Mother Spruce, A Story by Erin McCaffery

Smoke hissed and bled into the air, it was dark and the rain clouds covered the stars. Massive, swaying evergreens stood comfortably spaced for miles around, careful to leave room for one another’s roots and branches to unfurl. If the rain picks up I’ll have to take cover beneath one- it isn’t safe to continue without a torch in these wood. And if I allow this one to become very wet I’ll have to wait a day for it to dry before I may continue.

A second large drop hit and the flame sputtered more dramatically, as if to emphasize my realization. Very well, here I am meant to rest. A large, blue Mother Spruce some paces ahead whispered my name, called me to her soft and sheltered bed. I blew out the torch and climbed into her lowest branches, drawing my legs beneath my cloak.

My eyes closed, with Mother Spruce supporting my head and coaxing me to dream. I felt her mighty, tender heart guide the energy of my mind, and she fashioned for herself a body mimicking mine. She approached with her arms open in greeting, steps as mesmerizing as the movements of her boughs in wind.

“My child, how do you seek?” All I could fathom was the reverence of her ethereal form, dancing like smoke, the grace in her voice like sunshine itself. She took my hand and led me to a forest far from where she held creature and I alike safely through the storm.

Men dripped sweat, their burly arms hard at work cutting down and apart every tree within sight, to be carted away. I felt the sorrow that screamed its soft and heavy tones hanging in the air, the confusion that called out against the senseless and selfish act. I felt no anger, no hate. The men cleared away the years upon years it had taken to build in a week’s time, taking the land for themselves who see not the sacredness of fertile soil.

She wiped the streams of tears down my cheek and led me again to another forest. This one was ablaze and self destructing, catalysed when lightning had struck a standing corpse. Animals evacuated past us as we walked further into the inferno. Here there was no sorrow, there was a peculiar sort of celebration, of hurry but no rush. The air tasted how it had when I said farewell to my hometown, melancholic and hopeful all at once. I found no tears, but rather a small smile of trust.

Her elysian gaze acknowledged mine and at once I felt what she had meant, recognized the wisdom she desired to bestow upon me- my smile widened. I knelt and kissed her feet. She hummed and stroked my hair, holding me to her chest in the harmonic space between spirit and body.

Dawn awoke neatly, igniting the fire behind my heart as the ritual prescribed. The ground on which my feet reunited with my journey was welcoming. I touched my head to the roots of Mother Spruce, and thanked her with all of my heart before continuing onwards.

Born to Fail

I love writing, but most times I have a difficult time bringing myself to do it. Why? Not because I have too much to do- there are always moments I could squeeze it in (i.e. waking up early or getting off my damn phone).

We all experience this with different things. For some reason, we keep neglecting the things that bring us the most joy.

We love feeling vibrant and healthy, but choose to eat junk.

We love good conversation and connection, but we isolate ourselves.

We love an array of hobbies and activities, but we would rather stare at screens and see how others are doing it.

It’s not that we don’t want to! We do! We just choose to make other things that are not as constructive more important. Why? They are easy and they are safe. Doing the things we love can be hard. It takes time and dedication to commit to ourselves. On top of that, we have tried all the things we love- that bring us the most joy (not fleeting happiness. I’m talking the joy that fills your heart to the brim.) – numerous times.

You know what happened. Something came up and motivation was lost. Excuses began to be made. We decided, “It’s just the way I am. I am not that person. I am just made to live a sub-par life. God is cruel and life is a bitch.” I may be over exaggerating a bit- or not.

Either way it’s sliced, that cake of hope and a bright future was cut with the same knife: Fear. That is why we keep falling into the same routine of comfort and self-destructive tendencies, my friend.

Fear of change.

Fear of letting go of those old familiar habits.

Fear of losing our identities.

Fear of throwing ourselves out there and being vulnerable.

Fear of failing again (haven’t we failed enough?)

Time for a truth bomb: You are born to fail. We are all born to completely fail and smack our heads on rock bottom. We are also born to have our identity, and all the comforts we cling onto, ripped out from under our feet and thrown into a wood chipper. We are born to suffer, to scream, to cry, and to bleed our sorrows. There is no sugar coating it. It’s a part of life. You cannot experience life without that darkness.

