Slow down and listen

October 9, 2022

Good morning my friends.  I hope you are doing well and enjoying life.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This is my subtle reminder, just in case you weren’t aware.  Cancer awareness, in every aspect, is as important today as it’s ever been in our history.  Companies developed a serum for the coronavirus covid shot in less than a year.  How long have we been searching for a cure for cancer?  It’s time efforts are increased to end this devasting disease.  Please take a moment to say a prayer, offer your support and show your love, to all those (and their families) fighting this battle.  My heart goes out to the valiant individuals who have been taken from this earth far too soon because of this malady.  I am sending lots of positive energy, prayers and all my love; to friends, family members and everyone engaged in this ongoing struggle.  Stay strong, positive and never surrender.  I stand with you, eager for this disease to be conquered and vanquished forever.  Wear something pink to show your support! 

Here we are; it’s October, the Fall season and Halloween is right around the corner.  I shopped at several “big box” stores the last week of September.  Christmas decorations and displays are already in full force.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays and Christmas is one of my favorites.  Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like stores begin selling these items much earlier every year.  Thanksgiving was typically the kick off for holiday shopping.  Those days are long gone.  Now, it’s beginning before the end of September.  Halloween merchandise had a small isle in the rear, while Christmas items were up front and dominate.  It’s appears retail life, especially here in America, is geared toward making money and widening companies profit margins.  What happened to actually enjoying and savoring each holiday associated with a particular month?  I sometimes wonder if corporations or CEO’s know what the true meaning of holidays are about or if they even care.  Apparently, that activity and knowledge is left in our hands now.  Don’t allow the pre-holiday frenzy to sweep you away.  Be sure to embrace and enjoy every moment of each month and holiday fun it brings.  Take the time to slow down and cherish life.

Even with the holiday craze settling in, I’m excited that Fall type weather kicked in here on Johns Island this past week.  It’s simply glorious!  Thankfully, the overnight temperatures have been more conducive to restful sleep over this last week.  Summer (as much as I enjoy it), has been refusing to relinquish control during the day.  I’m enjoying the relatively nice 70-degree days.  I have to be honest and admit; I miss the mountains, tall trees and milder temps.  I hope to return to you someday soon.  It’s nice here, but just so flat for as far as I can see.  The lack of contours is difficult for me to absorb sometimes.  Nature holds a special energy, magic and wisdom you can’t find elsewhere.  I’m thankful for the vibrant boost it provides in my surroundings.  The beach brings my soul serenity and peace.  The mountains, with incredible pine forests, fill my heart with excitement and wonder.  These feelings energize my body and empower my imagination and creativity; while soothing my spirit.  As with many things in life, you have to slow down to actually experience the bliss associated with these wonders of the universe.  The change of seasons and cooler weather will bring renewed interest in outdoor activities and new adventures.  I’m excited for the all the fabulous events coming my way this month! 

Here is something you can do today, with relative ease, to relax your mind and slow down.  Find quiet spot in nature, to release your thoughts and listen.  Take a walk, ride a bike, sit at the beach or hike in the forest.  Get away from the chaos of the world and just let go.  You may be surprised at what you experience and hear.  Too often, people believe they need external influences to carry them along the path of life.  While some of these modern pleasures are nice, they don’t hold the key to happiness.  The truth is, all you really need to do is listen to your internal source of enlightenment for guidance.  Slow down!  What’s the rush?  I suggest you do more things that make you forget about looking at your phone.  When you allow your mind the opportunity be calm, clarity often follows.  My blog last week outlined “the road” and how it works for me.  When I open my heart and mind, and if I listen, I can hear its response.  I’ve discovered the answer to many questions and have made difficult decisions, when I allow my intuition to guide me.  I trust God and the universe will share their insight and wisdom when I’m ready to hear the response.  I am a firm believer that when I change my thoughts, I can change my world.  First, you have to be open to change; then get off your rear and make it happen. 

I’ve made mistakes in my life.  I freely and easily admit this fact.  I’m not proud or happy for these, but I do take full ownership and responsibility for the harm or sadness they may have created.  Please don’t judge me for my past.   I’m not perfect and I realize I have flaws.  I’m human, and that’s something we all share.  My journey to enlightenment has been a long and difficult path.  It’s taken me far too long to realize I needed assistance to change my behavior.  My first step was admitting, to myself, I needed help and couldn’t heal myself.  Over the last seven years I’ve done the work, sought assistance, dug deep into my trauma and past, and focused on improving me.  At a recent EMDR session, I continue to make self-discoveries and heal.  I found my happiness buried inside me.  I’m grateful every day to be living a better life.  I don’t apologize for my human imperfections.  No one is perfect.  I don’t need to explain or justify who I was then or now.  The past is gone and can’t be changed.  It’s my responsibility (here in the present), as a good human, not to hurt others and be the best version of me possible.  I trust my intuition, as it knows what’s in my best interest.  I don’t have all the answers in life, but then no one does.  My faith in God and the universe continue to guide me. 

Life is filled with amazing adventures and experiences.  I realize we all deal with struggles and sadness during the journey of life.  It’s an unavoidable part of our time on earth.  Help is there if you need it.  Don’t be fearful to ask.  I wish I would have realized this simple fact sooner.  The best part of being human is our resilience and strength.  We are capable of achieving anything we desire.  We can turn our dreams into reality; with dedication, self-confidence and effort.  This incredible journey all begins with our own inner happiness and positivity.  It’s wonderful to have a great career or job that fills your heart with passion and brings you joy.  Don’t make work your primary focus; just so you can acquire more wealth or possessions.  Life should be filled with amazing experiences that energize your mind, body and spirit.  Make memories that boost your vibrations and empower you forward.  Slowing down and controlling your thoughts doesn’t mean surrendering the body.  Stay happy, healthy and fit.  The essence of a blissful life is sharing your experiences and love with the people most special to you.  When I consider the unending vastness of the universe, I realize how inconsequential it is to worry about the past or stress over what the future may bring.  Instead, I focus my attention on the present and living the best life possible.  I’m grateful to be here each day for the opportunity to live.  Follow your dreams.  They know the way.

Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more!  The puzzle of life is always changing.  Change can lead to amazing opportunities.  Together, let’s be healthy and strong; mentally, physically and spiritually! 

Thanks for your love and support!  Embrace Life!  Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!

Published by lapd22695

My goal is to be a better me. I want people to be more aware about mental and physical health. We are all humans living on this planet. Let's enjoy our lives, happy and healthy. It's okay to smile and help others along the way.

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