Sunday, July 23, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Whatever it is I need, if i offer it to you, I give it to myself. When I forgive you, I forgive myself. When I bring you love, I love myself

Saturday, July 22, 2017

UNTIEING THE KNOT

So, this month has certainly been filled with adventure and challenges. I have come to remember that achieving unity with someone is not always easy. Sometimes our ways of working towards the common goal are so different. This week a collaborator asked me to prayerfully make a commitment to do something. Reading the request left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I wanted to be able to say that what they wanted me to commit to would happen. At the same time, I realized that what they wanted me to commit to involved so many more people and situations then I had control over. I also realized I was feeling this pressure to do something from someone who had always said they would never pressure me to do that. As I repeatedly read the request, I realized the pivotal word in the request was prayerfully.
Prayerfully. That was what reminded me that you had the answer to all that I needed to be in unity with this person. So, thank you for allowing me to speak my truth in love. I know that in your time I will achieve the goal that we would both like to see me achieve, which is also a part of her goal. However, I also know that this is about you and your timing. So, I will continue to commit to being the best me I can be each day and know that you will continue to open doors and remove obstacles and create ways out of no way.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It is that one thing that we all know which connects us to each other. It is the feeling of the breeze, the water, the heat, the dirt. It is

Friday, July 21, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

I am you and you are me and we are each other. When we focus on what we have in common, it becomes easier to see the reflection of ourselves

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Song of the Week

in 1994, Queen Latifah performed a song called UNITY which spoke out against the disrespect of women in society, addressing issues of street harassment, domestic violence, and slurs against women in hiphop culture. This call for us all to work together to stop this violence is still important. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twv4PP4QSPM

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we look deeply into each other's eyes, we see the spirit that connects us to one another. We are each related to each other spiritually

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CUT N SEAL



This morning I was having a conversation with a friend who lives in Ontario and she got me thinking about our Cut n Seal. For a variety of reasons, the name really struck me this morning because it reminded me that there are things we need to cut out of our lives as they cut away at the foundation of our spiritual relationship and things that we need to seal in as they are important of us to hold within us and will bring us through the challenging moments in our lives. So today I want to focus on five cuts and five seals and then I will share five of my favorite recipes from the website and five that you can’t find on the site. 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 . Let’s go.
I have been thinking about five things, which can cut away at our lives and our spiritual foundation.
Too much on your plate
I know this is true for me and I am constantly working on keeping room in my life for the Ultimate Consciousness aka God to use me. It seems like good people are always busy. I constantly have to look at my schedule and see what I can cut off or cut out so I have more time to focus on my relationship with the Divine. When I don’t then I can feel the impact on my life emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Sometimes I need a Cut n Seal on my calendar to cut things out and off.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The goodness in me is connected to the goodness in you. When we work to build each other up, we also work to build ourselves up.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A DIFFERENT KIND OF KINDNESS PROJECT

The other day, I was sent a story about an interaction between a homeless man and a manager at a Chik-fil-a. The homeless man had come in asking for remnants and anything they might be throwing away. Instead the manager offered to pray with him and then gave him a full meal. It is in these acts of radical hospitality that we practice unity. Whether this story is true or not is not important. What is important is the lesson it teaches about how to practice unity. When we honor the dignity in others and treat them with respect, then we work together in unity to promote love and kindness in the world
The world is full of people like this. The other day as I was in my mart cart waiting to check out at the grocery store, a young boy offered to help take all the groceries out of my cart. While I did not need the help, I could see that this was something he wanted to do and so I graciously accepted. What I learned was this this was a practice his parents were teaching him. Each day he is to do something kind for someone. When he does he gets a kindness sticker on his calendar. When he has a full calendar, his parents do something for him. His mom told me that one month, his act of kindness was to tell his parents they did not need to reward him for being kind. They did anyway.  He has learned to work in unity with others to help achieve little goals.
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GROWING YOUR FAMILY

What are you doing to expand those you welcome into your family?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

