The Lazy Days of Summer

Lazy days of summerWho ever coined that phrase never lived in North America.  That is my personal belief.  It is a very hectic time here in Canada as everyone seems to try putting twelve months of outdoor activity into the sometimes four months of good weather.  That I consider being fun time!  Only today I heard on the news that in the US people are complaining of being stressed trying to figure out their vacation and where to go and what to do. I was surprised and a little shocked to hear this because a vacation should be a time to look forward to with anticipation and expectation. Some people I know plan trips to visit relatives, go abroad, go camping with the kids or just think up and plan fun ways to spend their vacation time.  For me, if I am staying home I love planning day trips out of town, long week-ends to places I enjoy visiting in Ontario, or just puttering around my yard and garden gives me so much peace and tranquility, added to that long walks in the forest which I enjoy.  I am so rejuvenated being in nature as I am sure so many of you are.  Vacation is also time to spend with my family and catch up with friends I rarely get to see.  All those things make vacations very special for me.

For many who work long hours and shifts in their place of employment, vacation is a much deserved rest from the hustle and bustle of the work environment and should be a joy not a stressor in ones life.  I am happy to say that I have not met one single Canadian who has a problem with taking vacation. If there are any out there in this vast land of ours, we have still to meet!

So on the theme of vacations and Lazy Days of Summer I must confess I have already taken two wonderful weeks of Staycation and happily puttered around my yard and garden, spent time by the water and watched the Loons and their offspring frolic by the dock, enjoyed baking and making summer berry jams with my grand-daughter and as August approaches I am looking forward to another two weeks. Those two weeks I plan to be busy with two back to back Seminars on subjects dear to my heart that I plan on sharing at a later date.  I also intend to make sure I enjoy my busy filled to the brim vacation doing all the things I enjoy and with the people I love and cherish.

Now you know why I have not communicated for quite some time, hence I am dropping in today say hello.  I hope you are enjoying your summer and taking time to watch the flowers grow, walk barefoot on the soft green grass, breathe in the summer scents of this amazing planet Earth we call home and taking time to do the things that brings you peace and joy.

Be Happy, Be Well and have a safe summer!

Namaste,

Sharon

If you have a comment regarding vacations and how you spend yours, I would love to hear from you.

GREET YOUR DAY WITH LOVE

 

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Affirmations
And
Sending Love
to your Day upon
waking……

After the long cold and harsh winter months we have just experienced, many people I spoke with shared how they felt “lethargic” unable to greet each new Day with Love, Hope and good Expectations.  It took every bit of strength of will to keep positive some days.  As one person so aptly described what I myself was experiencing “I don’t have that spark that makes me glow with Love and Hope for perfect outcomes.  I feel stuck and it just doesn’t feel like me!”  It felt good to know I was not the only one out there feeling the effects of a long unforgiving winter.  As I look back, it really prepared me for the joy I felt when the first warm day descended upon the earth around me.  My bones and my soul rejoiced.  Even though I am a crab by my astrological sign, I am also a horse in the Chinese astrological calendar and as a horse person I love the wide open spaces and warm grass beneath my feet.

What those months taught me when I felt somewhat lethargic during that cold spell was to use that time wisely in so many ways.  Instead of moaning about the weather I blessed each day I awoke by sending Love out to pave the way for the perfect outcome.  I also sent love to bless all the people whose lives I would meet and interact with during each day.  That became the key to my flowing smoothly and joyfully through some depressing days in April and a few in May when warm weather seemed a distant memory.

I learned a lot during those two months.  Who said “we are never too old to learn,” spoke a truth that resonates with me totally. I spent a great deal of that time recovering my sense of wonder and strength and compassion and most of all my sense of deep connection to my heart’s dreams and goals.  By sending love to me and my day and everyone I would meet, it opened my heart to revisiting one of my very favorite books, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I found myself experiencing a state of being I had not experienced in a very long time, namely; no push, no rush, no planning, just coasting along and enjoying each day’s gifts and surprises as they unfolded.  I must admit – it felt good!  For anyone who hasn’t read this wonderful book, The Artist Way is filled with the most affirming and powerful affirmations one could hope to find in any one book.  In addition to the following exercise, you may want to choose an affirmation that speaks to you and repeat it several times during your day.

Here is the exercise I had practiced over the years in its various shortened forms and decided to try it in its entirety, and I am so glad that I did.

