"I think everybody's looking for something that they already have. We are so distracted by the human level of our experience; you might not be what you think you are. We are already light. We are already complete. So everything we see in each other is us seeing ourselves. I am not a human being that has consciousness, I am consciousness that is shaped into a human being. All of us are energy... The body and the mind are a temporary manifestation of that energy. Ego tries to convince us we need to get something that we already possess. Ego is the voice in your head that says you're not as good as that person... It's trying to keep you from loving this and loving this life. Everyone is looking for God, and everyone is God. The only moment that matters to us, is right now. "
If you liked this video, you must check this out! Life changing...
What a phenomenal week we've had!? We are so grateful for the time and opportunity to connect & reconnect with loving family, friends... And to meet so many incredible new friends! When I joined Nerium a year and a half ago, I had no idea that I would learn so much about myself, or that it would align so perfectly with the many aspects of me and my life that I was already working on. Want to read more about this, read my previous blog post here. Nerium does have incredible products, which I use, love & proudly share, but for me, and thanks to some incredible leadership, my involvement with Nerium is about so much more than our products. If you want to try our products, let me know, they are amazing - new eye serum anyone? But if you want more out of life and/or are looking for positive change, some thoughts to consider... A few personal reflections as I've just come back home from our most recent conference... We all have choices - if you are unhappy, overworked, over-stressed, feel like you're settling in any aspect of your life, only YOU can change that; and you can indeed change it. Perspective is a beautiful thing - whether you are experiencing success or happen to be struggling in life, try changing your perspective. Look for ways to use your struggle or success to help others. In helping others, your problems will either come to seem insignificant or will become the foundation for something amazing. Living with gratitude WILL change your life - find gratitude for and rejoice in both the blessings and the suffering. Faith & belief in something 'bigger than' will not only bring you peace, but will pull you toward love, opportunity & abundance. I say it all the time, but the universe and our higher power is constantly guiding us, but without balance and attention to living with presence, in the moment, we're too far gone in our heads to even notice. Quiet that mental nonsense and JUST BE! Practice living with presence and connecting to the moment, and suddenly this life becomes a magical place. It's all about connection - and the only way to really connect is to let go of expectation, release ourselves from fear, from the hypotheticals and ghosts that live in our minds, live with joy, live with love, live with faith, live with compassion, live with gratitude, live fearlessly and put ourselves out there, every day, over and over and over again.
With love and gratitude, live happy,
I noticed this billboard last week in Chicago and randomly (or so I thought) took this photo, which has been my FB cover photo for the past week!
Deborah Heisz of Live Happy Magazine and author of Choosing Joy gave a great talk about the benefits of living with gratitude at the conference I am attending and played this video at the end of her presentation today...
I live in Chicago with my partner Tim, our 34 year old turtle Freddie, and 7 year old dog Fagan. We just lost our 21 year old cat, sweet Belle, may she rest in peace until we meet again. We live in Lincoln Park and absolutely love living in the city. We enjoy taking Fagan to the park every day, living so close to the lake and the beach, the restaurants and the food, and the energy of the city... there is just so much to love. I love my job and enjoy a full-time career as an animal welfare research scientist, a role that I worked quite hard to establish. But this is just a part of my life, and I am a big believer in a balanced life. Not long ago, I was very much a hermit... I didn't get out much beyond work, didn't have a lot to identify with... My life has really opened itself to me in the past 5 years. Finding balance and connectedness was an inside job that required time. It's amazing how much happiness, connection and balance can bring. In our free time, Tim & I enjoy working our independent business, where we have met amazing people and formed lasting friendships. That, and we're excited to building supplemental and residual income! I also love everything music - see my Music and Yoga Playlists blog for more on that- but I enjoy both playing and listening to music. I also enjoy cooking, spending time with friends and family, and staying healthy by exercising and practicing yoga. I discovered yoga only a few years ago, during that moment in my life where I was seeking balance and connection. The timing was perfect, and yoga helped me to find peace in accepting that at any moment, life is as it should be. I immediately knew I wanted to become a teacher, to share with others the experience and practice that was so profound in my own life. I completed my 200-hour teacher training in 2014 with Alyson D'Souza at Village Yoga Chicago. As a yoga teacher, I appreciate the practice from a different perspective and am grateful to be able to share it with others, seeing the profound impact it has on the lives of those who practice.