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Be The Change

                                                      

The world calls out each day for those I think of as “Spiritual Warriors” to respond with implements of healing, rather than weapons of war.  In my mind, that would be someone who, to paraphrase Mother Teresa is willing to attend a ‘pro peace’ rather than ‘anti war’ gathering. I have found that when I feed any situation fear, anger, distrust or hatred, I empower it to continue in destructive ways. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t harbor those feelings. Each  of our greatest peace activists were also examples of full human emotional states. I’m sure that there were some days when Mother Teresa was no Mother Teresa.  I have heard His Holiness The Dalai Lama express that he feels anger even as he bears witness to compassion.

Recently I came face to face with the ways in which I disowned my full humanity, by squelching, sqooshing, denying and downplaying the emotional state of anger. I judged it as being like a wolf who seems tame on the outside, but could potentially bite someone’s head off if cornered. Rest assured….that has never happened and I prefer that the people in my life keep their heads on their shoulders.

What I have begun to accept is that when I give myself permission to feel fully, I am more authentic and my relationships are more fulfilling for both of us AND I am a greater force for good. What I  cast out, I alienate and that is how enemies get born. Those parts of myself that feel disenfranchised are more likely to rise up in rebellion.

In order to be a peacemaker, I need to ‘be the change I wish to see in the world’.

How can you embrace ALL of who you are, so that no part of you is left out in the cold?

Be The Change (a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi) by M.C. Yogi

http://youtu.be/1Qd-fAnHjPg

Renaissance Woman

When I think of Beth Rosen, the word “Renaissance Woman” immediately comes to mind. We ‘met’, although not actually face to face YET, through The Next Top Spiritual Author contest last year. We were among the top 280 entrants to make it into what I called The Round Two Crew, narrowed down from 2800 entries. When we began conversing, I recognized a kindred spirit. She is one of the few people I know who wears ‘more hats’ than I do!

 
How do you live your bliss?
 
I don’t really think about living my bliss but when I realize that I’m not enjoying the journey, I stop what I’m doing and start doing what I love, which is to create, whether it be through writing, painting, drawing, filming, dancing or helping others. Laughter is a big part of my life so I write comedy all the time. It helps to keep my spirits lifted.
 

You are quite the Renaissance Woman. How do you refer to yourself? 

 

 I refer to myself as an author, film producer, actress, screenwriter, comedy writer, songwriter, illustrator, healer, professor of yoga and attorney. 
 
 Where does your creative inspiration come from?

That’s an interesting question. It arises effortlessly when I’m not focused on it. Sometimes I write entire scripts in my head while I’m running. I get creative flashes all the time. Anything can trigger it: something someone says, something I see, something from my past, a thought, a person, a blissful moment, even a sad moment.

When I am consciously creating, meaning when I sit down and write or film a video, I take those moments of divine inspiration and I flesh them out. When I am relaxed and blissful, they take on a life of their own and I simply ride the wave. I usually turn ideas inside out, upside down, round and round until I’m satisfied with the results – I’m a bit of a perfectionist.

When you set goals for yourself, such as completing a film project, what keeps you on track?

Many of my projects involve other people. I love to connect to others and co-create. The thrill of finishing and working with others helps to keep me on track. I love to entertain and make other people smile so that also helps.

When I feel like throwing in the towel, I use certain power mantras to keep my spirits lifted and maintain focus: “Hocus Pocus Focus.” “Never give up. Give it your all.” “Don’t get stuck on yuck.” Then there are the gentle reminders from friends, fans and enlightened masters I work with who continue to ask to see my unfinished projects. Those gentle nudges help to put me back on track and head for the finish line.

How do you take your yoga off the mat?

It’s never just about me and it’s never just about you. We’re all in this together. So when I become off centered in life, I stop, come back to myself so I can feel peaceful and calm like I do on the yoga mat, and then I can expand from that place and enjoy whatever it is I’m doing.

When do you actually take “Beth time” to simply BE?

I probably don’t take enough “Beth time to simply BE.” I live and work on the water so I take mini-breaks to enjoy nature. But they don’t last very long because I usually get some flash of genius while relaxing only a few moments and then I’m off and running on another creative idea. I try to have a camera with me at all times. You never know what will show up. I also take quality time with my cats. We’re one big happy family. They remind me from time to time to put down my work and come play again.

What is that has your time and attention in terms of creative work?

I’m currently working on a movie-making course and some scripts for film and television. That is taking most of my time at the moment. I also constantly add new content to my 2 websites. I also have several books that I have published and a few more that I would like to finish.

