Aspire Higher

November 3, 2020

Aspire to be a giver. To give more love. Give hope. Give strength. Give positivity.

I am a first generation American. Both my parents were Holocaust survivors. They came to this country with little money, very few possessions and no family, but with many aspirations. They did not speak the language, they had no work or resources, however they had hopes for a better life.

This is my moms’ hand. She will 91 in a few days. This is the hand of a woman who was in forced labor as a child, who saw bombs dropping from the sky every day for years. Who didn’t know if she would ever see her family again or find shelter, warmth from the cold winters, have food on her plate or have the luxuries that we so easily take for granted.

My father had to witness seeing his father off on a cattle car, never to be seen or heard of ever again. Fortunately, he was able to get off to London England on the Kinder Transport. He was put into a labor camp to work as a young boy. He was alone without any whereabouts of his mother and had no siblings. It was dark times. They both saw horrible things that were etched into their psyche. Despite all the evil they endured, they had hope, aspirations, strength, and love in their hearts. This is what humanity is about.

We are here to create, to get inspired, to expand our consciousness, to be in awe of the wonders of nature and seek ways to cooperate with one another. We are all connected. The more we truly grasp this realization the more we can start to open our hearts so we can play and work together. WE are living in the greatest evolution in human history. We are witnessing the birth of a new world. As with any birthing process comes labor pains. If we want our freedom, there is a price to pay. Just like a seedling breaking through the top layer of the hard soil, you too must find your inner strength to reach higher, to aspire to seek the light!

What do you want to create? What are your aspirations? What is your vision for a better tomorrow?  There is a new world and a new humanity struggling to be born. We are Awakening to ourselves.

Enjoy this beautiful version of Hallelujah!


Get Ready to Rumble

October 6, 2020

It’s time for us to join the line of the madmen, all chained together.

Time to be totally free and estranged….

To set fire to structures and run out in the street.

Time to ferment. How else can we leave the world-vat and go to the lip?

We must die to become true human beings.

Rumi

America has lost another great icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg aka the notorious RBG!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg devoted her life to justice, values, ethics, morality, truth, and honor. She fought tirelessly for positive change and to create a system that is fair for all people. She chose her words wisely, knowing that what you say, how you say it, and when you say it can shift the outcome of a debate. RBG was a small woman that played in a big man’s world and conquered it. She was fearless. She was determined. She was courageous. She was compassionate and intelligent. How she governed her life and her work gave young girls and women a roadmap to follow. Her legacy will live on as an example of what anyone could accomplish if they led with their heart and use their minds for the ultimate good.

Our world is changing ever so rapidly and what is needed more than ever is the understanding that we are all connected. Whether you are running a corporation, a business, or a household, without treating each other with respect and valuing others, growth and success will never long endure. Money has two (2) purposes, to make you more comfortable and to serve others. If there is any other motive for its attainment, such as power or fame, then corruption will slowly infiltrate the mind and eventually destroy morals and values.

The world is waking up to a new paradigm. Women and men who stand up for each other, who are willing to fight for justice and equal rights for all. RBG was such a woman. She never raised her voice. She spoke with a steady, composed, and calm voice to make herself be heard. She was a force to be reckoned with. No wealth or position will long endure without truth and justice. Wisdom comes with experience. Experience comes from applied knowledge, and applied knowledge comes from study. From the words of the notorious RBG, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” RIP


Things That Make You Go Bohm

September 9, 2020

                “Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.”

Dr. Wayne Dyer

Out of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for only 268 of them, or just 8% of recorded history. Wars and conflict are created in the minds of men. The attachment to one way of thinking and believing without questioning other viewpoints and ideas has led to wars. When we raise children with keeping an open mind and heart, possibilities are endless. However, if we close ourselves off to different ways of believing, fear and conflict arise.

David Bohm was a physicist, philosopher, and explorer of consciousness, who developed the “theory of everything”.  He was merging science and spirituality which was a threat to others because people were not ready to receive his ideas of unity.

He was a deep thinker that explored the possibilities of infinite potential. Albert Einstein considered him his spiritual son, and the Dalai Lama thought of him as his science guru. Since the dawning of civilization, we have pondered deep questions.

What is the nature of our existence?

Who are we?

Where did we come from?

What is our purpose?

What is reality?

