SOUL SEEKERS: Thoughts by Sue Monk Kidd

maxresdefault-2I just watched a Super Soul Sunday with Oprah interviewing Sue Monk Kidd and wanted to share a few of my highlights from it. Enjoy!

Sue Monk Kidd has a unique story–mother, wife, nurse–the “safe life” and when she turned 30 she felt a deeper calling and purpose. She then announced to her family, “I am going to be a writer.” She wrote for years and at the age of 53 had a NY Best Seller from her book, The Secret Life of Bees, which was a best seller for more than 2 years & sold over 6 million copies.

I have not read any of her books, but her interview was inspiring. I am sure I will pick up her book to understand her even more. The BOLD quotes below were from the interview with Sue Monk Kidd. I then follow those up with my own thoughts about the quotes.

At one point in her life she read the works of Thomas Merton and his words really meant something deeper to her. It made her seek beyond herself and her religion.

 

7205282830_d87f20552e_b“The attention of the heart is truly what prayer is.”     I liked this thought because you can see how true it is. If you find wonder in the symmetry of leaves or the shadows of a tree, you can get lost in the lines of nature and become calm. OR, you can get lost in the attention of the world and not find peace, but noise and distraction. Where you place your attention does matter.

 

favim-com-23027“We are always seeking a place of belonging.”     I could relate to this thought because so much of my life was spent in a religion that is very tribe like. When I decided to seek my own path, it has been my path that I have had to find my own sense of personal belonging and freedom. I have not had to place my beliefs or my place in the hands of others. It is my space. My place.

 

4“Something that brings us alive, pay attention to that.”     We are all seekers of things that make us come alive, that fill us with excitement, that give us that sense of wholeness and purpose.  When you begin to learn something new, to find a new direction, there is something that comes alive within us and and we want more.

 

10-reasons-every-girl-should-study-abroad-4-1473842587“There is no place so awake and alive as the edge of becoming.”   I think we can all relate to this thought because we have had moments, inspiration, thrill as we stand on the edge of an idea, a dream, a newness, a becoming. You feel so alive!

 

rumi-voice-words-listen-2s5j.jpg_thumb_600w-square“Listen to the yearning within.”     I think we all need to get to that point where we truly listen within and wait patiently for direction, answers, inspiration and have a faith that we will begin to hear the yearnings of our heart.

 

pic-Love-Heart-Hands“Ask for the thing that lies at the bottom of your heart.”    I think as we begin to truly listen within, we will get deeper and deeper to the true knowing that lies at the bottom of our hearts. We have deeply innate knowing of a greater divineness that is held deeply within our hearts. It is the greatest gift, if we can learn to unbury it.

 

635836773350119896432457799_who-am-i-1024x575“Who am I?” Oprah shared how she was asked to answer this question and it took her a few days to really take it in and answer—NOT the labels she has or the labels the world has given her.     Sue then shared a similar experience—all the labels of the external self vs the TRUE inner self. She said, ‘maybe that is the point to life, to discover that part, to align with it, become more a part of it.”

 

thank-you-1“Always seek, but always acknowledge when you find something.”     This was a very true point for me. I have been a seeker for most of my life & I hear this thought & know I have not taken the appropriate time to say THANK YOU for the many gifts I have been able to Seek & Find. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

 

St.-Clair-Beach-Sunrise-8She quoted William Wordsworth saying we need “spots of time” to remember we are holy, this is divine.     I like the idea of having “spots of time” throughout your day to get quiet, to remember the holy reverence that is life.

 

862-03808243“We truly become what we pay attention to. If we pay attention to our fears, worries…that becomes our life.”     This is a good reminder for all of us to pay attention to what you truly pay attention to.  Are your days filled with worry and regret? or are your days filled with gratitude and love? Listen to the words you say, the thoughts you think and what energy you are putting out into the world. We truly do affect our lives & those around us. What are you focusing on?

 

45biglovequotesrefurbOprah then did a Q&A:

O: Point of Life.    SMK: to LOVE and CREATE

O: What you know for sure.   SMK: Just to BE is HOLY. Just to LIVE is a GIFT.     BEAUTIFUL.

Hope you were able to take something good from the highlights of this interview. I LOVE learning and sharing. We can learn from everything and everyone!!

