Worship Wednesday: No stress

No stress.

I recently started practicing yoga five to six times a week, because I decided that I wanted to experience more peace. Every time I get on the mat I calm my mind and declare a mantra for the practice. A few months ago I had a difficult time finding a mantra at the beginning of the practice and just decided that my mantra would find me. It was not because I did not have a calm and equanimous mind. Nothing was there when the dust settled. I simply did not want to reach for a mantra, so I just smiled and breathed in and began practicing with the hope that a mantra would find me, without any expectations.

As I moved through the vinyasa flow of the practice and attempted each pose breathing deeper into it, “no stress” whispered in my ear, and I smiled. I didn’t even notice it at first until I started responding with “no stress” to situations and people in life days later. “No stress” just flew out of my mouth without a second thought. It was not until Thursday, on the fifth day of practicing yoga that I realized that my mantra did indeed found me and moved into my life off the mat without me noticing.

My spiritual practice joined me in this world. Following my practice on Thursday I felt light weight, warm and at peace with all of the situations and experiences I found myself in. I felt very euphoric, so light, as if I was not in the world, but I was still in the world. Maybe this is what Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, meant when he said,

And be not confirmed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

• Romans 12:2 KJV

Even people or situations that normally irritate me, were enjoyable. I was under the impression that I had to work on being more at peace with discomfort, because the reality is not everyone vibes well. However, yoga has taught me to just be with the discomfort and welcome it, to not have stress. Doing feels like you are resisting the present energies. Being feels like you are one with the present energies. I suppose the being and euphoria I felt is what it feels like to be at peace with the present moment. To be one with life.

Perhaps the next time you are on the mat, you can declare a mantra during your meditation or better yet, let a mantra find you. Or, maybe not, no stress. ☺️

Peace love light.☆ Namaste. 💜

Connecting with nature is always a great way to experience no stress. I hope you enjoy these photos I took of the sunset.

  

Worship Wednesday: Truth

Truth.

 

I don’t fit in.

I was never suppose to.

I was not made in a mold, I was sculpted.

They try to turn me back into soft clay.

So they can mold me their own way.

They do not own me.

I affirm it with my mouth, that I am beautiful, the way I am.

I affirm it in my actions, that my mind is wild and free.

I affirm it with my walk, that I am confident in God who concurs all.

Some call it my strut, I call it my faith.

I thank God for letting me see and know who I AM.

I am free.

A renegade.

A wild one.

A temple.

A conscious living soul.

A believer in Jesus Christ.

Made in the image not of this world.

And I am rooted in a higher place.

So no, I don’t fit.

But, I am connected to all that lives.

Different entities.

Together

one

living

soul.

 

This Worship Wednesday I wanted to share a poem I wrote after reflecting on a few situations and experiences I have had over the past few months. As I grow deeper into my spiritual self by reading God’s word and practicing yoga, I become awoken to spiritual truths. That is what this poem is about. I hope it brings you peace and understanding in your own existence on this beautiful earth.

Read the #GoToScripture of the week here.

Peace love light ☆ Namaste. 💜

Spending alone time in nature can generate an atmosphere of peace and stillness in the mind. Below are a few photos I took of the sunrise in December 2015, may they bring you a little peace and stillness in your life or encourage you to spend alone time with nature.

  

Worship Wednesday: Go to Scriptures – Living Soul

Soul noun.

the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical.

–  Dictionary by Farlex

What you identify with consciously and unconsciously determines how you perceive your life experiences. If you recognize yourself as someone who is often irritated, by consciously or unconsciously saying and therefore being, “I AM irritated,” than irritation is what you will perceive to experience regardless of the situation. On the contrary, if you are someone that believes you are at peace, by consciously or unconsciously saying and therefore being, “I AM peace,” then you will be in a constant state of peace regardless of the situation. Therefore, if we THINK we are peace, then we will BE peace. Or will we? You very well may be at peace for that moment, but what happens when someone cuts you off in traffic? Does your peace go flying out the window? Do you go along with it?

Knowing who you are is essential to your spiritual wellbeing. What you identify with is who are. So often we fausly identity with emotions, titles, and thoughts. We believe that we are what we feel, such as “I AM peace.” We believe we are what we call ourselves, such as daughter, engineer, model, teacher, mother, or black. We believe we are what we think, such as “I AM my ideas, my work.” What happens is you redirect your attention away from what you feel, think and call yourself? What happens when you go within yourself? What will you find?