So much in the world pits us against each other. May we remember that we are all part of one human family and focus on our commonalities

Monday, July 17, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When was the last time you felt as if you were at one with the Universe? Hold on to that memory and let it guide you through each day.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Rather then buy into the competitive push that we encounter each day, let's work on collaborating with each other to transform the world

Saturday, July 15, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Regardless of what faith journey you are on, open yourself up to experience and learning about how the Divine works in the lives of others

Friday, July 14, 2017

BOOK OF LAW

I have been thinking a lot about unity this week and when I feel in sync with myself and others and when I do not. What I have come to realize is that I do not feel in sync with myself when I am doing something that goes against my internal Book of Law. I have come to realize that sometimes it is because I am doing something that I know is not the right thing for me. I am doing something because I feel pressured to do so. For example, recently a client asked me to do something which went against my Book of Law. As much as I always like to support my clients, this request made me feel very uncomfortable and I realized in this situation there could be no unity. I came to the realization that being in unity with you is more important to me than being in unity with another human being, especially when it feels like they are not coming from a space of love.
As much as I would love to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, as the old Coca Cola song said, I have come to realize that I can only sing in perfect harmony with those who also want to raise the vibrational frequency in this world. If they are not seeking to do so, then I have to rethink our relationship and find a different way of standing in unity with them. That unity might be in agreeing we are not working towards the same goal.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If I am unable to connect with humanity, then I am unable to fully connect with the Divine. As we connect with humanity, we connect with God

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Song of the Week

I can't think about unity without thinking ab out this song that I grew up with. Who does not remember this coca cola song   https://youtu.be/wlR0KElxxVg

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we are in unity with the world, we are in unity with our mind, body and spirit. We are our most authentic.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Magic Pot

At Pampered Chef, we have this product we affectionately call The Magic Pot. It is really called the Deep Covered Baker, however, it is called The Magic Pot because what happens in this pot is magical. For example, you can microwave a pork tenderloin in 10 minutes or a whole chicken in 30, and there are lots of one-pot meals you can make in 29 minutes or less. It’s great for the oven or microwave and perfect for a family favorite casserole. It's so good, it's like magic!
One of the reasons I love this product, besides the amazing meals I make in it, is that it reminds me that everyday the Divine is working magic in me. It is as if God has put all these opportunities and people in my life, then all of a sudden, or it seems like it, I have done something with all the gifts I have been given. I am not sure I totally understand how these amazing creations have manifested in my life, but they have.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

It is our collective presence on the tree of humanity that allows the tree to radiate the beauty and brilliance that it does into the world.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

COMMUNITY

What do you look for in a community? What do you expect to give in return?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May we focus on building bridges of similarity which bring us together, rather then build walls of difference that keep us separated

Monday, July 10, 2017

Just Like Me

A few years ago, I read a book called The Buddha Walks Into a Bar by Lordo Rinzler. One of the things he offered a practice which helps me to practice unity in my own life. He suggested that when someone is getting on your nerves, that you remember a time when you were like that. Marc Rosen offered a similar lesson in his book Thanks for Being a Pain. When I practice remembering that I too have been a pain then it allows me to stand in unity and remember they are being just like me.
When someone is irritating me, I say to myself they are being irritating just like me. I think, “This person is irritating, just like me.” It then makes me remember and stand in unity with all those who have ever been irritating. When I judge someone, albeit a compliment or a criticism, I add just like me to the thought. When I think someone is loving and supportive, I think to myself. “This person is loving and generous, just like me.” Doing so reminds me to practice being in unity with all of myself as well as with others.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We are each one drop in the ocean of life, but together we create an entire ocean. Collectively, as one ocean, we can do more then alone

Sunday, July 9, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Hold on to those moments when you were able to experience the oneness that comes when spirits transgress realms, touch and radiate love

Saturday, July 8, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we learn how to connect with each other on a deeper spiritual level, we learn how to come together as one and love unconditionally.

