Embrace this truth first, then allow it to transform your life

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There is no thing, nothing, outside of any us that offers healing – wholeness – peace.  It lies within us. The key is the ability to unfold our tightly protected or conditioned heart so it can release and pour forth its blessings on our life.  Our heart is sensitive and fiercely strong at the same time.  It embodies the presence of the masculine and the feminine qualities.  When balanced and open, it is the truest form of blessing on our life.  It is the miracle we seek.  It is the peace that passes all understanding and in all circumstances.  Nurturing, trusting, developing our own heart is the most important task we can be about in our daily life, because this is the key to thriving.  The transformation in our physical life is the evidence of this truth.  As we embody these truths, we can bless others from this peaceful place.  The energy of alignment with our true self, our pure heart radiates outward and transmits beams of love, joy, contentment and pure peace.  It is felt. It is experienced.  Embrace this truth, learn to trust your heart, practice living in the present moment and know that your heart can speak to you.  Nurture your heart, nurture your self.  Within lives the kingdom of heaven. 

What Lights Me Up? What Lights You Up?

IMG_4744Do you desire to get more satisfaction and peace from your everyday life?  Do you sometimes feel as if you are stuck in a rut?  If so, here is a little exercise to help you back on track.  A way to do more of what makes you feel good, so in the meantime (that place that requires work/duty) life is a bit lighter, easier. 

First, spend 5-10 minutes in quiet contemplation, mediation, or prayer.  This will help clear your mind so you can listen to your heart.  Then with paper and pen, begin writing 10 things that light you up.  Things that bring joy to your heart and a twinkle in your eye.  Do your best to cultivate some of these as you can, no pressure to do so.  Just pick one to delight yourself.

Much love to you, may we be lights in this world.

Here is my list, no particular order, because they are all important and available at different times.

  1. Walking in the woods, making trails
  2. Creating things to eat and drink in the kitchen
  3. Studying/learning new things, especially about plants and sacred things
  4. Music:  llistening and making it (piano and drum)
  5. Sewing (especially for someone whom I love)
  6. Water:  sswimming, walking near it, bathing, sitting on the shoreline, smelling it as it cascades over rocks
  7. Quiet time – alone time – writing time
  8. Candles
  9. Spending time with my husband and family, especially my grandchildren
  10. Dancing, oh the joy!  Especially spiritual dancing:  cconnecting, moving, expressing

Sleep Formula

The simple formula for a good night’s sleep:  

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Cool + Dark + Quiet2  = Good Sleep

The basic necessities of physical life are water and yes, air…but beyond that is sleep.  It is the reset function that allows you to gain or maintain homeostasis (balance).  This is essential for good health and vibrant energy.  It’s the missing link for many, so you are not alone.

 

For myself, C+D+Q2 works for consistent, quality sleep.  I have made it a choice and priority.  Just like the food choices I make, I look to the desired result for the motivation to develop habits that will be beneficial in my quest.  Are you motivated?  It does take repeated action and a desire to achieve the results, both are equally important.  So onward we go to the successful path of a sweet slumber.

Let’s breakdown the sleep formula. 

Cool.  Most find that a cool room in a cozy bed with blankets to be the ideal for great sleep. This is true for me.  Also, keep in mind that allowing your bed to be used only for sleep or for intimacy is helpful in training your body for quality sleep.  So cool, incorporates comfortable and intimate.

Dark.  Cover or remove the distracting lights of electronics.  Cover the windows with room darkening curtains or blinds will help also.  If you live in the woods as I do, then you don’t have to worry about glaring street lights, so drawing the shades is a choice. 

Quiet times two.  1.  A quiet space.   I often go to bed before my husband.  He is considerate and will use headphones so I don’t hear the tv in the other room or I tell him that I plan to use my ear buds (which I often do).   The ear buds serve two functions for me.  I listen to some meditative music or similar which offers sweet solace and leads us to number two.  2.   A quiet mind.  If you lay down and your mind just won’t switch off, there are a couple of things you can do.  One is to perform a brain dump on paper.  Just before laying down, write down the things that are on the top of your mind:  to do list for tomorrow, the worry over a previous conversation, up coming travel plans, etc.  Make it simple.  Then change directions and write a couple of thoughts/intentions you would like to happen, your dreams/aspirations.  Again, make it simple.  After that, climb into your cozy bed and listen to something quiet or inspiring.  Be sure to set a timer so it goes off in 15-30 minutes.  Anything sounds in your ears beyond that may wake you up.