Are we any closer to answering these questions? Yes, and no! David Bohm bridged the gap between the micro and the macro. Where The theory of Relativity observed the laws of the universe and Quantum Physics observed the smallest particles of existence, they were completely polarized and not communicating with one another. There was no language to unite them. Bohm was able to see the unified field between the seen and unseen. He was able to bridge the gap and see the hidden variables between the worlds to see the limitless potential between the observer and the observed.  He saw that everything is connected. Every thought, every feeling, every action, and every particle is a part of the whole.

How does this relate to our lives today? Our world is in a mass consciousness of attachment to the seen world, that is at war with itself.  We want to cling on to the known without exploring the unknown. Our thoughts can lead us into an illusion of what we think is right. Our hearts are the unspoken language that allow us to viscerally communicate with one another. If we genuinely want peace and happiness, we must look beyond the veil of form and learn to solve problems through and integrative, holistic approach that unites us rather than divides us. The more we know, the more there is to know. The more we question, the more questions there are to answer. The day Bohm died, he made a phone call to his wife and said, “I think I’m on the edge of something.”

I had a mentor once who said, “If you’re not standing on your edge, your taking up way too much room.” What is your edge and what fills your heart with passion to explore the infinite realm of possibilities? Ah, the things that make you go Bohm!

 

 

 


A Force for Good

August 5, 2020

Together, you can redeem the soul of our nation.

Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.

These were some of the last words said by John Lewis, the civil rights leader who died on July 17, 2020.

Powerful words, indeed. His life was dedicated to fighting injustice and promoting compassion, peace, forgiveness, understanding and love.

John Lewis did not just udder powerful words, he lived them, and he backed them up with action. This is a man that came from humble beginnings in a culture of prejudice and ignorance. He could have become an anger man that was part of the problem rather than the solution, but he stood on the shoulders of other great men and women like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, E.D Nixon and others that inspired him to stand up, speak up and be a force for good. He believed in non-violence and never give up on anyone. He was taught to love everyone, that hate was too heavy a burden to bear. He brought attention to those things that were unjust and risked his life for his cause and purpose.

 

This required great disciple. You see, it is easy to hate, to be angry, to be resentful and bitter when your family and generations before did not have the freedoms we take for granted. As he stated, “I urge you to answer the calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” He did not say the callings of his mind, he said the callings of his heart.

Disciple is teaching people to use their hearts and not their hot heads. There is a tremendous dedication to teach people how to reframe, refocus and redirect their emotions for good.

John Lewis stood for the rights of all people. He was a force for good!

More than ever today we need more people like him. People of substance to stand up, speak up and be of service to humanity, non-violently. Our world is in pain from beliefs of the past that no longer serve us. We must go forward by coming together. To find a common ground that will unite us, not divide us. Find a way out of no way. Look for possibilities. Engage in conversations to agree to disagree, so we can learn from one another. Communication is key and we can do this relatively quickly. Be a force for good. Thank you, John Lewis. You made the world a better place. You inspire me to do better and be better.

The longest journey is from the head to the heart! It is well worth the journey!

Please take the time to listen to the video and read his last words.

Thank you,

Monica

 

 

John Lewis: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html?referringSource=articleShare

Be Loyal to the Soil

July 22, 2020

 

Whats soil have to do with being positive? Everything! Healthy soil is dwindling at an alarming rate. You might ask, why should I care. Well as above so below. If our soil is depleted we as humans will witness the most devastating consequences yet to be seen on earth. It will make this corona virus look like small potatoes to what will come if we don’t start paying attention to our soil. Please understand, this is not to evoke fear but rather awareness.

Healthy soil is alive and beaming with microorganisms that provide a vast array of nutrients that keep our bodies healthy as well as our environment. Our bodies consist of 90% of these microorganisms. They live in us and on us. They are responsible for our brain function, and every other system in our body to function in optimum health. Most of the vegetables we are consuming have been grow in soil that has been supplemented by inorganic matter leaving it devoid of any beneficial nutrients. We have to constantly add more and more fertilizers and additives to the soil to product our crops. Most of the crops are now grown in what is called mono-culture. That is acres and acres of the same produce in a designated space. This weakens the crops even more, which now will need pesticides, herbicides and insecticides to keep them from dying. So what do big corporations do? Genetically alter the seeds to manipulate the plants production. Are you starting to get a picture of the mess we are in?

