Don’t you worry, you will be found.

“Even when the dark comes crashing through When you need a friend to carry you And when you’re broken on the ground You will be found…”

Excerpt from lyrics Dear Evan Hansen ‘You Will Be Found’

It has been quite the journey through darkness to light. It has been quite the journey that has brought us to this place of incredible and hard earned discovery of who we are and why we are here; of learning where to invest our energy and where to send good intentions and move along;  and yes, ultimately to pay attention to that creative passion, inner calling of our innovative and amazing spirit to inspire hope and empower others. Because we are the ones who know and give gratitude to those friends who have carried us through, picked us up when we were on the ground, and did not let us go quietly into the night without a fight.  We have known challenges and have come through the storm. We have seen and we still continue to do our best to follow our dream. And in doing so, we become the visionaries and the dreamers who use our imagination to bring this world to life again.  We are the eagles who choose to soar with a view of the horizon that goes on forever waiting to be explored.  While the others squawk below, too scared to even believe in a world that looks different than the one they see, we encourage them to choose differently from a place of love.  We all have a choice to join or stay, these are the moments that will be decisive as we look back on history. For if you so desire, you will be found and will join in the celebration  that will be the greatest part of the dance.  You will become an amazing butterfly again.

 

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Rest assured, the road will rise up to meet you!

“May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face;  the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”  Traditional Gaelic blessing

Looking to foster a deep trust is where I find myself these days.  Picture this. Imagine yourself standing in the darkness,  all you can see are the beautiful stars that surround you.  However, you are unable to move because you cannot see what lies in front of you.  You are afraid to venture forth for fear of falling into an abyss. Yet, you know that you cannot stay where you are for that is not living,  Frozen, desperate, not sure what to do next.  Pleading for direction.  As if your prayers for guidance were answered, a beautiful being appears before you calming you in its presence.  You sense that for the first time you are being held in the loving embrace of the universe.  You are overcome with a deep knowing that you are cared for, you have been given a renewed confidence that you will not walk this journey alone.  Without uttering a word, a peace that you have never felt before envelops you. You begin to set aside the  need to see everything as you feel life lovingly nudge you along, begging you to follow the bray of your heart.  You look to this being who stands before you in the celestial sense, and you hear these words clearly and precisely, “Trust my child, your journey can only continue if you take the next step. Rest assured when you do, the road will rise to meet you.”

And you do, you take the next step. You move forward. With each point of progress, the darkness falls away little by little as you take in the beauty of your own personal enlightenment. Then you find yourself relinquish the need to know as you allow the mystery that is your life to organically unfold.

So here I am. I stand at my own crossroads, hearing this words repeated over and over. This message set out above, is one that I received as clear as day. I was assured in no uncertain words, that if I follow my bliss, the road will rise to meet me.  I see it, I know it, I bravely place one foot in front of the other, and feel amazing unfold before me. And as I venture forth with a strong faith to carry me, I sense the beautiful blessings take hold with the wind at my back, the sun shining warm upon my face, the rain baptizing and renewing as it washes over me, and a knowing that God will always hold me in the palm of His hand.

 

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A Rude and Beautiful Awakening: Months of Spiritual Transformation

“She turned her Can’ts into CANS & her dreams into plans!”

Kobi Yamada

Today, I am letting it all out. Vulnerability to what has happened over the last 6 months. No more secrets, nothing to hide. Transparency is the key to my success and I am ready to let it all out. Or at least as much as I can for the ten minutes that I  have your attention. As the 100 day mark for this incredibly unorthodox presidency and time in the history of our country comes to a close, I also reflect over the impact of certain events on my life since October 2016.

To call it a joyful ride would be off the mark.  It has been the most challenging, at times demoralizing, come to Jesus ride of my life. Yet, as transformation is the tome of the day for me lately, it is all a part of my spiritual transformation story, the sunrise of my soul’s bliss, that will catapult my awareness to benefit me and my own in the future as long as I persevere (and knowing how strong I am, I will).

On November 6, the day of the US Presidential election, I experienced a tri-fecta of “Oh Shit” moments ( I would use stronger language but keeping it PG-13):  woke up with a terrible head cold, received a phone call in the early afternoon basically telling me that after 16+ years of doing the same job, I was not technically qualified (?) and was passed over for a promotion, and that evening, my hopes and dreams for this country were dashed as we elected (not so freely and fairly as it turned out) a misogynist and unqualified person to the highest position of power. Now he would be my boss? And the resulting months, had me figuring out how to navigate this new landscape and trajectory- one that was a brave new world in the face of all that we held dear for those who felt disillusioned and dismay.

