Black Magic Gossip

I am not a television person.  Our home television would not come on if it wasn’t for my husband.  I watch informational videos on YouTube.  Swedenborg and Life, Wayne Dyer specials, The Dhammapada educational videos, Gary Habermas, Richard Moss, Marianne Williamson, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, just to name a few of my favorites.  Rarely would I watch TV.  Television now has many proven negatives, and I am glad that isn’t one of my vices.

What I honestly don’t understand is how regular people can fall in love with television and movie stars.  People magazine, The Star, US Weekly, National Inquirer, etc. make millions off of other people’s desire to know what is going on in celebrities’ worlds.  Who they are dating.  What they said about so-and-so.  What their parents are doing.  It is crazy how they torment these individuals trying to get the latest scoop, the recent sighting, or the craziest wardrobe flop.

I was never one of these people that felt the need to know about the lives of the rich and famous.  Now, the more and more I learn about spirituality, the more and more I am realizing how important it is to not worry about anyone’s world, but my own.  I am going to spend my valuable time learning to love myself, not celebrities.  My mission is to love my life, not wish that I had the things other people have.  My focus is to drown myself in my own self -love, so I will realize just how rich I really am, not worry about the rich and famous.

One of my spiritual running buddies, knowing that I am spiritual literature-aholic, recently tagged me in a great blog by Gabby Bernstein called, “6 Books That Will Inspire & Support You on Your Spiritual Path”.  I couldn’t wait to check out Gabby’s recommendations.  I hurried to Amazon to search the books and see if I could get any cheap second hand ones.  My next stop — YouTube to see what books are available as an audio version to listen to for free.

I was very excited to see many of them were available, so my first choice was, “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz.  I can’t express how thrilled I was.  It was only a 24 minute blurb on the first chapter of the book, but it was all on the “First Agreement: Being Impeccable to Your Word.”  It was exactly what I needed to hear.

As I sat and listened there were a vast of information flooding my ears, and I had to pause it to write down certain quotes.  One of the first magical ear candy was, “Sin begins with rejection of yourself.  Self-rejection is the biggest sin you commit.”  Exactly what I was trying to stop over these last three and a half years.  Self-rejection.  Right away, I texted it to my friend for her to contemplate over and also encourage that she listens to this book.

As I progressed further in the book, it just got better and better.  Finally it started talking about the “black magic of gossiping”.  That really caught my attention.  Since my epiphany of self-love began, I cherish the importance of my body.  I started removing negative elements from my body a little at a time.  I eliminated caffeine trying to get more in touch with myself.  Then it was the sweet white nectar more addictive than cocaine…sugar.  That was my second element I cleaned from my life on my path to self-love.  Then listening to this, I knew exactly what my next mission would be.  To rid my life of gossip.  I know!  I know!  Way easier said than done, but I am going to try!

If you listen to the way Don Miguel Ruiz explains it in his book, you would never want it anywhere near your life again.  It is such a dangerous chain reaction, deadlier than any sort of caffeine or sugar to the mind.

He uses the analogy of the human mind and gossip as a computer and a computer virus.  Once the computer code (gossip) gets introduced to your computer, your computer doesn’t work the same way it did, or it might not work at all, because the codes are so scrambled.  The same goes for gossip in your life.  You don’t know where people’s opinions come from.  Usually if people are talking poorly about someone it is out of jealousy, anger, resentment or bitterness of some sort.  Their ego’s prejudice that are talking and spreading lies about that person.  We all do it, but we all have to stop.  It is poisoning our minds, just like the computer viruses poison your computer.

It is time for all of us to evaluate our lives and start on our individual paths to self-love.  It’s time to cut ourselves off from the addiction of putting our nose in other people’s business.  Celebrities or non-celebrities.  Instead of scrolling your precious time away on Facebook to see the newest scoop, or watching TMZ, use that 30 minutes to listen to this 24 minute YouTube video on Miguel’s book.  If I can educate one person on the value of eliminating gossip from their life, it will make this blog worthwhile, and the world a better place!  It all starts with one person!  Be that person today!


To Do or Not To Do!

With summer right around the corner, how many of you are a bit overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done in your life in such a few short weeks?  Lawns to be raked.  Winter debris to be picked up.  Flower beds that need cleaning.  Flower and vegetable gardens to be planted.  Pools to be started up.  Lawn furniture brought out.  Decks to be stained.  Windows to be washed.  House cleaning to finish.  For such an incredible season, it comes with a ton of work and many people get stressed over getting it all done.

It’s hard for me to get all these chores finished, since I have very active children.  I work full time, coach gymnastics six days a week, and now baseball season is started up full force, and every weekend I am either at the local field volunteering to help in the press box, or on the road for an away game.  Not to mention the normal weekend to weekend events that pop up; Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, niece’s preschool graduation, former gymnasts’ graduation parties, friends’ and family members’ birthday parties.  The list is never ending.

