Even funnier, I started to struggle with this paragraph until I heard the angels giggling in my head. "Stop. Breathe., Drop into your heart. Figure out what is in there. Do it with full presence." I'm laughing now too. I want breakfast so I'll be back afterwards and finish this later... we'll see when that urge hits :)
...Since I left you in the last paragraph, an entire day has passed blissfully while I accomplished a mountain of work. I've done office work, gone grocery shopping, made chicken, potatoes, homemade yogurt, processed the veggies, froze the fruit, cleaned out the house, exercised, and the list goes on! Focusing on what is in me, right here, right now, makes time stretch out into just the right amount needed. Choosing to love life in front of me creates bliss, grace, and ease. It is late now and I should be in bed, but I still have energy. Living in the present is like plugging into a cosmic battery!
So while it is so easy to get caught up in all we want to accomplish, change, and create, being in the moment (even if it means taking deliberate, conscious time to dream and anticipate a blissful future) allows you to access the amazing grace and love that want to pour into your life!
1. When you feel overwhelmed... Stop / Breathe / Drop into your heart.
Overwhelm comes from that part of our human self that still believes we have to be in control to be happy. The truth is that we can be happy now. If you don't get everything done and life falls apart, or you lose a job, or mold grows in the bathtub – or whatever the consequeces may be – the universe may just be setting you on an easier course. Maybe your life wasn't working anyway. Maybe the job wasn't so great. Maybe you need a housekeeper, or to stop taking care of everyone else so you can take better care of your own life. The possibilities are endless.
The heart will always tell you what is important to your soul, and the soul deeply longs for you to have a loving experience of life.
2. Assume the Present moment is offering you the a perfect opportunity to shift your energy... so you can allow life you want.
Many of us grew up with the notion of a judgmental "Grandpa in the Sky" God that punishes us when we don't live up to his standards and rewards us when we do. Happily that's not the case. The universe is set up to operate according to laws of vibration. The Divine loves purely and allows us our experience.
This one bit of wisdom, if you embrace it thoroughly will change your entire life:
Every bit of life, no matter how challenging is there to help us see where we are either blocking love or receiving love.
When I had twisted intestines several years ago, I was lucky to get an emergency reading with my friend Summer Bacon who channels an amazing spirit doctor. I was on the phone, in unbearable pain, trying to be "spiritual" about the situation. "I know I created this, and I know I have to make some changes..." The angel coming through my friend cut me off mid-sentence. "Will you stop that Ann! Be authentic! You got all twisted up because you stuff your true feelings." Oh. Ow! True. But ow. Back then, I had fallen into the spiritual trap of "trying to be positive" when I was not, thinking that would help me heal faster.
I got mad. I was expecting to be rewarded for being "positive" in the face of so much pain. "F!*# it! I cried our. I hurt. I want help." I was livid. "There you go!" the angel said to me. "Words of love, like an innocent child, spoken to the heavens. Now we can help you." What a revelation in that sentence! It wasn't my anger or swear words that were a "formula" for receiving help. It was my authenticity. Finally I was allowing myself to be present with ME, rather than trying to be someone else in that moment.
This painful moment offered me a chance to love myself even when I felt far from "perfect." I saw how often I was still blocking love when I didn't feel worthy of it. That moment – with all its accompanying physical and emotional pain – probably saved my life.
So remember, everything, absolutely everything, is showing us either where we receive or block love.
3. Fall madly in love right now... Seriously!
As in the example above, there are times you just have to sit with your pain because you just don't have the mental or emotional strength to shift your energy. In those cases the most love you can find may be to simply ask/pray for comfort, healing, and help.
Pretend that you are in love with absolutely everything in you and around you! Just pretend! Even the cranky mean people, the ugly walls of a waiting room, the red lights, the crazy drivers in traffic, your coffee, the sky above. Even your belly fat, your sick stomach, your angry inner child... Pretend you're madly, passionately in love with it all!
It's just a game. Imagine... I love you, you cranky soul! I love you red light. I love you dear belly ache, you poor thing! I love you my angry inner child! You must need a hug! I love you dear demanding, demeaning boss! I'm sorry you're hurting so badly! I love you, you big hormonal zits!! You must really need attention! Ok I'm listening! You don't need to say it out loud of course... just pretend. Its your own little secret :)
It may sound ridiculous, outrageous, and completely insane, but most of us have already loved someone who wasn't nice, or something that wasn't so wonderful – that outfit you keep in the back of the closet for example? Just pretend. What if that horrible "ex" was the love of your life in a past life... and they just forgot? I love you horrible ex! You poor thing. You forgot what it was like to be loving... You get the idea. Be as a child and vibrationally enter the kingdom of heaven... right here, right now.
The reason this works is that the vibration of love is the same no matter what the object!
Real love is there all the time, just waiting for us to allow it to flow. Pick something to love. Pretend you love someone and all of the sudden you will feel the energy of love! Beautifully, magically, that brings you into a loving Presence!
Speaking of tapping into the vibration of love, close your eyes, take a breath, and just open to receive. I am writing this in your past, sending it ahead to your "now," and intending you receive a big warm energy hug around your heart! Mm.
Love you all!