I think I'll begin this post by sharing with you that this beautiful piece of artwork above, this original painting, was gifted to me by my shiny, open-hearted friend, Lori Portka, as part of her "A Hundred Thank Yous" project.
Below is a bit about this amazing project (in Lori's words)...
A Hundred Thank-Yous – The Inspiration
Lori, thank you so very much for showing up for yourself, for following your heart and giving of yourself so freely. This project is the perfect example of the goodness that blossoms when we focus on the abundance in our lives and truly listen to ourselves. Such an inspiration. I am beyond thankful to be on the receiving end of such beauty. I will forever treasure this gift.
The second beautiful thing I want to share is another wide-open gift I received recently. My dear friend, Jill, who I had the honor of meeting in person a couple of weeks ago, wrote the most beautiful "Open Love Letter" to me. This is one of those gifts that leaves me without words and is just so humbling. Jill, from every part of me, thank you. You & this love letter are just precious to me.
I just finished the incredible book Dying To Be Me, My Journey From Cancer, to Near Death, To True Healing, by Anita Moorjani. And, wow. There is so much wisdom inside these pages--so much that affirms what I know to be true and attempt to practice in my daily life. Since I can't seem to find my own words right now, I will include below some of the pages that I underlined while reading this book--words that I feel are incredibly important & sum up the essence of her message...
Living in the present means not carrying any emotional baggage from one segment of time into the next. Every instant is unique and can't be replicated. It's our choice whether to carry our fears with us, keeping us stuck in illness.
The more attached I am to certain ways of thinking or outcomes or the more fearful I am of new adventures, the slower the development will be, because I'm not open to the process. I'm not allowing universal energy to flow through me naturally.
If things seem challenging, instead of trying to change them physically, I check in with my internal world. If I'm stressed, anxious, unhappy, or something similar, I go inward and tend to that first. I sit with myself, walk in nature, or listen to music until I get to a centered place where I feel calm and collected. I notice when I do so, my external world also changes, and many of the obstacles just fall away without my actually doing anything.
When asked what part of her healing her belief system or faith played, she said:
Needing certainty shackles my potential for the unexpected. Feeling that I don't know, or Let's see what happens, allows my expanded self to provide answers and solutions that may be completely serendipitous and outrageously synchronistic. When I step into the realm of ambiguity I'm really at my most powerful. Letting go of all previous beliefs, disbeliefs, dogma, and doctrines puts the infinite universe at my disposal and works to give me the best possible outcome for my life. This is where I receive the most internal clarity. It's where magic happens.
When asked what the most important lesson she learned from her NDE (near death experience), she said the following:
Love yourself unconditionally and be yourself fearlessly! When we're true to ourselves, we become instruments of truth for the planet. Because we are all connected, we touch the lives of everyone around us, who then affect others. Our only obligation is to be the love we are and allow our answers to come from within in the way that's most appropriate for us.
You already are what you're seeking to attain. Just express your uniqueness fearlessly, with abandon!
Enjoy yourself and don't take yourself or life too seriously.
Words to live by, for sure.
As part of my online book tour, I will be doing another interview and book giveaway this coming Thursday with the beautiful Jodi Chapman. Stay tuned!
As always, thank you for being here.