Have a beautiful day. -H

 

 

 

 

Great Life Tips

my-life-is-greatI am going through the notes on my phone because usually I use this tool to save anything of interest, quotes to keep, things to remember. It is a great resource of useful tidbits of information from many places. I hope you find something here useful. enjoy.

Wow!! Only 7% of what we say is part of our communication. Non verbal communication is the majority of how we communicate. What are you saying with your body language?

True nobility is about being better than you use to be.

“Be faithful to that which exists nowhere else but in yourself.” -French Poet (Wayne Dyer carried this thought with him in his pocket)

We are often addicted to being “BUSY”–we may even put some of our worth in this. We “hideout” in being busy to avoid “FEELING” or dealing with what is really going on inside.

If you knew who walks beside you–on this path that YOU have chose, you could never experience fear or doubt again [taken from Wayne Dyer movie series]

“To worry is to pray from something you really don’t want.” -[Sharon Lechter podcast]

It is a matter of changing your focus to what you do want & to refocus your thought to get rid of the worry.

The word “VICE” is in the word “ADVICE”–it must be there for a reason. It often gives the person on the other end the feeling that you think they don’t know what they are doing. You try to fix and fix with the “ADVICE” since you think you have all the answers.

“Have faith that the world needs what you got.” -Danielle LaPorte

“Your word is your wand. The words you speak create your own destiny.” -Florence Shinn

Abundance is Everywhere!

From a podcast with Jen Louden and Koren M: Jen reminded the listeners that we are animals and there is a part of our brain that when it senses fear or anxiety it goes into the flight or fight mode. She also said–we are prey and we are prayers. It reminded me that no matter what stress or weakness, fear or anxiety comes, we don’t have to be prey, but that we can pray. I like that.

May the path that would serve us best be very CLEAR.

Interesting thought from Martha Beck–She heard a client say “deep rest” when they were expressing feelings of being “depressed” Martha say’s it is a sign of your body and soul that you need nourishment and a deeper level of a deeper rest.

Jonathan Fields ask, “Who can I help today?”  [he was a Lawyer & now Yogi]

Ask yourself, “How has your light been dimmed?” What events (stories) stick with you from your life that seem to dim your divine light? What do you feel in those situations? Why does it still come up for you?? What are your suppose to learn? Why are you immobilized, afraid, stopped, stuck?

“The nuns taught us that there are two ways through life, the one of nature, the other grace.” -Tree of Life

“Make your future dream a present fact by assuming the feeling of the wish fulfilled.” -Neville

“Free will is whether we choose to align with Gods will or not!!” -W Dyer

“No matter what obstacles life gives you. Know you are worthy of love and belonging. No matter what! Life gives us moments of imperfection. We just need to remember and know we are worthy of love and belonging.”  -Brene Brown

A beloved community–What would you bring to the earthly table? What would you bring to nourish the souls of those around you? What richness would be fulfilled? What would you give to enrich their lives?

The crown is in my heart, not on my head. -Shakespeare

“Invitation” vs “Obligation”–there is a different energy when people are there because they want to be.

Post-it commercial states that if you write something down you are 42% more likely to do it.

Hope you find something here to take with you during your day. Life is about getting better each day & when you place something [a quote, a thought, a meaning] within your heart you make it more valuable and more meaningful.

Have a beautiful day.  -H

 

Olympic Spirit

“Strength and Courage aren’t always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles they overcome. The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose.”  -Ashley Hodgeson

Every Olympic games I truly enjoy the P & G videos that have inspiring Olympic Stories, so I want to post some of them here. Hope you feel the Olympic Spirit of determination within these videos. Enjoy.

 

 

 

A few more stories to inspire…

Uber-kind stranger helps dad see his son’s debut at the Games

One of sweetest stories so far is that of Ellis Hill, the father of shot putter Darren Hill, was not even going to go to the Olympics. Travelling for mega sporting events is expensive and Hill, who drives an Uber taxi in Philadelphia, was going to have to settle for watching his son on TV. But that all changed when he mentioned to one of his passengers that he wouldn’t be able to go. The Good Samaritan decided to crowd-fund to get him there.

