Lessons on a Yoga Mat

Some days it is very difficult to make myself roll out the yoga mat and begin my ninety minute practice. I try to do yoga at least two mornings per week, but lately my schedule has been so unusual that it has been challenging to find the time. When I have found time, I notice I am resistant to begin. There are some poses that use muscles that have enjoyed the extended vacation and they are quite happy to be left alone. When I think about committing to the entire hour and a half routine knowing that those challenging poses are coming, I’m tempted to stay on vacation with those muscles. However, when I give myself permission to skip a pose or hold it for only a few breaths if it feels like too much to do that day, I am able to roll out my mat and begin.

Once I do the movements to warm up my spine, the next pose seems to flow naturally. So does the one after that…and so on. When it’s time to do something challenging, I check in with my body and do what feels right in that moment. I’ve learned the hard way not to overdo it. Usually it feels so good to wake up those muscles I end up holding the pose longer than I thought I could. Before I know it, I’m in the home stretch (no pun intended) and doing the final cool down poses. When I finish those it’s time for my favorite part of the practice, laying on my back and breathing deeply until I slip into a blissful meditation. When I emerge from meditation my entire body feels alive, peaceful, and full of gratitude for making myself roll out that mat!

It occurred to me that this might be a helpful metaphor that can be applied to many other things. When you think of your life, is there a project that feels daunting or a goal that seems impossibly out of reach? Does thinking about all that needs to happen in order to complete that project or achieve that goal make you want to reach for the TV remote, a bag of potato chips or both? Is there an action step that feels like something you just aren’t capable of doing right now? What if you just think about the first step that feels manageable instead of thinking about all of them at once or that step that seems impossible. Turn on your computer and write for fifteen minutes. Get your passport photo taken. Walk around the block when you get home from work. You don’t have to write the entire book, plan the entire vacation, or transform your body in one day. You just need to take one little step. Once you experience how good it feels to take a step in the direction of your dream, you will want to take another. Yes, you have the goal in mind, but your attention is focused on the present moment where joy lives.

When that goal is in alignment with the greater good, an amazing thing happens. All kinds of opportunities present themselves and the perfect people to help you realize those goals come into your life. Suddenly those seemingly impossible steps become possible. Here’s what A Course in Miracles says about that in Section IV of Chapter 20:

He will go before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way. Nothing you need will be denied you. Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away before you reach it.
 

Not only do I find these words incredibly comforting, I can attest to their Truth. Once I realized that my life’s purpose is to help others remember who they truly are (pure Love and Light), the Universe arranged for more miracles and “chance” meetings than I could ever have imagined. I invite you to align your goals with the greater good, take a breath, then a step in that direction. What follows will be nothing short of miraculous!

Perhaps that first step is giving yourself the gift of Life Coaching or a Family Constellations session. Maybe an even smaller, less overwhelming first step is to simply click HERE to learn more about both of these life changing opportunities. Then see how you are guided from there. I would be honored to be one of those “chance” meetings that helped you remember who you are and how to live a life full of peace, love, and joy.

Until next time, please remember that no matter how things appear, you are loved and supported with each step you take.

Little Miracles Add Up!

I’ve been experiencing a lot of little miracles lately, and by miracles I mean shifts in perception from fear to love. The first one happened last week when I finally had time to get a much needed haircut. That experience in itself was a miracle. After a few bad experiences at my last barber shop, I went to a new place called Buck & Beard in Fort Lauderdale. Not only was the place beautiful and clean, I really liked my haircut and the guy who cut my hair. That night while reading a spiritual mystery novel, for some reason I had the thought, “I wonder why the main character never talks about getting a haircut? He must be as busy as I am.” Just a few pages later he looked in the mirror and noticed he needed a haircut!

On Tuesday I happened upon a Michael’s Craft Store in Houston while running errands. The location near me in Fort Lauderdale has been sold out of rose quartz crystals for weeks so I decided to go in and see if they had some. I scanned the beading and jewelry aisle for the little pink stones with no luck. All of the beads are separated by colors, but I searched every section in case they were somehow misplaced. I was about to give up when something told me to go back and look one more time in the pink section where I started. To my amazement, there among the flower and heart shaped beads were two strands of rose quartz crystals hanging in plain sight. How did I not see them before? Was someone playing a trick on me? Not only was I grateful to find these elusive little guys, but I was also grateful to discover they were 50% off!

The biggest of the little miracles happened on Mother’s Day. While attending the Sunday Service at Unity of Houston, my eyes started leaking profusely during a special slide show honoring the mothers in the congregation. I could not contain my tears as image after image of mothers and children flashed on the screen. I must admit the waterworks caught me off guard. My mother passed away over six years ago so I have had many Mother’s Days without her. I wasn’t feeling overly sad or nostalgic that day, but clearly I was feeling something!

