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Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude

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Happy Monday!  I just wanted to share what I am doing which is free!  See below the email from Deepak and Oprah ~ if you are interested in joining the free 21 day mediation, please click below and register!  I hope you have the loveliest week ahead!  Be grateful everyday!

Shine On!

xo

Today marks the first day of Manifesting Grace through Gratitude! As we set out on our journey, you may find yourself wondering, what is a mantra?
Mantras are powerful tools to support your meditation practice. These Sanskrit syllables are carefully chosen to work with and empower the teaching of the day. As you silently repeat the mantra during meditation, a few things happen:
• You quiet your mind – Repetition of the mantra helps you move beyond your thoughts and access the stillness within.
• You experience deeper awareness. The mental vibration created by the mantra allows your mind to access pure awareness.
• Make sure you won’t be interrupted – With daily use during meditation, the mantra helps your body, mind, and spirit relax into their true essence – pure potentiality and happiness.
If you find any of the mantras difficult to understand, or would like to keep track of them throughout the Experience, visit our mantra resource page for a full list of mantras and their explanations.
It is our hope that these mantras help bring the gifts of grace and gratitude into your life each day.
Namasté,
21-Day Meditation Experience Team

Interested in getting more information or trying the meditation?  Click Here!

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So, what do you want?

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“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.” – Oprah

I love this quote by Oprah ~ by midweek sometimes our energy can begin to lag, so I thought this was a great Wednesday picker-upper!  The key to success is in knowing what you want as the rest of it can fall into place once you know that key piece.

Do you know what you want?

Today let’s choose a goal to focus our energy on ~ one that we can concretely know when we’ve achieved it.  You’ve heard of manifesting, haven’t you?  Let’s pick something fun to focus our energy on, a goal that makes you smile when you’ve achieved it.  It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be something that you can achieve and see the results!

Come do this with me ~ write below a small goal for yourself.  It always helps to write it and let others know so that we can cheer you on!  If you’re in the mood to share, please do it below in the comments!

I’ll start ~ my goal is to finish cleaning the basement in my house.  We started 3 weeks ago and I want it done.  So my goal is to have it done in 2 more weeks.  There is almost 20 years of accumulation down there that has to be weeded through and thrown out.  For me, I like to save things so it is hard for me to part with objects that have sweet memories for me.  But it’s time now to let go and allow the energy of good working objects to find a new home.

What about you?

Shine On!

xo

 

 

Mid-Week Pick Me Up

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Look at the sky:  That is for YOU.

Look at each person’s face as YOU pass on the street: 

Those faces are for YOU….

Remember this when YOU wake up in the the morning and think YOU have nothing. ~ Miranda July

I received an email from Oprah today and inside were different quotes (the above being one of them).  Because it spoke to me, I thought I would pass it along to you.  As ‘Hump Day’ it’s a great reminder for the rest of the week should you need a little pick me up!

You are Loved.

Shine on!

xo

Um ~ OM ~ Day One ~ I need help!

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Today I am open to the presence of Miracles.

Day One  ~ Deepak and Oprah’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge

Today I started the Free 21 Day Meditation Challenge ~ Click Here to Join Me! and after finishing the 15 minute session, I realized that I have a lot of work ahead of me.   The simple notion that I can stay still, keep my mind focused on OM and continue to painstakingly banish the multitude of thoughts that barrage my mind as I try to keep it quiet, was in a word ~ comical.

Yes indeed.  It’s probably why year after year, I have enthusiastically begun trying to meditate only to throw in the towel after a few days into the exercise.  My monkey brain (as a friend refers to her very busy thought-drenched brain) doesn’t seem to have an off button.  It was when I was trying to meditate, truly giving it my all, that I realized just how busy the voices in my head are!  (And no, it’s not like they are telling me to do anything bad.  It’s just a running commentary, like being at the fights!)

