“It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.” -Jon J. Muth
The majority of people believe that they are truly on the receiving end of what the world "gives" to them: their careers, spouses, and even how people treat them.
What a smaller fraction of people actually know and can attest to is that we are much more powerful than we believe. Not from a cliché sense of the notion, but actually powerful in terms of being a catalyst for action and not just a reactionary organism.
Within each of us is a guiding spirit to help us along the way of our journey. regardless of one's sense of spirituality, an universal wisdom across time and ways of life is that we are spiritual or at least energy encompassing beings with the power to bring out what we desire with our thoughts and vibrations.
So what does it mean? Your world and all that exists, which you may or may not like, is a reflection of your spirit and the energy you emit.
Ever find it a coincidence when you are thinking of someone they call or text you? Or what about when you "have a feeling" something is going to happen and it often does. Or what about if you were thinking of a song and you "happen" to hear it around you? These are not coincidences. There are no coincidences.
The fears that you often focus on, even continue to play out in your head subconsciously, often times manifest. The desires that you deeply wanted, believed in, and put forth effort in, manifest.
You have power and knowing that you have power is why it's so important to not only Honor Your Spirit but also follow the other commandments of Self Love: Honor Thyself, Honor thy Mind, Honor thy Body and Forgive. BE mindful of what you feed yourself, physically and spiritually. What people are allowing to sow into your spirit? What environments are you in?
People often think it doesn't matter, but who and what you're around matters. What you listen to and watch, matters. Any opportunity for your brain to receive information, affects and shapes it. Everyday, your brain is making new connection. Therefore its working to create a frame of reference for your thoughts and behaviors.
Feed your spirit what you want. Speak what you want. BElieve that you can attain what you want. Above all, keep this process to yourself. There are people who don't believe in their power, therefore they may not believe in your power. There are people who do not believe that "anything is possible" and they will unintentionally plant seeds of doubt in you.
Protect your spirit while declaring what you want. If you want a different life, than sit back and examine your thoughts. Listen through meditative silence what is running rapid through your mind.
Take time to your self. Become more connected with your spirit. Let it guide you and create the world that not only you desire but that serves your highest state of being and the those around you.
By: Tiffany W.
When I think of how truly connected everything in life is, I joyfully think about the song and opening scene of Disney's The Lion King, in which all the animals from the pride lands came to the birthing ceremony of Simba. In the background, we hear a story about the Circle of Life.
The circle of life, the food chain, destiny, serendipity, and "everything happens for a reason" are
all very similar notions. Every thing and every being has a purpose. All that is orchestrated naturally in our lives, is testament that life happens full circle. Birth and death. Loss and gain. Joy and sadness.
The opposition of life is so important to understand and embrace because it shapes you to be stronger, more resilient, and of greater gratitude, if you choose to look at life's opportunities in such a way. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond.
If we embark on the journey of life with an open mind and spirit, knowing for sure that every person, lesson, and experience is working together, life's blows can be taken standing straight up. Simply just believe that one day, it will all make sense because it will! I promise. Well, if you're open to connecting the dots.
When you're experiencing whatever you're experiencing, sometimes you can wonder to yourself, Why? Why is this happening? You might even go so far as to wonder, why is this happening to me?
Well ...why not you? Why not now? Why not? Are you so special and unique that you should be exempt from the difficulty and challenging times of the human experience? I think not. But as you ask those questions, consider your role in the plot of life. See we have thoughts and actions that often bring certain occurrences in our lives, but in a grander scheme, we also are just containers for God's greater plans. Our influence and control only goes so far.
So in understanding that there's a grander scheme than we can imagine or create, we can choose to look at life differently. Honoring the journey, the confusion, the timing, and the seemingly incongruity. When things just don't make sense, I think that's a sign!
It's the beginning of a beautiful week, and I want you to choose the attitude," something great is in store and this is serving a great purpose! "
"This" can be the day, week, interaction with a stranger, coworker, family member, traffic, or even the time in your life. Shift your relationship with time, expectations, and development.
BE Open. BE Hopeful~
By: Tiffany W.
Happy Wednesday BEautiful BEing!
It's been a while but I'm still here! Sharing words of encouragement must come from a certain place and with a lot of changes in my spiritual space, I must honor what I need and what you need. When I give, I give of love and through divine inspiration; never for the purpose of just giving.
In the spirit of truth, love and connection, I decided to look up some Rumi quotes this morning. A couple spoke to my spirit so I wantes to share them with you.
Who is Rumi? He was a Persian poet who lived in the 13th century who's written beautiful and long last words about love, life, spiritual connection, and life purpose.