Good news: We cannot stay down there forever. Once it is all experienced to the fullest- it must be embraced. We must embrace all that we are afraid of and have been avoiding for so long. Make friends with the monsters in the closet. Once that work is done, it is only up from there.

How do we get back up?

Just do it. We just need to have an idea of what we want to cultivate in life, and do it. It is by no means necessary to know what it is you will be doing the rest of your life, or to even know what direction you are headed in. It is about taking a step and following that foot with the other. We all have things we know we could be doing that have the potential of bringing us joy, but we cannot keep stopping ourselves from moving forward. Life is rich and abundant with opportunity and love. By releasing the old and choosing to no longer remain stagnant, we are opening ourselves up to the universe in a way that says, “I am ready for the blessings you have to offer.”

It will not be easy. We will keep failing, but just as we are born to fail, we too are born to succeed. We are born to live a life of peace, harmony, love, and transcendental bliss. We must first plow the fields, sow the seeds, and keep watering them as we brace whatever weather and pests come our way.

I wish you love and speedy recoveries from the low times as you embark on your personal journey. I am right Here with you. You are not alone in this.

P.S. If you have any questions, or need someone to talk to, feel free to contact me Here. If you are someone like me and need an accountability partner to stay focused and motivated, check out my coaching page Here to see what it is I do as a Health Coach and Accountability Partner. For deals, feel free to contact me.

How do you walk?

Recently I joined a women’s workshop that holds the intention of helping females tap into their divine feminine energy. This past Wednesday was the first meeting. There were several exercises we did to ground ourselves in the moment, one of which involved walking very slowly.

By slow, I mean slowwwww.

Taking several seconds to take a single step, and feeling each part of your foot as it meets the floor. We were told to have no destination in mind. Simply walk.

During this exercise, the teacher guided us in turning inwards to bring awareness to our bodies. This is when she asked a question that particularly struck me: “What are you leading with?”

As I stumbled about, trying to keep balance while walking the pace of a turtle, I began to take notice of my posture.

As I naturally moved through the room I noticed my head was pushed forward. In fact, my whole upper body seemed to be leaning forward as if it were trying to tell my feet “hurry up!”

Recently as I have been experiencing each day I noticed I am always preparing myself for the next moment. It has always been difficult for me to finish one thing to the fullest before moving to the next. I rarely finish books, I’m up and moving before I swallow the last bite of food, I trail off on another though in conversations before I finished the first.

This simple walking meditation allowed my awareness to be fully saturated in this particular habit o have been carrying. It allowed me to see how it was affecting me, and preventing me from remaining stable in the present moment.

After this realization came upon me, I was able to adjust. I gently pulled my head and shoulders back, and with the next step allowed my heart to lead the way. It now felt as if I was being guided by a force unseen. I became stable in my slow walk. I even had, dare I say, pep in my step. I was able to gracefully glide through the room, change direction, and do 360 turns without faltering.

I share this with you now because this moment was very impactful, and I feel it could offer great benefit to you.

Next time you are walking, bring awareness to your body. What is it you are leading with? How stable are your steps?

When I first began walking, I was leading with my mind. I was allowing the thoughts about the action to guide me. After the adjustment, my heart took the lead and I no longer had to question where I was stepping or how the nature of that step should look. It happened organically.

By bringing awareness to simple things like how you walk, you gain insight into deeper things, such as how you walk through life itself.

I encourage you to try this next time you have a spare moment, and feel free to share your experience in the comments.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Cosmic Dance of the Wild Nature

I do come off as pushy.

I realize this.

I seem egotistical and selfish,

As if I think I know what is best.

Hear me now:

I do not know what is best for anyone.

I do not claim to know anything.

However,

That will not stop me from speaking my truth.

Go ahead, prove me “wrong.”

The darkness is meant to be explored 

 And I wish to dive deep.

 Until one is enlightened, 

 There is always self work to be done.

 I refuse to settle.

 I will kick up dirt in an eternal dance through the cosmic Inferno.

 The fire of life and death, 

creation and destruction, 

 And every other contradiction living in harmony.

I will rage like a lunatic 

in order to find peace.

I will scream in the name of divinity 

 To the very heavens, 

 Regardless if people care to listen.

