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Fear or love

Granted there is much going on in the world right now, but according to Deepak Chopra there are only two responses to the world.

Fear or love

We either choose fear, retreating from the world, isolating, and living within limits, or we can choose love, and believe in the positive, the good in all things, allowing ourselves to embrace adversity and grow. If we believe in possibilities, we eventually shed the restrictions, the stronghold that threatens to choke the life right out of us.

Fear or love, your life depends on which one you choose.

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Litha

Picture taken from google

The summer solstice, also known as Litha and “Midsummer” is the point of the year where the day is longest, and the sun shines at maximum strength. It’s an “in between” time of shifting seasons, and a chance to slip into another world, change the future, and rise to your full power.

Stonehenge is a popular place to celebrate the summer solstice, although this year will look a lot different with the lockdowns still in effect and the urge for social distancing. Astronomically there is much going on as well and it seems to fit right in with everything else that is going on in the world.

We have a solar eclipse on Sunday when the new moon will pass between the earth and the sun, blocking it out minus a fiery ring on the edges. Did I mention we have a new moon on Sunday? Set your intentions and manifest your wildest dreams. It’s also the day, if you are a cancer like me that the moon enters your birth sign. Being a moon child, I feel closer to the magical powers of the moon and feelings are intensified during this time. The path shines a little brighter with clarity this time around and there is a new found motivation and drive to chase my dreams. Oh, and we currently have a Mercury retrograde in effect until July 12th so no hasty decisions or contract binding choices should be made right now. So if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by all this energy, relax and remember that it is no wonder. See what parts you can pick out to embrace, to tilt your perception to the positive, and away from being overwhelmed.

The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere kicks off the official start of summer and the bounty of the harvest. It is linked to fertility, both of the plant and humans alike. “Plant the seeds to sow the flowers.” What are you planting in your life right now to sow the rewards later? This is an excellent time with so many energies combined.

Carpe Diem 🙏🏼

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Don’t wait

Picture: Google

Something has come across the radar this morning. A phenomenon that I have learned to interpret as no ordinary moments, but rather signs from the universe to nudge me along the path. I’m always amazed when it happens and it could be a quote, a message, a dream, hearing from someone you haven’t heard in a long time, various animals sightings and encounters on the trail, or something entirely else. Really anything goes and can be taken as a sign, a direct communication from the universe and spirit to guide you along. The quote I came across this morning said:

“Don’t wait for things to get better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now, otherwise you’ll run out of time.” ~Unknown

There was something familiar, something I already know but needed to be reminded of. A feeling of reassurance took over, followed by a slight head nod and smile. Its true and very relevant for our current times, for us all and for myself. We always wait, wait for better times, wait until we are financially more sound, we wait for the right moment, wait to wear that outfit for a special occasion and we forget that being alive, seeing another day is the special occasion. With that said, with the next not guaranteed to us, how an we truly afford to wait for anything? How can we embrace the “Carpe Diem” concept and seize the day, making the most out of our current time while giving little thought to the future? It’s a question we answer to ourselves and as long as you are happy with how things are going, it’s really all that matters.

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When the roots are deep

Awe, the constant struggle to balance it all. Whether you are working or not, or just like me spend your days trying to cram it all in, there seems to be never enough time, doesn’t it? There is always pros and cons, always two sides to look at something. I love that I have so many hobbies and a variety of things to do, a variety that constantly grows as my interests expand and I take on more skills. Yet there is still the same amount of time in a day and something always falls short. What a dilemma.

I need to find time to take more pictures and be still. I need to find more time for my energy healing and meditation state of mind to keep that inner balance. Even pursuing your hobbies and working against time can become stressful. I have been working hard at my Etsy shop and my days have been filled with creating goods and artifacts that I post on the shop or on my Facebook page Youniqua, or on Instagram under Youniqua2020, and most of the time on all of them in the hopes of getting exposure. It’s hard work trying to build a business and I’m grateful for every piece of feedback I get.

I remember taking this picture and I loved the whimsical feel. There was something magical in how the light was touching the delicate leaves and wood floor. It was another form of the creative process, almost like a scene out of a magic forest. A scene few might take the time to record or even see. It might look delicate and fragile but they say that when the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.

It’s a great reminder to stay grounded through the fragile phases. To not fear the wind and the storms, to hold on and to stay our ground.

