Know Yourself, Love Yourself and Change Your World

p02vf969Taking a break from outside distractions and spending the day with myself showed me a few things.  Yes, there was the impulse to reach for the mouse and with a few clicks be instantly connected to the hustle and bustle of social media.  There was also the impulse to pick up my phone and check messages.  I had huge arguments with myself that all started with but … things like “but what about the groups I administrate” and “but I always do this…”  Yes, the struggle is real.  We get so wrapped up in our ego monkey mind and letting it control what we do and when we do it that it gives us no time to be with ourselves.  We know who is on vacation and where, what others are eating, who got a new animal or lost a beloved pet all the while neglecting to schedule our own vacation or plan our meals or pay attention to our own furbabies … or just stop to smell the roses.

So, I smelled some roses today figuratively.  I took time to assess the direction I was going and how my life was progressing.  Barbara Marx Hubbard states “Ask to know what you are born to do. Follow the compass of joy.”  I took time to enjoy nature and became more centered through connecting with Mother Earth.  I listened to some very spiritually connected people making a whole lot of sense and had my soul fed.  I played with both my inner child and my two furbabies.  I took time to listen to a friend who was struggling and gave her my full attention, unimpeded by the distraction of the computer.  I laughed at myself.  I had fun being with me!  I looked in the mirror and asked “what do you want?”  I am so used to asking other people that and listening to their answers and yet when I asked that person in the mirror it was like a totally unique experience.  Suddenly, there was a gleam in my eyes.  I found myself intrigued that I was actually standing there waiting for the answer.  Wow.  What do I want?  It was an AHA moment.

Interestingly, after that interlude, I realized something very profound about desire.  When we are in the mode of wanting something, i.e., our desire, our focus is on that.  We are so intent on having to have it and then when it does materialize we relax from that intensity.  We “breathe” again.  There is happiness, bliss, joy.  What if we took the desire out of the mix?  What if our focus became that state of happiness, bliss and joy?  I’m not saying don’t want anything or strive for more of whatever your dreams are.  Instead, place the focus on the feeling of already having your desire.  Knowing what you want is only the first step, not the entire enchilada, although for some it becomes an obsession.  Once the “that” is established, then go within yourself and find the emotions connected with the fulfillment of that desire and let that be where your attention stays.  Whatever your “that” is, absorb it as a part of yourself.  You are the creator of your own reality; thus, you can make the statement, “I am that, I am” for whatever your “that” is.  In fact, doing this exercise with everything in your world, including people, will be a mind-blowing experience!

When you take time to really know yourself and all your wants/desires, your likes and dislikes, your idiosyncrasies, then you can begin to fall in love with yourself.  When you fall in love with yourself, you are going to want the best possible life for yourself.  That, my friends, will be the motivation for making your world a better place to live.  I am so grateful for all of you!  I love you.  Namaste

I Hear You Calling My Name

holy-spirit-best-bestI woke up to the sound of my name – not the name I have been known as for most of my life but the name I was given when I came into the world. At first I ignored it but it persisted, calling me out of my deep sleep. I looked around the room and my cat was sitting there looking at me.  While she does talk, she has never known me by that name. So I knew I had a visitor — someone that was reaching out to me – someone saying pay attention. It is one of those moments where you really have to be still ask yourself if that just happened. My next question was who are you and what do you want; how can I help you? The answer that I got was I am you and you are me. Not what I wanted to hear this early in the morning, so I closed my eyes to try to get a deeper connection. Again, I hear I am you and you are me. What does that mean?  Am I talking to myself from a different dimension, is it my higher self communicating with me, all these questions and yet I know inside what I have to do. I have to sit with myself and quieten my mind and say okay I’m ready. Talk to me, show me what it is that I need to know.

Once the ego steps aside and we are just quietly open to receiving, it is amazing what we hear.  Sometimes our spirit guides call our name, sometimes they gently nudge us on the shoulder or touch our hair but they persist until they get our attention.  I have been dealing with a lot of things lately including my physical recovery, so the fact that they were calling out to me reminded me that I need to take that quiet respite daily to hear them and let them guide me.  We all do.  Have you had your daily dose of spirit today?  I love you!  Namaste

Creating Our Own Reality

enthalpy-and-creation-672x372“When you understand the Law of Attraction, you are never surprised by what occurs in your experience, for you understand that — through your own thought process — you have invited every bit of it in. Nothing can occur in your life experience without your invitation of it through your thought.”  Abraham

