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.

 

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.

 

Sleepwalking? Wake up and join

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For most of my life, I feel I have been sleep walking – in a slumber, not awake.  I have gone through the motions with the zest of my egoic personality.  Reaching forward, moving in the direction of my heart, but at the same time unfulfilled and always seeking balance and wholeness.  I  have always believed that we, as humans, exist in the physical on varying planes of our choosing.  My hearts desire has been to transcend the the rote, the ugly, the meaningless and exist on the plane of tranquility in the midst of the necessary doing. The being that was authentically me and didn’t stress nor worry about being right or wrong in the eyes of another.  To do no harm to anyone or any creature.  To see the sunrise, set, moon shine or not and be content – even thrive in its midst.  Although I haven’t transcended my humanity, I have discovered how to know and follow my bliss.  It is by living fully awake by seeding my consciousness, so that my subconscious is programed, not from my of environment or genetics (although both greatly influence me), but set free to live free with awakened consciousness.  Set free to love and not judge and blow on the flame that unites us together.  As much as I live free, I realize I need and yearn for this awakened/awakening community.  The strength of those gathered in singularity to live free and encourage each other in love, non-judgement and the beauty of simply living authentically, true to self while acknowledging our creator – experiencing “I am” in its fulness.  Join with me.  Let’s live fully awake and encourage one another.  Please subscribe to my blog and let’s discuss the bright possibilities of commonality, bliss, love and non-judgement.  I would love to hear from you.  How are you living free?  How are you overcoming the negative that is pervasive in our world today?  Let’s encourage each other.  We need each other.

Relationships

Relationships

Nothing else quite ties us to earth, from a heavenly perspective, as relationships.

We can be flying high and boom, a thunderbolt cracks and hits near our feet.  We are not struck, mortally, but impacted within:  a shuddering, a gut punch, an ache.

I look up to the clear skies, sun dappling the large leaves above my head.  Did they notice the bolt that electrified my heart?  Did they tremble as tears welled in my eyes?  Their calmness, gentleness caress my senses.  They do tremble in the almost still breeze with sweet empathy.  The spider casting its web says, “It’s ok.  This too shall pass.”

There are responses – whether in the right or in the wrong, whether misunderstood or overstepping another.  One is to love fully, completely, always.  The other is gratitude – communication when it comes from a dear one is precious and like it or not – there are always lessons to be learned.

I am open.  I am vulnerable.  I am love.

Julia Rae Parsell   5/15/2017

The Most Liberated Place

The Most Liberated Place

Are you aware of the most liberated places in the entire world? It’s within you feeling no judgement. Now that is a beautiful land to behold. It is a place of light, a vast array of colors and spectrums each casting brilliant beams. It is warm, comfortable, loving, and so inviting you never want to leave. If you slip and find that old conditioning has pulled you down, then leave that dank place and get back to the brilliance. What is also so wonderful about this brilliant place? It’s your choice to be there. No others. You can be the difference. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s not available to the few, it’s granted to us all. Inward focus with concentrated detail on truth and universal laws hold the key.

The Power of the Feminine

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” Maya Angelou

Politicians do no represent me. Our current president does not and Elizabeth Warren does not. As a woman, a human I seek truth and I don’t find it in news outlets or opinion articles. Truth resides within me and is from the Source that is within every living being. It is from this standard I live my life.

Some women have found a torch bearer in Elizabeth Warren, but does she represent an ideal or does her voice rise to the top because she opposes certain politics? Does she represent truth or does she bring to light the ugliness of politics? Was she wronged on the Senate floor or was she in the wrong by showing blatant disregard to a fellow senator? A person of truth, of integrity doesn’t have to belittle to make a point. Stand on firm ground with dignity. Make your voice heard not by yelling, but by whispering. Whisper truth, live truth, be truth. This is the way to impact the world, our world. This is the way to peace. May people of integrity rise, may their whispers be heard and resonate with those of us who don’t want politics as usual. Elizabeth Warren does not represent me. Why? She has chosen to represent a male dominated world in woman’s clothes. As women, we can lead strongly without the antics of aggression. Both masculine and feminine qualities are vital, but either alone or in excess tip the scale and disorder ensues.

May each of us choose to live truth, be truth. May our lives be an expression of peace and order. May we not be swayed by the current state of affairs. This is not living in silence or acceptance. This is making a bold statement with every breath. Because the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Each one of us living truth and not being swayed by what we inherently dislike will be influential. We don’t have to stand on the street corner with a sign or be scolded by those with loud voices. We can make a difference by living truth. It resides within each of us. This is the power of the feminine. It is quiet and it is most definitely strong.