Namaste, fellow Soul Pilgrims!
Here we are in 2012, hard as it is to believe. Regardless of the hype about this year and the Mayan calendar, I trust you are filled with hope and anticipation about the vast potential that the new year holds for each of us! I know I am. Let this be your year!
I recently started practicing healing massage as an addition to my Soul Pilgrim Services, and it has been absolutely wonderful! I just love laying my hands on people with the goal of of helping them to relax and de-stress, as well as being a channel for Universal love, the most healing factor of all! In addition to adding massage to my list of skills and income generators, I hope this year to also start speaking at various retreats, particularly on the issue of Life Transitions. This is a passion of mine, helping people to see that transitions are a fantastic gateway to living the life we really want, rather than simply something to be endured.
On this topic, the very best advice I ever received came from one of my older siblings. On the occasion of my 40th birthday, my brother sent me a brief, but incredibly important message. It said:
"Your life is now officially getting shorter! Do what makes you happy."
Take a minute to digest that. I felt simultaneously slapped in the face and given my freedom all at the same time (sounds like a sibling dynamic to me). I don't know why it hit me so hard; perhaps because it was on a birthday that had a 0 at the end. Those ones are great for making us take a good look at where we are, where we've been, and where we want to go. I was definitely ripe for his sage words.
YOUR LIFE IS OFFICIALLY GETTING SHORTER.
Not exactly the words one longs to hear, especially when hitting the Big 4-0 (which, in Roman numerals, is XL. How ironic is that?!). But I would rather have the truth hurt me than be comforted by a lie any day of the week! Those words were a tremendous gift to me: A timely reminder that my days in this body will one day draw to a close. Will I have truly LIVED them out, or merely existed? Wake up and live every day that you have left!
DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY.
Thank you, thank you, my wonderful Big Brother! Thank you for affirming me and setting me free. These words were a beautiful gift to me. And I took them to heart, believe me. I now do what makes me happy, without regard for what others think. Case in point: Tonight you will find me in my living room, having fun with my hula hoop! Sporting dreadlocks and my old PJs! In no makeup! Why? Because it makes me happy. Life gets serious very quickly. Seize those giggles and blissful sighs whenever you can! Need further proof that I don't care what nay-sayers may think? Next week I am taking my daughter out to a belly dance class! Because it makes me happy.
Do you get it? Life is getting SHORTER. Do what you want, when you want. Do not waste your time - the most precious gift of all - being a martyr, or living a life that makes you miserable. Your happiness is up to you!
What would make you happy? A career change? A different relationship? An improved relationship? Changing your appearance? Increasing your bank account? While these things may not be able to happen over night, you can take your first step TODAY towards living out that happiness. Your life is an absolute gift to you. Do not squander it. Make it truly your own. Don't wait for anyone else to give you permission - just do what makes you happy. Today.
I recognize the infinite creative, intelligent, loving Force that permeates all. I acknowledge that I am a part of this Universal Energy. I realize that my every desire is available to me, and that the Universe conspires in my favor constantly to manifest those desires! I acknowledge that it is up to me to walk through the doors which are opened unto me daily. I give thanks for the awakening I have received today, and receive with gratitude the opportunity to fully live my own life. I release these powerful words into the Law of Mind, knowing that it is already so. And so it is.
Wishing you your own revelations about happiness,