Posted by Joan
I believe we are in a crisis in the world today and many people feel caught up in worry, fear and anxiety so they act out foolishly to numb their discomfort. There are more people drinking too much today, taking drugs and smoking pot than ever before in our history. There are a lot of mixed signals through the media and the entertainment world that filters into our everyday lives. Many of us have lost our ability to make sound judgment and don’t know how to differentiate between what is real and what is fantasy.
Because of all of these factors, families, children and even people in the workplace are having a hard time functioning at their optimum. Instead they are lashing out in anger, resentment and violence and feeling justified for their behavior.
Self-expression and our ability to ask questions in a healthy manner is using our higher intelligence correctly; however, knowingly harming or injuring others because of our poor behavior or attitude is destructive and wrong. If we want to live in balance and harmony within ourselves and with others, we must cultivate an open willingness to listen to the other side of the story and be tolerant of others. This is the natural progression of how life is supposed to flow. Just like the ocean waves. They all flow in harmony but each wave expresses itself in a different way. When the wave has completed its creative expression, it simply flows back to the whole. There is no violent eruption or disruptive change in there patterns. This self-expression is a natural and normal way of growing and learning. All of us need to broaden our thinking and transform it so we can realize a more pure sense of being as we filter out for ourselves a sense of meaning in our lives. Without a sense of meaning and purpose, we become ill and disjointed both individually and collectively as a world.
I believe it is time for each one of us to do a reality check. To slow down, quiet the mind and seek the guidance from within. None of us are ideally capable of helping others until we deal with our own hurts, pains and dysfunctional behavior.
This is the time to open our hearts and souls to accept and acknowledge the truth that we have the power within to achieve a life full of great joy and peaceful co-existence. It is possible when we choose to move into a consciousness that God has gifted us with, an opening to our true self and purpose.
Knowing that we cannot force another to do something they do not want to do or respond to, we certainly can lead and teach by example. Take responsibility for your actions and behavior and continue walking with love in your heart. That is a wonderful way to ignite change in the world.
Posted by Joan
Do you sometimes feel dysfunctional?
It is a most uncomfortable period in our lives to be caught up in the dysfunctional periods where nothing seems to be flowing and everything feels difficult to manage. I know that feeling because I have experienced it, however, I can truthfully say that as I was going through it, I was able to find a sense of ease and flow as I tried to understand what was happening in my life. Answers did not come immediately but with time, I was able to see more clearly the larger picture, which helped me stop challenging and start accepting the process of life.
Timing is everything! This is the perfect time to explore all those areas within us that are holding us back or preventing us from receiving our best.
If you are having this experience, maybe it is time for you to slow down your energy and see what needs to be done differently in order for your life to flow once again. I admit it is an uncomfortable time yet I suggest that you may need to simply be patient. Did you ever think that possibly God is trying to get your attention and cause you to think through all those areas of your life that aren’t working? Without a doubt, it will force you to examine your various situations. Maybe this test in time is necessary in order for you to better understand where you need to be so you can appropriately achieve your best. God always has a plan for us so don’t get overly frustrated; instead use this time for your good.
Timing is everything! I didn’t like to hear those words because I believed I was prepared but I know that if I am not flowing the way I expect, God must be telling me that I need more refining; I have more work to do in order to flow freely. Never underestimate the power of God! God is putting us in certain situations to let us better know about those areas that need our attention and improved concentration. God wants us to stir our gifts and talents and refine our interests. He wants us to rise up and do something that will make us shake off our disappointments and seek out better ways to get us to our deserved destination.
We are all well able to accomplish our true purpose for our lives. God is preparing us for our new opportunities and our new growth. This is not the time to complain or to feel defeated but rather to ready our minds, body and emotional state. Sometimes our set backs are Divinely orchestrated, so I ask you to slow down your mind, be patient with yourself and see if God is using your situations to refine you, improve your mind set and redirect your energy. Is this your time to grow stronger, more confident and more resilient? Only you can answer that question!
I do, however, ask you not to move into a state of depression or doubt, but rather, use this time to trust God, gain greater insight and stay in faith knowing that She/He has a far greater vision for your life than you can imagine.
Posted by Joan
Has anyone ever asked you if you have discovered your niche? Since I was very young, I knew that one day I would be using my talents to help others in life feel better about themselves. The path that I took was far different than what I envisioned but the outcome has been fabulous!
Once you realize what your niche is, it is like being a child who first learns how to link the alphabet together to form words. It is an awesome feeling finally being able to unfold the treasure that you have had available to you all along but were not quite sure what it all meant or how to successfully use it.
The same holds true to those of you who have struggled throughout your life because of missed opportunities. You work hard day in and day out; and by the end of the year, you look back and wonder where all your money has gone, where the time has gone or perhaps why things keep happening to you over and over again. I promise that misfortune is not out to get you. What is happening, however, is the fact that you have locked away your niche and are not using it to your best potentiality. A good example of that is in one of my past clients. As the proverbial “starving artist”, he had worked retail management jobs for the better part of his life until he wanted to make a full-time career out of his “hobby,” that is, of painting beautiful structures on canvas. “I want to be a renowned artist like Michelangelo or Picasso,” he said. His satisfaction came from the recognition of his artwork. By the time he completed my one-on-one lifestyle coaching program, he had discovered his niche and re-discovered his passion. He was ready to take his ability to the next level, but it was not nearly what he thought it would be. Let’s call him Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith decided to take night classes to finish his degree in the arts and became a teacher where he now teaches architecture and landscaping. Not only is he recognized for the great work that he does with these young adults in the community, he also gets to show others how to facilitate their own gifts to create their own useful works of art as they enliven their lives.
