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What Are You Doing In That Box?

“When you open to possibility, possibility enters. When you open to YOU, YOU enter.”
– from a meditation on the morning of 2/21/10

I met Lisa Nichols yesterday afternoon. If you don’t know who she is, I highly recommend that you find out (you could start with The Secret or Lisa’s book No Matter What), check out her inspirational story and get into one of her transformational workshops or other events ASAP.

Lisa knocked my socks off when she spoke at Sacred Center NY. I was so impressed I stayed for her 2-hour workshop after the service. By the end of that I was a devotee, so when she asked us to continue the conversation at her hotel room I practically offered to carry her there on my back.

The main thing I took away from that meeting, besides a new business and new business partners – which I’ll share more about soon so that you can share the wealth, was (yet again) “Get Out of The Box!”

“When you limit your self based on beliefs and stories from the past, you take a back seat in your own life.

All of the could haves, should haves, and would haves don’t matter today, right here and NOW. Once you move beyond the shelter of what was, you’ll find that what is and what can be is far more exciting and often more comfortable and prosperous. Love the stories and know that you can leave them behind. You will be just fine without them!

Where in your life are you being quiet and small? What do you want for your self? What kind of life do you dream of living? When will you start living it?

Are you willing to take a chance and jump out of the box once and for all?”

Today’s Powerful and Positive Affirmation is:
“I am in the process of growing the life of my dreams. I have all that I need, all of the time. All is well.”

Big thanks today to Lisa Nichols, Sacred Center NY, Greg Halpen and his Profound Visibility commitment/teachings, NYC libraries, the McBurney YMCA, my breath and body, sugar-free days and nights, sexy men and women who love their bodies, my book agent, editor and publisher, Mondays, and the excitement that new awareness brings.

Thanks and peace to all!

Joe

Naming What You Love

The title of today’s post was inspired by a chapter in the book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Simple Abundance is filled with “quotes, poems, meditations and practical exercises for every day of a woman’s year.” Don’t worry guys, there is version for you titled A Man’s Journey to Simple Abundance. (Why do I have the ladies version? Simple: I liked the quotes and my friend Robin was giving the book away. Thanks Robin! BTW, for years I had a copy of the book Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Dr. Christiane Northrup. Don’t be afraid to learn about women, gentlemen.)

Back to Simple Abundance. In the chapter that I happened upon this morning (in my search for a love topic), Breathnach invites the reader to ask the question “What is it that I truly love?”, and states, “The only opinion that counts from now on is your own.”

On Sunday I was working with a group of men at the monthly NYC Easton Mountain gathering and asked them to tell five other men in the room what they were passionate about. I invited them to name five passions. “I am passionate about my dogs.” “I am passionate about teaching.” “I am passionate about sex,” came the responses. It was easy for some to rattle off five passions and challenging for others.

“Telling your self and others what excites you and what inspires you is one way to attract more of that into your life. Knowing what you love brings self-awareness and enlightenment to all areas of your life. You could even begin to ask your self ‘What more can I open myself to knowing and loving?’ That attitude will attract peace of mind and peace of heart.” – At One

What, or who, do you love? Can you – dare you – name it?

Here are five things that I love:

1) Naps on the couch
2) The ocean after a storm
3) Staying up all night to finish reading a book
4) Laughing with friends
5) Sharing inspirational messages

(I could also add chocolate, sex, my family, working from home, traveling to foreign countries, meditation…)

Today’s Powerful and Positive Affirmation is:
“I love what I love.”

A big, loving gratitude wave goes out to Google, my clients, my cat, my home, the sun, my budding weather expert and friend Holly, all who pay me to facilitate Law of Attraction and Shamanism workshops, my home at the beach, my breath and body, NYC and the MTA.

Thanks and peace to all!

Joe

Bring On The Love!

Valentine’s Day is coming up on Sunday (Feb. 14th), so I thought I’d dedicate this weeks posts to the topic of love.

As I sat to type this, two examinations of love appeared on my Google News Sidebar. One is a scientific piece on how love may be measured, and the other is about an Indian woman called Amma who shares love freely through a hug (a hug that I have experienced and wrote about on this site last July).

Amma


So we’ve got science and spirit working the love angle.

Here is what my spirit had to say about the subject:

““When was the last time you danced with someone you love?

When was the last time you sat quietly, looking into the eyes of someone you love?

When was the last time you looked in the mirror and said, ‘I love you’?

Love will all ways be here, waiting for you to tune in, to acknowledge and receive it. It cannot go away. It lives, endlessly, inside of you and all things.

Love just loves.

How about you?”

Today’s Powerful and Positive Affirmation is:
“Love is all around me. I welcome it all ways.”

Today I am grateful for another opportunity to know love, to joyfully share my vision through this blog, to know and love so many amazing people, and to make money by doing what I love. I am grateful for Odwalla Mango Tango juice, the Jefferson Market Library, ever-changing technology, my new mini-notebook, new and prosperous business opportunities, and my book agent, editor and publisher.

Thanks and peace to all!

Joe

This Is To Mother You

I was standing in the kitchen chopping vegetables and listening to an assortment of music from my iTunes catalog last night when the following lyrics from the song This Is To Mother You (written and originally performed by Sinead O’Connor on her Gospel Oak EP) beckoned me to be still and listen closely:

“All mistakes made in distress
All your unhappiness
I will take away with my kiss
Yes I will give you tenderness

For child I am so glad I found you
Although my arms have always been around you
Sweet bird although you did not see me
I saw you.”

Although I’ve heard the song dozens of times I was absolutely mesmerized. Following an impulse and a recognizable call to sit in meditation, I hit the replay button on the iTunes program and walked into my dark living room in time to see the moon – half full, golden and looming large in the sky – nestled between two buildings. I sat on the floor and closed my eyes. Images of what I call the Divine Mother began to surface. The Virgin of Guadeloupe, Kuan-Yin, Kali, and an infinite number of energies that called themselves ‘the grandmothers’ sang to me and caressed me.

