Archive for Meditation
Spiritual Awakening: A Breakthrough At Starbucks!!!
As I sat in my local Starbucks on a rainy afternoon today (6/13/13) I overheard a women talking about promotions thus I walked over and introduced myself. It turns out she was a spiritual healer. Her name is Catherine and she is amazing she took time to help me and we made a breakthrough as I was able to utter the words I am aggressive and that is okay. She was able to hone in on the fact that I am holding a lot of my past inside and that until I release these emotions I will continue to go in circles. Thus I take the time to ask those that I may have hurt with my words and actions to forgive me. As I continue on my spiritual path to awakening I learn more and more about who I am. I realize I must first know who I am before I can help others.
Part of the breakthrough happens when we realize that it is fear that holds us back. For me it is a fear of what others will think about me and the fear that success and fame may change me. As I begin to embrace and accept this I am able to make a very positive shift. I share this with you so that you can continue on your spiritual journey and make the necessary shifts for your spiritual awakening. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: The Sounds of Silence!!!!
When I saw Susy Foltz’s post on face book about the word listen having the same letters as silence I immediately thought of The Simon and Garfunkel song, Sounds and Silence and that inspired me to write this post as our answers are found in silence. When was the last time to shut everything off and sat in silence just listening to the surroundings around you? It is when we shut off the exterior things in our life that we are able to find the answers in our own interior. No outside source can provide you the depth that you are seeking that comes from the divinity that you hold inside yourself. It is when you set aside what I call me time to meditate and breathe that you can sort all types of issues out and become centered and grounded while you continue to focus on the purpose you have discovered you have through your spiritual awakening.
After a seminar I taught today (6/11/13) a few participants asked me what I do to get centered and balanced and I showed them that I stand with my feet at shoulder width, my hands open and I say “I am a focused, strong, driven divine child of GOD who releases that which does not serve him.” and then I simply breathe and repeat that phrase. They tried it and said wow what a great tool to have. This tool came to me through source when I asked for something to help me deal with tough situations. It came to me in a silent moment of seeking. Imagine if you did this before each interaction you were going to have how your results might change. Today make it a point to find a place to hear the sounds of silence. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Celebrating Life!!!
As the time ticked down to zero last night (6/8/13) and The Miami Fury Women’s Tackle Football Team finished their season undefeated one thought came into my mind Celebrate Life! Celebrate the fact that you were part of something special as the pubic address announcer. As I awoke this morning (6/9/13) I looked out the window and saw it was a nice sun shining day in Sunrise, FL again my thought was to celebrate life. As I was thinking about what to write to help those who have had a spiritual awakening and to assist those who are seeking a spiritual awakening message from source was clear to write about celebrating life. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Following Your Passion!!!
Today I was reflecting on the time I met and interviewed Irene Cara. In 1980 at age 15 I watched her in The Movie Fame and said I am going to meet her one day and guess what in 2005 during The 25th Anniversary Party for The Movie Fame at The Fort Lauderdale Film Festival I met and interviewed her for The Happy Herald. As I reflected on this experience the topic for today’s entry came, Follow Your Passion. How many times have people not done so and have regrets because they didn’t take action. If you are truly passionate about something take action to follow that passion because Passion + Action = Success. Do not let people tell you that you are not good enough. There are so many examples of people who have followed their passion despite being told they weren’t good enough. Imagine what the gentleman who told The Beatles they weren’t ready for a record deal must be thinking today. If you are passionate about something take the steps to follow that passion and you will find success.
When I told people that I was going to meet Irene Cara one day they thought I was a bit off, but then again I have never really fit into anyone’s box. This photo hangs on my wall in my house signed by Irene to remind me that dreams do come true and if you put the proper energy into your passion more dreams will come true. What is your passion? What action are you taking to follow your passion? Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Finding Good Vibrations!!!
Today’s blog entry was inspired by The Beach Boys song Good Vibrations as I began to explore the fact that we are all energy and we vibrate at different levels however when the resonance is matched we tend to have a positive experience. Many times it is important to step back and ask am I resonating with this person, are our frequencies in sync, is this interaction serving me in a positive way? If the answer is no then you have two choices change your vibration and make a shift or walk away and come back when the interaction will be more positive. Many time it is as simple as deciding to give off good vibrations. When you give off good vibrations you tend to attract others who give off good vibrations and thus you enhance your personal and professional life. In many cases you set in motion the type of interaction that you will have simply by the energy that you bring to the situation.
Spiritual Awakening: Tools To Finding Good Vibrations!!!!
It only takes 45 seconds to change your emotional state. One tool that I like to use is music. Some of the songs that I use to shift into the positive and find good vibrations are:
Antiqua Libbey - Self- Care APE, E-RYT 500, Sports and Natural foods Nutritionist, author, teacher and healer.
