Growth comes into our lives sometimes in the most inconvenient times. When things are not going our way...maybe we are not feeling supported...maybe we are overwhelmed with physical changes in our space....perhaps we are moving to another home or to a different emotional capacity...sometimes that defined space of time is very dark and difficult...challenging and chaotic...But in the midst of it all....
We are learning how to create "emotional elbow room" ...enough space for ourselves and enough space for others to interact within it along with us...in our NEW PLACE OF GROWTH. We are not yet comfortable with accepting our own personal changes, still adjusting...
As we are finding our way along our journey...let's be kind and gentle to ourselves....knowing that each step we take, no matter how small or how often....it is progress....we are right where we are supposed to be...receiving STRENGTH from within, from that quiet, intimate place where our heart beats, and our spirit resides...
I look over this past year and see my GROWTH SPOTS....most of them have had one common catalyst...my own choice to just go with the flow and follow it to where it goes...releasing my preconceived ideas of how things need to go.
I have grown in the midst of very pressuring, unrelenting, painful situations because of instead of reacting...I have chosen to reflect first before responding and sometimes not even responding....just relaxing and staying at rest within myself. Staying at peace is the growth measuring stick I use, not if the circumstances always change to make me feel comfortable.
There is always room for more growth...we never "out-grow" our need for it!
Lifting my glass to 2013....thanks for all that it brought me...
Lifting my glass to 2014....thank for all that is coming to me...
Enjoying the journey...thanks for everyone who has joined me along the way!!
Let this be the year that you gift yourself with THE LIFE you have always wanted! Look through the EYES OF EXTRAORDINARY! Watch for every opportunity that comes your way to blossom into something special, even if it doesn't LOOK like what you have planned! Sometimes we miss out on the very thing that will move us into the next chapter of our lives when we resist the necessary changes that must come to thrust us forward. Take time out during this busy season for yourself...in the midst of parties, spending days in crowds of people in the mall, doing all the expected things of the season....STOP right in the middle of all of it and take a breath....close your eyes and ask yourself what you need. It may be a brief break to catch your breath or perhaps you need to change what you are doing. Maybe it is making a new tradition all your own...creating something that marks this moment in time.
There is no time like THE PRESENT to start living your life to the fullest...remember...it all starts with the way we think....and then what we say and then the actions that follow. Don't get caught up in the drama around you....go within and find the peace and then move forward with confidence! With just days before Christmas, you have the opportunity of a lifetime, your lifetime to become WHO YOU were created to be...FIND THE JOY IN BECOMING.....just take the first step...and DON'T FORGET to enjoy the journey!
All the TED Talks are great...and this one is thought provoking and will leave you with a sense of wonder...wondering about your own life...not maybe challenging you to live in a small space....but appreciating the space you inhabit inside yourself....CONTENTMENT AND REST.... If we do not have a peace and ease inside, our surroundings, our environment will not bring it to us. Take some time to reflect, not on what is happening in the videos, but what is happening on the inside of you while you watch. Ponder and mull over and over in your mind, journal...do what you need to do to find what you need to discover WHO you are, then you will discover WHAT you want and WHERE you are going....When I chase my fascination of these types of videos, the BOLD font contains my reflective thoughts...they may not mirror yours... Whatever your chosen path, beliefs...lifestyle...even choice of foods...in order to make it all sustainable, long lasting...whatever that means to you...figure it out on the inside FIRST...then it will not be such a struggle to maintain it. You are never a failure ... You are figuring out what works for YOU...and that changes in the different seasons of your life...not just because you age or your circumstances change...the seasons are defined by who you have become over time. I first met Dee Williams when I watched the large video in the middle of this page. I enjoy people's stories of choosing to live in a tiny space...from building their own little house to taking a closet-like space(90 sq.ft***) in of Manhattan that rents for an enormous amount of money and is smaller than one of the small bedrooms of my 1000 square foot home.
Although I would never live in a minute space, it fascinates me and helps me clear clutter of my spacious house...helping me to realize what is really important...to enhance my life with less and not more...causing me to become more creative within the life I live, thus bringing a contentment and ease like I have never known before.
I wanna LOVE and be LOVED...and walk in Gratitude ~ Humility ~ Grace... I found this vid of Dee sharing and it grounded me even more.... If you do not have time for both vids, choose the first one and come back another time.… Continue
This morning when I woke up..I had this song running through my head. : ) So I have been listening to it most of the day...Reminding myself that I GOT IT!! Yep, you know it....I was pretending to sing into a mic and danced around the house! "Susan, YOU got it Baby!!" (Let this be our little secret!!)
