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Imagine you are in a pitch-black room,

in an unfamiliar building.

The electricity is out.

You are terrified of the dark.

You have no matches – because who smokes anymore?

Your cell phone died hours ago.

You shouted but no one came.

Anxiety is taking hold, panic is pressing in.

Every scary thought of being trapped in a dark building runs through your head in technicolor!

You hear one thing louder and louder – your heartbeat.

And then you remember that pen your friend gave you, the one from their hairstylist, with the advertisement on it.  The one that has a tiny light at the other end!

“PLEASE GOD LET ME STILL HAVE IT!  PLEASE GOD LET IT WORK!  YES, here it is!!!  OMG, it works!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

It’s a tiny, tiny light on the opposite end of a pen, but at this moment, it feels HUGE, doesn’t it? This tiny light can quash fears of immense proportion, light a room and change your perspective. Quite amazing!

Now imagine what your light can do in the darkness that surrounds us these days!  It is so easy to get sucked into the morass that surrounds us on a daily and hourly basis.  I won’t repeat the bad news because you already know it.  If you don’t good for you!

So HOW do we shine our Light on the Darkness?

1.     Center in your heart space – come back to your source – to your own bubble of light. Connect with Great Spirit, God, The Universe, Tao, Yahweh, whatever you call Oneness, however you best do that.  Sometimes it’s as easy as communing with nature; or taking 3-5 deep conscious breaths while being aware and grateful for life. Maybe for you, it’s saying a prayer, a ten-minute meditation, or thirty minutes of yoga.  Do it!  This is for your Health and Sanity!

2.     Turn away from the Darkness. Don’t read it, watch it or listen to it.  Turn off the news channels.  Or at the very least limit yourself to 10-20 minutes per day. I find it interesting that folks will only eat organic food yet feed their brains with hours of bad news.

3.     Send light to the dark.  If you know someone who is suffering from pain, grief, or illness send them healing energy, reiki, prayer, or positive thoughts. If you see an accident on the side of the road, send positive energy to the people involved. See light surrounding them.   Remember, what you send out returns ten times!

4.     If you must watch, listen or read bad news then send soothing energy to those areas. Fires devasting the forests? Send calm & rain.  Floods destroying property and killing people?  Send soothing energy to the rivers.  Yes, you do have the power to calm a storm!

5.     Avoid negative people – especially those who dwell on the bad news, it’s like playing in a toxic dump.

6.     Practice reframing negativity – have a touchstone for those times when you find yourself depressed or flailing in negativity (it happens). Think of a funny animal, or a funny incident, or a place of beauty that you love – something to change the negative energy. Once you switch off the negative energy then imagine the new positive result that you want to experience. An easy example is getting a new job:  Imagine yourself working in the perfect environment with people who are creative, supportive, happy, and contributing to the world in a positive way. Imagine exactly what you want to achieve in your new job.  Using all your senses, see yourself there!

Try it right now and allow yourself to experience the change you feel when you play in the positive energy of creation.  You can use this exercise for any situation in your life.

7.     Join with other folks who are positive influencers – meet together in person or over Zoom and share the Light with each other.  No bitching, whining, or complaining!  Only positivity allowed! Come together to share a Meditation, Joy, Good news, Blessings, a positive reading – get it?  Only good POSITIVE news is allowed.  One person can lead every week, or you can rotate the responsibility.  Meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

8.    Practice Gratitude daily – be aware of all the good in your life. Speak it, write it, and include it in your prayers or meditations.

“Happy Hummer” by Sally Gradjian

9.  Shine your light. You may think that your light is just a tiny pin light but remember that tiny light on the end of a pen can light a room.  In fact…

YOUR LIGHT IS HUGE!

Never underestimate the power of your light to chase away the dark.   For there are many of us out here standing together.  We just have to practice, practice, practice!

Shine on!    BakeR – The Psychic Coach

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                                                                   “Have enough courage to trust love one more time.

                                                     And always one more time.”

                                                                                                         – Maya Angelou

After the loss of a love, it is so easy to shut down, draw in, retreat. So easy to forget the touch, the support, the love. So easy to forget that Love is always available from Source.

Yet as Maya Angelou so profoundly reminds us, we need only trust love one more time. For today, we can trust Love – the Love of Spirit, the Universe, the One. That Love which is larger than us, all encompassing, always there, the light that never goes out.  It breathes us – we are IT.

