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8 Quotes to Ignite Your Passion

Do you have a case of the winter blues? It’s spring but the weather around most of the country isn’t acting like that. That makes it a little bit difficult to get into the warmer spirit of Spring – we get it. But the grey coldness is ending and there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. To help you reach it, we want you to get warm. Not just temperature wise, but indulge in your favorite activities. Reach out to your favorite people. It’s time to get close to the things that make you feel the warm fire in your heart.

That also means getting in touch with your passions. What makes you vibrate with energy? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What makes you feel like your best self? If you aren’t sure here are a few quotes to inspire you to find what you’re passionate about and ignite it in time to stave off the last of winter and propel you into Spring.

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To connect with others following their passions, check out these intents on Intent.com

Wordplay Wednesday: Don’t Go Gently Into That Good Night

"The LORD is my Light..."Shining light into dark places is going to bring to light what was not seeable otherwise.
Illumination may well show you the true nature of things as they are, not as you had imagined or wanted.
Beware.
It can be unsettling. Shadows will dance.

Because you are going to see the true nature of the relationships you hold most dear to you, and the perception of you within them.

Careful.

The light of awareness may just show you that you are ultimately alone – more alone than you had ever known or imagined.

But as the searing light falls upon those dancing shadows, know that if met with equanimity and acceptance, you will see ultimately that every black detail of this revelation is a deeply beautiful gift.

Finally, and with undoable knowledge – you now know the Truth. You will not, again, look for something where it is not. The Truth will have been spoken. And it will be heard in all its terrible glory:  you are not wanted, understood or supported.
And in this message there is the fiercest kind of  beauty.

Because in this message, there is liberation. And the deepest healing.
You may finally- at last – stop running.
You finally see. You finally know.
Never again will you delude yourself into thinking something is what it is not.
And this is beautiful.

‘Do not go gently in to that good night..’

Be prepared to see your image shine back at you standing all alone – as others cut loose from you, insisting your difference, screaming a shrill and loud rejection of you.

Know that in this too, when met with internal stillness, there is beauty.
There is cleansing.
The old is falling away.

Clean Sense.
This is the gift of shining lights in the dark.
This is the gift of diwali and eclipses.
The festival of light and shadows.
Ultimately the work of the light is for healing.

Illumination will remove shadows.
And relieved of chasing shadows – you are finally, forever free.
The Truth Is Beautiful.

Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Welcome the Light

Originally posted on my website, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spirituality

Why Not You?

magnificent-sunset-79998“Oh, I could never do that, be that, win that…”

That is what you say. You watch people on the X-factor, the Voice or game shows and say how amazing, talented or smart they are. You are convinced that greatness is given to only a few, and those few are now doing amazing things in life. Not you.

Well, why not you? You are born with the same possibility for greatness that everyone else is. You are born with unique talents, strengths and passions – all just for you. These unique abilities provide your roadmap in how to show up great to your world. So it could be you – not in everything but the things that you have great abilities and interests in.

Greatness isn’t unique – it is actually common – because we all have it and are it. Most of us treat our greatness like a wrapped gift that we hide and never open. Either we fear our greatness or we doubt it. Neither however, allows us to connect with it to show up big to our world. We have to claim it and that is part of asking, ‘why not you?’

Today’s world is built by those who are right here, right now. If you choose to show up to your life disconnected from what makes you great, then the world does not benefit from you. You may be just the person to end the conflict in the Middle East, find a solution to terrorism, develop a way to end poverty, change how the world views and treats women, or any other thing that troubles us today. You could also be just the one to be an amazing teacher, parent, writer, singer or brother. Why not you? There is greatness in all of this – you just have to see that it could be you to help, fix, improve, change or solve.

I regularly share what I think to be the rhodium rule – more important than the golden or platinum rules – “Know yourself. Be yourself. Let others be themselves.” This is the key to acknowledging and living our greatness – know your (great) self – self-knowledge. And with this knowledge comes information about ourselves and our world. We then have the ability to be our (great) selves – meaning we find the places in our world that need what we do best. Or as my favorite quote by Frederick Buechner says, “Our vocation in life (I read it to say our role or purpose) is where our greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”

When we see our impact, we then see the power of supporting all of us in discovering and living our greatness. Why not you? Why not him? Why not her? Well, it can’t be if we don’t encourage others to discover and live their greatness. It can’t be if we don’t openly support people to find their fit, make their difference and show up large to life.

