Wednesday, December 28, 2016

LIR 122816-Taiwaz & NaihwazR

Sometimes when we have to make choices, we feel like there is a dark and a light, a price to be paid, a sacrifice.

But the truth isn't that simple. The if/then statement :if I choose this now, I won't have it later, is a truth - but it does not include all the other truths of what you will have later.

Being aware of the fears of lack, of not having what we think we need in a crucial moment, can help us make choices now with a free heart.

Looking at the big picture, taking out the fear and bringing in trust in self based on past experience, what will bring you happiness - in this moment, and in the future?

What is possible?!

I hope you have a great week!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wish (for 2017)

video & blog are pretty much the same thing

Hello my friends. And happy birth of a new year.

What an interesting year 2016 has been, full of torrential transition and emotional extremes. If you're like me, you're looking back and saying (possibly with sarcasm) "That was awesome!"

More importantly, you're looking forward and saying, with sincerity and desire, "How can 2017 be better?"

The answer is - In every possible way.

I believe 2017 is going to be better. Happier. More connected. More equal. More true. More desires realized and more realities expanded.

And it is thanks to you that I have such a bright future ahead of me. Each and every one of you has been a part of my journey, and I would not be here without you to walk with, sing with, strive with or against. You have helped me realize my happiness, and I am grateful.

So my gift to you, should you choose to receive it, is a wish, a prayer, a spell. A hope. A dream. An energetic outpouring - of abundance, prosperity, riches.

Some of you may receive cards, but frankly I have a habit of writing things and never sending them, so we're going to do it differently this year.

If you're like me, you occasionally find coins or other forms of currency abundance in random places - the parking lot, a river bank, in the closet, in the car.

This year, at least one of those finds is from me.

This year, I am taking (have taken) my lucky cat bank, full coins and paper, and I am scattering the treasure that is inside. Into water. Into the air. Into the earth. Even into fire.

I am sending out into the universe a symbolic gift of abundance. A prayer, wish, desire, spell, intent that with every effort, every energy output, every interaction you put into the universe... receive back all you need, all you want, all YOU desire.

And so my dears, after you find this gift, clutch it in your hand and receive the abundant possibilities. 

And then, spend it! As societally minor as the denomination is, use it when you buy that book, those shoes, the groceries. Deposit it for the bills, the rent, the vacation getaway. Let it represent all the awesomeness coming your way to make your life easier, happier, healthier, more comfortable. Let it be for YOU.

We expend our energy to make the world a better place, for each other and for our loved ones. So please allow your world to be a better place for you.

May abundance flow; be a grace that you enjoy.
May your riches feed you; and may you employ
Prosperity to keep you
Hale, hearty, whole.

And may your happiness be anchored in your soul.

I hope, I expect you to have a great year!


A moment of calm

Hello to you!

I am sitting in Spirit Wise, hosting a meditation, to bring a moment of calm to this hectic time of year.

Yes, it's about love and giving and other people, but it also seems to be about the tensions and the dead lines and the self doubts and the insecurities. And we run around TRYING so very hard to be, or do, or find that perfect thing that will bring joy to, well, everyone.

So take a moment a me, take a breath in the middle of this tension. And allow yourself to think of yourself,

Breathe out, blowing away all the frustration and expectations and concerns.

Breathe in, following the breath in and down.

Breathe out - expelling the doubts and to do lists and nagging voices.

Breathe in - feel the breath reach your diaphragm, feel the muscles expand and relax.

Breathe out - pushing away all the things that are resistant to your relaxation. Pushing away the tension.

Breathe in - feel the blood tingle down to your toes.

And as you continue to breathe in and breathe out, allow yourself to relax.

Now, someone or something may pop into your mind - do do do, nag nag nag.

Continue breathing, out and in, expanding and relaxing.

Allow that nagging thought, that frustration to sit in the center of your mind's eye. Allow it to be there.

Breathe in all the way down to your pelvic floor.

And breathe out - blowing gently, sending love, patience, acceptance to the tension creating thought.

Breathe in your peace.

Breathe out peace for them, for it.

Breathe in and breathe out until it dissolves, gently, into sparkling atoms.

And feel the tension slide away.

Feel the release of tension flowing down from the crown of the head, down over your face and the down over the back of your head, feel the tension flow away from the neck, away from the shoulders.

Breathe out and blow it all away. Gently.

Breathe in and feel yourself expand.

Allow yourself to be centered, calm, totally you. Better able to move through this joyous season in a fashion that's most aligned with your self, your needs, your truths.

Breathe In. And feel the joy, the peace, the calm, the connection.

And breathe that joy and peace and calm and connection out - doubling, tripling the peace in the world.

Thank you for taking this moment of calm with me.

I hope you have a most joyous celebration.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

LIR122116-Dagaz & RaidoR

Yippee! The year is turning. I can see my next choice on the horizon. I am ready! I am able! I am...

...Not moving forward

Why are I not moving forward?!

Well, cuz, frankly, it's not the best time.

Most people are in the throes of Holiday fever: vacation; weather; travel; family obligations; getting work done quickly so they can do important things.

There's may not be enough room in the brain for new ventures.

But Dagaz assures us the doorway is on the horizon.

As difficult as it may feel, give yourself the gift of patience, perhaps a little daydreaming to feel how you REALLY want the future to feel.  And know, like all good things, time does pass.

Yup, no forward movement... YET.

I hope you have an excellent week, and a beautiful holiday!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Today's Happiness Practice - Staying Home

Yup - I originally had TWO workshops scheduled for today.

Yup, I have cancelled them.

Yup, it's very cold outside right now.

Yup, I know it's colder in other places and some people are actually planning to play football OUTSIDE today.
Some people are planning to SIT OUTSIDE and watch other people play.

That's them. Their choices.

My choice is to stay alive and breathing comfortably and be warm and get some Year Conquering done.

Today I am doing what's right for me, and staying inside.

What is your practice today?


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

LIR 120716 - DagazR

Dagaz is about stepping through the doorway to the next level - which requires putting down the baggage of the past.

Therefore DagazR would be about needing to examine a specific event and accept it for it was, and (most importantly) for how you felt about it.

This is not judgment of the event, the place, the people involved. This is not condoning or condemning. This is acceptance. X happened. Y was involved. I felt Z.

This is how we build the paths, the foundations of our realities. By being truthful with ourselves, by accepting - even if it doesn't make sense or you don't know why.

Once we accept our truths, about whatever the situation, there is a peace, a breathing space. There is an open door.

So if you feel stuck this week, please consider sitting down with yourself, perhaps over warm tea or a cold beer, and discuss what you REALLY feel.

I hope you have an excellent week!