Get Back on the Bike!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ~Albert Einstein

In the early morning ‘waking hours’ when I was aware but not fully in the body I clearly saw a bicycle leaning on a concrete wall.

I was a bit confused at the seemingly random image so I asked the question “what’s the bike doing there” and the reply came quickly “get back on the bike”.

Now I should probably explain that many years ago I taught myself to do what I call ‘dream walking’. The general idea is to have awareness in my dreams so I can observe, find meaning and ask questions. The only rules are while I can observe and ask questions I can’t change the direction or outcome of the dream.

The point is to open up to a deep level of consciousness and see what I’m processing and learning. You could say I’m observing and making conscious what is usually unconscious in the dream state. One of the many benefits of ‘dream walking’ is that I remember my dreams and the answers that I receive in those dreams.

In this particular dream seeing the bike leaned up against the wall didn’t seem all that profound. There wasn’t a lot of color in the image. It was just a bike leaning on a wall in what looked like a back alley of some sort. When I asked more questions (of myself) as I observed the scene I saw ‘the bigger picture’.

Around the corner from where the bike was positioned there were beautiful vistas, countless paths, bright orange sunlight glistening on fields and mountains. Everything was wide open. I, of course, asked the next logical question, “what’s this got to do with the bike?” and again I heard “get back on the bike”.

In those early morning hours before I was fully awake I looked back and forth from the dingy alley with little to no color, to the magnificent vistas filled with light. It was only then I remembered turning into the alley, falling off my bike and then propping it against the wall.

I was standing at the corner between the alley and the path for quite some time but all I could see was the small, dirty, grey alley. Apparently I became stuck in that little alley forgetting the bike was not only there to carry me out but to make the journey easier. A bike can surely take you farther with less effort that your legs right? It was a simple yet profound answer. “Get back on the bike”.

There’s a reason for the saying if you fall off a bike get right back on. The same applies if you get stuck in a picture. You don’t have to keep staring at a grey alley with the very means to continue right in front of your eyes possibly propped up against a wall.

Sometimes it simply takes recognizing you’re a bit stuck; then all you have to do is turn your head towards the light, step out of the picture, dust yourself off and “get back on the bike.”

So many answers in those waking hours put a smile on my face. In fact I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to greet the day. I’m not sure what you have planned for your day but me, I’m getting back on the bike. Won’t you join me? Shine Your Light~Debbie

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Do You Live and EmbodyYour Spiritual Practice?

meditation-pool“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”~Jon Kabat-Zinn

Do you have a spiritual practice like prayer, meditation, gratitude etc? What is yours and what is the purpose?

Everyone probably has a different answer because in addition to thousands of different types of spiritual practices there are equally thousands of different reasons. No matter how you practice I’d be willing to bet you feel better at some point afterwards. I say ‘at some point’ only because there are some practices that bring awareness to things that are initially disturbing to acknowledge. Otherwise, in general, most of us feel better afterwards.

We release resistance, we pray for ourselves and others, we work on gratitude, and practice however we do then, when we are feeling better and most pleased with ourselves, we get up and go about our day. The question of the day is this, once you’ve completed your spiritual practice do you embody the practice and incorporate it into your everyday life?

What if you went beyond the point of meditating or praying or gratitude (or whatever your spiritual practice) and decided to (as my mentor and spiritual teacher Michael Tamura says) “live the miracle”? This life IS a miracle to be enjoyed and lived to its fullest!

A friend of mine recently wrote about a profound realization she experienced. “I’m finding that my prayer, meditation, gratitude, and the other things I consider my “spiritual practice” are actually just preparations. And that the real spiritual practice is going out into the world and getting down in the dirt with mine and other’s character defects and the reality of life on life’s terms.”

She is so right. Your spiritual practice is not only practice but a preparation for you to go out into the world to embody and live it. It’s not a one and done proposition. We move through our world and face different challenges every day. Life is clearly about the journey not the destination.

We are growing and changing every day and our spiritual practice helps prepare us for the journey. It prepares us to uncover, accept and forgive things within ourselves and increase our awareness. It helps us accept and forgive others as a result of seeing ourselves (and them) in a different light.

My friend went on to say “Accepting that being in the world is practice makes the transition from quiet time feel less like a sharp edge in my chest!”. I loved that response because there are times it really does feel like a sharp blade cutting through us. For sensitive people, the world can feel like a harsh slap in the face after sitting home peacefully in meditation.