Many times we think it isn’t us is because we have let the world tell us how small and incapable we are. We allow the voices of others to keep us doubting and from developing our true abilities – our personal definition of greatness. Until we trust in our own voice and in our own greatness, we will continue to believe that greatness is for others, not for us, not for you. But you know differently. You know it could be you if you just had the wisdom to know yourself and the courage to be yourself. With that, you could change your piece of the world – whatever it is.

Some feel staying out of things is the way to “make it through” life. But we weren’t born to just make it through anything. We were born great  – and to find out how to bring that greatness to our world – not to go through life as bystander and spectator. We are a player – or at least we have that choice. We are equipped to be amazing. We have a world that needs our version of amazing. It is indeed time to know your (great) self, be your (great) self and let others be their (great) selves.

The next time you see an opportunity to step out of your normal “average” and into a greatness response, go for it. Some may ask why are you doing something like giving to the poor, volunteering, running for office, being a great teacher, inspiring our youth, advocating for animals, or kids, or for a life without war. Why not you? It may be just the thing that you are here to do.

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Discover Your Spiritual Learning Style

By now you’re familiar with The Law of Relationship. It says: “We’re all connected, and we’re here to help each other learn and grow.” I wrote about this extensively in CLOSURE and the Law of Relationship, and it has resonated with so many people that I decided to explore this law further. That’s how my new book What’s Your Dharma? came to be.

I’m a certified instructor with The Chopra Center, and I’ve taken pretty much every class offered there and have learned so much over the years. When we begin meditation, Deepak taught us to ask three questions. The purpose of these questions was not necessarily to ask us to look for the answers, but to just put them out there to the universe. Those questions are:

Who Am I? What Do I Want? What is My Purpose?

Purpose is a huge concept. The Sanskrit word “dharma” has 16 different meanings to it, including lesson, teachings, and purpose. So if we apply the Law of Relationship, our purpose, or a big part of our purpose in this lifetime, is to help each other learn and grow. But just how do we do that? How can we learn and grow consciously, mindfully, and spiritually?

Vedanta, the world’s oldest religion and the religion from which all other religions have evolved, explains that there are four yogas, or “paths” that lead us to freedom. Freedom in this context could also be called transcendence, or enlightenment. I describe these paths as our spiritual learning style.

Imagine that you are traveling down a four-lane highway. The scenery all along the way is the same, no matter which lane you are in. We all have the same lessons to learn all along the way. But the journey becomes easier for us if we pick a lane, and stick to it. Our personality and temperament will help us determine which lane is best for us.

  • If you learn best by feeling, by loving, by engaging your emotions, then you are likely a Bhakta, one who is on the path of Bhakti Yoga, the path of love. To better define and visualize this path, think about the heart, the heart chakra, and the color green.
  • If you learn best by working, doing, taking action, putting yourself out there to serve, then you are likely a Karma Yogi, one who is on the path of Karma Yoga, the path of work and service. This path is associated with the color yellow, the solar plexus chakra, and the symbol of the sun, because the sun serves all indiscriminately.
  • If you learn best by studying, exploring, seeking, by thinking and discussing, then you are likely a Jnani, one who is on the path of Jnana Yoga, the path of knowledge. Jnana Yoga is represented by the color blue, which is the color for both the throat chakra and the third eye chakra, associated with truth and clarity. The symbol for Jnana Yoga is the key that unlocks the mysteries of life.
  • If you learn best by meditating, by practicing yoga, pranayama, by spending time at peace in nature, then you are likely a Raja Yogi, one who is on the path of Raja Yoga, the path of meditation. Raja Yogi is the color of purple, the color of the crown chakra. Its symbol is the lotus, the flower that shows us to look within.

Of course, we all have something in us that relates to each of these paths, but one path will call to us more strongly. Check out my Dharma Quiz to better understand your own dharma.

This week, Lissa is giving away a FREE copy of her book What’s Your Dharma? Discover the Vedic Way to Your Life’s Purpose. To enter, simply leave a comment below before June 11th answering this question: “What’s Your Dharma? and how does your dharma express in your life?”