“It was devastating to hear that,” said the passenger, Liz Willock, in an interview with People magazine. “Here’s this wonderful man, who has a close relationship with his son, and I know any parent would want to see their son or daughter compete at the Olympics, but it was very understandable how that could be out of reach.” [taken from Daily Maverick]

 

Yusra Mardini might be the only athlete in the world whose sport literally saved her life.

The Syrian refugee, who will compete for the newly created Refugee Olympic Team, was forced to flee her home country because of civil war. With her sister, she went from Lebanon to Turkey with plans to sneak into Greece via the Aegean Sea, according to Juliet Spies-Gans of the Huffington Post.

During the trip, her boat broke down and began to fill with water. Along with another refugee, Mardini and her sister jumped into the Aegean Sea and pushed the boat to land. A month later, Mardini and her sister went to Berlin.

Mardini has always been a talented swimmer, but circumstances in Syria made training difficult at times.

In Berlin, she was able to begin training with Wasserfreunde Spandau 04, a swimming club that is based near her refugee center, according to the official Olympics website. There, she would train in a pool that was built for the 1936 Olympic Games.

Mardini hopes she will inspire others, according to the Olympics website:

I think my target is to qualify for the Olympics and to be an inspiration for everyone.

I want everyone to stay strong for their goals in life, because if you have your goals in front of your eyes, you will do everything you can; and I think even if I fail I will try again. Maybe I will be sad, but I will not show it, and I will try again and again until I get it. I want to show everybody that it’s hard to arrive at your dreams, but it’s not impossible. You can do it; everyone can do it. If I can do it, any athlete can do it.

She competes in the 200-meter individual medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle events [taken from bleacher report.com]

 

Well, I hope these stories inspire your day and your life. Don’t give up!

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Oh how blessed we are

6b428dfcb7ec9a69577941481908fc2dWith the US Independence day this weekend it makes me reflect how blessed I feel to be free. I think many Americans have no idea how free we are.

This past week I was drawn to a small red box film called, Desert Dancer, that was the true story about an Iranian dancer named Afshin Ghaffarian. This movie gave me a whole new perspective on how naive I am to the freedom I enjoy each and every day.

Afshin grew up unable to dance & was actually punished as a young child for dancing in his childhood school. His story was one of needing self-expression, desire, passion, and seeking to live from his heart. This movie opened my eyes further to understand those countries that live in such suppression. It made me try to imagine how it would be to have to hide a passion; to have to break rules to live a dream; to seek a better understanding of a world so torn and broken and to finally have a taste of freedom.

As we celebrate our freedom, I challenge all of you to share a prayer of thanks for the wondrous freedoms we live each day. Peace. Love and Freedom to all.

To all of you who are feeling less than free. May you find it in your heart today.

Peace and Love to all.

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To humble & to Wow

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This GoPro video has a message you have to listen to and be in awe of. Life is a dream. Life can be full of surprises. Life is what you live. You are made of Stars, so the possibilities are limitless.

When you look at the BIG world around us, the unmeasurable spaces of the universe, you can’t help but feel small. Yet, we are made of the very magic of the divine places, the light that makes up everything. We live by the very pulse of it all. We are part of all that is. There is a sacred space in all things. I think this video shares a glimpse of that connection, the magic, the greater divinity in everything we do. Beautiful.

Then with this video, you see the details, the magnificence of the world, the colors, the variety, the space, the beauty. You can’t look at the swirl of the stars and not feel small or see the clouds race by and know something larger is at work. Everything is so beautifully timed. We are part of this place. We are part of the beauty. We are part of what we make it.

I don’t think you can look at the details of this world and not be humbled and know the deep love that is hidden in everything.

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Here is one last video of some amazing places around the world.

Faith not Fear

l778594751It is funny how life keeps sharing the same lessons and you still find yourself wondering what you are missing from the experience. I have been going over some of my  old blog posts and found a couple within the last three years that included some personal feelings. I was writing down the situations in which my husband was looking for work and how it was affecting me. I began to laugh to myself, noticing the very familiar feelings that I am having today. My husband has decided to leave his current job in pursuit of something better suited to his desires.