I have no time to do my day to day housework, so most days this “Summer To-Do” list has been the last thing on my mind.  Never the less, it keeps piling up and staring me in the face every time I look out the windows or back into my driveway at the end of my busy days.  We all have choices with what to do with our days.  I don’t have to coach gymnastics this much, but I choose to.  I don’t have to go to my son’s baseball games, but I choose to.  Why?  Because family is my first priority as it is with many people.  I only have my children for another four years and then they will all be away at university or on an adventure of their choice.

Do I feel frustrated that this “To-Do” list isn’t getting done?  When I was younger and more egocentric in my thinking, definitely.  Now as I age and learning to let go of this debilitating thing called my ego, I have a different way of thinking about things.  I realize that I make the choices in my life to make me happy.  Family makes me happy.  My friends make me happy.  Coaching makes me happy.  Baseball makes me happy.  That is what I focus my energy on.  Not that having a well landscaped yard and an outdoor living space doesn’t make me happy, but those things can wait.  They will get done when the universe gives me time to get these things done.  I don’t need to stress over it.

The same goes for anything in your life.  We all have choices and we have to let our egos stop brainwashing us into thinking and feeling we have to do certain things in our lives.  You have to make the choices that make you happy.  The ego doesn’t want you to be happy, it wants you to make everyone else happy.  It wants you to think if only you had certain things finished you’d be happy.  Or if you had that certain item you’d be happy.  It wants you to put on a front for everyone to think that you have it all together, and it doesn’t care what it does to your soul in the meantime.  It just wants you to look good in everyone else’s eyes.  But where does that leave you?  Where does that leave your true self?  The most precious part of you.  Your soul.  It’s time to free yourself of this demon called your ego and start pampering your soul with all the joys of summertime.

I love A Course in Miracles and it reminds us, “The world is only in the mind of its maker. Do not believe it is outside of yourself.”

As summer approaches, remember that your world is only in your own mind.  Make your world a happy one during next few, sweet months of sunshine.  If you are thinking of all the stuff you have to get done around the house make a new sort of “To-Do” list.  A “Summer To-Do for Me” list!  Take this summer and focus on all the stuff that makes you happy.  The people that make you happy.  The places that make you happy.  The activities that make you happy.  If you don’t make you happy, I promise, nobody else will.  Remember, “Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.” (A Course in Miracles)


Your Soul’s Woodpecker

Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when the bright Spring sun starts to wake us up in the mornings?  In my opinion sunrays in the morning is more revitalizing than caffeine, but that is just me.  I adore nature and everything that comes with it.

I love Spring mornings and I especially enjoy meditating during these mornings.  There is nothing like meditating to the melody of all the different types of birds.  When they are put all together their chorus is so relaxing.  I almost find myself hypnotized by their sweet tweets, until I hear the sound of the woodpecker.  Oh!  My!  That sound pierces right through me.  It isn’t the sweet sound of the other birds.  It is more of an annoying racket than an actual sound.  It can be very disturbing and hard to take, especially when the other adorable birds aren’t around to drown them out.

Woodpeckers do not have vocal songs, and they communicate by drumming on different objects.  You may hear them pecking on hollow trees, chimneys, trash cans, or anything that will make a loud echo since this is their way of attracting their mates, and establishing their territories.

These loud, obnoxious birds are known to be the construction workers of the bird world.  They don’t make their nests from grass and sticks, instead, they hammer right into the thickest tree to hollow out the wood, and make their nests in these holes.  When you hear them hammering at a tree, that is probably them building their nests.

How many of us, have these kind of people in our lives.  People that just keep pecking away at us.  Picking apart every little thing about us, and make holes in our hearts for the way they treat us?  I’m sure I’m not the only one who has challenging people in my life!  I’m sure you all have your “Woodpeckers”.

We have to realize that these “woodpeckers” of our lives were put into our natural habitat for a reason, just like these real woodpeckers who are referred to as, “ecosystem engineers” due to their ability of creating and significantly modifying and maintaining an ecosystem.  These woodpeckers in our lives are here to help form and change our personal ecosystems so that we become better people.

Maybe instead of shutting these woodpeckers out of our lives, we should take what they are saying about us and use their critiques to become better people.  Realize that what they are saying might have some truth to it.  Don’t let them get to you, or tear you down.  Put your ego aside and just let their pecking sink into your ecosystem.  Is there something that you could change or modify in your ecosystem from their constant pecking at you?  Is there a way that you could use their bad mouthing to make you a better person?  People who really know you aren’t going to listen to the woodpeckers of the world, but we could listen to some of what they say just to reflect on and maybe grow from.

It is proven that the impact that these fine feathered friends have on their associated forests is undeniable.  They carve holes in the trees for many other animals to live and survive.  Their job is almost second to none in our forests.  Sure it might sound annoying listening to them, but when you finally realize their true importance for our ecosystem, then you can tolerate them much more.

I’m a big Marianne Williamson fan, and I love this quote, “It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”  We have to learn to use wood pecking as a form of self discovery!  Let them be the construction workers of your soul!