I believe you will find that you are no emotion, no title, no thought, no•thing. Not to say that you are nothing, but quite the opposite. You are infinite, spacious and connected to everyone and everything that breaths. You are a living soul. You are “I AM.” No need to add anything after the I AM statement, because that is enough.

So why is it that we connect ourselves with things, titles, emotions, and thoughts? The egoic self is in the mind and it survives by you identifying yourself with it and everything that it lives off of, which are forms. It tells you, that you are upset, happy, lonely, and not enough. You then feel that way, and identify those thoughts and feelings with yourself.

The egoic mind is associated with the flesh, therefore it is weak and not permanent. Without your attention to it, it dies. Don’t believe me? Take a moment to close your eyes and take five conscious breathes…do you hear anything? Feel anything? If you hear nothing than you have detached yourself from the ego. Some people feel space, light, euphoria, or nothing at all. Others feel energy. Some still feel their emotions and have not stayed still or conscious long enough to detach.

This is not to say that you will not experience thoughts or feelings from within the deeper sense of self. Instead you will feel love, peace, and joy. Moreover, your thoughts will no longer be attached to form, instead, your thought will be attached to your true self. You will live the life you truly want, making decisions within your soul instead of the ego.

I now feel satisfied when I practice conscious breathing or meditation. Originally I felt anxious and heard every possible thought, then one day I just heard “relax” and I foused on that, and it all stopped. For five seconds I felt nothing but the vibration of me. The never ending chatterbox in my mind, stopped. I found myself within. The purpose is to live within your soul at all times, in order to release and share the gifts of God with the world.

If it didn’t work for you, no worries, try breathing five conscious breaths again, only this time listen to the silent pause between each breath. By doing so, you are creating space between you and the ego. Yoga also creates space using the breath as a vehicle to deepen yourself into the pose, creating more space and stretching deeper. I have to admit, I am still practicing living within my soul and not the ego. There are life happenings or experiences when emotions seem to rush over me rather quickly. During those experiences I must be very conscious, or the ego will take over my mind. I am not perfect, but bit by bit I can feel the size of the ego diminishing. I do not hear it as often as I used to. I know the same is possible for you.

So what does all of this have to do with God? God says in Genesis 1:26-27 that we are made in His image. In fact, He says He wanted to make us in their image, which I believe also refers to His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are descendants of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, which live inside of us. We can experience our true selves within. We can experience the presence of God within ourselves. Genesis 2:7 says,

‭‭And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

• Genesis‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Therefore, we are living souls connected to the Earth. Additionally, in 2 Timothy 1:6-7, Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ says,

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

• 2 Timothy 1:6-7 KJV✝

In 2 Timothy 1:6-7 it is clear that we are not our emotions. Moreover, we are spirits of power and love and experience this power and love within a sound mind. Therefore, we must shift our focus away from the egoic mind, to experience all that is already in us from God when he created us.

Never forget who you are. Detach from the false egoic self and experience your true self. Please do not get caught in emotions and egoic thoughts. Take a moment to redirect your focus, your consciousness, to the present moment or the breath. This practice will help remind you who you truly are, a living soul.

Peace love light☆. Namaste. 💜

  

#SunRiseToGodsWord #GoToScriptures #ReachingHearts

 

Worship Wednesday: Chaos or Peace

I used to think that I was a failure because I didn’t follow through with my dream. I found another dream in college and made an executive decision to follow this passion whole heartedly especially after being told that I could never become my original dream from a respected supervisor. My heart was broken and at the tended age of 20, I believed her. I cried when I got back to my apartment and throughout that year slowly gave up on my dream.

She has to have merit about what she is talking about, I thought, because she counsels so many students at this university regarding this matter. Furthermore, she was a trusted supervisor, so why would she try to hinder me? It never crossed my mind that she was incapable of understanding what God has planned and ordained for my life. Nor that God did not send her to provide me with His guidance. Or that the enemy hates me for loving God.

Honestly, at that time, I did not fully understand His authority over my life. It was not until I read Jeremiah‬ ‭29:8-12‬ ‭that I truly understood what had happened and continues to happen in my life, in all of our lives.