 Shed your light 

 Shed your light 

 Shed your light 

 This Inferno is inside my heart 

Shed your light

Shed your light

Shed your light

 I am a spark 

 Growing in depth and magnitude 

 Shed your light 

 Shed your light 

 Shed your light

Ever-expansive;

Burning to be known at the core

Shed your light

Shed your light

Shed your light

The larger it grows,

The further away

The rest becomes.

Renounce

Renounce

Renounce

Strip it all away

To the very bones;

Dance on the ashes.

Renounce

Renounce

Renounce

Burn the ego with its

Fear, hate, and desires;

Dance on the ashes.

Renounce

Renounce

Renounce

Clarity reveals itself.

Freedom follows.

Self Care 101: Mind

 

“The challenges of the sixth chakra are opening the mind, developing an impersonal mind, retrieving one’s power from artificial and “false truths”; learning to act on internal direction; and discriminating between thoughts motivated by strength and those by fear and illusion.”

‘Anatomy of the Soul,’ Dr. Caroline Myss

 

It’s easy to get caught up in day to day life. Everything seems so important at the time. Hills look like mountains and slowly every little thing starts to pile up until you can’t think straight anymore.

It’s not your fault. It’s natural. Today’s world is fast paced and full of distractions. Even the people you surround yourself with have influence on how you think and act.

Today I strive to show you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You have the power to take back your own mind from all of these external influences and detach yourself from what is seemingly holding you down.

 

What… is it/does it do?

Difference between BRAIN and MIND:

->Brain commands the BODY.

It turns Thought into action

->Mind commands the ENERGY BODY.

It turns Perception into creation

 

What is it?

  • Central hub for information to flow through from our environment and perceptions. It’s where new thoughts and ideas form.
  • The mind is the command center for energy to be created into matter. Be aware of your thoughts, where they are going, and what they are manifesting. Thought precedes Form.

What does it do?

  • The mind processes all of this information, creates beliefs, and shapes the reality we live in. It can also determine how we react to each moment (think before you act).
  • Powerful manifestation tool. What you think and believe is what you are presented with.

 

Who… is the master of the mind?

Ego V. Self

When we allow the ego to take control, we become consumed by expectations, assumptions, and judgements towards others and ourselves. When we allow our self to take control, we are more easily able to take a step back and allow things to happen instead working towards a desired outcome.

Ego: What we think we are/ ideas of who we should be.

Self: What we know we are in our heart.

 

Where… do most of our mind sufferings stem from?

Fear, control, expectation

  • Fear stems from feelings of vulnerability. To become strong we must first allow ourselves to feel vulnerable. Dive into the dark places and release what it is that’s keeping you weighed down. Take that risk you KNOW you should do, that your heart ACHES for you to do, and trust the universe is supporting you and it’s all a part of the divine plan. We are all afraid of failure, of not living our best lives, of dying before we make a positive impact. All of this is keeping us from doing what it is we are meant to do.
  • Control stems from having preconceived notions of what should be. It is a false sense of power to feel in control in a situation. The truth is, we do not have control. What happens is meant to happen. The tree will grow, the sun will eventually die out, the planets will turn. It is as it is. What we can do is live to our personal fullest potential in each moment. Live compassionately and with an understanding for the wildness of the unknown workings that truly shape this reality.
  • Expectation same with trying to have control. You get an idea of what you want, but the universe will only ever give you what you need.

 

Why is it vital to calm the mind?

The mind is powerful. Our beliefs shape our reality. When we have a calm, open mind we are able to function better in our environment and work well with changes that are happening. Most relate a calm mind to a calm environment, thus having an aversion to change. This is not the case. A calm mind is one that can stand in the middle of all the chaos, trusting that what happens is meant to happen. It is a mind that allows all of this information to flow through without attachment to any one thing or one belief. It remains open, accepting, and free of pattern.