When I read these words this morning, my soul wanted to jump up and down for joy.  Thank you Abraham for so much confirmation of what I say, feel, believe!  We are powerful.  We create with our thoughts!  Please re-read the quote.  Nothing can occur without us inviting it in by our thoughts!  So….that cold you have … that empty bank account … yep, you got it.  Thoughts make things.  What are you thinking?  If you want the good stuff, you have to think the good thoughts.  If you want to stay in the low vibration, then keep thinking of how sick you are, how broke you are….. and on and on it goes.  When I discovered the teachings of Abraham, I was in a low vibration and everything around me was falling apart.  Each night I would listen to a video and my soul was being fed these wonderful words that I so resonated with.  I started “testing” the concept.  Then I discovered the power of gratitude and it all came together.  By keeping my vibration high and always being grateful for even the little things in my life, I began to pivot away from the low vibration.  I started seeing things from a different perspective and finding that I was worthy of all those things I was envisioning having in my life.  Things like adventure, joy, happiness, peace, love and abundance.  It is a wonderful life if we choose for it to be and I choose that every day!  I am grateful for my mentors and teachers in this lifetime.  I love life.  I can honestly say those words now where I could not before discovering who I was.  I got rid of the mindset that something “out there” was controlling what was happening in my life.  Interestingly, for many years I would say “If it’s to be, it’s up to me” without realizing just how true that statement really is.  We are all powerful creators of our own reality.  What are you creating in your life?  I love you!  Namaste



What Are You All About?

Back of young pensive woman standing by the sea at sunsetHe came running up to the table where I had displayed my books and blurted out “I have 2 minutes left before I leave to go to the gym.  Tell me what you are all about.”  Wow!  I handed him an “I love you, pass it on” card and gave him my 2-minute spiel of what my life mission is – peace and happiness on earth.  He looked at my business card which states that I am a Happiness Coach and said, “Oh, you are like a coach for the mind?”  Well, yes, but more than that.  I believe that what I do in my coaching sessions deals with more than the mind.  I help those who are ready to look at their overall existence and see where they desire to make a change.  Marathon Man rushed away with a smile and rushed to the next table with the same question.

If you had to explain you and what you are all about without having time for a prepared canned response, could you share with someone in a way they would understand, especially if they were unfamiliar with some of the jargon we use like Happiness Coach and energy healer?  What would you say in a few words that is what you are “all about?”  The hashtags I use on social media sums it up pretty well for me –  #IChoosePeace, #PeaceBeginsWithMe, #Angelspeakers, #GratitudeIsLovitude and #GratitudeGirl.  I love you.  Namaste

Cleaning the Inside Closet

simpleA well-nourished soul leads to a well-nourished life as it changes from the inside to the outside.  We all understand what nourishing the body is all about because we are taught that by our parents or caretakers.  What about nourishing the soul?  Who “teaches” us that or do we come into this life with an innate knowing that it is something we need?  We know we need to eat because our bodies give us signs, either hunger pains, feeling weak, or other physical symptoms.  What happens when the soul needs nourishment?  For me, it is a feeling of being uncomfortable or sometimes irritable.  Things seem out of place and not going as smoothly as normal.

I have done a lot of clearing out of old emotional baggage and let go of everything from the past that was causing me to have a low vibration.  Trust me, that was not easy.  There were things I felt I deserved to hold there.  I thought I needed to hold onto some of the anger but what I found out was that in letting it go, it freed me.  That space where anger resided now was filled with love and it felt so much better inside me than the anger ever did.  In cleaning out my “inside closet” of all that unneeded baggage, I found room for laughter and joy, excitement, adventure and peace.  Yes, they all moved in!  What a great time we have together every day!!

However, had I not felt that need for soul nourishment, for a deeper connection with who I really am as spirit I can see how I would still be living in that same merry-go-round of misery.  Nobody told me I needed to clean my inside house.  There was no one that said, “Teri I think you need to straighten up some of that junk that’s laying around all over the place.”  I was like an emotional hoarder!  I kept packing away anger, fear, depression, resentment, self-loathing.  Ooh, and there’s some hatred, come on in!  I was blaming the way I felt on anything and everything outside of me.  “They” made me feel this way or “he” did that so I am justified in how I feel toward him.  It kept piling up there in my inside closet.  Sometimes I just shut the door because I didn’t want to look at all that garbage so I would shut down for a while emotionally.  Then, one day I said “I don’t want to live like this any longer.  There has to be a better way of living, of feeling inside.”  Nobody outside of me told me what to do or what was needed.  Sure, friends and family were concerned about me but none of them told me how to change anything.  That came from inside me.  There was a little voice that kept whispering for me to listen and I finally did.  It is my belief that we all have that little voice in each of us.  It is called spirit as that is what we all are.  We just have the illusion that we are humans because that is what we chose to become in this lifetime.  Our real selves, our spirit, resides inside this human body.  Once we are quiet enough to hear what our spirit wants to tell us, then things change for us.  Of course, we can ignore it or smother it out with our ego talk because we do have free will and unfortunately many people do this.  I am so grateful that I finally listened and ignored the ego talk long enough to get the message of love.

