Thursday, June 22, 2017

An authentic life



If we have the good fortune to discover the things 
that speak to our soul, we then, must find the courage to 
create a life that represents what we love...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heart wide open



When we let life tug on our heartstrings,
it becomes a strand of precious little moments... 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Honoring ourselves


Meet Winston. He is seven months old..


The last six weeks I've struggled with making the decision whether to keep the little Siamese kitten I had adopted. I knew that I wasn't happy, but I felt guilty... so I continued to try to make it work until I could no longer ignore the inner disturbance... 
It was time to surrender ... I had given it my best...

So I let go...

And in letting go, I promised myself that if I were to spend the next 15+ years with a kitty, it would be a match for both of us. Before the day was over, I got an email from a girl looking to re-home her cat. When I saw the photo him (Winston), I wept tears of joy. In being honest with myself about my own needs and letting go, the door opened for a new beginning... 

Monday, June 19, 2017

The gift of peace


What I have learned recently about myself is that I not only love the quiet, but I need lots of it... The experience of living with a kitten the past few weeks has had some joyful moments... but the everyday care of a young kitten doesn't match what I desire most...

I'm grateful for this lesson that shown me where I am at today. I'm grateful that I've learned to listen and honor my own feelings. I'm grateful that I give myself choices today. I won't swallow my feelings or force something to fit that doesn't. And best of all, I don't feel guilty or have any regrets. There were no mistakes made, only lessons to learn...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The lesson continues...




One of the gifts that working on my codependency issues has given me is a good intuition and the ability to be honest with myself about what I know to be true... I feel so grateful that I won't let myself be trapped by guilt anymore. If something doesn't feel right, I have to examine it and make changes if I need to... 

"Sweet Pea" was a hard test because my heart was in there. But I know that she will have a better life in a home with more activity than mine... 

Next lesson - her brother "Lil Boy Blu" has come to live with us... To be continued...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Life lessons - Sweet Pea


Because my emotional needs were ignored as a child, I spent a great deal of my adult life continuing to ignore myself. My primary focus was making others happy, tending to their feelings, and often putting on my superwoman cape to rescue someone... All of which gave me a feeling of being needed... and being needed gave me a sense of value/worthiness. 

It has taken a long time and a lot of work on myself to reach a place where rescuing or feeling like it's my job to make others happy, doesn't feel right anymore. I have loosened the chain of codependency...

However, the lessons continue to come...

Many of you know that I adopted an adorable little kitty named Sweet Pea. We immediately bonded and were off to a good start. But after a week or so, she became very clingy and a bit demanding... Because there are no other pets or children to play with in the house, I became the focus of her world. Becoming the focus of someone's world is an arena that I have worked hard to step away from... so some of the initial joy I felt with Sweet Pea began to diminish. It didn't help that she brought biting and scratching into our relationship. 

Though I have tried to ignore my own truth, yesterday I had an honest moment with myself. The truth is that Sweet Pea needs a home with more interaction... So with a heavy heart, I returned her to her original owner. I miss her already, but the changes I've worked hard to make in my life have brought me to a place where I value freedom and peace above all else... I appreciate everything that Sweet Pea came to teach me about myself, and fully trust that Sweet Pea's needs will be met in her new home... 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Seeing the gifts




When we let go of judgement and fixed ideas,
we begin to experience everything as good/God...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Living authentically




If we have the good fortune to discover the things 
that speak to our soul, we then must have the courage 
to create a life that represents who we are and what we love.
And in no way should it match anyone else's life or beliefs...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Creative healing




Do something fun every day...
Bask in the gift of your precious life… 
Don't ever lose your child-like sense of wonder...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dreams come true


It is in your power to create a life 
that is peaceful, meaningful, joyful....

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A purposeful life



Living without passion and purpose is death to our spirit. 
Desire it so deeply that you won’t hesitate when you come 
to a fork in the road where you must choose between 
your old life or a new one. Though you may not know 
what adventures lie ahead, risk everything to find out.
For it is only in choosing what matters to your soul 
that you will know how it feels to be truly alive.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Trusting life


When we step back and observe life 
rather than try to manage it, 
we will see how wise the universe is...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

With new eyes...


Perception is everything...
If we don't like what we see,
perhaps we need a new lens...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Being expressive




Pushing away pain doesn't make it go away.
We need to give it an outlet so that it can be released...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Living in reality


Much of our suffering is caused by our thoughts. Thoughts aren't neccessarily reality. Thoughts can stem from fear. When we clear our mind of thoughts, truth will shine through. We may not always like truth either, but in accepting "what is", we have peace...

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Finding joy


We put our energy into chasing happiness when it is already in our nature 
to be content, grateful, peaceful… We are forced to chase external happiness 
when the joy within us is buried under our wounds…

Friday, June 2, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Choices



We have all experienced hurt. It's up to us whether we use our pain to become more open-hearted and compassionate or build barrier from love...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Time to fly


Build your wings so strong that you will soar 
effortlessly wherever you go...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A soulful connection


Picture yourself as a woman who
has looked inward and found her soul...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Faith in others



We may see someone struggle and want to help.
But rather than try to pull them out of their confusion,
perhaps the best gift is to let them figure it out...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The flow of life



Life is in constant motion. Everything is temporary.
The good moments will pass and so will the difficult ones...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Only love exists


When we allow ourselves to judge, blame, or practice a belief system that subscribes to guilt and punishment, our hearts are forced to live on a battleground. By taking responsibility for our part in things and no longer seeing ourselves as victims, in forgiving ourselves and others, and by practicing true compassion, our hearts will flourish... and we will have put an end to the idea of war... 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Unconditional love




Love will flow generously from a heart 
that is free of judgement... 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The fullness of nothing


The mind is always busy looking for something to satisfy it.
 Because the soul feels complete in it's nothingness, it only rests.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Building trust



A solid, lasting relationship is built on several things;
time, trust, respect, loyalty, personal boundaries, flexibility,
listening skills, good communication, mutual interests...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Giving generously




When you give your whole heart to the world, 
it will love you back in ways you never imagined...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Learning new things



The kitty is adjusting to her new home pretty quickly, but she's like a two-year old when it comes to wanting her way. Teaching her what the boundaries are is important to both of us. Boundary-setting will help her learn to trust me and feel secure in my care...