AS I SIT

As I sit, I carefully observe and pay attention to all that is around me. I pay honor and treasure my ability to listen, not insisting on talking.

As I sit, I allow myself to become an integral part of the whole. It’s awesome to have this feeling of being totally involved with the Universe.

As I sit, I hear the sounds of nature. Even while there is noise I can still hear the birds, their sound is ever present when I tune my hearing to them.

As I sit, I can sense the feelings of those around me. It is as if we are communicating on a soul level. No words need be spoken for me to connect with those around me. A glance, a nod or a smile is simply enough to acknowledge their presence.

As I sit, I am Thankful for this vast and massive Universe. I am Thankful to be alive in a time such as this.

As I sit, I listen intently to what is not being verbally expressed. I can hear the hearts of others. I can feel their emotions of both joy and pain; anger and excitement; fear and ecstasy. I am in alignment with their Spirit and it is a connection of souls relating to each other.

As I sit, I rejoice in my own being. I appreciate all that I have and all that I am. I rejoice knowing it is all a gift from the Creator!

As I sit, I become stronger and wiser. I allow the indwelling presence of Infinite Source to fill me to overflowing with goodness and mercy. The Grace of God restores my soul and my spirit.

As I sit, I remember to be ever Thankful all the time.

As I sit, I am gifted with Wisdom and Strength.

As I sit……..

 

MEMORIES

What are you depositing into the bank of your soul’s memory?

Are you ensuring happiness is there? If not, bring more pleasure into your existence. Create happy moments with friends and family. Create opportunities that allow you to smile when you look back over your life. Today is the perfect time to begin manifesting those happy moments. Do something today that you will remember with fondness.

Is fulfillment an ingredient in your memory? Are you truly living the life you desire? Doing what you like is necessary to your soul being filled full. Is there a new skill you would like to learn and have put it off? Do it now.

Memories of satisfaction can create such warmth when you are going through a low period in life. You can summon up those memories and feel the same satisfaction as when the event first occurred.

Does your memory bank account contain adequate amounts of contentment? Have you given all that you would like to the improvement and betterment of society? Can you perhaps look for ways to become more active in your community? Service to others is always a sure way to feel the emotion of contentment.

Today I carefully choose activities that will add value to my memory bank. I create for myself a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. I store in my memory bank thoughts of happiness and contentment.

I will look back on my life and smile, knowing that I gave as much to the Universe as it gave to me.

GET INTO HEAVEN BEFORE YOU DIE

 

As I was sharing in conversation with my Godmother, Mother Elnor Abdullah who was a young 88 years, the following came up for discussion.

We must be about the business of discovering Heaven while we are still living this life. There is no need to wait and hope that death will bring us to a place of peace. Perhaps you will take with you to the other side exactly what you have created on this side. We can create that state of Heaven now.

We can create a place of Unconditional Forgiveness and Love. We can create a space of Complete Acceptance and Respect of others. We can build relationships built on Mutual Honor and Admiration. We can have Peace and Joy right now and right here on earth.

A state or an attitude of Heaven is being in a Higher Consciousness of who we are. We are the offspring of the Most High Creator. We are made in the image and after the likeness of Infinite Intelligence. Jesus said He came that we would have life and have it more abundantly.

Heaven is where we extend a helping hand to others in their time of need. Heaven is where we choose to honor the life of humans regardless if they look like us or not. Heaven is seeking and maintaining Peace in all situations. Heaven is being about God’s business, protecting and preserving all life forms. Heaven is a state of Consciousness that tells us we can.

Heaven is that serene place of comfort. Heaven is being a comforter and encourager to others. Heaven is pure and seeks after its own kind. Heaven is knowing your connection to God is real. Heaven is Love at the highest level of expression.

Heaven is my preferred place of residence here on earth.

MEDITATION

May 9th

 

To meditate is to be still and listen. You do not need any special skills or gifts or words to say. Simply be still. To be still is to be alone without any outside disturbances. No noise. Meditation is just sitting in the quietness of life.

 

I once thought that you had to know special chants or say a special prayer or something else was required of me before I could go into meditation. I have been told several times in the past that it has nothing to do with any special words, hums, chants or phrases. If you had knowledge and wanted to use them that it was okay however that should never stop a person from meditating. So I reluctantly began to sit and be still. It was a learned habit as with anything else. In the beginning it was a challenge to be still and quiet. Soon my daily practice was appreciated and honored by all who know that in the morning I am not to be disturbed because that is the time I have designated as my prayer and meditation time.