When you choose to “live the miracle” you move through the world differently. You are more aware and more prepared for what life brings you. You may not realize it but you already do bring a certain part of your spiritual practice with you AND it has an effect on every single person you meet even if you don’t speak with them.

A consistent spiritual practice helps us live our purpose and become the best person we can be.  Our practice grows a space to be more caring and compassionate with ourselves and others. It helps us open our hearts, move past inner pain and, most importantly, it prepares us to embody spirit and live the miracle we call life~Shine Your Light Debbie 

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Take Off Your Mask Challenge!

mask-challengeShe did not know yet how sometimes people keep parts of themselves hidden and secret, sometimes wicked and unkind parts, but often brave or wild or colorful parts, cunning or powerful or even marvelous, beautiful parts, just locked up away at the bottom of their hearts.

They do this because they are afraid of the world and of being stared at, or relied upon to do feats of bravery or boldness. And all of those brave and wild and cunning and marvelous and beautiful parts they hid away and left in the dark to grow strange mushrooms—and yes, sometimes those wicked and unkind parts, too—end up in their shadow.”~Catherynne M. Valente

I recently returned from a fabulous Mastery Retreat in Mount Shasta. As a Halloween party of sorts we were asked to put together a costume that will somehow show a deeper facet of our souls. A part of us we haven’t necessarily expressed in the world. For me, that meant having to look behind the mask I’ve always worn; the way I show myself to the world.

One would think it would be easy to create a costume of our own expression but for me it was quite difficult. Creating a costume to express who I am, meant I actually had to look at who I am and as you probably know, this is not an easy task.

Finally I decided to bring along a purple feather boa and 2 headbands. One headband had a halo and the other had devils ears attached. I wasn’t sure what I was trying to say but for whatever reason, those items seemed right. The best part about the story is after toiling and un-necessarily stressing I forgot to pack all the aforementioned items!

The night of the party, I showed up without a costume but with my amusement. A mic was set up for everyone to explain their fabulous and super creative costumes. There were inter-galactic light beings, emissaries of the universe, scribes, unicorns and spiritual guides. I watched and listened in awe of the creative expression! Since I didn’t have a costume, I was not going to approach the mic but then it hit me….

I have worn a mask all my life! I have hidden a part (not all but a part) of me, in essence, under a bushel, behind a mask, my entire life! I wasn’t supposed to wear a costume. I was supposed to take one off and be me. I was supposed to shine from the inside out.

I stood in front of the mic, with no costume and told everyone in the room I came as ME because I’ve worn a mask my whole life. I told them I finally took off my mask and here I am. I told them I took up personal narrative story telling to help me express not just stories of others, but to express MY stories.

It was very liberating to say “Hey, I’ve had this mask on and now I’m taking it off.” Did I feel vulnerable? Yes. Did I feel like I was standing up there naked with no costume? Yes, because it was the truth but it is also true it was the very thing I needed to do.

Dressing up and wearing a costume is fun! We can be someone we are not. We might even be able to express ourselves and share things too painful to express if we didn’t have that mask BUT at some point, it becomes more painful to live behind the mask; too painful to hide and disconnect from others and ourselves.

At some point we all need to take off our masks, express ourselves and show the world who we are. For every supposedly ‘wicked and unkind’ part we keep hidden there are brave, colorful, powerful, marvelous, and beautiful parts, just waiting to be expressed.

Are you willing, ready and able to take on a challenge? I challenge you to take off your masks and let the world see just a small hidden part of you. I know it will take courage so be bold and brave! In a world of so many masks, stand out by taking yours off and shining your light!~Debbie

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Full Moon Ritual

Full Moon Ritual: Make it simple and meaningful

Full Moon Ritual“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.”~Edward Lear

The upcoming full moon on May 21, 2016 will emit a spirited frequency that will surely leave you feeling more playful than in recent weeks.

We can start to celebrate (nearing) the end of a tumultuous Mercury Retrograde by turning our attention within and taking those last few reflective moments as Mercury hangs in the sky preparing to move forward on May 22nd.

This is a time to literally “dance by the light of the moon” and if you happen to be lucky enough to live near a body of water you can do it “hand in hand, on the edge of the sand”. Full moon rituals don’t have to be complicated and there is no right or wrong way to do them.

A full moon ritual honors the cycles and so it’s best to follow your intuition and do what you are guided to do. Create your ritual consciously, with intent and add those elements that hold great meaning for you.

Spend a few days before the full moon thinking about what is meaningful for you. What is your goal? Are you looking to create space for manifesting love or money or beautiful moments? Are you looking to release that which no longer serves you?