Jeremiah wrote about how The Lord informed him that we should not let the people in our lives deceive us, nor shall we tell everyone about our dreams and aspirations, which God has given to us. Why? Because certain people will speak falsely about our dreams and aspirations. They will tell us that our dreams are too great, that we will never be able to fulfill our dreams, that we are not good enoughGod says that these people cannot possibly comprehend our dreams because they are rooted in a higher place. Moreover, I think that we ourselves do not fully understand our dreams and purpose in this world, we merely get a glimpse when God and the universe have organized our lives in such a way that His purpose is resonating so loudly in our actions that you feel your purpose. It is the feeling you get that warms you to your core. It is when the light within us beings to shine through us. It is when we are our true selves, the I AM.

Now, I am amazemed at what I thought was my second best option has manifested itself to leading me to my purpose. I did not give up on my dream, I experienced suffering which lead me a deeper sense of self, of I AM. I firmly believe that everything has happened exactly as it should and my dream will not tarry forever, it will surely come to pass. This awakening has helped me to take off the rose colored glasses I was wearing and see clearly that the enemy is a liar and always busy. The best part about all of this is that God is for us, therefore not one human being can be against us! Not one. So many will try and I honestly believe that everyone has the ability to be kind, they just simply do not understand or misunderstand someone and therefore lash out in the only way they think they know how. They are not yet awoken because they choose to not make an effort to understand, they just identify you as “other,” something different from “them;” completely missing that we are all one. This does not make me angry, but rather compassionate.

Negative energy always seeks to spread itself like a plague. And sometimes you may feel like you are the only light in a dark place, but let me tell you from experience, you are never alone. God is always by your side, leading the way, holding your hand, and placing you in His grace. He sends guardian angels to intercede. You may never know their names, but some how that mountain will be moved. The only thing you need to do is give your life to God. Dedicate your life to Him. Tell Him, “all I need is you Lord, ALL I need is you; fill me up Lord with your grace; forgive me for missing the mark, for missing the true purpose of my life.” I believe that our purpose is to be at peace with our lives by transforming our minds, once we do, anything is possible! 

The day I decided to dedicate and give my life to God, was the best decision I ever made. My life has been made better for it. It has not been easy. Nowhere is it written that life will be easy. My life has been more peaceful. When I try to take my life back by being in control, that is when chaos comes rushing in full throttle, and peace no long has room in my mind and heart. Those are the times I need to step back and remember what God told me.

The only way to do this is to continually reflect and be present, conscious. To read and meditate on The Word, so you understand it and can apply it to your experiences. 

So my friend, I hope you take time each day or week to reflect on your current situation, and ask yourself, am I listening to God or people? Am I operating in a world of peace or chaos? Do I feel at home or lost?

Find your purpose within yourself. Come home.

Read the #GotoScripture of the week, Jeremiah‬ ‭29:8-12‬† here.

   
   

I took these photos on my phone when the sun was rising on the Bay. At first glance it may look a little chaotic, but it was one of the most beautiful and peaceful sunrises, and I hope it brings you joy. 

Peace, love, light ☆

Worship Wednesday: Go to Scriptures – Your Dreams, Visions, and Aspirations

This week is all about choosing peace instead of chaos or fear concerning your dreams and purpose in this world. One of the most significant words in the Bible for me regarding this can be found in Jermaiah 29 and Habakkak 2

I hope God’s word resonates in your minds and confirms without a shadow of a doubt that God only wants the best for you. In addition, your dreams and aspirations will come to fruition at the right time, so keep pressing forward.  Even if you think or someone has told you that you have taken a few steps backwards; that is impossible, because God is always with you leading the way. You are exactly where you need to be, in order to prepare you for where you are going.

For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord. For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

‭‭• Jeremiah‬ ‭29:8-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬ †

  

I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

‭‭• Habakkuk‬ ‭2:1-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬ †

  

I pray you have a blessed Wednesday and that you are empowered by the word of our King and filled with peace instead of chaos or fear

Worship Wednesday: Nature Can Teach Us About Faith

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the crisp chill in the air that nudges me to put on my leather moto jacket and warm scarf. I firmly believe that every time I plug into Mother Earth I am awoken to the reason we are all here. The change of seasons teach us how to live spiritually. How to live a full life. 

Getting lost in the beauty of nature, our inner lights illuminate and leave us with peace. This week I got lost in the trees around me. As I sat in silence listening to the wind russel the leaves on the trees, and birds chirping, I noticed the leaves falling off the trees like they normally do. Only this time I pondered on this process. The trees let go of their leaves every fall. They just let them go and have faith that their life source – the chloroplasts in the leaves performing photosynthesis – will grow back again in due time. They don’t fall over and die. No, they stay rooted in their faith that Spring will surely come, it will not tarry forever. 

