Archive | May 2017

Livin’ my life like it’s goldenūüĆě

 

My favorite quote. I follow the teachings of Buddha and this perspective is the first intention I see every morning. It hangs in my bedroom in a place of prominent so as to always catch my eye. These words set¬†my¬†day on the path of happiness and gratitude to live my life like it’s precious – ¬†“golden”.

 

When people ask how my morning is going I say awesome! I was blessed to see another sunrise and be surrounded by the love and support of my wonderful family, and friends. It’s an absolutely¬†beautiful day!

 

This Jill Scott tune from 2004, “Livin’ my life like it’s golden”, is all about living each day with joy; owning the richness of life and how amazing it is. Blessed and highly favored, happiness and abundance are yours!¬†

 

 

I’m taking my freedom
Pulling it off the shelf
Putting it on my chain
Wear it around my neck
I’m taking my freedom
Putting it in my car
Wherever I choose to go
It will take me far

I’m livin’ my life like it’s golden
Livin’ my life like it’s golden
Livin’ my life like it’s golden, golden
Livin’ my life like it’s golden
Livin’ my life like it’s golden, golden

I’m taking my own freedom
Putting it in my song
Singing loud and strong
Grooving all day long
I’m taking my freedom
Putting it in my stroll
I’ll be high-steppin‘ y’all
Letting the joy unfold

I’m holding on to my freedom
Can’t take it from me
I was born into it
It comes naturally
I’m strumming my own freedom
Playing the god in me
Representing his glory
Hope he’s proud of me

Livin’ my life like it’s golden
It really matters to me, oh

I’m living my life like its golden

Jill Scott – Golden Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

 

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No Day But Today!‚ú®

“Fear is a thief. It robs us of the opportunity to stand in the moment and forces us to focus on the past and future instead of the now.”

DonnaMarie

 

 

 

This quote is in the true spirit of my philosophy that we create our own reality and the power of belief and faith is undeniable. I’m still pinching myself from the incredible reality I created upon realizing my dream adventure to Florence, Italy.

 

The Basilica¬†of St. Mark’s Square in Venice

 

My wish is to see others realize their dreams and believe that all things are possible with faith. However, you can’t just lay on your sofa and hope for things to be, you make things happen by having an open mind and planning so you’re ready when the opportunity presents itself.¬†

Let’s take the words can’t, maybe, someday and when I retire out of our vocabulary. As I’ve stated before and will continue to raise up, the only reality we have is in this moment. Not the past, and not the future but right NOW!

 

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It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since I’ve heard this powerful song from the Broadway play and film “Rent”, my reaction is always the same; tears streaming down my face as the words forever ring true and the emotion it stirs remains very real.

 

Tomorrow is not promised so there is – “No Day But Today!”

Living Freedom of the Mind

 

 

I think a lot of people look at freedom as an external force. Looking for it, like love, in partners, their career, money. I believe freedom lies in the mind; giving ourselves permission to be who we are without seeking acceptance from anyone or anything.

 

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From birth, we are socialized to accept certain pretext as the norm and that this is the only acceptable path to follow. Girls wear pink, boys wear blue. Women should be yielding and demure, and men should be tough and take the lead.

 

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Society sets us up like one of those learning toys for children where you are trained to put the round peg in the round hole and the square peg into the square hole; demonstrating that things, and people, are suppose to fit into the corresponding receptacle. 

 

 

This mindset creates pain and confusion when we don’t fit into what the establishment has deemed as proper and correct. ¬†True “Freedom” of the mind is when we become strong enough to realize that one size does not fit all, nude is in the eye of the beholder, and that we are charged in our life’s journey to express our own nuances and truths.

 

Free your mind and the rest will follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Presence

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.”

Eckhart Tolle¬†(author of “The Power of Now”)

 

 

On my incredible journey exploring the wonders of Italy,¬†my daily mantra was¬†“Be Present”. Sometimes one of the hardest habits to follow is to live where you are, not in the past and not in the future. Our minds like our lives can be chaotic, pushing us to see the future as a destination instead of realizing the truth that there is no future, there is only now; this very moment.

 

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In Florence, every step I took and every corner I turned was steeped in thousands of years of history in Art, Architecture, and a civilization that will forever live on in my soul as one of those fortunate enough to physically walk in the footsteps of artisans that made their mark centuries ago.

 

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The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli generally thought to have been made in the mid-1480s. Wikipedia

 

My continuing spiritual evolution is to appreciate the Power of Now; breathing in the immense beauty that surrounds me, which in Italy was an incredibly powerful experience. 

 

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Power of Your Intention‚ú®

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A mantra that I embrace is that attitude is everything. Living a conscious life with intention and purpose. We reap what we believe. We all have the ability to create the world we wish to live in. What you visualize, you internalize and what you internalize dictates what you realize.

“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”