It’s time to let your ego go, and build up a tolerance to this constant pecking, and meditation definitely helps to strengthen your mind to withstand this torture.  Put your ego aside and not be hurt personally by this wood pecking, and focus on how you can let it improve you as a person and others around you, then this sound of pecking really becomes a blessing.  Just like the woodpecker is to the forest.  There are blessings in everything you go through, you just have to take the time to figure out what it is.


Snot Your Happiness

I love teaching Social Studies to my class of ten year olds, especially when it is all about Ancient Civilizations.  Ancient Egypt would have to be my favorite of all because of all the incredible stories about their Pharaohs and the great artifacts that were left behind.  From the hieroglyphics and wall art to their great mummies that were found that tell such mystical stories about this period of time.

I especially love teaching these young minds about the mummification process, because the children are just amazed about what they believed.  How they stored all of their valuables in their tomb with them to take with them to use in their Afterlife.  How they removed all their organs to preserve them in jars, again to use in their Afterlife.  The funniest was what they did with the peoples’ brains.  They actually stuck a rod like devise up their nostrils and into their brains where they would then stir it around until the brain was liquified and then turn the corps over to let the brain drain out of their nose.

During this time period they believed the brain was a useless organ and its only purpose was to produce snot. My students loved hearing this and they were totally entertained that they could think that the brain was useless and only produced the mucus of our nose.

These Egyptians, however, were very smart people.  Look at the architecture that they created!  They were using molded bread as medicine years before penicillin was even invented.  They have many amazing creations, but so ignorant to the most important organ of our human body.

How many of us are exactly like these Egyptians?  Very intelligent, just don’t understand life at all?  We form these beliefs that we let rule our worlds and just like the grave robbers of Ancient Egypt, we let these beliefs steal our joy!

So many of us look for happiness in the size of our home, the cars we drive, the amount of money we have in our bank accounts, having a prestigious job, the endless supply of clothes we think we need, even the lavish food we eat.

We think we will be happy once we get that promotion at work.  Or maybe we think happiness is finding ourselves a new mate.  Many of us look outside of ourselves to find happiness and think someone else will make us happy, but how ancient of an idea is this?

Nobody or nothing is going to make you happy.  Only you can make you happy.  All these things that you think will bring happiness are just earthly things that definitely might bring you joy for a short period of time until your ego needs something bigger and better.   If you are letting your ego be the Pharaoh over your kingdom then your brain really does only supply your nose with snot, because you aren’t using it to find true happiness.

True happiness comes from all the little things in our lives.  Not how successful we are.  Not how many people we rule over.  Not how huge our pyramids are.  True happiness comes from within.  When you appreciate life for life itself.

It’s time to take control of our brains, and start using them for more than what the Ancient Egyptians thought this organ’s function was.  We now know much more about the importance of the brain.  We can control our brain and train it like any other muscle.  Through meditation, slowing life down, appreciating the little things in life and learning to love ourselves, we can start putting our brains to great use.

I am a huge fan of Lao Tsu, and I do love this quote from his Tao Te Ching: “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”


Loving the Mother Within

Mother’s Day Weekend Ladies!  This Mother’s Day, I get to spend it at the Eastern Gymnastics Championships, in Ontario with my amazing daughter!  Not just as mother, but as her coach as well.  I’m very excited to share this experience with her, as any mother would be.  At the same time, my heart is torn because on this special weekend I am away from my home.  I’m not with my son or my husband.  Her sport takes her and I in one direction and his sport takes him and his father in another direction.  And so it is.

This has been our lives for many years now, and at first I found it very hard.  Especially on my ego.  The ego hates change, and makes you complain about your situation, which I was very famous for.  I would complain that we were being separated as a family; that I had to miss my son’s sports; that I couldn’t be everywhere at once.  My ego was up and running at full speed.

As our lives were changing, and our children were growing up, my ego was in full swing.  It started fixating on certain areas of my life, trying to make sure it was in control of every little detail that I had control over.  While my ego was hard at work, relationships in my life started to feel the strain, and things in my life started to crumble around me before my very eyes.  My ego had me convince to think that my happiness was in my family.  In my accomplishments.  In monetary things of life.  That my contentment was being separated as our family was pulled in different directions.

Over time and educating myself, I became aware of my ego and the damage that it is capable of in my life.  I had to abandon my ego and make many changes within myself and my family.  I had to evolve as a human if you will.  I had to make many conscious adjustments, and our relationships became a work in progress.  Every human and relationship has to evolve.  As I think about myself as a mother, man—have I ever evolved.  When I look back at myself as a wife, again, I’ve grown immensely.  All relationships have to change as you grow as mortal beings, that is the life of a human, but the ego hates change and will fight you every step of the way.

In A Course in Miracles it says, “The ego will therefore distort love, and teach you that love really calls forth the responses the ego can teach.  Follow its teachings, then, and you will search for love, but you will not recognize it.”

