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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I believe that the answer to every question is … LOVE. It is clear to me that love can open any heart, create connection and build amazing relationships. Love can heal wounds and support expansion. Love can ignite passion and lift the spirit. As I contemplated writing this, some questions came to me, and the answer to each one of them was, simply, love.
I am a product of the ’60s. This was a time filled with changes and questions about the ways in which we, as a culture, operated. It was a time when people were demanding to be seen as equals and honored as part of the human family. People began standing up for what they thought was right.
As we move toward Valentine’s Day, we oftentimes think about how love is manifesting in our lives or not showing up at all. Many of us fixate on having someone to remind us that we are important or valuable. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all remember that we are valuable because we exist? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be in such a state of love within ourselves that we radiated light in every situation?
I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest speaker at “Tea Talks,” a monthly tea for women at the Mile Hi Church in Denver. There, I invited the women present to “CALL IT IN….IN 2010.” I encouraged the women to acknowledge that the destiny that awaits us is not “out there.” There is nothing to “get,” as everything we need is birthed from within. There is no destination. We are all called to allow “IT” to be revealed through our thoughts, our words, our actions and our reactions. “IT” is the innate beauty that thrives in a field of positive expression and harmonic living.