Testimonial.  One of my most productive sleep habits is a regular bedtime.  When a regular bedtime occurs, your body prepares itself naturally for sleep and you don’t even have to look at the clock to know its sleep time.  I have found surpassing my normal bedtime,  usually results in a difficult time falling asleep.  I get my second wind and that carries me onward for a couple of more hours.  This is useful for the occasion that I would like to visit with loved ones, etc.  Even when I stay up later, I try to maintain the same wake up time.  This helps me sync for sleep the next night.  What about napping?  There is nothing wrong with napping.  Personally, I rarely need a nap, but when I do, I indulge.  Naps of a shorter duration are the best for me.  I have always thrived on a power nap of 15-20 minutes 

There you have it.  The makings of a good sleep routine.  It works, I can attest.

Sweet dreams!

A Better Way

Rose from MajorieIf I shall speak with every human and Angelic language and have no love in me, I shall be clanging brass or a noise-making cymbal.  And if I have prophecy, and I know all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith so that I may remove mountains, and I have no love in me, I would be nothing.  And if I should feed everything that I have to the poor, and if I hand over my body to be burned up* and I have no love in me, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient and sweet; love does not envy; love is not upset neither puffed up.  Love does not commit what is shameful, neither does it seek its own; it is not provoked, neither does it entertain evil thoughts, rejoices not in evil, but rejoices in the truth, Endures all things, believes all things, hopes all, bears all.

Love never fails; for prophecies shall cease, tongues shall be silenced and knowledge will be nothing;  For we know partially and we prophesy partially,  But when perfection shall come, then that which is partial shall be nothing.  When I was a child, I was speaking as a child, I was led as a child, I was thinking as a child, but when I became a man, I ceased these childish things.  Now we see as in a mirror, in an allegory, but then face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I shall know as I am known.  For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13    Translation:  Aramaic Bible in Plain English

Thanks to my friend, Marjorie for sending me this picture.   She took it last week, just after the first frost at her Georgian Bay ON home.  As she wrote me:  it’s beauty is still casting for me.    It reminds me of the love we share, although we have only met once.  It reminds me of the beauty of her heart and how we all have so much to give in so many ways.  Thank you my friend, for the love you share.

 

Living my Truth

If I am not living my truth, I feel it in every fiber of my being – it’s a signal – a call to make a change.  Subtle as first, but significant and shifting.  I thrive as I live my truth.

Your truth will express itself as your faith grows.  No one need convince you or it or of anything else.  It is revealed in your heart and truth always resounds with truth.

Julia R Parsell

 

Attractiveness: More than a pretty face

Attractiveness is one of your best attributes!   This is not for, or from vanity, but for the sake of positively impacting the world in which you live.

Attractiveness supersedes physical beauty or a slim physique.  Attractiveness is wholeness, a completeness that wells up from within and springs forth to the world in:  beauty, joy, balance, warmth, love, service, and grace.  It is a feature that draws others to be inspired and encouraged.

Attractiveness is a quality that all of us can possess, more often than not it gets buried.  We are all made in the image of God.  We are the fabric of the Divine.  We are one song, a poem whose richness and abundance lies in wait to be expressed positively.

When we focus on the wholeness of being, when we surround ourself with positive, pure energy; Its light begins to magnify within us.  Then, Its radiance shines forward and toward the world in which we live.

We can choose to be a vessel of attractiveness.  Here are some ideas to help achieve this:

  1. Fill your mind and body with beauty and hopeful expectations.
  2. Practice mindfulness by being fully present in the moment.  Realize that multi-tasking can be counter productive and consider focusing on what matters at the moment.
  3. Enjoy the little things in life, such as:  the beauty of a sunrise/sunset, the chirping of a bird, the sound of a train, the blowing wind through the leaves, the shapes of the clouds, the splashing of raindrops, the vista of a beautiful photo or the fact that you can read or listen.

 

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There is beauty all around.  Open your eyes to it.  Draw it in, be filled and then exhale the beauty in the world in which you live.  As images of the Creator we all have Divinity with us.  As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, I can walk along side you and direct you to habits and practices that will increase your feeling of attractiveness.  It’s not just about the food you eat, it’s about the thoughts you think.  Send me a note, let’s talk.

