July- Kindness

For many years, I have thought about the concept, how can you be kind to people? What does this mean and how can each person do one thing that is nice and supportive to someone else?

 

I want to help others find the best in themselves and show them to get out of their heads and feel good about their lives. I think it’s important for people to be happy, connected, joyful and free. I believe that if you do things for others, it really helps you as well. It takes you out of your head and into giving. When you send love out to the world it comes back to you. 

 

A few years ago around Christmas, my husband Steve and I came up with a challenge, it was to do one nice thing a day - out of the ordinary for someone. We did this for the 21 days of Christmas. It was so much fun. The people that participated got so much out of it. It was good for everyone. How can you take this concept and use it one day a week in your life? Is this something that you’d be willing to do. If so, I challenge you to do this. 

 

The other day we read and inspiring story on the “GoodNews Network” the story was about a man in his 60’s who went out to the corner and wrote a sign that said something like this "I have a home and a car and a job. Do you need a few bucks for some coffee?". 

 

Talk about inspiration- I am inspired by this man. 

 

What can you do today to be kind to another? How are you going to show up? 

 

 

Today I vow to be kind to everyone I come in contact with and I will try to make their day a little sweeter. 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

 

Lisa

June- JOY

Summer has arrived! For the last few months I’ve really been struggling with writing blogs, news letters, promotional materials for both of my businesses. It’s been tough. What I’ve realized is that I have been blocked because I have taken on someone else's energy around my writing. A few years back, someone shared with me that my writing was less than par. Okay- I get it, my grammar sucks, but I’ve let it stop me from expressing myself. I’m done. I am making a choice to just express myself the way I do and do it with JOY. That is part of why this month is about JOY. 

 

I choose JOY from this day forward. I will honor it and marry it and keep it in my life forever. LOL! 

 

Writing brings me JOY. Every day I start my day off by making a list of all that I am grateful for. I see in my journal many gifts that are constantly presented in my life and that bring me JOY. If you are looking to become more joyful, I highly recommend doing this as a practice. It really does work. 

 

I have been asking myself for several months the question- What really brings me JOY? Where does it come from? Do I create this myself or does it just happen? 

 

Thinking about this is really fun because it brings awareness to how you experience life. The more you do to create JOY in your life, the better your life is. Can you find JOY in the little things? I recommend you spend some time writing down some ideas of what would bring you joy and experiment with them. What does it feel like to have this in your life? Focus on how it feels.

 

Spending time with my daughter and really focusing on the things that I love about her brings joy to my life. Being able to truly see her as she is, experiencing her essence brings me joy. Oh how sweet and joyful I feel when I am in her presence. Who in your family or friendships can you fully awaken to? Absorb? Connect with?

There are so many things that bring me JOY but sometimes I hold back out of FEAR! Fear that I’m too fat, fear that you won’t like the way that I communicate, fear that I will not be seen as I truly am. Fear is the big factor that is the opposite of JOY. 

 

One thing I have loved doing since I was a kid is boogie boarding, but I stopped doing it out of fear that my body wasn’t good enough to get in a wetsuit. DONE! I am not going to let this get in my way of JOY any longer. I have moved this block out of my energy body.

 

 I’ve been working on my energy to release those awful triggers that hold us back. Working on releasing this thing that always gets in the way. 

 

What stops you? What holds you back? I’ve noticed that my shamanic practice has really helped me to break through and release. I believe it is helping many others as well. I am here to help you release your fear and step into JOY for yourself. I will model this way of LIVING! 

 

So, if you see a larger woman in a wet suit taking on the waves at your local beach, know that she is living in JOY and being joyful.

Thats me!


LIVE IN JOY! BABY STEPS!!

May- Mothers and Mother Earth

 

 

When you consider May, what do you think of? I think of Mothers! We can’t forget to thank our Mothers for our lives. They gave birth to us! 

 

“Our Earth is like our children, you must nurture and care for it for it to grow and be healthy.”

 

Combining Ideas to Support your Mom and Mother Earth:

 

1.   Write a Thank You note to your Mom and let her know why you are grateful for her.

 

2.  Go out in your garden and give an offering or just water your garden and send it positive energy and appreciate the fact that it supports and serves you. 

 

3.  Create a gift for your Mom that represents your relationship. Send it before Mother’s Day. 

 

4.  Create a gift for the Earth by spending a week picking up any trash you see on the ground.

 

5.  Spend some quality time with your Mom, alone, connected .  Say anything you haven’t been able to. Forgive her for anything in the past and see if you can communicate with her as a woman in your life. Respect and honor her for who she is. You can do this on the phone or in person. 

 

6.  Plant some flowers, add to the beauty that is around you.

 

7.  Put together some music that reminds you of your childhood and send it to your Mom.  If she is not around, put it together for yourself. Your Mother is with you regardless if she is alive or not. 

 

8.  Spend some time outside, singing and connecting. Put your bare feet in the earth and be aware of the support that you receive. Imagine your body being connected to the magma of the Earth. Feel that deep connection. Ground - Get Centered. 

 

9.  Give your Mom a shamanic healing session, see if it is helpful for her. She doesn’t have to believe in it, she can just experience a special time for herself. And she can do it from the comfort of her own home. You must ask her for permission before you purchase this. 

 

10.  Send some healing energy to the Earth. Commit to making changes that support the Earth and keeping it healthy and alive. Examples of this are: use reusable water bottles & cloth bags, reduce garbage going to landfill. Do your best, that’s all you can do. 

 

April "Spring Out of It"

It sure is an interesting time in our lives. The year 2012 is here and all around me I am seeing structures crumbling. A lot of my friends are getting divorced and making huge life changes. There has been a lot of death around us. I see the crumbling all around me and sometimes it’s really hard to not get caught up in it. I feel the anger, frustration, and the chaos around me. My question is: HOW DO YOU SPRING OUT of the negativity that surrounds you and the depression that follows people you know? How do you not get involved energetically with all that surrounds you? I’m one of the lucky ones, I have a great marriage and solid relationships with my friends and family. But what about those who don’t have someone to help them through the tough times?  How can you just say “Spring out of it” when they are going through HELL? 

 

One of my best friends called me the other day, she was so upset that things were not working out for her and she was so frustrated with her failed relationships.

 

“That’s it”! I said, “STOP! You have the option right this moment to stop dwelling on where you are and what you think is “happening to you”! We are going to get off the phone right now and this is what you are going to do: 

 

First, get a paper and pen and write down EVERYthing that you are grateful for. 

 

Second, watch an inspirational movie like “The Shift”, “You Can Heal your Life”,  “Soul Surfer”, or anything that will uplift and inspire you. 

 

Third, look in the mirror and tell yourself how much you love YOURSELF! 

 

Fourth, go back to your gratitude journal and write more. 

 

Then call me.” 

 

She did all of this and called me and told me she felt so much better. It’s Spring, a time of new life, a time of growth. You may be going through some really tough times at the moment, but you have the choice to change things, adjust your perception of things.

 

Do something different. Change what is going on for you, even if it’s a small change, do something different that supports you to become happier, more involved, more connected. You know what that is for yourself. You know deep down what you need to do. Take a few minutes and meditate.  The answers will come if you listen. 

 

Questions to ask yourself- 

What inspires you?