It also continues on to says, “You will undertake a journey because you are not at home in this world.  And you will search for your home whether you realize where it is or not.  If you believe it is outside you the search will be futile, for you will be seeking it where it is not.  You do not remember how to look within you for you do not believe your home is there.  Yet the Holy Spirit remembers it for you, and He will guide you to your home because that is His mission.  As He fulfills His mission He will teach you yours, for your mission is the same as His.  By hiding your brother home you are but following Him.”

How many of us search and search and search to find love?  All we want is to be loved to our cores?  Find this unconditional love that has been explained to us in Fairy Tales?  This love that we think we deserve?  This love that will change our lives forever?  This love that is pure bliss and makes our lives complete?  Why are we searching?  It is right inside of us all along.

The Universe has already given us everything we need to have the unconditional love we deserve—right inside of us.  The Divine Source has already given us a love that will change our lives forever—right inside of us.  Our Creator gave us everything necessary to make our lives complete—right inside of us.

It’s time to realize that we have all been seeking for love outside of us, where it isn’t!  I’m guilty of it!  I thought my husband was supposed to bring me this love.  I thought my children would supply me this love.  I was sure all my dreams would come true if I just worked hard enough at things.  But, in reality, all the love I needed was right inside of me.

Mother’s Day isn’t about your children showering you with love and affection.  It isn’t about your husband showing your how much he appreciates all you do for his children.  Sure, it helps, but the only thing you have to remember is that unconditional love that was given to you by the Holy Spirit and let him guide you home to that love.  I might be in Ontario, but I know that inside my home, lies all the love that I will ever need.  The love I have for myself.

You will never fully be able to love someone else until you finally arrive home to this love inside of yourself.  On this Mother’s Day weekend, please, give yourself a gift.  Go deep within and find the unconditional love that awaits for you when you finally let the ego go, and visit the place that will make your heart sing and your soul dance.  Your true inner self.  Your home forever!  I promise, you will need nothing else!


Spring Clean Our Souls

Spring has finally sprung, and I don’t know about you but since the snow finally has dissolved, I have been on the war path to purge everything useless in my house!  It’s not only snow that accumulates over the winter months! I find in my house as the snow builds up outside, so does much unnecessary clutter inside.  I guess during this season I don’t take the time to remove these things from my surroundings and eventually I feel the walls of my home closing in on me.

I’ve always been a minimalist.  I have no problem donating, giving, or throwing things that aren’t of use to me any longer or giving them away to someone that would use it.  I enjoy space, and as we get the extra space outside from the snow melting the more I seem to crave more space in my house.  I want my home to feel free and spacious just like the great outdoors.  This is how I am most comfortable.

As I frantically attack each and every room of my house, it gives me time to think about the importance of spring cleaning our emotional lives as well.  How many of us carry around clutter in our hearts?  How many let life experiences fill our souls with bitterness, anger, grief, shame, or guilt?  These low vibrating emotions should have no place in your home, and you have to clean them out ASAP.  They do very damaging effects on our health, mind and well-being.

We all have regrets from past experiences that we keep stored away in our subconscious that has no need to be there, but you have to start to live in the now and not in the past.  Start to spring clean your subconscious and realize that these mistakes were exactly what you needed in your life at the exact time they happened in your life.  It was all in the divine plan.  Don’t hold onto them and store them away.  Your house has no need for these items, and it is time to clean them out of your mental home.  I promise you will never use them again.

Now that it is May, what better time to spring clean our souls!  We have to know that all the things of our past is our way of evolving.  It is our method of growing as a human.  It is the path that we needed to take to get to where we are today.  We don’t need to collect anything from these events to keep as momentums or souvenirs.  There is no need to be sentimental at all.  We just learn from these events and move on.  It is not necessary to store away any negativity from these events in our soul’s home!

I love the teachings in A Course in Miracles and this teaching is perfect for stressing the importance of removing this negative clutter in our minds, “Into this empty space, from which the goal of sin has been removed, is Heaven free to be remembered. Here its peace can come, and perfect healing take the place of death.”   T567

Please, take time to start to spring clean your soul and remove this thought of sin!  We don’t need to have any clutter from our past hanging around any longer.  It’s time to start living in the now.  Clean out those negative emotions from your past, throw them away and never look back.  Realize your past does not define who you are, rather who you are now is all that matters!

Your ego wants to hold you captive in your past and let your shame, guilt and bitterness steal your joy.  You can’t let this win.  Spring cleaning this ego out of your life will be liberating!  You have to learn to forgive yourself for your past mistakes, but the first step in learning to forgive yourself is learning to forgive others.

You can’t let what other people do affect you in any way, even if it seems like it is against you.  You also can’t store away the bitterness and anger towards others if you don’t want to hold onto your own negative emotions.  It is also important to let go of the negative emotions that others brought out in you.  It might be a hard concept to grasp, but you have to realize that was the path the person was on at the time that they hurt you.  It was what they needed to do for themselves to grow and it really is nothing personal.  It was their worldly walk, but sadly they had to do it to someone, and you just happened to be the person.  Look at it in the positive sense.  You were the universe’s way of helping someone take a step closer to transforming themselves into all that they were created to become.