“All the pain that you have known
All the violence in your soul
All the wrong things you have done
I will take from you when I come”

Memories of tender and nurturing moments with lovers, friends, and family brought tears of joy to my eyes.

“And I’m here to mother you
To comfort you and get you through
Through when your nights are lonely
Through when your dreams are only blue
This is to mother you”

Sometimes I find it best not to question those experiences, so I just let it unfold. When I went to bed I could still hear the voice of ‘the grandmothers’ and see their light shining brightly over my arms, legs and head.

“Thank you,” I whispered.

Who is mothering you?

Today’s Positive and Powerful Affirmation is:
“I mother myself all ways.”

Today I am grateful for divine guidance, mothers all other the world and beyond, trust, Sinead O’Connor, music that moves me, a soft touch, dreamless sleep, early morning inspirational talks, Pandora, Nurture’s Path, deep breaths, and home-cooked meals.

Thanks and peace to all.

Joe

The Trouble With Assuming

I visited a wonderful healer named Angelica last Friday. During our time together she used the word assumptions, as in “There were a lot of assumptions in that relationship”. When she said that a huge lightbulb went off in my head and in my heart. Her words timed perfectly (of course!) with what I was tossing around in my head and which was causing, as Angelica said, “congestion.”

What happens when we make assumptions and do not communicate to the other party what we are assuming? That was the focus of a recent meditation and this is what came to me:

“When you allow your self the pleasure of knowing your self, than there is nothing to assume. In other words, know your self, love your self, and anything that is assumed by another will not bother you.

If you are the one doing the assuming, please know that there is all ways the possibility that another’s thoughts and actions may not match what you expect of them. You may assume that the other is very understanding in regard to a certain subject, so you talk and talk and talk about it, only to find much later that the other was only tolerating your behavior, not allowing you to be you, and that tolerance was causing conflicting thoughts and emotions.

Perhaps the best thing to do is to ask, ‘How do you feel about this?’, or ‘What are your thoughts regarding that?’ In this way, you have given your self and the other an opportunity to express what may be kept inside. And then you go on with your day, awake, alert and aware of the infinite possibilities that make up each moment.”

Assume with caution!

Today’s Powerful and Positive Affirmation is: “I allow All That Is to flow through me and to me. I open my heart and mind to endless beauty and abundance.”

A great big gratitude wave to all of the assumers out there, to sunny mid-week mornings, Rosa, Eduardo, Steph, Deborah, my former and future relationships, the power of meditation, prosperous new business opportunities, and my book agent, editor and publisher.

Amen.

Thanks and peace to all!

Joe

How Selfless Are You?

I recently had the great pleasure of being part of a group that organized a fundraiser for a friend in need. Well, quiet honestly, it didn’t always feel like a pleasure. I volunteered to take a leadership role and as things progressed my negative thoughts sometimes got the better of me.

It wasn’t as if I didn’t want to help, I just realized that I was not interested in doing some of the things that seemed to be required of me in order to make the event a ‘success’. So I delegated what I could and as the event date approached I began to loosen up about the remaining tasks.

On the day of the fundraiser I had lots of fun playing cheerleader and rallying attendees to bid on the auction items. “This is what I’m good at,” I thought. “This is what I enjoy.”

So once again I learned a lesson about doing what I love and allowing myself to let go of what I don’t. Super! Then I hit the bonus round: Selflessness.

I realized that as soon as I let go of thinking that the small yet necessary tasks were a bother, and got into the flow of what I love, my energy picked up, and I allowed my ‘true self’ to shine. And that helped me rediscover the pleasure of giving.

As I heard in my meditation,

“One way to be sure that you are acting from a place of pure generosity of spirit is to ask your self why you intend to do the thing that you say you are going to do. From what place inside of you does the desire to do, give, or act come from?

Perhaps when you can learn to do for you then you can truly give in a way that is selfless.

As with many things, that may require practice.

Are you willing to try?”

Sounds good to me.

Today I am grateful for the Jefferson Library, heat and hot water, sunny Mondays, instant messaging, the start of a new month, books, music, memories that make me laugh, my jobs, new and prosperous business opportunities, my book agent, editor and publisher.

Thanks and peace to all!

Joe

This is Nothing

Every once in a while I sit down to write this blog and it seems like nothing will come out of me, nothing will get written and posted.

For this piece I spent some time looking through books, searching the internet, and asking myself, “What’s the topic?”

I noticed at some point that I was not following my impulse to just allow my fingers to move over the keys and see what shows up on the computer screen. It occurred to me that perhaps nothing would get written if I didn’t follow that impulse, and sure enough, ‘nothing’ is what appeared.

“Each and every day there is nothing waiting for you. Each and every day you wake up to a world that expects nothing from you. Each and every day there is an entire galaxy of vastness that is never in need of being filled up.

Each and every day the world sings your song.

Each and every day there is just you, with nothing to do, nothing to say, nothing to think, nothing to be. You are as busy, as bored, as happy, angry or sad as you say you are.

What do you think? Is that enough? Are you enough?”

I’ll admit I read that many times before I felt the truth and strength of those ‘channeled’ words.

So be it.

Monday’s affirmation: I follow my impulses.

Today I am grateful for the nothing that is everything, for the illusions I create, for the healing power of gratitude and forgiveness, for allowing myself to let others be who they are without judgement or expectation, for a world of innocence, curiosity and wonder, for my book agent, editor and publisher, for being open all ways, for the love of friends and family, clients, co-workers, neighbors and strangers.

Thanks and peace to all!

Joe