We and the cosmos are one. The cosmos is a vast body of which we are parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great gleaming nerve centre from which we quiver forever. Who knows the power of that? DH Lawrence.
Another 12 months has whizzed by, another birthday draws near, another holiday season. The older we are the more we realise that we are not in control. Every breath we take, every dawn and dusk is part of a much larger plan, the roller coaster of life and the universe. Oftentimes we believe the world revolves around us when in actual fact “We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.” Brian Cox
Science has shown “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” Carl Sagan
And that all these particles, atoms, molecules and cells that create our body are magically in sync.
“Our biological rhythms are the symphony of the cosmos, music embedded deep within us to which we dance, even when we can't name the tune.” Deepak Chopra .
Swiss mathematician Hans Cousto calculated the frequencies of the planets in 1980 and the frequencies are now embedded into sacred instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, and tuning forks that can be used to rebalance and harmonise mind, body and soul. I leave you with this poem.
“CIRCLES OF LIFE
Poetry by Suzy Kassem”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. Henry Van Dyke
Today is American Thanksgiving. The most celebrated holiday of the year in the USA. Yet why is it that “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted?” – Aldous Huxley Today I invite you to express gratitude.
You may be surprised at the result.
When I started counting my blessings my whole life turned around.- Willie Nelson
Acknowledging it is not enough.
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward
For Gratitude is the healthiest of human emotions, and the more you express it, the more likely you will have even more to express it for. - Zig Ziglar
Research by Christina Karns supports the idea that gratitude helps those who practice it. Fear disappears, abundance appears. People who practice report fewer physical symptoms of illness, more optimism, greater goal attainment, and decreased anxiety and depression, among other health benefits. Gratitude is a “moral barometer”—an acknowledgement “that one has been the beneficiary of another person’s moral actions.” And a moral reinforcer, meaning that you’ll see a “thanks” from others as a reward that will lead you to give more in the future. In other words, the more you give the more you receive.
On this holiday of plenty realise that Enough is a feast. - Buddhist proverb.
And that Gratitude transforms common days into thanksgiving, routine jobs into joy, and changes ordinary opportunities into blessings. - William Arthur Ward
Embrace an attitude of gratitude and as Henry David Thoreau says,
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
Turning every day into days of thanks.
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
I was brought up to take care of my possessions, polish my shoes, darn holes and fix buttons to get the maximum use of each item. Today its called eco-conscious. We called it normal.
When it comes to our bodies we are never the same from one minute to the next. They are in constant renewal. It takes 60 seconds for a red blood cell to circumnavigate the body or 7 years for the body to completely renew itself. As our bodies rejuvenate so must our thinking and way of being.
Last night I presented a workshop called Stop, Reflect and Redirect to the Women's Network at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. It was a snippet of a longer workshop with the intent to take a snapshot of one's life. Habits and our way of being can become stale, leaving us lethargic, uninspired and demotivated. By changing one simple thought or incorporating one new habit regularly we can radically change our lives.
Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale
A good friend resisted all my efforts to attend one of my yoga classes by saying, "I don't DO yoga' based on a previous experience she preferred to forget. I assured her Kundalini was different and that she could do all the exercises and meditations sitting in a chair. Despite her protestations her mind was open to change. At the end of the class her radiant smile and obvious transformation warmed the cockles of my heart. This one class has changed her life.
The trouble is, you think you have time. Buddha
This week I invite you to think of one mindset or belief you hold to be true and open yourself to the possibility that it could change. You may surprise yourself.
If you can't change your mind, why have one? Edward DebonoRead More
'Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.'
In the business world we measure employee performance in terms of time, money, and output to determine bonuses and promotion prospects. On a personal level how do you define 'value'? The dictionary says:
the regard that something is held to deserve
principles or standards of behaviour;
one's judgement of what is important in life.
When I sort my closet I make the judgement of what to keep based on, 'Is it beautiful?', 'Is it useful?' and 'Can I live without it?'. Every year it shrinks.
'I make myself rich by making my wants few.'
But what about how we spend our time and with whom? Bob Dylan says, " A man is successful if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do". Given that we have a limited time on earth it behooves us to live in a way that embodies our true selves and allows us to grow as humans.
'Your core values are the heart of your business.' - Anon
As the holidays and another birthday approach, I reflect on what is giving me the deepest satisfaction in my life in order to do more of it while on the flip side what is not serving my true Self and letting that go. I am indeed fortunate in that everyday I express my values, to share, inform, and transform clients which brings profound satisfaction knowing I have made a difference not only here but elsewhere in the region. The Red Doors community grows, the breadth and depth of our services expands and from one drop, one person, the ripples of change travel around the world. Thank you for joining me on the journey. I invite you this week to let go of the baggage that is no longer allowing you to live in your authenticity.
Sight - perception of objects by use of the eyes
"It is only with the heart that one can see clearly. What's essential is invisible to the eye." The little Prince.
Predators such as owls and cats are renowned for their eyesight. They live in the moment, 'what you see is what you get'. Our interpretation of what we see is clouded as we delete, distort and generalise based on our experience, memories and culture in order to derive meaning. This takes time, energy and can even be wrong! Can you imagine accepting what we see for simply that? When we accept others for who they are as we experience them in the here and now with no hidden agendas, no second guessing, just acceptance. I invite you this week to remove the clouds and filters and to see life as it is, in all its beauty.