Why Worry?

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First, let me begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year!!!! I hope you all are off to a great start for this new year, setting goals and making plans to accomplish something this year.

So, yeah…2014 was a doozy! Lol! Seriously, I am grateful the Lord kept me and blessed me with the grace to see another year but I would be remised  if I didn’t take a moment to reflect (cautiously…no need to beat a dead horse) on 2014.

You see, 2014 for me was much like the Winters we have here in Ohio. If you don’t know, Ohio weather can be a little CRAZY, to say the least. All jokes aside, one day its bright, sun is shining and you are up and feeling good about the day. The next day…its gray, windy and raining cats and dogs. (Side note: I never understood what that saying actually meant…one day, I will take the time to research the meaning behind raining furry animals).

Totally sidetracked, where was I? Ok, yes the CRAZY weather of Ohio. Let me not forget the creme-de-la creme…Ohio Snow. Ohio Snow sucks – plain and simple. Its frigid cold and most of the time the flakes are huge and wet and they cause an absolute mess for travelers who completely forget how to drive once this wet mess hits the pavement. {inserting a moment to catch my breath} Can you feel the frustration rising…but I digress. Winter anywhere is tough, which also includes the winter season of our lives.

Winter is the season where it seems like nothing is happening. The season where you take one step forward and end up taking two steps back. The season where challenges are raging like storms. The season where you feel alone, depressed and discouraged. Winter is just flat out tough.

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To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the season. 

~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Well, 2014 and even this early part of 2015, feels much like the season of Winter. Closed doors, missed opportunities, challenges around every corner, visits to the hospital, one trip to the funeral home and a fiery microwave (true story for another time). But in the midst of all this blizzard like chaos, there is the peacefulness of God’s Grace that encourages me every day. I know that through this Grace I can (and must) continue to PRESS FORWARD despite the rage and fierceness of the storm because I realize that God is more than the Blessing and the Grace…he is also the storm. If he is the storm, than Why Worry? Why doubt? Why get wrapped up in the Winters of our lives when he is the ONE that has orchestrated this very moment you and I are sharing right now. It is this Winter season that will change the trajectory of my life. It is in this season that I am learning the virtue of patience, timing, faith and peace.

You don’t need everything to be right in your life in order to be all right. You don’t need happiness in your life in order to choose happiness. You don’t need money to start dreaming. You don’t need an education to pursue your dream. You don’t need a partner to realize your dream. The one thing you do need is God. Allow him to come into your life and establish some unshakeable roots.

I believe real roots are established in the Winter; the deeper the root, the stronger the plant. On the contrary, the more shallow the root, the weaker the plant. Think about the kind of life you want to have. Do you want to spend your life being blown around by the wind and storms of life? Do you want to continue to feel hopeless and helpless every time something bad happens? OR do you want to know the true promises of God, which tell you:

  •   That you are the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath.~ Deuteronomy 28:13
  •  That you can do all things through Christ who Strengthens You. ~Philippians 4:13
  • That with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. ~Matthew 19:26
  • That we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. ~2 Corinthians 4:16
  • That God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

These are only a few of the promises that God has told us are ours, if only we believe. So, do not be discouraged if you’re in a rut (a.k.a. winter season) right now. Know that this time in your life has meaning and value. Don’t spend your time wishing this season away because Spring and Summer will be here before you know it. Instead, take time to establish your roots in the ground by putting in the work and by reading the word of God everyday. Step out on Faith and get ready to see where the Lord and his Grace take you next!

Until next time!

Remember to Live for the Journey!

Day 6 of Meditation Challenge – Feeling Hope

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Hope Lights My Path

If your just joining me or happen to come across my little blog space, I am participating in a 21-Day Meditation Challenge that you can learn more about here. I would encourage you to at least give this a try, if only to try something new. My posts are a few days behind the actual meditations but thats ok! My plan was to show up for the process of Meditation and memorialize my thoughts and experiences thru my blog, and hopefully unlock some areas (or things) inside of me that have been weighing me down.

Today, is one of those days where I am reminded that I am exactly where I need to be. Although I completed this meditation a few days ago…today is the day that I needed this message the most.

Meditation Takeaway: Just as a man can not live without dreams, one can not live without hope. Hope is the force that grounds you and lifts you up at the same time. It is not passive. Its a choice, often a daily choice that we all have to decide to make. Hope will open a new path where there was no path.

You know that feeling of being trapped right? I know we all do. Trapped by the everyday crap of life. Well, hope looks pass all of that. Recognize that we have no clue what’s around the next corner of our lives. But here we are making judgments and decisions based off the limited information and forecasting ability that we have. Yeah, your situation might look bleak right now….but that is JUST RIGHT NOW!

Hope is here to remind us that there is MORE…you don’t need to know what MORE is right now because if you did than you would. Because you don’t, I feel pretty confident that your not quite ready for the MORE that’s planned for you just yet.

So what do we do? We give in to the process of life and our journey and choose HOPE. When you are connected to yourself, you will sense what you need to do to improve any situation. Today, I felt a little hopeless…I knew what I needed to do. I needed to think…write…create. Everyday that I choose to do this, not knowing what the end result will be, is a day that I am choosing HOPE.

I AM LETTING GO and CHOOSING HOPE! 

~Shayla

Day 5 of Meditation Challenge – Feeling Playful

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Day 5…Feeling Playful

Well, this meditation was right on time. Lately, I have felt so tired. Drained. Wiped out. Ready for something other than what’s in front of me right now, which is work. Ha! Don’t get me wrong I am grateful for my job, Lord knows I worked hard enough to get here. But everyone needs a break…a moment to unplug…a moment to relax!