Thank you for this guest post Antiqua Libbey, your support of the mission to help other people excel is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping readers to stay positive.
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Spiritual Awakening: Let The Sunshine In
The following guest post by Antiqua Libbey made me think of this song by The 5th Dimension, Aquarius thus I wanted to use it here to help set the mode for you while reading the post.
Brighten Up Your Life with a Little Sunshine!
by Antiqua Libbey
Living in Alaska sounds cool to most people, but it’s challenging surviving during the dark winters. When the first rays of sun hit my face a thankful smile comes across my face; immediately I feel a sense of relief pour into my body. Standing in the sun beam my breath deepens into my belly and as I open my eyes I experience a whole new view of life. The dark days of winter are over and the sunshine is welcoming me out into the world again. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Finding Your Spiritual Hide Away!!!!
Thank you to Dorit G. Pappelbaum- The Connector for inspiring me to write this blog as she posed a question of what is you favorite place to get spiritually connected.
These are the Banawe Rice Terraces in The Philippines which have become a spiritual destination for many seeking to get away and find their authentic self. While in The U.S. Peace Corps I wanted to venture to them, however I never made it them. I can imagine myself feeling the energy of this magnificent natural wonder and being totally centered and grounded and using the experience as fuel to propel me further in my spiritual awakening.
This is the Botanical Garden in La Union, Philippines which I did get to visit. It was a great hideaway day as I journeyed from the town square to the Botanical Gardens walking about 18 KM to the top of the mountain where the botanical gardens were located. Along the way I stopped to speak with people along the route. There was a farmer walking his Caribou and I asked if I could help and he said okay and as a result I overcame a fear of getting near this big animal. In an effort to hideaway I had a breakthrough and realized that by getting centered and grounded and finding a spiritual hideaway that you can connect with your inner being and overcome obstacles that may be holding you back. In stretching myself I enhanced the mind, body, soul connection. It was in taking action on a decision to go to the botanical garden that I enhanced my spiritual awakening. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Finding Joy With Pints Of Ice Cream!!!
As I watched All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and observed Penn Jillette and trace Adkins work on the task of creating a new ice cream flavor for Walgreens I saw their passion for their charities and saw some joy come through as they are the 2 finalists for All Star Celebrity Apprentice. Penn came up with The Magic Swirtle and Trace came up with Maple Macadamia Mash Up. Yesterday I went to Walgreens and bought a pint of each to support their respective causes. Penn has adopted Opportunity Village and Trace had adopted The American Red Cross. There was a sense of joy in making my purchase. I personally like the Magic Swirtle over The Maple Macadamia Mash Up, however both were good. If some gifted me many pints of each I wouldn’t turn them down. As I made my purchase I found another source of joy as on the check screen Walgreens asks if you want to donate to The American Cancer Society. As you know I do a lot of fundraising for The American Cancer Society Relay For Life as evidenced by my personal fundraising page at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/jdogglederman.
Everyone who was part of the final task on All Star Celebrity Apprentice seemed to exude joy in what they were doing. I have a suggestion for everyone go out to Walgreen’s buy a few pints of the ice cream designed by Penn and Trace and invite a few people over for an All Star Celebrity Apprentice Watch Party set up a jar for Opportunity Village and The American Red Cross and then on Monday send each charity a donation with a note and your business card say that the actions of Penn and Trace brought you joy and you wanted to support their efforts. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Bethany Hamilton Inspires Beyond The Surf!!!
As I found the movie Soul Surfer on TV the other night I was intrigued and I watched what turned out to be an amazing inspirational story about Bethany Hamilton. As Bethany began to understand the impact she was making on the world far beyond the reaches of the surf she became in tune with her spirituality. The shark attack that took her arm was a tragic event that set in motion events that would not only transform Bethany’s life but would also transform the lives of those who followed Bethany’s Story. One of the most poignant scenes in the movie for me was when Bethany traveled to Phuket, Thailand to help World Vision after The Tsumani to help rebuild and help the villagers. She took a surfboard to the water and continued to motion to a little boy to come to the shore line. The boy was afraid and hesitant but eventually trusted Bethany and he got on the surfboard and then other villagers followed and began to regain their strength and confidence. Bethany would return home to stacks of fan letters explaining how she had inspired so many simply by getting back on her board and trying. Bethany would train for The Surfing National Championships and though the judges didn’t count the final wave as they determined she stood up after the horn all the competitors counted it. Bethany would win The National Championship The Next Year.
Bethany shares her story and the role that her faith played in her moving forward. Today Bethany is 23 years old and continues to inspire beyond the surf. Bethany proves that your faith can help you to overcome any adversity that comes into your life. Her positive message is empowering and inspiring many. Thank you to Bethany Hamilton for inspiring this blog entry today. Read More→
Spiritual Awakening: Exercising The Body Safely!!!!
