I Am Because We Are

September 20, 2018

In Africa there is a concept known as ‘ubuntu’ – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.

Nelson Mandela

“One day, a western anthropologist went to Africa to study the social behavior of an indigenous tribe. He proposed a game to the children and they willingly agreed to be part of it. He put a basket filled with fruits underneath a tree and told the children that whoever would reach the basket first would win the whole basket and could eat the fruits all by him- or herself.

 He lined them all up and raised his hand to give the start signal. Ready. Set. Go!
The children took each other’s hands and started running together. They all reached the basket at the same time. Then they sat down in a big circle and enjoyed the fruits together, laughing and smiling all the time.
The anthropologist could not believe what he saw and he asked them why they had waited for each other as one could have taken the whole basket all for him- or herself.
The children shook their heads and replied, “Ubuntu, how can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?”

 

What if we all lived our lives with this in mind? What if you opened your heart and mind to embracing the human in humanity? Our world will change when we realize that we are all a part of each other. We live in a holographic universe. There is no separation between you and I.

Call to action: Do one thing today that benefits someone else. If you could do one thing that uplifts another person, not only will you feel so good, you will be paying an act of kindness forward…….. Spread the love!

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Every Day Is Extra

September 13, 2018

 

Life is short, and if we enjoy every day, then we will be happy no matter what happens or what changes along the way.

Gretchen Bleiler

Former Senator John Kerry’s memoir was recently released entitled “Every Day is Extra”. In it he writes about the struggles he had during his life and how he was able to forge ahead with a positive attitude, courage and faith. He faced many setbacks, family illnesses, crisis and tough decisions.

Let’s face it, life can be tough at times. Not every day is going to be a great day. Sometimes you may have days, months or even years of challenging times. Maybe you are being faced with a family member diagnosed with a serious illness, addiction or crisis. Maybe we ourselves are confronting a personal battle. I know what its like. Both my parents were Holocaust survivors and I have a daughter with addiction issues. It ain’t always easy.

However, if you wake up every day and realize that every day is extra, that every moment is another chance to create and do something better than the day before, you will be able to navigate uncertainties with faith and courage.

 

Look, no one gets out alive. Your time here is limited and you will be confronted with tough days. The storms, droughts, and other unexpected mishaps will come. But with an attitude of gratitude, knowing that every day is extra, you can turn any rainy day into a a day of appreciation and goodness.

What can you do to appreciate every moment?


Filling Your Retirement Free Time with Fun New Skills

August 16, 2018

 

Learn These Life-Enhancing List Skills Online

 

When you are punching in from nine to five, you yearn for free time. But then by the time retirement rolls around, you’re so used to adhering to a strict schedule, seeing your day ahead of you so wide open can make you ask yourself “OK… now what?”

 

The answer to that question is a resounding “Whatever you want!” However, if what you want is to sit around and watch cable news all day, maybe you should reconsider.

 

The secret to filling your free time in retirement is to do the things that help stimulate your mind while also being fun. It’s important to continue learning in later life to help improve cognitive function and keep your brain sharp. To make it easier–and affordable on a fixed budget– look for activities and lessons you can do for a minimal fee– or even free!– online.

 

Here are some great ideas to help inspire you to fill your free time while sharpening your mind and tapping into your natural creativity.

 

Plant a new garden

 

During the spring and summer months, it’s hard to resist the urge to go outside to get a few minutes of sunshine. While you bask in the sun, you can consider learning how to enhance to look of your home’s exterior with beautiful landscaping. Planting a floral or vegetable garden easy to learn and satisfying as you gather the right tools to improve the health of your soil. Over time, your garden will flourish and become a conversation piece with your neighbors and other passersby.

 

Improve Your Skills in the Kitchen

 

When it comes to culinary skills, there is always more to learn.

 

Learning how to cook has so many benefits. You get to know exactly what’s going in your food which is especially helpful for retirees with restricted diets that help manage medical conditions. It saves you money and cuts down on the amount of calories, fat, salt, and artificial ingredients you consume. It’s also a great way to express your affection and friendship– nothing says “I love you” quite like a homemade meal.

 

There are so many new skills and techniques you can pick on with online cooking lessons:

 

  • Make a roux
  • Sous vide
  • French cut (or julienne) produce
  • Bake a tiered cake
  • Brown butter
  • And more!

 

Learn to Play an Instrument

 

Maybe you played a bit when you were younger but could use a refresher course to get back in the swing of things. Or maybe you want to try to play an instrument you always wanted to learn and you just now have time for it. Whatever your experience, there are online music lessons out there ready for you.

 

Playing an instrument in your senior years does so much more than fill your home with music. It gives your mind a workout and helps improve mental health as you build self-esteem. Playing music makes you more social and helps facilitate new relationships. Plus, it’s a great form of self-expression as you choose an instrument that you want to learn. Playing a woodwind instrument has the added benefits of strengthened breathing and improved posture. Check online for affordable woodwind options.

 

Turn Your Free Time into a Work of Art

 

If learning how to paint in retirement is good enough for ex-presidents, it’s certainly good enough for you! Art is a perfect activity to pursue in retirement because you don’t have to be rushed and you can do it anywhere– whether traveling abroad or simply sketching in the comfort of your own home.

