gratitude

How to be Grateful at the End of the Year

A new year. Clean slate. How does that feel for you?

Exciting? Intimidating?

Expansive? Stressful?

When you feel clear in who you are, what you want, and your daily plan, life can seem exciting and expansive.

On the other hand, if you are unclear, agitated about work, relationships and your health, and your calendar is upsetting, life will feel stressful and hard to navigate.

My professional mission is guide you through transformational experiences. Transformations that intend to inspire, relax, center you in your being, discover your well of truth, and keep you in touch with your hearts desires. These are all top priorities in anything I offer, share or post. 

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As a Life Coach, one of my missions with clients is support them into being clear in their boundaries, how they spend their time, and to own what they really want. How are you doing with your boundaries, your time, and clarity and focus toward what you want? If you are struggling in any of these areas it's going to show up as unwanted stress and emotions you don't like. I send you good energy to tackle these troubles this year and make this a year you feel like you gained some control and feel good about what you did! Whether you do a program with me or another leader in the transformational industry, you won't regret it.

Investing in self is always a "grateful" item on the inventory at the end of the year. 

May this new year find you experiencing the transformation you most want ~

Who’s your mama? Don’t forget this gratitude ☺

One of the lovely reorientations I experienced when I trained in Shamanic practices was attuning myself to the truth that our collective Mother is Mother Earth. This reorientation held so many beautiful healings embedded in it ~

  • I forgave my mother for not being the “perfect” mother, let go of hurts that had accumulated along the path of growing up, and released any ways I still “needed” anything from her to be well.
  • I forgave myself for not being the “perfect” mother to my own children. I humbly allowed them their own path of healing and growing, and believe that whatever dissonance they have felt with me was a part of their own awakening and evolving.
  • It matters how I treat this home of ours, Earth. If we trash her, disregard her natural rhythms and take for granted her resources, we will surely experience a collective disease and suffer.
  • I’m constantly aware of how our Earth is a self-healing, self-regulating organism, just as each of us is. Without the proper awareness of what we require to maintain wellness and experience wholeness, we lose the probability of maintaining self-healing and self-regulation.
  • My consciousness connects to the Earth and every part of her – that’s why it feels so healing and comforting to be in nature. As we spend time outdoors, paying attention to the beauty of our Earth, our nervous system relaxes and recharges. It’s as if we remember who we are in the deepest way.

One of the ways you can begin to feel more balanced and whole, after such a disturbing election and what we experienced as humans of our darker side, is to take responsibility to grow your commitment to live more wholly in line with what Mother Earth needs from you.

And that can begin simply, with gratitude.

We are, and can be the change we want, by Doing things differently ~ beginning with the way we think and where we put our attention.

How might you show and express gratitude for Mother Earth? 
 
For those of you who want to adopt a ritual for healing Mother Earth and honoring what we receive every day, I share with you a beautiful practice called Despacho. This is a lovely experience to bring a family/group together around.

  1. Before you actually begin, gather some offerings. Things like feathers, leaves, flowers, incense, essential oils, food, dried flowers, bits of papers for messages and intentions. Get a large paper to hold all that you will be placing in the offering.

  2. Create a sacred environment for this time. Light a candle, burn incense - whatever will symbolize your taking part in an important experience - a ritual or ceremony.

  3. Take your time and think about your gratitude and the gifts you receive every day that are often taken for granted. Mindfully, choose an item from your offering collection ~ really feel the gratitude for what you are focusing on. Blow the energy of your gratitude into the offering and place it on the large paper. Continue this process, taking turns if others are with you, circling around until the experience feels complete. 

  4. Gently fold your paper and tie the bundle, the Despacho. Make any final blessings you wish with it and then take it outside and mindfully bury it in a place of honor. Thank Mother Earth one last time for all your gifts ~ and spend time feeling the love. 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you practicing acceptance?

Acceptance is an art ~ a craft that you get really good at with practice. The life shifts that occur when you become an artist in the practice of acceptance are often unexpected, but always welcome. You will stop judging.

You will move toward self-love, exactly where you are in need.

You will let go of trying to control the world around you.

You will be a peace generator.

You will discover new perceptions without effort.

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What do you need to practice acceptance with? Anything that causes a disturbance within you. It's the foundation of all positive change. It's the first step in building just what you want. I'd love to hear what you will commit to practicing acceptance with.