Inside us is a pure, innocent core of untouched perfection.  It is this sweetness that sustains us, this light that illuminates.  We have only to go to this reservoir and draw sustenance.  It is always there, constantly replenished.

It is this Love that provides hope, joy and faith.  Sweetly it reminds us of the gift in the present. We see with clear vision, embracing the light, acknowledging the purity and moving forward with grace.

The heart opens, excitement returns, trust enfolds us and we know that the dance will never end, the conversation will go on and on.

And when we are ready, Love will faithfully restore our hearts and fill them to overflowing.

Love will prevail.

Affirm this:

I allow my heart to open, expanding with the possibility present in this new day. I live in wonder, trusting Spirit and my essence to create Love in, as and through me. I honor the dance. Love lights the way.

BLESSINGS OF LOVE, BAKER

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YES,  absolutely, pray and take action! In Religious Science we say, “Treat and Move Your Feet.”  “Treat” refers to a Spiritual Mind Treatment (SMT) which is our form of affirmative prayer.  I would write or speak my SMT and then move my feet.

If I am feeling depressed, I will say a treatment and then I might go for a walk in the red rocks, sit in the garden amongst the jewel-like faces of the pansies, call a friend who makes me laugh, watch a funny movie or read something inspirational.  I use the techniques that work for me to pull me out of the depression.  Recently during the COVID lockdown, I found myself depressed about 2-3 weeks in.  When I realized and acknowledged that I was sleeping 10-11 hours per night, I knew I had to rectify the situation immediately.  I committed to getting up, dressing up, and showing up for myself.  No one else could do this for me, it was all on me and I knew what it would take.  My mood improved, my spirit elevated and I was on the road to happiness and contentment again.

When we take responsibility for our actions – when we move our feet – we are telling the Universe – God – Spirit whatever you choose to call Her that we are committed to receiving.  In the case of depression – we are committed to receiving joy or even contentment.  If we are choosing more abundance, we also need to be open to receiving abundance in any form.  If your friend invites you to lunch and offers to pay, ACCEPT the gift!  Very often you say NO – NO – NO, I can pay for my own lunch.  Now you have confused the Universe, you just did an SMT for more abundance, your friend shows up and offers to buy you lunch (a form of abundance) and you refuse her offer.  The Universe is like, “Wait, didn’t you want more abundance? I sent your friend to buy you lunch. Isn’t that abundance?”

If you desire more Peace and Love in your world, you can:

·      Write or speak your Spiritual Mind Treatment/Prayer

·      Show up and BE Peace and Love

·      Brainstorm ways to manifest more Peace and Love, for yourself and others

·      Listen to other’s perspectives – what are they feeling, what do they want?

·      Open your mind and heart to new possibilities

·      Commit to Peace and Love no matter how you’re challenged (I work on this constantly, especially when driving)

·      Vibrate your Peace and Love to others and to the world!

·      Be grateful for all the Peace and Love you already experience.

These actions may not change the world, but they can change your world, here and now.  If you happen upon someone who is in a rage or sad and depressed, how can you affect that person’s life in a positive way?  How can you help them see a different way?  Maybe if all you can do at that moment is send them light and love, do that.

When we put our intentions in writing or meditate on them – the Universe automatically creates a support system for them.  We effectively stir the energy pot!

Act as if – Act as if you already have it, are it or do it.

The more positive energy we create around our intentions, the more likely they will happen. Also, we must deeply believe IT is ours.  If you have any core issues like, “I’m not good enough,” “I’m too old, too sad, too ugly, too dumb”, etc., just clean that crap out right now! Clean those negative thoughts out of your brain and fill it with positive thoughts.

God – the Universe – Spirit, whatever you call Her wants us to take responsibility too.  We don’t pray that our children will be safe and then let them play in the street.  We don’t pray that our lung cancer will go away and continue to smoke three packs a day. (OK, some folks will, go figure!)

 An aspect of our lives where this shows up is being happy.  If you want to Be Happy – Be Happy!  (If you suffer from chronic depression, you are exempt, you may need outside help.) But, if you’re just average Jane or Joe and you want to be happy – Go Be Happy.

Average Jane or Joe (AJJ):  Dear God, I want to be Happy!

God: Okay, be Happy.

AJJ: No, you don’t understand, I don’t have a partner, how can I be happy?

God: What are you doing to have a partner?