I want to thank Dana Gore for this guest post to help those who are having a spiritual awakening to exercise their body safely.
Awakening to the Concept of Exercise Safety
For many of you, the idea of participating in a health and fitness program represents an image that focuses on thin vs. well, not thin. It’s geared toward the need for weight-loss and requires making significant and unpleasant “sacrifices” in order to finally get permission to like yourself. You may even be reading this right now and nodding your head in agreement, because this has been the story of your life.
It certainly was the story of my life.
But what if I told you that there is a spiritual component that works in harmony with the concept of healthy-living that could shift your entire mindset and therefore, your reality, toward one filled with personal empowerment? Would you have any interest in reading further?
What if I told you that your life may depend on it?
Ok, cool. Now that I have your attention…
When we believe what society tells us – that we have to look a certain way in order to be loved and accepted – we tend to get sort of depressed. We think there’s something wrong with us. That we don’t live up to a standard of existing that warrants us the feeling of being worthy.
I mean, let’s face it…if a celebrity’s imperfections are going to be ridiculed and/or airbrushed away as if they didn’t exist, then what’s to stop the rest of us from judging ourselves? What’s to prevent us from believing that
WE AREN’T ENOUGH?
It’s this perception that influences us to make decisions about our well-being from a place of desperation. This is where we get careless.
When you are unhappy with your body – I mean really unhappy – aren’t you in a mega hurry to Get. This. Weight. Off. Now? Don’t you, just about, throw all caution to the wind and do whatever it takes to get what you want?
Most people do. When the girl/guy they desire doesn’t notice they’re alive. When the family matriarch – from her ever-endearing “I’m just being honest” place – asks you in front of your family why you’re so fat? (True example by the way). Or when your friends tell you they’ve booked a last minute trip to Vegas with you and you realize you wouldn’t be caught dead in a swimsuit or an evening gown (another true story – although not mine).
These are just a few examples of the pain that drives our decisions. We’re focused on how much we detest the result of who we are, so we react to it.
When we aren’t at peace within ourselves – when we hate our bodies, we feel miserable. So in a society that makes appealing promises of instant gratification, we make hurried and uneducated decisions to get what we want.
Why should this matter?
Because when it comes to our health and well-being, awareness is our friend.
- Do you know how to choose a fitness program based on your level of ability?
- Are you aware of any possible contraindications you may have to exercise?
- Do you know how to choose a qualified fitness or nutrition professional?
- Do you know what “Special Populations” means and if you fall into this category (and why it matters)?
- Do you know what proper progression stands for and how it relates to injury?
- How to decipher between “good and bad” exercise pain?
These are important topics that come into play when making decisions about our bodies, but are often, and unfortunately, ignored when those very decisions are being made out of desperation.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternative.
FACING WHO WE ARE AND ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITY
All it takes to move away from the aforementioned perspective and toward one of self-empowerment is the act of facing who we are, how we got to this point, and asking ourselves who we would prefer to be.
Are you happy being someone who constantly reacts to life and feels like a victim? Or would you rather be someone who has their own best interests at heart and treats themselves with the dignity and respect that we are all worthy of?
What would life be like for you if you cared about your well-being? If you simply became the person who naturally preferred to be active? To be someone who, out of sheer desire, preferred the leafy green salad filled with the delicious nutrients that powered their every cell with the energy of life – instead of the person who settles for the diet food because they are on restriction?
Does that persona seem more appealing? Because it’s not only possible to become that person, it’s a responsibility. It’s our job, as participants in this world, to become living examples of the joy we all desire.
From this perspective, we are more interested in achieving optimal health. We adjust our lifestyles to enable the habits that naturally result in being slim and energized.
We make informed decisions about our well-being because we are focused on loving, rather than detesting ourselves.
We are aware
And we ARE worthy.
If you enjoyed this article, you will LOVE these:
- Traffic, Crowds and Other Bullshit
- Being the Example – A Way to Save the World
- In Need of Exercise Motivation?
Since you read the entire article (good for you!)– check out the video trailer of A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You). Stay Safe. Be Aware.
About the Author
Creator of I Choose Awareness and author of the book “A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety – (What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You)”, Dana Gore completed the curriculum at Fitness Institute International, Inc. as an outstanding graduate in 2009.
Having suffered from eating disorders in the past which caused her weight to balloon to over 200 pounds, Dana realized it was time for a major lifestyle overhaul. Once she discovered Fitness Institute, her life took on new meaning.
Armed with credible information about Exercise Science, Dana aims to bring guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner. She believes that the body follows the guidance and instruction of the mind and spirit. She inspires her readers to seek inner-peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.