Monthly Archives: March 2015

Almighty Peanut Butter

I had a very nice coffee meeting with a friend this past week. It was a beautiful sunny day in Portland. The kind of day that really brings people out of the wood work around here. As we sat sipping our coffee and chatting about various things the subject of organized religion came up. 

My friend was telling me about his exposure to different religions growing up. There was a mix of Catholicism, Christianity and Buddhism. I shared a little of my history as well, along with my belief regarding a being greater than ourselves.

It’s pretty simple in my mind, kinda like peanut butter. Peanut butter is peanut butter, no matter what label is on it. Jif, Skippy or Peter Pan, it’s all ground up peanuts. Right? 

Now, I understand this may be too simple of an opinion for some folks because they believe their peanut butter is the one true peanut butter and don’t get me wrong I’m not about to go to the mattresses over whether or not one person’s peanut butter is right or wrong. I’d rather be happy than right in someone else’s mind, because really it simply doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about my beliefs. Ya know?

My friend was explaining how he hasn’t always been an avid church goer, as an adult. Me neither. Oh, I’ve been to church plenty in my life. I’ve done, more than, my fair share of searching for “the church” that felt like a fit for me. I’m not currently attending any church, so that pretty much sums up how the search for “my church” has gone, but that’s a story for another time. 

Anyway, my friend was telling me about a church he’s been attending recently and asked my opinion. If you’ve read very many of these blogs, you may have noticed, I’m open to sharing my opinion and I feel confident in my beliefs. As I was listening to him share his experience it became clear he had learned of some beliefs of this church that didn’t align with his personal beliefs. I believe he was asking me about this because he felt conflicted.

On one hand he really liked the community feel, the member participation within the church and overall he had a good feeling when he went, but on occasion felt discord with certain aspects of the message. I said, “Look! You are the only you there is and unless you create you very own church there are going to be aspects of every church that don’t line up exactly with your beliefs. The bottom line here is do you feel good when you go? If you mostly like it and the discord you feel is minor and doesn’t REALLY affect you then I say go and take the good and leave the rest.”

Life really is all about our focus and what we choose to hold on to. If it bothers you let it go. If it serves your greater good, hold on to it and milk it for all the good feelings you can.       

A Glimpse into My Creative Process

I had an opportunity to participate in a bit of training this last week and guess what, I learned a “new to me” thing and to be completely honest, it’s really a tweak on something I already do, but not exactly in this manner.

The purpose is to get some energy flowing. So, here’s the scenario, you’re busy with a task and you’ve been at it for a while now and you notice a slight lull in your enthusiasm. Here’s the trick, stand up and jump around a bit, kinda’ like a boxer getting ready to go in for the fight. Shifting your weight from one foot to the other and then you stretch your arms out real wide, like you did when you were a little kid, pretending to be an airplane. Take a deep breath as you stretch out your arms and then as if you were Mr. Miyagi healing Danielson, in the Karate Kid from 1983, bring your hands together in a solid clap and rub your hands together vigorously, creating a heat from the friction.

Breathe, stretch, clap, friction and repeat until you feel the flow of positive momentum.  

Why? Because you need to get some life energy flowing again and with this technique you are literally creating energy. You may feel a bit strange at first, but once you’re doing it and getting the results of new energy flowing into your tasks you won’t give a shit how silly you look. 

Well, I can’t really speak for you, but I certainly don’t give a shit what other people think of my creative process.        

This is My Practice

Focused on happy, healthy, honest, compassionate, connected, supportive, fun, abundance and creativity. 

Focused on happy 

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There really are only two feelings, the good ones and the bad ones. There are many different labels for these two feelings, but really what it boils down to is, does it feel good? Or does it feel bad? 

I was listening to an Abraham-Hicks excerpt on YouTube the other day, like I do most mornings and Ester was channeling Abraham. They were talking about a new moments resolution rather than a new years resolution. They said, “Don’t wait for the New Year, this one just got here and you already screwed it up. Make a new moments resolution. Stop the momentum BEFORE you get caught up. You don’t have to get caught up.” 

I really like this idea of “turning it around” the moment you become aware that you are focused on something that doesn’t feel good. It takes practice. Believe me, I know. I just keep adjusting my focus to something positive, because sometimes that thing that makes you feel bad, really pisses you off and you just wanna keep rehashing it. Talking about it, over and over, to try and make some sort of sense of it, even though it doesn’t make you feel good to do it.

