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.
Speak up, because the day you don’t speak up for the things that matter to you is the day your freedom truly ends.
What would you do if you witnessed something that you knew was unethical, immoral, corrupt or unjust? It’s a big question. What would you do if you worked for a company that you knew was participating in shady affairs or was discriminating someone? Would you stay for the security of a pay check or would you speak up and risk being fired? My grandmother told me a story of when she was a young woman living in Munich during the war. She was catholic but against the Third Reich. The typical greeting was to extend and raise up your arm and say heil hitler. She didn’t do that, but spit on the ground instead. By the sheer grace of G-d she wasn’t killed. My great grandmother hid many people in her home who would have been taken off to a concentration camp too.
I often ask myself this question. I don’t thing I could live with myself if I didn’t speak up against injustice. If you keep silent and turn away from speaking up about something you know isn’t moral, then we all suffer the consequences in the long run. It’s not a popular thing to do. It takes tremendous self confidence and conviction to speak up against a system that has been getting away with corruption.
Whether it’s something big, like going against a company like Monsanto that produces the carcinogenic product roundup or someone being harassed who doesn’t have the means to defend themselves in your place of employment, speaking up is the ethical thing to do. If you want your children to live in a harmonious, honest and free culture, use your voice to speak up. It’s that important.
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
How important are your rights, your values, your morals, your freedom and how you live? You and I have choices as to how we want to live and what matters to us. If you do not put your morals, values and integrity first, anything will sway you to comprise them. That is how important it is to stand by beliefs that just and righteous. This is way different than wanting to be right, this is being open minded and standing up when everyone else is following the crowd.
Ed Stack, the owner of Dick’s Sporting Goods, did just that. He wrote a book It’s How We Play The Game, Build a Business That Takes a Stand. Make a Difference. He did something extraordinary, he stopped selling guns of all kinds. He decided that after all the mass shootings, he couldn’t ethically stand by and watch this continue. It cost his company a whopping quarter of a billion dollars. Let me say that again, a quarter of a billion dollars! He put lives before people. Now that’s integrity!
He is an example of what one person can do to make a huge impact and difference in the future of our country and world. Who will be next to take a stand for change in the multi billion dollar conglomerate giants? Let’s face it there are lots of changes that desperately need to take place to create a more peaceful, healthy and sound world. By each and every one of us, to take a stand for something that touches our hearts, can be the spring board for larger companies to change their policies. Whether it’s animal rights, child welfare, climate change, healthy food choices or anything that needs reform. Stand up, speak up and step up. Now more than ever, we need your voice to be heard.
I love life! I am so grateful to be having the experience of being alive! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of heart-ache, sadness, tragedy and failures, however, I know that if I continue to work through all those challenges, that I will triumph and get stronger, wiser and more appreciative of this very precious gift called life!!
To really feel alive you have to embrace the essence of life and give it all you’ve got! I see so many people afraid to live. Their afraid of being alive, and so they are slowly dying. Their afraid of failing, afraid of trying, afraid of giving themselves over to the pure rapture of living.
I don’t think that people are afraid of death as they are of living.
Why not allow yourself the freedom to let lose and give life your best shot! After all if you want the best, you have to give your best!!!
The best way to really feel alive is to look around you, and become aware of everything. There is consciousness in everything. Everything is alive whether it appears to be inanimate or not. Then focus on your amazing body! Wow, how precious it truly is!!! You have been giving this amazing gift of life! So go ahead and fully feel alive!!!
