Random Thoughts and Resources Email RePost

Greetings,
Thank you for all the support from my last email to keep the communications coming. While I didn’t intend for another to be created so soon, when the material is there, why wait to share??! This is a random collection of thoughts and resources. It’s much longer than I normally send and I apologize for that with the busy season we’re in, but hopefully, if you glean a nugget or two, you’ll find it worthwhile. I should probably start another blog, but in the meantime…here is a monster email. As always, if you’d prefer not to receive these, just say the word…

First, I know you have been joining me in sending our heartfelt prayers to the families affected by the tragedy in Connecticut. Their suffering is all our suffering. In my opinion, the best action we can take to help, is to rededicate our commitment to love–increasing it within our own selves and then letting it shine onto others. I wanted to share this video which helped me feel more grounded and inspired than I have been since Friday. Perhaps you’d like to sit with your family and watch it together http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxSF-Louie-Schwartzberg-Grati .

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I was working with a client recently on setting intentions for the new year–not your run of the mill New Year’s Resolutions, but rather consciously choosing what to manifest in our lives. The New Year is a fantastic time to make an energetic shift and that started me thinking about the other fun dates coming up.

There’s been a lot of talk about the end of the Mayan calendar happening on the winter solstice this year, but rather than the doomsday fear-based people worry about, this is just a marking of the dramatic and world-wide awakening of our consciousness which has already been happening and will continue to do so faster than any of us can imagine. Regardless, this would be a fun day to do something to honor the earth or simply acknowledge our spiritual selves. My husband suggested we build a miniature Stonehenge with the kids which I thought was a fun idea. I think we’ll also go for a hike to a nearby hill and watch the sunset. I’d love to hear other ideas.

Another date right on the heels of 12/21/12 is the 31st. Year’s end is a wonderful time to end any cycles you choose not to take with you into the new year such as old habits or behaviors that aren’t serving your highest good. It would be great to meditate on or get clear about your top few energetic distractions whether they be habits, relationships, beliefs, etc. You can release them down your grounding cord energetically, for example, and then follow up with a physical action such as writing them on a piece of paper and burning the paper or throwing it in the trash. Just make it meaningful to you and dare I say, fun?

Then, on January 1st, have your intentions ready to rock. Again, getting very specific on your top intentions energetically and then doing something physical on the 1st to signal to the universe that you absolutely will manifest those intentions. For example, if you want to buy a home in a certain neighborhood, go and take a walk in that neighborhood. If you want to improve your health, buy a shot of wheat grass at your local smoothie shop. It doesn’t have to be a big deal or cost a lot of money, you just have to have the intention intensely present in your action. Then you have to trust, have faith that your intentions will manifest, that you will meet the right people, you will create the learning experiences needed, you will attract the right resources, you will continue to take actions toward your goal to manifest those intentions into the physical dimension. Again, raising your vibration via love, joy, and amusement speeds the process immensely.

My children and I have been discussing consumerism, marketing,  and brand consciousness lately as the hype for holiday gifts/wants goes into overdrive. I shared this video with them (for older kids only, please preview first) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAg3uMlNyHA We watched it 4 or 5 times since they had more questions after each viewing and it provided a nice back drop for furthering our discussion. Perhaps this will spark a little conscious raising about the difference between thinking of ourselves as our ego driven bodies and our true essence, our souls.

Speaking of our souls, I know I’m late to the party on this, but if you missed Oprah’s interview with Neurosurgeon and now best selling author, Eben Alexander, here’s the link to the full episode online http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Oprah-and-Neurosurgeon-Eben-Alexander-Proof-of-Heaven-Full-Episode  I enjoyed the whole thing, but the last two segments in particular–save this for when you have 40 minutes or maybe check out the book…

The principal at my children’s school is facilitating a school wide book club on “Raising Caring, Capable Kids with Habits of Mind,” by Carner and Iadavaia-Cox. At our first meeting they showed this video http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rock-center/49202614#49202614 about the importance of teaching grit. This isn’t particularly spiritually focused and you might be wondering why I’m including it here, but one of the habits of mind is metacognition, ie thinking about thinking and feelings. As I try to do more of this, I realize I have to be in the present moment to do so and that, of course, is a huge part of being spiritually aware. I also liked how this video portrays grit as a positive which reminds me of how we create situations for ourselves to grow and typically, grit is involved in that growth. I’m only three chapters into the book so I will refrain from recommending it or not until I read on, just throwing it out there while it’s on my mind. An even better example of someone displaying  determination, and grit is this 5 minute video I recently shared with the family http://www.ted.com/talks/ludwick_marishane_a_bath_without_water.html .

I know this email is really video heavy, but sometimes (always??) messages from others are more accepted and remembered than from mom harping, not that I’m a harper, haha:). In any case, I also loved this quick clip http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50197003/#50197003 Do you think this kid said to himself, oh I’m not good enough, or I don’t have the time to make up the difference, or it’s too late, or my lame team mates didn’t help enough, or complain that the circumstances aren’t right? No, he just got in there and did it with his faith, determination, and grit!
Hopefully, you saw this  next one from one of those “daily love type” emails I referred to in my last communication, but if not, it makes me smile so much, I wanted to give it an extra shout out:) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150732909504865 As we all know, having amusement in our lives, makes everything better–despite the external circumstances.

Finally, I’d just like to thank you for your faith in me, your generous referrals, and the gift of joining you on your growth. I leave many of our readings together inspired to challenge myself to push my own boundaries farther and faster. Please accept my wishes for a wonderful holiday season for you and your family; one filled and overflowing with warmth, laughter, and presence.

Warmly,

Susan

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