I woke this morning and wrote down my dream.
I dreamt of a new now, a new here, one built on obliterated borders and on the foundations of being fair.
A new place with no lining up or risking life to get there. No people in holding centers, cages without keys, no one detained for wanting to be free.
It was a new city built by us, the humans, the brown, the white, the black, all on the same bus.
The financing came from the 2% of the humans that now own 50% of the bling.
They gave freely, wielding shovels and plows instead of tax breaks and tickets to never-ending privilege.
It was full of music, art, and innovation. This city had no politicians, no gurus, no debt, and claimed by no nation.
Locally owned and operated by the peaceful and meek,
by people with no plan, no workweek.
Clocks and calendars were not the way.
Being present was the big news of the day.
Everyone sharing their gift was the chosen play.
No past, and no future,
Not an unreachable utopia
They Called it, Today.
I had someone on my email list ask me these two important questions! What does it mean to 'own every moment' and why does being in the present remove one's problems as they problems still remain?
I wanted to share my answers with you. As this at the heart of what I've been talking about and working with folks on!
The meaning of Owning Every Moment and the importance of Being Present are both ways to find Inner Purpose. (who you are). Your Inner Purpose is to awaken and live in the now. To be aware of this moment. This beautiful moment.
Not being stuck in our past.
Not fearing the future.
Not waiting for the future to make life better.
-What I mean by Owning Every Moment?
No matter what happened in the past, no matter the news, the drama at work, or with a family member. No matter what you need to do in the future, you can use this moment, right now, to grow, to be grateful, and to be helpful. To live with enthusiasm!
Why does being in the present remove one's problems as the problems still remain?
Being present does not remove one's problems. What being present does:
1.) Allows you to focus on what is not a problem right now. I use gratitude.
I'm grateful to be sitting on my couch watching the sunrise.
I'm thankful my big dumb dog is sitting next to me.
I'm grateful for this body which will allow me to play with my kids today.
I'm grateful for this mind that I can use to fulfill my Outer Purpose (what I do).
2.) When you are present, you can start to see the problem as a challenge. And challenges are put in front of us to learn, grow, to become our best selves. Start to see your life as a classroom, a playground. And your challenges as your best teachers.
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I'm setting a goal right here, right now! I will help bring on an Age of Enlightenment.
To work with everyone to produce A time of positive, joyful creation. A future with less suffering and more joy. A new day, not about the drive for a wealth of money and material items. But for the wealth of kindness, creativity, and togetherness. An age that has nothing to do with your gender, race, title, education. But about your service to others, your inner purpose, the joy you create, and the sense of wonder, we can all share! The knowing that we are one.
A massive awakening to the power of our collective energy. An awareness that all we have is this moment. And that this moment is damn good, no matter what you hear on the news or social media. No matter what happened yesterday or what you are afraid might happen tomorrow. We create our own reality.
A recognition that it is our individual and collective fear, greed, hatred and, guilt that is holding humanity back. Delaying the promise of true heaven on earth for all beings. We are only as wealthy as the poorest, and we are only as strong as the weakest and only as smart as the uneducated and uninformed.
So what is an age of enlightenment look like when 7.8 billion humans are sharing this one planet?
A planet where:
What do we do when:
Using and tapping into our collective consciousness, we can overcome and solve these challenges. We can create what Eckhardt Tolle calls A New Earth. An Earth where people focus on inner purpose to drive their outer purpose. We can start right now with each person participating. A great coming home to the truth of who we are and why we are here.
As individuals, we have the choice every day to:
I read a quote a while back, I'm not sure who wrote it, but it made me laugh and go on a retreat!
"Somewhere, some poor fool is sitting in the mountains by a waterfall without a phone and has no idea what is going on."
I turned 50 on 11/28/20! I was looking forward to this occasion! I had been viewing it as a chance to reflect on my first 18,250 days. To look at accomplishments, relationships, my experience as a human. I had plans to travel and visit friends and go to places I've never seen.
As the day grew closer, I realized it would not make sense in our current state. So I booked a cabin with a wood stove and an outhouse. I shut down my technology, turned off the clock, and went into the silence with one book and a journal.
I was walking through my favorite used book store a few days before I left; everything felt muted, brown, and dusty when I caught a glimpse of something glowing from the floor. It was Eckhart Tolle's book entitled Power of Now. I read this book back in 2007 while living at a silent meditation retreat center, and I remember how it affected me greatly and changed my life view; I picked it up, and it immediately started to draw me into a more in-depth view.
I sat in that cabin, and focused my breath on the moment, and pointed my consciousness on my inner being. I remembered what a lot of humans and I had forgotten. We were born to live in joy; we are here to be excited about life; we are here to share our gifts, love our neighbors, and end our suffering.
I remembered that no material item or job or trip would do this for me.
I remembered that I am not my past.
I remembered that I am not my future.
I remembered that I am not the constant chatter of my mind.
I remembered that I AM.
I am right here in this moment that at this moment there is no problem. I have so much to be grateful for and that this moment and every moment can be a launching pad to peace, joy, success, and, yes, freedom from suffering.
Waking up to this level is easier when you are alone and distraction-free. I knew from experience that integrating this back into a busy life would be the real work. To stay present with what is when chaos, confusion, and day-to-day life activities are the moment. And this why a strong foundation is so important. Focusing every day on your Physical Health, Mental Toughness, and Spiritual Connection
I committed to doing what I can every day to wake up and remember and always work to help and support others on their journey!
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As we move into the heart of the Holiday season, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Christmas, and New Years', I hope you a peaceful heart, joyful celebrations, and health for you and your family!
"Be Fierce in your Gently Heartedness"
I spoke to a client the other day, and he was talking about how he was dwelling in negativity. Dwell is an interesting word. I looked it up, and this was one of the definitions:
dwell on — think, speak, or write at length about a particular subject, especially one that is a source of unhappiness, anxiety, or dissatisfaction.
So right now, people are dwelling on the news on the past or the pandemic.
I had this thought what if I Dwell in Gratitude?
So I created my own Gratitude practice, which has helped me see all the beautiful things in my life, the ability to be present with the amazing little moments I share with my family, and looking to the future, and to be excited for what is to come!
My 3 step daily plan!
1.) When I wake up in the morning, before my feet hit the ground, I list 5 things I'm grateful for.
2.) Anytime I start feeling angry, scared, or just frustrated, I make a mental list of things at that moment, I can be grateful for. The sun, the rain, my friends I can call, music, my dog who loves me no matter what!
3.) Before I close my eyes at night, I make sure I smile and give thanks for another day on the right side of the dirt! I think of all the little moments that made me smile, the stranger that said hello, the book I'm reading, the opportunity to learn and grow!
So when I started to focus and be intentional on being grateful and giving thanks my life became more joyful. When I wasn't feeling rushed to get to the next activity or make something happen or feeling like I wasn't doing enough, I could sit with my younger boy for an hour as he made up his own board game and made me play it. I could get up early and exercise because I feel grateful for the morning. I could continue to do things that scare me because I know it will make me stronger.
Dwelling in Gratitude has changed my life, it makes me present with what is, and I'm thankful for this moment, right here, right now, for the people in my life and the journey I'm on, and the faith that better days are ahead for all beings!
Here I've listed my top 10 quotes (in no order) on the theme of Gratitude! I'd love o hear yours!
“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”– Mary Davis
“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.”– Plato
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”– Brene Brown
“I’m grateful always for this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes.”– Eckhart Tolle
My energy, every single ounce of it, comes from gratitude. Gary Vee
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” —Charles Dickens
“…it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”– David Steindl-Rast