I attended my first Tai Chi class at the Senior Center this week and left feeling energized and connected to source energy, which I choose to call God. A few years ago, I watched people practicing Tai Chi in the park and have always wanted to try it.
When I walked into the room, I saw and felt the teacher’s energy. I felt an instant connection with him when he walked over to me and shook my hand. The first thing I noticed was his smile and how it lit up the room. “Is it possible that he was mirroring my smile and energy”? I wondered. I hoped that it was because I want to share God’s love and peace with the world and be a source of inspiration and light to all those who need it. I don’t remember the moves that he taught us, but I do remember him and how he radiated God’s love and peace. Everything he said resonated deep within me and what was happening in my life.
As I sit and write this Divine Download, I am listening to Hawaiian music and my spirit is soaring. My heart is grateful for the healing and transformation that I have experienced in my life, which has taught me that God is faithful to His promises. When I was at one of my lowest points (and crying out to God and wanting to give up) when I was writing my book 5 years ago, God spoke to me and said “I have a plan that will make all of your dreams come true.” I have held these words very close to my heart for a long time.
For as long as I can remember, my dream has been to go to Hawaii. Through a series of miraculous synchronicities last year, I was invited to spend 2 weeks in Hawaii at Thanksgiving. The people and energy of Hawaii changed my life. I have been invited back and will be spending the month of September on a speaking tour in Maui and staying at Napili Point in a condo overlooking the ocean. I am opening my heart to a miraculous, mystical and magical trip.
Every morning in prayer, I consciously open my heart to receive more of good in my life. I use to block the blessings God wanted to bestow on me because I didn’t feel deserving and worthy to receive them. Perhaps you are struggling with feeling unworthy in your life and I know how painful that can be.
Wherever you are on your journey today, believe that dreams do come true and that they will come true for you. Open your heart to receive more good in your life because you are worthy and deserving. Trust God’s plan for your life. Believe that God has a plan to make all of your dreams come true.
As the middle of the week approaches each week, I say to myself “I have nothing to write for my Divine Download.” And then I pray and wait.
The other day, as I approached a church on my daily walk, I heard music playing that sounded just like Irish bagpipes. Then I saw the funeral procession moving slowly up the street and I thought about the family who was grieving their loss. Was it their mother, father, husband, wife or child? So many thoughts tumbled around in my head, as I realized that someday, that would be my funeral and my family and friends would be grieving for me. That made me ask myself some questions. If I was to die tomorrow, what is the legacy I will have left the people I love? Will I have lived my life to the fullest? Would I have any regrets? What would people say to my children about me? Had I communicated to my family how much I loved them and how proud I was of them? I hope that people will remember me for how I have loved and how my life inspired them to be and do more than they ever dreamed possible.
As I turned the corner and watched the black limousines lined up on the street, I spotted a tall man dressed in Irish garb. He was playing the Irish bagpipes right outside the church, and I was surprised by the tears that began to roll down my cheeks. “What is going on”? I wondered.
Then I had a flashback to 42 years ago, on the day of my wedding when I was 21 years old. It was only a year after my mother had died suddenly, at the young age of 44, and although I was excited about getting married, I was still grieving the loss of my mother and missed her terribly. However, I wanted my wedding to be a happy day for everyone, so I did my best not to dwell on it.
On the morning of the wedding, my father smiled at me and with a twinkle in his eyes said, “I have a special surprise for you at the reception.” I couldn’t imagine what it might be as I was already aware of the effort my family and friends had made to be supportive and how much they wanted to make it a happy day for us.
Later on at the reception, while the band was taking a break, all of a sudden the doors opened on the other side of the room and in marched an Irish bagpipe band. What a surprise! We all got up and danced around the room and then followed the Irish band into the next room where people were celebrating their son’s Bar Mitzvah. They loved the music too, and joined us in dancing around the room.
As the tears rolled down my cheeks this sunny day in August, I felt my father’s presence and his love for me. Although I enjoyed that surprise 42 years ago, I didn’t really feel the impact of my father’s love for me as his daughter, until right then in that moment. I thought to myself, “Why did it take all these years to really feel that love and understand the significance of what my father did for me that day?” When I realized that my father died 12 years ago this month, I knew I wanted to let him know how much I appreciated what he did for me. I whispered, “Thank you dad for making my day so special, even if this is a little late.”
I don’t think it is ever too late to express our gratitude for the people we love, even if they are no longer with us. I think that is what that beautiful Irish music was reminding me of. It’s important to let the people you love know how much you value and appreciate them.
Live each day to the fullest because tomorrow is not promised. We only have today. Thank God for your life and all the gifts you have received.
I am a recovering “Rushaholic.” I didn’t take time to smell the roses because I was just too busy with life and “DOING.” I didn’t know what it meant to BE and relax. I have a chapter in by book about rushing. “Rushing was my addiction. If I rushed and stayed busy, I didn’t have time to feel my feelings and go within. It gave me energy when I rushed. I felt powerful and in control when I multi-tasked. When I rush all the time, I disconnect from myself and the divine energy of God within. When I rush, I’m not respecting myself or the God within.” When I rush, I lose my peace and feeling the presence of God.
As I took my daily walk around Providence College today, I stopped to watch the men remove a 35 foot locus tree off the truck with a huge forklift. The foreman walked over to me and, of course, I had all kinds of questions to ask him. The tree had just been delivered from New York and it took 3 hours to drive it to Providence College. It cost $10,000. Why would I write a story about watching a tree being removed from a truck?
