Gratitude Observed

Backyard.abundanceIt is the day before my birthday and I am home. The morning air was brisk as I went outside to change out the corn cobs for the squirrels and add seed to the bird feeder. Evidence of their presence gave me heed to assure their pleasure continued. The sun is bright this morning and there is a magical feeling I get when I stand in chilly air along with the sun’s warmth. It is like sweet and salty, laughter and tears, living in the now and yet grateful for all that has comeCorn.cobs before this moment. Truly, it is a blissful thing to live in gratitude. It opens the heart to the flow… to the Universal desire to express Joy and Happiness. I did not come to this planet to live in dread nor in lack. I came to thrive and express. I came to share my gifts and to breathe in all that Life has for me. I am co-creating my life, and the experiences in it, by how I live and how I open my heart, mind and body to what is available. In doing that it all becomes one fluid expression.

In the mornings I set my intention on that which I am to be. I set my thoughts towards happiness, joy, love, beauty, abundance, Bird.feederhealth, influential vitality and wealth. I give thanks that it comes to me in all forms and avenues. I don’t worry about the “how,” yet I just open myself to the next perfect step and walk in the direction of my goals. In doing that, I allow the Universe to do Its work. I see myself as Its open channel, expressing through me perfectly and it does. I rest not my thoughts on the negative but I open my eyes to the Good that is around me and I think thoughts of love and wholeness to those people who cross my path even if we are standing in line together at the grocery store or at an event. I make conscious choices to bless and not curse. I see the Good and by doing this, more comes into view. It has to. Anything we set our mind to and focus upon creates more of those experiences. If we focus on the appearances of lack and harshness and loss and unfairness, it seems that it creates more of that in our experiences… as if that is the reality we conjure.

Some will disagree with me. Some will even argue that “this is the way life is.” And I will say yes to them. Yes… this is the way it is for you and I am sorry you are Mom's.Lemon.Treeexperiencing hard times. I know I have had my share and I have been very grateful for my friends who came near to comfort me in times of challenge, of loss and of confusion. I have felt lost and wonder and question current and past events. And then I breathe and my breath makes space around me as it is a symbol of my willingness to open my heart and mind to something more; to experience something grander than what I have experienced up until now. I am bigger than I have believed and Life is more than what I have seen and there is a magic in pausing and questioning this expanse. It truly is a playground filled with illusions and we get to choose what illusions to play.

So, on this day after Thanksgiving and the day before my birthday, I honor this Life I am living by choosing Joy and Happiness, expressions of Love and Beauty, Health, Fitness and Wealth, and Influential Abundance playing out in all I desire to do. I walk in the direction of my dreams and practice kindness and gratitude. Life is so worth living and I am here to live it.

Open at the Top,

Sue

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Observing Resistance to Winter

Late Autumn and Winter in the Northern Hemisphere brings with it the illusion that the days are shorter and the belief that there is not enough time to do all we want to accomplish. When I get home after the end of my work day, the darkness Early.Winter.Lightingdrives me inside where the house is warm and the lights are ambient. It triggers the sensation that the whole day is over and that it is time to wind down and tuck myself in for the evening. I observe my resistance. I notice that this time of year changes the amount of activity in my life. Yes, there are still errands to run, the job, the chores about the home, etc. But I feel that the creative, break-me-out-of-my-routine activities become less. That inner-bear wants to scurry home to hibernate as this cycle of the season gets underway with the titling of our planet that shortens our exposure to the light of the sun.

As an observer of life, I do see that there are natural cycles that flow from one into Early.Winter.at.Lakeanother as the seasons go from spring to summer and from autumn to winter. The plants do not resist. They drop their leaves willingly and their growth slows down. The squirrels in my back yard also change their habits. They gather nuts and seeds from the trees that line the creek beyond my fence and their playful presence diminishes for a few months. The neighborhood is also quiet as the after dinner walks and curbside basketball games have been replaced by indoor activities. We take shelter.

It is true that, with the nature of seasons, winter tends to bring a time of reflection and slowing down; an ending of sorts so as to prepare us for the new beginnings that come with the arrival of spring. It is a time of nurturing and review. Inner work tends to take place, if we permit it, as well as the process of closure that comes at the end of a year.

Yet, there is still something inside of me that earns for the feeling of longer days. Time has not changed. There are still the same number of hours and I long to be active and not succumb to the slowing down of things. It is true that we as humans have our own cycles and that we ebb and flow as we traverse changes in our lives. Early.Winter.SkyBut I am not desirous of conforming to the sheltering effect that winter brings. My life desires expression. My body desires activity. I earn for connection that is beyond cyber chats and video links. My urge to touch life as it is happening is alive and pressing! Therefore, I look to this new day and position myself to do something that brings forth greater expression, expansion, and vibrancy to my mind, body, and my relationship to all that surrounds me. And… I will also stay open to what winter may bring for she is knocking on my door. I choose to open my heart to her, to observe what it is I need to know, where I need to release resistance, and how I can become present in the midst of this change in seasons.