 

You can pick your favorite medium or try something out new altogether. Taking art lessons online helps you gain some basic skills that you can then carry over into your own original works. Your friends and family will be dazzled by the masterpieces you create.

 

When you finally enter retirement, your days are full of free time. Don’t spend your golden years wasting away in front of the television. Instead, pick up new skills and learn something in order to keep your brain sharp. Cooking lessons are a great way to eat healthier and teach you to make dishes your friends and family will love. Learning an instrument fills your home with music while improving your mental health. Finally, art lessons are perfect for seniors as you can go at your own pace while expressing yourself creatively.

 

Julie Morris, is a Life and Career Coach, and a guest blogger. Her E-mail is: at julie_morris@juliemorris.org and website: juliemorris.org


From Depression to Expression

August 2, 2018

Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to depression.

Joyce Meyer

I was talking with a client the other day whose life was always  filled with much joy, prosperity and purpose.  He is two years away from retiring, from a job which he has always loved until recently. Now, somehow he has become disconnected and his fears are over taking him. Like many people who feel depressed, he is going through the motions without the passion and purpose in life. It is a tough place to be. It is debilitating.

I know, in my younger years I too felt alone, anxiety, sad and disconnected. I understand the grip of pain that latches on to your soul. This darkness grabs you and doesn’t want to let go. I put on a happy face but underneath I was a totally mess.

What I did was turn my mess into a message. That is what my client is now doing as well. It doesn’t happen over night. Our society has become so dysfunctional that it kind of reinforces depression, suppression, and oppression.  Addiction is now considered a pandemic. Everyone has their heads down looking in their phones. No one is communicating face to face any more. The word communicate comes from the word commune, to come together. To commune with nature, to commune with our spirit, to commune with divine intelligence and even commune with our bodies in a healthy way. Through neuroscience we know that the brain can rewire itself. We know that the brain has plasticity. Which means that with the proper help, understanding and support we can reconnect to our true self and divine energy to lift ourselves out of a state of depression to an expression of joy!

Finding your joy and releasing your pain is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to the world. When we do, we are actually creating a more peaceful place for all humanity. That is how big this really is! Here’s to you’re happy self.


It’s All An Illusion

July 26, 2018

Matter is but an illusion. All be it a persistent illusion.

Albert Einstein

Through quantum physics we now have discovered that matter is only energy vortexes that are invisible. In other words, everything is energy, and through vibration we bump up to and against other energy vortexes creating either a disturbance, negative energy or amplifying the energy creating positive energy. Through our feelings we can pick up these vibrations to determine if something increases our energy or drains it.

I am very sensitive to energy. If I am around negative energy, I immediately get a headache and feel tired. If I am around good vibes, I feel more vibrant and alive. We all have the ability to do this, however we must stay in the present moment to become aware of the frequencies that are being emitted.

 We are multi- sensory beings and the more conscious we become the more we are able to pick up on the vibrations around us. We can override our programs that keep us stuck in victim-hood  causing dis-ease and create the life we want. We just have to become aware of the illusion that is holding us hostage. We can change the picture in our minds which will change the way we see things. It is a simple concept, however it does take practice to apply to our life.

In your business and personal life, change is possible. If you are ready to begin, I would love for you to join one of my classes to show you how to stay connected and read energy.


From Here to Eternity

June 14, 2018

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Meditation, mindfulness, silence, and being present in the moment are all about quieting the mind and calming the body. If you have never done this, fifteen minutes of meditation can feel like an eternity.

Being still is something that is uncomfortable and foreign if you never were taught to do this. I know I didn’t grow up with parents that practiced this. We live in a very busy world. It is all about go, go, go and do, do, do. However what ever you want to do, be or have will come to you so much easier when we go within and calm your mind. Everything is created twice, once in the spiritual form and then in the physical.There are so many benefits you will get when you begin making a daily practice out of meditating.

I now meditate for fifteen minutes every day and am so much more peaceful, patient, happier and healthier. The things I desire come to me much more effortlessly too. It is as if the struggle has disappeared and I just allow the universe to met me half way in acquiring what I want.

So, if you are ready to be here now but touch the hands of eternity to manifest what ever you want into your life, begin your daily practice of meditation. If you need help beginning this, I would love to be your guide.


Tough Times

May 24, 2018

“You’re going to go through tough times- that’s life. But I say, nothing happens to you, it happens for you. See the positive in negative events.”                                                                                         Joel Osteen

Life can get pretty tough sometimes.  It can get dirty, messy and so damn hard. Many people are struggling with feelings that are pulling them down. Having a spiritual practice is vital when the going gets tough.

Recently I have been sadden by the death of a dear friend and another one that is fighting for his life, after a diagnose with leukemia. One thing after the next has set back is healing process. It is difficult to witness love ones hurting. I took in another friend into my home who is going through a tough time and I have a coaching client who also just lost her mother and nephew from a drug overdose.

I am so happy and grateful to have the faith that everything is for our highest good. I meditate every morning to stay connect to source energy. I take impeccable care of body by walking, dancing, gardening and other activities to stay healthy, I journal every morning, read inspirational books and listen to things that motivate me. Without this practice, it is easy to sink into a funky state of mind.

Even when you don’t feel like it, that is when it is most important to reach out, stay connected and have a practice that will give you the strength to pull yourself out of any situation that seems dire.  You can get through it.


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