It’s December already and I can’t even believe that the year is coming to an end! Can you? December arrives and we tend to start with the lists of what to do, checking it a thousand times with the feeling you are running out of time. The anticipation for the holidays comes with a bit of stress and anxiety, I am certain it’s all my doing in hopes to create good memories for the family. Perhaps my attempts to create in an anxious state has made others feel that angst and overwhelm in past years too. My intention now is to create joy and less stress moving forward.
This year my children are grown and adulting in their own ways, so I have been making a conscious effort to change how to manage the stress and create more joy! We have told the family “less”is more. So focus on less running around, less stuff that is potentially returned and more close family time. We will spend the holidays with our immediate but also extended family of parents, brothers and sisters and I have shared this with them.
With the many challenges and loses this past year, I want to focus on being more present and connected with those I have the privilege of knowing and loving. I want to feel the calm, the ease of being just who we are in these precious moments. Slowing down and taking the time together that connects us is the best gift of all. Listening to each others dreams and stories, creating the laughter and joy that is remembered for decades.
Intentionally making the effort to slow down and enjoying what I have is the change I am seeking. Slowing down in a time when everything seems to speed right up. How you may ask will I do this?
First, the same thing I tell all my clients, to breath! Take the time to stop and take a deep and intentional breathe to calm down, balance and centre. Deep breath work is a calming tool everyone has access to. Simply stop, breath and slow down.
Second, meditate with my intention of creating joy in my life and to be consistent with my practice. Reminding myself of blessings and gifts I have everyday- my gratitudes.
Last to release and declutter the little things that keep finding there way into my day like emails and messages to buy or sites I haven’t spent anytime in the past 3 months or more. Giving my time to being of service and my own personal well-being. You all know what I mean, getting lost in electronics and taking responsibility not to get caught up in it! It’s part of the overwhelm and lost time.
The new year is coming so reflect on the past year and declutter as we are moving into a new decade where we can continue to find our joy.
Our lights are up which give us joy and fewer decorations out, I feel good and ready to spend December in the spirit of joy and peace for all. I am going to be intentional, slow down, breathe and find the joy in each day!
I was inspired to write this after reading a piece by Maria Shriver and her prayer which is absolutely beautiful for the month of December.
A prayer by Maria Shriver
Dear God, please help me stay calm and centred these weeks leading up to Christmas. Help me remember the spirit of this season, and not get caught up in the pressure of rushing around and buying a bunch of stuff. May I feel joy this December and remember that this time of year is a gift in itself. Amen.
Happy Holidays and love to you all,
Hello My Friends!
If I was to say I had the “secret” to the secret sauce you would want to know, wouldn’t you? In my earlier years, I was seeking out what was the perfect solution to connecting and communicating with Spirit, the Angels and my Spirit Guides. What process do I need for this and that, I was and (I still do) seek out ways to improve clarity, dreams, goals, life purpose, you name it I have likely looked into it or tried what others feel is the magic.
What is the secret?
It’s the one thing I realized when done daily I was able to keep centred, focused and inspired. A simple and powerful task included in my daily practice of meditation and grounding is to… journal.
Yes, how simple is that. Journaling- who knew it, right! Sometimes, easier said then done however once I realized how powerful journaling can be it has become many things to me over the last 30 years. Ok, let me tell you first, life gets in the way some days, weeks and even months but I have always come back and found this practice comfortable and trustworthy, like a good ol’ pair of jeans. There is no perfect way to journal except to have a note book and good pen with lots of ink.
What do I journal?
Every morning and evening, I journal my gratitudes; if nothing else this is what I feel is a must do. I use the journal for automatic writing on to find inspiration, to get what’s in my head out without any filter. This is how I met my first Spirit Guide and realized what an amazing spiritual tool journaling was and I have taught many others to do the same. Journaling on the New Moon is essential to creating and manifesting things into our lives: while equally important on the Full Moon as we journal the things that no longer serve us for releasing. You are truly giving self-care when you make time to write, it is extremely healing. On occasions, I have gone back and read where my thoughts and feeling had been and can see the growth and progress as well as things that are still blocking me and not fully healed. The journey of the journal, lol, love it! As we all are make our way through this journey of life any tools to help guide us through is welcomed. I challenge you to make time for journaling for 7 days, then continue for another 7 days then another until you make it a happy habit, I guarantee your soul, your inner self will thank you for it and I know Spirit, the Angels and the Universe will be listening.
Give yourself the gift of a Daily Practice
4 – Easy Steps
- I wake and say : THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU – Wayne Dyer practiced this every day and I adopted it as well.
- I keep a journal right at my bedside and before I get up and brush my teeth I journal 3 things I am grateful for…
- I am grateful for a warm and cozy bed.
- I am grateful for the gifts I have been given.
- I am grateful for Darin, Carter and Alyssa who bring me joy everyday.
- I set an affirmation for the day, it can be one you are using as your mantra or one you would like to focus on this day like:
Joy is my highest purpose.
I am worthy of love.
May abundance come easily and effortless to me.
4. The last thing I do is at night just before I go to sleep, I write and say all the things that I was grateful for that day and one last THANK YOU.
Taking these few moments each day will build a foundation for a lovely self-care practice; it will expand as you grow with only 5 minutes of journaling, 5 minutes of grounding and a 10 minute meditation.
You can do it!!!
Remember its not how you start, its how you finish and I can say that the journey continues to be incredible!
With love light and gratitude,
Hello My Friends
Wow! We are flying into April and loving it! April brings out so many great things like hope for warmer weather, more time outside which I know we all love, new blossoms and fresh leaves. The winter weather is really now behind us. This is a time when I am out in the yard and garden planning for that urban summer harvest. I am digging in the soil and freshening up the beds, racking the grass and soaking in any warmth of the sun. While I am outside enjoying the beauty, I am grounding and connecting with Mother Earth. When we ground, it helps us find our centre, calms us down, and we then can focus and have more clarity on any situation that faces us.
Grounding can be as simple as stepping outside your front door, breathing in the air and letting the energy flow through your body or you can take a quick visualization trip from the comfort of your living room to bring you to a place of centre, peace and wholeness. This is a practice I do daily and in every session I have with my clients to be able to connect with ease to Spirit and the Angels. I recommend it to everyone who may be needing a way to find calm, order and just plan sanity in a stressful situation.
In the last email, I spoke of meditation and how important it is the build a small practice daily and adding in grounding to that daily practice will only amplify the benefits of the your self-care and spiritual tool kit.
I have included a 5 minute daily grounding meditation for you to follow or give you an idea of how you can co-create your own grounding practice.
Please enjoy and I would love to hear how you have work this practice into your day!