In my book, Courageous Woman, Live Your Inner Power, I describe the Inner Power Wheel. This wheel is a medicine wheel of eight practices that allow you to master your inner life and manifest the conditions you want to experience. 

Acceptance is one of these foundational practices. The wisdom of acceptance is a transformational energy that is difficult to describe and must be experienced.

When we accept the truth of the present moment, and surrender to it's information, we bring both outer and inner conditions into our field of perception. We acknowledge the fullness of the multiple dynamics of the present moment. Sometimes these are conflicting and complex, requiring some time to understand. Acceptance must not be rushed.

In order to gain the wisdom and insight you need to navigate your life optimally, acceptance of all conditions is a must. Answers emerge, paths open and dynamics shift as you accept fully. I'd love to hear how life shifts as you embody the wisdom of acceptance.

Sending you love and gratitude,

Laurel

Prosperity for All– Not just the lucky, strong, or hard-working by Pixie Hamilton

“You are the owner of all that you perceive. But you can’t perceive apart from your vibration. Feel your way, little-by-little, into a greater sense of abundance by looking for the treasures that the Universe is offering you on a day-to-day basis.” ~ Esther Hicks

Prosperity is derived from Old French “prosperite” and from Latin “prosperitas” and translates to “doing well.”

To me, “doing well” is NOT about money or material wealth.

Prosperity goes much deeper. I can’t see prosperity. I can’t touch it. But I know it. It stems from a deep contentment in life and my highest purpose.

Prosperity is in every single moment, constantly adding value to my life and those around me. The value manifests in terms of serving, forgiving, accepting, creating opportunities, providing joyful and purposeful experiences, promoting peace and love, creating harmonious relationships, and finding pleasure in everything I do.

Prosperity is constantly coming towards me – an idea, a thought, an inspiration, a hug, the right word, a smile, relationships, wellness, expansion, ease, love, feeling capable, watching a sunset, listening to the songs of birds or a train, and enjoying Nature’s vibrant colors and sounds.

I feel prosperous when I allow this constant flow of universal and abundant prosperity; when I call attention to its presence in every moment; and when I allow the higher vibration to punctuate my life and add value to others.

I have no doubt that recognizing prosperity in all things and becoming aware of life’s small pleasures leads me to even bigger pleasures and more prosperity.

I also have no doubt that prosperity in terms of money follows these universal gifts. Manifestation of material wealth and financial abundance follow the giving of oneself and the creating of value, small and large. It follows a life committed to giving and receiving.

So….go love. And love some more!

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Create a “feel good” experience. Sing, smile, laugh, and do something fun. Embrace joy. And embrace joy some more!

Pay attention to the small and large blessings coming your way. Be grateful for the smiles, touches, hugs, music, and the stillness. And be grateful some more!

Create a larger space for the abundance coming your way by releasing any resistance and blocks due to grudges, fears, and negative thoughts. Forgive. And forgive some more!

Celebrate life’s infinite abundance in your life and in lives of those around you. And celebrate some more!

Giving and receiving are universal gifts of prosperity. Feel them and allow them into your life some more!!!!!!

 

Thanksgiving Morning Meditation

It is dark. I awaken and lie in bed for a bit, begin my prayer of thanks for the day ahead. I hope that I will drift back to sleep, but alas, I am Awake. I head to the bathroom, prepare to greet the dawn, and head to the kitchen to put the tea water on. What do I want this morn? Hot water with a healthy splash of apple cider it is.

Warm mug in hand I head to my office, light a candle and take my seat.IMG_1352

Good morning, Thursday November 28th, 2013. Thanksgiving day. Twenty eight years ago this day I cradled my infant daughter, only a week old and blessing life with her light. She remains one of the guiding lights of my world. My heart suddenly surges with love for my three children. The holy act of motherhood was a blessing in my life, and continues to grace my world with relationships of love and joy. My being swells with love and gratitude.

Breathing gently in and out I allow the energy of this radiant feeling wash through me, and I keep my attention on my breath. My mind reaches for the next thought of gratitude. Ah, my home, my husband. The grounding of my world to this earth, the anchor of my days, the resting place I return to each day. What love and gratitude for these blessings, I feel this daily. It is not new or different today, but still my heart swells with my love and gratitude for this man who loves me so well, this home we have made together, enjoying in our unique and creative way. Thank you, thank you for these gifts of stability.