I too can let go of things, emotions, people, experiences (positive and negative), everything; and be present in the moment. I can be awoken to life, love, and light. I can know without a shadow of a doubt that God will always provide. I can have faith that everything I need to live and thrive will surely come, it will not tarry forever. I can keep my mind fixed on my faith in God, my Father, just like the trees around me, and worry about nothing at all.

As I walked back to my car I was reminded of His word in Matthew 6:30-34 ✝.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

• ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:30-34‬ ‭KJV‬‬

What message has nature shared with you? Or perhaps, what message have you missed?

   
    
  

Letting Go by Practicing Yoga

Yo•ga noun.

A Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind, and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation.

– Merriam Websters

I started practicing yoga because I wanted to reduce stress, more importantly I read Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer. I learned that in order to get connected to myself and beyond myself I should practice yoga and meditation. Singer’s book has changed my life in so many ways, ranging from how I view myself as a light being to how I acknowledge that I am not my emotions. I digress, let’s get back to my journey to yoga. I searched for a gym that offered yoga classes, because I just started a new job and I did not have money to pay for a monthly gym and studio membership.

Thankfully, I found a gym that offered beginner yoga classes, so I tired it for a week for free – yay! I was slightly nervous, but I heard that yoga was mainly about stretching and breathing, so I thought, what could be so difficult?! Ha! The first class kicked my butt! I realized how tightly I was holding onto my breath, like it was the only thing I owned. I literally held my breath while attempting a yoga pose that I had no idea where to begin or felt uncomfortable doing. It took many more classes before I understood why. I realized that I lacked trust within myself to do something with little to no experience. That was news to me, because I always thought I was so adventurous, I just left everything I knew for a new job. Seriously, I do not trust myself? Then it came to me as I was balancing on one leg and turning my torso and stretching my opposite arm to towards the sky, as I smiled and breathed into the pose, something said to me that being bold and trusting in myself, therefore trusting in something greater than me are two different things. Boldness is a catalyst for many actions, but faith gives you peace of mind to do those bold actions, to do anything, to come face to face with fear and let it go.

I had to let go of my strong hold on my breath aka fear, fear that I couldn’t do it, fear that I was loosing control, I needed to let it all go, and receive the peace that faith was trying to give me. The peace that only comes from God. This peace lives inside of us, we just have to tap into it. I almost fell over with that epiphany. I knew then that my intention for every practice moving forward, was to let go of my fear and have faith, thereby receiving peace from God and just be.

One of the best types of yoga to help me practice my intention, is vinyasa yoga, which coordinates movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next. Therefore, you can breathe from one pose to the next, leaving the previous pose behind and having faith that your breath and ability comes back to you and will guide you into the next pose, peacefully and with no tension. After a little over two years of practicing vinyasa, I can feel stress building into certain parts of my body, like my hips for example, is one place that I store stress throughout the day. So, I focus my mind on that area of my body whenever I feel the tension, by guiding my breath to it and exhaling deeply to free the tension. It works. Pigeon pose is perfect for releasing stress in the hips – check out my photo below of me doing the pose on the beach. My ultimate goal is to not store stress anywhere in my body, and be present in the moment to feel the tension and within that moment, L E T I T G O.

I am still very much in the intermediate stages of my practice, and continue to incorporate yoga into my daily life. I remind myself that with every exhale I die and every inhale I live, and I am thankful for my breath. Not only because it provides me with life, but because it also allows me to let go of stress, emotions such as fear, experiences good or bad, everything, and be free, completely liberated in each moment and embrace the peace God has waiting for me.

One of my favorite things to do is to plug into Mother Earth, so I decided to practice yoga on the Bay, while it is still a little warm. ☺️

Peace☮ | Love♡| Light☆

Namaste. 💜


Worship Wednesday: Go to Scripture – Peace☮

On Worship Wednesday, I like to share my worship for God with others, in hopes that it encourages others to share their love for our King as well. I will share my go to scriptures that help keep my mind stayed on God. I try to keep my vision board updated so every time I read a scripture that speaks to my soul I write it down on colorful construction paper and pin it to my board. I normally underline and bold His words digesting His message and making it more meaningful to me. I’m always excited when my friends share s scripture or message they read that resonated with them!

