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The Gift in the Shift

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 20th, 2011 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: 2010, 2012, affirmation, affirmations, change, Cynthia James, doubt, fear, growth, healing, inner thoughts, inspiration, life, mantra, Mayan calendar, meditation, predictions, shift, spiritual growth, spirituality, thoughts, transformation, universe

Embrace the gift of change

We are now well into 2011, and many people are deep into the discussion of the shifts occurring on this planet. Some feel they are directly tied to the Mayan Calendar and predictions for 2012. Others feel that we are in the center of a transformational movement unlike any other in history.

I recently spoke at a wonderful conference in Sedona, Ariz. The whole theme was about transcendence and how we navigate the waters of the shifts taking place. As I contemplated my talk, it became clear to me that WE ARE THE GIFT in the shift. Each one of us is here for a unique purpose, and each of us has been given all of the tools that we need to be fulfilled and make a difference on this planet. If that is true, then the question becomes “What is in the way of us soaring?” I believe it is because we are stuck in the muck of consistent mind chatter that tries to convince us that we are victims of inevitable doom. This is fed by the intense news reports, old familial belief systems and inaccurate information passed down from various arenas.

Universal Family

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 6th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, connected, couple, cultures, diversity, family, France, generosity, hospitality, inspiration, joy, love, marriage, relationship, universe, wedding

Diverse generations

I recently had the honor of attending a family wedding in France. The groom was French and brought up in the Catholic tradition. The bride was born in California and raised in the Jewish tradition.

The family and friends from both sides assembled in a small town in the south of France and the celebration began. There was lots of food, wine, and joyous gatherings. The groom’s family exhibited the most amazing hospitality. Here is the interesting thing: It seemed perfectly natural that the French and the Americans were in the same place honoring the love of this beautiful young couple. Some spoke only English. Some spoke only French. Others had varying degrees of language learnings. It didn’t seem to matter. Somehow, we all found a way to connect and get to know each other.

The Art of Healing

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 28th, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: abundance, affirmation, anxiety, bad habits, beauty, behavior, beliefs, change, clutter, damage, doubt, emotion, energy, evolution, fear, friends, friendship, growth, healer, healing, health, inner peace, inspiration, intentions, joy, mental, mind, negativity, pain, perfection, Personal Growth, positive thinking, power, psychology, rebirth, renewal, self help, spirituality, support, thought patterns, thoughts, transformation, victim, well-being

The Art of HealingOftentimes people come to me and state that their intention is to heal. The definition of healing is to restore to health and soundness; to set right; restoration of that which is damaged to its normal function; regeneration (spiritual, revival, rebirth); and renewal of any lost part.

“The renewal of any lost part” caught my attention. During challenging times people are often seeking parts of themselves that they think have been lost, stolen or damaged. I believe that we are, inherently, whole, and that at the core of our being, beauty and peace exist. When my clients speak about wanting to heal, we explore the deep desire to remember that they are not broken or damaged goods. We talk about the fact that in every situation there is good and it is leading us back to a state of wholeness. When the Japanese mend broken objects, they fill the cracks with gold. They believe that when something is damaged and has a history, it is more beautiful. What if that were true of us? What if each and every aspect of our life stories was an essential ingredient that made us stronger and more beautiful?

Prayer for Japan

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | March 22nd, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: disaster, donations, earthquake, God, gratitude, grief, healing, HOPE, inspiration, Japan, loss, love, oneness, Pacific, Personal Growth, prayer, rescue, spirituality, tragedy, tsunami, universal oneness

Group of people praying on the beach

As our brothers and sisters in Japan struggle to find peace, understanding, support and a sense of order after this month’s devastating earthquake, I invite each of you to join me as I offer these words of prayer:

So Grateful

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | November 24th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, appreciation, autumn, fall, family, giving thanks, grateful, gratitude, holiday, inspiration, Jack Fowler, Relationships, season, thankful, thanksgiving, transformation, writing

Smiling woman

Well, Thanksgiving is here and people are busy preparing for and celebrating the holiday. Wherever you are today, I ask that you join me in giving thanks. I want this time with you to be about practicing gratitude. I am grateful for the opportunity to write and share with you things that are important to me. I am grateful to offer this blog as a place that might be of support and gift you with a remembrance of who you are. I am grateful to be in a position to use my path as a tool for guidance of others.

In All Things Give Thanks

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | November 18th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, anger, change, frustration, grace, gratitude, inspiration, intention, life, Personal Growth, prayer, Relationships, thankful, thanks, thanksgiving, visualization

Woman holding white flower

I have been contemplating gratitude for the past few days. What came forward for me was that everything is a gift. When I look back on my life, I can see how every event, experience and person supported me in being the person that I am today.

Global Oneness Day

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 15th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, citizens, community, connection, education, Global Oneness Day, globe, inspiration, nonviolence, October, oneness, petition, solidarity, transformation, United Nations Day, unity, world peace

People standing in a field

On Sunday, October 24th, the first Global Oneness Day will be celebrated. I am excited about this because I am a firm believer that once we realize that we are all connected, the energy of separation can begin to be dismantled. From my point of view, it is imperative for us to remember that what we do and think affects the whole. This one day feels like a great opportunity to begin to place our attention on what we want to create.

Stepping Out: Pursue Your Dreams

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 15th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, change, comfort-zone, creativity, dreams, fear, flexible thinking, inspiration, intention, passion, risk, Spirit Media Network, success, taking risks, transformation

Man standing on a mountain with arms outstretched

Success requires risk. It demands that we step out of our comfort zones and move into unknown territory. We all know that, but doing it is another thing. There are lots of people walking around talking about their dreams, but many are completely immobilized. The thought of taking action to manifest the dream is so frightening that they do nothing.

What I Learned from a Monkey

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | May 19th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: creativity, Curious George, education, explore, generosity, happiness, inspiration, monkey, persevere, problem solving, silliness

monkey and woman

It was nearly noon on a Wednesday a few months back when a welcomed Colorado blizzard closed schools and offices. My 4-year-old son and I were still in our cozies, enjoying lunch while we worked on his favorite puzzle. A PBS cartoon played in the background, but neither of us paid much attention to the TV until we heard the familiar theme song for Curious George.

Treasure Every Moment: Connect with Those You Care About

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 29th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmations, death, grief, inspiration, spirituality, transition

It's never too late to share how important someone is to you.

Recently, someone I work with made the transition. The death was sudden and unexpected. Many people were shocked, upset and in a state of disbelief. It made me start thinking that we can so easily take people for granted. We can so easily think that they will always be here. In fact, often times we are immersed in unrealistic expectations of others and, when they do not respond as we would like, we move into a state of judgment and blame. We withdraw or push them aside, thinking we will deal with this later.  Sometimes that later never comes.