Name It and Claim It

Telling yourself and others what excites you and inspires you is one way to attract more of that excitement and inspiration into your life. Knowing what you love brings self-awareness and enlightenment to all areas of your life. You could even begin to ask yourself ‘What more can I open myself to knowing and loving?’ That attitude will attract peace of mind and peace of heart.

ESSENTIAL OIL recommendations for self-empowerment:
– White Fir
– Spearmint
– Lime

Audre Lorde Quotes - When I dare to be powerful

I Did It All For… What?

The other day I overheard a few people talking about relationships. They were discussing what they sacrificed to be with their romantic partners, what they’d given to them materially and emotionally, and what they were or weren’t getting in return. I chuckled to myself as I listened. I’d forgotten about those comments until this morning when a song triggered memories of my past relationships. Then I got to hear, for the umpteenth time, the delusional stories in my head that have been repeating for years.
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“I did blah, blah, blah.”

“They could have done more blah, blah, blah.”

“Why didn’t blah, blah, blah?”

Thankfully, I caught the negative loop leak quickly, and had a good laugh at my own expense.

Diving into a meditative inquiry about the mildly disruptive and amusing thoughts, I came away with this inner wisdom:

‘Notice when your thoughts move you toward believing that you should do, or give, or be anything but the authentically quiet, peaceful, compassionate, kind, understanding, and generous (without expectation!) self that you truly know yourself to be. It’s actually quite simple to detect when anything but peace and love appear in your mind. You are quite familiar with the negative emotions, and bodily reactions that manifest when you dip your toes into distracting, and worn out patterns of thought and belief. Very simply: Does it feel good to be thinking those thoughts? Stop. Look. Listen. ASK yourself what would feel better. If you think the answer is outside of you, think again, and again, and again, and again until you comeback to the TRUTH that you are.’

Meister Eckhart Quotes - Be will to be a beginnner

Swirling

This morning I came across the lines from the Mary Oliver poem below. It touched some tender spots in me. How wonderful is that? It looks like it’s time to be still and get in touch with the swirling thoughts and emotions that have emerged.

Enjoy the poem. I’m not sure if it is part of a longer piece, but it is lovely. If you are a Mary Oilver fan, and care to enlighten me as to it’s source, please do. Thanks!

“to live in this world
you must be able
to do three things
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go”

– Mary Oliver

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It’s All in My Head

So… 2017… Yes… A new year. New commitments, perhaps, or are they old commitments that you are re-new-ing? Hmm… Where will those commitments/dreams/intentions/resolutions take you? Where will you allow your mind to travel in order to experience that which you are asking for? Where does that impulse and desire to make change come from? Who or what is directing you – and how?

For several months I’ve been witnessing myself getting negatively charged about certain political issues in the US, certain political figures, and certain people talking about those political figures. The charge is really not about those things at all, of course. It’s most certainly about the journey that my mind goes on when thoughts about those things enter my mind, and the emotions that get stirred due to the thinking that occurs. I could just watch the thoughts come and go, and sometimes I do, but I also chase after them in a habitual, addictive manner until I get tired of reacting dramatically, and tired of being consumed by the tension in my body that happens EVERY TIME I slip into the places within that are not full of peace.

And so I ask myself as we begin a new year (another illusion, eh?): How will I CHOOSE to BE from this point on, in each moment? When faced with my usual patterns, will I turn on the war channel or the peace channel in my heart and mind? Am I WILLING (because I am very able) to hear the thoughts as they rise, ask questions about them and their origin, and let the changes and actions spring forth from that place of inquiry? In this moment my answer is YES (in five minutes… who can tell)! I commit to renewing my commitment to being kind, gentle, open, honest, available, arrogant, deceitful, ignorant, upset, joyful and whatever else I happen to be now, and now, and now, and now as I grow more fully into my inner guru. How about you?

