Spirituality and Self-help

WHISTLE OF THE WIND

I have always been fascinated with the wind; how it appears to whistle, or moan, between the branches of trees or other objects where air can pass through at will. I always imagine a hidden message in the wind; something said, and heard, only if and when we are listening. Like the wind, a soft whisper can be carried inside you, and heard only when you choose to hear it. Like the wind, the sound or whistle may appear imaginary, and you can easily be misguided by the voice inside you, only if your ego persona gets in the way. I feel art flows in us all, and through expression it is created, for art is in everything. To me, Art is creation and expression, and we all have a form of art we cling to, we use, to express what we want expressed, verbally or non. Maybe you express art through verbal...

PASTEL SUNSETS

Deep inside I know that I long for transcendence; I desire to be part of something larger that myself and out of the ordinary. I think about my life and I agree… only two things had pierced my heart: beauty and affliction. Sometimes I feel that there’s nowhere I really belong or even want to belong, and this brings loneliness, an emptiness, a kind of ache and longing for something and someone I cannot quite define. Then I realize that instead of a love affair with God, my life feels more like a series of repetitive behaviors, like reading the same chapter of a book or writing the same novel over and over… dividing my heart in two parts. One invites me to trust and the other on self-reliance. A voice whispers that I was made for something special and for someone good – I smile –...

SPARKS AT SUNRISE

A flower blooms when it’s ready, not when we want. It blooms at its own pace. Sometimes we hurry and we want to get to “that” place, meet the person, start the relationship, have the job, etc.! But we fail to recognize that we’re already planted where we need to be. We find it difficult to thank our starting point because all we see is the lack of what we don’t have yet. That is why, in order to advance, we need to learn to be grateful. Being grateful is for the brave, and the only way to go forward is to recognize ourselves for what we are now; we need to shake off our expectations, polish our priorities and expand our inner gaze to realize that before looking for greatness outside, we need to feel great and full from within. There are some who believe in fate, in the moon, in...

WHY WE NEED TO GIVE MORE SPACE TO THE VICTIM

Victim. Breathe… Take that word in. Notice what comes up for you when you hear that word. Maybe you feel pity, disgust, fear, helplessness, hopelessness, or powerlessness. Maybe you want to run away and never look back. Just notice, mindfully, without judgment. Such a powerful, small, 2-syllable word with so much reaction it elicits. We don’t like that word in our world. The most common phrase that is corresponded to the word is, “don’t stay the victim.” The very phrase is a complete resistance to the word. Don’t. No. Yet so many of us have been victimized. We have been victims of crime, abuse, rape, bullying, war and we live in a world that turns away. Don’t. No. It’s not ok anymore. It was never ok, but I refuse to stand by idly and silent. Instead of saying, “don’t stay the victim” to t...

MURPHY’S LAW

Murphy’s Law states, “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” My life as of late has been a living example of Murphy’s Law. Ever feel like that? This article could be of use to you. I’ll start with saying that I’m lucky. I’m genuinely lucky because I’ve had grandparents and parents who have pushed me (although kicking and screaming at times) to get a college education. They pushed me to work when I turned 16 and pushed me to “never quit” and “stick the team out until the end of the season”. They even pushed me to shoot for my dreams of pursuing the production industry even though I know they winced at the thought of “freelance”. Aside from all that luck, education and pushing from loved ones, I’m still finding myself stuck in Murphy’s Law. I’m so stuck that I’ve been without a steady j...

ANCHORED THROUGH IT ALL

Waves crash endlessly into your boat of security, rocking your world until you’re dizzy. Rain slashes at your face and limits your vision to what’s just in front of you. Thunder shakes you to your core and lightning seems to narrowly miss your small frame on the vast ocean of life. We’re faced with these storms all too often. The power of things you can’t control can make you feel minuscule and weak, but we have the ability to stay anchored in our faith when we feel the most shaken. Eventually all storms dissipate. The clouds break their formation and sunlight reaches through to comfort the world so recently abused by nature. Even when your dark storms seem to stretch on endlessly, you can rest in the comfort that your tempest will also dissipate and rays will seek to rebuild you. Being an...