 

How do I do it? I have a meditation tape that I listen to as I soak in the bathtub thirty minutes in the morning. Yes it does mean that I get up earlier to get this accomplished. Recently I did my meditation at midnight and was pleasantly surprised by the amazing gift I received during meditation. It was awesome and exhilarating. I did not want to come out of this experience. Unlike the morning when it prepares me to go about the business of the day, the night was soothing and prepared me for a deep sleep. So whatever time works for you is your best time.

 

You do not need a tape. When you have identified the best time of day for you others will respect your request for privacy. Fill the tub and just relax. If there is a question or concern you desire assistance with, just ask it. You can meditate sitting in a chair or lying down in your bed. All I want to express here is there is absolutely nothing extra required other than your desire to listen to The Infinite Intelligence speak to you. Your answers will come.

 

At a loss for words, just give Thanks for your life. Shout Praises to Allah. Keep repeating, I GIVE THANKS, I GIVE THANKS, I GIVE THANKS. And you will be blessed with Peace and Joy!

STAY IN THE FLOW

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March 21st

 

We have created balance. We have found our flow and rhythm. We are celebrating Peace, Love, Joy and Freedom. We are a reflection of unconditional Love.

 

 

This flow feels wonderful. I love the ease of my life. It feels like a gentle flowing of energy guiding my life. It is without effort that I move about my business of day to day living. I am ‘IN’ the flow of life. I maintain my current position.

 

I truly enjoy sharing my time and energy with others.  This helps me to stay ‘in’ the flow. The Joy I feel, I desire to share. The flow is ‘in’ each of us and I learn as I open myself up to understanding a different culture. I am receptive to other view points and my knowledge is increased by the inclusion of others.

 

The flow is calm and peaceful. I feel like I am on a constant vacation. I do not allow struggle into my awareness. I face all challenges with ease. I am energized by my ‘IN’-ner connection to The Source. I am fully charged and ready to face each event.

 

I love being ‘in’ the flow. This is where I find my self-worth and self-pride. I find my self-identification and self-esteem ‘in’ the flow.

 

 

I stay ‘in’ the flow as a reminder that I Am a Child of God.

CREATE BALANCE

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March 20th

 

Yes we are Spiritual Beings living a human life. As we honor our divine Higher-Self we are to create and maintain balance.

 

Balance is created when we are open and receptive to all of humanity. Balance is when we celebrate life in various activities. Balance is the desired state of awareness.

 

Too much of any one thing can cause us to become off-center. On a scale when it is evenly distributed it is in a level mode. Placing too much on either side causes the scale to be unbalanced. Is there any area in your life that you are not attending to?

 

Are you spending quality time with family and loved ones? This does not suggest that you are obligated to a certain amount of time; it does ask that you share in quality time together. Perhaps it is only a phone call because you live in a different area. It may be short visits because all involved are actively engaged in personal endeavors. Have you said ‘I Love You’ to your loved ones recently? Do you demonstrate love to your loved ones through your actions, thoughts and words?

 

Are you spending time in increasing your knowledge? This can be accomplished by several methods including observation. I have learned so much by simply observing, especially small children and animals. When you observe nature you are uniting with the very substance that sustains the Universe. I love to look at the trees and plants; to look at the sky and clouds; to walk barefoot in the water at the ocean or lake or watch animals interact. These activities can increase your knowledge when you allow the experience to teach you.

 

Being balanced means giving proper attention to all areas of your life. Are you taking care of yourself? When was the last time you did something very special for you?  Something like buy you some flowers or soak in a bubble bath; take yourself to the movie or out to dinner; going one full day with no criticism nor feeling inadequate.

RESPECT LIFE

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Life is a precious commodity. Life is a gift.

 

Today I respect all life forms. I respect my family and friends. I respect my neighbors and co-workers. I respect strangers. I respect my pets and other animals. I respect life in its various forms.

 

I demonstrate respect by showing appreciation. I say words of gratitude to people around me. I know they are doing the best they can. I willingly offer words of encouragement. I am eager to express my acceptance of kindness extended to me. I say “Thank You” and mean it.

