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it’s been right under my nose this whole time….

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Inspiration.

Being Love isn’t an overnight transformation. The mechanics behind it are the same as anything else – practice, stumble, learn, rest, repeat. It’s how every success is won.

And, success needs planning – what resources do you need? What are the challenges? What are the actions? A strong foundation is a constant towards any goal; being Love is no different.

We need more than foundation and planning, though. We need inspiration. Real life inspiration. We need that motivator to spark us, to lead us, to be an example to emulate. And, I don’t mean an untouchable celebrity, athlete or even a prominent philanthropist. I mean someone “real” in our own life. But, where do you look for inspiration to be Love? Jesus, Buddha, Mother Theresa, Gandhi? Maybe? As amazing as those people are, that still doesn’t solve “untouchable” problem.

So, WHERE DO I GET INSPIRATION? It’s a question that I’ve been asking myself ever more frequently. This journey I’m on is absolutely where I need to be, but it’s tough. It’s dark. I fall. I get tired. I wonder if it’s all worth it? I’ve struggled to find inspiration on many occasions. I’ve read the “quote of the day”, I’ve watched the Youtube videos, and sometimes it’s just not enough to really connect to. I needed something more, and so the universe answered my question. Standing five foot nothing, literally, right under my nose. There she was, my mom.

Unequivocally, my ma is a wonderful wonderful person. She lives a simple life; the happiness of her family being far and away the most important. It’s not even as though she sees through the largely meaningless and draconian dogma of Western civilization, she just doesn’t even care about it. It’s all about her family.

To her, it doesn’t matter where I work or what I wear. She doesn’t care about how I look or the truck I drive. Being cool or being a dork is all the same in her eyes (between my brother and I, I’m the cool one, by the way). She just wants me to be happy. And the way she contributes to that, is by Love. All. The. Time.

There are definitely instances where we don’t see eye to eye (not a cheap jab at her being three apples high), and it’s usually because I’ve been a jerk. Regardless, as tense as a situation can be, she always does something to show how much she Loves me in her own way.

It’s a choice she makes, it’s not because she’s my mother and “she has to”. Her Love is the brand of Love that will never expire no matter what I do or don’t do. It’s something very special about her. Even when I semi-joke about winning the lottery and ask her what she would want, she very unsemi-jokingly replies, “I just want you to be happy”. She truly is inspiration.

We all have this person in our lives. I promise you that. And so, who’s your real life inspiration? Open your Heart and let them lead you. Pretty soon, you’ll be the leader.

be Love.

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change is good

to the readers of the[heart]movement

Dear Movers,

Firstly, with kindest sincerity, thank you to everyone that has offered encouraging words and support. It really is great to see the ‘likes’, views and visits by all of you. We’ll do our best to keep our place a worthwhile weekly stop.

Since inception, the[heart]movement has been consistent in its inconsistency. Effective right now, we’re giving a bit of a schedule a try. Heart to Heart posts will be uploaded each Sunday evening/Monday morning, in hopes of providing a positive step to the week. The “Chalkboard of Love” will kick off the weekend each Thursday evening/Friday morning. We’re definitely looking forward to being a bit more accommodating for you.

Again, thank you very very much for being who you are.

be Love!

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10 – 4, roger wilco!

You’re a radio.

And, the message of Love is always being broadcast out to you. The question is, are you tuned in?

It’s not the easiest task to be a constant receiver and transmitter of Love. Our lives present us with so much daily interference that to be just Love is really an immensely consciously concerted effort. As daunting as that may sound, have reassurance in knowing that it’s all within your power to be Love. It’s not far away.

Like a radio, we’re hard wired with a particular ability. The ability to be Love. It’s who we are and where we come from. We’ve just lost the connection and it’s a matter of finding that frequency that picks up the signal.

At one point, we were all tuned into Love. Young children seemingly live this way all the time. They laugh with reckless abandon, they don’t harbour resentment and grudges, they like the box the gift came in more than they like the gift and they want to be a race car driver when they grow up and truly believe it. I can understand the argument that, “little kids don’t know anything about “real” life.” And, “they’re not even really intellectually developed, evolved people.” There’s a certain merit in those arguments but, relevant as that reasoning may be, I don’t believe it influences what we can all re-learn from that example. The reason I say, “re-learn” is because we were all there at one point. It is and always will be a part of us.