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”~Norman Vincent Peale

The beauty of a full moon is it illuminates “the dark side” and therefore allows us to see with more clarity so we can heal those areas that we are now able to see. The energy of each full moon is different so each ritual might be slightly different depending on where your spirit takes you.

A full moon reflects light and with the tail end of Mercury Rx in our midst, we have a wonderful opportunity to truly light up what lights us up! We have an opportunity to connect with our spirit-self and our inner light in a new way.

“The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”~Tahereh Mafi

Embrace the moon and all it gives us. Honor the moon as the light in the darkness. Again, find what is most meaningful for you.

Years ago I was on a woman’s retreat near the Mojave desert and we decided to walk into the desert, form a circle and chant while each of us took a few moments to talk about what it means to be a part of a sacred circle. We didn’t know what we were doing. We didn’t follow a particular “ritual”.

We did what felt right to each of us. We created space for each woman to speak her truth and then we danced with playful abandon. We giggled and howled at the moon. We soaked up the energy of the moon all the while honoring each other in the process.

Just in case you’d like a bit of direction, here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Ask yourself what your goal is for the ritual? Do you want to create space to heal? To manifest love or money or something else? Identify your goal and set your intent for the ritual.
  2. Mark the time you’d like to complete your ritual on your calendar. This helps ground the space AND it’s more likely you’ll actually do it.
  3. Honor the moon for it is there for your always. Honoring the moon can be as simple as looking up at the glorious ball of light and giving thanks to it. As long as you’re looking up, thank the stars too!
  4. Surround yourself with things that hold meaning. You can create an altar or hold in your hand one simple object that holds great meaning for you or simple “be” in a place you enjoy.
  5. Close your eyes and do a brief meditation to connect yourself (ground) with the earth and the cosmos.
  6. Create a space to release that which no longer serves.
  7. Let your mind playfully jump from thought to thought as you ground, center and release.
  8. With your eyes still closed and a smile on your face look up and feel the moon shining on your face. Literally soak up the energy of the moonbeams! You can even bring the energy in through the top of your head and allow it to gently flow through your entire body.
  9. Be sure to ask (or put into motion) your intent or your goal and let it go.
  10. Once you’re in the flow of the moon connected with the earth thank yourself and enjoy that space for however long you wish!

The most profound change happens when we do things that hold great meaning. Make your full moon ritual fun and meaningful. Allow it to change you so you have more space to create, more space to heal and more space to be happy!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Debra is a gifted Clairvoyant Reader, Energy Healer, Author, and Intuitive Business Consultant providing insight and guidance to clients around the world. In addition to her clairvoyant readings, business consulting and healing work Debra also offers one to one personal empowerment sessions and leads meditation workshops to help people heal and awaken to their own truth and spiritual gifts.

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Exploring Your True Purpose

Exploring Your True Purpose“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”~Mark Twain

Many people go through their lives asking the age-old questions; why am I here, what is my purpose?

It is most certainly an important day when we receive the answer to those questions BUT have you considered the possibility that there is more than one “why”? What if instead of looking for your purpose, you discover you are already living it each day?

We are all many things to many people. We influence countless lives because when we touch someone’s life, they touch someone and then they touch someone and it goes on infinitely. Every word, deed and touch has purpose but we may never be fortunate enough to find out. It isn’t until we embrace and love ourselves that we open up to our true purpose.

We each have our roles to play.

You are powerful beyond measure whether you realize it or not but not one of us can physically be everywhere assisting every single person on the planet at any given moment. We each have our roles to play. As we embrace those roles we discover our purpose.

We may not receive an award for our role. Our “why” might not come in an epiphany. We can recognize how our role affects the lives of others by simply being present and aware. We have the opportunity to affect a life by looking into someone’s eyes and acknowledging their presence.

Several years ago I did a reading for a lovely woman. When I looked at her clairvoyantly I saw she was surrounded by dark energy that was not her own; Underneath was a bright, creative, colorful soul. She didn’t tell me much prior to our session other than she felt stuck and unable to create.  She also didn’t ask too many questions. By the end of our reading she was much brighter but I had no idea how the session dramatically affected her life.

A few years later I received an email thanking me. Her words, filled with heartfelt gratitude and enthusiasm, literally jumped off the page! In her email she said that prior to our session she felt isolated, alone and that she was contemplating suicide.

She said that during our session she felt safe for the first time in her life and in that safety she found hope. From the hope she reached out and found a therapist to help guide her through a very painful journey. The best part of this story is when she shared the joy of her “new” life.

