It’s Time To Take Back Our Power!

It’s been on my heart to discuss the sharp uptick in angst, anger, and dismay over the upcoming transition of power. It’s been a very difficult time for many as we watch in horror the things that have transpired since the election. Twitter fights, bullying, unnecessary aggression and devaluing of citizens lives, as legislators rush to dismantle cornerstones of our democracy and leave the public hanging high and dry… people they were elected (and paid very well) to protect and serve. It’s scarcity mentality at the utmost level.

Personally, I’ve had difficulty dealing with it as well – I cycle between anger, frustration, and sheer disbelief – along with what I have coined “Election Induced Tourrete Syndrome” – the compulsion to yell and curse in response to news commentators and public figures. Anyone else?

But I’m here today with good news.

WE CAN TAKE BACK OUR POWER. WE MUST. This moment in American history is like none other, and we cannot afford to stand back and take it.

  • If you’ve been wringing your hands, worrying and shut down, it’s time to shake it off and get into action.
  • If you’ve been waging wars on Facebook and Twitter, it’s time to turn that energy towards those in power and hold them accountable.

WE THE PEOPLE are in charge of this democracy. We own it. And we MUST step up to the plate. There have been other regimes around the world where tyrants have taken over, and people have survived. Resistances have formed. People find a way to thrive and stand for each other. It is no longer appropriate to sit back and wait for THEM to fix things. We are the leaders the worlds been waiting for. Each of us. It’s time to get to work.

What you can do:

  1. Like a good friend says, “Get local”. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. Get involved in local politics. Heck – run for office yourself! You have no idea the power that you possess. Be a part of the solution.
  2. Use your voice. Lobby your elected officials (at all levels) for the changes you stand for. Defend policies that are under attack. Be vigilant. Be fearless. There are many great organizations that stand for “the people” where you can amplify your voice – such as Common Cause, ACLU, People for the American Way, Color of Change, NAACP, Planned Parenthood and many others. Get involved. You don’t have to have all the answers.
  3. Take care of yourself, your family and your community. Life goes on. Enjoy life and embrace the people around you. Pray, feed your spiritual life and connect with like-minded people. Count your blessings and do what you can in the spaces you occupy.
  4. Be the change. Start something new. If you see a problem, find new ways to fix it. Step up in leadership. Use your gifts and talents to inject positivity and creativity into the world.

AND REMEMBER….

If it’s to be, it’s UP TO ME. 
The people, united, can never be defeated!

NOW is the time to step up to the challenge before us. WE CAN DO THIS. WE MUST. Future generations are depending on us. We can’t let them down.

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How do you live out God's plan for you?

A Reading from the Letter to the Ephesians 2: 10

What does this mean for us? God, our ultimate designer had an extraordinary purpose for creating us. He planned a mission so unique, that no one else can take ownership of it. Who are we to judge our own selves? God intended us and only us to serve Him in the way He prepared the world to receive us. He already knows the path we are to follow so that we can grow, thrive, find peace and abundance. God has given us His son Jesus to save us for when we stray from our path. God has laid the foundation of our life before us and reassures us that He is ever present in a world where only few promises are kept. He knows where and how we will falter, but we need to remember that through His light, goodness, and mercy, His love will forward us back to the direction of where we need to be in order to live good lives not only for ourselves, but others as well. Can you imagine a world where we all live up to our potential, are happy and living in abundance, where the seeds of peace can grow and spread, and where joy and compassion meet when someone is in despair? What you feel when you think about this? How can you play a role in the quest that each of us has been given to live out? You can do this, for it His dream for you has been breathed in your life at creation!

By: Gina Sannasardo

That Time Of Year...

It's that time of year again...are we preparing for festivities, parties, gift-buying, wrapping, and giving, sending out cards, going to parties, or preparing for our Savior to reside in our hearts? How do you best spend this time? What feels the best for you? It is often said it is a time to "WAKE-UP!" and get ready, feel alive, and put into action the feeling of peace, joy, love, and giving! How can we do less, to feel more? Does this make sense? Do less to feel more? When we are so busy and consumed with all the holiday happenings, we tend to feel stressed, tired, crabby, and maybe even numb. Doing less and saying no to all the hustle and bustle can actually allow us to feel more, or at least feel what we want to feel-joyful, charitable, kinder, and calmer. How do you choose to feel this holiday season?