 

How… can I learn to work with it?
  • Meditation, trust in universal plans and intuitive abilities, release attachment  (to outcome and false and/or negative beliefs)
  • To work with the mind one must release fears, desires, need to control, expectations, and judgements. Release all that you think you know to be true and accept that everything changes. Everything has a natural flow and we must flow with it.
  • To release judgements, notice when they arise. See them in yourself. Know that what you are judging in others has stemmed from your Self. Release all judgements you have about yourself. Know you are a divine loving light being.
  • Release Fears. Trust the universe has a plan for you and all that happens is meant to happen. Everything that comes into our life is a lesson sent to help bring us closer to the self. Take risks and know that you are protected.
  • Release desire by not expecting a certain outcome. Release desire by cultivating integrity and hold dear only that which is fundamental to your growth. Get to the root of why you desire certain things.
  • Release expectation by being fully present in the moment. When we shape our future based on our past or have an idea of what we want to happen, it limits the possibilities to what could happen. There is no “should.” All that happens will happen. You happened and are here now. We all happen to be here now doing this for the reasons we decided to be here now, so we may as well get the most out of it and be here now. If we are not fully present, it will be harder to detect the subtleties of divine happenings and signs given to us in our daily life.

 

Summary

 

Do not fear to look within. Do not rely on external counsel. This will only create more power for the ego to feed off of. What is true for YOU? Be open to what the universe has in store for you.

 

No one choice is better than another. All choices are the right choices. Do not get to hung up on the decisions you make. Simply, make these decisions in line with your purpose.

 

Refrain from living in the past or worrying about the future. You are not there. You are Here. Doing so will only muddy right Now. Do the best you can here and now to improve the quality of moments to come.

 

You are all capable of improving the lives of others and your own lives by improving the quality of person you become.

 

Seek ONLY the TRUTH. Discriminate between truth and illusions.

 

Detach from preconceived notions. See only the truth in situations (often the middle ground. look at both sides).

 

DETACHMENT DOES NOT MEAN CEASING TO CARE

Once you have stilled the fear-driven voices and reached an internal posture of detachment, then all external influences will have no authority over you.

 

Less attachment and narrow-mindedness leads to openness and clarity of mind.

Would you rather drive through fog or on a day with clear sunny skies?

 

“Consciousness is the ability to release the old and embrace the new with the awareness that all things end at the appropriate time and that all things begun at the appropriate time.”

Everything is subject to change. Release the expectations and accept that what happens happens, and what has happened is in the past.

 

We have influence, but not control.

 

Your life is a continuous journey. It doesn’t matter where you start, so long as you have started.

 

Discussion Questions

 

What is your relationship with your mind?

What false beliefs do you often find yourself thinking?

Is there anything that helps you quiet and organize it?

What can you do to improve your relationship with your mind?

The Way We Give

I made it.
I have it all.
The perfect body,
The perfect house,
The perfect vehicle,
The perfect wardrobe,
The perfect career,
The perfect spouse,
The perfect family,
The perfect friend group,
The perfect material life.
Everything is as I imagined.
Everything is exactly as I want it.
Now what?

 

Now that we’re entering holiday season, things can start to get crazy. This is a time when people are encouraged to focus on love and giving. Loving friends, family, strangers, taking extra time for self care. Giving back to the community and those in need, along with giving to those we cherish in our own lives.

In today’s age, much of this perspective has been skewed and tainted. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the rush to buy buy buy more more more to be able to please others is constantly on our minds.

I wrote this short light-heart poem to bring attention to this mindset and hopefully bring awareness to this dis-ease that currently occurs in the world.

It all comes down to our perception of love. People often see love through the eyes of a consumerist society. It is often related to giving material gifts, giving our own bodies (a talk for another time), or even just saying “I love you,” along with other terms of endearment. Though there is a time and place for these things, it is only looking at a miniscule, finite fraction of the equation.

Growing up, I have received many gifts I had been grateful for the day I received them, but it took little time for them to be erased from my memory. I wouldn’t be able to tell you have of the things I had received growing up. It’s not that I was unappreciative. Simply, the gift itself was insignificant compared to the gesture itself.

The act of giving is an act of love. It’s not about how much we give, rather it’s why. Many will say “I want so-and-so to be happy, so I’ll give them what they want.” What we should be asking is “What can I provide to help the greatest good?”

And “What can I do to raise this person to their highest self?” This is where the love can make itself known to the highest degree.

It’s not the gift itself so much as the intention behind it. As I said, it’s the “why” we are giving.

