Monday, July 25, 2011

Generosity and Gratitude

"Generosity and gratitude turn good into great."  Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe
I was blessed with a wonderful father who was extremely generous, both with me and everyone else, and who spoke frequently about how blessed the Miller family is.  He had a great handle on the spirit of Mike Dooley's quote.
I appreciate my dad's wisdom so much, and seek to apply this principle in my life daily.  Sure, generosity can mean giving money, but it also means smiling at folks, not being in a hurry, making eye contact, holding a door open, saying "please" and "thank you"--you get it, small acts of kindness add up to a generous spirit.  
Gratitude--that's pretty self-explanatory.  Start with the fact that you can read this blog--eyes to see, brain to comprehend, technology to deliver it, and so on.  If you can't whole-heartedly say, "I love my life!", it's time for some self-examination.  
Lovin' life, spreadin' joy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


"Those who are motivated by fear, no matter how they justify such motivation to themselves, are working to keep the world in darkness."  Ken Carey
This is a rather blunt statement indicating to me that living fearfully is not only personally detrimental, but also damaging to the human consciousness and the world in general.  Fear has more far-reaching effects than we realize.
What does "motivated by fear" look like?  People-pleasing. Inadequate self-care. Refusing to risk. Suspicious of others. Expecting bad stuff to happen. Trying to prevent bad stuff from happening. Worrying. Hoarding. Working at an unsatisfying job. Denying or stuffing feelings. Active addiction. "There's never enough _____." Just to name a few.
What's the opposite?  The opposite is motivated by Spirit (inspiration!) for love and service.  What does that look like? Loving self-care ("Love your neighbor as yourself."). Seeing the divine in all others. Living a "life is good!" attitude. Appreciating the ever-increasing blessings in life. Smiling. Using "please" and "thank you." Stretching into new experiences, no matter how frightening. Lifelong learning. Offering one's talents joyfully to the world.
It's an interesting exercise to consider one's motivation...
Lovin' life, spreadin' joy!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Decision made!

I'm a practitioner (spiritual living coach), and I also use a practitioner for my own spiritual growth.  In my monthly session this past week, it hit me--this opportunity I've been debating IS the thing I've been looking for lo, these many months!  It's the "spiritual shove" I've been seeking.  I've had these on an increasingly large scale over the past few years, and they have resulted in magnificent life experiences.  So I said "Yes!" to the opportunity, and now trust that Spirit is making the way smooth and straight for me.  I do the footwork, Spirit does the rest, and I don't have to mess in the "how."  Way cool!! 
Are you ignoring Spirit's knock on your door?!?!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Living in Uncertainty

Joyful July to all!
My topic for this blog describes my life at the moment. I have a big decision to make. Big in that there is a lot of money and time involved. Well, actually, those things are manageable. The real issue here is fear. Can I do what I'm signing up for? Can I complete it? What will I do with the new skills afterwards? I'm a bit afraid of both failure and success! 
I am, however, OK with sitting with all this at the moment. I described to a friend my mental atmosphere as "uncomfortable but not unpleasant." I realize that my taking the time to BE with the uncertainty is a part of the commitment process. This is new for me! I used to despise being in "I don't know what to do!" mode. I wanted the decision over with, a neat and tidy package. I'm choosing to trust the process and see where it leads me. I'll keep you posted!