Demoralization became a force that was met with an incredible wave of possibility as many of us together set out to answer the question “What do we do now?”  And combating this feeling of powerlessness is quite a challenge, but I did not find myself alone in doing so.  Many different aspects of my life, women and men came out of the wood work ready to do their thing, to break out of the silence and use their voices in unison to hold up all the values we ultimately will champion for future generations – because the future generations are in fact watching. This is true! And we will not go silently into that good night- thank you very much Dylon Thomas.

So where does this bring me?  I am still a dreamer and have not given up on me or on others because the things I thought I most wanted did not come to fruition. In fact, the opposite is true. I have been able to rise from the ashes and craft and create new dreams to follow – new experiences that will take me to a place of greater bliss with a freedom to speak my truth. Exactly what I intend to do!  It has been a sobering process, there have been many points that have brought me to tears, but when one door closes, many others do open- just gotta wipe yourself off and get up to find them.  Holding my head high, I walk brightly and confidently into my own future. I welcome many of you to join me as I have not gone it alone without taking others with me. Believe me if I see you, reach out your hand to me and I will most definitely grab it as others have done for me (thanks MOM!) This is the beauty of my truth.  Even in the face of the worst adversity, even when you think that you have hit a wall, stay in your lane, know your authentic self, stay transparent and true and yes believe in the beauty of you!

Going to wear my shiny shoes and take this day by storm! That is the only way I know how and something wonderful most assuredly will happen- nevertheless she persisted, never give up and together we rise! Who is with me?  Looking forward to today and the next six months, grateful for those angels who stood by my side so that hope rings  eternal! You know who you are and if you don’t I will be sure to tell you! I LOVE YOU NOW GO DO YOUR THING-peace out! Look at stars, they are still shining for you! Wish me luck!

 

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Enjoy the freedom of honesty!

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson

Two things to remember as you choose to live with integrity:

(1)Before you can be honest with others, you must first be honest with yourself. (2)At the end of the day, your truth shall set you free.

Yes, this is wisdom of the ages. Honesty will ultimately liberate your heart and soul from the craziness that is fed to you by others in this life.  Whereas, lies to yourself and others will weaken your constitution.  Whether it is to intentionally control you or placate the masses, to stand up and speak up for yourself without concern for the result can be one of the most powerful experience you will ever undergo. There is a strength that is revealed when you hold your head high and walk tall knowing that you are a person who strives for the highest of principles. With the sincerest regard for the other, when you set out asserting your authentic self in a fearless way,  embracing your vulnerability, you align with good judgment that will never fail you.  A good judgment that will allow for the unveiling of deceptive practices exposed before they can do harm.  A good judgment that has you speaking with integrity when injustices are done. A good judgment that starts in your mind but guided by your heart space that speaks to love.  You must live your truth as you inch closer and closer to discovering wisdom and knowledge that will bring purpose and peace.  Without fixating on the outcome, instead of hiding in the shadows, step forward and have the courage of a lion who is ready to play instead of fall away. The time is now. There can be no other way. Perhaps this is the test that you have been preparing for all along.  Freedom awaits you to enlighten your day!

Thank you Eva for being honest with me! Trust is a beautiful thing!

 

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How to find your sparkle, so you can shine!

“To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.”

Thomas Aquinas
I want to explore my world and learn a little more about myself in connection to the surreal.  Perhaps therein lies the sparkle, that little whimsical, glittery light of the world that sets me free.  Perhaps therein lies the magical, seen in the flicker of the moment, a flash on the screen of life, once seen, it is never forgotten. Perhaps therein lies the mystery – the untold gifts just waiting to be opened.  Perhaps you are interested in seeking with me, let me show you how, take my hand, we shall discover together so that we both can shine.
For it is in the surrender, united, when we immerse ourselves in pixie dust. Their in those moments I recognize in you my own gleam of true possibility that returns to our eyes. I have no physical map, just what I have learned over the years.  And in reality, I have just been following the path of glitter left behind by others. Take my hand and I shall guide you.  I will take yours, will you do the same? This path calls to me, to us, and begs to be embraced.  With enthusiasm and zeal, as we allow enlightenment and awareness to take over, our inner light brightens even more as we realize we are here together, holding each other’s hand, leaving our own trail of love wherever we go.  There is a sparkle in our eyes now, merely because we got in tune with the miraculous and now cannot help but to shine for others to follow. So simple, so amazing, such can be life!