This time of year has emphasis on “holiday spirit” for a reason. It is a time to nourish the SPIRIT. The soul as individuals and a collective. The intention behind giving, the “why,” should be that which nourishes the soul. Instead of stressing over the debt you’ll be in if you try to make everyone happy with things that will cause a moment of fleeting happiness… maybe it’s time to consider how you can bring, as the song goes, “Joy to the World.”

Below are three lists that could inspire thoughtful acts of giving.

 

Projects For The Season:

  • Baking cookies and sharing them with the community
  • Hosting a bake sale and giving them money to charity
  • Donate old toys and clothes to local shelters (animal shelters are in need too!)
  • Visit nursing homes brighten up their day with board games and song
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen and/or donate to food banks
  • Can food drives

 

For Day-To-Day Life:

 

  • Pay for the person’s coffee in the line behind you
  • Packing care kits for the homeless and keeping them in your car (think water, warm hats and gloves, trail mix, etc)
  • Leave kind notes on people’s windshields
  • Smile at strangers
  • Hold doors open for people
  • Tell someone the compliment you thought upon seeing them
  • Write letters to people who have positively impacted your life
  • Write letters of forgiveness and make amends to loose ends in your life
  • Bake treats to share with coworkers
  • About to complain on Facebook? Post something positive and inspiring instead

 

For Loved Ones:

  • A painting
  • A trip to a favorite place
  • Plants (the gifts that give 😉 )
  • A date
  • Cooking and sharing a homemade meal
  • Something knitted or crocheted
  • Anything crafted. Check Pinterest for thousands of DIYs
  • Giving a massage
  • Writing a loving letter showing appreciation for their presence in your life and reading it to them
  • Poetry
  • A mix tape

 

Use your imagination. Think about what is most needed in your community, the lives of those around you, and the world at large. Team up with others or make it a family event to give back this year. There is a lot that can be accomplished if we all take the time to focus on spending our energy on providing what the world needs, rather than spending money on unneeded material possessions.

I’m not saying material possessions are bad, per say. They can be highly beneficial! I.e. I’m asking for a planner this year with inspirational daily bible quotes in it. It all boils down to what the impact of the gift will have on the individual. How it could affect their lives and stir the soul inside of them.

If they need a new pair of socks, great. Get that. I just encourage you to put extra thought into what you give this year, and consider those who do not have access to that new pair of socks.

 

Do you have any ideas on how to give back or experiences worth sharing? Leave them in the comments below!

The Purpose of Life

In this dimension you are driving around a body, a gift from the Universe that you do not get to keep, and nothing you do actually matters. Your dreams and what you want for yourself are so important, yet no matter what happens your soul will eventually leave your body and this world behind. What matters most is the impact you have made in this world around you. The impression you have left on this earth and the quality of your loving interactions with other beings. The outcome of this existence is entirely up to you.

What you think, what you do, the life you live is all for you to design. Feelings will come and go and are meant to be felt, good and bad. Events will come and go and all you can do is choose how to react in that moment. This existence is here for you to experience and learn from. Grow in knowledge and you grow closer to the divinity inside of you.

You cultivate the essence, the vibrational frequency, of your existence. You were born into this world to rise into the highest frequency. To ascend dimensions, leaving behind all concepts of space, time, any and all attachment. You were born to return to the Divinity that gave you life and teach others to do the same. That is your life purpose.

At the same time, life is entirely what you make it. You are a spark from the blazing inferno of God. The creator, preserver, and destroyer. You are always evolving, burning away what no longer serves you and rising from the ashes.

You are an infinite, eternal being crafted from star dust and love by the divine mother herself. You are on this earth for a reason. You are part of a cosmic manifestation that reaches on without beginning or end, constantly changing and growing. In every moment you are reborn. You have the ability to decide what you wish to do with every moment presented to you and align it to your self; your dreams and aspirations.

What do you want for yourself? Where do you see yourself in the future? If you feel you don’t have an answer then I ask you this: What is the person you try to be? Who is it that you present to other people in person or on social media? What is the life you try to convince people that you have?

It’s time to start asking yourself:

What am I doing?

Why am I doing it?

Is it in line with my Divine Purpose?

When you can do this, you will be able to filter out the distractions and start living for the self. Become self involved in your way of living. Some may think of it as selfish, but I look at it as an act of self love.