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The power of our mind-frame

You may have seen this before, and if not it might be eye opening. I keep saying that these times are strange and so much more. I can’t help but wonder how everybody is doing out there. Is everyone ok, hanging in there, or barely holding on! I know these times bring different outcomes to all of us and some may be affected much harder then others. For myself I think it could be much worse than it is. Worse in general, can I even make such an assumption when hard working people lose their small business and every penny they invested into their dream goes up in flames? Worse, while you might find yourself separated, having no physical contact with the people you love. You may have lost someone close to you or know someone who did. Worse, when you spend sleepless nights wondering how long this will last, how to pay your bills and what to do when the savings run out. Maybe you never even had that, and food is hard to come by. Saying that things could be worse sounds like an ignorant statement to make, and perhaps it applies to me only, as I really can’t speak for anyone else, but truly hope that each and every one of you can say the same.

When I say worse for myself, I am grateful to have a roof over my head and my Mortgage has been deferred by three months. I have food on the table and don’t need to feel hunger pains. I am not behind on my finances and I am able to take this time to learn some new things, while working on coming out of this better than ever. I am an optimist and the glass is always half full. I am an empath and I am not oblivious to what’s going around me. I sense this big cloud of fear that hangs over us, that makes it hard to understand the reasons, hard to stay positive when the rug is being pulled out from under you. I am not here to tell you that’s it’s not all that bad, because it is and I have no clue what you are battling in your own world. I am not here to tell you to keep your head high, dismissing your issues as if they don’t exist, because some days I know the weight threatens to crush us all. But I am here to share what works for me and that is to keep positive the best you can. A positive mind is a powerful ally and if you can see the good in everything, you are definitely better off cutting down on the noise of that inner turmoil.

I’ve found an old saying that is a powerful play on how we perceive things. May it help and guide during this time and may you stay safe, truly feeling that it could be worse. Here it is…

Today was the absolute worst day ever

And don’t try to convince me that

There is something good in every day

Because when you take a closer look

This world is a pretty evil place.

Even if

Some goodness does shine through once in a while

Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.

And it’s not true that

It’s all in the mind and heart

Because

True happiness can be obtained

Only if one’s surroundings are good

It’s not true that good exists

I’m sure you can agree that

The reality

Creates

My attitude

It’s all beyond my control

And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that

Today was a good day.

Now from bottom to top ❤️

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Unconditional love and 8 pieces of wisdom

Unconditional love is something powerful and worth striving for. To live and let live, to love all without ulterior motives. To give with nothing and no expectations in return. To refrain from judgement and to respect and value our differences. Unconditional love is giving and understanding when opinions differ. It is an amazing gift and something that is work in progress. There will be times we slip, times someone or something will get under our skin and we act reactive, but it is then that we need to show ourselves a little unconditional love as well, and have the wisdom to recognize our dilemma, to correct our behavior and to move on. Forgiveness is another great piece that goes hand in hand with this. Forgiving others but also forgiving ourselves.

Unconditional love doesn’t require perfect but it requires pure intentions and a pure heart. A genuine desire and something you feel deeply drawn to within your heart and every fiber of your being. Mistakes will be made and here are 8 pieces of wisdom that might help you along.

  1. Words are powerful, use them wisely.
  2. People come and go, but the right ones stay.
  3. You are doing enough even if it doesn’t feel like it.
  4. Failure is when you don’t try.
  5. Random acts of kindness make everyone feel better.
  6. Live for today, not for tomorrow.
  7. Never look back, there is nothing there for you
  8. Overthinking kills happiness.

With unconditional love in our hearts, we do have some control. Control is something important to many, something that helps us feel involved in the progress. Maybe you can pick the one thing that speaks to you and try it out for a day. Maybe you monitor your progress, jotting down your overall observations and what helped. Feel yourself empowered and in control, leaving a trail of unconditional love and wisdom as you move on. Feel a great sense of fulfillment, being a light, a rock for someone else in these trying times. Your light is shining brightly, let’s share this beautiful glow. 🙏🏼

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Millions of Years

Photo taken from Pinterest

While spending time in nature recently, a beautiful dragonfly flew into my hair. I could feel her touch on the top of my head, and immediately I knew this wasn’t an ordinary moment. For a moment she just sat there, and so did I….

I saw her fly towards me, but never in a million years did I imagine she would land on my head. What an unusual encounter I thought, and there had to be a valid message she was delivering me. Why else would she get my attention in such a unique way?

Did you know that dragonflies have flown the earth for 300 million years? Dragonflies symbolize our ability to overcome times of hardship. They remind us to take time to reconnect with our strength, courage and happiness.