I have what it takes to RESET myself...in whatever areas of my life that I desire to change! It is within my reach...It don't matter how I feel...It is true...I am the only one who can move me forward! So this is my theme song for Our 28 Day Total RESET! Sing and hum along with me..
What uplifting, empowering songs are you going to sing??? I am sure that many more songs will run through my head over the next month and I will add them to the mental playlist in my head!!! And of course, I will have my pretend mic in hand and sing LOUDLY!
Music is a wonderful way to assist us in setting the tone for our days and nights. In the morning, I usually wake up with a fun song in my head...so I /sing/hum/play it all day long! At night, I play soothing, relaxing music to get my mind and body ready for rest. When we find ourselves singing along to an uplifting song, we are telling our body a message!
In addition to singing empowering songs, we can speak good things over ourselves...things we want and desire...When things are not going the way we would like, we can CHOOSE positive words of affirmation.… Continue
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Two years ago, Labor Day Weekend, I felt like I was having a stroke/heart attack. I was hospitalized. I started out with blood pressure of 220/120! -- When I got out of the hospital, I didn't take the prescribed meds. I changed to a Raw Food Lifestyle. I was a tight size 16, now I am a size 8! No more health issues either! -- The Raw Foods Lifestyle changed my life! I will never again compromise my health and well-being by going back to SAD. Raw does my body good! : )
GREEN SMOOTHIES AND WHEATGRASS JUICE ARE THE BEST WAYS TO GET YOUR GREENS WITH EASE!
2 heads of Greens a day...that is all I have ever asked!! : )
GREENS ARE FOUNDATIONAL FOR THE RAW FOOD LIFESTYLE!
On your way in, browse my personal library..it's filled with lots of raw books....
Curl up on the window seat with a good book and enjoy the view or let your thoughts unwind in your journal...
When I woke up today, what I was thinking about is how rewarding this day is going to be...
b>I will have high energy because I will be putting only high octane (raw food) into this marvelous machine I call my body! There will be no knocks or pings!
I will have great mental clarity so the stresses of the day will roll off my back and not even disturb me! I am building a fresh new body every day. Every cell is getting the nutrition that it has craved! My body thanks me!
I will live this day to the fullest and every second will be rewarding! When I lay my head to the pillow tonight, I will reflect on all the special things that have taken place and rejoice!
I am "main-lining nutrition" !
FUEL YOUR BODY WITH NUTRIENT DENSE, LIVING FOODS!
Keep priorities in order and guarding my time! Protecting my time by making decisions ahead of time.... I blogged on this from a different aspect today, click here! I will only fill the seconds, minutes, and hours in my day with: Things Invigorating My Energy
Making the most of what I have been given! : )
Imagine this kitchen minus the stove, add my Vitamix and Dehydrator and other raw appliances
Outdoor View from Green Smoothie Suite
Our deepest dear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~Marianne Williamson
Take a power nap in the hammock...
Walk the labyrinth and get your focus.... There will always be something to be dissatisfied with in life. You can either spend your life thinking about these unsatisfactory things, or you can be functional. The choice is yours. Focus not on what you don't, but on what you do want. In Joy! Jinjee
RAW GIVES ME WINGS...I WEAR THEM EVERYDAY! I fly above any temptations....they can't touch me! My Heart is at Rest Here
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Get some shut-eye, tomorrow's another busy day!
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Encouragement: It's oxygen for my soul! I don't wait for others to encourage me -- I encourage myself! I don't look at where I am -- I look ahead to where I am going! The pathway of hope is faith and that comes by hearing Good Words! So, I talk to myself -- I encourage myself! I rely on God knowing He's always near and ready with the answer! I keep His Words close to my heart and don't flinch at trouble! Tough times don't last, but tough people always do. So, I paint pictures in my mind of coming victories. When I feel like the pressure is trying to mount, I focus on the Lord. I take a deep breath of His Word and exhale true encouragement! Hey Thats My Harvest Jesse Duplantis.MP3Click Here for a index of all my blogs! : ) I may not be super active here as I work more than full-time assisting Penni Shelton in running Raw Food Rehab. Visit Raw Food Rehab
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