AJJ: Well, I prayed. (Once with fervor)

God: What else did you do?

AJJ: What do you mean, what else should I do?

God: Well last week you were invited to a party, but you didn’t go. There were a couple of great people there who would have been delighted to meet you. The other day, you saw a cute guy at Whole Foods, he smiled, but you didn’t smile back.  In fact, later when you saw him eating in the deli, you didn’t even say Hi, or smile, or anything.  Do you really want to have a partner?  Show up for your own parade! I put that guy there, he tried, but you didn’t show up.  And furthermore, be happy for all you do have, the good friends, a home, car, music, books.  Be joyful, that you live in such abundance. What do you really want?  Are you willing to be scared? Are you willing to do the work? Are you willing to be vulnerable?  What’s it worth to you? On a scale of 1-10, what’s your commitment level? By the way, I’ll love you no matter what!                                            

Treat/Pray and Move Your Feet! Show up for your own Parade!  Be Happy!  Love Yourself, you deserve it!

 Today, especially I ask that you Pray for light in the world, Pray for love, Pray for acceptance, Pray for open minds and hearts, Pray for vibrant health.  Pray for Peace!

Today, especially I ask that you Take action:

·       Support a good cause with dollars or time

·       Have an honest conversation with yourself and others about your biases and beliefs

·       Stand up for what is right/truthful and just.

·       Honor love and compassion when you see it or experience it.

 WITH LOVE AND LIGHT, BAKER

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Are you suffering from New Age Guilt?

You know,  New Age guilt,  that syndrome that comes on when you get sick and you ask yourself what caused it? What is the emotional reason behind this illness? What could I have done to prevent it?   Why did this happen to me?

 What if there IS NOT an emotional reason? What if you just caught something? What if that nasty bug going around got its crappy little tentacles in you? What if you just had a weak spot in your intestine, brain or artery since you were born, and there isn’t an emotional reason. You just happened to be born with it. Is it really helpful to beat yourself up some more?

I have good news, recently a woman was in for a reading and my guides told her, “SOMETIMES YOU JUST GET SICK!” WHAT? Sometimes it really is this physical vehicle we came in that gives out. The good news is you can let go of the new age guilt, you can decide to love yourself anyway. And you can stop guilting other people too! There’s an idea we can all benefit from, love ourselves just as we are and love everyone else just as they are.

No, I did not say you can stop taking your vitamins, jump off the treadmill, eat crappy food, or forget to clean up your thoughts! This is not a go to Burger King, get out of jail free card! I am however, gifting you a leave the guilt behind card. Let’s say you do get sick, you’re laying in bed feeling like hell and trying to figure out why. Sometimes it is productive to read Louise Hay or Ernest Holmes and find out what the underlying cause is so you can say the appropriate affirmation. There are times when we do need to clean up our thoughts, forgive someone or love ourselves.  If that’s the case please do the work.  However, you could decide to make your affirmations something along these lines: I love myself. I am whole, healthy and complete. I honor and appreciate my body for serving me all these years. I am so blessed to be alive in this day and age.

Love yourself through it! And remember:

The highest thought is always that thought which contains Joy.

The clearest words are those words which contain Truth.

The grandest feeling is that feeling which you call Love.

                           -Neale Donald Walsh, Conversations with God

 Give yourself these gifts Joy, Truth and Love, you deserve it! And stop beating up my friend (that’s you)!

Love and joy, BakeR

For those of you who didn’t see my big announcement here it is again:  

Once again Mamacita leads me down a new path!
I have been given an incredible opportunity to manage a new wellness center right here in Uptown Sedona along with the founders. They are beautiful, loving lights who are creating a gorgeous space, which will be dedicated to promoting emotional, physical, mental and spiritual wellness. We will open Labor Day weekend and I am thrilled to be starting this new adventure!

In the meantime,YES, I am still available for private sessions-readings, coaching and reiki here in Sedona, by phone, Skype or FaceTime.
Please contact me for your appointment:
Email: BakeR@ThePsychicCoach.net
Phone: 602.999.2493
I will continue to do my sessions at the new center when we open and will send details as we progress.

Gateway Cottage Wellness Center - under construction

Gateway Cottage Wellness Center – under construction

 Coming Soon, I can’t wait for you to visit!

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I used to hate Mormons.  No, seriously, as the past State Coordinator of the National Organization for Women, Mormons were my nemesis.