Start questions who it is you truly are. Stop focusing on the idea, the false ego. You are not a doctor, a football player, a chef, a college kid, a hipster, a lgbtq+ person, a high-stress individual, an alcoholic, you are not even this body! You are something so much more than that and it is entirely up to you what you wish to do with this spark of divinity within you. You have the right to choose if you want to live in line with your purpose, with your SELF and your TRUE NATURE, or whether you would like to continue in the endless consumerist, drama and sex-driven society that loves to keep you distracted from what truly matters.

You are not who you identified as 10 years ago, 10 months ago, yesterday, not even 10 second ago. You can be anyone you want to be whenever you desire to do so. The past does not define you. People’s ideas of who you are that were shaped by past interactions DO NOT DEFINE YOU.

You are divine. You are love manifested into this world. The vessel you experience this world through is made of materials that have been recycled for eons and will continue to be recycled for eons more. You hold the infinite powers of creation in side of you. It is your very essence. Connect with it. Allow it to grow and cultivate that love around you. Pour it out into everything you do, everywhere around you. You were born to live the life of your dreams and inspire others to do so, purely by living true to who you are! Forgive yourself. Release what is holding you down. In this second, you have been reborn. Who do you want to be?

If this is something that resonates with you, but feel you need help falling back into alignment, I do offer several Soul Coaching programs. Each program is designed to fit your lifestyle. Together we can clear away the mountain that has been holding you down and start building the foundation that you can grow and thrive upon. You can schedule a health consultation here to see if this is something that aligns with your purpose. Coaching is available in person and online.

The Importance of Visualization

Growing up in school, if you’re anything like me, you may have been scolded for gazing out windows and daydreaming about who-knows-what. Completely and blissfully lost in thought. Maybe it was about what you would do when you got home, the future you envisioned for yourself, or maybe you had your own fantasy world to escape to.

As we grow into adulthood, we often lose our imaginations to the clutches of drama, media, and the daily stressors of life. It may have even been taught out of you by teachers that scold the class into paying close attention to the lessons; Essentially forcing us to forget our dreams in favor of the wishes and will of society… but we won’t get into that.

What if I told you that letting your imagination roam free could improve your quality of life and manifest your dreams into reality?

Studies [1, 2] have shown that daydreaming can enhance creativity, memory, inventiveness, and overall wellbeing. It can increase positivity, and aid in planning and organizing thoughts.

When we allow our minds to drift unfiltered, it can allow us to dig deeper inside of ourselves and learn more about how we feel and what are the underlying causes of said feelings. It is also a moment of peace when we can allow ourselves to “just be,” with no limitations.

How can we turn daydreaming into a powerful manifestation tool? Through visualization.

Visualization is simply getting a picture in your head about, well, anything. Whether it’s seeing the future you want for yourself or picturing in your mind what your dinner will be. By becoming clear on what it is we desire and want for our lives, it enables the universe to bring it into reality more efficiently. When you can see your dreams clearly, the pathway to them becomes coherent. Steps towards these dreams can be effectively planned and accomplished.

Have you ever imagined something the world needed and a few months later it was suddenly the “next big thing?” That’s the power of visualization at work! When you are passionate enough about something and start taking steps towards it, it will come to you naturally. The universe loves when people are passionate about their dreams and live their personal truths. You are meant to succeed, and by taking steps towards your own success, even just by picturing what it is you want for your reality, you will be rewarded.

In what ways can you utilize and start harnessing the powers of visualization? The possibilities are endless! Here are a few examples:

 

Picture Your Dream Home

Whether it’s a mansion, an apartment, tiny house, or tent in the woods; Where would you love to live? What space would you like to call your own? What color are the walls? Are there wood floors or carpeting? What does the yard look like?

 

Imagine the Person You Want to Be

If you have a clear picture on the type of person you want to be and the qualities you would like to possess, it enables the ability to start “living as if.” This means you can start taking these qualities and translating them into your own personality. Why wait to be your own role model? How are you not like that person you admire so much? Be the person you have always dreamed of in your day to day life!

