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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Only 75 days left in the #365CreativityProject!

Today’s photo is my sister in law’s beautiful fall plant:

Purple plant
290/365 Photo of the day, 17 October 2019, © WQuinn

And today’s painting

Watercolour painting landscape fall colours reflecting in water
290/365 Painting of the day, 17 October 2019, © WQuinn

Love and Accept YOU! – Day 25 of 30 Days of Happiness

picture of bird flying with ocean in background
This beautiful bird – looking so free – flew beside my stateroom balcony on a recent cruise. ©WandaQuinn

LOVE and accept yourself as you are right now – not how you’ll be next week or in six months, or when you loose weight, get fit, or if you were thinner, prettier, smarter, richer, sexier… But how you are NOW, today, in this moment.

Too often we look toward the FUTURE and dwell on the past instead of living in the moment. Remember that God and the Universe made you and love you unconditionally, exactly the way you are today. God doesn’t care that you’re carrying extra weight or that you’re not making a six-figure salary. He does care that you’re happy and loving your life and LIVING it to the best of your ability every moment of every day.

I recall a moment many years ago when I was standing in for my sister and took my niece to her swim class. It was parent’s day but I didn’t get the memo so didn’t bring a bathing suit with me. The other moms did get the memo but chose not to participate because they were self-conscious wearing a bathing suit in front of each other. I watched a group of disappointed children (with the exception of one boy who’s mom jumped in the pool which her child) and wondered what message they were learning about self-image.

Something came to me while sitting there with the other moms – most people won’t judge you in your bathing suit because most people are so preoccupied with how they look and are worrying about what others are thinking that they don’t have time to see and judge you. And, at the end of the day, what’s more important? Caring what other people think about you or having fun with your loved one?

Do you know who people notice? The one who walks by with their head held high and self-confidence radiating from within. They look good no matter their size or what they’re wearing because they love who they are and it shows.

I remember hearing somebody say: “It’s none of your business what other people think of you” and I find that comment so refreshing because it’s so true. You can’t live up to everyone’s expectations and ideals of what they feel you should be, but you can live up to the ideals and expectations you and your higher power have set for you. At the end of the day, all that truly matters is how you feel about you.

If there is something in your life that you’re not happy with, change it. If you can’t change it then accept it and move on and remember that true beauty radiates from within.

And love everything about you because you are awesome and so worthy of love!

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Are you looking for ways to help you love yourself right now? Louise Hay (the Queen of Positive Affirmations) introduced mirror work, a concept where, at least once a day, you stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eye and say: “I love you (your name), I really love you.”

(For the record, if I had known it was parent’s day, I would have been in that pool swimming my heart out with my precious niece.)

 

Labels

hundreds of geese flying as sun sets
Geese coming in for the night. October 2012. © Wanda Quinn

Note: Originally written July 13, 2012.

I was listening to CBC Radio’s “Living Out Loud” show this afternoon while driving into Ottawa. Today’s show was about being gay; a mother interviewing her son and chatting about when he first knew; a father coming out to his teenage daughter; and following a woman’s journey as she becomes a man.

What stood out most for me, while listening to the struggles each of these people faced – not just the person “coming out” but their family members too – is “labels”. I was struck by how we, as a society, label people, places, situations, and things. Listening to a mother ask her son if he likes “regular” guys too, I could empathize with her, attempting to understand what being gay was all about.

I recalled an episode on the Oprah Winfrey show where other types of sexual orientations were discussed and suddenly the world was educated on the variety of sexual orientations. The look of confusion on Oprah’s face (which, I’m sure, was also on many viewers faces as well) trying to figure it all out in her mind: so, if you are born a woman, but have always felt like a man then have a sex change operation and become a man, are you attracted to men or women? Are you now considered straight or are you gay? It’s confusing when it’s not part of your world and this mother (on the CBC Radio show) was trying to be supportive and learn about her son’s world.

Accept you as you are

I found it interesting that this young man is also an aboriginal and upon being asked if being a gay and an aboriginal was more of a struggle for him he explained how the aboriginal culture is to accept the individual as they are.

This brings me back to labels: As a society, it appears that it is important for us to put a label on things so we can judge and compartmentalize things to appease ourselves.

Why does it matter if someone is gay? Why does it matter if someone is rich? Do we have to say: he’s fat; she’s thin; he’s rich; she’s poor. Can we not just be who we are? Do we really need so many labels in society to lump us into good and bad?

I want to know people for who they truly are

I would like to live in a society where I am known for my essence, my spirit, not my weigh, height, looks or my label but for who I truly am inside. I want to know people for who they truly are, not whom they believe society wants them to be.

Blessings,

Wanda

Peace

Wanda kissing Hutch at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL
Wanda kissing Hutch at Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL, Nov 2008. © Wanda Quinn

Peace.