 

Hummus

Ingredients

• 1 – 15oz. can chickpeas (garbanzos)
• ⅓ cup of bean liquid
• 3 tablespoons tahini or 2 tbsp. sesame seeds, if using a high performance blender
• 2 or 3 cloves garlic
• ½ teaspoon sea salt
• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
• ½  teaspoon cumin

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high performance blender. It’s easier to do it in several smaller batches.

• Once it’s all blended, place it all in a mixing bowl and taste.

• Use your taste buds to determine if you need more lemon juice, tahini, garlic, cumin or salt.

• Spread on a serving platter and sprinkle paprika or chili powder and a little olive oil over the whole plate.

Prep time:  10 minutes

8 appetizer servings

Recipe by Julie Parsell

Hummus freezes well:  transfer to an airtight container and drizzle a little olive oil over the top to lock in moisture. Store the container in the freezer for up to four months, then thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.

Magic

IMG_4911 (1)My dear daughter, you are magic, we are magic and they are magic!  We have just forgotten.  In our humanness – which in itself is miraculous, we have forgotten the divine spark that resides within all of us, mostly unkindled.

In some it barely glows.  It’s been snuffed out by burdensome cares and harsh teachings of hell and damnation.  It has been trained to fear, so it hides, not daring to let the flame leap, lest it be doused with water and the smoke burn the eyes and cloud the vision.

In others that spark ignites and burns brightly, but then a lack of oxygen, spirit, breath, or beauty snuffs it and it gets buried under the ashes.

Still in others wet leaves of the trials of life, floods of excruciating pain, burns, scars, cover over it till it’s not visible, not even to the heart that carries it.

But….all the while the spark is there – it never goes out – never extinguished, it is inextinguishable. Oh, but when the spark is kindled and breathed upon (inspired):  magic appears which delights and delivers and dances!  It then shines brightly in you, in us, and in them.  We are all magic, let us not forget.

How to live with the turmoil

How to live with the turmoil

When I used to read stories of the horrible conditions in Europe during the Nazi regime, I wondered how Americans could live happily and so disengaged.  Shouldn’t everyone be sad and experience the plight of those that were being oppressed?  But, as I walked on this Earth and grew in understanding, I learned we are not meant to experience everyone’s miseries.  We are not equipped to do so.  Grace is a wonderful word:   it is a bestowment of a gift, undeserved and not even asked for.  It just shows up.  It shows up when needed and especially for those in need.  The one in turmoil receives the grace, the onlooker feels the misery.  Does this mean that the one in peril does not feel the misery?  They do, but grace steps in to aid.  But what pushes grace away from being experienced?  Fear!  And how does fear continue in a tumultuous situation?  By histeria, misinformation and a perspective that negates the power of light over the darkness.  As an onlooker to those in peril, how can we be effective, how can we make a difference? Prayer.  The power of prayer is an effective as turning a light on in a dark room.  The light overcomes the darkness and prayer is a way to shed love in dark world filled with fear.  The eternal Spirit, we all possess, and the cord of humanity that links us together is mysterious, just as the birth of any creature is miraculous.  Both extraordinary and ordinary.  Prayer can be as simple as sending love to those known and unknown. There is no effort to fill a dark room with light, it’s a process that is proven and works because there is a power source enabling it.  Our power source is the Creator and the Spirit is our eternal part that courses mysteriously through us.  We are linked together through this Spirit and the cord of humanity.   Yes, grieve for those who are hurting, but don’t stop there:  pray for them, near and far.  Send them love.  Yes, share your resources as you are able, but don’t stop there:  send them love.  We all can be abundant in love, we all can live in this space of unlimited resources of power and grace.  We often get mislead by those that wish to control us and lead us to live fearfully,  we are not meant to live this way.  We are meant to live free and abundant.  I was raised Christian and grew to love the words of Jesus.  His love for those far and near is the example we need.  He taught, just as the Father and I are One, so are You!  He came to show All of us how to live life more abundantly.  Somewhere along the way the His message of love became distorted and judgement overshadowed Love and fear replaced it.  Let us draw together and be still and send love, be love, walk love.  Let’s each be an instrument of light, not of fear.  When we turn our own fears into prayers of love, then our sense of turmoil is diminished.  The feelings of helplessness are relieved.  Yes, share your resources, but first pray.