Here’s a great article by teacher and author Pema Chodron about the mental peace versus war process
http://www.lionsroar.com/choosing-peace/

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Contrast. Change. Choice.

Ah, Life! It really does offer us endless waves of opportunities to set sail in a different direction, to turn our thoughts onto a course that is ever-more peaceful, and prosperous, and to pass along a new, positive world vision to future generations.

Slowing down, and taking time to become aware of the pace and depth of our breath, we can gracefully and gratefully, without resistance, let personal and global events kindly shake us and shift us, without allowing them (well, our thoughts about them, actually) to throw us off-center internally. We can notice the contrasts that are always presented, be aware of and embrace inevitable change, and make choices that bring us back home to the joy that lives vibrantly inside each of us. Yes, the joy is there! Once we declutter our minds, we come to understand that.

As I wrote on Facebook after listening to President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, I believe that we as a species are being invited to evolve mentally, spiritually and emotionally. We seem to be in the midst of an evolution revolution, and the contrasts we are seeing in the current US political system are part of a greater calling to break free of the bonds of fear, lack, resentment, control, submission, pettiness, and separation. And that is just one event that is being presented! How fantastic is that!

Let us know that we all have the ability to be change makers, peace keepers, beacons of light, and believers in the power of love and unity.

Carry on!

Let go or be dragged

Spread the Word

How do you share positive vibes each day?

Have you randomly smiled at anyone today?

Have you offered words of encouragement to someone (like yourself)?

Have you conspired to do good in your community?

Have you said ‘I love you’ to anyone lately (like yourself)?

Have you listened intently to the thoughts that bubble up in your mind that inspire happiness?

Well, maybe it’s time to get started, and the best place to start is on the inside.

ESSENTIAL TIP: Try Spearmint or Peppermint essential oil to help move your words through, and create more freedom of expression around, the throat chakra. Make sure you are using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils to keep all the good energy flowing. Just a dab of one of those oils – perhaps diluted with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil – could make a big difference.

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Gerald Brom Quotes - Go and play

Beyond Rock Bottom

JK Rowling Quote - Rock bottom

Building a solid, inner foundation can require time, focus, vigilance, humbleness, and community support. When we feel as though we’ve been knocked down, and maybe even at rock bottom, we can ALWAYS take steps toward regaining our footing and creating a stronger structure.

In my experience, being aware of my breath, meditating, exercising, taking time in Nature, asking for help, having bodywork and energy healing treatments like massage, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Shamanic Healing, acupuncture, and other modalities, examining my thoughts and my belief systems, honoring my emotions, and listening deeply to the clues that my body are giving me at all times help to keep me in line with joy and peace – no matter what the perceived outer circumstances may be.

Here’s a GoGuruNow TIP for supporting the Base/Root Chakra:

Essential oils can be very helpful for grounding, centering, and balancing the body’s energy systems. Oils such as Cedarwood, Vetiver, Frankincense, Myrrh, or a Grounding Blend can be applied topically to the bottom of the feet, back of the neck, along the spine, dabbed on the third eye, or inhaled via a diffuser (I prefer one with water). Notice how you feel as you work with one or more of the oils. Spend a bit of time sitting quietly with the sensation and smell of the oil on your skin, or filling the room via a diffuser. For best results, be sure to use high-quality essential oils that are guaranteed to be free of chemicals. Purity counts, and when you’ve got that you can use less oil. Message me for more info.

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Unlocking a Softness

The image and quote below popped up on my Facebook feed the other day. It was one of those flashback to two years ago things. Apparently I had posted that in June of 2014. Reading the quote in 2016, I was struck by the words ‘unlocking a softness’. “Is that what is happening these days?” I thought. Am I unlocking more of my inner softness as part of an evolutionary process? Are we in the USA being given a chance to do the same as we reflect upon mass shootings, and political personas, and cast our eyes across international borders?

Where is YOUR softness residing or hiding? How will you share it and allow it to spread?

Pema Chodron Quotes - Maybe the most important...