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Living With Joy

                                                                      

Imagine if you had a key to a door that may have felt locked, bolted, with a fierce looking, fang- bearing dog at the threshold?  Graphic image and yet many people look at joy as something so beyond their ability to experience for a sustained period of time, that it may as well be that bizarre. Limiting beliefs wrapped around traumatic experiences, long ago decisions; many unconscious, were made that have folks thinking that joy is an elusive dream. Not so, according to best selling author Sanaya (pronounced Sah-nay-ah) Roman whose classic Living With Joy is celebrating its 25th anniversary and offers an entire jingling keyring to open that door. I read it when it initially was released and at that time, saw it as a novelty, as I was just embarking on my metaphysical journey. Reading it a quarter of a century later, it feels richer, deeper, fuller since I too, have ripened and lived a whole buncha life since my 20’s.

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For decades, Roman has channeled a being she refers to as ‘a non-phsyical entity’ named Orin. This book shares Orin’s wisdom in an informal, familiar, as if sitting side by side on a sofa conversational style. Opening to any page, the reader can discover riches spilling forth from a treasure chest.  A random sampling includes:  Appreciation, Gratitude and The Law of Increase in which ‘they’ present evidence of the benefits of gratitude, not only on the wallet, but the body. “When you acknowledge your good health, for instance, you send a message to the cells in your body. They respond to it, for each of your cells has within it the hologram of the whole of you.”  (pg 112)  Another is called Recognizing Your Life Purpose: What Are You Here To Do?   and  suggests that “Life purpose is whatever path you decide on, for all is free will.” (pg. 221)  And still another chapter is entitled  The Art of Self Love which suggests that “It is not enough just to give and radiate love; loving yourself comes from accepting love also.” (pg. 45)

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The book is filled to overflowing with Joy Affirmations such as:

My inner peace opens the door to higher energy.

Everything I do brings me closer to my goals.

I create joy and delight in my life.

I am the authority of what is good for me.

I act in ways that reflect my deepest truth.

What I think of as homeplay assignments come in the form of Daily Joy Practice worksheets  topics such as Freedom Is Your Birthright, Embracing The New and Taking a Quantum Leap, that end each chapter, anchoring in the messages contained therein.

By the end of the book, you may well find yourself irresistably smiling, giggling and perhaps even dancing with joy, wondering why you waited so long to allow for this kind of bubbling over joy. Living With Joy stands as a potent reminder of what has always been so, what is your birthright.

www.orindaben.com

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Just Another Ordinary Miracle Today

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On my way to work, pondering what the day would bring; since I work in a psychiatric hospital, I never know for sure, a song by one of my favorite singer-songwriters…Sarah Mclachlan was issuing forth from my car radio. I had heard it before, but today it had a different feel to it. Lately, I have noticed a heightened sense of awareness and appreciation for my life, the experiences and people I encounter and when there is musical accompaniment, so much the better. It is like a commentary on what I have either desired to feel or already am feeling.

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What if all if took to change your perspective was a desire to do so, an awareness that it is possible, the willingness to take the step away from the familiar and sometimes limiting path and then taking it? How stuck do you feel in the routine that you have known and wonder if, to quote the song made famous by Peggy Lee “Is that all there is?”  I know for certain that the experiences I have had and the people I know and love are not the only ones I will continue to have or know and love. Each of us has an infinite capacity to stretch to incoporate the new. Sometimes we need to see things through miracle consciousness and release what is cluttering the space in our heads and hearts to make room for the shining stuff (no, not bling that you wear on the outside, but that which glows from inside you). THAT is  miracle, not necessarily bells and whistles and lightning flashes across the sky.

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At the end of services at one of the interfaith communities which I attend, called Circle of Miracles the minister, Hannelore Goodwin wishes us ‘unrestricted miracles for the week to come.  What would that look like in your life? 

Wishing you a lifetime of  ‘ordinary miracles’ .

http://youtu.be/TwLxAFBLkCI

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A Beautiful Day

                                                                                                      

The morning that I wrote this entry, my cousin, Melissa posted on her facebook page what has become an iconic greeting and certainly memorable for anyone who grew up in the 60’s-80’s.  Sing along if you would like…”It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…”  Mr. Rogers  certainly knew the secret to a sweet life.

What’s the first thought that crosses your awakening mind when you open your eyes to greet a new day? Is it one that accompanies groaning or a companion to glory?  Each morning, I set intention for ‘connecting with amazing people and having extraordinary experiences’ and every day I do. Imagine if you will, that you have eyeglasses on the nighstand next to your bed. As you pick them up you notice they are smudgy with fingerprints. How would the world look to you if you placed them on like that? Would you instead,  clean them? It is the same thing with our mental eyeglasses. Our worldview could be smudgy with judgment, doubt or fear, or clear with love, bliss and a sense of connection with all that is.

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Take a moment to get in touch with your heart…what do you experience? How does it speak to you?  Most of us ignore its calling, instead, buying into  life limiting beliefs and self deprecating thoughts. No wonder there is so much depression, denial of dreams and folks who give up on their vision for re-creating their lives. If there was one gift I could offer everyone reading this entry, it would be an ab-soul-utely, positively,  deep at your core, no doubt KNOWING that you are worthy of having your dreams come true. With that powerful tool at your disposal, the next step is a willingness to do whatever it takes to see it blossom. See, my take on these things is that we don’t necessarily ‘do the best we can'; instead, we do the best we are willing to do. Yes, talent helps, yes training can make a difference, but I have seen people with little formal education, work wonders in their own lives and those of others they encounter. What if you knew that by the end of the day that you are reading this, you could claim a miracle?  How would you feel in this moment?  I guarantee that you CAN. A Course In Miracles refers to a miracle as  shift in perception.  If you would take a moment and reframe anything that occurs in this day, you will definitely live in miracle consciousness and as a result, take leaps and bounds into the life you deserve and desire.