Get Unstuck From Patterns of Pain

There is a change. I don’t know if you can feel it too but we are a part of something exciting and it is building momentum! People are talking, sharing and coming together in prayer and meditation to heal ourselves and the world.

I am a Life Coach, specializing in conscious career planning and transitioning. Lately, my clients, who are all highly evolved and conscious people are reporting significant levels of awareness and insights, more than usual. We are energized! Each week, my clients report blissful moments of surrender, acceptance and peace. In these peaceful moments or a-ah moments, they are completely present and focused and grounded in the breath. However, in the next instance, they report losing the moment, the focus and struggling to get "it" back.

It is by no coincidence that the book "The Power of Now – A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckart Tolle has launched itself back into my life and the pertinent following passages speaking clearly to remind and encourage myself and my clie

nts to embrace this moment fully. I hope you find the following excerpts taken from pages 31-41 inspirational to you.

"Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind, which is to say as long as you are unconscious, spiritually speaking… Resentment, hatred, self-pity, guilt, anger, depression, jealousy, and so on, even the slightest irritation are all forms of pain…Your true nature becomes obscured by the mind."

"When you start to disidentify and become the watcher, the pain-body will continue to operate for a while and will try to trick you into identifying with it again… it may also create physical aches and pains in different parts of the body, but they won’t last. Stay present, stay conscious. Be the ever-alert guardian of your inner space."

Does this message resonate with you? Let me know, please feel free to email me directly at kelly@embraceyourlife.ca with any questions, concerns or comments. 

Enjoy & Embrace Your Life!

Kelly MacLellan M.Sc.
Life Coach

 

finding your right path

My phrase this week that has been called into question is ..finding the right path.  Or, knowing you are on the right path.  What is the right path?

1.  Right – as opposed to left. The right path in life is staying on the straight and narrow; the left hand fork in the road leads to immoral, purposeless, underhand actions, more karma,a heavy heart and a reincarnation quicker than you can say which road should I take?

 

2. Right – as opposed to wrong.  Right thought, right speech, right action. 

 

3. Right path – the path that fits our spiritual evolution

. What feels to fit so exactly that we know it is right for us. Not just from a moral, do the right thing intellectual understanding of being a decent human being. No, it is more than that. Having our moral compass set in the right direction is a start; it can lead us to our right path. Thinking logically and intellectually about doing the right thing can often be confused into duty and doing things not because they feel right but because you think it is the right thing to do.
 

No, again, the right path for you in your life experience is something that comes from your soul. Every fibre of your being responds with relief, satisfaction and happiness when you have found the ground you are supposed to be walking.  ‘Supposed’ from a higher spiritual perspective. ‘Supposed’ from the point of view of your soul growth.

This right path does not necessarily involve an easy life, nor, on the other hand unsavoury behaviour, but it WILL feel that you are doing the right thing at the right time.  

If confusion reigns and nothing seems to be working, that is the time to find your own spiritual nature.  How to find it? well, guess what..the age old…it starts on the inside. How are you feeling on the inside? Good? Whole? Complete? Happy? Joyful? it is these states that are available to EVERYONE, without exception .  Having your soul bouncing from within your body brings so much happiness and joy to everyone who comes into contact with you..sharing yourself with everyone brings joy, laughter and happiness.  Go ahead. Feel free. Come back to yourself. Enjoy your Life and find your right path.
Namaste people
In love and Light

 

Old Friends

I have a group of friends whom I have known (at least) since the 7th grade. Some I have known since kindergarten. We grew up together. In addition to learning Algebra, Biology, and Home Economics, together we learned about friendship, loyalty, and love. As a group we were there for each other as we endured the hardship of being away at college, getting over a broken heart, getting married, having children, and getting divorced. We celebrated each others? successes and provided shoulders during sadness. 

26 years after graduating from high school, we are still integral parts of each others? lives. 

Shortly before Christmas we gathered for an evening of fun. And before the night was over I knew nothing would be the same again. 

I sat back from the crowd and watched my friends. I watched them interact with each other and reviewed my life and where I am right now. While they drank alcohol and caroused, all I wanted to do was go home and curl up with a Caroline Myss book, meditate, and clean my chakras. 

