This is the week of Thanksgiving in the United States. Many of us typically make plans to be with friends and family for a delicious feast on this holiday.
This year of 2020 will be different though. You might be spending time at home alone or with your immediate family and only gathering with others virtually.
Are you feeling sad that you won’t be able to celebrate in the way you normally would? Afraid it just won’t be a real celebration? Are you feeling alone or lonely?
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Even though we can’t gather in the same traditional way that we’re used to, let’s remember to take a moment to release our fear and sadness and open our hearts to our loved ones even at a distance.
We can be grateful for each and every person in our lives even when we can’t gather in person.
Pause for a second and think who is important in your life right now? Someone you greatly appreciate even if you can’t physically be with that person today.
A friend, a relative, or a loved one.
Do you remember the moment that this person came into your life? Do you remember how your life changed as a result?
What are the gifts that this person has brought to you in your life?
Take a moment and imagine that this person never came into your life.
How would your life be different today? What would you not have or what would you long for?
What a wonderful time to feel gratitude for this person in your life! What about calling or writing a letter and telling this person how grateful you are?
On this Thanksgiving week, I am grateful for each and every one of you who are in my life. And I’d like to share a healing song that supports me and will support you too at this unusual time. It helps us to release our fear of change and dissolve our sadness. It helps your heart open and feel love for those in your life and even those around the world.
You can access a recording of this healing song here along with a meditative activity to help you open your heart to let love flow. May you have a blessed Thanksgiving this year in 2020!
It’s such a wonderful feeling when we have trust in the Divine and hope for the future. It brings light into our lives and makes us feel secure and held by a higher power. It brightens our day, making us feel lighter, happier, and peaceful.
When you cultivate a sense of trust and hope for the future, you begin to realize how you’re a part of a greater universe. You come to know, truly know deep down inside, that you’re part of the Divine. You have faith.
In this state of faith, you know that you’re whole and that you’re love. You trust that you have everything you need to manifest your soul’s plan and to be an active part of creating good in the world. You know that there is good in the world.
"Trust that your soul has a plan, and even if you can't see it completely, know that everything will unfold as it is meant to." — Deepak Chopra
You may experience pain and challenge and you may see this in others who are suffering too. But you come to find the meaning in these difficulties, as you and others around you learn and transform this suffering. You gain wisdom.
You begin to have a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life and commit to moving forward on your path in life.
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How do we cultivate trust in the Divine and hope for the future, especially in moments when it isn’t easy?
Here are 3 ways to cultivate a sense of hope and trust that builds a strong foundation to support you in darker moments.
1. Be Grateful - By focusing on what’s good in your life and being grateful for it every day, you send your energy there. You cultivate a sense of abundance and happiness and open a doorway to the Divine Source
2. Practice Positivity – Negativity is everywhere and can negatively affect you more than you may realize. Distance yourself from negativity. Take responsibility for your own thoughts and strive to see the good in a situation. When you have a positive outlook on life, you see obstacles as opportunities for growth and are able to experience joy for others’ good fortune.
3. Celebrate – Take time to celebrate a moment of accomplishment and meaning in your life. Even a small one. Maybe you finished that project that you have been working on for many weeks. Maybe a loved one was accepted into a desired course of study. Or a friend started that new business venture. Take a moment to honor and celebrate this moment of excitement and joy, bringing light into your life.
Take time to cultivate trust in the Divine and a sense of hope in your life today. Then in those inevitable times of darkness, you’ll be able to tap into this wellspring of strength.
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
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Here in Colorado, as I recently watched the snow fall gently from the sky blanketing the earth, I took in a deep breath and prayed that the much-needed moisture would support the heroic firefighters working day and night to contain the devastating wildfires that were raging across the state.
Many neighbors, colleagues, friends and family members experienced tremendous loss of their homes, animals, and belongings. People northwest of where I live had to evacuated so quickly to save their own lives that they did not have time to relocate livestock. They simply opened stalls and gates and released them, hoping they’d run to safety.
An elderly couple who lived in their beloved home at Grand Lake for years, which was heaven on earth to them, refused to accept help and evacuate as the fast-moving flames approached. They soon died together in their home, a personal choice made together.
Our hearts are heavy here in Colorado as we pray for moisture and reach out to help our neighbors if we’re able to.
This amid the pandemic that continues to ravage our country, reaching our highest numbers of coronavirus cases since March. Many of us have had dear ones who have tested positive and even some who have become quite ill or even died.
So many aspects of our normal, day-to-day life have been uprooted whether it be work, time with family and friends, traditions and celebrations, travel, school for our children or more.
What loss are you experiencing right now?
Discover how to shine light upon this loss and find the support you need at this time here. Access my free gift of "10 Healing Songs and Practices".
Song #7 "Shine The Light" and the accompanying practice will especially support you.
Dealing with loss, no matter what kind, isn’t easy. Even if you haven’t experienced a death of a loved one, you may experience grief. Grief arises at the death of a person, but also at the death or loss of such things as a home or relationship or job. You might grieve the life you once had. Or the loss of the plans and life you had anticipated having in the future.