The caterpillar and butterfly are such fascinating creatures. Did you ever realize, that we have no idea what type of butterfly a caterpillar will morph into? It's full of endless possibilities and yet, it trusts the process of transformation to steer it.
We often judge the future of ourselves and others based on the present, when in actually we have no idea what will occur. We cannot forsee major life events or occurences that will effect our metamorphosis or those around us. Therefore learning to accept what is and not get so caught up in judging what the future may hold is a beneficial mindset to have.
You are an organism full of possibilities and potential. Both can be utilized only when your mind taps into belief and follows up with action. You can plot, plan and goal set, but at the end of the day what matters is your continued efforts and belief in yourself. Growing and becoming stronger as a person and becoming better in your passion.
Whenever you doubt possibility, know that there's someone out there with similar circumstances and challenges who could be inspiration for you. Looking to others isn't about comparison, but we can all serve as an examples for one another in regards to life's possibilities.
Do you feel like you've missed your prime when it comes to fitness, love, children, your dream career, starting a business or even just following your passion? Well the first step would be to remove limits from yourself.
Whether we can or can't do something is up to us. Whether we choose to even make an attempt ot be open to something is our choice and it begins with our minds. It's easy to say and believe I can't, but it takes a different type of strength to be disciplined, step into faith and crush that limited belief.
In self love, we learn to accept what exists from the past and in the present withoit judgement. It can be tough, but in that practice, it also teaches to embrace our selves, the truths that exist, and the possibility of new truths to emerge.
In the same respect, be prepared for others to put limitations on and not believe in you. Be prepared that some people will even see potential in you and pressure you to fulfill their own ideals of you. Be prepared that people will try to forsee your future, despite the fact that at end of the day, no one completely knows whats going to happen.
Connect to the butterfly in you. Honor who you are and if you're on a path of discovery and transformation, honor that journey every step of the way. Be gentle with your self because the world definitely will not be gentle with you.
By: Tiffany W.
Newness brings excitement! Newness can also bring discomfort, especially if something is so new, it's out of your comfort zone. But that's ok, we're all about transforming and growing so we have to learn to be ok with discomfort.
Think about when you were in middle or high school. You had 1 pair shoes you may have loved but at some point they started to get uncomfortable. They started to get tighter and maybe rub against your toes or the back of your heal. Your feet were growing and the effects were uncomfortable until you acknowledged, ok it's time for new shoes, I can't fit these anymore.
Well it's the same with our mindsets and behaviors. We are so attached to our current ways but maybe some person, some transition, some situation, or literally time causes a shift in change, growth, and transformation. We must give up some old ways to make room for a better life.
We are creatures of habit, so change can be not only difficult but resisted. Sometimes we say we want change but because we only know our current realities, we don't know what it actually takes to change or get the outcome we desire.
Some people want a lean, sculpted body but most have no idea of the mental discipline it takes to follow a strict nutrition and fitness regiment. Some people want to be wealthy, but they too have no idea what level of discipline it takes to build wealth. To get from Point A to Point C, there will be change and it will be uncomfortable.
Newness can mean lots of new disciplines: Long hours, saying no to what you don't need, saying yes to what you do need, changing how you think, changing what you believe, or even changing who you hang around.
It's a new week, and in celebration of newness, I challenge you to think about how you can grow. What new perspectives can you take on? What new habits can you begin to form to become a new and better you?
Could you improve at work? In your romantic relationship? In your interpersonal relationships? In your relationship with your self?
BE Open to a new perspective. Newness births greatness. Newness births expansion and elevation. Newness stimulates you. Newness connects you to a new world, a new way of living and even new people.
By: Tiffany W.
I find it very interesting when I come across someone who is so clear about judging others but seems to have blurred vision when looking at themselves. When in conflict they point a finger at another but don't realize there are 3 fingers pointing right back at them!
I don't judge these folks because I was one of them and still embrace those tendencies from time to time. I'm a recovering judge. I've confessed, made my peace with and have worked on changing my mind and opening my heart. It's really the practice of self love that has released me from that prison because in learning to accept yourself, you learn to accept others.
Why is that?
Well 2 long standing life wisdoms are:
1. We see in others what's in ourselves. Whether positive or negative, that which we attach to or attack in someone else is reflective of our own possibilities or that which we don't like in ourselves.
Those who continue to tear you down and criticize you not from a place of love and concern for your betterment, but from a place of bitterness, anger, and ill will, have some unresolved issues within themselves. But guess what? When you can own who you are, who you're not, and who you're striving to be, it makes it a lot easier to handle those people and their opinions.
