With just two more days until Valentine’s Day, this week’s blog is about how living with an open heart can soften the resistance that may be blocking your joy. Being open-hearted means being flexible and not rigid. And it means allowing yourself to be vulnerable. To me, it’s the combination of both of these elements that opens you up to the truth of yourself. As Neale Donald Walsch said, “When the heart is cracked open, we access the most profound human secret of life and that is the secret of your true identity.” To crack open your heart means to let go, to allow yourself to be seen, not just by others, but by yourself as well. It’s where the real power lies.
In this week’s blog, I want to expand a bit more on the message behind the full quote I wrote about in this month’s Joy Matters newsletter from martial arts legend Bruce Lee. (By the way, if you don’t get my newsletter, you can easily sign up for it here.) Here's the quote: “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” When I ran across this quote a few years ago, I immediately understood the magic behind Lee’s amazing martial arts abilities. It was all about being flexible, going with the flow, surrendering instead of forcing. And in my opinion, one of the fastest ways to remember your joy. This is what I mean.
Do you want a fun activity to help reinforce your intentions for a year of renewal and transformation? This one will stimulate your emotions as you feel your way into the vision you have of your new self. It’s simple but powerful and you’ll benefit not only from the experience of performing it, but later on as well. Are you curious? Are you ready?
In today’s blog, I share a very simple meditation practice to help reinforce your 2020 intentions from either the collage you did from last week’s post, or if you haven’t done one, then to help you visualize what you want your renewed self to look like this year. And for those of you who did do your collage, you’ll discover some useful information on how to interpret your collage. We'll start with the meditation...
Have you ever done a vision board before? How was it for you? There are plenty of resources online that teach how to do them. Or you can take a class and have fun doing yours in a group. Or you can just decide to sit down with a heap of magazines and make your own dream board. I’ve done a few in the past. Some looked like just a bunch of random words and pictures. That is, until I learned a new way of interpreting them in a much deeper way, which inevitably helped me to write my better story for my future self. Want to learn what I learned?
I hope the start of your new year has been great and that you’ve set some intentions that will be good for your joyful spirit. I was busy leading up to New Year’s Day in reflection of the past year. In fact, I actually looked back at the last decade, celebrating my progress and honouring the challenges for the blessing of growth. I love this time of renewal. I love the process of going within to discover what really matters to me. I love the silent optimism that swells in my heart. And I love the hopeful anticipation of seeing my new intentions manifest at exactly the right time. This month is all about you. Of the things you want to leave behind to make room for the new beginnings of the new year. It’s about your vision of who and what you want to become. But sometimes we need a little guidance to discover what our soul is telling us. Perhaps I can help.
Are you an avid reader? Looking for some great reads to help you with weight loss in 2020? How about fitness goals? Or maybe you’ve decided that 2020 will be your year to deepen your meditation and visualization abilities. Perhaps this year is about ridding yourself of ailments and diseases you have been coping with (you can really do this!) Or do you need help with relationships? How about how to attract more financial abundance? Could your business or new venture use some renewal? Well, I’m going to share some of my favourite books to get you started. Here are seven great resources to help you with your 2020 intentions, all focused on helping you become a renewed version of your previous self. I hope you enjoy!
Merry Christmas. Joyeux Noël. Frohe Weinachten. Feliz Navidad. Buon Natale. Feliz Natal. Vrolijk kerstfeest. Crăciun fericit. Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia. God Jul. Veselé Vánoce. I think I’ve covered many of the world’s languages expressing Merry Christmas. Sorry if I’ve left anyone out!
As a serial joy and abundance activist, I’ve learned that one of the biggest barriers to living a life of ultimate joy is the illusion that there’s not enough. In fact, staying in the frequency of fear only perpetuates this myth by attracting more “lack” because you are unconsciously summoning experiences that validate your current belief of lack. But by expressing gratitude for all the things you do have – a roof over your head, warm running water, food in your belly, people you can count on, is the fastest way to joy.
It’s a full moon tonight! How appropriate that this week’s blog falls on a full moon and that this month’s joy habit is gratitude! If you’ve been a regular reader of my weekly blogs and monthly newsletter, you know that I do my own monthly moon ceremonies – at new moon and at full moon. Since the full moon is the time of release when you let go so that you can let in all the things you desire, I view gratitude as a form of release. This is what I mean.