Observing what is,

Sue

Observing Our View – The Bigger Perspective

Tall.Avocado.TreeGreetings Observers of Life!

I have been noticing something about being an observer. It requires me to change my vantage point. I cannot stay where I am and expect to see something different. I must either move to a different location or even higher ground to be able to see and better understand what is going on around me.

When I was a young girl, I loved climbing the avocado tree in the back yard. I would shimmy up the large branches and drop myself onto the garage roof. I loved seeing my yard and house from this view. They seemed smaller and I could see details that I couldn’t from ground level. I also liked climbing the six foot fences that bordered the houses behind and to the side of us. I was able to see the other yards and our relationship to them. Things were easier to understand when I changed how I viewed them. I would spend what seemed like hours, over the years, climbing and going higher to gain a bigger view of my yard, the house, and what was beyond them. I liked having that perspective plus, I got to see the changes that were taking place in the neighbor’s yards. That was fun.

As I grew and became a teenager, I was introduced to hiking in the San Gabriel San.Gabriel.MountainisMountains. Oh, what a joy!!! All of the sudden I gained a bigger view of not just my neighborhood, but the city and the entire valley I grew up in. I saw its relation to the whole and on a clear day, I could see the ocean from that view as well. I truly lived in a marvelous and vast area! My perspective changed and I saw how every city was connected by the boulevards for which I View.of.LA.Oceanrode my bicycle. I also got to see the freeways that took us from our home to grandma’s house near the foothills. Seeing this connection took the mystery out of what was once the unknown. It was also during this time I started buying and studying maps for the fun of it as they, too, showed a bigger view of how to get from here to there.

Where do you need to see a bigger picture of your current location or maybe your current circumstances? Do you feel that you are only surrounded by what you know and you can’t see beyond it and you feel like there is no other solution or option to what is going on in your immediate life? There is and it is here that we get to remember that we are observers and that a higher view can bring a perspective and show options that otherwise were not understood or known. We can rise up and look back to what is occurring and from this view become more conscious to the bigger picture. This expands our awareness and thus we can act from our greater understanding verses the limited beliefs we had as I did as a child in my own back yard.

Changing our vantage point also allows us to observe ourselves better. We are not only the actor of our lives we, as an observer, are the director of it. As we begin to see from a higher perspective, we can guide ourselves to where we need to go. This is because we have seen that everything is connected and this view reveals where we need to go is really a shorter distance than what we once thought.

Observing from Higher Places,

Sue

Remembering Our Oneness… An Observation

20131231_051444-1Yesterday started off just fabulous. I had a creative surge that seems to be coming through more regularly. I read, wrote and posted on one of my blogs as well as my Facebook pages. And that was all before I started work. That creativity and passion carried into my day. Each task I did for my job seemed lighter and filled with joy… Joy that comes from within when I am in my groove. This groove is not dependent on outside forces. It is not dependent on a person and it is not dependent on situations. It is the natural state of my being. Who I am infinitely… one with all life, one with everything around me and beyond. I remember each day who I am and it is that place I look from into the world, at my work, towards my friends, and to the actions that I perform. To remember that I am infinite and everyone else is infinite. We are here because, at some point in infinite time, we chose to be here and to live and experience living and loving; creating and expressing; sharing and receiving; lessons and growth and all that humanness with volition brings. Volition equates to choice and choice equates to experiences including those that seem less than desirable and even horrific at times.

Yesterday, while in this groove, I learned of the acts that took place in Paris. I stopped to pray; to place my intentions of love and peace on those that are experiencing the effects of the choices of other people. Those who misuse the power that is available to all for the use of Good in the world; those who have forgotten their infinite roots; their oneness with all life, and thus used their power to harm. I stop to pray for them, too, and for everyone on this green and blue planet that we are visiting. May each one of us remember who we are, our oneness with all life, that we do have the freedom and volition to do anything, and that we choose to use that power that we have for Good in this world.

As I observe our world, or at least observe what is available for me to see, I can see that we forget at times that we are one with it all. In that forgetting a gap is created in our mind. If allowed to grow, we can begin to think of life as an “us and them” or a “me vs. life” and that is what births the thoughts and feelings that create separateness and angst; fear and despair; depression and confusion; loss of hope and forget the desire to dream. I don’t want that for me or for anyone! So, this morning, as I sit here, I continue to remember who I am and my relationship to you, to those around me, to my co-workers, friends, family, neighbors, the community I live in and the world. I am one with each of you. Our paths cross because we chose them to do so. We each have the ability to use a power greater than ourselves for Good; to make this #aworldthatworksforeveryone. This is why we are here… and when we remember this, we can do so much. Let’s use what we have to heal broken hearts, to nurture the gifts we have, to touch the lives of others, and to remind other people, who are on this journey on this green and blue planet with us of our oneness with each other and with all life.

Today is fabulous and it is because I remember who I am. I am infinitely one with all life and I am one with you.