Mediation begins:

OM…Deepak tells us that he’ll ‘mind the time’ and ring a soft bell when the mediating segment is over.  I love that ‘mind the time’ phrase.  It’s so comforting to me.  So here I am, on the couch, palms up in my lap, tv quieted, cat next to me and family asleep upstairs.  Early morning so there would be no distractions, or so I think.

OM…breathing in and out.  OM…

Oh this is nice.  Such peace and quiet.  What am I supposed to be thinking of?  Oh yes, something about today and the presence of miracles.  Wait, I’m supposed to be quiet.  Ok, OM…OM…OM..Uh oh…did I put out the garbage?  I hear the trucks outside.  Oh, but it’s Monday isn’t it?  Garbage goes out on Tuesday.  I’m safe.  Whoops.  Cat jumps off the couch and moseys into the kitchen.  No worries.  I’m still meditating.  OM…OM…OM…OM…Oh my, what is that noise?  Why is the cat meowing?  She’s so loud!  She’s going to wake them all up before my meditation is over.  Perhaps I should stop it and go see what she’s got?  Oh no, are you allowed to stop the meditation?  Meow Meow (plaintive warble coming from the kitchen)  Oh flip, did I feed her today?  That’s why she’s crying.  Do I dare engage and tell her to be quiet? it’s only got to be a few more minutes of this.  Oh geez, there I go again.  Got to get back to OM…OM…breathing in and out…how much longer do I have to sit here?  It’s been awhile….yikes, there I go again.  OM…OM…OM…how do people do this for so long? OM… Um, is this over yet because I have so much to do today.  It’s Monday, beginning of the week.  Let’s see, this one has soccer, that one has lacrosse, what’s for dinner, wow, is that my tummy rumbling?  I’m never hungry this early.   Um…back to OM…OM… Breathe in and out, I’ve heard that you should concentrate on your breathing…ok….OM….OM…. This is supposed to be relaxing, I feel tortured.  Sh…OM…OM…Um, I think I need to go to the bathroom, how much longer do you think this is going to be?  Darn, that coffee has kicked in.  I shouldn’t have had that 2nd cup before mediating….OM…OM…OM…Oh Deepak…Um please ring that bell already!  Deepak….are you minding the time?  Enough already….OM….OM….OM…my breath isn’t coming slowly, this isn’t relaxing…I need practice.  I’m terrible at this.  How can I be suffering so?  I need to do this…OM…OM…Twinkling Bell Rings Softly…Eyes fly open.  Thank Goodness!

Do you mediate?  Do you have any secrets for a beginning who really wants to be able to do this?  I would appreciate any and all suggestions!  Because 21 days is a long time and who knows what I’ll be thinking of next! HA LOL

Join me please and let’s mediate together!

I promise not to OM out loud!

Shine On! ~ Shine OM! ♥

xo

P.S.  I’m not making fun of this special series ~ I’m just making fun of myself as I really want to succeed so please help me!

Free Healing Transformation!

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Good morning!  I’m posting this free meditation invite as I’d love to connect with others who may be interested in doing this healing meditation for 21 days!  Let me know if you are doing it as well as I’d love to see how it transforms us all!  It’s free ~ come join me as we transform our health!

Shine On!

xo

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Meditate and journal with us each day on this journey toward the triad of whole wellness—body, mind, and spirit. Deepak and Oprah will be your personal guides, every day, as you embrace the vision of your best self, expand your understanding of your miraculous body, and achieve greater balance and wellbeing.

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Starting Monday, March 11, this ALL NEW, life-changing journey is free and open to everyone—worldwide! We encourage you to invite your friends and loved ones to join you and experience:

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There is no charge to participate in this transformational journey. Sign up now for our 21-Day Meditation Challenge—Perfect Health to receive your welcome information and get on the path to perfect health!

Namasté,
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Need a role model?

