Gratitude is the heart of all Life
Sometimes in order to open a new door, it requires leaving situations behind that no longer serve you. It can mean leaving a whole life behind and although it may be all you have ever known, you know that does not mean that this is all there is. There can be so much more if you believe in yourself and have faith in what you cannot see with the naked eye but see inside every nerve and fibre of your being. It is there waiting in the wings to set the world alight, ready for you to be who you have always been.
I feel so deeply moved right now that I really wanted to share that energy with you. There was a time in my life I never thought I’d make it through alive and here I am living a new life that is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. During that time of transition, clearing the pathway to my own soul has been very hard and took me to places that were uncomfortable and upsetting, yet magical and miraculous all at the same time. I cried and I laughed and then cried and laughed some more, always feeling grateful for my experiences and the people around me who have supported me through it.
While I may never forget, I can see clearly the gifts and the wisdom from the overcoming. It was all meant to be to show me the way to my own heart. I do feel a little sad because I am going through a very big ending right now. However, on the other side of that is a very new beginning which fills me with so much joy too. It gives me hope for a bright future that is already shining on me and I make a choice every day no matter what to see that. I smile as I write this, knowing that everything I need is already here. I am that I am.
Thank you for being here and being you.
In love and light,
When I think of fullness, I think of food (naturally lol) and how sometimes I eat too much. Other times I think of being full as being bombarded with too much information, especially with the advancement of technology in our time, or the need to undertake many tasks and run lots of errands to get by in daily living. It’s always the things that need to be done to be part of this world. It made me wonder though, perhaps there is a different kind of fullness to consider; a fullness that is enriching and nourishing to our souls and reignites our spirit.
I have been feeling out of sorts this week and although I know it will pass (it always does), it makes me feel like someone else other than me. I made a choice today to show up as my perfectly imperfect self despite this because sometimes you have to. Otherwise what is the alternative? There is an ebb and flow in life and to understand this is always reassuring to me.
My decision to be here and write this post was sparked by an article I wrote last year about how I overcome my greatest challenges through my faith and daily spiritual practice. I knew that there was a chance that no-one would ever read it but to just write it and know that the Universe would hear my voice and the acknowledgment of my journey was enough for me. I heard back from the magazine recently and my experience has just been printed for the August edition which is exciting and I am absolutely thrilled. I had completely let it go and not thought about it for nearly a year so it has been an interesting turn of events. It’s definitely a lesson in letting go and how it is in this complete surrender that what you want will come back to you. Sometimes it does not come back to you in the way that you envisaged or even at all. If it doesn’t then it is making room for something even better to come along that our minds cannot even comprehend.
As I read the article I had long forgotten about, my heart was completely filled with gratitude for my life and the people in it. My worst circumstances, which made me feel like life was against me at the time, became the best thing that happened to me. The love, support and miracles that occurred were the best things of all because I was open to it and that is the fullness I am talking about. It is the best kind and always available to us no matter what.
So my question to you today is, are you full of it?
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Love and light,
The driving of YOU,
Speaking of peace,
A healing for the masses.
I was confronted with a real issue recently that I was afraid to share initially in this post because of the nature of the topic but in keeping with the now I wanted to share my thoughts and internal happenings with you. The topic of exploration today is one of race. I know that horrific things still happen in this day and age to people because of the colour of their skin and that really saddens me because we are all human with heart and feelings no matter what we look like on the outside.
As a person of Chinese origin growing up and living in a predominantly Caucasian society, it is an issue I have faced from time to time throughout my life. I have been very lucky that any racist incidents have been few and far between and my encounters with them have been the odd word or remark from people just being plain ignorant. They have had no lasting damage on me or any damage for that matter.
I had not thought about this for a very long time and nothing has happened for many many years… until now. I was walking down the street when a group of teenagers walked past. One of them thought it would be funny and smart to circle around me and repeatedly say the words “nǐ hǎo” (Hello in Mandarin) and walked off. My initial reaction was to swear and tell this person to ‘get a f**kin life’. I also felt like saying ‘while you’re at it go and learn some proper Chinese’. I figure if you’re going to do this to someone at least get the right Chinese language and hence the ignorance.
I took a deep breath and carried on walking to where I was headed. It wasn’t until I went home that evening I thought about what happened earlier and I realised what an opportunity I had to effect change, at least within my own life. I’m glad I didn’t act on my initial reaction because that would have been sending out the same energy as what was being directed at me which in turn would have resulted in more of what I don’t want.
“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.”
I decided instead to send out thoughts of love and compassion for the person that did what they did. It wasn’t about condoning the behaviour by any means but looking beyond it and seeing the behaviour as an expression of the part of this person that hasn’t yet healed. As I did this, I felt a wave of calm and peace over my entire body and that made me smile. In a way the incident was a gift because it was my opportunity to be more loving and compassionate in a situation that was very much the opposite. It also gave me something to write about which was a bonus. It is my way of not walking away like I have over the years and have a voice so for that I am very thankful.
It is so easy to hate and yes there are so many good reasons to warrant it but as Gandhi put it, ‘be the change you wish to see in the world.’ I believe peace is the way forward and love will show us the way. Each person matters. We are all part of the collective and in this Life together. That is both precious and beautiful so let’s walk lovingly hand-in-hand no matter what is on the outside.
Thank you for reading.
Love and light,