Thursday, October 29, 2009

Beauty Right Around The Corner

I live right around the corner from a beautiful park called High Park. I walk, jog or meditate in this park almost everyday! I thought I'd share a few photos with you. Aren't the Autumn colours lovely? :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Achieve Instant Happiness- Anytime, Anywhere!

I believe that beauty and joy can be found everywhere- At all times, regardless of where you are! It's all around us if we simply shift our thinking from, for example, “Uggghhh... I don't want to go to work today. This suuuucks.... and why is that person staring at me?! Take a picture, it'll last longer!”... to “Life is a beautiful and precious thing! I'm on this planet to shine my light! I'm going to make today a great day at work! Sure, I'd rather lounge on a beach drinking fresh coconut water, but hey, it could always be worse! At least I have a job. That's something to be grateful for! I'm going to smile at this person staring at me right now.” The quality of our life essentially comes down to our attitude and perception of our experiences. You can choose to wear love & gratitude goggles, so to speak, or you can choose to wear fear & pessimism goggles. The choice is always yours! When you wear gratitude & love goggles, you're not afraid to shine. You see the bright side of life and smiling becomes a natural thing. :)

The simple act of smiling will instantaneously lift you up vibrationally and send ripples of happiness out into the world around you! If you smile at another person, not only will it make you feel better, it will mostly likely make the other person feel better as well! And when that person is feeling better, he/she will cause others to feel better, and so on, and so forth! I dare you to try this next time you're walking out and about in public- Make it a goal of smiling at no less than 20 people, and see how you feel after! It's easy! Think about it this way- It takes 20-something muscles to smile, but to frown it takes almost twice as many! It's actually easier to smile! :)

I'm a big-time nature girl, but currently live in a big, busy city. Even though I prefer more scenic, mellow environments, I choose to wear gratitude & love (and beauty) goggles. Even in the midst of people, concrete, loud noises and traffic, if I look close enough, I see that I'm really in the midst of a magical playground where everything in my path radiates beauty, joy or excitement in some way: The building off to the left has steam coming from the roof, but it has a beautiful red haze to it, on account of the big red sign below; the couple walking down the street smiling, laughing and completely engrossed in their conversation about politics or traveling or that time Dave drank half a bottle of Rum and then ate 12 hot dogs in a row (yikes!); the work of art hovering right above your head if you simply look, aka, the swirling pattern of white clouds that contrast so beautifully against the nuances of pink, purple and blue in the sky. When you live in the moment and open your eyes to the beauty around you, regardless of where you are, everything in the world feels magical and perfect.

When I walk down busy Bloor street to the local organic fruit market (which is 2 blocks away from my house! Cha-ching! Badda!), I see beautiful people all around me. I smile at almost everyone I come across which results in various reactions- Some smile back and others give befuddled looks like they're thinking, a) Do I know this chick? AND/OR, b) I wonder if she's on drugs?? Once I smiled at this beautiful woman walking towards me. She had the most gorgeous long, dark brown, silky hair. I stopped her and said, “Excuse me, I just have to tell you that you have absolutely gorgeous hair!” She looked at me with a funny smile and said, “Umm... I like men. Sorry.” I smiled, laughed and responded with, “Umm... so do I. I just thought I'd pay you a complement.” LOL! I guess she wasn't used to receiving complements from random women! Oh well. That's not always my experience. I complemented this random woman the other day who had ridiculously gorgeous eyes... WOW! I told her simply that and she responded with, “Thank-you! (*Smiling and laughing*) You are such a sweetheart! That's such a nice thing to say! You totally made my day!” I know a lot of attractive women who dislike complements from men about their physical appearance, mainly because they get it so often, but complements from other women are usually a lot more acceptable and welcoming. Personally, when a woman complements me, it puts a smile on my face. Even though it's simply an observation of my physical package, it's nice because I can feel their good intentions. I'm not insinuating that I don't feel good intentions from men- Many guys who complement me are genuine and simply want to pay a complement, but the experience is usually a bit different with men, as opposed to with straight women, for obvious reasons. ;)