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Meet Nick Vujicic

Are there moments when you feel you just can’t ________(whatever, you fill in the blank)?  Well, Oprah and I KNOW FOR SURE that Nick’s inspiring story will be one you won’t forget and one that you’ll carry with you.   This morning’s spotlight is on a happily married fellow from Melbourne Australia whom you may have seen on Oprah recently.  Nick was born without limbs as you can see on the card above that I made from photos from his website listed below, but that hasn’t stopped him from living a life of joy, faith, hope, love  and a powerful will to inspire every single person whom his amazing story touches.  His courage, his fearlessness and his faith will continue to astound you ~ he’s truly an extraordinary, inspiring person who shines!

If you do nothing else, take a moment and watch this video ~ it’s sure to inspire you today!

Nick recently graced the stage on Oprah’s LifeClass with Pastor Rick Warren  You can find Nick’s spotlight during that class by clicking http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/nickhugsoprah/.

Nick’s website is abundant with ways to change lives and to inspire you to make the best out of your life!  http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/

Nick has written a few books…click on them to find out more!

You can even find more in Nick’s store ~ http://store.lifewithoutlimbs.org/

You can attend this segment of  Oprah’s Life Class by clicking http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Oprah-and-Pastor-Rick-Warren-Winning-the-Hand-Youre-Dealt

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspirational person! 

Happy Sunday to YOU!

Shine On!

xo

Breast Cancer, Boobs, Oprah and Dr. Phil

Whew…my title is a mouthful isn’t it today?  I awoke this morning in a tizzy, perhaps because one of the furbabies was gagging on a hairball right beside my bed, but I was also dreaming that I was having a good ol’ fireside chat with Dr. Phil and it wasn’t going well….for him!  Forgive me this morning, but there are a few things I have to get off my chest (yes, pun intended) and ever since I read this article, I’ve been madder than a hornet.  I should explain this in a proper manner to you so that perhaps those without having endured breast cancer can understand and for those that have endured it, well, I hope you’ll be nodding your heads in agreement.

Page 58 in Oprah’s Magazine, you know the one ~ Oprah’s Favorite Things! that has just come out recently.  On this page in particular, Dr. Phil responded to a 54 year old woman who had endured a double mastectomy 4 years ago and was having trouble because her Dr. had ‘botched the surgery, and I had to remove my implants.  Now my new surgeon says my skin is too thin for another reconstruction – which means I will never have breasts.  My husband has been supportive, but I can’t help feeling undesirable.  And I don’t feel like me.  How do I get back my old self after such a loss?”

In my dreamed fireside chat to Dr. Phil, I gave him a full piece of my mind…and I didn’t spare him at all.  I dismissed his response to this lovely lady which in part was to “write down something affirming, like “I’m a strong, intelligent, attractive woman.”  Study those words….let that affirmation be your mantra…seek help from a therapist who specializes in self-esteem issues.  I wouldn’t worry about your desirability.  Looks are not what sustain s a man’s interest in a woman.  I’m sure your husband still sees you as the beautiful and brave woman he married.  To be happy, you’ll need to start seeing yourself that way, too.”  “A change in our bodies almost always changes how we feel about ourselves, too.  But the truth is, you weren’t a better person before your surgery, and you’re not less of a woman after it.”

Ohhh…that man touched on a live wire of a nerve with me!  Last night, our chat was a no holds barred type ~ one which I was very angry at his unwillingness to realize that she’d endured breast cancer and all that the mental anguish that being diagnosed entails and I shared the fact that even 10 years later, although I am cancer free, I am still leery every time I enter the oncologist’s office to be checked.  My blood pressure skyrockets because I know first hand of what I’ve been enduring for the last 10 years and I wiggle in my seat for the next week until I get my blood test results back.

Perhaps I should just recount my rant to you…and perhaps after reading it, you’ll decide I’m angry and you don’t want to read my posts…or that perhaps you’ll think I’m menstrual (nope, had the ovaries taken at age 35), but hopefully, you’ll see the gal you know who’s usually a sunny side of the street, glass 1/2 full girl tell you in a no holds barred way what she’s endured, how she’s triumphed and how she’s still taking baby steps forward everyday.  I hope I don’t lose my readers on this one. xo

Dr. Phil and I are seated facing each other by a beautiful fire in a living room somewhere.  It’s my turn to talk.

