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Ready? To Let Go and Embrace!

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Today is the perfect day to decide what you are ready to let go, release and forgive. Take a moment and ponder. Think about your year. Ask yourself the following questions: What are you ready to let go? What are you ready to release? What are you ready to forgive?

My year was filled with many ups and downs. I am ready to let go of all the hurts, the grief, the struggle, the unnecessary drama, poor communication and misunderstanding, pretenses and phoniness, disconnect, fear, the extra weight upon my frame that only serves to drag down my high spirits and energy.

I ready to let go of my resistance to change and avoidance of new experiences. I am ready to release seeking approval from others. I am ready to let go of criticism, especially self-criticism. I am ready to release my uneasiness around certain people and new situations. I am ready to forgive all the wrongs and negative situations of my past. I am ready to let go of ALL those things and actions that no longer serve me.

2013 will be a powerful year; a year that will allow me to shake out all the old ways and habits that no longer serve me. It is a year to fully step into creative self-expression and abundant support for my dream from all that is. 2013 is a time for my vision to become a reality. I am ready to appreciate, invite and embrace love in my life, success, great health, a fit body, successful publication of my books, travel opportunities and adventures into unknown territory that will bring me prosperity. I am ready to step into my life fearlessly and live!

What are you ready to embrace, invite and appreciate in 2013? Take this opportunity to really think about it. I invite you to narrow all your thoughts from all the questions in this article into one word you wish to fully live in 2013. My word of the year is FEARLESS. (To get the step-by-step directions on how to do your own “New Year Art” go to www.heartsthatcare.net, scroll down to image, FEARLESS, and click).

Cat Philosophy

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I recently watched an amazing set of lectures led by Dr. Wayne Dyer in Experiencing the Miraculous. I am certain the next few articles will be on what I learned and practicing. Today, I am sharing what Dr. Dyer said on the topic of happiness and synchronicity. He reaffirmed my belief of how our thoughts and imagination create our desires and happiness. When we think, meditate and imagine the life we want, believe in it with clarity, appreciation and enthusiasm, and live our life with intention, then happiness will naturally follow. As an example he used a charming little story about cat philosophy.

There was an old wise cat and a small kitten in an alleyway. The old cat saw the kitten chasing its tail and asked, “Why are you chasing your tail?”

To it the kitten replied, “I’ve been attending cat philosophy school and I have learned that the most important thing for a cat is happiness, and that happiness is located in my tail. Therefore, I am chasing it: and when I catch it, I shall have happiness forever.”

Laughing, the wise old cat replied, “My son, I wasn’t lucky enough to go to cat philosophy school, but as I’ve gone through life, I too have realized that the most important thing for a cat is happiness, and indeed that it is located in my tail.  The difference I’ve found though is that whenever I chase after it, it keeps running away from me, but when I go about my business and live my life, it just seems to follow after me wherever I go.”

In other words; as you imagine the life you want, take time to honor and appreciate what you have and continue to live your life, then happiness will follow. When you stay positive and visualize happiness as you live, then people, things and events will align in your life to promote your happiness. This is synchronicity. Furthermore, no dream is too big. Shoot for the moon and land among the stars.

So, I invite you to take a moment to imagine the life that will bring you happiness. Hold that image in your heart, mind and soul; and, soon you will discover that you do not need to chase after happiness, because as you live the life that you have imagined for yourself, happiness will follow close behind.

Think Globally, Act Locally

AKO-GlobalLocalOne of the most wasteful times of the year occurs in December. Why do I say that? Simple. Increased local traffic to stores. More consumerism. PACKAGING and WRAPPING! There is more baking, cooking, visiting, etc.

Let us consider clever ways to reduce the amount of waste we generate. One of the most simple things we can consider is how we wrap our gifts to each other. One of my favorite things to do is use simple canvas bags as gift bags set with a colorful and festive fabric bow, both of which can be reused. Look  about your home and see what you can creatively use to wrap your gifts this year. Maybe you have some fabric you can use. How about using newspaper and collage it with colorful magazine pictures?

Maybe you can forgo material gifts. Perhaps you can give a gift of love and time instead by visiting and engaging in heartfelt conversations where your attention is undivided (yes, turn off that electronic device for an hour or so). Here is another wonderful possibility…share a skill with others by teaching them how to do something you are good at doing, such as: gardening, baking, crocheting, wood-working, scrap-booking, bird-watching, fishing, paper-crafting and so on and so forth.

Other ideas: Dovetail errands so you are using less gasoline; create more gifts instead of buying them from materials you already have at home; send e-cards via e-mail instead of sending paper cards through the mail; have a holiday gathering around a charity event or while being of service to the poor and the needy; etc.

What are some other things we could do to cut waste during this holiday season? The list is endless and the possibilities countless if you just put for five to ten minutes of thought into it. I came up with quite a few in the ten minutes I spent writing this article. Most of all, have fun with the ideas. The holidays of December are meant to be experienced with love, joy and reverence. Don’t stress. Merry Christmas! (Ten days away and counting down.)

 

a little nonsense…

AKO-NonsenseWisdomOnce in a while a little nonsense is needed. Nonsense lifts our hearts, delights our spirits and fuels creativity. The world would be a very sad, sad place indeed, if it were not for the delightful creations of Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, J. M. Barrie, Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), the Brothers Grimm, Aesop and countless others.

Fantasy and nonsense are relished by the wisest of us for good reason. It gives us a break from reality. It allows us explore our imagination into a world of possibilities. A little make-believe stimulates our creativity, which lets us and encourages us to be inventive, efficient and effective in our daily routines. “How?” you ask.

Creative thinking promotes people to see things differently, from new angles and perspectives, which in turn allows people to find better ways of tackling their daily chores and jobs. As Dahl stated, “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest of men,” because nonsense ultimately serves a wonderful purpose in our lives.