Okay maybe I?m being a bit melodramatic here. I didn?t really want to clean my chakras, but you get my point. 

I am in a different place than my friends. A year ago I would have been right there with them. I would have been loud, boisterous and, more than likely, drunk, just like they were. I would have been drowning my unhappiness in alcohol and laughter instead of facing up to whatever was on the plate. 

And make no mistake, I do not judge my friends. I love them dearly and would give the shirt off my back, and even my last breath for them. 

We are the same, my friends and I. Each of us has struggled with depression, with loss, and with unrealistic parental and societal expectations. We have each sought love from the wrong sources and took turns that led us down bumpy roadways rather than the smooth sailing freeway. We all seek to be accepted and  want to feel secure in ourselves. 

We are all, each one of us, flawed. Perfectly flawed. 

But as I looked at them this night, I felt oddly out of place. It had never happened to me in this way with this group before. I have been on this spiritual journey for almost a year and gave up alcohol around the same time. I have been out with them countless times this year as the Sober Sally of the group and did not feel what I felt this night. So it wasn?t because I wanted or needed someone else to be sober alongside me.

I felt displaced and no matter what I did I could not shake it. 

And then I knew. I knew that I had outgrown my friends spiritually. What is important to me has shifted and I am not the same person I was a year ago. I?m not the same person I was a week ago even. 

As I drove home that night I cried. I was sad that my friends, with whom I have shared so much, will not play as prominent a role in my life any longer. I also cried because I was afraid that I would be alone. Let?s face it, my friends have provided me with as much social support as I have given to them. Without them there will be a void. 

But I take heart knowing two things:

  1. The universe will provide all that I need, including a social circle and support group. Clearing the way will allow new people and new energy to come into my life. 
  2. This is my choice. Every step I make is my choice. 

My friends will always be my friends. I will always care for and love them. I will keep in touch and make it to gatherings now and then. But they will not be a priority and I will not allow them to be obstacles along the path. 

My choices thus far have led me on an incredible journey of self discovery. I am happier now than I have been my entire life. I feel more content. 

I say farewell to my old friends. And welcome to the new. 

I eagerly anticipate all that is yet to come. 

 

 

 

My path to love

Sonia here, I spend a life time achieving, seeking teaching, healing,yet my own heart was un-fulfilled I aam not truly living in a personal way THAT IS NO LONGER OK!  The longing to experience ultimate love, surrender connection and living on a very high level in a very human way to completely give my heartto another , undefended in a flow of pure love that is my true intent I pray I have the courage ………………………..

Observing Evolution – Allowing Others To Walk Their Paths

 Watching a loved one or a peer traverse a path littered with stumbling blocks can be immensely painful. We instinctively want to guide them toward a safer track and share with them the wisdom we have acquired through experience. Yet all human beings have the right to carve their own paths without being unduly influenced by outside interference. To deny them that right is to deny them enlightenment, as true insight cannot be conveyed in lectures. Rather, each individual must earn independence and illumination by making decisions and reflecting upon the consequences of each choice. In allowing others to walk their paths freely, you honor their right to express their humanity in whatever way they see fit. Though you may not agree with or identify with their choices, understand that each person must learn in their own way and at their own pace. 

The events and circumstances that shape our lives are unique because each of us is unique. What touches one person deeply may do nothing more than irritate or confound another. Therefore, each of us is drawn to different paths—the paths that will have the most profound effects on our personal evolution. If you feel compelled to intervene when watching another human being make their way slowly and painfully down a difficult path, try to empathize with their need to grow autonomous and make their own way in the world. Should this person ask for your aid, give it freely. You can even tell them about your path or offer advice in a conscious loving way. Otherwise, give them the space they need to make their own mistakes, to enjoy the fruits of their labors, to revel in their triumphs, and to discover their own truths. 

The temptation to direct the paths of others is a creature of many origins. Overactive egos can convince us that ours is the one true path or awaken a craving for control within us. But each person is entitled to seek out their path leading from the darkness into the light. When we celebrate those paths and encourage the people navigating them, we not only enjoy the privilege of watching others grow—we also reinforce our dedication to diversity, independence, and individuality.

 

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