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The Power

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In the wake of the Presidential election, our country is more divided than ever.  Where is the Power in that? All over social media, we are witnessing people regurgitating posts such as "AmeriKKKa" and how they are scared for their lives and the lives of their fellow humans. Just think about this a moment. The KKK and other such Hate Groups are really just terrorists and thrive on the knowledge that "you" fear them. There are more than 1000 Hate Groups in the United States.  White Supremacy and Black Supremacy lead the pack. By posting and reposting the obnoxious spelling of our Free Country,  hate messages sprawled across building, and articles of hate groups, you are spoon feeding them power.  You are actually creating fear in our society, engulfing and spreading exactly what they want you to do, instill FEAR!  As the part of society that is in utter disbelief and protesting, reposting pictures of all the horrible things that a small percentage of Americans ar

Humanity or Not?

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So driving home today with my 16 year old son, we were talking about life and little about the Walking Dead.  I say to him that it is the sad truth, unfortunately, that we live in a world where we would not come together during such turmoil and chaos.  We would make our own self a priority and kill to stay alive.  He says to me, "So far, I have learned in life, that there is no good in humanity.  Humanity is inherently bad.  So we should not want to be a part of humanity."  It blew me away at such a profound statement from my tough football player who does not talk nearly as much as I would like him to.   But he is so completely correct.  Humanity is selfish, arrogant and ultimately merciless.  We have seen it in a small crisis, such as the recent "gas shortage."  People crazily grappling for containers to fill so they would have gas whether the "other guy" did or not.  The saddest part is that this was not even a real crisis.   But then there are the tr

Value of Being Alone

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As most people live with multiple roles to play, it is very difficult to find any time to just be alone with yourself. As a mother of 3, a wife, a yoga studio owner, etc., I am pulled in many directions daily.  There are phone calls, emails, extra curricular activities, groceries, and the list goes on and on!  I probably can not name one person who does not constantly change hats throughout their day.  It is rare that I have a few hours alone to sit, to think, to reflect upon my life and all it entails.  But I crave that few hours of silence, or of turning my music up to rattle the walls.  This time allows me to be me and breathe and recuperate from the pull that constantly engulfs me.  Can you relate?  Yes, I know, you most certainly can relate!! I have been reading "Love Warrior" by Glennon Doyle Melton.  In this book, she talks often about sending "her representative" out into the world. She uses her representatives to mask her true self in social situatio

Judgment to Authenticity

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You have done it.  I have done it. We all do it!  It is that thought about someone that asked, why, how, OMG, and WTF?  We look at someone and can not comprehend why they would wear THAT outfit, that makeup, be that snooty, or anything else that is their choice.  Or maybe it is something that is not their choice, like where they were raised or who they have as a parent?  We stand there, checking out someone, usually someone you have yet to meet, and decide their story for them.  We compare ourselves and then make a judgment about them based on our perspective.  This comparison may be to make us feel better or worse about ourselves. A certain amount of judgment is necessary to preserve the self.  An example of this would be that stranger walking toward you looking suspiciously like he may grab your purse, so in your best judgment, you pull your purse tighter and quickly change direction. Differently, making up a story about the subject in order to make yourself feel better than them

Unconditional Love

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What do you know about unconditional love?  By definition, it is an adoration of someone, without limitations.  We know our parents should love us like this.  I know mine do! And I feel extremely blessed by their love and them teaching me what it means to be there for someone through any thing they are dealing with or celebrating.  It is just what you do! Unconditional love feels safe, warm and reassuring no matter what happens in your life.  This kind of devotion is there when you are happy, sad, celebrating, angry, frustrated and completely lost. Anyone can give you this kind of security and shelter in your life.  You can, also, offer it to anyone.  It does not have to be romantic love.  Parenthood, friendship and pet love can be one of the truest forms of unconditional love.  When you have this, you will know it, you will feel it, you can see it by looking at the person or the pet who is offering you such a gift.  When you look into their eyes, it will engulf you and warm you to