How is your inside closet?  There is not a maid you can hire to clean it out.  Nope, it has to be you that digs in with some soap and water and lots of garbage bags.  Evict those low vibrations and replace them with peace and love.  You will be happy you did.  Nourishing the soul is the best gift you can ever give yourself.  I love you!  Namaste

Kitty Wisdom

GE DIGITAL CAMERAWisdom comes in many forms.  Sometimes it is the innocent soft-spoken word that is our lesson we need at the moment.  It does not always have to be the harshest struggle or a broken heart.  In those gentle moments, it is like a whisper that says to us “breathe, everything is okay.  It is divine.  Know that you are loved and cared for always.”  That is what happened to me tonight.  My soul needed refreshed, nurtured.  In the midst of a very hectic day, I forgot to do the most important thing.  I forgot to stop and breathe.  It wasn’t until I found myself unable to answer one more question that it finally hit me.  I was no longer giving because there was an empty cup where they should have been a flowing well.  I had given and given and felt like the polar bear on an iceberg in the middle of the Antarctic.  As I looked around, things looked precarious at best.  I could jump off the iceberg but that would probably not be a wise idea given that I’m not a strong swimmer and the water would be extremely cold.  So I opted for plan B – you know the one I should have done before getting on the iceberg!  Life can’t be lived with shoulda’s though and this I know very well.  I forged through one last question on one more email and then I did the smartest thing I had done all day.  I turned on some soothing music and shut off the computer monitor.  I dragged my tired body to a comfortable place and let the music soothe me.  As I sat there in that relaxed state, suddenly things started coming to mind that were left undone.  Since they were not life-and-death issues, my brain made a mental note to deal with them later and I could feel my body sigh with relief.  I sat there in silence for an hour.  I didn’t move.  I focused on my breath and the fact that I was just taking time for me and it felt really good.  Anytime my brain and ego tried to kick in to tell me something, I went right back to my breath and focused on only that.  After an hour, I was ready to start listening.  I had let all the tension go from my body and mind, so there was no barrier to hearing the wonderful words from my guides.  First I expressed appreciation and let them know how much that time had meant to me and how precious it was.  Then I asked what they wanted to teach me, show me, discuss with me.  It was a beautiful exchange and a productive one.  You see, when we are as drained as I was it limits us in all aspects, but especially in communication.

As I sat there letting my mind be open to whatever came my way, I felt movement and opened my eyes to see that I had company.  My sweet little Tazzie knew that now I was in a calm place and she crawled into my lap for some kitty love.  Her soft purr told me that everything was going to be okay, that it was divine and that I was so loved.  It was the best message I could possibly have received.  I love you!  Namaste

Of Broken Angels and Falling Stars

16558345_10212563941397500_164182894_nI go to Boca Raton, Florida once a month and every time I do I visit a thrift store that keeps drawing me in there.  Every time I have gone, I have found something that was the reason for me being there.  Yesterday, as I walked toward the door I glanced through the window and an angel stopped me.  I stood there looking at her and made a mental note to look closer when I got inside.  I walked the aisles wondering what had drawn me in today – what treasure would become my very own.  I was dismayed as I got back to the front of the store empty-handed.  I was ready to admit that maybe I was wrong and I should just be on my way to the event I had come up here for when I felt a tap on my shoulder.  There was no one close by so I knew it was my guides getting my attention.  As I looked around, there she was, still sitting on the shelf by the window.  I walk over to pick her up and get to know her – this angel sitting on the shelf with a sticker on the bottom that said “Kate.”  She is beautiful.  She is playing a flute which I love.  It is the instrument my daughter used to play in school and it took me back to a time in her childhood when I sat and listened to her recital.  I held Kate in my hands gently and looked at her beauty and thanked her for the memory she brought to mind.  That was when I noticed that Kate was broken.  She only had one wing and when I turned her around I saw where the other wing had broken off completely.  I went to put her back on the shelf but felt a resistance and just could not do it.  I asked myself, who buys something that is broken on purpose?  That would be me!  How could I abandon her when she had just raised my vibration tremendously in one minute of her being in my presence?

Many people see someone with a handicap and only see the handicap, not the person or animal … or in my case the angel.  I choose to look at the positive these days and for me this was just another confirmation of how much my life has changed.  The old me would have put the angel back on the shelf because of the defect and would have missed out on so many blessings of looking at her playing the flute every day.  I have come to love and respect this new me, something I could not say a few short years ago when I was in a dark place in my life.

As I was driving home with Kate the angel in the seat beside me in the car, I took the long route instead of getting on the interstate.  My soul needed time to drive and think and look at my surroundings which is something I don’t do while driving at a much faster pace.  As I turned down my street I looked out the open car window and saw a brilliant flame of fire in the sky as a “falling star,” which we now know are meteors, descended.  I still choose to call them falling stars and I still make wishes on them just as I did as a child.  It was all perfectly divinely timed with me arriving home to see it, which would not have happened had I sped home.  It was confirmation of so many things that had happened that day and I smiled at Kate, brought her inside and found the perfect spot for her with my other angels.  I love you!  Namaste