphant than its counterparts that act to silence it.

It’s simple. It’s always been simple. Just Love. Everything fades out except for the reason that star shone in the night sky so long ago; Love. It is everywhere in your life.

“We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And, the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be.

But, we have to try….I implore you, try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.”

                                                                                                                           Officer Judy Hopps – Zootopia Police Department

 

Merry Christmas.

Be Love.

a new hope

I believe in good.

I have to.

The reason I have to believe in good is because of who I choose to believe I am. I believe I am good. I believe I have a good Heart and good intentions and good aspirations. I believe that the true person I am, the person that I will always be, the person that I have always been, is a good person. It is no different than knowing the sun is always shining bright, no matter how dark the clouds are that day.

My belief is important because I falter. Belief is important when we actually can’t see that which we know to be true. Seeing is only believing when we succumb to fear. Believing, when we are in a place of Love, is what enables us to see. This is true power. When I falter, when I am not the person I want to be, I have to believe that I am that good person. If I do not believe, I will not be. I will not see.

I make mistakes. I say the wrong things. I have critical thoughts. I take the wrong approach. Sometimes this happens without thinking too concisely or happens by thinking too quickly. And, sometimes this happens when I’m sure I’ve been the most diligent in my thought process. It is because fear doesn’t know how much or how little you’ve thought about something; fear doesn’t know if you’re insecure or confident; fear doesn’t know if you’re happy or upset. All fear knows is that when it sees an open door, it will go through and stay as long as it possibly can. I, too, let fear get the better of me. But I know it’s not because I’m not a good person. It is because I’ve faltered. It is temporary. It is a mask I’ve put on that is not really me.

I am grateful for the falter. It’s what enables me to understand more about myself. It shows me the cracks that need to be filled (with Love). I have no problem admitting a mistake, but I don’t choose to view it negatively. Mistakes are the greatest opportunity for self-reflection, self-awareness and self-Love. These are the water, soil and sun for your growth.

Growth can sprout up immediately, but it can also be measured. The experiences we have are amazing in that they can jolt our growth nearly as it happens or they can also guide us to a gradual path. Both are simultaneously true because of the belief in yourself that you are good.  Believing that you are good enables you the power to pull the mask off immediately or layer by layer. It is your strength, your resolve and your support that directs this.

Everyone is good but not everyone chooses this belief. If I believe I am good, then I must believe that everyone else is, too. My strength is the belief in myself. You will and have, undoubtedly, encountered people that have harmed you, hurt you, cheated you; they are all good. They simply do not have the inner belief in themselves.

I believe I am good. I believe you are good.

Believe.

Be Love.

 

 

 

why your windshield is bigger than your rear view

Reflection; it’s a meaningful and integral component of self-awareness and conscious growth. It’s something that, knowingly or not, we all do.

It’s human nature to think about the past; to revisit it, to recalculate it, to relive it. It’s human nature to allow our past to shape our future. The truth, though, is that our past doesn’t actually shape our future. The truth is that we allow our past to shape who we are right now by that of which we, by choice, then employ to create our future.

The reason your windshield is bigger than your rear view mirror is because what’s in front of you is much more important than what you’ve already passed by. Yet, there can often be an involuntary pull to stay affixed to that what was.

For a lot of us, we don’t just use the rear view to glance at what may be approaching that we don’t expect. We stare. We get lost in it. We begin to forget what direction we’re actually travelling in. This isn’t hard to do. Your windshield isn’t that far from your rear view. We convince ourselves that, even though we’re looking at the reflection of something in behind of us, it’s the forward direction. It can certainly have a tendency to look a lot like what’s in front of us. But, it’s not. And, while what’s back there is integral to your journey, the beliefs that have been created as a product of those travels are limiting to who you really can be. They have created the singularity that is exactly the definition of the past; there is only one option in the past – the option that was.

Uncertainty persuades us to believe the rear view is the windshield. We’ve done what’s back there, we know what it’s like, we’ve been through it before. We want to stay there because we know what it is. We are familiar with it. What happens is that we allow our past to shape who we are right now and that’s it; we end it there. We don’t grow. We don’t get bigger. We don’t see new challenges. We don’t open our Hearts. Yes of course your past plays a part in your present and your future. But, the part it plays is not the one whereby it dictates any timeline beyond what it already was. The part it plays is that moment of reflection as you glance into it to remind yourself that you can be as much of it, or as little of it, as you choose.

The path we travel down doesn’t stop whether we’re looking at the broad expanse of view through the windshield or the compact back facing mirror. Though, when we stare into our rear view with our foot still on the gas, the inevitable happens. We either hit what we didn’t see or we pass by beautiful opportunities in our life because we were too busy trying to navigate a road we’ve already navigated. I guess you could keep looking out the back and just stop accelerating. But then you wouldn’t be going anywhere, would you?

I’m not trying to say that the past is the past and you should leave it there. I’m not saying that at all. But, we all have experiences from our lives that we don’t use to positively impact our future, or very simply, we just hang onto and limit the person we can be. We limit the belief of the person that we can be. You can only be as caring, as open, as compassionate and as Loving of a person as you believe you can be. And, similarly, you can only receive as much of all of that as you believe you deserve.

First you believe, then you can see.

Be Love.

 

 

 

thanks for the presence

We are all responsible for the energy we carry with us.

It’s not meant to be a daunting provocation; it is however, meant to be a resolute reminder. What we carry with us, what we bring with us, will be the moment in which we live. It is as much becoming a product of your environment as it is shaping the environment to be a product of you. That is what energy does.

Be that as it may, this responsibility isn’t a full time job; for two reasons. One – you’re a human being; you can’t always be expected to be ‘on’. Sometimes, you just aren’t there and that’s ok (these are the times when we need someone else to help us out or also when we can just be in the muck). And, two – every moment is another opportunity to raise yourself to a higher energy. You can, literally, reset yourself at any moment in time.

The impact of your presence, intentional or not, is felt by everyone who is connected with you. Argument aside, we are all connected. But, this is also to varying degrees. In fact, even you, yourself, experience your own presence. It seems redundant, but you supply the environment with your energy that creates the energy you supply the environment with. You exist in that environment absorbing what is in that energetic field. Speaking in circles, am I? Think of a time when something crummy happened to you. You rehashed it in your mind. You felt sorry for yourself. You began to agonize over it. You felt even more sorry for yourself. You scrutinized every little detail of the incident while getting deeper into it. You felt the despair of it and so on and so forth.

It’s the same effect as with offering the beauty inside of you; the smile you wear on your face, the way you greet another human being; stranger or friend, the bounce you have in your step. This creates the energy that surrounds everything. And, that’s just the surface stuff. It’s also the deeper, internal energy you carry that will permeate your environment and the people in it. Similarly, you are a receiver of outside energies which are absorbed by your energy field whether you “see” anything or not. Ever know a person that just makes you feel better even if they’re not doing so great? Ever know a person that can just suck the life out of you even if they’re sunshine and lollipops? This is why; it’s the energy thing.

This isn’t as labour intensive or complicated as it may come off to be. It’s really just an acknowledgement and awareness of how we propel our own Universe and those of others around us. There will be people that pick us up and there will be people that we pick up. There will be instances whereby everyone seems to on top of the mountain and others where misery will certainly love company.

Be responsible for your energy. Or, start by just knowing you are responsible for your energy. Feel your energy, feel the energy around you. Connect with it; realize that it is not separate from you. It’s all a conduit to access the truly higher being that you are. And, really, it simply can improve your life. These words; connection, energy, absorb, resonate – they are all related because they drive each other. These actions drive the greater You.

Your presence is a gift. Unwrap it.

Be Love.