Once you spring clean your soul and free yourself from this ego, and the thoughts that your past mistakes are not forgiven, you will be able to remember the beautiful Heaven that is inside of each and every one of us.  That is when your true peace will be found.  It’s really the most liberating feeling when you clean out the things in your life that serve no purpose and are not needed any more.  Give it a try and see for yourself!



Squirrely Happiness?

I love childhood memories, and the way it shapes you into who you eventually are!  I’ve always loved feeding the birds and throwing out scraps for them since I was young and my grandmother would have a pot of scraps every day to throw out.  It was part of my childhood growing up and it is something that I continued as I moved onto my own independent routine.

My husband, however, who never grew up this way—or in the country—has a very hard time with me feeding the wild life.  It wasn’t part of his upbringing and he is not a fan of critters.  We’ve had a mouse in our garage before, and when it was caught in the trap he waits for me to dispose of the dead body.  He just can’t handle wildlife of any sort—dead or alive.

Daily, I feed the wildlife and love watching what is attracted to the food, and who claims what.  We have the biggest fattest crow that comes.  I never noticed what a beautiful animal they really were until I saw them very up close.  I was even informed by my son that there was a fox on our back patio.  I was away that day and didn’t get to feast my eyes on such a wonderful animal, but definitely heard from both of the males in my household that we are not having a wildlife sanctuary in our back yard.  Like I listen!

We also have lots of squirrels, which are my favorite!  One baby squirrel is now the love of my life and I adore watching him.  He’s so tiny, and has so much growing to do, but can he ever take the food and store it away somewhere.  He will find a heel of a bread and just gnaw away at it until it is small enough to fit in his stubby, little outstretched arms.  Then he will hold the bread with his little fingers wrapped tightly around it and will continue to nibble around the edges until it is small enough to carry in his mouth.  Finally, he will quickly scurry with this huge piece of bread, that is actually bigger than him, somewhere into the forest.

As I watch this little creature venturing on his own at such a tiny size, fending for himself, running here and there making sure nobody takes his huge piece of bread it makes me think of how humans doing the exact same thing!  Do we sometimes take on more than we can chew?  Do we try to be the little squirrel who can’t even pick up the piece of bread but are determined that we are going to make that piece of bread our own, no matter what we have to put ourselves, or our families through in order to do it?  Are we going through life a little squirrely thinking it will make us happy?

How many of us are convinced we have super powers and try to pack our lives full from sunrise to sunset?  Most of us in today’s society do, and for what?  Is there a reward at the end of the day if we have taken our children to two birthday parties, three different sporting events, went to work for a bit, made a four course meal, and spring cleaned, then went to an adult function all evening all on our day off?  No, there isn’t.  The only reward we get is realizing that we bit off more than we can chew and our health suffers from it.  Instead of being rejuvenated at the end of our weekend, we can’t wait to get back to work for a break.

You might not realize it at the time, but eventually your body will slowly shut down.  The fatigue and emotional strain will bring on lots of different kinds of aliments.  Science is proving this, but the human egos keep trying to think they are unaffected by this stress.

You might let your ego persuade you that you HAVE to do all these things on your day off, because the ego wants you to think that you are just THAT important and the life of your family would not be worth living if it wasn’t for you micromanaging every minute of their day.  Well, that is just totally your ego talking.  You have to learn to determine what is important and what isn’t.  Our bodies can’t afford the price of this crazy lifestyle no matter how attractive it might be to your ego.

I know you are thinking, “Well, how do I slow down when I have so many responsibilities?”  This is definitely not going to be easy.  You are dealing with deeply imbedded behavior patterns that were probably implanted when you were a child and your parents did the same thing for you.  Just because that is how you were raised doesn’t make it right.  You have to make the changes for yourself and your own children so that they stop this cycle of running ragged and biting off more than they can chew.

You have to make a conscious decision to make this lifestyle change.  You have to decide that you want a different way of life.  You have to choose to let your ego stop running your household, and let your true self take over.  When we let our ego constantly make us rush, and trying to squeezing every minute of daylight we are letting it rob ourselves of our own precious vitality.  When we let go of our ego and are calm and rested with our priorities in line, we glow of strength and beauty.

Instead of being like my little baby squirrel and biting of more than you can chew, try to start feeding your soul every morning with some sort of routine to calm your ego for the day.  Sit in silence and meditate.  Read a spiritual text that talks to you.  If you start your day off squirrely, your whole day will go squirrely, but if you start your day off relaxed and tapped into your true self, your day will follow suit.

Continue your day in this manner.  Slow down at work.  Remember to ask yourself, is this important or am I just doing it to boost my ego?  At meal times, take the time to enjoy your food.  Relax over your meal.  Try to stop multi-tasking while you eat.  Your body needs that time to energize itself.  Determine what is important to be doing in your free time and don’t be scared to ask people for help.