As much as we’ve evolved, we’ve also de-volved. We’ve separated ourselves from our true selves. Not only has our frequency of Love shifted, but we’ve inherited all these other frequencies that we bounce around to. Careers, mortgages, saving for retirement, bills, expectations of ourselves and others, the list goes on. I’m not suggesting that a person can, or should, readily dump all these things in the trash and continue on as though they have no care in the world. I’m suggesting that we have to start caring about Love again. We have to start tuning back into that frequency more often.

Finding your frequency of Love won’t be same as someone else’s. It’s whatever calls out to you to get you to that place. It might be going for a walk on a quiet evening or meditating in your basement. Maybe it’s volunteering your time or colouring and baking cookies with your kids. For me, it’s this website.

What IS the same for everyone is the feeling in your Heart. And, that’s what we need to re-learn; the feeling of the giving of our Heart whether it’s to family, co-workers, the less fortunate, nature or most importantly, ourselves.

When we start to re-experience the feeling of pure Love, we’ll start to be able to find that frequency more easily and more often. The goal, my goal, is to be tuned into that frequency all the time no matter what challenges face me. I know that if I’m tuned into Love, I’ll be better equipped to rise above anything, regardless of if I stumble. And, I know I’ll stumble. I do all the time. But, I also know that with Love in my Heart, it’s okay for me to fall. I’ll always be picked up.

So, find your frequency of Love and turn it up.

be Love

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why you’re not who you probably think you are

Doesn’t really seem like something I could know about you, but stick with me on this one.

“Who we are” can be one of the most formless concepts there is.

“I’m….

 a bus driver,

a parent,

an amateur wrestler,

a bird watching enthusiast,

a kid at heart.”

These are all entirely valid responses. But, what if there really was only one true answer?

Love.

Chances are, hopefully, that you’re here because you maybe kinda think that, too. You may not be fully buying it right now, but you’re thinking about it and that’s wonderful.

Common responses I get whenever I’m fortunate enough to speak about the idea of “being Love” are, “oh, that’s not me,” and “I’m not that person” or “I can’t do that.” As soon as I hear this, my inner voice just shouts, “IT’S NOT TRUE! DON’T THINK THAT!”

So, why is it our default to think that way? Why do we think we don’t have the ability to be Love?

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

It’s a pretty simple concept. However, simple doesn’t always, if really ever, equate to easy. If we think we can’t be Love, then we can’t. But, if we think that’s why we’re here, that’s who we are meant to be, then we will be. Simple. Not easy.

On January 24, 2013 I made a very rare (at the time) facebook status update which read the following:

“Positive thinking is contagious. Take a minute to write something positive about yourself. ‘I make people laugh’ or ‘I have a great winter mitten collection’. Chances are, those who know you will agree. At the very least, say it to yourself. That’s how change happens.”

These were two responses I received:

            “Is this our Jimmy?”

            “Someone for sure hacked his account.”

I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am for these comments. Were these people off base about me? Not a chance. Those comments are very much in line with who they thought I was, back then. And, why did those people think that of me? They only thought of me what I thought of myself.

As much as those two people were surprised to read that positive post by me; the people that I’ve newly met within the last two years would be just as surprised to know me as anything but those words I shared on facebook that particular day. So, what’s changed?

THINK.

I don’t mean for you to “think”. What I mean is that, what’s changed, is the way I think. It’s not that I’ve changed who I am, it’s just that I’ve changed who I think I am. I know that my job here is to be Love in every opportunity and relationship that presents itself in my life. I know that it’s something that’s inside each and every one of us. It doesn’t require us to change who we are, but to just change how we think about who we are.  

You don’t need to fully embrace the idea that you’re here to be Love as soon as you’re finished reading this. A lot of the time, I’m not Love at all. But, I’m giving myself a chance and know that it will be a lifelong journey. It’s something that will get easier and easier, but it’s also something that requires work.

No one’s asking you to shout it from the mountaintops (although, that would be great). Let’s just start by knowing that we can be Love instead of thinking, “I’m not that person” and “I can’t do that”.

You ARE that person and you CAN do it.  

be Love.

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