Lately, I’ve been in a contemplative state of mind. I am lost for Words to express what I feel about the state of my country and the world. So, I’m giving myself the time and space to reflect. I have been in an observational and reflective mind-set. I am taking extra good care of my emotional, physical, mental and spiritual self.When I came across these words, they resonated with how I want to live my life. So very simple, yet so profound. I hope you too can find comfort in them.
Charlie Chaplin lived 88 years He left us 4 statements:
(1) Nothing is forever in this world, not even our problems.
(2) I love walking in the rain because no one can see my tears.
(3) The most lost day in life is the day we don’t laugh.
(4) Six best doctors in the world:
1. The sun
Stick to them at all stages of your life and enjoy a healthy life. If you see the moon, you will see the beauty of God. If you see the sun, you will see the power of God. If you see a mirror, you will see God’s best creation. So believe it. We are all tourists, God is our travel agent who has already identified our routes, bookings and destinations… trust Him and enjoy life. Life is just a journey…Therefore, live today! Tomorrow may never be.
Some people have decided to buckle up for safety because life has become bumpy. The ride has been quite wild the last eight or more months. So much uncertainty. So much unpredictability. I can certainly understand people wanting to hold tight, protect and keep safe from a world that seems to be so out of control. That is not what my gut is telling me. My intuition is calling me to let lose and let my wild side out. To dance furiously and unleash my passion. Sometimes I want to scream out loud, to laugh wildly, to love passionately and play childishly.
My body longs for movement. My soul cries out for freedom. My spirit is searching for peace. All around me I see people wanting to hold on to security. To look for the familiar. But we must dance furiously until we create a new pattern. A new dance. Let go……..
Allow yourself to embrace the uncertainty with faith and courage. Take a trip of your mind and explore all the places that have kept you imprisoned in your own beliefs. The secret things that you keep tucked away. Even you think you can fool yourself. Loss yourself to yourself. That is where you will find yourself. The hippies of yesterday had it right. Make love not war. My hippy heart wants to move forward with creating and exploring new possibilities with the wisdom of the ancient ancestors of the past. Let’s dance wildly and furiously. Let’s get into a frenzy to rearrange, derange, and interchange the addictive patterns that have our culture crippled and trapped in conformity. The way out is the way in.
“In solitude there is healing. Speak to your soul. Listen to your heart. Sometimes in the absence of noise we find the answer.”
How I long for solitude and a quiet place. Somewhere I can go to rest and find some peace. It seems like my life has accelerated and everything is moving in warp speed. New York has gone through a major shift. What was once a bustling city full of art, culture and vitality is now somber and lost. Walking down the streets, you see massive homelessness, boarded up shops, and empty buildings. It is an eerie feeling that tugs at my soul to witness this change that happened in a blink of an eye. I have taken a huge step back. Iv’e retreated into my own womb because I am processing all these massive changes that humanity is going through. I managed to gracefully move through all the chaos unscathed until the last month. But being in the midst of all the depression that has taken so many spirits and lives has pulled at my heart strings.
The world is in a time of crisis. America, particularly is experiencing division and opposition like never before. This is an election year and it has been the most confusing, misinformed, heated, controversial and outright opinionated battle that seems to be separating all of us. I go into deep thought and think of how we came to this place. What happened to pull people apart? Were these feelings of anger,hatred resentment, and prejudice always lurking beneath the surface, just waiting to reveal itself? Did we become so complacent and numb to not want to step into the night and see our shadows?
I Find myself connecting with nature more and more. With all the troubles and confusion in the world right now, I invite you too, to hold the space and go within, where there is always a warm sunny place that will lift your spirits and bring peace to your heart. The empathy I have for humanity has flooded my soul with so much love. I have tears of sorrow and joy. I know if I can keep my heart open, even when it hurts, goodness will prevail.
I love when I’m able to connect with total strangers in the most deep and profound way! Today, I was teaching some dance classes via Zoom. I am so grateful for this platform to be able to connect with women to help them move their bodies and ease their minds. Well, I then went to check into the office I go to for the Chamber of Commerce to send some emails, check phone calls etc. I am the only one in this office unless I get an unexpected visitor like today. So I buzzed them in since the door is locked. This very nice lady was asking about what there is to do in town, and asking for brochures and other material to take with her.