Let go of that squirrely ego that is torturing your days.  Relax and enjoy this trip called life, and don’t let it stress you out!  As Buddha once said, “Happy are those who have overcome their egos; happy are those who have attained peace; happy are those who have found the Truth.”  Find your happiness and peace today!


Top 10 Wise Old Men

I have a weird confession to make.  For some strange reason, I absolutely love old men!  I know it sounds bizarre, but I totally understand where it has stemmed from.  I had the cutest grandfather in the entire universe!  Ever since I was born, I was so in love with this man. He had the softest disposition, yet put on a hard-core façade.  Deep down, however, I knew he was a teddy bear with a huge heart.

He only had a grade three education.  Born in 1911 he didn’t have the opportunities that we have today, and he decided to quit school and start making money for his family.  Even though he only had a grade three education, this man was a very wise man, and I could sit and listen to him for hours.  I loved how deep he was and how life’s troubles were never troubles to him.  He felt that we had to go through suffering to be better people, and this is something that I admired about him.  He lived through stomach cancer and other ailments that just mystified me, yet, never did I ever hear him complain of his upsets.

It wasn’t until lately that I really noticed how my crazy attraction to these wise old men was, and how I continued this obsession with my grandfather right into my 40s which is decades after his passing.  All I seem to read and watch are books, documentaries or YouTube channels about old men and their wisdom.  I have my top 10 list for sure, which I am pleased to share with you.

My favorite old man that I am obsessed with would have to be Emanuel Swedenborg.  This man was fascinating and has changed my life as a person and a Christian!  Through his spiritual experiences, or Near Death Experiences he has brought back tons of information to make the Bible make sense.  Born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1688 this man was a total genius.  Check him out online at Swedenborg Foundation or their YouTube channel Off the Left Eye.  His teachings are eye-opening to say the least.  You can download his books for free off his website, so why not give it a read?

Secondly, a man who I hold dear to my heart who passed away three years ago is Dr. Wayne Dyer.  I love him and his teachings!  He is really the man who introduced me to many of the other old wise men that I am in love with!  Through Wayne’s love for spiritual teachings he exposed me to many of my favorite old men.

Which leads me to my third absolute favorite old man of all time, Lao Tzu!  This ancient Chinese philosopher, born in the 5th-6th century BCE wrote the Tao Te Ching.  This man was simply brilliant!  A true mystique.  I recommend you reading the Tao.  It’s only 81 verses of pure genius that is still important to apply to our lives today.  Also, a great read is Dr. Dyer’s book on “Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life:  Living the Wisdom of the Tao.”  I actually just order it today to give to a friend of mine.  One of my must-have books in any library!

Another recommendation from Wayne, who is also an incredible wise old man is Peter Deunov, a Bulgarian philosopher born in 1864 who was an inspired teacher of the Perennial Wisdom.  He is also the man that Albert Einstein said this about, “The whole world bows down before me; I bow down before the Master Peter Deunov.”  That is how amazing this man is!  Definitely a man worth looking into if you enjoy this kind of teachings.

Also referred for me to read from Dr. Dyer was Saint Germain and the teachings from Guy Ballard who received Saint Germain’s teachings while climbing a mountain in California.  He has a series of books that are must-reads!

I can’t forget Sadhguru.  Number six on my list, this man’s real name is Jaggi Vasudev, but he now goes by Sadhguru.  Finally a man who is still alive! Born in 1957 he is probably the youngest of my favorite old men.  I love to watch him on Youtube.  He’s entertaining and uplifting.  His spiritual talks hit home with me, and I recommend you giving him some of your attention if you have the time.

My seventh favorite wise old man is Deepak Chopra.  Born in 1947 in New Deli, India, this man is brilliant in his field.  I’m sure you’ve heard of him, since him and Oprah are very close and have done many programs together on her Soul Sunday show.  If you don’t know who he is, check him out on You Tube, or I recommend his book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success”.  This is a book I keep on my bedside table to read a bit daily!

Lately, I’ve become obsessed with the Pakistani, Yogi Bhajan who is number eight on my list.  Born in 1929, this was the man that brought Kundalini Yoga to the Western world.  If you haven’t tried Kundalini yoga, I highly recommend it.  It’s the most incredible exercise I have ever participated in, and I have tried many things in my time.  It just totally connects my mind, body and spirit in a way that is indescribable for worlds.  It is definitely the most out-there activity I’ve ever done, but the final product is amazing.

Another new favorite, who is ranked number nine on my list, is a native of Cuba, born in 1949, Alberto Villoldo.  I’m now on book number three of his, and what has drawn me to him is his knowledge in the Shamanic world.  I am very interested in the Shaman’s way of life and how they are so in touch with nature and their souls.  His books combines ancient Shamanic wisdom teachings with cutting-edge practices in nutrition, biology and neuroscience.  This man lived in the Andes and the Amazon for 25 years, experiencing and learning the way of the Shamans.  He is definitely worth checking out!

