How to Change the World

You have more power than you realize. When you step into your own authentic power, you not only change your life, but the lives of those around you.

The first step is to become aware of your thoughts and how you view your life and the world around you. During challenging times, we have to look closely at how we think and respond to different situations and world views. We can easily get drawn into other’s anger or negativity, and unjustly so. Let’s look at our own personal lives. Do we live in peaceful homes and are our relationships positive and filled with joy? Do we support friends, family members, and community agency? If we don’t have peace in our own hearts, in our homes, and in our communities, then we live in a turbulent world. Peace is possible, but we need to personally make the decision to become the peace we desire.

By making the choice to become part of the solution, and to promote peace, always starts with making the choice to take peaceful steps to become part of the solution instead of spreading anger, hatred or judgments. No one wants to live in a stress filled, emotionally charged environment. Make the choice to start with yourself and to take steps to make peace your priority this year. Begin with yourself, your relationships, your family, and your community.

It’s been a rough year. Let’s work together to make a positive difference. A simple random act of kindness can spread across the country. Pay it forward and keep it going. Make peace the goal!

A Sign of Hope

A few years ago, I was living in the tropics and had traveled away from home on a short trip.  I was making the 30 mile drive from the airport to my house when I saw this beautiful rainbow out the window of my car.  I quickly snapped a picture and was so mesmerized with seeing an entire rainbow, I almost drove off the road.

It was a difficult time in my life, probably one of the hardest that I experienced alone, yet when I saw the rainbow, it gave me hope.  The picture recently popped up in my photo album and it reminded of how my life changed for the better after seeing the rainbow.  Then I found this online:

Rainbows are a symbol of hope in many cultures. … Rainbows are frequently represented in Western art and culture, as a sign of hope and promise of better times to come.

I don’t think it was a coincidence, and I don’t believe in them, but during such troubled times in our country, I believe that we all need hope that we can restore to a state of peace and take an active role to personally spread peace, not hatred, violence or judgments.

We all need a bit of rainbow hope.

Sin City Mindfulness

Las Vegas is probably the last place where you would expect to experience mindfulness, but it is actually the perfect place to spend three bliss filled days of silence, inner quiet and peace.

I recently returned from an advanced mindfulness certification workshop where I spent my days going within, while the world outside was filled with chaos, honking horns, and swarms of people.  I found myself being able to center and ground myself from the days spent in meditation, mindful walking, and joyful practices when I walked outside onto the city streets and joined the madness of life, but I did not get pulled outside of my now present state of being as I had discovered an anchor.

On the rooftop of the Platinum Hotel, I practiced mindful walking, noticing the autumn breeze, the tiny feathers floating in the swimming pool, and the jet airplane that soared in the sky above.  The world as I knew it had come to a standstill and the stillness that I entered within, was a place of peace that I had never experienced before.

Now I find myself practicing moments of mindfulness throughout the day, walking, sitting and sipping tea.  Life is forever changed.