After the service, I checked my phone to find a sweet text message from my friend, Carrie Stiers. Carrie happens to be an amazing psychic medium, and she had written to tell me she received a message from my mother that morning. Apparently along with her message of love my mother had shown Carrie an image of me eating a cheeseburger. Carrie did not understand that image because she knows I am a vegetarian. Well, truth be told, I am mostly vegetarian. Every few months I crave a hamburger, usually after an intense spiritual event. I allow myself to have one trusting my body must be craving it for a reason, perhaps to help me feel grounded again. Unbeknownst to Carrie, after a powerful Family Constellations workshop on Saturday, I had such a craving and did indeed enjoy a cheeseburger for dinner. I also spoke a lot about my mom at that meal. Carrie interpreted the image she received as my mother’s way of letting me know she was with me. I have no doubt she was.

As if that weren’t enough of to get my attention, during his talk titled “Honor Thy Mother,” Rev. Michael Gott used the word cheeseburger twice to make a point, not knowing about the text message from Carrie. Some might call that coincidence, but I’m sticking to calling it a little miracle.

Of course, there really are no little miracles. The very first Miracle Principle in A Course in Miracles says this:

There is no order of difficulty in miracles. One is not “harder” or “bigger” than another. They are all the same. All expressions of love are maximal.

So whether something you were looking for magically shows up or you get an unlikely message from a loved one who is no longer here in physical form, if it helps you shift from fear to love, it’s a miracle. I find it very comforting to know that Spirit is not daunted by the size or scope of a miracle and that all expressions of love are maximal. My life is a lot more fun since I have been looking for miracles. Why not look for them in your own life and see how much more love you can experience?

Could you use some assistance shifting from fear to love? Would you like more miracles in your life? Maybe now is the time to give yourself the gift of Life Coaching. I offer four, six, and eight week programs based on the strong principles of A Course in Miracles to help you make that shift and get past whatever is challenging you in this moment. Family Constellations is another great way to experience miracles. You will be amazed by what happens in these group or private sessions. Please look around my website for more information about both of these miraculous opportunities and then send me a message to schedule an appointment.

Until next time, keep your eyes and heart open for those little miracles. They are there just waiting for you…

Feeling Overwhelmed? Try This!

I have written before about a section in Chapter 18 of A Course in Miracles titled “I Need Do Nothing.” It feels like I need to be reminded of this so perhaps someone out there does too. With all of the traveling I have been doing lately, keeping up with the many tasks to keep my business running has been quite daunting. There are always emails to answer, phone calls to make, leads to follow up on, and flyers to create. These days staying active on social media is also very important. That can be a full time job in itself. On and on it goes, and with it my inner peace! At some point I have to surrender, wave the white flag, and remember this quote from the Course:

When peace comes at last to those who wrestle with temptation and fight against the giving in to sin; when the light comes at last into the mind given to contemplation; or when the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization; “I need do nothing.”

When I remember this, peace returns. However, please don’t confuse “I need do nothing” with “Don’t do anything.” They are not the same. I’m not suggesting you sit on your couch and watch Netflix all day. While we are having the experience of being in a body in this world, we have to do things like earn money, pay bills, exercise, answer emails, and do laundry. The difference in perception is simply the realization that we don’t need to do anything to be loved. We are loved beyond measure by the Source of all Creation. Some call that God. Others call that the Universe, Divine Presence, or Great Spirit. It doesn’t matter what we call it, it’s Love. And furthermore, so are you! That’s why you don’t need to do anything to be loved. You are Love.

The simple statement “I need do nothing” reminds me of something I read many years ago. The article pointed out that it doesn’t matter how many people are at the beach; the sun shines down equally on all of them. It doesn’t shine more on some people than others. The sun doesn’t care if you live under a palm tree or in a penthouse. It doesn’t care if you work at a church or a shopping mall. It doesn’t care if you do one thing or ten things today. If you are at the beach, and the sun is out, you will receive its light. Nobody has to earn sunshine, just like nobody has to earn God’s love. It’s just there for the basking. From that place of peace, I can choose loving thoughts about myself and chill out. Then I can decide to be still for a while and let myself rest, or I can choose to do what feels right in that moment without all the guilt, struggle, and striving to “get it all done.” It is tremendously freeing once I let go of those unrealistic and mostly self-imposed expectations.

If you are having trouble feeling worthy of that sunshine, or the sun seems to go behind the clouds every time you go to the beach, or you don’t even have time to think about going to the beach, maybe now is the time to do some inner exploration. I love sharing the tools and techniques that have worked for me in my Life Coaching programs based on the strong principles found in A Course in Miracles. We will discover together where those clouds are coming from or why there doesn’t seem to be time in your schedule for such frivolous activities. Another great cloud buster is Family Constellations. You will be amazed by what happens in these workshops and one-on-one sessions. Things you never would have imagined being related to your current struggles are revealed and healed. Please look around my website for more information about both of these opportunities.

Until next time, whenever you feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember this one simple sentence. “I need do nothing.”