Last but not least on my list of favorite old men is Thich Nhat Hanh.  Born in 1929, this 91 year old Vietnam Buddhist monk is still strong in his field of teaching and is a man that everyone must be introduced to.  He has written over 100 books and even though I’ve only read 10 of the 100, I will read them all as part of my Bucket List.  He is more than intriguing and wiser than anyone can imagine.

I know that was my top ten men, but I can’t leave out the 13th century Persian poet, Rumi.  I love his poetry!  He has many great pieces, but the favorite quote of all time would have to be, “I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the Divine within my heart.”  This sums up my feelings to a tea.  Check out his work too, I promise he will touch your soul.

Hopefully this list of my top 11 wise old men can help guide you into some reading material to help you kick off your Spring reading material.  If loving my grandfather was the stepping stone for leading me to admire these incredible eleven men, then I think my obsession with old men have been beneficial for my life.  Without them I might be a lost soul, but through their teaching, I feel I’m a better person.  If I can inspire one person to open their minds up to any of these wise men’s work, I will feel accomplished.  Take time today to Google just one of them.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Love Your Kingdom

I love how time changes everything.  Most importantly, I love how time has changed me!  I look back on the person I was, and I am so glad that I am no longer that person.  I love how much I have grown, and matured.  My biggest life accomplishment is how I finally learned to love myself.

People would say, you cannot love someone else until you truly love yourself, and I thought that I did love myself.  But looking back on my life, I didn’t even as much as like myself.  People who love themselves aren’t critical of other people.  They don’t find faults in others.  They just love others like they would want to be loved because they realize that we are all one.

It took me a while to understand and digest all that goes along with this concept.  It wasn’t an instant connection for me.  It was a gradual shift in my life.  First, I started spending time with myself.  Learning to connect with myself.  I was portraying to love myself, but I didn’t like being alone.  If you don’t enjoy a person’s company doesn’t that indicate that you may not like that person?  Probably.  I finally clued into this and started spending more alone time with myself and low-and-behold, I did start to enjoy my own company.

Years later, I really crave my alone time and need it.  Some days, I would rather just be by myself to have my internal dialogue with myself.  Now, I really love hanging out with me.

Step two on this road to self-love was learning that I had to remove all negativity from my life.  The Law of Attraction really does exist, and every negative thought that we have affects our lives.  I had to stop being so critical of myself.  Forgive myself for my silly mistakes that I had made over my life and realize that I can’t go back in time, but I can change my future.  Changing this future meant giving up thoughts and beliefs that I was a bad person.  It meant that when I started being negative about something, I had to quickly change it and flood it out with positive thoughts instead.  This is a trained response and takes time to master.

Finally, I just clued in to this last tip on how to truly love yourself while I was studying 2 Samuel.  This chapter is about King David and how he was defending his kingdom and creating his dynasty.  In chapter 10, as I was reading that he was being attacked from the front and the back and that was when it finally all fell together in my brain.  We are all kingdoms.  Our bodies and minds are kingdoms.  These kingdoms area constantly under attack from all directions by negative thoughts that we bring on ourselves.

Thoughts of guilt, shame, envy, jealousy, anger, fear, anxiety and panic are all attacking us all the time, every day, but we have to fight for our kingdom like the wise King David did.  He was the greatest King of the bible, even though he committed adultery and tried to have his lover’s husband murdered, he repented and then rose his kingdom to great victories.

We are all models of King David.  Well, you might not have plotted to kill anyone, or had an affair on your spouse, but we all sin and do crazy things in this life that we regret.  You can’t let the guilt and shame of your past life bring you down.  Just like myself.  I’ve done some horrible things to my kingdom that I wish I could change, but I can’t.  I have to focus on fixing my kingdom from the ground up, or the inside out.

Even though David had turmoil in his life, especially after his affair and murder plans, he still enjoyed a very blessed life.  He had to go through these tragic events to become all that he was created to be.  He needed to hit bottom before he could rise his kingdom into the great place of victory.

We have to start thinking of our body, mind and soul as our own personal kingdom that our Creator has blessed us with and trusted us to become great rulers over.  We have to start fighting for it all.  It’s your choice what you do with your own personal kingdom that you’ve been given to reign over.  You can give into the attacks of the enemy of negativity and surrender to a life that we don’t want to live, or you can start using the power within each and every one of us to start fighting back with your own internal army to a victory like no other.

After studying this book of the Bible, I feel 2 Samuel 7:16 really sums it up, “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”

Your kingdom, or your soul, will last forever, but what you do with this kingdom is totally in your reigning hands.  King David was so incredible because he took his job as ruler of his kingdom very seriously, and listened to what God put in his heart.  We all have the same repentant, loving hearts as King David, but we have to demonstrate genuine sorrow, and then move on.  We can’t look back on past regrets.  We have to keep battling forward until the army of negativity wave their white flag.