Friday, July 7, 2017

A DIFFERENT UNITY

Dear God,
I have been thinking about how sometimes working in unity with someone is so easy. At the same time, working with someone can also be difficult. There are times in my when I have wanted to work in unity with someone and they have been open and willing to work with me in return. We have had a common goal and worked together, sharing our gifts and insights with each other. The experience has been amazing. It reminded me of that feeling of being on a see saw with a friend who would make sure we both went up and down and nobody left the other stuck up in the air. There was a feeling of peace and synchronicity in the process.
However, recently, I was reminded it takes two to work in unity. Both parties must want to work towards a common goal. If one party cuts themselves off then it creates a challenge to work as one body. What I have come to realize is that I may not be able to create a bond of unity with everyone or that it might take time for me to help someone wash away years of loneliness and isolation before they are willing to work with me in unity.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we are in unity with others, we know. We do not need others to tell us when we have experienced oneness with nature or with humanity.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Song of the Week

Thanks to Lori Whitehurst for offering this song as this week's song of the Week. It reminds us that if we all work together we can create unity. We can recognize that we are truly one human family and one nation https://youtu.be/uslWJEl63Gs

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

When we remember to live with and show compassion, mercy and justice in the world, then we work to help make this world a better place

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

BROWNIE PAN BEATITUDES



I thought calling this week’s blog Brownie Pan Beatitudes was fitting as the Brownie Pan does so much more then make Brownies. The more I use it the more I realize what a blessing it is to have at least one of these pans in my kitchen. Beatitude simply means blessing.
So what are some of these blessings? Easy! Here are eight of them. That’s how many there are in the New Testament (LOL).
1.     Blessed are those who use the brownie pan because they will have the ability to have twelve equal portions they can make of any recipe.
2.     Blessed are those who have a brownie pan because they can use each well to store beads and or other craft supplies.
3.     Blessed are those who use the brownie pan because they promote family peace as no one is fighting over who is going to have the edges on their brownie
4.     Blessed are those who have the brownie pan because it allows you to prepare make ahead meals
5.     Blessed are those who have a brownie pan because their being nonstick makes clean up a breeze.
6.     Blessed are those who have a brownie pan because the heavy-gauge aluminized steel ensures even baking and browning
  1. Blessed are those who have the brownie pan because the extended edges make it easy to insert and remove the pan from the oven without burning yourself.
8.     Blessed are those who also have the brownie pan because you can also cover it with the medium cover and store lid and your food will travel with you safely as you go to visit friends.
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We each have an effect on the world. As we grow and evolve so does the world. When we cease to grow and evolve so does the world.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Every moment and experience of our lives can be used to help us connect with others and actively connect with ourselves and others

Monday, July 3, 2017

I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

What does this saying mean to you?  I am because we are

CHANGE THE FACE

Recently, I read this story by Richard W. Chilson, in a book called Yeshua of Nazareth: Spiritual Master. Chilson wrote
"I remember an embarrassing incident that brought to mind that the 'enemy' is my brother. I was driving home on the freeway and as I approached my exit a car dawdled in front of me. Too late to pass him; I was stuck following: as usual I was in a hurry. That driver inspired in me a whole slew of invectives. Spewing epithets I pulled up alongside at the stoplight by the exit. I looked over only to discover a dear friend. Instantly the situation changed although I had not done anything public to express my rage, I felt ashamed and guilty. How could I think these things about him? I had seen him as an obstacle, not a brother. It is the same with the other no matter the situation, from the person ahead of us in line, to our age-old enemy. Whoever it is, they have the same concerns, fears, gifts, and shortcomings we all do. Just another human being trying to do their best, a fellow sufferer of life, a brother or sister at heart, at least in the heart of God."
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We may take different paths to deepening our relationship with a Higher Power, but we are each heading in the same direction and destination

Sunday, July 2, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We are all a part of something bigger then ourselves. Whether we see it or not, we are part of the universe and it is a part of us.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Underneath all the external differences, we are the same. May we focus on building bridges based on our similarities.