If we continue to think we can strip the soil of it’s life and not give back what we took out, we are only fooling ourselves. It is the law of nature. You reap what you sow. We must begin by paying attention to where the supply of our food comes from. Eat organically as much as possible. Grow your own garden or join a co-op or community garden. Eat locally. Our mental health, physical health, emotional health and or spiritual health are all dependent on the health of our soil.  Be loyal to the soil. It is a matter of living a healthy, happy, prosperous and abundant life. It is Alive!

 

 

 

 


Happy Independence Day

July 3, 2020

 

 

 

As America celebrates Independence Day this year, many are not feeling so independent. After being quarantined in our homes for months, our routines disrupted, jobs lost, asked to wear masks and gloves when going out for essentials,  loved ones dying because of this virus, fear spreading everywhere and unrest in the streets, we’ve become more and more depended on a system that is collapsing before our eyes. America was founded on the truth that all men are created equal and we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These principles were encoded with a spiritual energy that when fully understood and implemented created a power connecting humanity to infinite intelligence.

The magnitude of the words that the Declaration for Independence message was revealing has been forgotten. Some how we have strayed so far off course we can not go back to find it. We must now create a new road map. We must forge ahead and construct a path that is sustainable, practical, feasible, flexible, and possible. We must create a new declaration.

I believe that we need to celebrate interdependence. We need each other more than ever. Nothing functions independently in nature. Everything is connected. Our bodies work the same way. Sickness occurs when our cells are miscommunicating with one another. The planet is ailing because we have disconnected with nature. This is the major problem of the world today.

Just like addicts, we have become co-dependent. Relying too heavily on one another weakens the whole. There is a price to pay for freedom, health, happiness, and the good things in life. It is taking responsibility for your thoughts, words, actions, and deeds. What role can you take this Independence Day that will bring this change into the world?  How can you show up differently? Who can you collaborate with to create something positive? Where can you go to look for answers? We are interdependent beings, connected by invisible threads.  When we learn how to communicate harmoniously we will restore life, liberty and be happy!


Practice the Pause

June 17, 2020

How hard is it to keep cool under pressure? For me it has been a practice. I would be okay with strangers and not react, but with people close to me, well that was much harder. That knee jerk reaction would just get the better of me. I would say things I later would regret. It also started to become a pattern. Every time my older daughter would do or say something that I thought wasn’t right, I would open my big mouth and put my two cents in. This would go on and on until I finally became aware of what about the dynamics of our relationship I was playing a part of.  I admit, I do not like the way she chooses to live her life but she is an adult and I must learn to pause. It ain’t easy!

Practicing this has made all the difference in myself and my relationship with her. Not that she has changed her habits or life style, but I have created a space for being present without judgement or resentment. She really is my greatest teacher. Teaching me patience, acceptance, non-judgement, love, compassion, peace and happiness. Who is your greatest teacher? Do you have  someone close to you that presses all those painful buttons in you? Once I looked deeper into our relationship I saw unhealed parts in me that she was reflecting back. Love can be messy. It can be painful. It can be raw and vulnerable. Practicing the pause, allows for healing to take place. It allows you to surrender to the moment and just sit in whatever is bubbling up in you without reacting. However uncomfortable it may feel in the moment, stay with the pause and it will eventually begin to dissolve into peace, and that peace will radiate out into others.

Listen deeply. breath deeply, and love deeply. It is here where you will release all those old patterns of hurt and suffering. The world is hurting right now. People are hurting. I have learned to pause, to be mindful of what I am doing and how I am being that either contributes to the suffering or contributes to happiness and peace. What are you contributing to?  Here’s a cute little video to bring some joy into your day!


Keep the Pause

May 28, 2020

I have never felt so connected to the earth than I have at this time. I have always been a tree hugger hippie that loves to walk barefoot in the grass. I have always had a deep connection with nature and can spend hours in quiet solitude just being in the midst of her beauty. I knew that the environment was crying out for help sending SOS signals for a very long time.

 

Something had to give. Our world has been in a state of crisis for a long time. Everything was out of balance. Now finally, there is a pause. Now we are awakening to what we knew had to stop. We can not go on the way we have and think that everything is going back to normal. We, as a collective whole have to change or we shall perish. This earth is both fragile and resilient, as people, but there comes a point of no return.

We must learn to reconnect with nature, to find a balance that is symbiotic and interdependent. A way that will benefit our needs and give back to the endless supply of her bounty that wants to provide and give. We can not continue to take and take without giving back. We reap what we sow, and if we aren’t sowing healthy seeds we will leave the soil barren and destitute. The seeds of thought, the seeds of crops, the seeds of love are all connected. It all starts with healthy and right minded thinking. To nurture and care for our bodies, our minds, our thoughts, our emotions, our words, our actions, our spirit, each other, our communities and our world.