“On awakening, speak loving, self-directed blessings aloud and it will awaken the reservoir of tenderness and compassion in your soul. Pour forth loving thoughts and expectations towards yourself and the new day just dawning.  Then prepare to meet the Day by seeing your self surrounded with a brilliant warm, loving protective light.  Expand that light to include your loved ones and everyone you meet, including people in your workplace, and the traffic on the roads you travel; in short everyone you meet. If an ambulance goes by during the day, send warm loving, healing, light to the person in that ambulance.

Before getting out of bed to start your day set an intention for your Day, write it in your Journal along with an appropriate affirmation to support your intention and you are ready to greet your day knowing it will be a blessed, happy and fulfilling day.”

Sending love ahead to everyone you will meet and everything you will be doing will ensure that your day is held loving together with a ribbon of grace.  If someone is rude or nasty to you, send them love and forgiveness.  It is said that what we send out we receive back a hundred fold.

I would love to have you share any rituals you find helpful and I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy days!

Namaste,

Sharon

Be Happy

be happy 5Happiness Is An Inside Job. Many, many moons ago I purchased a book with that title and never did get around to reading it.  I am sure it would have given me much insight into the Art of Being Happy, allowing me to claim expert status on the attainment of happiness.  Recently, I was caught in a situation whereby I needed some extra insight into answering this question when someone said to me “How can I be happy?” and continued to lay bare all the reasons why it was impossible to be happy!

 As it stands, my choosing to be happy rather than gloomy and miserable at the many challenges life throws my way is not the best criteria for being an authority on the subject of Happiness.  You see, I have not written a book, and even having designed, developed and presented countless Life Skills and Law of Attraction workshops over the past 20 years that did not seem to count. The dear individual, who popped the question, asked for a referral to a “Happy Therapist.” With experience!  Having never thought of myself as a “Happy Therapist,” even on my most blissful of days, I have to admit I was stumped!

My advice for everyone reading this is when stumped; BREATHE.  It is a great pause-filler and it allows the light bulbs of the mind to send you flashes of inspiration before speaking.  Aha! So that’s it!  Before me was someone suffering from what I term the POM Syndrome, better known as the ‘Poor Old Me.’  No matter what glorious events occur in a POM life on a day-to-day basis, it does not spell HAPPINESS!  To a POM person, everyone is out to get them, nothing ever turns out right, nobody understand them etc. etc.

You must all know or have known someone like that at some time in your life.  To a person with that mindset, Happiness is that elusive thing that only a chosen few are allowed to experience. Short of referring this person to Loretta LaRoche the only “Happy Therapist,” I know of, I recommended Loretta’s Book “Life is Short – Wear your Party Pants.”

Following are a few ways to meet life head on with courage, always trusting in a positive outcome for a creative and happy life. Not necessarily in the following order:

  1. POSITIVE STATE OF MIND. Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”  One person sees a rainfall and rejoices that their garden will flourish.  Another sees the same rainfall as a nuisance.
  1. APPRECIATE TODAY!  Many people live life as if someday they’ll arrive at “happiness” like one arrives at a train station.  Happiness is a decision to not ‘sweat the small stuff’ and trust that nothing is too big to overcome.
  1. BE GRATEFUL! Cherish each day as a gift.  Gratitude ensures that ATTENTION focused on what we already have, sets forth the INTENTION to increase the flow of good into our lives.
  1. FORGIVE: Holding on to what someone did to hurt you is like drinking poison hoping the other person will die! Give yourself the gift of forgiving. You will feel light and happy!
  1. POWER SPEAK!  Stop the negative self talk.  Empower yourself. Change your speech habits from negative to positive and see how your world changes. Positive talk attracts positive experiences and people to you.
  1. LOVE YOURSELF.  Think of a commitment you could make to yourself that is an expression of self-love.  On awaking each day promise to do something that will nurture your soul and make you happy to be alive.
  1. EXPECT GOOD!  If you expect good you will get good in return.  A very wise person once told me, “If you expect no-thing, you will surely get it.”
  1. SMILE!  It costs nothing and it relaxes all the muscles of your face. By smiling you become a Day Maker for someone and you attract positive people and friendly responses.
  1. PERFORM RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS Pay for someone’s coffee at the drive thru or buy a flower and surprise someone.
  1. BE SILLY!  Think of 5 silly or fun things you would love to try, and do it!

Life is Short, Put on your Party Pants and invite happiness into your life!

BE HAPPY!

Sharon

 

What are your thoughts?  I would love to hear from you.

