Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gifts from the heart

I love the angel message today. It is so true. I have forgotten most of the material gifts I've given over the years, but I remember the ones that came from the heart. The homemade macadamia nut butter warmed hearts and tummies one year. The handmade bath goodies are always welcomed. Homemade jams and jellies add a little sweetness to life. One year I did a photo book for my parents who had travelled so they could recall their beautiful memories. Last year several friends got "Elfed" when I snuck my homemade Christmas wreaths onto their doors with those 3M sticky hooks! Ring and run and off we went leaving Christmas cheer behind :)! Another year I gave friends the gift of a meal a month since I love to cook. It hardly cost a thing but it made their busy lives easier. And so every year I try to sit and think about what can be truly used, eaten, experienced, or appreciated, because we all have enough stuff and I would rather give memories and smaller things that mean more.

Some of the most memorable presents I've received are similarly thoughtful. One friend gave me a very beautiful red and gold glass Christmas ornament that reflected her elegant and beautiful personality and matched my tree. Another gave me a sunny pot of Calla lilly bulbs that reflected her bright and cheery personality and my love of flowers . A dear client who could rival Martha Stewart brought me the best roast chicken and potatoes I have ever eaten. Another client who was very tight gave me a gift card for $5 for a burger joint that I like, and I blessed this soul with every bite taken. A beautiful tea cup given to me by another dear lady continues to be a beloved possession as I sip my morning tea, and a massage from one of my close friends sent me to heaven. It is not the magnitude of what we give that counts, but rather the heart and the thought we put into it.

Somehow I have always known this. When I was little, my family and I would open our gifts on Christmas Eve, saving Christmas morning for the gifts that Santa Claus's left. I LOVED to give, so much so, that when the last present was opened, I would run down into the basement and wrap up bags of beans or other pantry items, so I could give my mom & dad more presents! And while this was SO silly, in little girl logic, my folks got to unwrap more surprsies! I am certain their smiles came from the laughter in their hearts at seeing their kid gift them with their own possessions! Nonetheless, it was and still is, the thought that counted!

So this year, don't worry about giving "enough." Instead give from the heart, from the thoughtfulness inside of you, taking into account the person's interests and desires. And as for gifts for those who "have it all" give experiences, your talents, a home cooked meal, an outing with them for a day, a letter sharing with them all you love about them, a gift of a donation on behalf of their spirit... you get the idea. More stuff is not better. More love always is :)

Share your beautiful light, heart, and talents this year and you will feel the joy of BEing You!

And for those of you who like giving homemade goodies, check out the recipe for Spiced Pecans which are SO easy to make and always loved :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It all led to God

At Celebrate Your Life, during one of the meditations when everyone had their eyes shut and the angels made my hands fly up to transmit their beautiful energy to those in the room, I had a moment of overwhelming gratitude for all the challenges this year because in spite of them, or rather because of them, my body is cleaned out, my home is in good repair, my car works well, my dogs and I are learning greater levels of surrender, and I feel the love of God flowing through me even more strongly than ever.

The mold breakout and storm damage to the roof revealed a problem that if left unfixed would have led to great damage in my house. The parasites made me embrace a diet that taught me all sorts of new and healthy ways to eat, and to appreciate my now good health every day. The onslaught of appliance repairs means everything is all fixed and ready to go for next year. The intense and difficult care of my aging dogs has taught me to find beauty and love even amidst puddles, piles, whining, crying, and at times howling demands. As I learned over and over about the good in the so-called "bad" I could share it with all of you.

As I am filled with wonder and gratitude in my meditations, it is no wonder then that a recent song by Rascal Flatts called "Bless the Broken Road" is playing over and over in my head this week. Although the song is written as if sung to a lover, I feel as if I am singing it straight to God:

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you...

If you want to watch the video, I've included it below. It is a beautiful statement of truth. God bless indeed the broken roads that lead us back to truth, to love, to a faith that is rock solid, and to a life that is lived with a sense of wonder and anticipation, knowing that underneath it all, no matter what, is only, always and forever, One Love.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'll listen to my heart for the holidays!

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all those who recently joined our mailing list after attending the Celebrate Your Life conference! I had so much fun and was truly honored to be there once again sharing the angel wisdom that guides my own life.

No matter what I do, be it putting together a seminar, writing a book, or writing a simple newsletter, I am always tasked to practice what I preach. The angel section of the newsletter came easily this week, but I couldn't for the life of me think of a thing to say in my portion!

The first day I sat down to write my section, I realized I needed rest after the conference so I gave up and went to bed early. The next morning when I sat down to write, I realized I had a greater desire to get caught up on email, sort the piles of mail, clean my desk, clean the house, and see a full schedule of clients. The following day I tried to write, but realized the bills were due so I honored my heart and handled my finances.

Tonight I sat down again and this portion of the newsletter was still not forthcoming! I realized I was hungry, so once again I gave up, honored my heart and ate dinner, wondering all the while, "What am I going to say?" I sat down to write and the dogs wanted more attention, so I honored my heart and spent time giving them doggie massages and telling them how wonderful they are. I sat down to write and the dog started whining, so I honored my heart and his demands and let him outside. And then, as I heard the angels giggling, I realized, I was LIVING my portion of the newsletter and suddenly it was very easy and fun to write. Furthermore I am rested, have a clean desk, a clean house, am almost caught up on email, the dogs are happy, I saw clients, and the bills are paid!

When I give into the heart I am so much more productive than when I struggle to accomplish things that are not in it! We spin our wheels when we try to make ourselves do things we really don't want to do. We procrastinate, get distracted, resist. And that is not such a bad thing because it is just your internal guidance system saying either "Not needed," or "Not now."

So try, during the busy holiday season, to listen to your heart and do things in its order rather than according to your mind's rigid schedule. Watch and see how productive you can be! You may never know why the heart directs as it does. If you really don't want to pick up the cranberries from the grocery store today, perhaps it is the angels saying, "They won't be in stock until tomorrow so save yourself the trip!" And while these are silly examples, if you listen to the heart, you will make your life so much easier, and definitely much more fun!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

The love you bring to the task

By the time everyone receives this newsletter Celebrate Your Life will be almost over and I'll be celebrating the season of fall once again. Soups, hikes in the woods, and times with friends are just as important to me as the large conferences. The scale of what we do is never as important as the authenticity we bring to each task. For the last several weeks my heart and soul have been focused on the conference. Now I will be focused on my soups.

The angels say that as humans we have a tendency to think more is better. And yet serving one person is equally as important as serving the masses. The ripple effects of our lives will never be known to us until we look back after our death. I have seen this so many times. Someone had to give Martin Luther King's mother strength and inspiration so she could pass that one to her son, and yet how many of us remember her name, or the ones that supported her? Putting your heart and soul and love into cooking a pot of soup to share with friends is just as important as working in a soup kitchen... IF it is done with love. And while this is a difficult thing to grasp since we have all been raised to believe that certain activities have more merit than others, the angel contend, that the love we bring to each task is what lasts in our minds and hearts far more than what we actually accomplished. If everyone would do what is authentically in their hearts we would have no more starving or homeless people, nor would we have people starving for love or feeling far away from their home in heaven.

So never judge your life by the scale of what you accomplish. Instead look at the love you bring to each task. The smile you offer to a stranger may give them the strength they need to keep going today. The love you put in your dinner may be what your family needs to find comfort. The pray you pray in silence for a hurting soul half way across the world will send legions of angels to assist them. And by all means if you are given inspiration to do so, donate your time, money, and/or talent to those in need. Whatever you do - the angels say, do it with love, and from the authentic guidance in your heart, for this is done with the hand of God guiding you.