By: Gina Sannasardo

The Season of Fall

Many people view fall as a time to shed what is old before it dies. This can be true, but instead of looking at it as a time of death, how would it be it we looked at it as a time of renewal? When you think of the beauty of renewal, like to beauty in the colorful foliage, one can see the whole process of letting go and being renewed as a beautiful process as well. It takes time, just like being patient for all the leaves to fall. Often there are one or two leaves hanging on 'til the bitter end of the season. This can be compared to us having a difficult time letting go of unsupportive habits, or being challenged in making an uncomfortable decision and deciding to take action. Although, the tree looks bare once all the leaves have fallen, we too might feel vulnerable, abandoned, or alone once we have decided to do something that perhaps others don't agree with. What is amazing with this process is that after this period of regret, or desolation, is the birth of a new you ready to bud and grow in a way that seemed almost impossible. Just remember the beauty of the spring flowers that bring about hope for many. Be patient with yourself, believe that after this difficulty, the you that you want to be is in bloom sooner than you think! Are you ready to shed what is holding you back?

 

Gina Sannasardo

www.findinggodspeace.com

 

My Visions Of Christmas Spirit Dancing In My Head

Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about asks our friend Charlie Brown.  So in the spirit of Christmas, I am not going to write about advice or what my view of relationships are but instead focus on what's upon us..the spirit of Christmas.  The magic of the holidays are in the air and it brings people together like nothing else we know.  Enemies become friends after a few drinks at the company party or around the Festivus Pole.  Grinch's hearts will grow three sizes when embraced by the power of giving this time of year.  What about the magic of mistletoe that allows all of us to feel a little giddy, get a little lucky and steal a kiss from someone that you never thought possible.  Now that's my idea of Christmas Stollen! Speaking of, if you are thinking of passing that off as a holiday treat, I WILL report your bread stolen because you should be arrested!

For most of us, it brings back memories of childhoods past, making gigantic lists, helping bake cookies and watching the timeless classics on TV.  Schools would be decorated with the red and green rings we made with dull scissors that bruised our fingers, fragile (it must be Italian!) paper and minty paste.  

Maybe you went to a neighbor's house like I did and made trimmings of popcorn and cranberry for your tree with thread and a needle that you stabbed yourself with repeatedly.  Or maybe you went to the mall to get a picture taken on the Big Man's lap and whisper a last minute gift in his ear.  He asks, “How about a nice football?”.  And your response is, “No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!”.  All together now...YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT KID!  

One of my fondest memories was waiting outside on a cold night for Santa to come around on the firetruck.  I could hear the music and see the lights flashing from blocks away.  

My heart raced with anticipation and filled up with such joy and excitement as he pulled onto my street.  To see him wave to me and have his helpers give out candy canes as my dad handed them a bottle of holiday “spirits” will be something that will always bring me back to what being a kid at Christmas was all about.  Appropriately enough as I write this, I'm listening to the only song that truly puts me in the holiday mood, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town by Bruce Springsteen.  It gives me the chills every time I hear the bells shaking, Bruce talking to the band and Clarence and then saying “Everybody out there been good or what? That's not many, you guys are in trouble out here.”.  The power of that song makes me happier than you can imagine at Christmas time.  What else would you expect from a Jersey boy?

Most importantly, let us not forget this time of year is not about gift giving but more about appreciating your fellow man, not taking for granted what you have and giving back in any way, no matter how small it might be.  Every gesture done in good faith this time of year is magnified tenfold because there are so many who won't have an opportunity to experience what a real Christmas should feel like.  

Therefore, take a moment to be thankful for your health, your family and your friends who support you year round.  In doing so, it just may inspire you to do something great and show others what the Christmas spirit truly means to you!