I debated them, picketed their temple and even made fun of their beliefs.  I was certain that everything I was for they were against, and everything I was against they were for.  I knew that all the men were racist bigots and kept their multiple wives locked up at home barefoot and pregnant.  And I even met some Mormon men who did treat their wives like that.

In 2003,  a few months after my 50th birthday party,  a casual friend was passing hateful propaganda about Muslims on email.  Propaganda that claimed that all Muslims take a vow to kill us.  It went on and on, I’m sure some of you saw it.  I wrote this woman and told her that not all Muslims are hateful killers, that indeed she may have held hands with the Muslim couple that were at my birthday party as we sang “Let There Be Peace On Earth”.   I told her that this couple are beautiful, fun, peace loving people just like we are.  I told her that radical, hateful extremists can be found in almost every religion be they Christian, Muslim, Hindu etc. and every country from France to Russia to Pakistan to the USA.   I reminded her that some Christians in this country bombed abortion clinics – sometimes wounding and killing people.  She wrote back and apologized saying she had never known any of “them” (Muslims) and that she had believed all the awful diatribe about “them”.  Our conversation ended peacefully.

Yet even after that incident, until about a year ago,  I would have claimed that Mormons were my nemesis.  That indeed I knew that “they” were against everything I believed in and vice versa.

And then I met a beautiful and faithful Mormon woman.   A woman who is spiritual, metaphysical, peaceful, who  believes that loving service is the top priority in her life’s mission.  A woman who goes to drum circles with me, who shares Reiki healing, who helped me pack my house for a big move, a woman who loves movies, crystals, chocolate and her family, who regularly attends temple and has a deep belief in God.  A woman who spent hours sending Reiki healing to my dog — who has become one of my best friends.  A woman who shattered every myth I held about Mormons, including that they are all Republicans.

And I had to face my fears – my deep seated beliefs about “them”.  I had to step up and recognize that when I put anyone in the “them” slot, the different than me slot, I contribute to the separation that causes hatred and violence.  When I fail to meet someone and know them as another human being, regardless of their race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other differences, I contribute to the imbalance.  I contribute to dishonoring another human. And I dishonor myself in the process.

In the many years that I worked seven days a week for women’s rights, for gay rights, for equality for all, I remember the people who met me and said, “You don’t look like one of them”.  And yet haven’t I said the same?

When I look at anyone different than me in any way and pass judgment based on those assumptions , I give up my chance to know the real person, to relate to another human being at a deeper level…the level where love exists.  For at the core of the majority of humans,  I believe there is infinite light, I believe there is powerful love and forgiveness.  I believe that most of us are good – that we want peace – that we care about each other.  I believe when we take the time to go beyond our judgments, our assumptions and yes our expectations, that we will find another human being who wants the same things we do, who desires love, peace and freedom.

I commit to reach out to “them” the next time.  I commit to take the time to learn who “they” are.

And I commit to remember,  when I point a finger at someone else there are three pointing back at me!

Namaste, BakeR

Please feel free to add your comments below…thanks!

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I can CHOOSE!

 My dog Cheyenne chose to leave her physical body on June 11th.   I used to say I didn’t know how I would stand it when she left me.

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Even in her leaving she is teaching me lessons.  Like the river in the picture there are two directions I can go.  I can choose grief or I can choose joy.  I experienced deep grief the first few days after Cheyenne passed.  Then something magical happened.

As I would start to feel the pain Cheyenne would appear – she would laugh at me and tell me I could be sad if I wanted but reminding me that I could CHOOSE to be joyful instead.  I can choose to remember all the fun we had hiking , or just sitting looking out over the beauty of Sedona.  I can remember how good I felt witnessing her absolute joy as she rolled around in the grass or on the carpet scratching her head and snorting with pleasure.  I can replay the short film in my head of her chasing a rabbit – always giving up just before catching one.  I can feel the warmth of her against me in the frigid night when we camped at Monument Valley.  I can watch her splash and play in Oak Creek,or run up Castle Rock.  I can celebrate her unconditional love, her peace, her complete absorption in the moment.  I can see those deep brown eyes as they demanded a treat after dinner.  I remember her dignity and tolerance as smaller dogs would bark and nip at her when she looked at me as if to say, “Mom, what’s their problem?”  I can remember how she met me at the door every day tail wagging, grinning ear to ear, dancing around, so happy to see me no matter what….

Or I can CHOOSE grief!