Living in a big city you run into all sorts of interesting people. But I do notice, overall, that a lot of people walk around wearing extremely serious faces. It's an unfortunate thing to see so many beautiful people walking around with blank expressions or scowls on their faces. Have you ever seen one of those people who have what seems like a permafrown? It's the funniest thing! Well, maybe not the funniest thing, but it still cracks me up, especially when they look at me! It's like they're so absorbed in their worries or negative thinking that they're not even consciously aware that they're expressing it outwardly. It's written all over their face! Sometimes I'll walk by those people and wonder why they're so worried or angry. But I don't wonder too hard because I like to stay in vibrational harmony with my source, so I usually go back to smiling at people pretty quickly. =) Like I already mentioned, smiling is one of the easiest things you can do to raise your vibrational frequency, especially if you direct it at another person.

Our bodies are constantly generating patterns of electromagnetic fields of energy. When you're walking out and about, your movement is creating ripples of energy out into the world and mingling with the energy of everyone else. I feel that we essentially live in a divine matrix of energy. We are all a part of it, whether you want to admit it or not. When you're out and about in public, you are having an effect on everyone around you and everyone else is affecting you! Smiling with the intention of brightening someones day is probably more powerful than most of us realize. We are ALL emitting vibrational signals out into the Universe AT ALL TIMES, that attract like vibrations back to us!!! Many of you reading this are already familiar with The Law of Attraction, but I feel we can always use the reminder since life can distract us from time to time and suck us into thoughts of lower vibrations.

Every single thought you have is powerful- WE KNOW THIS- BUT, what numerous scientific experiments and studies have shown is that feeling and emotions are even more powerful!!! I read in some quantum physics book a while back that the electromagnetic fields around your heart reach anywhere from 100- 10 000 times farther than the fields around your brain! I don't remember exactly what book I read that in because I read so many books, but I remember that it was something profound like that! Since we're all connected, our EKG (heart) waves are constantly swimming with everyone elses EKG waves! And not only that, it's been established with double-blind scientific studies (that use EEG and EKG equipment) that, for example, when Person #1 is feeling love and directing it at Person #2, the EEG (brain) waves of Person #2 begin to attrain to the EKG (heart) waves of Person #1, who's sending that love! By smiling at another person with loving intention, you can quite literally influence the state of their mind! And you don't need to know anything about quantum physics or EKG/EEG Biofeedback Technology to experience this! I know that whenever someone smiles at me, especially a child, I experience an instant surge of joy on all levels! I'm sure you can relate!

Humans are the only organisms that use language to describe who, what, where, etc. we are in our planetary situation. All other organisms depend simply on reading the vibration. We're capable of reading the vibration, but most of us have been programmed to NOT listen to our feelings, but to make our decisions based on what other people tell us to do, or what we ourselves think is right based on our belief systems, aka. B.S.!!! But by denying our feelings, we lose one of the most important communication mechanisms that biology offers! Smiling is definitely an easy way to get us back into feeling good, but if you find yourself continually feeling unhappy, you need to ask yourself... well, why? Your feelings never lie. Just knowing that will allow you to give yourself permission to head back in the direction of what DOES feel good. If you're unhappy because you don't like your job or because a certain relationship isn't working out, you need to work toward moving away from those circumstances/ people and remember that happiness is your birthright! You are here to FEEL that light within, and allow it to glow and radiate out into the world!

Infinite beauty, love, power, creativity and wisdom are all contained within your temple (body). This infinite radiance within desires to shine outwards! It wants to express itself at all times! Choose thoughts, beliefs and activities that allow you to stay connected to who you are. Know that you can actually do anything you want in life! You make the rules! If you want to change something, you must be the change! That's what it comes down to I feel.

Anyway, that's enough rambling for today! If you're reading this right now, I hope you enjoyed my heart-felt ramblings! Oh, and just in case you're wondering, that adorable little girl with me in the photo above is Samantha. I worked as a live-out nanny a few years ago and she was one of the kids I looked after. We had quite the bond, as you can probably tell simply by looking at the photo! It was definitely easy for me to feel happy in the precence of such a pure and joyful being! Awww... I miss her!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Who Knew That A Day In The Park Could Bring So Much Joy?