She was happy in her marriage and felt love beyond “anything she could have imagined”. She got pregnant and gave birth to a gorgeous daughter and the demand for her art was off the charts! I read that letter with tears of joy and my heart grew as I realized a part of my purpose.

Who knows what this woman will go on to do? Who knows what her daughter will do? Who knows if her art will inspire another artist. Maybe she tells her story and gives someone else hope.

As we move through the world our purpose reveals itself in many ways. We will probably receive many ‘whys’ during our lifetime. We may not be able to put into words our exact purpose but we do know what feels good. Our purpose may be revealed in a series of seemingly small validations, or it might come all at once.

Not all of us are destined to write a Pulitzer Prize winning novel, receive an Academy Award, or discover a cure for cancer or AIDS BUT at some level we each play a very important supporting role so others can fulfill their purpose.

Who knows if the person you inspire will take that into the world to inspire someone else and so on. Who knows if you gave hope and saved a life as you smiled at the stranger on the street. Who knows if you brightened the day of the next Steven Hawking or Neil Armstrong.

Each of us has a purpose. Embrace your role and do what you do well. Do it from the heart. Do what you do best for THAT is your purpose!

While I’d like to think the “most” important day is when we find out why, each day is important. Live your life with purpose on purpose!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Step Out of the Shadows! It’s Time to Shine!

Shadow“Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark”~Zen Proverb

A shadow is caused by a shape or object placed in front of a light source. In fact without the light, there would be no shadow; It would simply be darkness.

How often does our attention go towards the shadow without a moments thought of the light that’s already there? How often do we get in the way of our light then find ourselves engulfed in the shadows,  never thinking we are good enough because we don’t see the light?

It’s easy to get caught up in the darkness and isolation of the shadow self; To hide and immerse yourself in the shadow of self-doubt, self-loathing or self-punishment and so I now ask….when was the last time you chose to look at your own light?

When was the last time you chose to see at all those places where you really shine? What if doing so was as easy as turning around to look at yourself? Think about it. Where there is a shadow, there is light yet how often do you find yourself staring at the darkness of the shadow? If you are only seeing the shadow side, you are denying the light.

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Keep in mind I’m not suggesting shadows are bad. Shadows give us a beautiful perspective when we have our amusement and consider we are being illuminated from another angle.

Creating shadows is great fun! Remember how much you enjoyed making shadow animals on the wall or making shapes in the sunlight?

What I am encouraging you to do here is to turn around, so to speak. Look at your light and not only see it BUT STAND IN IT! See what is already there!

Once you decide to see your light you may even discover the shadow you were so focused on wasn’t even your shadow, it was someone else’s. If you’re trying to “solve” or “fix” something and things aren’t changing it’s a good bet IT IS NOT YOUR ENERGY! Simply allow whatever it is you’ve tried to solve simply ‘be’ then bid it a fond farewell as you let it go.

Are you ready to step out of the shadows? Are you prepared to see your light?  If so, grab your sunglasses because you will truly be in for a treat! You are light and bright and your shadow is fun to play with! Get ready! It is time to shine!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Shake it Up Challenge!

Shake it Up, Try Something New Challenge!

Shake it Up Challenge!“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.”~Henry Van Dyke

When was the last time you tried something new? When was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone by simply changing the route you walk (or drive) to work? Went to see a play or movie? Visited a friend you haven’t seen in a while? Went to a new restaurant, visited an art museum or took a walk in nature? When was the last time you did something you used to enjoy but, due to the busy-ness of life, haven’t done it in a long time?

Maybe your “routine” has become a habit and maybe that very routine is keeping you from flourishing and moving forward! How about shifting that routine from the unaware mundane to the aware and exciting?!!! How about shaking it up a bit to increase your awareness?!!

Our routines become our habits and our habits become those areas where we have the least awareness! If you’ve felt stuck, depressed, you’re having a challenge releasing energy and/or it feels like there’s no forward movement in your life maybe it’s time to try something new and exciting!

“I wasn’t losing my focus but I was getting tired of focusing. What I was focusing on was becoming too routine, too ritual, not something that was interesting, new and exciting.”~Picabo Street

When we get used to focusing on the negative and releasing the same things over and over we are actually causing a habit to be born. Anything we do day in and day out, in other words our routine, leads us to go on auto pilot. Of course there are times when this works in our favor like flossing and brushing your teeth every day or choosing healthy foods. Those are for sure good habits to have BUT when it comes to energy work the routine becomes the mundane and no longer feeds your spirit and soul.