This is a pause. A time to reflect, to slow down and feel. To find compassion for all living beings. To observe nature and rediscover the magnificence of life.  Look deep into the eyes of another and you will see the reflection of yourself. Look deeper and you will see the universe in yourself. Look even deeper and you will see the connection and see the oneness. Now is the time like no other. It is time to reconnect and find balance to heal the earth and ourselves.

 


Home Sweet Home

May 20, 2020

“When one’s expectations are reduced to zero,one really appreciates everything one does have.”

Stephen Hawking

About a year and a half ago, I was invited to go to an event that was celebrating the life and work of Stephen Hawking’s.  It took place in this little Bohemian like theater down in the Village of New York. Well, being a big fan of his work I jumped at the chance to go. There were all kinds of artists, brainiacs, and lay people like myself who came to get our minds blown. I wasn’t disappointed. It was an interactive evening of entertainment, discussions and some theater that displayed the big bang theory, dying stars, black holes and how the universe came to be through a tiny dot of singularity.

 

So what has this to do with what’s going on in the world today? Well, everything if we can open our hearts and minds to expand our consciousness. If we allow ourselves to look beyond ourselves and on to a bigger picture, we can feel a connection with the universe.  Fear has gripped and paralyzed the majority of so many that is difficult for them to see beyond their comfort zone which has now vanished for them. They say stay home, but what is home? A house is not a home. A home is where your heart is, and your heart is in you, around you, and everywhere you give of yourself. Your heart like the universe can collapse into a black hole or expand to radiate love.

 

When we realize that we are all one. no I, no we no nothing but a single point, maybe, just maybe we can let go of the fear that keeps us in bondage. Home sweet home, is in the heart. Your heart and mine. One Heart! All Love!

 

  (after Stephen Hawking)

Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity
we once were?

so compact nobody
needed a bed, or food or money—

nobody hiding in the school bathroom
or home alone

pulling open the drawer
where the pills are kept.

For every atom belonging to me as good
Belongs to you.   Remember?
There was no   Nature.    No
them.   No tests
to determine if the elephant
grieves her calf    or if

the coral reef feels pain.    Trashed
oceans don’t speak English or Farsi or French;

would that we could wake up   to what we were
— when we were ocean    and before that
to when sky was earth, and animal was energy, and rock was
liquid and stars were space and space was not

at all — nothing

before we came to believe humans were so important
before this awful loneliness.

Can molecules recall it?
what once was?    before anything happened?

No I, no We, no one. No was
No verb      no noun
only a tiny tiny dot brimming with

is is is is is

All   everything   home

 

 


Between Worlds

April 29, 2020

  “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the  last of the human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Viktor Frankl

I feel like I am living between worlds.  I still have one foot in the old world, a world that is quickly vanishing and my other foot in a brave new world. When will I allow myself to totally embrace the new and let go of the old? Maybe it is being courageous enough to just walk right into it. Maybe all I have to do is leave behind all the baggage of  limiting thoughts, beliefs, habits, behaviors and fears that have created all the upheaval in the world. Could it be that easy? Does it take a crisis to recognize this truth?

 

So many questions. There are many people who are hurting more than ever. The massive changes in the world has caused havoc in peoples  lives. Alcoholism, child abuse, domestic violence are at an all time high. In Naturopathic terms, this is called a healing crisis. Everything is coming to the surface to be healed. All our fears, worries, insecurities, and darkness that we want to hide is all being revealed. The corruption, deceit, and cover-ups are bubbling up to the surface. Everything is being exposed.

Staying calm in the midst of the upheaval takes faith in knowing that everything is for the greater good. The divine operation is always for expansion and greater expression. This means something beyond what has gone before. Something entirely new. However, this understanding comes from deep contemplation and practice. Practicing being mindful and to observe my emotions, is where the answers to these questions reveal themselves. To listen and feel my feelings without judgement. To be compassionate with myself and love myself deeply. When I do this, I am ready to step into the brave new world. I then am ready to let go of the old world of limitation and put both feet fully committed into the unknown. A world that is full of miracles and wonder. If you are feeling like you’re between worlds. Let’s take that leap of faith together. Are you ready?