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the beauty of nature (in a good way.) Today I went to this gorgeous park around the corner from my house and went for a walk through the nature trails. After about 45 minutes of walking, I decided to take a break on a park bench overlooking a small lake. There's something very hypnotic about watching the ripples on a lake. When I stare long enough, I feel like I enter into a deep trance, where my conscious mind is no longer in charge. My subconscious becomes awakened and begins to soak up the beautiful sites and sounds that surround me. I move my eyes slowly to the trees in front of me and admire how the sun shines so luminescently on the golden yellow and amber autumn leaves. The cool breeze plays with my hair like a curious child and brings a smile to my face. The smell of firewood burning off in the distance brings back beautiful childhood memories of campfires with the family. Ahhh, it's all so lovely. :)

Today, as I sat on this park bench, breathing, observing and taking in the lifeforce energy around me, I noticed a child (probably about 10 metres away) staring at me with a small smile on her face. She was the cutest little Asian girl I've ever seen. If she wasn't so bouncy, I'd swear she was a little porcelain doll. After about two minutes of eye contact and non-stop smiles, she walked over to me with her mom and said, “I like you. Will you be my friend?” That put the biggest smile on my face. I said, “Of course I'll be your friend,” while her mom laughed. I was curious why she decided to come up to me in particular. I'm some big adult sitting on a bench. There were many other adults and children all around. What was it about me? Now, this girl was probably about three years old, and what she said truly astounded me! She reached her hand out, placed it on my knee and said, “I want to be your friend because I love you and I know you love me. We come from the same place. I just know it.” My mouth just about dropped open. Her mother said, “Wow, kids say the darndest things, huh? Ok Katelyn, time to go. We gotta go pick up your brother from school.” She picked her daughter up, said, “It was nice meeting you”, and started to walk away. I didn't know what to do. It didn't seem appropriate to run after this woman, and say, “Your daughter is amazing. I'd love to hang out with you two. I think we have a connection here!” Instead, I sat there smiling, feeling so overwhelmed with emotion that tears began to roll down my cheeks.

Now, I've heard of “Crystal Children” who are deemed by New Agers to be the new “breed” of children. They are the new generation of Lightworkers, who are naturally very wise, intuitive, loving and are able to see and feel the energy of others. They are here basically to raise the consciousness of the planet. Could it be that this Katelyn girl was a Crystal Child? It certainly appeared that way! She said that we come from the same place. Could she mean that we ALL come from the same place? Or perhaps she was referring to our relationship in particular. Maybe we both come from the same planet or dimension originally. Who knows? All I know is that when you stay open to life and all its beauty, magic and mystery, life surprises you in ways you never could have imagined.

Connecting with nature is one of my favourite ways to tune into myself and allow myself to vibrate at higher levels. I feel that nature does lift me up because its energy is just so pure. Perhaps Katelyn was sensing my high vibrating energy, and that's what drew her to me? I'm hoping I'll run into her someday soon, but until then, I'm going to keep doing my thang... you know, soaking up nature in all its glory, keeping my heart and soul open to life's magic, and going with the flow of life. :)


I feel that inspiration is the only thing that triggers real change, personal growth and true empowerment! You hear people say, “This book/movie/person/add infinitum is so inspirational” but how many of us think about what makes that person/place/thing inspirational in the first place? What is “inspiration” anyway? Where is the source that it comes from? I pondered these questions for a moment and came to the realization that the qualities in this world I find inspirational are really not of this (physical) world at all! The people I find inspirational in essence, are living in accordance with their authentic self; living with an animated life force, which isn't tangible, and living from a place of knowingness.... well, as much as humanly possible. They aren't afraid of what people think; they stand up for what they believe in; and they exude this aura that is attractive beyond measure. It's almost like they are living from a place of spirit. Like Wayne Dyer says, they are literally “in-spirit.” And if you think about it for a moment, we all have the ability to live from this place. When you realize that you are this beautiful, boundless spirit, or source energy, or divine essence, or consciousness, or whatever name you feel comforable using; When you realize that ever single person, animal, tree, plant, and bacterium comes from the same source and eminates the same light energy, then finding inspiration in this world is easy. Simply look around at the beauty and perfection of nature; People helping one another; Children laughing and playing; A spider spinning it's first web; Scraping your arm and then witnessing your body heal itself... these things seem so simple, yet they are all sources of inspiration... or really, they are all part of the same source; the only source. There are so many occurences in our lives that are truly “miraculous” if we only slow down and shift our perception slightly. When we slow down for a moment and choose to keep our eyes and heart open to receive, we're able to see and feel how wonderful this world really is, and how much inspiration is all around us.