The more comfortable in our routines the harder it is to create change and transformation. No matter how much we want things to change there is an element of fear that comes up. We even get comfortable in our pain. Why? Because it’s all too familiar! We know how to deal with it. The reality is that “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”~Neale Donald Walsh

There are empirical studies that show if you repeat a behavior often enough, your “synaptic pathways are going to get worn.” Well, what if we consciously, mind-fully and gently re-energize our synaptic pathways?

“The less routine the more life.”~Amos Bronson Alcott

How about we shake things up a bit? How about we stop “waiting” for things to clear, “waiting” for inspiration or “waiting” for someone else to give us a break? How about we “shift” our routine, “shift” the mundane, get un-stuck and bring a little excitement into our lives? The “Shake it Up, Try Something New Challenge” is easy. All you have to do is commit to doing something new, or something you haven’t done in a long time, every week for the next couple of months.

The new (or renewed) can be a simple as moving your mat to the other side of the room in yoga class or getting up early to go for a walk. Maybe discover a new restaurant or try a new food. Take an art class, visit a museum, or schedule lunch with a friend. It can also be more daring and out of the box like skydiving or climbing a mountain. Whatever it is for you that’s new or something you’ve wanted to do for a long time…go ahead. DO IT!

You can do this any time but I’m creating a Facebook Event on my Clairvoyant Readings by Debra page and you are welcome to join us! Feel free to leave your comments or post pictures about what you’re doing on the “Shake it Up, Try Something New Challenge” event on Facebook or just add your comments, thoughts or pictures here.

It’s time to get excited about doing something new! It helps shift your energy, feeds your spirit, gives you something to look forward to and will “shake you” out of your routine! Join us! Your spirit will thank you!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Overwhelmed? 4 Ways to Give Yourself More Breathing Room

When life gets overwhelmingBreathing Room sometimes we just need more space to breathe and sort it all out. Despite the deadlines, responsibilities and work that needs to be completed, giving ourselves a little more elbow room makes a huge difference.

Giving ourselves more space allows release and forward motion instead of that stuck, and often times, sick feeling from whatever it is that’s become overwhelming.

Giving ourselves more breathing room is simple although sometimes we become obsessed and in effort “trying” to give to ourselves space. Effort doesn’t work. Trying does not work. ALLOWING things to BE works!

There is no mistake that I mentioned “giving to ourselves” several times because it makes a difference when we take time to GIVE TO OURSELVES.

Here are some tried and true ways to give yourself more space and breathing room:

  1. Make a “To Do” list. Sometimes being overwhelmed comes from trying to ‘remember’ all you have to do. The great part of a “To Do’ list is you can check things off the list but you can also add to the list. Keep in mind you don’t have to finish the entire list at once. Prioritize and complete one task at a time. I know this will be difficult for you multi-taskers out there but the more you focus on one task at a time, the less overwhelmed you will feel and little by little I promise you everything will get done.
  2. Step away from Social Media. Also see multi- tasking listed above! I love my social connections as much as you do BUT it’s amazing how easy it is to get sucked in. How often have you been in the middle of something and decide to take a Facebook or Twitter break? If you need a break from the task there is almost always an energy involved. You may have hit an energy that simply needs to be released so take a break FOR YOURSELF. Step away from whatever you’re doing, bring your attention back to you and reconnect with your body. How you may ask? By sitting down and BREATHING! Focus on YOU for a few moments. Notice how you’re feeling and BE with that feeling. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stuck allow that feeling to bubble up and acknowledge it’s there.
  3. Take a Walk. When you change your environment you change your perspective. The important thing here is to notice your surroundings. You’ve heard the saying “stop and smell the roses”? When you’re stuck in your head trying to reconcile the past or worrying about the future AND you’re trying to get other work done it’s time to bring your conscious awareness to the present. No matter how “busy” you are if you’re head is not in the “game” you won’t get much done. If you’re you can go outside to “see” and be a part of nature, great! If you’re in an office stand up, stretch, look around you and acknowledge your physical surroundings. Of course this is a good time to breathe and see #2!
  4. Meditation. There is a Zen adage that says “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy;then you should sit for an hour.”  Well, what if I told you that one hour of meditation not only gives you breathing room but gives you more time? Turning your attention inward helps increase mental clarity, awareness AND, in essence, gives you more time because you’ll be able to complete your tasks without resisting or feeling overwhelmed. If you don’t have an hour, see #2 and #3. Once you step away, take a moment to ground and connect with your body. Even 5 minutes will help during a busy day. When you take time to care for what’s going on inside you, you’ll be able to more effectively take care of those things outside of you. If you don’t know how to meditate or would like a guided meditation to transform chaos to calm CLICK HERE for a free meditation gift from me to you.