Remembering with you,

Sue

Observing Thoughts

thinking_manGreetings Observers of Life!!!

It is November and I am experiencing a greater awareness of how my thoughts and beliefs effect my moods, situations and the outcome of each of my days. Not only are “thoughts things… and we need to think the good ones” as I heard Mike Dooley say because they stir and create our life, but as I go about my living, and get stirred with some emotion, that stirring is there to uncover the thoughts behind it. If a strong emotion, that is not pleasant, is my current experience, I can stop and begin to inquire what is the belief behind it that needs to be looked at more closely. It is there so I can become aware of it and to gain understanding how it is causing the stir and thus causing discomfort in my present moment. This contemplation is essential so that I don’t fumble about in a sea of unpleasant feelings and experiences. As I choose to change my world by changing how I think about it, I begin to live in a greater state of Joy. I grow in my awareness that Life does not just happen to me but I happen to Life and Life and I dance together as One in magnificent Co-creation. Then, as Life is always moving forward, I am shown where hidden beliefs have been tucked away. As Life happens, there is an uncovering that occurs and my thoughts get exposed. I know that this is occuring because I sence discomfort or resistence to what is going on in the present moment. When this happens, it is time to look at those thoughts and beliefs that are behind it. Maybe a fear comes up and my usual automatic response is triggered. It is then I can stop and examine what is my belief here. It is a belief in lack or that I am not supported? Do I feel that my deepest dreams will never come true and therefore my efforts to make them happen are just a waste of time? Do I feel like my efforts in making a difference at my job are just a benign use of my energy? How about when I take a step of faith and stretch myself into an area that I have not played in before? Do I feel like shrinking back, recoiling, returning to where it feels safe? In reality, I am safe right where I am! These dreams, desires and ideas are not mine alone but that of Spirit delighting to do these things through me, to experience Life as me. And if that is so, then I will be given all that is needed. But, if I think that I can’t, that there is a lack of supply, or that I am not worthy enough, or smart enough or whatever… then that will be my experience.

I have to see my dreams and goals coming true daily and set my thoughts and positive emotions towards them. So I vision. I sit once or twice a day for a short period of time and imagine in my mind what it would be like, feel like and look like. FB_IMG_1446830857268_resizedI sense the happiness and joy. I see myself doing what it is I love to do. I see myself surrounded by love and beauty or a location that brings delight to me. I imagine what I can do now as my dreams are now my reality. I choose to feel it… really feel it. I speak it out loud or write it down, but either way I do so with exuberance as it is this thinking with feeling that stirs and creates. I do not get caught in how things will come to be or even the specifics. That is not my job. My job is to verbalize it and allow the Universe to take it’s action and bring it about. I am to then point myself in the direction of my dreams and goals. I can’t just vision and then sit on my duff and wait for Life to deliver it to me. I have to avail myself to be used. I have to show up. I have to allow myself to be guided as I go do what is necessary each day. For as I go to work, I may meet someone that, as we talk, has information I need. I may take a trip and when I get to where I am going, I am inspired and learn something that helps me take the next step. Or maybe, I am to make a decision that requires some risk and stretches my faith and a song comes on the radio while walking through a store that confirms I am to do it.

There are also urges and intuitions that when I learn to listen and heed them, they come more frequently and my faith and trust in Life and its leadings grows. I am indeed supported by Life. (Call Life by whatever name you are comfortable with… God, Spirit, The Universe, the Great I AM, Goddess, Shiva, Source, Love, Lord, Mother / Father God, or whatever.) It is my acknowledgement that there is this Power in the universe and I can use it, co-create with it, dance with it, and dwell in it. And my thoughts are creative and the Universe responds to them. I need to consciously choose the good thoughts and when I discover I have hidden thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve me, that keep me stuck, I need to release them and do the work that changes them for my greater good. This is an active choice. It can be hard at first. Those old thoughts and beliefs are like habits and as I become more conscious of what I am thinking about each day, I will catch myself thinking “oh that will never happen” or “this will never change” and I stop it. I change it to “anything is possible” or “I am willing to allow good to flow to me” or “change is good” or “the Universe is abundant and I am supported by the Universe. There is an unlimited supply and all my needs are met.”

So, combine the activity of changing thoughts when the old ones creep into your mind with visioning for 1 or 2 short sessions a day; seeing and feeling what it will be like when you are where you desire to be and doing what you desire to do and this will shift the Juju. This practice will open you up to the next events that will further you into the direction of where you want to go. Share your dreams with people that support you. Those people and friends that cheer you on and lift you up. The simple act of sharing can create an energy and excitement. It is important to surround yourself with like-minded people! I know that I have immeasurable benefits by being a part of my spiritual community which I get to participate in many ways. www.cslsr.org Action is needed… and sometimes just showing up and doing what seems to be the next logical thing in the direction of your dreams is what opens the flood gates!

I love observing my thoughts and changing my thinking!

Thinking Big,

Sue

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By observing the world around us and our reactions to it, we become more aware of ourselves.