Pieces That No Longer Fit

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A few years ago, something emerged in my life that drastically changed me. It was devastating in many ways and I became a person I no longer recognize.  I slowly watched this implosion happen in my life, as if I was watching from a distant mountain, knowing what was happening without any control over the outcome. A slow motion train wreck... a silent atomic bomb waiting to detonate... Once the impact hit, I crumbled.  I cried. I drank. I denied.  I curled up and slept.  I could not sleep.  I screamed.  I ran. I shut down. I reached out.  I built walls. I needed my friends.  I had drama that they did not want to be part of.  I felt abandoned.  And I've made myself busy, and busier and busier. I lost my way.  I looked into the mirror and gazed straight through myself. Do you know what that is like?  Have you ever done this?  It is quite terrifying to look into my own eyes and see the nothingness engulfing me.  I no longer felt anything at a point.  Numb to the core.  There are s

Be Kind...

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In the past week, locally, two young boys have lost their lives.  One was a 6 year old victim of a disturbed 14 year old, the other a high school senior boy, who took his own life.  We always begin with the question, WHY? And yet, we always know there is no logical answer as to why any human would choose to harm another or themselves.  We try to rationalize, make up our own stories, push blame on others, or God or the availability of guns in our world.  But there is no reason, no good reason anyway.   Why would one young man choose to go on a rampage to take other lives, screaming he hated his life, while another silently takes his own life?  There is no logic to that.  Were these young men tortured in their daily lives?  Were they just having a bad day? We will never truly know the thoughts that brought these tragic endings to two young, inspiring lives. Please take a moment and offer silence in their memories... So let us broaden this scope.  Our lives are bombarde

The Look of Change

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"People can change when they realize that the pleasure of changing is greater than the pain of staying the same." ~ Adam Hansen So you have been through turmoil in your life...  Were you the instigator, the victim, or just a part of the situation?  Regardless of your role in the events, it is only you that can process the situation and pull yourself out of the pit of despair and self-pity.  Yes, easy to say, but extremely hard to do.  And, no, I do not have the answers.  How I wish I knew the magic formula that can be sprinkled on our souls and heal each in the blink of an eye.  I do know it takes work, lots of hard work.  For me, prayers help to ease pain, or give me direction.  There are counselors, meditations, self-help books, workshops and internet articles to look to for guidance.  But truly letting go, that is the mountainous pile of emotions that feels impossible to chip away.   Feel it!  Feel it completely and truly.  Do not shove it aside or act as if you "go

Balance Between the Heart and Head

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As emotions are raw, we seek to find balance between the heart and the head. We ALL know what is the good and right thing to do, but when we let our emotions lead the way, we tend to do things that we should not or would not necessarily do or say while in a calm and controlled state. Every thing we go through in life is to teach us a lesson, to help us grow. What we choose to do with those lessons, is up to us. We can become hardened, hateful and vengeful, allowing it to eat us up inside. Or, we can take those lessons and allow it to make us better, more compassionate human beings. With the latter, we have better control over those emotions and can take that to others. Would it not be better to use your skills and experiences to help ease someone else's pain, rather than join in that pain with them and keep ripping away the scabs, so they never heal. Lying down and wallowing with someone else in pain does not help them. Holding them up and allowing your pain and healing to guide t

Change is Hard

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Begin to Change  Change is hard.  Whether you want to change something small about yourself or change the world, it all begins with just one thing.  That "thing" being the willingness to step out of your comfort zone and take that leap.  Stepping into an abyss that is bigger than yourself, with no fear, no doubt and no turning back. Throughout life, we face obstacles and barriers to our happiness.  Struggles are necessary  for each of us to grow and to learn about ourselves.  From infancy, we overcome barriers to grow physically, mentally and emotionally.  Learning to crawl and walk helps us overcome the need to have someone carry us.  Hearing direction, guidance and stories encourages our mental growth, helps us to learn limitations and expand our imagination.  Exploring tears to laughter and the reactions they produce, stimulates our emotional expansion.  Frequently, we do not view our growth as a struggle or obstacle, especially if it is something we truly wan