Well, we starting having a conversation and in less then 5 minutes we connected on such a deep level, sharing things about each other that would take weeks to months to reveal, if at all!
We both felt each others heart and the energy was enormous! We both had tears in our eyes. She was so grateful that I was the one in the office, and so open to be of service, and I was grateful she was so nice. In a world that is portraying hate, violence, anger and other negative emotions, I don’t see this. My experience is witnessing compassion, love, gratitude, and kindness. Our attention goes to were our energy flows. All it takes is a shift in consciousness to stay connected to the vibration of love. Look for what’s good.
That encounter lifted both our energy and spirits. The ripple effect of this encounter is how we begin to change the world. We can go deep and connect from the heart in a nano-second. We can find common ground with all our differences. All it takes is a willingness to keep your heart open and wanting to be of service.
As she was ready to leave, she asked me what my name was, I said it was Monica. I asked her what her name was and she said Veronica!
It doesn’t get any better then that! We are all connected.
I love Sunday Mornings. There seems to be this extra amount of peacefulness and serenity on Sunday mornings. Maybe it’s just me, but that’s how I feel. This Sunday, I woke up around 5:30 AM and felt so calm and tranquil. I was sort of in a lucid dream state, mesmerized by a vibration of love, light and angelic beings. It was so sweet. I have a few rituals I do every morning, like journal, meditate, prayer, stretch, feed the cat, feed the birds outside, water the garden and then make a cup of coffee and read something spiritual. Sundays, I take the time to read longer. I am reading John E. Fetzer and the Quest For the New Age. It is fascinating!
So, then I decided that I was going to take my bike to the supermarket to purchase some garlic, which I needed for a recipe I was preparing for that evenings dinner. I got on my bike and headed to the store which was about a mile and a half away. A little way down on my journey, I saw a young man walking in the opposite direction I was heading, we caught each others attention and greeted each other Good Morning. The weather was simply gorgeous! After another block I noticed I forgot my mask! Oh No! I still haven’t got in the habit of bringing it every where. So, I turned back to go home to get it. That’s when I encountered this young man again. He saw me and I mentioned to him that I forgot my mask and have to go home to get it. He said, no, you don’t have to do that. I have an extra one. He was so nice. He gave me a fresh package, not even open.
He insisted I take it. He was so kind. Then he said here I have this pair of socks, again a package not even opened. I said no thank you, that you are so nice but you should give them to someone else. Again he insisted. He said they were meant for me. He was an Angel, sent at the perfect place and the perfect time. I was so happy and grateful for his presence. BTW, he was a Black Man. Which shouldn’t matter, and doesn’t matter to me. The only reason I am mentioning it is because, if one act of violence can stir so much attention and disruption in our world, One act of kindness, can and should create attention for peace, love and compassion. I just didn’t record this act of kindness to broadcast it on the news and social media. However it needs to go viral! I wanted to give him a big hug, but we both knew that wouldn’t be wise during these times, so we bumped fists. Did I attract this soul by my high vibration I was feeling this morning? Was he really an Angel? Was it a coincidence? I don’t know. All I know is that he was nice and nice speaks volumes. The more you can get into alignment with love, light and compassion, the more kindness will spread. What can you do to share kindness? Just be nice!
We are certainly living in extraordinary times. You can even call them epoch times. There is a drama being played out in humanity that is changing so quickly that many people are getting caught in the strong currant of hate, fear, violence, anger, frustration and other negative emotions. Watching, listening and engaging in what the media is broadcasting can sweep you in that direction pretty easily. I choose not to do this. Oh yes, I can’t help getting the coverage of what’s going on and have watched the video of the horrible and disturbing act that killed George Floyd. I was deeply saddened by this act.
Just when the world was showing signs of hope and glimmers of healing from the pandemic an even more powerful and sinister virus has gripped us. The one of hate and prejudice. This virus can destroy not only your body but your soul. It will eat you up and destroy everything in its path. I can understand the pain and suffering that this unjust act has surfaced. I can understand the rage it has brought up. We all have darkness inside us. We all have a shadow. We just don’t like to become acquainted with our most deep and dark inner most fears. We will do anything to push them away. But there is no more running, there is no more hiding and there is no more distracting ourselves. We must become intimate with our fears, insecurities and vulnerabilities.