One thing is for sure, the scriptures may change depending on the season I am going through, but some are incredibly soul shaking that I find myself leaving them up, and that my friend is what I call my go to scriptures. This week is all about peace. Physically I am connected to peace through yoga and meditation; God’s word explains how I am connected to His peace.

I hope God’s word that I am sharing with you will reach your hearts and fill them with peace! ☮💜

And let the peace (soul harmony) which comes from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

• Colossians 8:15 ✝☮

Worship Wednesday: The Wilderness 

This week I am reminded that as Ambassadors of Christ we are all going through something in His name. I recently transitioned from a dark place and was looking forward to beginning something new in hopes that the darkness was behind me. I forgot however, what I learned throughout that tribulation, which was that whatever you are going through is preparing you for the next chapter of your life. The wilderness is not something that we simply go through and then everything is fine. No. We go through seasons which prepare us for the next season, and sometimes we are experiencing back to back seasons of wilderness. Yes, sometimes we have to look towards to hills for many years to receive the help and comfort of the Lord to carry us through the wilderness. All the while learning what God and the universe are trying to teach us, in order to build us into stronger beings.

Every single time that I have failed at something, I return stronger. Every time. I have learned to be thankful for the failure or pitfall. When life feeds me to the wolves, I return the leader of the pack. Why? Because God has never left me nor forsaken me. Never. So now, when I am going through the something – the wilderness – I am reminded to pull out my war prayers and scriptures. My go to scripture is Romans 12:2 Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect, will of God. When I read this I am reminded that I should not be concerned with the issues of this world, and in order to do that I need to re-start my mind every time I allow the flood of emotions or an environment to overcome me. My goal is to do this practice every time I am experiencing a storm. I am perfectly imperfect, and working towards this goal by practicing mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in conjunction with prayer and reading God’s word.

The next couple of blog posts will regard my go to scriptures and simple prayers that carry me through difficult situations, mindfulness, mediation, and yoga. You can find these posts on my Worship Wednesday category page {check out my first Worship Wednesday post here}. I hope my posts will assist you throughout your seasons in life! Guardian angels – friends, family, co-workers, complete strangers – along the way have guided me through, and as a Daughter of the King and Ambassador of Christ, I hope to reach hearts around the world by sharing my gifts from God with you. Namaste.

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Freedom. No Longer a Slave to People.

About a year ago I realized I was a slave to people. I wasn’t being true to myself and I surely was not being true to my God. By placing other peoples’ priorities, needs, and opinions of me ahead of mine, I was indeed a slave to people.

I originally realized this unhealthy relationship with coworkers and colleagues, but later identified the same patterns among friends and family. I literally stopped myself and asked, why am I doing this? I, along with so many other people, feel the need to be accepted. I’m not talking about wanting everyone to like me. Honestly, I do not like everyone myself – brutal honesty. I do not want nor expect everyone to like me. I wanted to be accepted. Accepted for my personality. For my race. For my hair. My style of dress. My success. My failure. My attitude. Accepted for me. I realized that the only person that really needed to accept me, was me. I was already made perfectly imperfect in God’s eyes. I do not need to do nor be anything more. I am enough and I have enough in Him. Now that I realized who I am in Christ and honestly see myself that way, the next thing was to begin working on letting go of acceptance, letting go of fear of rejection.

So for the past year, I have and continue working on being fearless in every aspect of my life. Being unapologetic about my hopeful, determined, honest, and loving personality and intense work ethic. I no longer am concerned about keeping it real – I learned how to be honest in a respectful and meaningful way and still being true to myself. Most importantly, I learned which battles are not worth it and to just keep it moving. I am working on being comfortable around people who do not accept me for me, by humbly being confident in my own skin and never diming my light. By always smiling no matter the situation. By practicing yoga and connecting to the light in me and in all things. By reaching out to God in all situations and especially when I feel like the emotions waving over me are overwhelming me. For me, stillness with God is the only place I receive true peace.

So, I read His word, and meditate on it weekly. And when a storm rolls in, I connect to that stillness, and to His word. Then I am centered again, in peace. The storm literally washes over my back. Almost like the feeling you get when you skydive. I no longer want to be a slave to people, to fear. Jesus died so I could be free. Freedom. That moment when you realize you no longer care what anyone thinks of you.

Take the chains off, my friend. Enjoy freedom and peace with God.

“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son/daughter; and if a son/daughter, then an heir of God through Christ.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭KJV‬

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