 

 

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The Road awaits you, what are you waiting for?

“Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.”

Pythagoras, Greek Mathematician

I have always known that life is a journey. Somedays I am overly excited to get out there and see what wonderful can happen, other days I just want to hide under my pillow because anxiety overtakes me.   Last weekend, I experienced one of those days when I was ready to take on the world, and lucky for me three of my friends were ready to take to the road with me.

And, as it were, we were all ready for adventure, ready to see something new. Companions on a day road trip, joined together to help each other persevere in the road to a happier life.  Escaping from the hectic pace and heavy responsibilities of everyday life, to perhaps surrender to the possibility that always arises when conversations are shared from a place of love.  Behind the wheel of my car, driving off into the horizon, sharing our lives, what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And at the end of the day, there is always something to be learned.  Four very different women, seemingly at the precipice of big change in their lives, making a grand affirmative gesture by getting into a Blue X5, ready, almost begging to rediscover something magical about our lives.  To find a key to perhaps make the transition that much easier- more peaceful maybe-for I think we all knew that less than 24 hours later we would return to where it all began just a little shinier, definitely filled with more hope for the future, a little lighter having let go of the burdens that have been holding us back for so long.

You’d think that we had found our yellow brick road that carried us to the Emerald City. Four friends looking for a way back home, to that place where we felt whole, safe, special, loved.  Only to discover once we get to our destination, that we had the power of all of this all along. We just needed to stop and go a little bit slower, so that we can experience the joy, the truth of our lives, get in tune with our senses as we connect to others, open up to the wisdom that is shared, embrace the mystery, and allow ourselves to become more and more the beautiful butterflies that we are.

What drew the four of us together that day? I suppose the road awaits, and instead of turning our back, we answered the call. Only to then return to where we started, seeing with new eyes, knowing our lives from that point on for the first time. Renewed as we embrace the Earth under our feet, the wind in our hair and the excitement of that something wonderful, if we stop long enough to notice. Magic at every turn, shared moment by moment, in a living prayer.  So grateful that I did not decide to hide under my pillow- I got out and learned something new about myself.  Don’t you know that is what the journey is for and that  the Road awaits each one of us, what are we waiting for? Ready for a new adventure!

 

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Lights Will Guide You Home!

“Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones, and I will try to fix you.”

Excerpt of lyrics from “Fix You” by Coldplay

The one constant in life is change. We can try to resist, yet rest certain it will persist. It happens whether we are ready or not. Sometimes change can be fantastic when it brings positive developments to our world.  However, when it brings pain from loss or disappointment our first instinct may be to run or hide, numb ourselves out so as to not face the new reality that is developing right before us.  Put up walls so as to not let anyone else in.

I recall a time in my adult life when the painful kind of change visited me in a way that left me helpless, hopeless even, not knowing how to navigate this brave new world. Overwhelmed with the responsibilities of life. Less time to enjoy. Friends moving away. Feeling very alone. Not liking who I saw looking back at me in the mirror. I used to spend many an afternoon with tears running down my face, losing myself in whichever bad habit I had adopted to try to numb myself out.  Not knowing what would become of me.

At that point in my life, my mother was still alive and it was to her I turned for guidance. And, while she could not fix me herself, she did pray for me and with me. She would ask God to guide me and show me the light to follow.  That guidance had me saying yes to attend a retreat where I heard this song, Fix You , by Coldplay, not for the first time, but perhaps in a way that started a healing process that continues until today.  All the lyrics…

“when you try your best, but you don’t succeed, when you get what you want, but not what you need, when you feel so tired, but you cannot sleep, stuck in reverse….But if you never try, you will never know…I will try to fix you…”

As if God was speaking to me directly, because that was when I started to allow love to fix me, that love that was offered to penetrate the walls that surrounded my heart.  And each light worker I met, connected with me and started to ignite the light that was within me. So much so that 5 years later, when my mother’s light on Earth had gone out, and the world became the darkest that I have ever experienced it up until this point, more lost than ever, I was eventually able to accept the light and love offered from others to guide me home.

I believe there in those moments, mistakes, hard change, we learn the most. Through the angels on Earth who did not let me give up.  We learn that God’s unconditional love is offered to fix each one of us at those deeply hurt places. And, if we allow it, we hold on with all our might and watch as our bones start to heal and ignite from within. That is the beauty of being resurrected from a time of pain, that is the beauty of the transformation that comes from change. That is the moment when we all shine!

 

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Sometimes rules are made to be broken!