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Yesterday as I was driving to an empowerment dance class I teach, I listened to an interview with Albert Woodfox. He just was released from living in solitary confinement for over 40 YEARS. Yes, I wrote that correctly over 40 YEARS! The question that was asked of him that resonated with me was; how did you maintain your sanity all that time? Now the question I have for you is what prison are you living in? If you are able to move about freely, drive, walk, fly, take a bus, train or any other means of travel without restrains and thinking your trapped in a cell, your right. You are in the prison cell of your mind. I can not imagine how someone could spend over four decades in solitary confinement without going totally crazy, but Albert Woodfox’s spirit was not broken. He is a testament to all of us to stay grateful for the freedom that we already have even if we feel trapped in our own minds. The cruelty and torture he endured was inhuman. The cruelty and torture we inflict on ourselves are the doings of thoughts that do not serve our spirit. Set yourself free. As Albert walked out a free man after all these years, you too can set yourself free. Albert Woodfox is a heroic man who was unjustly sentenced to endure his life in solitary confinement but showed us all that our spirit is free even in the isolated chambers of a prison. God bless…
Faith is finding answers in the heart. Sometimes life can be very challenging, and we’re, not sure how to move forward. Faith, will always guide you when you just take that first step. Faith cannot be seen by the eyes, or heard by the ears, but rather, felt by the heart. It is a trusting that all is moving towards the good when you take that leap of faith. You must first feed your mind with encouraging words. Then translate these thoughts into feelings that will begin to be supported by faith to begin believing in yourself. Every step you take to empower yourself, you are stepping into faith. Your faith will get stronger and stronger as you continually trust in yourself.
Faith comes from within. Nothing in the physical world will give it to you. You must develop it from within your mind and spirit. Fear will always test your faith. Whatever beliefs you grew up with that are keeping you stuck in feelings of lack, limitation, or unworthiness, needs to be transmuted into a life of faith.Faith can be developed, by meditation, study, prayer, forgiveness, love, and practice. Every day you can either live in fear, which will hold you back, and keep you imprisoned or move forward with faith. Life becomes a glorious adventure of freedom when you trust in your higher power and live in faith. I choose faith and freedom. How about you?
Well it’s February 3rd, and the temperatures are in the single digits outside. Ice and snow are covering just about everything here on Long Island. It’s difficult to walk and to do any outside activity except shovel, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to warm up anytime soon. Most of all activities that took place yesterday evening were cancelled due to the weather. Brrrrrrr!!!!
Indoors, it’s warm and cozy. I have heated floors, a beautiful new kitchen, and all the comforts of a modern home. However, I have three little dogs, three cats, and a bird. Yes, I love animals. What I don’t love, is cleaning up after them! Since its been so frigid outside, the cats don’ t want to go out and the dogs can’t walk because it hurts their paws. So I have wee wee pads all over and litter boxes that need to be cleaned a few times a day. They are also having accidents in different places. I am a neat freak, and this is freaking me out! I get completely unhinged when I think about it. Then, I remembered Victor Frankls’ book, Mans Search for Meaning. What a powerful story he shares with humanity. The main message in the book is “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Wow, that put things for me, in perspective real fast. Yes, I’m not over joyed about cleaning up after my animals, but, I can choose to see it in a different way. I can choose to appreciate my pets, be grateful for my home, be thankful that I am able to care for them, and focus on what is good rather than whats not. So, what’s on your mind? What are you focusing on? If it’s not to your liking, change your thoughts. It’s freedom that noone can ever take away from you!
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Victor Frankl
Yesterday, I was driving home from Connecticut, with a piece of furniture I found on craigs list. It barely fit into my minivan. I mean if it was a fraction of an inch bigger, it would not have gone in. (Getting it out, is another story) I was squished up against the steering wheel while driving home, since I needed every bit of space for it. Needless to say, I was very uncomfortable. On top of that, I got stuck in traffic that came to a screeching halt for over an hour! It took three and a half hours to get home. It took every ounce of conscious deliberate thought to focus my mind on positive things, rather than to feel the frustration, claustrophobia, and discomfort that was actually taking place. I concentrated my thoughts on my goals and dreams instead. The time allowed me to choose my own way. I know that what I focus on will expand, so I choose to use my freedom of thought, to think good thoughts. I am so grateful to have the wisdom to know that at anytime, if I do not like the circumstance I am in, I can change it by choosing my own way.