Sean Michael Kehoe is a certified personal trainer of ten years who owns and operates Transformations By Sean Michael, a fitness and wellness solutions training company.  Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he holds certifications as a Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist and Golf Fitness Specialist.  

Source: http://www.transformedbysean.com/

The Power Of Your Thoughts

Have you ever wondered how powerful your thoughts are? Do you know that what you think is what you make manifest in your life?

You may profess you seek for abundance but without having a thought process or mindset inline and aligned with abundance, it will be hard to achieve. Our thoughts are life and bring about the blessings we experience. The moment we align our thoughts to the words we speak as our minds process those, we walk in the realm of that which is spoken.

We may subconsciously think that some things are not attainable. The more we allow our thoughts to remain in that subconscious state; we will not be able to achieve those things. We are created to achieve the impossible and can truly make this happen by a making a shift in our mindset.

We were created with abundance from our inception and our conception. In this lies the power that allows us to fulfill every possibility. However, some tasks may seem daunting but are attainable, as long as we set our minds on endless possibilities. 

Choose to speak life to every situation you face. What you speak is what you make happen. What you make happen, is what you work at. What you work at, is what leads to your success. Without a shift in your mindset, there will be no shift. Start to make that shift and see things begin to manifest in abundance. Learn to tame your thoughts; do not let your thoughts tame you. There is power in your thoughts and it commands the words you utter. The more positive thoughts you have, the more positive things will manifest in your life. Shift your thoughts towards positivity. A positive mindset can only yield positive results.

Copyright © 2014 Kemi Sogunle - www.love-not-hurt.org

Kemi Sogunle is an author, writer, speaker, professional life and relationship coach.  She is also the Founder/CEO of the nonprofit organization (501c3), Love Not Hurt, an organization that promotes self-development, building healthier and stronger relationships while living with purpose.

Source: http://www.love-not-hurt.org

Manifesting My Bliss

I did some family constellation work last weekend (thank you Carol Shure). My family has a number of wonderful family stories going back numerous generations.  

It was an individual constellation where the facilitator and I allowed the visiting ancestors and entities to speak through us.  My request was to request that they support in my manifesting my bliss and sharing what I have been given to share.    

Carol’s invocation was lovely including elemental, spirit ancestors of blood line and heart, of plant and animal.  

The first ancestor which came to me was a tree,  there began the story that played out.  I have done much work in my life to release trauma, honoring but not re-experiencing it.  

A pattern with the directions emerged a vessel, created a transmission and release of archetypal wounding flowed through us.  

Ancestors stood behind me, mother’s family to the left, father's to the right, starting with mother's on the left and father's on the right. Such strength from the women and such sweetness from the fathers, then their partners joined them. 

I felt so supported so filled with their strength and purpose, sweetness and mysticism. 

This  a dream fragment from this morning. Feeling pushed by my ancestors, pressure from behind so I felt that I would stumble and fall, I asked them please support me.

The energy shifted from stumbling on my feet to being seated in the air and then their support lifting me so I am gently flying, I woke at peace and happy. 


Nika Annon incorporates Nuero-linguistic programming (NLP) & Nuero-plasticity techniques to help individuals move beyond limiting beliefs & assumptions that hold them back & create new habits to reinforce the changes which create the desired outcomes. To learn more about Nika, please visit www.nikaannon.com

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Grace

In saying grace for the food we eat, thank also those who bring it to us.

 

Thank the soil

The plants

The children picking food in pesticide filled fields

The animals raised without light and sun and dirt and freedom

To the sun

The rain

The earth

The insects that pollinate it

The winds, the rain and snow.  

 

The humans who toil

The oil in the trucks

The trucks and truckers

The plastic it comes wrapped in.  

 

The compost it creates

The fertility of what our bodies turn it into.

 

The water that washes the food

The dishes

The human waste

 

We are part of wholeness

Let us be grateful.


Nika Annon incorporates Nuero-linguistic programming (NLP) & Nuero-plasticity techniques to help individuals move beyond limiting beliefs & assumptions that hold them back & create new habits to reinforce the changes which create the desired outcomes. To learn more about Nika, please visit www.nikaannon.com

Source: www.nikaannon.com