There are countless others, who have turned one, two and even more numerous gifts into something useful, joyful and gratifying in their lives. Like Mr. Smith, they possess a unique niche but have neither discovered their gifts, nor have they sought other avenues to further their prospects with those gifts. But I can say that it is never too late to start a new venture on your journey toward your greatest joy. Sometimes individuals become so focused on an idea that they do not see other paths they can take to fulfill their life’s dreams. This also applies to acquiring things and even people in our lives. Maybe we are trying so hard to make sure that our present life works that we miss the bigger picture of exploring other possibilities that are more fulfilling.
I know people who are trying so hard to meet the love of their life that they lose sight of what might just be right around the corner for them. From this moment on, I do not want you to focus so much on trying to get everything at once, or just get one thing – rather, I want you to say to yourself: “Everything is as it should be.” Remember, all things happen in life to help us to grow emotionally, mentally, spiritually and even professionally. When you learn to let go and let God steer your way, or simply allow the flow of the Universal Energy to enlighten your path, you unexpectedly will discover the niche you were intended to enjoy in order to fulfill your life’s journey.
I have a great deal of information and articles on my website that will help you grow and fulfill your highest best good. Don’t waste another day doing something that is low energy as it causes you to miss your fullest. Make the time to find your niche and enjoy the richness for your life today.
Posted by Joan
How do you see life?
Do you see the magic that surrounds your life or are you caught up in the doldrums of daily living? Too often we tend to make our lives more difficult by adding on high levels of stress and anxiety mixed with rage or anger and even discontent. We are living the so-called fast paced life-attempting to keep up with everyone and everything else that we soon lose our way as to what really matters in life and why we are here.
Sometimes all we need to do to get our thoughts on target is to look at the beauty of nature and the simple joys that surround us daily. There is magic in a sunrise and a sunset. There is magic in the twinkle of someone’s eye, in the giggle of a baby and in the softness of a pet who is coming to snuggle with you. How do you see life? Are you able to smell the fragrance of a beautiful flower and hear the chirp of the birds that fly in the air? All this can bring a smile to your face and help you to slow your mind down so you can simply enjoy the moment. A moment that allows you to breathe in slowly, enjoy a deep sigh or even possibly close your eyes for a minute to just smile and be with yourself.
Just turn on the news reports around the world and you will be getting your fill of the dark side of life, the emotional seesaw that captures out attention. The news makes up a large part of our lives. It feeds our minds, heart and soul with information that can either fulfill us or drag us down. We all see and experience those dark emotional scenes that fill our culture and environment on an increasing and alarming pace. We, as a Human species, are prone to imitate what we see and hear on a regular basis. If you doubt what I am saying, just look around you because no matter where you turn, violent acts and negative behavior is becoming more of an epidemic in the world. Add all of that to your own personal emotional struggles and you start to experience a breakdown in your own personal psyche.
If we want to experience a happier and healthy lifestyle for ourselves and the world we live in, we need to wake up and shift our focus and our attention from those experiences that breed conflict and darkness and start building up your courage and strength so you are better prepared to face your core issue(s)-the root of your sadness, unhappiness and discontent. It takes effort and a conscious and open heart to welcome the beauty and magic that surrounds us daily.
When we are out of balance and harmony, we open the channels where negative and dark cells come alive and start to take over our lives. Those dark cells can show up as cancer, heart disease or many other variables. If, we individually want to live a life more fully, we need to make room and space within our core where health and healing energy can thrive, be nurtured and live to its fullest. I encourage you to take a look at the direction you have chosen to follow for your life. The power lies within you to bring forth the change, the healing energy and the shift that is needed if you want to experience a more whole and perfect existence. Our website and facebook fan page offer daily inspirational messages that can help uplift you and your outlook. If you and all of us sincerely want to experience a strong sense of inner peace and joy in this lifetime, each one of us need to work at it. True consciousness doesn’t just happen-it needs to be feed, cultivated and worked at daily. Then and only then can you sincerely look at your life and see the magic that is right in front of you.
Posted by Joan
Too many people seem to think that they go to school, get an education, pass all the tests and the rest should be easy. Unfortunately, that thought process is false. The whole of life from the moment of conception to the moment of death is a learning process and somewhere in between we suffer from the growing pains and trials. Our growth process is comprised of a series of creative ideas, skills and talents and a lot of determination and right choices.
I believe we are always in the state of becoming. We go in one direction, follow a path which ultimately will lead to another pathway and door. We are constantly opening and closing doors and that is the way it should be.
During my lifetime, there have been some roads that I’ve traveled that weren’t easy or comfortable yet in the end I realized that they were needed for me to travel so that I could get to a better place, a better experience that was waiting to be revealed to me. I have discovered that if I want to enjoy inner peace and contentment, I needed to let go of those experiences or obstacles that were holding me back so that I would be able to grow and soar.
If you are a seeker of greater joy and happiness then you, too, must be open and willing to release the past, forgive all those who have done you wrong and forgive yourself, too, for the emotional baggage that has weighed you down and slowed down your progress. Too many people love holding on to their old ways because they are comfortable, familiar and feel safe yet once you become vulnerable and open to new possibilities, you soon realize and discover that all that old stuff was only wearing you down, making you sick and unhappy and most of all stopping you from realizing your best life yet. I often wonder why we fight so hard to hold onto the old when the freedom of realizing the new is liberating and fulfilling.
I encourage you to make time for yourself to reflect on your process of life and begin to examine the direction that it is taking. Are you on the right path or are you fighting change, the process and the journey that has been designed for your highest and best good and in the highest and best way? I have said often: “We all make choices daily-some are positive and healthy and others cause us to suffer. I encourage you to choose wisely!