The walnut tree in my back yard lost the last of its leaves for winter. We're past the fall now and full on into the winter. And the walnut tree just looks stagnant, like it's just taking a break from producing anything. Only on closer examination, you can se the tips of the trees are ready to burst open at the first sign of spring!
Just because you may feel like not much is happening in your life, doesn't mean that things are stagnant. Energy moves in waves and cycles. Sometimes you just need to lay low. When the next wave of energy rises within you, trust that you can catch that wave for some new movement. Visualize what you want for yourself in your life. See it clearly and trust that the opportunity will arise for you to step into what you envision. Be ready to take action in the right time! It doesn't all happen at once and it doesn't happen on demand either.
Hang in there. You are precious and good just exactly where you are right now.
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Are you listening? Are you listening to what is going on inside of you? Each one of us is such a complex being. What I find over and over and over and over again is that each one of us has the knowing inside for clarity about what is best to do or not do. The tricky part is learning to sense the the truest part of your inner knowing and not to be tricked by the mind or emotions or impulses. This is about owning your own personal power in the deepest way.
The best way to hear that truest inner guidance that comes from the highest place of the soul is to be still and quiet. And then Listen. Listen. Listen.
Sometimes you gotta get stuff off your chest, rant, blow off some steam. But that doesn't mean you have to do it in a destructive way. Gossip, talking about other people, is a pretty destructive way to go. It won't really help you in the long run, and in truth, gossiping about other people will hurt you, the listener, and the subject in ways we don't even fathom.
That's not to say you can't talk about things ever but when other people are involved, caution is important. Once you let the words go, you can't get them back.
One way I have dealt with my hardest of feelings, hurt, anger, disappointment and so on, is to write it out. Let it loose and say what you need to say. The idea here is that you will not be sending it. Just spill out the feelings and get clear. Clear out the hurt and anger and maybe even get clear about what you need to learn from the situation, if you can.
Some people rip up the paper after they write the letter. Some people even burn it up. I was very upset about a few things and wrote a bunch of letters in my journal. At first I thought I might send them but in the end, I felt better and there was no reason to send the letters. That would not have served anyone at all.
The issue here is how you are inside yourself when times or relationships are challenging. You'll be happier and more peaceful inside your own skin and that will have a ripple effect in positive ways.
So, spill your guts onto paper and then let it go. Delete the hurt and keep the growth.
Self-forgiveness is one of the most healing actions you can bring into your life. And right now you have a chance to take the healing light of self-forgiveness to a very deep place in your heart.
Did you know that it's important to do self forgiveness regularly? We humans tend to be hard on ourselves. It's important and healthy to evaluate what we do, how we behave, etc. And, when it's time for inner accounting the idea is to open to the opportunity to improve; then be careful to let go of the mistakes and errors in judgement. The idea here is to recognize that you are a precious child of the Creator and to free yourself to move forward in a tender and encouraging way. If you were doing a sport and the coach told you something to improve your game, would you tantrum and cry about it, or would it be more worth your while to practice more and implement the guidance? No brainer, right? So why do we forget and "beat ourselves up?" But don't beat yourself up for beating yourself up. Just clean up, get clear, and move forward with joy. Breathe.
Exercise for your life: Place your hands over your heart. Close your eyes and notice your breath deepening. You can say: "I forgive myself. I forgive myself for any and all mistakes I've made. I forgive myself for any judgements I've held. I now release any negative emotions or thoughts. I fill myself with love and kindness as I open to my inner wisdom and strength. I am grateful."
Rinse. Repeat as needed.
Don't worry if it doesn't feel like much is happening at first. Keep going. Forgiveness and self-forgiveness is like drinking water; you really need to do it daily to keep healthy. This stuff really does work
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Well, it's a busy time of year. You're bombarded with a ton of information and advertising pulling you this way and that. Here's a technique I learned that takes only a minute or two and will make a huge difference in helping you feel centered, calm, and relaxed.
Simply close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly, deeply, gently and as you take each breath, imagine that you are breathing in through your heart and releasing your breath through your heart.
Scientific research has shown that with as little as three, easy, breaths the stress chemistry in the body begins to decrease! Ahhhhhhh......
Now, here is a soft piece of music, less than two minutes long.
Give yourself the gift of purposeful heart breathing.
You are a blessing in this world, and so may you be blessed.
Live the extraordinary life you deserve.
Aunt Laya inspires and encourages you to live the life you want for yourself! She'll tell you the truth, even when it's not always so easy to hear so that you can learn to handle the hard stuff of life and be your best, happiest self. Always with love and caring.