Saturday, November 23, 2013

We Are the Light

As the fall winds down in the northern hemisphere and the daylight dwindles a little more each day, it's easy to get caught up in the sadness that the darkness seems to bring. We are hard-wired to the seasons, and at this time of year, we can feel more tired and overwhelmed, challenges seems bigger than ever, and we just want to snuggle up in our caves and hide. The dark nights seem to remind us of our darkness inside...the pain, loneliness, busy-ness of our lives, etc.

I think we forget sometimes that we have the strength and power within us to handle anything that comes our way. We often look outside ourselves for the answers to our problems, when really, we are the ones who hold the solution. We ARE the Light in the darkness, for ourselves and one another. We are so much more amazing than we think and so much stronger than we may feel. We truly are capable of great wonders.

And if we join together, we can really make miracles happen!

So just for today, I ask that you do this: Send a little Love to yourself. Let yourself feel how beautiful, strong, compassionate, and truly wonderful you are. Yes, you are imperfect, but that is part of your true perfection as a human being.

Fill yourself with that love. And then, if you can, allow it to flow like a river and surround the whole planet. Just give a little love and gratitude today...for yourself and the place which you call home. (You can do this anytime you need to, anytime you feel alone or as if the darkness has come and you can't see the light).

You ARE the Light. WE are the Light. Let yourself Shine!

And if you don't feel your light...your amazing, unique beauty that you bring to this world, then "fake it till you make it". Start with a smile. It's contagious, and your body will react just to the effort of you smiling. You will feel it inside.

Or try saying these beautiful words that came to me in a meditation on the Red Rocks in Sedona, AZ:

I am Love
I am Light
I am Joy 
And I Remember!

Above all, know that you are loved, every moment, just for who you are.

Love & Light,

P.S. If you want to cultivate your love and be able to shine your light even more, join me for the December Loving Kindness Challenge. Just type in your email address at that link and you'll receive some inspiration every day in the month of December. You can also see my previous blog post for more info about it. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

December Loving Kindness Challenge!

Many folks take up a daily gratitude practice during the month of November, which is a great thing to remind us of what's really important in life. It can bring us back into our heart space, allowing us to feel love and compassion for ourselves and others. I love this!

I've found that the month of December can be more problematic, however. The gratitude we build up in November somehow comes to a grinding halt in December. We can get overwhelmed with the winter holidays and the busy-ness that those festivities cause. I know I've had many, many, moments in Decembers where my heart was not filled with joy and love and all those things that are supposed to be part of this holiday season. Instead, I felt trampled by stress and expectations and it was just not fun.

To help me refocus this year, I'd like follow on the heels of the month of gratitude with a challenge for the month of December.

Loving Kindness Month!

No matter what your culture or spiritual path, we could all use a little more love at this time of year. 

If you'd like to join me, here's how it works:

Every day in the month of December, find one way to bring loving kindness into your life. Here are just a few examples, but the possibilities are endless: 
    • SMILE, even when you don't feel like never know when that smile will genuinely make somene else's day and even faking it will help enhance your mood.
    • Offer an act of kindness to someone you wouldn't normally offer it to...check in on an elderly neighbor, or deliver "anonymous" flowers to someone who always seems "mean", or drop off a meal to someone who is struggling. Include a little note to tell them they are loved.
    • Take a moment to breathe deeply before speaking when you feel angry or frustrated.
    • Let someone in front of you in line.
    • Rescue an abandoned animal or adopt that holiday dog or cat from an animal shelter.
    • Pay for the person behind you at the toll booth or grocery store if you can afford it.
    • Do a reverse gift-giving: instead of purchasing gifts, see what you have in your home that you can donate to a local shelter, food kitchen, or other needed place in your community (including your time!). Many of us already have too many things while others are sorely in need of some basics.
    • Change one judgmental thought you're having, whether it's about yourself or others. Give thanks instead for our amazing diversity and the mistakes that we make that help us grow. 
    • Demonstrate more courtesy while driving...letting people over in front of you, stopping for ALL the red lights and stop signs, slow down a bit, etc. 

If you'd like to participate, go HERE to sign up for the daily December emails. You will only be subscribed to the daily emails in December for this challenge and nothing else from newsletters, announcements or anything else. Just Loving Kindness. :) (If you'd like to receive my newsletters as well, please sign up in the white box at the top right side).

You can also join my Facebook page and post about your loving kindness each day if you'd like. We're not looking for acts of heroism, though they are deeply appreciated if you feel so moved. It's all those little loving things we do every day that make a big difference! We need more love and compassion in this world - for ourselves and others. Our wells are empty...we get drained from many things in this life and we need to fill up with some wonderful things.

Thank you to all those who are joining me!

For those of you who are "mulling it over": I know you're thinking that you might sign up when it gets closer to December and that you just can't commit right now. (I'm a pro at playing that little game with myself). But if you sign up now, you'll automatically receive a little "love note" in your email on December 1st and every day for the whole month. There's no cost or strings attached. Who doesn't like a little love and inspiration? If you don't like the messages, simply unsubscribe. No spam, no selling your email address, no announcements, no advertising. Just a little love from me to you...and then from you to whomever you choose to share. Start with one little act of loving kindness, at least for yourself. Fill your well this December!

Love & Light to all!