At the most fundamental level, I'd have to say that I find my inspiration within myself. Think for a moment about what you find inspirational, whether it's a person, say you saw some lecture that Anthony Robbins did, or an artist/ band that was truly an inspiration to you... What is it about those people that gave you that inspirational feeling? They didn't create that feeling- You did! The feeling came from within you, from within your spirit. You felt it. Perhaps they were the trigger, but that feeling already resides within you! Nobody can make you feel anything but you!

I feel the reason why we often look to other people for inspiration is because we live in a very materialistic world. Of course there are people who try to look beyond this materialism, but let's face it, if we're on this planet, good chances are we have an ego (unless you're someone like Eckhart Tolle) and what does the ego love to do? It loves to make you feel less than you are; it loves to instill fear and is never, ever satisfied! It wants you to search externally to find the answers to your so-called problems (that are essentially illusions.) It doesn't help that we are bombarded with images about what beauty supposedly is, what success is, what our relationships should be like, and so on. And we're told to look to others for how to achieve these ideals. If you think about the people you are truly in awe of, I think you'll notice a few commonalities. They are people who are living from the guidance of their spirit, or consciousness, or whatever you want to call that “essence” that is shining through their humble bodies. You'll find that a lot of inspirational people are very humble and/or average looking people but they radiate this immense beauty that's attractive to us all. If you really think about it, this beauty that we're so attracted to is really our own beauty. It's a mirror. Everything in the universe is a reflection of yourself- the so-called good, bad, ugly, beautiful... everything! All of the “inspiration” you witness around you is really a reflection of the inspiration within yourself. When you realize this, that what you see in others is really what is within you, it switches a light on in your brain and makes you think, “Hey, I don't need other people to tell me that I have the ability to be great, successful, healthy, happy, etc. I already know that I'm capable of greatness, success, happiness and fulfillment.” We all have all the creative potential and genius that every great inventor, thinker and spiritual leader ever had. Where do you think Einstein or Galileo or Gandhi or Shakespeare got all their ideas from? At the most fundamental level, they came from consciousness. They came from the same consciousness that you and I come from.

You already have all the answers. You simply need to remember. Now, I'm not saying that looking to others for guidance, knowledge and wisdom isn't a good thing- it's a fantastic thing! The more positive and uplifting people you surround yourself with, the better! Even though there is massive amount of information that supports the idea that we are powerful beyond measure, unfortunately, most of our wordly systems and beliefs still fall into that dualistic, reductionistic, deterministic sort of paradigm. Our Health “Care” system is a perfect example of this thinking. So even though we're moving into a more enlightened age (I'm hoping) we're still deeply programmed by this Newtonian paradigm. So many of us still believe that we need others tell us what to do and think. If this were not the case, religion would cease to exist in my opinion. I think that “inspirational” people are needed in this day and age because they help us remember or at least have glimpses into our true nature, but at the same time, we need to remember that we are our own best teacher. Sure, these 'inspirational" people may give us a little push in the right direction, but we each have the ability to be the inspiration in our own lives. Seriously! I'm talking about you! Yes, you reading this right now! You are amazingly increderifically fantastic! (Ok, so maybe you're not "increderifically" anything... I know I am, but that's because I'm "special" in a helmet kid kinda way... Anyway, what I'm saying is that we all have the ability to go out on a limb, push our so-called boundaries, and reach new heights. We all have this ability and it come from within us- nobody else can do it for you. It is within you. It's always been within you!