Meditation Takeaway: When you take time to relax and let go, you become more open, receptive and alive. Once you are in a state where you are open and receptive, messages from the Source can (and will) begin to reveal themselves to you in the most magical way. What does that mean? You can’t make any decision when your head is cloudy, distracted, anxious, stressed, irritated, fed up…you get my drift? You have to unplug your stereo (your brain) in order to hear the speaker (God) better!

If that means taking a break…take one!

Need a vacation…book it today!

Need a day off…take 2…if you can! Lol!

We have too many distractions these days (internet, social media, TV, celebrities), which makes us feel like we always need to be doing something OR thinking something OR feeling something. RELAX!

Pick up a book and RELAX!

Break out that old Mario Kart and RELAX!

Head to the theme park or outlets this weekend and RELAX!

Feeling playful is at the core of your happiness. Play creates balance and we all must have balance if we want to live and breathe true happiness!

Until next time.

Feeling Playful

~Shayla

Day 4 of Meditation Challenge – Feeling Love

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Day 4…Feeling Love.

So this wasn’t your average sappy “love” message. Thank goodness!  This was a message that reminded me (us) that we are LOVE. That our very essence of who and what we are is LOVE.

Meditation Takeaway: When you discover your true self (which is LOVE) then you have discovered LOVE that no one can take away! Amazing…right? Most people spend their lives searching and looking in all the wrong places for a LOVE that actually exists inside themselves. We all have heard it said before – how can you love someone, if you don’t love yourself? Well, there really is some truth to that statement. You want LOVE, then start practicing LOVE right where you are!

Now, I understand that we live in a society that tells us all the time that YOU are not enough…that you need more to get more…that you should be more to feel loved, etc. So, far be it from me, Deepak or Oprah to try and step in after one Meditation and convince everyone that YOU ARE LOVE and have people actually believe it. But this Meditation Challenge, amongst other things, is about AWARENESS. And once the curtain is pulled back on the tomfollery that we all have come to accept, thats when the seed of awareness is planted. And if you continue to water that seed, at some point you will begin to see the true manifestation of that seed which is LOVE.

How does one water a seed of “Love Awareness”? Well, Im glad you asked!

Try repeating over and over…I AM LOVE. Don’t you laugh…I am serious! To yourself repeat…I AM LOVE.

Look in the mirror and repeat…I AM Love.

And then one day, when something (or someone) appears to be dressed up like LOVE, does something contrary to what LOVE is…because LOVE is who you are, you’ll kick whatever that thing or person is to the curb and won’t look back!

Until next time!

Feeling Love

~Shayla

Day 3 of Meditation Challenge ~ Feeling Peace”

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If that’s not a peaceful image, I don’t know what is! Here, we are at Day 3…Feeling Peace.

Meditation Takeaway: There are various levels of peace: Peace of Mind where your not worried or stressed; Peace that leaves you free from Anxiety about the future ,which allows you to feel safe and secure; Peace that comes from Self-acceptance, you are happy with who you are; and Spiritual Peace, also known as the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Spiritual Peace is the content stillness of your soul. When your soul is content, your heart and mind are also content. This is the type of peace that can’t be taken away from you. Peace in the soul is the underlying fundamental element of happiness! 

I know this type of Peace…this peace that comes over you and thru you when everything around you appears to be in totally chaos. It’s a personal peace; it will look and feel different for everyone but you will know it when it arrives. It’s as if you are standing out on the end of that pier in that picture above and a Level 5 Hurricane starts up around, destroying everything in its path but YOU. You feel no worry about life, no anxiety, no what ifs, perhaps even, no fear! AND if you do happen to feel those things…you are not shaken, nor are you moved. That’s the Spiritual Peace that leads to true, unshakeable happiness. That is what we should strive for, not just momentary peace, but peace that comes from our Source and that fills us up completely!

How beautiful…Feeling Peace!

~Shayla

Day 2 of Meditation Challenge – Feeling Inspired

 

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Day 2…I was up bright and early. Well, not that early…early enough that I needed my hot cup of joe! Ha, who am I kidding, I have a hot cup of joe if it’s 6am or 6pm!  Anywho, I felt more ready and prepared for today’s meditation than I did on Day 1. And I am ok with that. If you read my initial Meditation Challenge post, I wrote about not feeling any type of pressure to meditate perfectly. Honestly, I don’t know if such a thing actually exists. My goal is to show up every day for the process of Meditation and lean into the Experience. If something wonderful happens that day…awesome, if not…than thats ok too! It’s all about the process but I will save that message for another post.

Meditation Takeaway: To be inspired is to be happy because you are filled with spirit. To be filled with spirit is to be happy. There is a deeper level that I feel that we should be operating on. Sometimes, life feels so surface, no one asks real questions, and quite honestly, no expects real answers. No one thinks for themselves – we allow the images of Facebook and Instagram to dictate our mood, our activisim, our relationships and our own self-respect. Connecting to the spirit; thus, being inspired is a prompt for us to engage a bit further than just surface level…in our personal lives and with other people. This is a call for us to truly connect or for us to find where our connectedness truly lies. Perhaps, its at this point where inspiration lies…where we are able to go beyond what we see and move towards the inspiration that can only come from our spirit.

Feeling Inspired!

~Shayla