What is the legacy you would like to leave?

I would like to leave a legacy of love, creativity and breaking through limited belief systems – pushing the envelope to make the impossible possible. I plan on implementing a global joint venture for peace, harmony, abundance and the joy of living. There are many moving peaces to that, including the entertainment industry which is why I am working so diligently to break into television and film. Enlightenment is a huge part of that as well. Recently I have gotten in touch with yogis, swamis and ascended masters from around the globe, some of who have tracked me down because they are aware of the template I have created for that joint venture. It’s very interesting and exciting at the same time. They won’t let me quit and they keep coming back to “bliss me” and encourage me to enjoy the journey.

www.bethrosen.com www.enlightenmentishere.com

Tapestry

                                                       

                                                          

On a sun streaming in through my window Saturday morning, before typing this blog, I asked for a bit of inspiration, since there are so many fascinating things about which to write. I was listening to my favorite radio station on the planet…WXPN 88.5 fm in Philly and a cover of Carole King’s classic Tapestry rendered by jazz guitarist Tommy Emmanuel flowed over the airwaves~  Ahhh…perfect, since I do view my life as an interwoven fabric consisting of precious people and enlivening experiences, all designed by a loving Universe to bring me to a sense of enlightenment.  Wondering, as I often do, how much of our personal tapestry is created prior to our incarnation in human form and how much we weave thread by thread with each decision we make and each thought we entertain. I have been immersed in that discussion in my own mind and with friends alot lately. Still no conclusion, but I am mostly enjoying the outcomes.

Last week, I had been waist deep (or maybe higher:) in wonder about the ways in which I deflect the generosity of  the people in my life, with feelings of unworthiness or self doubt and then along comes Amanda Owens’ book The Power of Receiving  that I reviewed for the Bliss Blog. The further I immersed myself in the pages, the more nods of uh huh. I so often have forgotten to create a healthy relationship with my dreams and visions for myself, instead, treating them like unwelcome visitors at my door, even though I have invited them to knock. I am ab-soul-utely certain that her book was a direct answer to my beckoning questions.

Something I recall hearing many years ago that when an oriental rug is created, one thread is left undone, so as to remind us that nothing is perfect and is always a work in progress.

What colors, fabrics, threads and textures embellish your life-tapestry?

Tommy Emmanuel’s cover of Tapestry

www.we7.com/song/Tommy-Emmanuel/Tapestry

and then Carole King’s original timeless version

http://youtu.be/dCknCnB77XA 

Blooming Lillies

 

This has been, for many of us,  a rough Winter. As the frigid air makes way for the warmth of Spring, my heart feels as if it is in bloom as well.  Last year, I was delighted to find that Easter Lillies that remained were on sale at a local supermarket for $2.00 per bunch, so I brought home two long stalked green bundles. I deliberately chose those that were completely closed, their colors still hidden inside their folded buds, awaiting blossoming. I placed them carefully in a vase on my dresser and each day, I watched with eager anticipation as one by one, they opened, shyly at first and then with brilliant reds and pinks and yellows cascading outward. One reason I selected closed flowers were so that I could enjoy them longer and so that I could experience some blooming and some letting go over time. After a few days, they blossomed into their full glory and I enjoyed a multi-sensory experience as I noticed that they smelled lovely; their perfume radiating throughout the entire house.

Much of my life seems to be that way these days. There was a time when I would have chosen flowers that were already in full bloom and now, as I age well, I realize that flowers do too. Some of us take longer to reach our full potential. Many in the second portion of our lives, take on new careers and more diverse roles than we would have in earlier decades. I notice that I as I ripen, hidden parts of myself are opening to the sunshine and springing forth. I am becoming much more comfortable with speaking my mind, without fear of what the ‘proprieity police’ might be thinking. My writing has become deeper, richer and fuller. My friendships have become more intimate. I have taken greater risks, doing what I call ‘emotional bungee jumping’, as I put my heart out there. I share from my soul, how I feel about the people in my life, since we never know what each day brings. I dress in more expressive ways, wearing colors and fabrics that speak volumes about who I am and the ways in which I dance with it each day. 

What are some things that you may have put aside until life circumstances changed?  

What have you let go of as the leaves and petals have fallen away to allow new growth to spring forth?

What seeds are you planting now that may yet take time to develop?

How patient are you willing to be while you, the exquisite flower that you are, opens?

What life experiences have ‘fertilized’ your garden?

How do you water and nourish your flowers?

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