 

I honor the life force of breath that flows through me as the same life force that flows through others. We are all the same, sustained by the same Power and Presence. Regardless to the outer layer, each is my brother or sister, my mother or father, my son or daughter. We are all members of the same family.

 

I embrace the uniqueness of all living creatures. I see no differences, I embrace all. My family extends to include everyone. It is wonderful to acknowledge the differences. To witness the diversity that makes life so full and complete. I see myself reflected by and through others. There are no differences.

 

Today, I choose to respect all life. To open my heart and mind to each person I encounter. I show love by my acceptance. I fully embrace with genuine appreciation.

 

 

THE SEED

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My affirmation for today is: I AM PLANTED IN FERTILE SOIL.

I plant my seeds, my thoughts, my words and my deeds, in my heart. God resides in my heart. My heart is the Lord’s resting place. My heart is wide open to receive All Good. God is All that I need and require.

The soil has been tilled with life experiences. Experiences that have brought me to this space in time. Experiences that have stretched me beyond my comfort zone. Experiences that were not so easy to understand. Experiences that kept me going. This thing called life is wonderful and beautiful.

I Am firmly planted in Mother Earth, a rich and vibrant soil. I Am Unlimited. I Am that I Am. I plant seeds of truth deep in the soil of my heart. I cultivate the soil of my soul and keep the weeds out. I water the soil with thoughts of abundance and prosperity. I prune away all negativity. I lovingly embrace the process of growth. I am reminded some things I must let go. I must release all that do not belong in this rich soil. Only true Love can reside here.

I reap a bountiful harvest. Father time directs the order, perfect and divine. Sister Sunshine spreads her magnificent light on my desires. Brother Rain nurtures my soul.

I thank God for the seeds. I allow God’s goodness to flood my every care. Mercy and Grace leads me this day. I receive a brand new start.

SUPER BOWL

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The Super Bowl is only days away, are you excited? I am. The Championship gets to tell a wonderful story, about life! For to get to the Super Bowl, you have sacrificed idle time for time to practice. To get to the Super Bowl, each person made a sincere commitment to giving their best. The Super Bowl is a Team Effort, played as such and won as such.

Who is playing on your team? Have you gathered the Best players and covered all the positions? What is your strategy? Do you have the right replacements? What is your game plan?

Do you acknowledge the accomplishments of those on your team? Did the children do good in school today? Did your co-worker go the extra mile to satisfy a customer/client? Does your team know you are proud of them? Celebrate the TEAM.

What are you celebrating about your team? Are you celebrating the fact that you have agreed to serve as the leader? Are there other team members who are doing an exceptional job? Is anyone willingly making a change that they could use some encouragement or support with?

I play on a winning team, it is THE GAME OF LIFE TEAM! I practice daily. I play hard at each game. I give my best in every game. I salute the players on my TEAM with RESPECT! WE are ready to win the Super Bowl.

QUIET TIME

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The other day as I was going about doing my work, I had the opportunity to contact a business associate. I sent two emails and after no response I called him and left a voicemail message.

Much to my amazement I received an email from Demetrius saying he was experiencing quiet time and would not be available until after noon. That was so cool to me and also very wise. We must have reflection and meditation time to reconnect to our Source, God.

How much time each day do you spend in quiet? How much time is devoted to being still and listening for your answers? I take a couple of hours daily. It means for me that I get up earlier for it to happen. I have been doing that for a long time. When my now adult son was younger in order for me to be able to exercise daily I had to get up an extra hour earlier than him. I reaped the benefits of beginning my day with increased circulation and energy. Now that extra time is spent in meditation and quietness.

You can handle stress and overwhelming conditions by being still. Being in a frantic state constantly only perpetuates the challenge. That is true because we do not allow guidance from The Creator when we are always too busy to listen. We gain strength and wisdom in the quiet. We increase our faith and confidence in the quiet. We trust ourselves in the quiet.

Most times, my house is very quiet. But I can crank the volume up when I want to. This is not the preferred noise level in my home. Set yours wherever you choose. In the mix of the day add in a set time to be: QUIET.

Watch how situations change. Watch how you will be inspired to do something in a different way. Listen for the Inner Guidance. Hear God speaking to you. Receive the empowering Spirit in your quiet time.

I dedicate a portion of each day to being still, in the quiet of my own Soul and Spirit.

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