No one, absolutely no one is perfect. Every one has something they can improve on. Everyone has triggers that shine light on open wounds from past hurts or disappointments. You do as well those who criticize you.
It's ok to be you. It's ok to be the epitome of imperfect. You're human and imperfect is the definition of such a status. You will hurt and be hurt. You will lie and be lied to. You feel joy, happiness, anger, and frustration. Sometimes you won't know the answers. Sometimes you'll be wrong. Sometimes you'll be confused. Sometimes you'll feel like giving up. Sometimes you won't do what you say, when you say. You're human, it's not the end of the world.
The question is: Are you striving to be better? Are you learning to follow the 5 Commandments of Self Love and employ them in every way possible? Are you striving to be better for you and those around you? Are learning what it means to accept yet transform?
Embrace who you are Beautiful because who you are, is BEautiful!
By: Tiffany W.
There are 3 facets of love. Giving it, Receiving it and Being It. For most of us it's easiest to give love. You choose to care about others, nurture them, express loyalty, and vessel of emotional, mental or physical support. It's get tough when it gets down to Being and Receiving love.
If you have no concept of self love or self acceptance, it's kind of tough to embody love. Taking care of yourself self, being gentle with yourself, honoring yourself, taking care of your body, respecting your own mind, body and spirit are all the many components of what it means to BE Love.
The beauty in practicing self love is that you actually learn to essentially fall in love with yourself. You're so consumed in love, you become it. That's what it means to BE Love. But even though you know how to give it and BE it, do you truly know how to receive it?
Are you comfortable enough to be vulnerable? Let people in whether it's platonic or romantic? Do you trust yourself enough that you will allow people who take note of how you choose to love yourself? Do you accept support, guidance and assistance from others? Do you accept affection and recognition? Are you open to the love others want to give you? Or do you have your own rules, guidelines and barriers?
BE open. BE accepting. All love that is healthy love is transformational; from the inside out. The love you begin to show yourself and the love you receive from others. You can only care for yourself so much, it's often others who are sent for special healing purposes. Its others who help us see the colors that we didn't know existed. It is others who will keep a safe place when we even want to run from ourselves.
We need mirrors to show us what we can't see. We are not meant to operate on our owns and this is why love may start with us but it ends outside of us.
BE Love, Give Love, Receive Love~
By: Tiffany W.
Finding purpose can be difficult sometimes when you're in survival mode.
When you're focusing on processing your day at work, working to pay your bills, and intentionally trying to maintain balance in your life. Between the mental and emotional energy used for all those daily processes, when do you get time to sit, reflect, envision, and connect to your purpose?
Well, you make time. Because you were meant to do something special that no one else can do like you. There's billions of individuals who sing, dance, professionally cook, speak empowerment into others, lead faith communities, garden, play a sport, etc. but no 2 people are exactly the same therefore what they do cannot be duplicated.
Walking your purpose and sharing your light is a gift to the world and one life dynamic remains spoken across faiths, religions, centuries and philosophies: the more you give, the more you receive. Living your purpose is your gift to the world and food for your own spirit.
Life continues to go on with or without you, but the life you do live while you're here, makes a difference. Never let someone make you believe anything different.
I had a conversation with someone who looks at the world from a big picture perspective. In a conversation about people who've impacted the world, they said, " I don't believe just 1 person can make a difference; its about what they do and the scale of their impact that makes a difference." I absolutely understand that and many people would agree, but one thing I know is that its ok to be an outlier. It's ok to believe you can make a difference. Every person we affect in our lives is in itself affecting the world. The person we uplift or tear down; the one's we empower or discourage from living their dream; we all make a difference.
This is why in the midst of life, you must MAKE time for yourself, your clarity, and your purpose. If you don't you are breaking the 1st Commandment of Self Love: Honor Thyself! Believe me, as I speak to you, I sure enough speak to myself!
There's vision, passion, dreams, goals, and a purpose in you somewhere. If you're disconnected from it, it's ok. Take the time to reconnect to yourself. Take the time to reconnect to you.
By: Tiffany W.
Trust is such a loaded word with infinite outcomes.
Its parallel to the concept of Faith or to just BE. Easy to say not always so easy to follow through.
What happens when you walk into an unknown situation or meet a new person to build a relationship with?
You have to decide what level of trust you want to ascribe to the situation or person.
If you go on a trip, you have to trust the plane will get you to your destination safely. You have to trust that your lodging accommodations will be fairly safe. You have to trust that the trip will be worth your time, money and energy. But what process is involved in releasing that trust?
You meet a new family member, a potential friend or potential lover, how do you choose what level to open up? What makes you decide to trust them in the way you do?