 

Enhance Creativity

Come up with new inventions, art pieces, recipes… some of the best works were done in the dream realm. Harry Potter, “Yesterday” by the Beatles, Neil Bohr’s discovery of the structure of atoms….

 

Create a Happy Place

If you could be anywhere in the world, or dream-world, where would it be? What would you be standing on? What surrounds you? What does the sky or ceiling look like? What does it smell like? What does the air taste like? What do you hear? Go to this place when you wish to find a moment of peace and mental quiet. Sit in this space you’ve created for yourself and let the world melt away. You can do anything here and be anything here. By having a place like this, it makes it easier to translate these feelings into real life!

 

What are you waiting for? Grab some headphones, play some relaxing tunes, and get to daydreaming!

Commit To Yourself

Sometimes I wonder if the love comes after the commitment.

How often do you experience something new and feel a spark? Whether it’s talking to someone you resonate with, painting, writing a short story, creating a beautiful meal, etc. One day you decide you want to go back and do it again, but something is different. The same spark is gone. It might even be a bit more challenging this time.

I recently talked to someone who chases their dreams. He took risks and was rewarded for it by the universe. He was completely taken care of up to the point I talked to him last. I asked him what it felt like to be in the flow, always encouraged and provided for by the universe. He said it felt more like he was walking into the wind.

This led to a sudden awakening for me. All of my life I have been waiting for everything to flow. I had been looking for something to awaken my soul and suddenly everything would be laid out before me; I would progress through life easily and carefree. That is not how life works.

Every day I am given opportunities. Every day I pick and choose what is within my comfort zone, but taking risks is the only way to grow stronger. When I step out of my comfort zone and chase a spark I once felt, that is when I grow the most. That is when I gain experience, feel abundant and provided for, and open more doors.

It is rarely an easy task to face fears and go against the flow of what is comfortable, but once done, life is given new meaning. Hope is renewed and passion presents itself. Commit to what gives that initial spark. Run after it at full speed until all the barriers are broken and that spark turns into an all-encompassing light.

“I just have to take the first step.”

Live your Truth

When is the last time you lied? How did it make you feel after?

Did the person you lied to find out? How did they feel after?

Lying has become a natural part of everyday life for a lot of people. Whether it’s a constant stream of lies, big and small, or the little white lie from time to time.

No matter the form it comes in, lying will do nothing but harm. It puts an individual in a place of cognitive dissonance; holding two or more beliefs at once. This puts stress on the brain and inevitably, the body.

When we lie, that negative energy sends stress signals to the brain and gets stored as tension within the body. This causes headaches, trouble sleeping, muscle tension, and even sore throats as our vishuddhi (throat chakra) becomes closed off.

When the vishuddhi is blocked, it prevents an individual from expressing what they think and feel. This also blocks the flow of energy from the chakras below it, keeping one from expressing love for others and themselves. It also blocks the natural flow of giving, accepting, and receiving in all aspects of life.

Lying puts the liar in a cage, holding them back from living their personal truth. Have you ever lied about yourself out of fear of what others would think? How was your relationship with those people? When someone doesn’t speak their truth from the heart, it harms the relationships with those around them. It can even distance one from themselves, as they put themselves in categories and labels, limiting full potential.

Choosing to always speak the truth is vital to living an abundant, happy life. It will deepen relationships with others and with oneself. Doesn’t it feel amazing to express yourself fully, free of shameful feeling? You deserve to live that way all the time!

Start by addressing why it is you may lie. What situations are you in when lying occurs most often? Are there individuals you lie to more than others? Are there parts of yourself you hide through lies?

When you begin to break down why it is you may lie, you open up the floodgates to a life of self-love and living up to your fullest potential. Whatever it may be that causes you to lie: accept it, change it, or release it if it no longer serves you! Be you fully with no regrets, regardless of what people think. If you aren’t satisfied with your pumpkin spice latte, tell the barista! If you just got your first boyfriend/girlfriend but are afraid what your parents will think, tell them! They’ll find out eventually and will appreciate you telling the truth. Are you actual 45 instead of 25? Let the world know how many years, good or bad, you have made it through and how many more you will live being unregretfully you!

You deserve to live your best life. You deserve to love yourself and the environment you surround yourself with. Start letting that loving energy flow and live to your fullest truth.

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them below!

Danielle x