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One thing I have learned is that ‘atty-tood- is everything. Yo, I’m from Philly..whatya expect?

The vibrant India.arie shares from her heart in the song A Beautiful Day as you dance into yours.

How will life surprise you today?  Let your new day dawn magnificently~

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvARxJoLirE  

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Vivid Life

 Shayne Traviss describes himself as “just an authentic guy doing my best to live my ultimate life and lead the way for others.”  He seems to walk the talk in both the personal and professional  realms.   He is a team player, believing in unity rather than separation. He invites people to play along regardless of history, baggage or belief in limitation. He helps them to view themselves beyond their victim tale, instead using it as a jumping off point for healing.                                                     

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How do you live your bliss?

I live by bliss by constantly connecting to who I am at the core of my being. By reminding myself who I am and what my purpose is at every choice point and correcting my course if I am off path. I accept every experience as an opportunity for growth, to provide me with the wisdom I need for living a life filled with spiritual joy while being aware that life brings many experiences both light and dark and not to judge the experience or make it my goal to obtain a certain state but to stay present and enjoy each step along the way.

 What does it mean to have a vivid life?

To me having a vivid life means being clear on whom you are and what it is that you are here to achieve, in Yoga they would call this your Dharma or Life Purpose. You have attained spiritual clarity and are not obstructed by outer influence or judgment. You stand your ground and are not afraid to go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

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You are more than a survivor of abuse and trauma; you are indeed a thriver who has reached out to help others. What got you through those dark nights of the soul and helped you to emerge triumphant?

As a survivor I always knew deep down in the depths of my soul that everything was going to be alright. I seen the light at the end of the tunnel and always had an inner knowing that there was something greater for me. I would pray and affirm to myself that all that I was going through was preparing me for something much greater and that through my challenges would come the resources for me to help others. 

Even as a child I felt within me the burning desire to serve people. Whenever someone needed me I was there, whether I was being the jokester to try and dry their tears or I offered them a listening ear, or shoulder to cry on. I felt it my calling to be there to show them the light even when I had little light to give.

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I looked for the good in everyone, no matter if they raped, beat or called me names. I truly believed that they were just misguided souls that had been exposed to only darkness and only needed but a glimpse of light. 

Although life has brought me many challenges, I always knew that in the end I would be OK and that I needed to be because there was someone out there in the world that had it worse than me and needed my strength to stand beside them and show them the light, so that they too could discover the spiritual joy that is inherently all of ours to claim.

What do you find that people allow to get in the way of being fully expressed ?

What limits us from expressing ourselves fully is a silent self talk I call “Monkey Mind” which is usually based on stories and lies we have told ourselves or have been passed on by others. We are guided by lies, constant lies that we repeat to ourselves over and over for fear of becoming what we truly are. We are in our own way, afraid to shine our light for fear of being judged or not fitting in to the “norm” but what is normal anyway? and who’s the judge? I believe we all have a purpose on our planet and that purpose is to be the best version of you that you can possibly be and I believe that if you stand fully in that purpose you offer up the space for others to do the same and begin to create a planet that operates at its truest intention.

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How do we stop the “monkey mind”?

We simply stop and give ourselves the opportunity through every experience to be silent and question our minds, cut through the story, the illusions and other people’s opinions and go deep within yourself to that place of inner knowing, to that little voice inside of us that says yes or no and really feel our truth, stand our ground and not be afraid to fully express the truth of who we are from the depths of our soul. 

You call yourself a visionary; what vision do you have for yourself and the people you serve?

My vision for myself and my vision for the people I serve is that we all come to the understanding that we are spiritual beings having a human experience and that this school we call earth is a place where we gather to learn about the truth of who we are, through every triumph or challenge, and that we hold a place where people are free to express their highest self and stand together as one for the greater good of the whole.

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What is VividLife.me?

VividLife.me is an online inspirational resource center designed to help visitors all over the world in living their ultimate life.

We do this by combining over 150 conscious-minded visionaries and businesses who are interested in personal growth, spirituality, conscious living, environmental conservation and protection, and working towards being the absolute best that we can be.

Since VividLife.me began in June of 2009 we have been growing by leaps and bounds. Not only can you find engaging materials from bestselling authors Mike Robbins, Rick Hanson and Janice Taylor, but you can also find musings from New York Times bestselling author  Neale Donald Walsch and his wife, Poet Em Claire.  We have over 150 contributors and are always looking for more.

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What you will find…

VividLife will connect you to the most current, optimistic and inspiring stories, news and research that pertain to opening your mind: eliminating “no’s”, “can-not’s” and “impossibles” and empowering you to achieve your ultimate life.  Whether through reading articles, watching inspiring video, or listening to enlightening radio interviews, visitors will have no shortage of media on VividLife.

Topics that are covered…

VividLife.me will be covering topics such as current health and wellness issues, spirituality, eco and green living, yoga, meditation, travel, conscious parenting, pets and everything that contributes to YOU living your ULTIMATE LIFE!

 I know it is a bit down the road, but please share about Global Oneness Day. (although I believe it can be everyday)

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 Global Oneness Day was celebrated for the very first time on October 24th, 2010. Created as a way for the world to come together and celebrate our connection to each other by one of VividLife.me’s partners Humanity’s Team, an organization founded by global thought leader and New York Times Best Selling Author of “Conversations with God” Neale Donald Walsch, and is a venture I solely feel driven to champion as I am a strong believer that we are all one, all originating from the same source and an extension of that source on earth and therefore solemnly commit to spread the word, align and collaborate with others that have been awaken to the same truth.

www.vividlife.me

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