I always have a choice.  This has been a quiet revelation for me that I can CHOOSE to be happy in the wake of her death.  In the past I would have chosen to wallow in my grief.  Now I feel the grief and then it’s as if I watch it drift away, followed quickly with joy that I got to share my life with this beautiful animal friend.

I still believe in honoring our emotions.  I believe that if we don’t honor our emotions we generally stuff them in our bodies where they cause more havoc.  I believe that I can let them come up, feel them and then watch them gently drift away.

And I believe that I can CHOOSE whether to stay in that place of grief or CHOOSE differently.

I’m choosing to:

Ÿ         See the grief

Ÿ         Feel the grief

Ÿ         Let it drift away

CHOOSE JOY!

If you need help dealing with your choices I am always available for coaching…you can reach me at 602.999.2493 or email me BakeR@ThePsychiccoach.net.

Feel free to leave your comments below.  Namaste,

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Today I found myself worrying about compensation.  Actually my ego self was worried.  Am I enough – will I make enough?  Was the reading good – good enough?

My ego self says, “show me the money”, as if that is the only way to measure my self worth.  My spiritual self  is always certain that indeed I am enough – I AM good enough.  I am always fully supported.  My ego needs the compliments and glowing emails that clients send.  My ego is fear based it needs to be fed.  My spiritual self feels the deep connection in the moment and knows that the true gift is leading a client to understanding, helping them  hear the Truth, or maybe connect with a loved one on the other side.  My spiritual self  is Love.

While I was in worry, all I could see was more fear.  When Mamacita stepped in and slapped me around a little I was able to turn my self to the Truth, to see the light and to focus on my good.  As I refocused on my service, 0n my joy in being of service and why I am really here, the phone rang – a client booking a session for tomorrow – of course!

Keeping my focus on gratitude and being of service empowers me and ultimately you.  As I step into grace it radiates out and touches all those around me.  When you step into grace, into gratitude it radiates out and touches all those around you!

Are you out of touch with your Truth?  Out of balance?  How much time do you spend in fear or worry?

How much time do you spend in gratitude, service or joy?

Do you think to be grateful for all you are?

Are you grateful for your body? For the utensils that allow you to eat? For the chair you sit in?  For a computer that workd with no expectation of thanks?

Take a moment now to sit in gratitude – find at least five things that you don’t normally think to be grateful for:

  • Shoes
  • The cardinals song
  • The men working in the hot sun on the electrical lines down my street
  • Healers – especially chiropractors today!
  • Can openers

Your Turn:

Make a commitment to yourself to practice gratitude throughout your day…it is the single most important step to changing your life!

Namaste, BakeR

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. 
 — Martin Luther King Jr.

Join me November 11-13 at my Radical Healing Women’s Retreat – Come as an Abused Woman, Leave an Empowered Woman!

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cathedral_rock_sunfellowRecently I watched an incredible video of the near death experience of Anita Moorjani.  Unable to move as a result of the cancer that had ravaged her body for over three years, doctors at the hospital that morning had given Anita just hours to live  She crossed over and came back.  Here’s what this beautiful woman learned:

” Let me explain that there is a difference between ‘being loving’ and ‘being love’.   Being loving means giving love to another whether you have any for yourself or not. It means giving what you yourself may or may not even have to give. This type of giving of love can eventually drain you, because we don’t always have a limitless supply. And then we look to the other to replenish our pool of love, and if it is not forthcoming, we stop being loving ourselves, because we are exhausted.  Being love, on the other hand, means loving myself unconditionally so that it overflows, and anyone and everyone around me just becomes an automatic recipient of my love. The more I love myself, the more it flows out to others. It almost feels like being a vessel for love to flow through. When I am being love, I don’t need people to behave a certain way in order for them to be a recipient of my love. They are automatically getting my love as a result of me loving myself. So to stop being love, to me, means to stop loving myself. Hence, I will not stop being love on account of another.”   –Anita Moorjani

I love her  line,  “They are automatically getting my love as a result of me loving myself.”  That is so true! When you love yourself you automatically love others.  When you truly love yourself you have plenty of love to give away.  There is an unlimited supply.

When we are giving love from a space in us that is already full – we are not depleted, our well is full, it overflows onto others.  First, because we filled the well ourselves, we always know how to replenish it.  Second, the love we give away always comes back tenfold.  “That’s great, you’re thinking, “but how do I fill myself with love?”

