The gift of Living Authentically

“If you call forth that which is in you, it will save you.  If you do not call forth what is in you, it will destroy you. ”  – Gospel of St. Thomas

What does it mean to live authentically? I believe that it means that our inner world (feelings, values, spirituality, truths) are in alignment with our outer world (community, career, relationships). When these two areas of our lives are congruent, we experience an inner peace and wisdom that brings us deep fulfillment and joy in our lives. We are each born with our own inner compass… but when we choose not to follow our true direction and path in life, we find ourselves lost… sometimes lost in our own lives. In living with true alignment, our purpose here on this life journey will become crystal clear, and we will enjoy life the way we were intended to.

Random Acts of Joy

I love this video project created by the group Improv Everywhere.  They stage, “scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” This one is called “Guerrilla Handbell Strikeforce.” Take a look:

There are many hilarious and seriously heartwarming videos of their various “missions” on their website, which I highly recommend you visit.  They will put a smile on your face.

I hope you all are staying warm and enjoying this wonderful holiday season!

Thanksgiving Each Day

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~ Melodie Beattie

Thanksgiving feels like a magical time.  No matter who we are, where we are, we come together and celebrate the things for which we are thankful.  And we really do have much to celebrate.   Alas, that we could carry this feeling of plenty through all our days!  The thing is, we can.  After the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pies are zip locked and put away, we can make each day its own Thanksgiving.

How?  These are really tough times.  Being grateful doesn’t imply that everything in our lives is great.  However, being consciously aware of the blessings we have, appreciating what it is we do have, instead of what we don’t, can be a powerful energetic force, and ultimately, a source of joy in our lives.

Go on, open your heart.  Make each day its own Thanksgiving, and enjoy the prosperity in your own life.