In this time of such loss and uncertainty, it’s important to take the time to process the grief we feel. Here are 4 steps to support you in beginning.
1. Allow your emotions to arise and feel what you’re feeling. So often we don’t allow our feelings to be felt. We push them down. We ignore them. We tell ourselves we shouldn’t feel that way. Then they’re bottled up inside to be released in a tidal wave later. You’ll feel better and able to move forward if you let your feelings rise and be experienced.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison
2. Connect with others. In the time of a pandemic and social distancing, this is more difficult to achieve but sometimes all that is needed is a connection on the phone or a videocall or even a cup of tea or walk at a distance.
“Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.”
- Elizabeth Gilbert
3. Ask for divine support. I like to use this practice and you may find it supportive too. Take a deep breath, close your eyes and listen to the song, "Shine the Light".
Ask the Divine to shine a light on your grief and to give you guidance on how to move forward. When the song is finished, keep your eyes closed and sit in silence listening for any divine guidance.
4. Find meaning in the experience. An important milestone of processing your grief is when you’re able to emerge from the grief and find meaning within the loss that occurred. It doesn’t have to be a grand, philosophical idea. Even small moments help. That moment when you notice Mother Earth benefiting from less traffic and pollution during the pandemic. The recognition of the loving, elderly couple so determined to leave their life together on this plane on their own terms, not on someone else’s.
Of course, there’s no right way of grieving and no direct path to moving through grief. It’ll unfold in the way it needs to for you. It’s something that lives within us and moves through us, as it has for thousands of years, truly a human experience.
What loss are you experiencing right now? Discover how to shine light into the grief you feel and find the support you need at this time.
Well, here we are, its presidential election in the USA. It’s a stress-inducing day for most, in the midst of other challenges- the global pandemic, racial tensions, loss of loved ones and our normal ways of daily life and more. Even the calmest of people may be feeling a little anxiety this week!
Although we’re not living in the conditions that our ancestors did where the fight/flight response was needed for survival on a daily basis, we can recognize that this response is wired into our nervous system. And for a good reason! It takes care of us and makes sure our families and lineage survive into the future.
Today, though, in times like this week when we feel that anxiety may be creeping into our lives and the fight/flight response isn’t helpful, let’s remember we have some very supportive practices to calm the body and the mind, bringing us to a place of being grounded, centered and peaceful.
Are you feeling anxious or stressed about this week? Discover how to shine the light into what you are experiencing. Access my song "Shine The Light" and the accompanying spiritual practice to help you find comfort and peace in the midst of these trying days.
In addition, here are some practices that I’d recommend to support you this week:
1. Take a deep breath
Breathe in, breathe out. We often forget to breathe! Yet it’s our source of life. Inhale deeply into your belly and help your blood be nourished. Exhale slowly through your nose and let go of the waste the body doesn’t need. At the end of the exhale, open your mouth and blow out any remaining air in your lungs until they’re empty. Breathe in deeply again through your nose and repeat. Pause regularly throughout your day to do this, supporting health and well-being in your body.
2. Ground yourself in nature
Going outside to be in nature will help you stay calm and grounded, supporting you to center yourself in this stressful time. The relaxation and negative ions will positively affect your brain and body, improving your mood and boosting your immune system. Take off your shoes and put your bare feet on the ground for a short time. Breathe in the fresh air. Look around at all of the beauty in natural world.
3. Remember to meditate
Meditation is a space and time to come back to your true self. In quieting your mind and being present to the moment, you can connect to your Higher Self. Meditation is a time for creating a space that is attentive and mindful of the present moment with an openness to listening. It supports you in remembering who you are and why you are here in the world at this time. Even 5 minutes a day is helpful!
4. Surrender to the moment
As stress and anxiety creep in, the world can seem dark and hopeless. It can be difficult to find a spark of light. Take a moment and just let go. Allow the present moment to just be. Surrender to what is. Don’t resist it. Flow with it, not against it.
In this moment in time, what new vision could arise? What new creation? What spark of light?
Warm yourself by this spark, and let it strengthen your whole being. Trust that this is divine light shining into life. Let your stress and anxiety dissolve into the warmth of flame. Let hope for the future rise from the flame.
5. Be open to the mystery
Allow yourself to be open and curious. What if this is our darkest hour before the dawn? What may dawn in this time? What is being transformed from the old into something new? What spark is being kindled for the future for our children and our planet? How are we, as humanity, evolving and growing at this time? What is important and meaningful for this moment in time? Be interested. Be open. Be curious.
Remember now is the time to make use of the practices that support you. And may you have grounded and calm days this week, no matter what unfolds in the world outside.
Are you feeling anxious or stressed about this week? Discover how to shine the light into what you are experiencing here.
I was born in London, England, educated in Switzerland, and am fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French. I hold a Doctorate in Ministry Degree and Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Education. Also, I am an accomplished artist and educator. I use all of this and much more when helping others heal their souls.