When I hear this word I think of the prayer, peace be with you, peace be in you, peace be around you.

Peace. What does peace mean to you? Peace and quiet?

Peace for me means being grounded, in the moment, completely connected with myself and earth and heaven all at the same time. Some may find this hard to believe, but achieving peace is relatively easy. You just need to connect with yourself, find happiness and love from within then peace comes to you.

Don’t look outside for love, happiness and fulfillment… look INSIDE!

So many people look outside of themselves for love, happiness and fulfillment. They surround themselves with material things trying to fill a void they’re feeling within. Buying bigger houses, bigger TVs, trucks/cars. Some people turn to alcohol, drugs or food to fill that void. Everything they try only lasts a little while. Then they find themselves right back where they were. Lonely, like they’re missing something. What they’re missing is love and happiness and it can be found from within.

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 and what some people in the New Age/Metaphysical world are calling the end of time. I’m no expert on this subject, but I do have some thoughts about it. I don’t believe the world is going to end. What I believe is the world we know today, will end. It’s changing already. As I mentioned earlier, so many people have been feeling a void within themselves and have been trying to fill that void with material things. More and more people are realizing that the material things aren’t doing the trick and they’re looking for more. Many are turning to organized religions or finding their own spirituality. They’re discovering what’s been missing all this time, was always within them. Call it God (I do) or a higher power, doesn’t mater what it’s called, just that you recognize there is more to this world than material stuff. What I see happening in 2012 is more and more people will turn away from the “me” consciousness and the “material” world and will become more focused on the spiritual world and on helping and serving others.

So what does this have to do with Peace or How do we find peace?

You find peace by focusing on service to God

You find peace by focusing on service to God. When we do this, we suddenly become awake to our spiritual gifts and what our purpose here on earth is. The more we focus on this, the more love and happiness fills us. The more love you feel for yourself, the more you’re able to love everyone around you. Loving yourself and others, brings happiness, which brings…PEACE!

How do you focus on serving God?
You can start with meditating. I know, I know. I’ve heard it before and most of it from myself. Meditating? Are you crazy? I don’t do that? I don’t have time for that. Trust me, meditating is the best way to connect with your higher power and to receive messages from the Divine. I’m not going to lie to you and say it’s easy, because it’s not. It takes practice and patience. We’ve been raised in a very fast-paced society where, taking five minutes a day to just sit still and listen, is a very difficult task. But trust me, it’s sooooo worth it.

First thing you need to do is open your heart and your mind.

You don’t need to sit cross-legged on a pillow on the floor, (unless you want to!) You can lie on the floor, on your bed, sit on a chair, doesn’t matter. What’s important is you’re comfortable. Begin with five minutes. Close your eyes, take several deep breaths. Pay attention to how you’re breathing. In and out, in and out. Can you hear or feel your heart beat? Listen to the beat of your heart. Feel your body. How does it feel? Heavy? Light? Tight muscles? Feel yourself in your body. Take another deep breath, wiggle your fingers and your toes, open your eyes and Congratulations! You just meditated!

Next time, make it longer and take it a step further. Thank God (or your higher power) for everything you’re grateful for in your life. The more gratitude you have, the more abundance you bring into your life. Now you’re ready to talk to God, your angels, Spirit Guides, whomever you wish! Just put your question out there and listen for the answer.

How can I best serve you God? What is my life-purpose? What do I need to do to find happiness? I don’t like my job, what career would best suit me so I can serve you? Is there a soul-mate out there for me? I’m having a hard time financially, what can I do to have an abundance of wealth in my life?

Remember Noah and his ark! Now that was faith!

You’ll get guidance, usually right away, so be open to receiving it. If you’re doubting what you get, then ask the messenger to send you a sign in the physical world that is very clear and easy for you to understand, validating the messages you received. Then be open to the signs. One thing I’ve learned with the angels, spirit guides and ascended masters, is they don’t give you the whole plan up front. They give you bits and pieces a little at a time. Kind of like handing you pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and you’ve got to put it together, or shining a light on the next step on your path, but the rest of the path is still in the dark. Only one step at a time. So, if you get a message to go to a store, join a club, etc., then just do it, because you don’t know what the next step will be or what it will bring you. Remember Noah and his ark! Now that was faith!

How do you love yourself?

You start by looking yourself in the mirror every morning and, looking yourself in the eye, you say, I love you (your name), I really really love you. You are worthy of love!

Trust me, it’s not easy and may take some time, but it is so worth it!!!

Louise Hay’s “You can Heal your Life” DVD is a great tool for brining more joy, love and happiness into your life.

If you’re interested in learning more about loving yourself and using affirmations, Louise Hay’s DVD “You can heal your life” is a great resource.

Love and light to you today and always!

w.