I invite everyone to use a purple crayon, mismatch your outfit, talk backwards, or any other nonsensical thing you wish to do for a spell. I keep blowing bubbles in my car, so if I am ever stuck in traffic, I can enjoy the moment as if I were a kid again. And, it is fun to see people’s faces light up when they see bubbles dance in front of their windshields. It is that “whistle while you work attitude” that really makes our lives worth living. One final note…I leave you with this phenomenal quote from Alice in Wonderland:

“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

 

DESIGN-ate!

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DESIGN-ate!

by: Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko

Designate a day….to play!
Designate a time…to rhyme!

It is your DESIGN!
Wonderful and fine!

YOU get to CHOOSE!
YOU can’t LOSE!

YOU get to DECIDE!
Time to abide…

and LISTEN to your HEART
That is the BEST place to START!

DESIGN-ate your time; don’t wait!
And do NOT hesitate.

Define your deeds.
Fulfill your needs.

There is a fire in YOU that burns within.
Ignited by a desire or dream, fueled by adrenalin.

Awakening your creative spirit, setting it free.
Your senses come alive, YOU will see

that  it is time that you get to DESIGN-ate
Why do you wait? Don’t hesitate.

Is it FEAR
at your REAR?

Let it BE
Set your soul FREE!

It is your destiny and  fate!
To DESIGN-ate!

Essentials to Happiness

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Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~ Joseph Addison (English writer late 1672 – 1719)

I feel these three grand essentials define one’s purpose in life; and, when one has defined his or her purpose in this world, then the outward result will be joy and serenity. I believe many of us go through our days seeking our destiny, our purpose, our own personal meaning of life. Seeking something to do, love and to hope for is not a bad place, as it paves a path for action (and in itself it is something to do), but, there is that nagging inside where one is not completely fulfilled.

Once, you discover that something to love, to hope for and to do; you come alive with energy and it fuels you. If you are in a place of uncertainty, then you may be in a frame of mind to explore. Exploring the endless possibilities can be a very positive experience when you have a support system in place.

When you are ready to take the next step on this journey to your happiness, I would be honored to be a part of it. You can find me at Hearts That Care. Let me be your creative life coach and facilitator of happiness. It will be the best investment you have ever made.

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Make Time…for YOU!

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Make time for those things you truly want to do. Worry not. The things that need your attention, will get it, but with more joy! The key is to schedule your time with balance in mind. I have found this to work really well for me! I find that I am getting so much more done because I am able to put forth more enthusiasm and energy to all my tasks because I scheduled in some “fun”.

I know during this time of year is a season of preparations, parties, shopping, decorating and loads of busyness. It does not have to take the wind out of your sails if you take the time to take a breather or two daily. And, yes, life happens when you make plans.

So, keep it flexible. You already know what you need to do. Just include an activity or two that will give you a spark. For me it is creating art to music. One song takes 5 minutes maximum. With a bit of set-up and clean-up, it is a total of ten minutes; and, wow, I am ready to do the next “need-to” task. What activities can you “squeeze-in” that will make you blissful? Balance is the solution!

New Traditions

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Create new traditions to bring more joy and unity into the lives of you and your loved ones! ~ Dr. Angi K. Orobko

In December we celebrate love, joy, generosity, charity, Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, rebirth, return of light, and so much more. How we choose to celebrate the holiday is entirely up to us. We can choose to create new ways to celebrate the season. The possibilities are endless. Take the opportunity to invite input from your loved ones when you create a new tradition or two. Ask yourselves, how can you best celebrate? What will make this season for you and your family more meaningful?

My loved ones and I celebrate Christmas each year. Yes, we usually put up a Christmas tree and exchange gifts; but, more importantly we honor the birth of Jesus Christ, as well as, prepare our hearts for the second coming of our Lord. This preparation can be in many forms, but ultimately it is being Jesus and Love for others, whether it is in the spirit of giving gifts and/or sharing time and talents.

I love the idea of creating care packages filled with necessities and goodies for people in need. I love the idea of doing deliberate and anonymous acts of love and kindness each week in the name of Jesus and Love. These can become new traditions in my family. There are countless other things we can do and I am open to receive any ideas my loved ones have in mind. How about you? Are you going to create a new tradition this December?

Deliberate Scribbles

Today has been a rainy and deliberate scribble kind of day. I recommend that you get out a scrap paper and just joyfully scribble. Scribble out your plans for the week. Scribble how you feel. Scribble the first thoughts that come to your head. Just allow the flow of the pen lead the way. If you are artsy, get out the markers, paintbrushes, crayons or even finger paints. Tap into your inner child and enjoy a few moments of playtime.

Here are some things to deliberately scribble about (I turned them  into a poem):

Happy moments. Melancholy whimsy Moody, creepy monster faces.

Get-to-do lists. Wishes and intentions. Joyful, colorful memorable places.

Favorite foods…plan some meals.

Holiday ideas. Things to make with zeal.

Activities or items you want to try.

Doodle flowers, bees and butterflies.

Scribble spirals, circles and other shapes;

Create, invent, sketch some funny  grapes.

Add words, phrases, or a favorite quote.

Feel free to include a reminder or a note.

Scribbling is a great way to get started in anything you feel you need to do, as it allows the ideas to flow without self-judgment or self-criticism. It is not a waste of time even if you have chores to do. Scribbling allows you to organize how you want to do things and motivates action. Are you ready to take time for yourself and reconnect with your inner child? Take time to enjoy deliberate scribbling and see how it will lift your spirits to move you into productivity.

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The Message in a Toadstool

A toadstool…

…fears NOT the darkness.

…thrives and grows in muck.

…stands tall and

…keeps its head high.

What can you learn from a toadstool?

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