 

Follow Your Heart

 
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SPECIAL

 

February – The Month of Love Reading

 

I have created for this month a Special Reading where I will Intuitively Clear and Align Your Heart Love Center (Your heart Chakra) with the vibration of Love.  I will also do a Love reading for you and answer any questions arising from your heart chakra Love Center.

 

This is a special, whereby I connect intuitively with you via a phone call at a convenient time just for you.

 

45 minute reading for $60 + hst  for the month of February.

 

Follow Your Heart 

 

Sharon



Dreams……..

DreamsWith the New Year still very young and everyone planning their goals and dreams for 2014, I decided to share a shortened version of a talk I gave some years ago at Toast Master’s.  It was called Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Dreams and it is relevant today as it was then.  Here it is:

I Have A Dream!  Those are very powerful words.  They first entered the consciousness of a nation on a day in 1963 when a little known preacher called Martin Luther King stood up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and addressed hundreds of his followers saying …..  I Have a Dream…..and he shouted it out for all the world to hear and the world heard and paid attention.  Some laughed and some snickered and some ridiculed this African American who dared to put his dream out to a nation.  Martin Luther King was not afraid to let the world know he had a dream! It was a big dream!

You have a dream! And so do you! And you, and you! Each and every one of you has a dream. I too have a dream.  I can guarantee that each and every one of you have a dream or many dreams that you hold near and dear to your heart.

Dreams are very special.  They are our imagination showing us a vivid picture of what we can achieve.  What we can become, if we only BELIEVE in ourselves, if we allow ourselves the confidence to go forth and achieve our dreams.

Dreams and imagination go hand-in-hand.  You cannot have a dream without having a vivid picture in your mind (imagination) of what you intend to bring into your life.  Dreams are exciting, the adrenaline flows and your manifesting vibration rises like a hot thermometer.

Suddenly, you want to go out and share your dream with your friends and loved ones.  Passionately sharing your excitement and telling them your wonderful dream.  And guess what happens? They all think you are crazy, or gone mad!  Why? Because they have a vision of you and your big dream is not part of the vision they hold, and so they proceed to tell you all the classic put downs  like “stop dreaming!” Or “are you crazy?”  “You will never make any money doing that!”  In fact when they are finished you feel as deflated as a flat tire.  I got, “You can’t be serious”, “no one will pay money for that!”

How many of you have had people tell you all that and more?  Those responses taught me a lesson and after that I was cautious with whom I shared my dreams with. Often, it is better to hold your dreams close to your heart for awhile before sharing it. I say to each and every one of you, nurture your dreams and don’t allow anyone  to steal those precious dreams of yours

Years ago I worked in an agency that helped women who had their dreams stolen and denied them.  It was heart breaking to watch.  It was then that my dream started to grow of working with women, mentoring and empowering them to become more than they ever thought possible.  It became very real to me. I nurtured and protected that dream.

My dream required training and as a mature student I went after each and every course with fire in my veins knowing in my heart that I was following my Dream.

Many people in my immediate circle thought it was all due to my age and I needed to prove something. Looking back in hindsight – I was really re- defining who I was, and  what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and most importantly, I was following my heart!

It is imperative, when you have a dream, you nurture that dream.  When you feel that passion and urge within you to go out and give birth to your dream, it is very important that you follow your heart and afterwards your head will guide you. The linear side of your brain will kick in to work out the details for you.

What I have experienced over the years is that when we have a dream.  Unseen forces transpire to assist us in realizing that dream.  People, opportunities and experiences  will  appear in your life just when you need them. I remember going through the aisles at the local library with my list of resource materials needed for one of my seminars. As I stood pondering where next to look, a book fell off the shelf at my feet.  When I picked it up I was shocked, then thrilled and speechless.  It was just what I needed.  Not what I thought I wanted!

When you have a dream, a goal, a vision, and a focus – something you feel will give your life meaning.  Choose to follow that Dream. We are never given a dream without being sent the support and the resources we need to manifest that dream.

Don’t allow anyone to steal your dreams. Regardless who they are!  You must say to yourself often “I won’t let anyone steal my dreams.”

Keep a Dream Journal and surprise yourself when you visit it a couple of years from now  (Today they call it a Bucket List) and see how many of those dreams you have achieved.

The Dream is the Vision.  Keep Focused Attention on your Intention (Dream) and life will conspire to bring it into your reality.

Dreams are thoughts.  Thoughts become things. They are the first step in the creation process.  Thoughts create our reality. There is a saying.  “As a man thinketh, so he becomes.”      Think it into your reality – the universe will deliver!

Sharon