I’d say there couldn’t have been a more powerful and timely reminder. No ordinary moments….❤️

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June predictions

Shamanic Bee ~ Peter Yankowski

For most of us it has been quite a year. Many feel major shifts, and lifestyle changes. We feel the pressure to change our ways and to reevaluate what we are willing to accept and what not. There is much empowerment and freedom on the forefront as major changes help us create the life we deserve and want. But it comes required with courage and not without a sense of being scared about the unknown. It is here where we are urged to make the leap of faith, while trust and surrender are equally important.

While you are figuring out what’s next, here is a great June prediction from Third Eye Thoughts, for anyone that needs a reminder to stay strong and to stay the course. You are nearly there…

June will be a month of financial abundance. Major success, and happiness. Your life will flourish in many ways. Get ready for amazing breakthroughs, positive change, healing, and growth. June will have many miracles in store for you. Prepare yourself for an amazing month!

Amen….get ready ❤️

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The little things…

Picture of my first handmade smudge fan. Made of wood and feathers found while hiking, and a few purchased pieces such as the wood beads and a few smaller feathers.

Gabrielle Roth poses a statement that in many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.

When did you stop dancing?

When did you stop singing?

When did you stop being enchanted by stories?

When did you find comfort in the sweet territory of silence?

Four simple but very powerful questions that take little effort but pack a big punch. I believe that the lessons of the past year have brought me much closer to these questions and to understanding their meaning on a whole different level. Did you know that all the little things can end up being all the big things in our life’s? It was this morning, waking up with a smile, well rested, that my thoughts shifted to this and has inspired this post.

I was never an early riser, and a study that having to get up before 8 AM is equivalent to torture, holds true with me. There are plenty of times when I get up before 8, but when I do it is naturally now and not because of the sound of an alarm clock. Just the thought of the alarm going off any minute or that it is set, causes sleep interruption and anxiety for me. I like to wake up naturally. I know, I did get spoiled not having to work, but more and more I realize how important and necessary this time truly was and still is for me.

I always had a special relationship with my bed, haha. You know the one that feels perfect, to be wrapped in comfort, feeling cozy, when the temperature is just right. When you experienced a good night of rest, and wake up with a smile, ready to take on the world. To snuggle up in soft plush sheets in the winter that keep you warm and comfortable, or when you feel the cooling cotton sheets during the summer on your skin to keep it light and airy. You get it, you have been there and I’m not the only one.

Well for awhile I lost that feeling, especially while I was in Germany and the RA and stress crippled my body. I couldn’t sleep on my side anymore or my stomach and for a non back sleeper it’s not an easy thing to get comfortable or even fall asleep on your back. I remember night after night, waking at every little movement when I tried to turn around and the pain reminded me that it was not possible. I felt so exhausted and tired, and after awhile I’m sure I felt disheartened and lost my joy about the little things. Things like waking up rested to face the day. It may seem little and something insignificant that we often take for granted, but for me it became a very big deal and something I missed. This lasted for several months, with me remembering how wonderful it used to be, and how much things had changed. How much I wished to sleep and entire night without having to get up just to move a little, bit because I had to use the bathroom, but to move my joints. The relationship with my bed had dissolved and what used to be a place of comfort and bliss had now turned into a place of discomfort and horror. I was afraid of the nights and I couldn’t wait for dawn so I could get up and escape this place of pain.

Looking back, I know I was simply too tired to dance, to sing, to be enchanted, or to take comfort in silence. It is amazing how quickly we can lose this, often to no fault of our own. I thought it was my new reality as it lasted for months, but it also taught me to never give up hope, to keep believing and to keep working on your reality. It doesn’t have to be permanent or stay forever, and it will be much easier if you can carry hope within your heart.

Things have changed got me since those grueling times, and today I can once again enjoy the comfort of my beloved bed. Things are not perfect yet, but they are very close to it for me, remembering back to what was. I think I love it even more these days, and sometimes I turn in way early in the evening just to marvel in the feeling that I had lost in an instance once before. It was because of these questions posed from Gabrielle Roth that I paused myself, and those basic things that I’m sure many of us take for granted. I could share a few more lessons like these, things the RA has taught me, things we expect of ourselves every day and don’t think twice about. Today I would tell you to be gentle with yourself and to be thankful and grateful for these things.

My hope in sharing this is to make you pause just like I did and to take a moment. What are you taking for granted and what are the little things in your life you’d miss if they were gone today? How would it make you feel? Perhaps bringing attention to those things will help you dance and sing, will help you celebrate them and see them with renewed joy. Perhaps they place enchanted stories within your heart to share with loved ones, or they allow you to marvel in silence, to be still and listen to your heart while keeping depression and discontentment as far away as possible from you.

Carpe Diem 💙🦋