I JUST WANT TO SEE THE LIGHT

Is the universe conspiring to bring what I’ve been thinking of in front of my eyes or is it just coincidence? Well, to be honest I never believed in coincidences (everything happens for a reason), but as a human my insecurities take those “timely events” as something that just happens and not as a sign. Signs or not, they happen, so do timely events. The world is out there full of  people telling us phrases we actually needed to hear, songs playing in our heads just popping out on the radio, and stuff like that. You’ll see it everywhere. A week ago someone told me “Let that feeling grow and show it, if you feel it that is exactly how it has to be, yes it is a sign from your heart”. “Our eyes only see and our ears only hear what our brain is looking for.”...

#SUPERWOMAN WILD HEARTS | FOUNDERS LINDSEY & LAUREN TALK TO HARNESS

Lin & Lou discuss the difficulties of running a business, their inspiration and the meaning of “wild heart.” Meet the founders of Wild Hearts Co., – a self-proclaimed place for the dream chasers, magic makers and action takers – Lindsey Eryn Clark and Lauren Palomares (also known as Lin and Lou). Wild Hearts builds sisterhoods and supplies women with the tools to achieve their dreams. It provides “Wknds,” a weekend getaway for entrepreneurs, and “Conferences,” a two-day event including panelists, speakers and women from all over the world. The company began as Coast to Coast Central, a way for Lin and Lou to stay in touch, revamp their closets and post it on Instagram. #CoastToCoastChallenge spread globally – and the two women partnered with Go International and hoste...

MONSTER MIND

When we are young we believe we are invincible. It’s only when we are adults that we realise how fragile life is and how much we value it, but more importantly how necessary we are to those dependent on us. The children we bring into the world are fully reliant on us, and we need to be healthy, strong and available for them. Last week at the beach, this hit home. I was standing in the queue to buy an ice cream for my son when my eyes caught the sight of a young lady around my age. She was asking for a first aid box as she had hurt her hand. I saw that she looked faint and pale. I asked if she was ok, she nodded but something inside me urged me to go and check up on her again. She wasn’t well. She was sitting down on a chair in front of the kiosk, a lady was standing next to her trying to c...

WHISPERS OF A SHADOW WORKER

Shadows creep and they linger. They are always in the background, hiding, lurking. Like dark little spirits, they attack When least expected. They leech onto our souls, Spirits, Hearts; and, Minds. They twist our thoughts, our feelings, our every word, Until they come pouring out in a vault of tears, cries, and aches. And let us not forget the regrets. Too often they seep out and cause regret. We think we have the upper hand; That we have recognized our womanly cycles, And that we have come prepared for their shadowy attack. Yet still, we are caught off guard. We are taken asunder, despite all our efforts. And we weep. Oh, how we weep. But somewhere in our weeping we find space, To rebuild boundaries. By acknowledging them and working with them rather than against, We once more begin to ta...

HOW TO CREATE A LIFE THAT YOU DESIRE WITH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND

Do you ever dream about your goals and desires and hear the voice in your head saying “You can’t do this!” or “You’re not good enough!” or even “Who do you think you are?!” Do you wonder if you’ll ever be able to escape these thoughts? I’ve been there. I’ve been what felt like a prison of my own mind. A prison from which I couldn’t escape, ever! But did you know that you have complete power and control over your thoughts? Did you know that you can in fact change the way you think? You can make your mind and thoughts work for you, rather than against you. This is so important because if you think negative and disempowering thoughts, you will in turn feel completely down. And from that state what kind of actions will you take? Now imagine how would it feel like and everything you would actua...

I GOT TIRED

To steal a quote from Eric Thomas, The Hip-Hop Preacher (no I’m not religious but he’s brilliant), I got tired. Tired of a job I couldn’t stand, a town I grew up in, left and moved back to and tired of dating people I knew I didn’t want to end up with. I got tired of living somewhere where people thought they knew me, and tired of caring if they were right. I’m shit in relationships and I got tired of ex-boyfriends telling me that. Who did they think they were anyways? Losers that will never leave the 941 area code is what I told myself, but in reality, I got scared. For years I tried to pretend like my life was perfect, when it couldn’t have been further from the truth. I struggled with bulimia for 5 years. Five long hard years, and pretended with my parents I was past it after 2. T...

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