Giving yourself more breathing room is important for your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The more breathing room you have, the less overwhelming life will be no matter what’s going on. Take time to smell the roses. You’ll be glad you did!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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You ARE a Soul; You have a body….

soulYou do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

How often do we forget or get the two mixed up? It is in remembering our soul we can step out of our pain, move away from ego based body responses and change our circumstances.

Remembering we are a soul reminds us of our infinite existence and allows us to tap into lifetimes of experience. It reminds us to take care of our bodies which are only here for a finite amount of time.

Each time we say hello and acknowledge ourselves as souls we are breathing life into our spirit. We are making our spirit come alive within us. We are acknowledging we are MORE than just a body. We are acknowledging our divinity.

Remembering we are a soul also means taking responsibility for the body we have. Caring for our bodies is paramount to enlivening our spirit. It gives our spirit a space to come alive, to bring forth and infuse all we do with enthusiasm and joy. Think about it this way; Do you take care of the things you have? The things you have are not who you are but you care for them. The things you have do not define you. Your body does not define you for you are so much more.

It’s important to note that being a soul with a body is not mutually exclusive. In other words in this lifetime one simply cannot exist without the other. Your spirit lives forever, your body does not. When you bring your spirit alive from within you strengthen the process of working in harmony with all that you have and all that you are.

Remember…You do not have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body. Bring your spirit to life within you by remembering!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Count Your Blessings Not Your Stressings!

Rainbow BlessingsRepeat after me “I’m too blessed to be stressed!” There, didn’t that feel good? If you rolled your eyes or your thoughts immediately went to all the things putting pressure on you, it’s time to start counting your blessings not your stressings!

In this world of information overload it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stuck in those things that cause stress in our lives. In our personal lives there are deadlines to meet, children to take care of, demanding bosses, relationship issues and for many money is tight to put it mildly. Add to that your interactions on social media like pets who need to be saved, prayer requests and social or political action that simply cannot just wait.

It seems that everything needs to be done right now and although we’ve been blessed with technology beyond what anyone could have imagined a few, short 10 years ago to help us we are even more stressed than ever. Stress and worry seem to consume even the best of us leaving our minds racing and our bodies with a sense of unease. There is a whole new meaning for the “rat race”.  Stress is “equal opportunity” and no one is totally immune. That said, let’s break down what stress really is so you can start counting your blessings!

Stress plain and simple is your energy and focus outside of you. It is your thoughts and attention on the tasks you have to complete IN THE FUTURE, the fear of what MAY OR MAY NOT happen in the future or the fear a task will not be completed. Stress is your body’s way of reacting to challenges and one reacts to those challenges in a variety of ways. Stress and overwhelm are a part of everyone’s life and more than ever before we all have a lot on our plates (an understatement for me).

The biggest challenge tends not to be what is stressing you but getting “stuck”  and working hard to “get rid of” the stress. When you are working hard or feel stuck you are in resistance; And what you resist you become. When you are in effort (and or resistance) you can be sure that energy is going to stick around for quite some time. Yes there is a lot to do, challenges to overcome and deadlines to be met but when you start focusing on your blessings and allowing everything to simply BE you move through the challenges faster and possibly even with grace and ease.

Shifting your focus can be as easy as looking around you and counting your blessings. You are blessed If you’re reading this to have a computer or device to read it. You are blessed if you have a place to stay and food on the table. If you have friends or even just one friend you are blessed. If you have clothing, you are blessed. Why not start a list of all the blessings in your life and pay particular attention to your immediate surroundings because there are blessings around you now!

Ask yourself if worrying about getting something done will get it done faster? Ask yourself if stressing over an outcome changes it? Ask yourself if anything in the past you worried about came to pass and if it did was it even half as bad as how stressed you were about it at the time? Ask yourself how effective and efficient you are when you let the stress get the best of you. Now find some amusement and give me a good belly laugh at what you just noticed!

Think of it this way, if you’re staring intently or have your eyes clamped shut worrying that the storm might sweep you away you will surely miss the rainbow showing you that light is still present behind the clouds. Yes, there are things to do, people to see and responsibilities to be met but everything WILL get done and you WILL get through whatever comes your way. Take comfort in your blessings for you are indeed blessed. In fact if you start counting those blessings you will find YOU’RE TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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