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

Pablo Picasso

Everything that has happened in your life up to this very moment, serves a greater purpose. You may not know what that purpose is right here, right now, but rest assured there is one.  This is what is promised to each of you, from the beginning of life until your last day on Earth. You get the opportunity each day to live out that purpose and further accomplish what you came here to do.

While doing so, we agree to the social contract of living in a society of laws.  Before change can even begin to happen, you have to learn the rules and the reason behind what they stand for.   As a free spirit and a creative thinker, I tend to question everything that does not sit well.  As a student of life and a lawyer, my formal training provides a knowledge and foundation for roots and reasons behind what we as a whole have chosen to follow.  Everything that I have learned up until this very moment is empowering the next.  Finding a balance to rid us of the unduly restrictive while bolstering that which will make us a more expressive and freely creative society, is the ultimate goal.  One can say that deep in the trenches of life’s boot camp is where the answers will arise and perhaps that is the greater purpose, to craft a society more founded on love and joy, while respect for the other and integrity rule the day.  Both the idealistic and the realistic, married together through critical thinking, learning the rules like a pro, so that we all can break them with purpose like an artist. Because like a silly sign posted that prevents joy and makes no sense, sometimes the rules just gotta be broken!

 

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Let there be peace on Earth!

“Let there be peace on earth,

And let it begin with me…”

written by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller in 1955

Peace, is it too much to ask? We are not born into this world filled with hate, ready and willing to kill our fellow travelers. I cannot imagine that was any of our missions when we set out on this journey as a little baby ready to grow.

We thrive when we are loved. We respond when we are loved.  We rejoice from a place of love.  How much longer do we have to shed tears, weep for the senselessness, detach from our humanity until we accept that love is the whole point of this great experiment.

Forgive me of my missteps since that day when I inhaled life alongside you.  I did not know any better at the time. But, now I do and I must set out on a different course. I forgive myself first to heal my own self-imposed wounds, then I turn to forgive you of yours. We learn together, we move forward together. It is time for peace through healed connections with each other. This violence is just our humanity punishing itself over and over again for mistakes of the past. Killing innocent ones who have not had their chance to make a difference in this world. Yet, the impact that remains after their sacrifice is more powerful than we can begin to know. Their sacrifice will wake up those who walk in their sleep to find better ways to co-exist as the dove of peace extends an olive branch.  Those who were once enemies who acted unconsciously become enlightened to a beautiful new reality. Different faces, different colors, different perspectives, different, yet we recognizes what makes our hearts beat in unison.  One second at a time, one moment at a time, one hour, one day, one lifetime.  It is now more important than ever that together we rise from a place of love.  Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me!

 

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Something MAJESTIC is waiting for MAJESTIC you!

“I’ve seen the majestic beauty of nature and the overwhelming perfection of it. To me, there’s nothing closer to God than that.”

Cote de Pablo

As you run back and forth, move from here and there, get up and down, spend hours in front of your computer, I invite you today to take a moment to take in the majestic moments before they pass you by.  All you have to do is look up and pay attention to what is always something new and exciting, life happening all around us.  Something whose impressive beauty is just waiting for you to behold. Perhaps, glance out the window and take in the incredible vista that is calling to you.  Nature buzzing along, springtime awakening,  a wonderful surprise waiting around every corner.   And all you have to do is to step outside to connect to the overwhelming perfection of it.  Exhale in love, exhale gratitude at the opportunity to be a part of this majestic life.

Walking with my son at sunset the other night, he used the word “majestic” to describe our tri-color shetland sheepdog as she trotted along Biscayne Bay near our home.  I said “I love that word, why did you choose that word?” And he replied, “look at her, how she carries herself, with the wind in her hair, on purpose, she knows who she is, she knows her beauty.”  And I thought to myself, if she walks around as if this moment was made precisely for her, then perhaps we should hold ourselves “majestically” as well and do the same.  The next day, a colleague at work, shared with me her beautiful double rainbow that appeared right before she picked up her children from school. When she shared the photo with the caveat that it did not even compare to what she saw, the word majestic came to my mind again. And I thought to myself, wow, there are so many moments during each day, where our majestic selves have the opportunity to connect with that something majestic waiting for each of us to behold.  We just have to look up, pay attention to life happening all around and don’t forget to share the experience with others. That thrill and feeling of exhilaration, perhaps that is the awe and wonder that is described as miraculous, nothing closer to God! So if you want some of that, know how majestic you are and accept the invitation today and everyday, to carry yourself with purpose and become a rainbow chaser of majestic things-and just wait for your daily surprises!

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