Are you living your life based on a belief in abundance or on a belief in scarcity? Do you live each day believing there is an unlimited supply of possibility within your existence or are you living your life based on the limited emotional beliefs imposed upon you from your past? Every day we have emotional, psychological and spiritual choices to make when it comes to what we believe in and how we live out those beliefs. It really is amazing when you stop to think about how powerful beliefs are in your own life. In fact, our beliefs define us, whether that’s the way we spell it out for ourselves or not.
Although I am not religious I have always been a very spiritual person and recently I find myself cultivating the spiritual side of myself more than ever and I know this isn’t just happening to me. The connection between mind and spirit is a strong one and when you carve out the time for either of the two, the other is directly impacted in many ways, which makes me wonder….
Is my genius development work actually making me more spiritual or is my spiritual growth activating my genius? I’m not sure, but I do know that the connection between the two is surprisingly powerful, present and accessible to anyone.
Lesson 1. Fear
Fear always seems bigger than it really is. Next time you experience a feeling of fear visualize a tiny drop of water and realize this is the actual size of
your fear. It’s minute and will dissolve in seconds when you add a dash of hope.
Lesson 2. Play
When your work is your play and your play is your work then and only then does life really begin for you. As adults we forget that at the end of the day it’s
about how much fun you had and about purposeful, vigorous play. Instead of counting your pennies begin to measure how much fun you have each day and set play goals for yourself.
Tonight my husband broke out and dusted off his drums – an old school 1958 Vintage drum set which he hadn’t touched in 6 years. As I watched him “jam” to his favorite songs, honoring a creative passion he had let fall silent since getting married, I was reminded of the magical power of drums. The energy created transformed our Monday evening routine into a kind of garage band jamming session. We were making music. I thought, “is this really happening? Are we really dancing, sharing and celebrating the rhythms of drums all on a Monday evening in my living room?” Even the cat’s tail stood up in that 90-degree place of happiness.
As we danced, celebrated and rejoiced in our out of the box behavior I found myself lighting a candle in honor of the power of the sound of a drum. Which speaks to the spirit and therefore is a spiritual instrument. What is it about drums that speak to the soul of all living things? What is it about honoring a creative passion after ignoring it for far too long? What is it about Mondays and changing it up a bit? The answer is in all of the above.
Yesterday morning I went running in my tropical “old school” Miami Shores neighborhood and had a “LOL” moment about my own personal brand. Equipped with my iPod loaded with Madonna’s new album, Hard Candy, which I highly recommend, I headed out to start my 5 month’s late, new year’s resolution of running three times a week in the mornings.
It was a humid morning, like every other morning in Miami during the Summer, and the air was filled with a thick smell of honeysuckle which was a great motivator to keep me running. Fifteen minutes into the run, I tripped on a mango and immediately thought, “Oh my God a free mango, during a food crisis, i must pick it up and run with it.” The other part of my brain where the senses and memory dwell at the same time experienced a quick flashback to when I was a child spending a summer in Puerto Rico. Mangos have always been a reminder of Puerto Rico and cultural identity for me, not only because i love them but because as a child I was taught to believe that the best, most special Mangos came from my island. That may not be the case but as a child this gave me great pride.
Continuing on my run, with iPod in left hand and now Mango in right, i felt complete. I continued for another 15 minutes and came across the Saint Rose of Lima Church and found myself inspired to stop in front of her statue. In acknowledgment, I made the sign of the cross (which i have not done in years) and laughed out-loud. I was listening to Madonna, taking a moment to pray to Saint Rose all the while holding my iPod and my Mango. What a fantastic reflection of who I am and what my personal brand is all about. I am a constant contradiction of interests and thank God for that.
Message of the story: be who you are, laugh at yourself and remember it’s o.k. to embrace technology while respecting culture and heritage. And It’s great to pray while listening to a Iconic pop-star. Accept your contradictions and celebrate who you are.