Friday, October 29, 2010

An Ocean Beating Gave Me a New Perspective!

I remember this day so clearly.  It was the first time that I went to the North Shore of O'ahu with some friends.  We are were on a break from college and decided to fly from the Big Island to O'ahu.  The ocean was very calm but the land slopped so much into the ocean that it caused the waves to be pretty big and just pound the shoreline.   

In order to get out to the ocean and into the calmness, we needed to make it past the "beating" on the beach.

I loved the ocean so much but at this time I hadn't had much experience with it. I grew up in Colorado, land locked all my life except for two summer vacations with my family to Bonaire, which is located 50 miles North of Venezuela.  My experience with Bonaire had gentle waves and a calm ocean.

So, I looked at the waves just beating down on the beach and took a deep breath, ran down the slope and right it to the wave.  Oh my goodness, I felt as if I was in a washing machine.  I did a few somersaults, feeling as if I was being mixed in with the sand.  All I was thinking about at the time was, I hope that now one is watching me.  

So the ocean receded and I was on the beach, luckily my suit was still intact but I had sand everywhere!  So I got up and immediately and DID THE SAME THING!  Not thinking, or connected to my guidance, I just picked myself up and ran back into the ocean.  There it was again, I was in the spinning cycle of the washing machine.  

OH MY GOODNESS.  It wasn't until my 3rd attempt that I realized that I had to take a time out, and actually TIME the waves!  You might be thinking what does that mean?  

OK, as the waves come in, they beat on the shore then there is a few seconds where it is somewhat calm and the water recedes back.  It is in that calmness when I should be making my way into the ocean.

NOT when the waves are pounding so hard on the beach and putting me in the spin cycle.  
----- I do want you to know that as I am writing this I am really laughing at myself.  Looking back on it, it truly was funny! =) 

The reason I am sharing this with you is because I am sure there have been times in your life that you have done something that hasn't worked and you keep going back and doing it again and again and again the same way.  You are pretty much going through what I just talked about, a beat down from the ocean.  

All you need to do it step back from what your doing, take a breather and re-examine it.  Maybe from a different perspective or pulling someone from the outside will help you to get some insight on how you can make your situation work.

If we don't step away from something that isn't working and re-examine it, then we usually give up, call ourselves a failure or call the situation a failure.  

Nothing is a failure but a challenge to get you to open up to something new!  I hope this helps you to get a good laugh but also be able to re-examine any situation that isn't working for you!

I would love to hear from you!  Please leave your comments below!    

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How do you make enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done?

Today I created a video about a question someone asked me related to creating a healthy lifestyle.

That question was "How do you make enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done?"

I wanted to share it with you because I feel it is so helpful with creating abundance and helping everyone in general really creating their day, having more time for life, for fun for experiences that really excited and move us to enjoy life.

Here is the video:

Please share any insights, comments or questions you may have below!  I want to hear from you! =)

Friday, October 15, 2010

What are you putting your attention on?

This morning I did my morning meditation.  In fact, I am doing the 21 Meditation Challenge from The Chopra Center.  It's really awesome because they explain different meditation and help you to make this a great practice that you can do everyday. It takes 21 days to create a new habit!

During the mediation today they were taking about attention.  Attention is what you are putting your focus on now, where you direct your energy.  So this morning, I put my attention on "Attention" and it was amazing how much I have really noticed.

I took my son to the park this morning and when I walked out the door, I was so blown away and in awe of how awesome the colors were.  Vibrant oranges, dark green and light green of the trees.  The sky was a calming blue with absolutely NO cloud in the sky.  I felt as if I had stepped into a masterpiece.  It was awesome!

(This is a tree across from my house)
As I put my attention on the beauty and appreciation for what I was seeing, I noticed that everything that came my way today was something that I found to appreciate and find the beauty in.  Once you put your attention on something, it will find a way to show up even more in your life.

I want to ask you, what are you putting your attention on?  Is it something that is holding you back from really living your life that you should be living?  Are you paying attention to how nothing ever works for you?  How everything seems to be hard or how you never have enough money?

By putting your attention on something that doesn't feel good, you will find more and more things that aren't going to make you feel good.  What you need to do it change what you are giving your attention to.   Start to look for the beauty in things.  Appreciate what you shows up for you.

When you can make that shift, which may take some time, and please be gentle with yourself, but once you make that shift, you will be amazed at how you can start to attract more of what you want out of life.

Please feel free to share your comments below.  I would love to hear how this article helped you!!