Because I realized how stopping and smelling the roses (and watching a tree being taken off a truck) and being in the present moment was crucial to my spiritual well being. The peace that I experienced was a peace that passes all understanding. If you want peace in your life, I encourage you to slow down and practice being in the present moment. I know you may be saying, “But I work and have a family and there is just so much to do.” Yes, that is true, but take 10 minutes each day for yourself and do whatever you want and do it purposefully. You are responsible for the pace and peace you bring to each moment.
When I am living in the present moment, I listen to my intuition and follow it, even if it doesn’t make sense. For example, I decided to take the day off and go to the beach this week. I had planned on going to Horseneck Beach in MA. As I was driving on the highway, I changed my mind and took the turn to Narragansett Beach, which is the opposite direction. No big deal, I thought. As I was driving to the beach, I decided to get off one of the exits and go to a consignment store that I hadn’t been to in years. I wanted to find a dress to wear for my speaking engagements in Hawaii. I wanted it to be “Hawaiian looking”, and of course, I wanted a bargain. I found a dress that I loved, the perfect turquoise color and it was on sale for ½ the price.
Stop every once in awhile and smell the roses. Look around and see God’s miracles. Listen to your intuition. You have one life to live so live it to the fullest because you never know if you will be blessed with a tomorrow.
I met Pat Hastings a couple of years ago after a series of God-incidences. I literally heard of her in the morning and was sitting in her living room that evening with a bunch of wonderful women sharing their stories and intentions. Pat spoke about how we should pray to God for ourselves, something that I hadn’t done before. She shared her spiritual journey and how it led her to write her book and start a new career as a Spiritual Coach and Inspirational Speaker.
I purchased her book that evening. It was Friday night and I usually go yard sailing on Saturdays. Before I went to bed, I read the first chapter of her book about her yard sale forays. As I read her words, it was as if I had written them myself. So many things resonated with me except for one thing. She prayed for the things she wanted. Hmm, I thought. I have been looking for a small food processor and juicer all summer. I never thought of praying for God to provide it for me. I decided to give it a whirl. I prayed and asked God for a food processor and a little juicer. Although I’d never done it before, it didn’t seem all that weird, it felt very right. I went to bed feeling comforted that God was aligning the stars so that my treasures would show up in my travels the next day.
Sure enough, not only did I find the food processor, for two bucks, but I found the juicer, also two bucks. I was on a roll and decided to ask God for a book that I wanted. As we were driving around I said out loud, “God, I know this is last minute, but I would really like that book as well.” A half hour later, I walked into a yard sale and on a blanket on the ground was one book…the one I had asked for and the best part was that it was a quarter. Sold! I couldn’t believe it, but I became a believer.
Since this happened, I feel God’s presence more than I ever have. I feel like I’m not in this alone. I talk to Him like I never have before and I feel like He is listening. It seems strange that such a little thing could make that much of a difference, but it has. I felt heard and my prayers were answered. I look forward to working with Pat and having more God-incidences in my life, but more importantly developing a true relationship with God.
We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, births, retirement, and the list goes on and on. But, what about “Celebrating YOU?” Have you ever consciously celebrated yourself and who you have become?
As I drove to my favorite restaurant, Twin Oaks, with my friend Jim, who I hadn’t seen in a few years, I turned to him and said, “I am celebrating me today.” I wasn’t quite sure what it meant but I knew deep in my spirit that there was a major shift inside of me because I felt free, peaceful, alive, happy and grateful. I wanted to feel like this every day. He smiled and said, “I can’t wait to hear about it, tell me more.”
Have you ever said to yourself, “How did I get here?” What happened to that fearful little girl who always looked outside for approval and people to love her? Today, I felt whole and complete, knowing I was one with God and that there was no seperation. As I thought about my life and what I have accomplished and overcome, I was filled with love and gratitude. What I know in the deepest part of me is that God is faithful and loves me unconditionally (and loves you unconditionally.)
Many years ago, I made a commitment to myself and God to “show up” daily for prayer and meditation. I became willing to do whatever I needed to do to heal and recover from my past traumas. I brought all of my fears to God and asked for help. Like the caterpillar that is mysteriously transformed into a beautiful butterfly, I knew in my heart that I was transformed too.
The old behaviors to survive were no longer needed and I became willing to let them go one by one. I let go of my need to control everyone and everything around me. I let go of my need to know the future and accepted “what is” and the possibilities and adventures that were awaiting me. I stopped pushing and trying to make things happen and was now willing to let my life unfold naturally and gracefully. I stopped comparing myself and looking outside for my answers. I knew that everything I needed was already inside of me.
After my divorce of 30 years 11 years ago, I remember very clearly saying to myself, “I want to live my life to the fullest.” I am living my life to the fullest, doing what I love and being the best me I can be. I am at peace, trusting the divine timing of a Divine Plan. I am spending the month of September in Hawaii on a speaking tour. I am so excited and can hardly wait to see the opportunities and adventures that God has in store for me.
Celebrate YOU today for your accomplishments and successes, especially if you are in the midst of a trial. Wherever you are on your spiritual path is where you are meant to be. I invite you to believe in yourself and love yourself. You are a magnificent child of God deserving to be loved. Let go and let God heal and love you. You are worth it.
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