I am a big believer in doing something you enjoy, so I am very supportive of the move, but with any change comes a bit of discomfort, feelings of being lost and unsure where to go. I walk around my house wondering if I should be preparing to move, I look at my daughter and wonder if I should plan summer camps and fun activities or if it will all be in vein. It is “limbo” and I handle the feelings, but it is hard to not get sucked into the demanding mindset where you begin looking at the sky and saying, “What are we suppose to do!” I find myself constantly praying as I drive around looking for any “sign” or direction. I truly know God could deliver an answer at any time, so why not now!

I know, I know, “patience.”  But, as I strive for patience, I also feel torn between “need” and “want.” It is not bad to need or want an answer, so I can then begin to move in a direction. That has to be better then sitting by wondering which direction to go. Sitting at the cross of two paths is fine, but isn’t it better to know which one to take and then begin. NOt just sitting and wondering, right?

Many people have their own thoughts, “God sometimes wants you to decide,” or “things will work out.”  I know things will “work out” but its the in-between that is hard on me. The in-between is suppose to be that space where everything is clear. Like in meditation, there is always mention of “the space” “the gap between” so why is it so hard for me to be in-between. Why can’t I just go with the flow and wait for it to all work out?

So, today I am going to go on a personal pilgrimage of the online world to find some tips to help me get beyond the mundane of waiting, to move forward in some direction that will help my family. Wish me luck!!

TIPS TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS: With anything you choose, you need to begin with making good choices, right? Right. My husband has made some great choices and it has led him to big learning and great opportunities, but in the last couple jobs there was more stress, which then affected his health and happiness.

The human mind hates uncertainty. Uncertainty implies volatility, randomness, and danger. When we notice information is missing, our brain raises a metaphorical red flag and says, “Pay attention. This could be important…” -Psychology Today

  1. Value is in the eye of the beholder: How much is a gallon of water worth?  This question makes me think of the show “Alone” & how after a week everyone is valuing water, cheeseburgers, beer, etc extremely higher than if they were at home. They are valuing these things much higher than what others may take for granted.      Always make decisions on your own: Sure, factor in other people’s opinions, but bear in mind that they may value things (very) differently. Blindly following other people’s advice may lead to disastrous decisions — even if they are based on “sound” advice from people with the best intentions of helping you.
  2. Know your goals before choosing: It may sound obvious at first, but it all boils down to your goals — knowing what you want out of the decision.But establishing a clear picture of your goals for decision making is not always trivial, and I don’t think people invest enough time to do it properly.     This rings very true for me. When my husband took his last position I was very worried about the role & how it truly sat with him and his values. I know now that you need to make sure your values are in line with what you choose to do. When you align your actions with your life purpose and personal values, then it is much easier to know the direction that is right for you. -Self Improvement Saga
  3. Try the PrOACT Approach to Decision Making https://litemind.com/decision-making/  [Problem Statement / Objectives / Alternatives / Consequences / Tradeoffs]  (1,2,3, from -litemind.com)
  4. WHY-Ask yourself “why” of what you have chosen to do and weed out poorly made plans.
  5. Set aside time to reflect on your decision. Sit with it.
  6. Ask yourself, “Will this decision be the right one for everyone involved? Is this choice  good for me? Is this choice good for my family?”
  7. Imagine having made the decision. Imagine choosing one path & then the other. How do you feel? Go within to see how it makes you feel.
  8. Let go of the fear. Know and understand there is no “right” decision.
  9. Follow your gut instincts. If you have to talk yourself into something, it is usually going to lead to a bad situation.
  10. Take action. Any good action or direction trumps inaction. How will you move forward if you just continue to sit at the fork in the road

 

waiting-for-a-signLOOKING FOR SIGNS OF DIRECTION

I laughed to myself as I came across this sign on the internet. I know it may sound funny, but I believe in signs. I have had experiences where passages in books, intention cards, magazine pages have not only been inspired, but answered my prayers. I know you may be skeptical, but here are a couple links to my stories–enjoy–https://yourhappyplaceblog.com/2013/01/02/tap-into-the-vision-for-your-life/

https://yourhappyplaceblog.com/2013/03/13/looking-for-the-gift-of-grace/

 

Funny article that said–Here is the sign you have been looking for. “Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, maybe not exactly how you planned–but perfectly.” -unknown

Great article http://www.possibilityoftoday.com/2012/03/29/here-is-the-sign-you-have-been-looking-for/

 

 

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