Once you see this white flag, you know the victory of truly loving yourself and the kingdom inside of you is yours.  As soon as those negative emotions start retreating, your life will totally change around.  David didn’t become this great King overnight.  It was a long road, as was my journey of self-love.  Day by day, you will see little victories, and it is these little victories that eventually have you ruling the throne of your kingdom with skill and precision, just like the great King David!


Anchor of the Universe

I have loved being a parent since they laid my first born son into my arms at the hospital almost 16 years ago.  It was a change that happened deep inside of me.  I totally became a new person on this day.  Since that hot day in July, I have made my children my life, and put them in front of myself in every manner.  I would sacrifice my life for my children and actually some days I feel like I owe them my life!  If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

It’s funny how when they first came into my life I read parenting book after parenting book trying to make sure I was serving them to the highest of my ability.  I wanted to teach them to become all that they were created to be, but somehow, they turned this intent totally around and now they are teaching me to be all I’ve been created to be.  They are showing me how to become a better person.  They are forcing me to keep an open mind and change my views and ways.

Now that my oldest is almost 16, I find myself nostalgic and reflecting on how we have all grown over this period of time.  The best thing happened to our family the other day.  My son made a very poor choice at school and had to make an incredibly uncomfortable phone call to me.  I could tell in the tone of his voice that he was devastated and trying to keep his emotions under control.

As he explained his situation and his disappointment in himself, I was put into an opportunity to implement my latest obsession…living by the Tao Te Ching.  That morning, I had been chatting with a friend about their “perceived” lazy daughter.  I had explained to them that laziness is just a perception and went on to teach them my favorite verse of the Tao Te Ching.  Verse 37 says, “The Tao does nothing, but leaves nothing undone.  If powerful men could center themselves in it, the whole world would be transformed by itself, in its natural rhythms.  When life is simple, pretenses fall away; our essential nature shine through.  By not wanting, there is calm and the world will straighten itself.  When there is silence, one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself.”

The most important part of this entire verse is the first sentence.  Do nothing and nothing gets left undone.  I was explaining to my friend to just let their child be, and watch how she will just blossom into the amazing creature that she really is.  But how many parents really want to try and control their children and create them into what they THINK they should be.

Right after this chat with my friend, I got my own test of practice-what-you-preach phone call from my incredible son.  A test to see what would I do in this situation?  How would I react when the shoe was on the other foot?  A situation that I thought I would never be faced with was starring me straight at me, waiting for my reaction.  Could I do nothing, and let the universe make sure nothing gets left undone?

To my surprise, I did just that.  A total calm came over me and I let my son just get out his feelings and reminded him of all the spiritual teachings that I’ve learned and been teaching him over the last four years.  I told him to stay in the now, he couldn’t change the past, but he could change how he reacted to this situation and his future.  We did a mindful hug over the phone to ensure him that I trusted he’d do all the right things to fix the unfortunate event to the best of his ability.  I reminded him that everything happens for a reason and something wonderful always comes out of our pain.

I left all punishment in his own hands and put the responsibility-ball in his court to see how he thought the situation should be dealt with.  Would he knock it out of the park, or strike out?  I tried my best to create no resistance in this situation and just let the universe take control.  I held strong to the last part of this verse, “By not wanting, there is a calm, and the world will straighten itself.”

After this was all over, and the waves from that day had settled, I did explain to my son how incredibly proud of him I was.  His choices on how he handled the entire situation was very mature and wise.  From apologizing to the people he wronged without my guidance or influence, how he took full responsibility for his own actions, to how his own self-punishment was exactly what he needed.  He took the appropriate steps he should have and he actually did anchor himself the universe that is found within him.  He was connected to the Tao without even realizing it…as we all are.  His true nature shone through in this trying time.  I witness it with my own eyes!

I think we all should try and change the way we think about power and success that has been forced into our thinking by this over-egoed society we live in.  We have to remind ourselves that we don’t have to be the best at everything, or out do others.  We don’t have to make ever thing perfect in our lives.  We are all going to make mistakes, but we can’t beat ourselves up.  We have to deal with the situation, learn from it and move forward.  Let nature take its course.

As parents, spouses, leaders, teachers and friends, sometimes we have to learn to just bite our tongues, extinguish our emotions, and let go of all control.  Just let what has to happen—happen.  We can fight the Tao or just give into it.  In all reality, this makes life much simpler.  Controlling things is what brings unneeded stress in our lives that all of us seem so desperate to get rid of…but none of us are willing to give up our control.  We want happiness and peace, but won’t release this part of us that will bring these treasures to each and everyone of us.

It’s time to let go of our need to try and control every little aspect of our lives.  Stop this obsessive wanting that the Tao talks about and you will find the calm.  The peace.  Let your children, your spouse, your friends and family just be.  Just let the Tao, the Universe, the Divine or whatever you want to call this higher power, take over.  It is going to in the end whether you want it to or not.  Why fight it?  Find your silence and let the Tao anchor itself to you.  I promise, it will never disappoint!