  • Know that you and source/god/spirit are the only ones capable of truly filling your love well.
  • Give yourself affirmations to work with daily such as?  I radiate love which returns to me tenfold.  I surround myself with beauty, grace and joy.  I am full of energy, vibrant and vivacious!  I create new stories for myself, filled with light and love.  I love myself!   If any negative messages come up when using these affirmations that is your clue that the old tapes you still run need to be erased.  Cancel the old message and replace it with your affirmation.
  • Nurture yourself – have a spa day, take your creative child out to play, walk in the park, hike a mountain, bake a treat just for you, meditate, watch a beautiful or funny movie.
  • Stand up for yourself by having strong boundaries.  Say no when you mean no – say yes when you really mean yes.  If you’re doing anything from a sense of guilt or obligation instead of joy, you are not standing in your Truth.
  • Send yourself an online greeting card – date it for a day in the future, so it’s a complete surprise.
  • Give your inner child a new toy – soft and cuddly or something that makes her/him giggle.
  • Dangle your toes in water, a creek, lake, pool, lay on your back and watch the clouds go by.
  • Create a ritual/ceremony for yourself to honor your wisdom, beauty, breath, toes, nose, emotions _____________ or all of you!
  • Write out the ABC’s and choose one positive word for each letter that describes you, i.e. Alert Brilliant Creative….Xerothermic Youthful  Zesty
  • Give yourself Reiki
  • Work with a Spiritual Life Coach to empower you to find that inner love…the love that can never be taken away!

What can you do to love yourself more today?

What will it feel like to have so much love for yourself that it spills over all those around you?

Do you know that you are worthy of this much love?  YES YOU ARE!!!

Have a beautiful, love filled life!

Many blessings!  BakeR

Call me 928.284.1442 or email me at BakeR@ThePsychicCoach.net to set up your FREE 1/2 hour coaching consultation!

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cathedral-rockcathedral-rockA New Creative you!

The beginning of a new year seems to give us a new lease on life. We get to start anew, to release anything that didn’t work last year and move forward.

In view of that I’m going to ask you to engage your creative side. To look at things in a different light, to think of color and sound and objects differently. To let go of the analytical and just go with ycathedral-rockour creativity and intuition.

Don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the questions, just let your unique answer float in from the ethers, engage your inner child and create.

 

What color is the letter S?
What does turquoise sound like?
If you were an animal what animal would you be?
What does an eagle think as it soars in the air?
What does it feel like to be a tree?
If you were a car what kind of car would you be?
What time is it on Saturn?
What does platinum feel like?
How old is magenta?
If you were a road where would you go?
Where were you in 1844? (no analyzing just go with it, let it flow)
What does capybara taste like?
If you were going to get a tattoo (okay it can be removed the next day) what would it be?
Where would you put the tattoo? (remember it can be gone the next day)
How much can you possibly love?
What does your brain feel like?

Now that your creative juices are flowing try these on:

What was the most fun you had in 2010?
When did you feel most inspired in 2010?
What was the best meal you ate in 2010? Where?
What was the best gift you gave to another being? What was the best gift you received?
What did you do, create, or become in 2010 that you are most proud of?
If you had one word to sum up 2010 what would that word be? Would you like the word to be different, the same or better for 2011?
Is there something you wanted to accomplish in 2010 that you could dust off and try again?
What do you want to create this year?
What could you add or subtract that would make this year soar?
How can you be healthier this year? Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually?
You have all the time you need, all the money and all the creativity, so what’s stopping you from creating the life you truly desire? If you think you don’t, call me I’ll help you figure it out.

The best meal I ate in 2010 was in a little restaurant in Key West FL. André and I went there for a mini honeymoon. I have no idea what I ate, but I remember the beautiful orchids on the table, the huge Andy Warhol lithographs, the intimate quiet setting, and looking into those beautiful eyes across the table. The food was great too, but for me it’s all about the beauty of my surroundings. It’s different for all of us, what speaks to me doesn’t necessarily speak to you. That’s why we all have to find our own unique niche. You have to listen to the music and read the books that feed your soul, eat the food that nourishes your body and pray to your own God.
You must find that one particular thing that you were meant to do, and when you do, pursue it with zest. If you were meant to paint, or write, or drive a bus; and you don’t then you deprive the rest of us of your talent, your gifts.