Breathing in and out, this lovely and loving sensation washes through me and I allow my consciousness to notice how my full being is affected by this tingling warmth. My heart relaxes and my breath quiets. Next thought.

Oh, my dear friends. Their sweet essences arise as I think of each of one and the ways they touch my life, the beauty and love they offer, each in her own special way. They see me, and I them, right into the very heart of who each of us is. My friends see me, the best me, and they show this to me. For this reflection, I am grateful. These beautiful beings inspire me to continue my journey into bringing forth my highest potential, my radiant essence, my gifts to share in this lifetime. Thank you, thank you friends-sisters, for being a mirror that I often pass by, forgetting to notice my own essence, the beauty I came here to offer. Thank you for reminding me.

Breathing in and out I gently let this gift of deep and honest friendship wash through my heart and enliven my soul for this day. This energy continues to awaken my spirit ever-more deeply, calling me forth. Thank you friends, and the tears spill now.

Breathing, I have quietly entered the holy place within, where I dwell with spirit. I place my hand on my heart, words of gratitude for sensing this divine energy this day fill the very fibers of my being, do not need to be spoken because spirit knows my heart and the loving energy that streams forth from me. I bow my head in humble joy, thank you thank you thank you. Many of the gifts of my life tumble through my consciousness, the healing, the awareness. all the many friends, the abundant goodness that surrounds me daily, the gift of work I love, the gift of wanting for nothing. Tears, tears gush. I am blessed and my heart feels as if it will burst with this love and gratitude. Thank you thank you thank you. Breathe, breathe deeply - and let it all wash through.

Happy Thanksgiving dear ones.IMG_1351

Change and Gratitude by Dawn Jepson

I am discovering that change and gratitude can work in my favor as I bust my old pattern of change, fear and powerlessness colluding unconsciously to weaken me. As I prepare for a major change in my life it is hard to feel appreciative or good about anything. My mind keeps drifting to what I fear. Today I am committing to starting a new habit. This life change is one for which I was not fully prepared. Perhaps no one is ever prepared when there is a huge upheaval in her life. But change does come … change that is difficult and painful. At this time it is very easy to focus on what is being lost, what I don’t have, the unknown. If I continue with this kind of thinking the anxiety is triggered, growing stronger and stronger, threatening to bring my life to a grinding halt. This is not helpful when I need to be taking practical action to respond to a big change.

As I sift through my “bag of tools and techniques” for help, I realize one technique that carries great power - gratitude. I practice directing my mind away from the pain for a moment or two and think about all I do have, and what I am going to create in my new future. With this shift of attention I feel some easing of the anxiety. The fear becomes less. There are moments of peace. What sweet relief.

At this time of year when so much of the world is focused on gift giving, I am faced with releasing what I thought was a great gift in my life. It is very difficult to imagine the future as abundant. The present is so powerfully making itself known through the painful emotions that come up, I can become stuck in a cycle of thinking that is not beneficial. But it is not impossible to make the shift.

There are moments to mourn and sit with the feelings that arise within. And then there are times to gently help the mind review the beauty that is in my life, to consider all the possibilities that await me in experiencing anything new and different. I direct both of these experiences through allowing space to process the flow of emotional energy that exists within me.

Is this easy? Not always. But it isn’t impossible and that’s what is so important for me to remember. I have the power to think what I choose. I have the ability to create thoughts that soothe and inspire. It truly is one breath, one thought at a time. I can do this.

So now as I sit quietly each day, I breathe deeply and think about all the love I am blessed to have in my life. When I feel overcome with the fear of the unknown I say thank you for the skills and abilities I have developed over the years. My health is good and I have an exciting adventure ahead. I am thankful that I am here to experience it. Change and gratitude become my working partners in life as I recognize my power in alternately flowing with, and then directing, the full experience. I feel powerfully grateful for this wisdom today.

The World Needs Your Gratitude - Laurel's Monday Message 11-26-12

The world needs your gratitude - what could this mean? Well, we are the humans, defining life in this form. gratitude needs you in order to multiply in the world, creating waves of energetic joy and peace. When we feel full - abundant - happy - satisfied - that energy radiates around, and then life radiates it back to us. Whatever is lacking in your life right now, whatever you feel is missing, is simply a pointer, a guidepost on your quest to experience gratitude, abundance and joy. Today's message asks you to consider your state and whether gratitude needs more of your attention!!!