It is here that you will find your light. It is going through the dark night of the soul you will emerge the hero of your own story. When you’re able to transmute your anger into compassion, you will know that you’re out of the woods. When this happens you will discover there is another story unfolding that you might miss if you get distracted from the winds of change. This story is much more fascinating, glorious and beautiful. It’s the story of now! That’s right, the one right in front of you. There’s so much going on here. Can we keep our focus on this loving presence? Distracting is addictive behavior. It tempts you, it induces you, entices you, it coaxes you, it woos you, and convinces you to look away from the truth. Why not put your attention and energy on opening your hearts. Be the change you want to see in the world. No need to feed the fire, it’s been burning since the worlds been turning.
We are living in extraordinary times. The world we all thought we knew has been rearranged, turned upside down, right side out and shaken to the core. Although some would like things to just return to normal, we have to realize that there is no normal ever again. Things are forever changed.
Things weren’t working for a very long time and until this virus came along, we were busy distracting ourselves with things that took our attention away from what really mattered. Now we must come face to face with our fears, insecurities, habits, behaviors and lifestyles. There’s nowhere to hide and no where to go to avoid the feelings that will come up for you.
Trying to hold on to what was will only bring more suffering and pain. Embracing change and creating new systems that supports, encourages and empowers cooperation and compassion will emerge as we navigate through these times.
Now is the time to take extra good care of your health. To eat natural foods from the earth rather than processed foods. It is the time to pay attention to your thoughts and keep focused on what’s good. To be grateful for that we do have. Gratitude connects us to feelings that uplifting and supports our immune system. fear will weaken it.
Trust that you have the power to know that happiness is a choice, no matter what is going on. Trust that you will be calm and positive in spite of what the media is broadcasting to the public. Turn off the news and go within. This is the time to meditate, take a walk-in nature, journal, dance, paint, study or do what ever lifts your spirits. Discover you purpose and ignite it with passion.
These are the days of miracles and wonder. We’re all in this together. We are all connected.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Homes Jr.
Iv’e been travelling a lot in the past few months. Back in October, I went to Munich Germany for my moms 90th Birthday party. It was so much fun. She was born there but lives in New York now. I’ve been to Germany countless times, however, each and every time I go is a new experience.
Then in November I was visiting my daughter in Palm Springs, California.
Wow, we hiked Joshua Tree National Park and Andreas Canyon. It was incredible. I love to travel and have been since I was practically born. Lately I had an opportunity to take a few trips back to back and boy did I take advantage of it. In January I went to Johannesburg South Africa to visit a friend and then off to Cape Town. It was a long flight, but well worth it. Such beautiful vistas, beaches and nature. Getting to emerge into the culture is absolutely fabulous. Having conversations with people and finding out about who they are and their family stories and history is transforming.
Then a few weeks later, Cuba! I just couldn’t get enough! The culture, history, people, architecture, music, beaches, people, cigars and so much more. This was one of the most unique trips I ever took. Truly a place that is etched in my heart and soul forever.
Traveling allows you to broaden your view and perspective of life. It opens up opportunities, creates ideas and new friendships. This world is so beautiful. I am blessed and grateful to be able to expand my mind, commune with others so that I can share the experience with you. If you get the opportunity to travel, take it. We are all time travelers on this blue Earth, so venture out and see what might be awaiting you.
“Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.”
This really hit home when I heard the news about Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and 7 other people who were tragically killed in a helicopter accident. Then, the very next day was the Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is near and dear to my heart because both my parents were survivors of this horrific time in history, where many members of my family were killed, along with countless others.
It really made me think of how life isn’t guaranteed to anyone and how we must embrace this precious gift. (That’s why they call it the present)
Then last week, I had an MRI scan on my brain which showed a 5-centimeter cyst in my frontal lobe. It is benign; however, it is something that needs to be closely watched to make sure it doesn’t grow or interfere with my cognitive and motor functions.
The message was loud and clear! Live my best life now! Don’t wait until tomorrow to begin doing what brings you joy. Love your life, give it your all and don’t be afraid to express your dreams. Work hard, play more, be kind, laugh lots and most of all create. Start right now to create your best life. We’re here for such a brief time, so let’s make the most of it.
What the world needs now is more kindness, compassion and peace.
Wishing everyone a most joyous, peaceful and loving Holiday.
Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.