We’re all the same

The great connection I feel with everyone I speak to stems from bring aware that we are all on the same path, all of us wanting the same things: love, joy, and acknowledgment. – Oprah Winnfrey, What I Know For Sure

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A Lesson in Giving

Many years ago I was inspired by Oprah Winfrey. She had begun to really talk about some of her charity work and had created her Angel Network. I wanted to do something to help someone. In fact, I feel this way more often than not.

I was 18 at the time, living at home while going to college. My parents were generous enough to allow me to live rent free. With very little expenses, I felt like a king with the bit of money I had from my part-time job. Instead of splurging on frivolous things, I decided to help the local food bank out. I went to the grocery store and bought a case of macaroni, a case of soup, a case of juice and some hot chocolate. I got to the food bank just as they were closing. The lady came out to give me a hand unloading my car. She asked what I wanted brought in, I told her all of it. She asked who it was from. I told her, me. She was shocked as it was my age group that seemed to be frequenting the food bank.

Now I did this act of kindness from the bottom of my heart with no expectations of anything in return. It makes me feel good and happy when you can do even the simplest acts of kindness.

Remember, when giving, give from the heart. Never expect anything in return. Enjoy the moment of making someone’s day.

Now!

I was reminded this morning we have many purposes in life. We often times are too focused on the future and trying to figure out our grand master plan that we are often blinded to the small purposes that make up and lead up to the grand scheme. In Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s meditation experience, they reminded me our purpose in the now can be something as simple as smiling at a person as we walk past each other.

Many people say everything has a purpose, and so it does. We are always meant to be where we are at each precise moment of time. Each experience we encounter helps to teach and guide us through the maze of life. When we focus on the present we become aware of the small details. The small moments often become some of our greatest moments.

We can each make a difference. Each small act of kindness will start a ripple of kindness, just as a pebble dropped into a still lake creates a ripple.

Your purpose in life is to live each small purpose as though it is your greatest achievement. As we focus on our small purposes our grand purpose may be revealed down the path.

Namaste.

Let the light shine

I started Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s 21 day meditation challenge. Yesterday’s focus was I am a radiant spiritual being. Throughout the course of the day I found it fascinating how a few different people touched my life. It seemed as though a slight glimmer of light and encouragement shone through the chaos of my life. It was enjoyable to take a break from fixing our home to enjoy time with family and friends on the weekend. As one counsellor I spoke with told me, you still need to make room for fun. Without breaks, and without moments of fun, burnouts and downward spirals can occur.

As I was pondering on what to write about this week, light seemed to be my focus.

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him. – Luke 8:16-18

Sometimes in our darkest hour we may find a light. It may lead us down a path. To what that path may have in store for us, or where that path may lead us, we cannot always control the direction it may take. We do have a choice to follow said path, and we have a choice to veer from the path. Yet if it is meant to be, the universe will find a way to steer us back in the right direction.

It is in life’s challenges where we learn our greatest lessons. It is our greatest lessons that strengthen us to who we are. We can choose to sit back and have everything taken from us; or we can choose to be grateful for what we have been given.

Namaste. Amen.

Perfect Health

This past week I’ve been participating in Deepak Chopra & Oprah’s 21 Day Perfect Health Meditation Challenge. One lesson I’ve learned in this journey is to set aside your excuses. The challenge came this weekend in fitting in my meditation. All week I’ve been getting up a bit earlier so I could meditate. The weekend comes, and even though events allowed me to be up, I choose to crawl back into bed to sleep. I certainly needed the sleep as I had two very long naps this weekend as well. Although, I did manage to find the time to meditate later in the day.

The key is if something is important enough to you, you will set aside your excuses and reach your goal. Stop making excuses. One of the greatest challenges remains is taking that first step. Once the step is made, you’re that much closer to your goal.

Enjoy the silence & listen

As humans, we too often are quick on our tongues, yet sometimes forget to listen. Listening can include listening to our inner voice along with listening to others.

My husband and I recently watched 1000 Words with Eddy Murphy. He is a book agent who ends up having only 1000 words left to say before he dies. He must figure out what needs to be said before he dies. It is time to stop the continuous chattering and start listening to both his inner voice and the people around him.

At Oprah, she talked about the universe sending little messages, or listening to your inner intuition. It starts out as a whisper. The little voice in the back of your head or the angel and devil on your shoulders giving you advice on life. If you are quiet and still, you can have no problems listening to this voice. If your mind is cluttered with noise, it becomes harder to hear the voice.

That is when life then throws a pebble at you to get your attention. If the pebble is not enough, a stone is then thrown. If the stone is not enough, then a brick. And if the brick is not enough, then life hits you with an earthquake. Disaster has now struck.

Oprah also talked about how the small act of misplacing your keys or your phone could be a message from the universe. If you settle your mind and ask yourself why you have lost your phone or keys, an answer may be revealed. It could be telling you to slow down. Perhaps there was a major pile up on your route to work, that had you left on time, you would have been a part of. When I wore my winter jacket for the first time this season, I happened to find $15 and change sitting in my pocket. I always love found money. In my added analogy, if you went searching for your keys, you never know, you might find some extra change that would allow you to pay some bills, get a much needed coffee, or get a new shirt.

It is as important for us to listen to our inner voices as much as we need to listen to those around us. It is our inner voice that helps to guide us in weaving our path in life.

Namaste.

And the world can live as one!

While at the Oprah show, she talked briefly about a recent trip over to India. It was there where her eyes were open to the fact “…there is a commonality in all humanity. Each person wants the same thing…the human connection is the same…” She realized the father sitting across from her ultimately wanted the same thing for his children as the father sitting in America.

This is evident all over the world. We wish for our children to be loved and taken care of. We wish for them to succeed and be given opportunities.

My husband and I watched the Machine Gun Preacher a few weeks ago. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug dealing biker who becomes a savior in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. It is a powerful movie about how he rescues and continues to rescue and provide sanctuary for the children in these war torn countries.

I know living in a developed country, you think to yourself, oh the problems in places like Africa are someone else’s problems. We are quick to turn a blind eye and often think it’s one less mouth to feed. Yet at the same time we should be looking at the fact that ALL children are our future. How can you show love, compassion and charity to those children separated from you by oceans, when the children in your own backyards are crying for help. We are too busy working to support our children to provide them with the “things” we never had in our childhoods. While our children simply want to spend time with you and want you to love them.

Oprah talked about how she took a glance at one of the Top 10 charts one year. It was for some kind of influential woman of something or other. Oprah was number 7 and this one CEO of a major corporation was #1. By the end of the year, the CEO had been let go, and where is she today? It goes to show you that power isn’t everything. Oprah then went on to state if we did a top 10 list of the most happy people, the people on the other top 10 lists would most likely not even make the happy list.

Money doesn’t buy you everything. Having a safe place out of elements to lie your head at night is more important. Sure having millions or billions of dollars can buy you the most luxurious cottons, silks and pillows to sleep on. Yet it is sometime having a warm roof over our heads and a simple blanket that can mean the most.

When will we stop living in such a materialistic world and start to enjoy one another’s company, so the world can live as one (John Lennon).

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