Autumn a time for Change and Gratitude

Autumn a time for Change and Gratitude

Autumn is the season of change.  As I welcome autumn and as Thanksgiving approaches, I am again reminded of all that I have to be grateful for.  I am grateful for me, myself in all my perfections and imperfections.  That is what makes me unique just like each one of you is so unique.   I hope as you read this you tell yourself how wonderful and unique you are and say how grateful you are for you!

I am blessed to live in a society and culture where there is so much to support a happy and fulfilling life style.  One of the things in my life I am always grateful for is my soft clean beautiful bed and the clean soft sheets, my pillows and yes the pillow cases that cradle my head when I fall off to sleep.  Each night as I snuggle down to sleep I feel so much gratitude for my bed as I bless the day just ended.  It is often the first thank you that comes from my heart as my body prepares to end the day in its warmth and welcoming folds.  That may not seem like a big deal to many people, however to me along with a roof to keep out the rain and the elements it is one of the many, many things I am very grateful for in my life.

I am so happy that this deep gratitude proceeded a conversation I had last year with a group of seniors in the Senior Centre in Newmarket where I attend a Zumba class.  I saw a group of ladies working with a huge collection of plastic milk bags that we all throw in the garbage. There were bags everywhere, and what seemed like junk to me soon became something more amazing than mere words can convey.  These ladies were cutting these bags, preparing them to weave on a giant loom they were working on.  Fascinated I went to take a look and was shown how they weave the plastic into sleeping mats for women in third world countries and this lot was destined for Haiti.  They also made bags for the women and what was so incredible, both the mats and the bags were waterproof. YES! Those useless milk bags that we disposed of in the garbage were being fashioned into the most colourful and thoughtful of gifts for those who lacked the mere necessities of life.  Imagine how happy and grateful those Haitian women were at receiving beautiful plastic mats to sleep on that prevented water from leaking through as they slept on the floor of their mud huts and a waterproof bag to hold their belongings.

There are countless  more things in my life that I am grateful for including my wonderful supportive family that I am blessed with, my husband and our 3 very wise sons, their partners and our forever 3 grandchildren whose knowledge of computers and the latest technology help me to keep up with the rest of the world : ).

There is much gratitude in my heart for the years I have lived on this beautiful earth.  As a late bloomer I know that In order to blossom and grow towards my full potential it takes work.  Most of all it takes   change.  Scary and Necessary…Yes ..Very!

For me autumn is all about Change and Gratitude and both promotes growth.  It’s a time to rid myself of all that no longer serves me. It means taking stock of all areas of my life physical, emotional, mental, professional and other areas that need attention in order for new growth to flourish.  It means joyously releasing all that will no longer be needed in the next season(s) of my life and trusting the path I have chosen to be for my highest and best.

As one of my favourite poets Patience Strong wrote “The best is never over, the best is yet to be.”

What are you most grateful for and what best changes are you looking forward to in the next season of your life?  I would love to hear from you.

Namaste,

Sharon

 

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