A few years back I was flying out of Phoenix airport at 6AM, which is not a pretty time of day for me. I left my car in long term parking and got on the Roadrunner bus. The bus driver was so happy, but not in an annoying way, he was just lovingly joyous. As he took off he announced that our cars were parked in the green parking lot, section B (or wherever it was). He announced it again a few minutes later and reminded us that we may want to write it down. Wow, write it down, why didn’t I ever think of that before? He then announced it one more time before dropping us at our terminal. I was so impressed that he not only had fun driving a bus at 6AM, but he was determined to make our lives a little easier. Such a simple thing, done so caringly. It made my day! If I can make someone’s day a little better, what better gift could I give?

I believe I’ll just make that one of my intentions this year…so let me know if I can make your day a little better. And remember to thank the bus driver, the car wash attendant, the garbage collector, the President (honestly can you imagine having that job?), your accountant….whoever makes your life a little easier.

Happy Creative New Year!

BakeR

p.s. a Capybara is the largest rodent in the world….yum!

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Thanks to T-Mobile and my friend David Sunfellow, I’ve just  had a wonderful treat this morning.  This beautiful video made at Heathrow Terminal 5, International Arrivals.   For those of you who watch television, maybe you’ve seen the short version, but I don’t watch TV so I’ve never seen this.

I was amazed at the emotion this brought up.  In high school I used to drive over to Chicago’s O’Hare airport from my small town in Michigan, just to watch people come and go.  The coming home greetings would always touch me deeply, as was the case with this video.  How beautiful to see people giving the gift of hugs, kisses, smiles…welcoming each other, loving each other.  We don’t get to see these kind of feelings expressed one to another in many places, airports being one exception.  And in airports, maybe because of the long travel, or the time away, people usually are not shy about being expressive. You get to witness the most unrestrained joy.  Joyous screams, joyous kisses, joyous hugs….joy just oozing out, bubbling over and touching everyone else!

My invitation to you this holiday season is to express your love for friends and family in a new expressive way.  Open your mind, open your heart and give from that place of pure love, with no attachment to the outcome.  Don’t worry about how it will be received, that is their choice not yours!

Here are some ideas for sharing from the heart:

  • Big hugs, often!
  • Kisses too!
  • Find a youtube video that a loved one would enjoy and send to them…free!
  • Share a walk in the park, a hike in the woods, build a snowperson.
  • Send online greeting cards, again usually FREE, and saves trees.
  • Give the gift of service, offer to clean the house, babysit, walk the dog, feed the cat, take an elderly person shopping, fix dinner.
  • More hugs and kisses
  • Tell someone you love them and add why. “I love you because you read my blog and post comments…I so appreciate hearing that you were touched!”
  • Invite someone over for a cup of tea or coffee….talk…turn off your cell phones…that’s right no calls, no texting, no checking email.
  • Go to the airport with a friend and watch people greet each other…let yourselves feel the emotion.
  • Hold hands with your partner.
  • Turn off the TV…watch a fire, or read a beautiful passage from a favorite book, more hand holding is perfectly acceptable too!
  • Can’t afford a Christmas tree, get out your ornaments and decorate a tree outside.   Invite your Jewish friends to help!
  • Share one of your traditions (Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Ramadan, etc.) with a friend who is not of your faith. I went to a friends Chanukah concert one year and cried it was so beautiful (thanks Karen)!  One year I invited Jewish friends over to help decorate the Christmas tree…have you ever heard a grown man say, “This is the first ornament I have ever hung on a tree”?  (thanks Arthur)
  • Go caroling…remember caroling?
  • Trade services, or do a big project together.
  • Visit a temple, church, shrine or ceremony that is not of your faith…enjoy their traditions.    One year I went to  Christmas Eve midnight mass,  I found it beautiful, and not fraught with any baggage for me.
  • Give away a favorite book, or just copy a favorite passage to pass on.
  • Go through old photos and give them to friends or family
  • Volunteer together with a friend at a shelter, charity, park, picking up road trash, etc.  Bonus – more time together!
  • LISTEN!   Maybe the most precious gift of all!

How can you share the gift of your love, your joy, your peace, your compassion, your wisdom, your talents, your caring, your creativity, your heart this year? 

JOY TO THE WORLD!!! 

PEACE TO THE WORLD!!

LOVE TO YOU AND YOURS!

Please leave your comments below.   Have an idea for sharing love and joy? I would love to hear it!

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