“I, too, endured a double mastectomy at age 34.  And perhaps I’m being sexist here, but sorry Dr. Phil, no man can even come close to understanding what it feels like to have your breasts removed and to think that you advised her the way you did (which reading it today, was really sweet but not meaty enough for me)…well, it’s what set me off.  I would love to know if you would advise a prostate cancer survivor who was sad that his testicles were removed in the same way?  Because,  for to me, that’s the male equivalent ~ well, not even because they aren’t seen in daily life.  Women’s breasts are out there, exposed ~ shape & size-wise, society-wise, they are checked out by all.  Do you know what it’s like to look in the mirror everyday and see train tracks of scars across your flat, nipple-less breasts, under your armpits (lymph node removal) and to have to wear falsies which move all over the place?  Then to endure every Tom, Dick and Harry Dr. and Intern’s roving eyes on your breasts as you are seen every few weeks to see how the scars are healing…only to endure the subsequent surgeries of reconstruction until you can finally have your implants installed.

And as with your reader, I had to have my implants explanted (removed) after a few years because they hurt and I was in so much pain!  The capsular contraction which was my body’s response to foreign matter in my chest caused me so much emotional and physical pain!  The silicone implants which were supposed to look like breasts twisted under my skin to form hard, ugly balls of pain which upon removal, gave my surrounding muscles relief.  The muscles also involuntarily contract around the tissue which is part of the constant pain which plagued me.  So I endured yet another set of implants, tear drop gummie bears ~ ah, such a cute name now instead of the flat stripper boobs they were giving us in 2002!  But alas, the same situation reared it’s ugly head for me just a few years after enjoying ‘natural looking’  teardrop shaped breasts except this time one of them ruptured, leaking silicone into my already ravaged body.

Not a walk in the park Dr. Phil.  It’s painful, it’s scary and yes, it does pack a wallop to your self-esteem!  That poor woman whom you’ve advised to write and speak affirmations etc., needs a bit of sympathy…a bit of love, a bit of hope and a huge hug for what she’s endured.  It’s not easy to have to choose to not have breasts even when you want them.  I, too, have thin skin from radiation, but I was blessed to find a surgeon who is so advanced that she is using my own body’s tissue to MAKE REAL BREASTS FROM OUR MY OWN BODY!  There is an answer to her desire ~ she CAN have breasts Dr. Phil!  There are advancements now and dedicated surgeons whose talents and advancements are helping women who are enduring this common plight!

It’s one thing for a woman to feel fine after breast cancer and to not want to deal with reconstruction.  To those women, I stand up and applaud because I share your enthusiasm for the scars that show that we are strong, we are courageous and we have beaten the C word!  I have seen many beautiful photographs of women who have exposed their scars for the world to see and I find their enthusiasm contagious and their scars radiant.  As fighters and survivors of any cancer and illness, we all deserve a standing triumphant ovation for simply enduring all that we have experienced.  Because until you’ve walked in our shoes, you have no idea what you’re talking about at all!

However, it’s a major change and emotional roller-coaster to have to deal with a single or double mastectomy at any age.  A woman’s breasts can be viewed as a part of her femininity and it is a major change in the thought process to accept your new body.  While I am a girl who believes in affirmations, what your reader was asking was how to find her new normal, her new femininity and her new self, because it’s a long process Dr. Phil.”

I went on and on (perhaps I’ll do another post) but for now, I thank you for reading and for sticking this one out with me.  I started this blog as my 10 year cancerversary began and it’s morphed into more than just inspiration, cancer tidbits and SendOutCards.  It’s become a sharing place I hope…and a place of friendship.  I am thankful for all of my readers and I pray that you’ll understand my post today.

Shine On!

xo