Remembering that we are these powerful, infinite beings and that we live in a world of abundance and infinite possibilities is what creates “inspirational” people. The only difference between someone who is perceivably inspirational to you and someone who's not, is the fact that the inspirational person knows that he/she is essentially perfection, beauty, and infinite wisdom and let's the world see this! Like Deepak Chopra occasionally says, “God writes the books. I collect the royalties.” Everyone has this ability to connect with their “God-self.” Every single person on this planet is blessed with an exuberant amount of gifts to share with the world. Our egos may try to convince you that you're not as powerful and amazing as you are, but always remember that the ego is the ultimate trickster and needs a little spanking every once in a while! Bad ego, bad!

I feel that the first step to remembering who you really are; to living a truly inspired life is to take some time to quiet your mind, or simply become mindful of your body. Something as simply as being present in your body while you're on the subway is a good start. Rather than looking around at all the people, wondering why the man across from you is sporting a Mullet, or why the little old lady over there with red choo-choo trains on her sweater won't stop staring at you, or whatever silly thought you have based on your model of the world, simply become present in your body. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few moments and feel that beautiful, powerful energy within. Feel how beautiful it is. Feel grateful for being alive and thank the universe for the many blessings. If you're uncomfortable with the word blessings, say something else! Whatever makes you feel really good, do it! Do it right there on the subway! Or do it right now, where ever you are, beside your laptop or computer! And through focusing on this feeling of love and gratitude, you'll start to feel your mind, body and soul unite. Open your eyes and look at the people around you. Send the intention to each and every person that you recongize the beautiful spirit within them. When you do this, become aware of how you feel....or don't. It's your choice. It is a fun little exercise though. I know that whenever I do this, I feel calm, at peace, yet.... extremely powerful! When you remember that you are this infinite powerhouse, and that everyone else is, you realize that you don't need anyone else. In essence, you are everyone else. We're all powerful beings, so there's no need to be afraid, to feel guilt, to feel anxiety about the future, to feel like you're not good enough, or to feel greed. All of these feelings stem from the ego which is an illusion. You are not the ego. You are infinite, divine consciousness which is eternal, endless and beyond anything the ego could ever conceive of! The ego lives within a pathetic little box! You're not a little box, you're the universe and everything in it!

Most of us identify ourselves with our minds. Many of us think that since we have the ability to think thoughts, that these thoughts must define us. We develop personalities, and then we define ourselves by these “personalities.” We quite often forget that the only reason why we have thoughts is because our “consciousness” is the power through which our thoughts become "things" in the first place. We are essentially pure consciousness that has the ability to create the life that we want through this consciousness. Consciousness creates. Nothing is stagnant. We are all works in progress. We can literally rewire and change the shape and structure of our brain. By focused awareness and attention, we can let go of old thoughts and belief systems that no longer serve us and choose new ones that do. We have the power! Neuroscience says so, Quantum Physics says so, I say so! And you can too! You have the power to choose an inspired life! You can be your own guru! “We are the ones we've been waiting for!”

So where do you you find your inspiration? What truly inspires you? And if it is something in your external environment, can you see what's within that person, place, book, movie, etc. that is a reflection of your own true nature?

Speaking on inspiration, I'm going to head to the park near my house where there are big, beautiful, "inspirational" trees everywhere and soak up all the beauty that I already know is within myself! But before I do that, I'm going to make myself a big organic mango, strawberry, blueberry, apple, kale, baby spinach, marine phytoplankton, hemp seed, goji berry, bee pollen smoothie which is sure to keep me feeling inspired all day! When you eat food that you know deep down is the best food for your mind, body and soul, it's a lot easier to live from a place of inspiration. When you eat organic, raw, living foods, you are literally eating food with life-force, "spirit" energy.... Why wouldn't you feel inspired eating all this raw (living) food?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, and I hope I've inspired you take a few moments out of your day to look within and find the inspiration in your perfectly wonderful, beautiful and powerful self! Namaste :)

Yours In-Spirit,