Tidbits of Wisdom to inspire your unique life journey – Jeanne Loehnis, Songs For Your Spirit, LLC
Category: Inspiration Cards
Inspiration Cards are one-of-a-kind magic to inspire you to out-of-the-box thinking and intuiting! Use them for your own journaling experiences or as prompts in a workshop or team building exercise. Ready-made workshop outlines are available as well.
Have you ever started your morning after a series of wild, vivid, scary, challenging dreams? I have. Now I am not a dream analyst, though have at times found meaning in them. Regardless, my recent scary dreams left me in a state of uncertainty, not feeling particularly rested or, for that matter, myself. Moving into my morning sacred space, I was led to this card for exploration:
Its questions are powerful. In particular, What am I willing to risk? and What assumptions hold me back and limit me? hit me with the realization that I have choice. Nothing new! Yet, the reminder that I am always at choice. How I bring myself to this day, what I make of it … I choose. And I chose to read a short section from Divine Intuition by Lynn A. Robinson, M.Ed. The quotation is by Charles Swindoll:
Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude.
When I waken from scary dreams, I choose to remember who I am and what gifts are mine to offer. I choose to release the crazy thought path of my dream world. Today, I choose to invite you into choosing!
What attitude will you bring to this day?
What choices empower you?
What are you willing to risk?
Today’s message is simple: In what ways do you hide YOU? Where and with whom do you masquerade as something you are not? Perhaps you’ve been following the rules of life for so long that you don’t even know what “masquerading” as YOU would look like! Maybe you really don’t think you can.
Well, I am here to say: YOU CAN! For today, start small. Look at things that you have 100% control over:
Whose thoughts am I thinking? Mine or someone else’s?
What do I really believe? Where have I taken on another’s belief system unconsciously, without personal evaluation?
Where do I take on your emotional energy, the way you move in life? Where do I hide my inner spirit and refuse to sing and dance down the street?
Which clothes in my closet are there because they are in style or because that’s what I am supposed to wear to work or church or wherever?
Do you get the idea? Today, find one way in which you have been masquerading as someone else and dare to be yourself! And, just in case removing your mask is visible to others, have some fun!
What looks do you get when you dance down the street?
What happens when you smile at their questioning glances?
What does it feel like to be YOU?
Spring has arrived in Wisconsin even as tornadoes, snow, rain and wind rampage other parts of the country. And I am grateful. Coffee in hand, I sit on my porch and listen to the birds sing their song of morning delight. I sense the stillness all around and the anticipation of wonder within. My heart chakra opens, expands, and I feel the connection to all that is.
Then, without warning, I notice that my thoughts are actively planning – the day, the summer, my work with others. Really?
So I breathe. I gently return to the present moment. I gently invite my busy mind to rest. I gently invite my being to BE.
Does any of this sound familiar? Is your human “doer” challenged to stop and simply be with the beauty around you? If so, know that you are not alone! It is the nature of our mind to think. We have been shaped by a society that values thinking, planning and doing. And there is a place for all of this!
Yet, as a former compulsive thinker and doer, I would like to invite you today into a practice of stillness, of quieting your mind, of allowing, of simply being. Begin with a few minutes or a few deep breaths or a slow, mindful walk around the block. Whatever you choose, begin. Then notice:
How does your heart chakra feel? What happens in your nervous system? What “urgent” matters are no longer urgent? What is the magic in stillness for you?
Some of us struggle to know, feel and believe that we are enough, that we do enough, that we have anything special to offer in this life. If you don’t struggle, if you are blessed to know and love yourself and to be who you are from true humility, WONDERFUL! You are a blessing to all who know you. Keep on keeping on bringing your special light to our world.
If you, like me, don’t always remember the beauty, goodness, love and uniqueness that you are, then this message is for you:
Take a moment to remember how special you are …
… and how lucky the world is to have you in it.
You make the world a better, brighter place.
If – and when – you struggle to believe it, gift yourself with some time apart to consider:
In what ways do you excel? What is your inner sunshine? Who soaks up your rays? What announcement can’t you receive? What would be missing if not for you?
If you can’t answer those questions for yourself, then take them to someone you love and trust who likely soaks up your rays. Ask them. They know! Listen with your heart to their responses. Today is a day to celebrate YOU!
Yes, that IS what I mean! What are you celebrating? What are you proud of? What bit of magic or delight have you created today? Say it. Go on! Stand up and shout to world: “I just … and it is so frickin’ awesome!”
What? You’re uncomfortable?
Ain’t no way you would do that?
What’s that about? Why is it that so often conversations center around what’s wrong, what we feel bad about, what ails us or the world at large?
Rather than dig into the why which often doesn’t do much good, I am challenging you to break the mold and simply model something different:
Share your YAY!
Then notice. Notice the impact in you when you dare to feel proud, good about yourself. Notice the impact on others when you express it. Then, invite them to join you. Ask your friends, your colleagues, your partner, your children:
What is your YAY?
Imagine sitting around the dinner table and hearing celebrations. Imagine starting a meeting at work with each person celebrating a recent accomplishment. Imagine we focused on the positive more than the negative. Imagine!
What are you proud of today?
How did you brighten our world today?
What is your YAY?