Now that we have permission to turn it around, we really don’t have to get caught up.          

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I just keep practicing. 

Focused On Alignment

In this moment, I’m right smack in the middle of my alignment. I’m feeling a connection to my Ultimate Creative Source that I intend to carry with me through my day. I am worth it. My happiness is worth the effort it takes to avert my attention from situations, people, attitudes, beliefs of others and things that don’t serve my greater good. 

I believe,… no scratch that. I KNOW I am on my true path. It’s my intention to live my life with passion, the passion with in myself and it’s my vow to myself to live the rest of my days as my authentic self. 

This doesn’t mean, I will be showy and in your face if we don’t see eye to eye. Why? Because I have come to realize that you are where you are and I am where I am and that is ok. I intend to calmly march forward in a positive direction and anyone who cares to join me is welcome. 

Please know that our passions may not be in alignment with one another and that’s ok. What that means to me is, by extending an invitation to join together and march forward in a positive direction that is true to our individual selves, may find us moving in different directions. Simply because our paths to our own passions may diverge and that’s ok too.

All I know is I intend to live my life focused on alignment because that’s what feels best to me.       

Shining Brightly

Here’s a challenge if you choose to accept it:  Be your authentic self. Put yourself out there and take a chance.  

I know, sometimes others aren’t comfortable with your authentic self and that makes it uncomfortable for you too, but if you choose to temper yourself then you’re denying #1 yourself the opportunity to live as your truly amazing self and #2 others the opportunity to expand their concept of what is acceptable and comfortable.  

Let the light of your true self SHINE for everyone to see and then remember the wise words of Dr. Seuss,..  

Offensive or True to Self

If it’s true, that we ALL are entitled to our own opinion and it is, then who gets to decide what’s offensive? For those of you who read my blog often, you know I sometimes use cuss words and in my personal life, I sometimes use them more. 

So, the question remains. Cuss words – true to self or offensive? In my opinion, and let’s face facts here, this is my blog, so ALL of this is my opinion right? Therefore, I believe what it boils down to is, what’s the intention?

Look out!!! More of my opinion coming up,…

I believe my intention is to lift people up. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my hope is that anyone I encounter will part from such an encounter feeling just a little happier, have a little more hope, or feel a little bit better about themselves. I intend for people to feel loved and accepted. 

So, if a few cuss words kick you out into the weeds, consider yourself alerted, because a few slip in to my content now and then. I think the important things to note here are #1- the intent of my message is bigger than a few cuss words could detract from and #2 – I don’t over do it. 

Hopefully, I have not offended anyone here with this explanation, but if I did, please know I am solid in my knowledge that we ALL are entitled to our own opinion.   

Be the Grand Slam Champ of Life

Yes, it’s true, the circumstances of life can really suck at times. There are millions of things in life that can come along and knock you down a peg or 2 or 100 even, but what is also true is there is nothing stronger than the human spirit connected with the Ultimate Creative Source. 

When you open your heart and let all the goodness of the unconditional and unending love flow through you, there’s not a damn thing that can get in your way. 

Sync up to that power and you’ll be like the Energizer Bunny on a tennis court with life. Anything life serves onto your side of the court, you’ll slam it back like Roger Federer or Steffi Graf and you’ll just keep going and going and going and ,….. Until you are truly ready to rest and then you’ll croak.   

Kevin Bacon said it best, “Let’s Dance!!!”

There is nothing in the world to me like the love of a damn good song that just makes you want to dance. I am so in love with the feeling I feel when I am dancing.

There are those songs that you can totally feel the artist was absolutely connected when they created the song. Those songs with passion and power that set you on fire and really get you moving. I love that feeling. I love to dance!!!

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Keri Gonna Blog?

We stopped by a drive thru coffee stand one morning and Keri offered her card to pay for our coffees and when the gal handed over the coffees and returned the card, Keri asked, “Do I need to sign something?” The gal replied, “Nope, you’re all good”

So, we begin our departure and as we turned out of the drive way Keri said, “Oh, ok, no receipt? Maybe I paid for two coffees and maybe I just paid for your trip to Hawaii. Who knows?”

I love all her quick witted sarcastic responses to everyday simple things. She is always making me laugh. We joke with each other that she should start a blog called Sarcastitude.

Nope, it’s not really her thing, but I can share her charming wit here in Apozitude. It’s the contrast that makes life so sweet.

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