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More Joy!

I am sitting here once again at the cottage and I am working on my presentation entitled “More Joy”. This is a remake of one that I have been offering for years, called “Finding Joy in Your Life & Work”. I decided to change the name and revamp the presentation.

I find it truly fitting that I am working on this at my ‘happy place’ and in complete Joy.

I really believe the magic formula for life and work, is to be in Joy in whatever we do. Sometimes life gets into the rut of routine and we lose that joyful passion or we may even forget what truly makes us happy. Life is short and I think we should make it a priority to focus on and bring about the areas of our lives that make us the most happy. When we are in Joy and enjoying life, we are more balanced and more productive.

I would love to hear what brings you Joy? Feel free to comment and share your favorite things, people, events, food, experiences, way of being, places, etc. that bring a smile to your face, makes your heart sing, and fuels your passion for life.

Blessings to all!

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Happy 90th Louise Hay

Louise Hay October 8, 1926 age 90 October 8, 2016

Happy Birthday to an amazing lady and leader of Love and Light. A few years ago I got to hang out with Louise for an entire weekend at the “Movers & Shakers”, workshop in Toronto, Ontario.  What a gift that was.

Louise Hay is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. Her first book,  Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, and it launched her work connecting the mind and body.

Louise compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments, and developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health. This compilation was the basis for Heal Your Body, also known affectionately as “the little blue book.” She has spent a lifetime lecturing and facilitating workshops on loving ourselves and healing our lives. I consider her to be the master teacher of self-love and I celebrate her and her work today, on her 90th birthday.

Louise is also the founder of Hay House Inc., a successful publishing company. What began as a small venture in the living room of her home has turned into a prosperous corporation that has sold millions of books and products worldwide. Hay House authors include many notables in the self-help movement, including Dr. Wayne Dyer,  Joan Borysenko, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Doreen Virtue, among others.

To Louise Hay. Happy Birthday Louise! The world has more Love in in because of you and thank you for teaching us to Love ourselves! We celebrate  you today!

 

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My Brother’s Words

As a person who craves nature, I spend as much time at my cottage as possible. In fact, I am here now. The leaves have all turned color and some are falling from the trees as I type this.  I find being here cleanses my soul and reconnects me back to myself.

I love words and I love the power of words. I keep a journal at the camp, as we call them in Northwestern Ontario, and I was moved when I returned to the camp/cottage this week and read my brother’s entry. He did three actually. One to his son, who he was here with, one about the great time he had and such, and then a third one.  I loved the one to his son as I know it will hold even greater meaning as the years progress.  I too write messages to my daughter and visualize her reading them after I am gone in the hope she gets comfort from them and that a part of me stays on and I can continue to support her.

However, the third one really touched me personally and made me reflect on life, on family, and on being human.

Here are his words:

“This Sunday morning finds me here. How nice for us all. To celebrate, sharing, caring, failing, giving, disappointment, learning, growing each day along life’s path…. Peace Be with You”.

At my deepest core I was grateful that my brother used words such as disappointment, failing, and learning. Life is like this. It is not all flower gardens and butterfly happiness, especially as we go through a lifetime as a family. We have our ups and our downs. We have been both the judger and  the judged!  But we get over these things. We recognize our humanness in each other and we remember Love and that we are Love. We connect back to the thread that ties us all together. We are all human and trying to make our way through the process of living a lifetime on earth, learning as we go. The kindest thing we can do for ourselves and our fellow humans is to have empathy, compassion, understanding, forgiveness and Love, for ourselves and others.  You will notice I always put a capital letter on the word Love. It’s that important to me.

What a wonderful gift life is and it offers us opportunities to forgive, to encourage, to embrace, to hold space, to move through the darkest hours and to Love.  We go through life like mirrors reflecting back to each other our trials, our tribulations, our joys, our triumphs and we are never alone.

To my brother,  I love you with all my heart and I have gratitude for you and everything you teach me just by being you and sharing with me through your excitement for life, your interest in life, and your deep appreciation of family and its importance in our lives.