Finding Love can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. Sometimes it comes all at once in big wave, sometimes it flows gently, building and deepening as time progresses and other times it is a combination of both, moving forwards and backwards and forwards once more just as the ocean laps the shore. With all of this energy moving around it is so important to take time to appreciate what you have with someone that you Love. The relationship may not look perfect and it may not be in a place where you ultimately want it to be, however, even if you have the tiniest drop of something to appreciate in the big ocean of Love you must remember to honor and be grateful for what you do have.
Appreciation sometimes requires us to have laser like focus and keep our thoughts very positive despite what is happening around us. Sometimes it requires us to ‘be the bigger person’ and to be appreciative even if there are elements that we don’t like. I have learned from the wonderful author Esther Hicks that the words ‘Love’ and ‘Appreciation’ are interchangeable and carry the same high vibration. Sometimes it’s hard to Love people when they are making choices you don’t agree with or that inadvertently cause us pain, however, it is always easy to find things that you can appreciate about them. An exercise I do often is to write a list of all the things I appreciate about a person. Once you start writing, you will find that you get on a roll and you find so much to appreciate that you never realized before. I encourage you to do this exercise as a way to CREATE GREAT LOVE in your life on a regular basis. We all truly have so much to appreciate.
This week take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for and tell the people you Love that you appreciate them.
My picture this week came to me from the window of the gift store at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. I was there seeing the magnificent Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra play the music from “Cinderella”. The picture is a confirmation to me of all the little parts of Love that add up to one big beautiful GREAT LOVE!
“She is the heart that strikes a whole octave. After her all songs are possible.”
– Ranier Maria Rilke (A Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist)
I have recently read that we are evolving as humans in a particular way right now at this time on the planet. Alternative Healer and Coach, Elizabeth Peru, from Australia wrote that we are now evolving into humans that CARE. We are seeing demonstrations of this caring all over the world. She says “ You ask yourself, “Would I like this for myself?” You imagine what it is like for the other person and when you do this you bring it back to you…BE THE ONE WHO CARES.”
I really LOVE what she is saying because that is one of the main ingredients in creating GREAT LOVE. TO CARE. Firstly for yourself and then for another and then for the people you come in contact with each day. To LOVE and CARE for another person is truly one of the most rewarding experiences we can have. Loving your partner feels soooo good! Caring for them and knowing you have made a difference in their life is THE BEST feeling in the world! Sharing life together, moving forward together, being there for each other, telling them how you feel and knowing you will be heard is truly a gift.
If you think about it, what is it that makes us care? Is it our heart, our minds or our soul? Maybe it’s a combination of all three. I don’t profess to have the answer. I just know it feels so good to care. I also know sometimes caring can feel scary because you can’t control what happens with the receiver of that caring but I am continuing to care anyway because I know it makes us all feel really good.
I encourage you this week to find some new ways to show others that you CARE.
My picture this week came to me while I was at Target. It just makes me smile!! So Happy!!
“Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.”
– Emma Goldman (An anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches)
There is a saying I have heard which reads “Your Word is Your Bond”. I have always believed in the power of words and I do pride myself on doing my best to say only things that I mean to say. I have noticed that sometimes people ‘throw away’ their words with little regard for the impact they can have on others. One of my pet peeves is when people say things that they have little intention of doing. I’m not sure why they feel compelled to do that. I’m sure it’s about pleasing the other person in the moment. However, I much prefer being upfront and honest, even if it is difficult at times to do so. That way disappointment is avoided later on.
Keeping my word is important to me, it shows courage, strength and integrity. I believe it is vitally important when it comes to creating Great Love. A big part of trusting someone is knowing they will do what they say they are going to do. Something else I have also learned is to not make promises to others because I feel like it can set you up for failure. We all live in a changing world and moment by moment things can occur that cause us to change our plans. I prefer to be able to do things that are a bonus or a lovely welcome surprise, something that was not expected by the other person. I like to set intentions within myself and then follow through on them with my actions. Demonstrating my Love in various ways.
I am very grateful for the people who are in my life, as I know they also honor their words with action and for that I LOVE you very much. Thank you for being who you are.
This week I encourage you to pay attention to your words. Are you saying what you really intend to say?
My picture this week came to me while driving home from the gym – so lovely – it’s about what’s important in life!
“Love, it is said, is blind, but love is not blind. It is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard.”
– James M. Barrie (Scottish Author of “Peter Pan”)
When you have the courage to fully bring the person you Love into your life, things change for the better.
Experiences that you once had by yourself, now feel so much better and richer when you share them with the person you Love.
Being a good team together makes you more powerful and stronger and able to accomplish so much more. I’m not saying we can’t do things on our own, I’m simply shedding some light on the deliciousness of being together and how truly wonderful that feels. To have a relationship that feels full….ahhh there’s nothing better.
When each person brings their own unique strengths and you combine those together it’s truly magical. The energy that is created by Great Love between two people becomes a force of nature. Just by being yourself in conjunction with another you can do even more. If you look closely at nature, you will see that things don’t exist by themselves. Trees and plants need the sun and water to grow. Humans need others in order to exist as well. And being with the person you Love just makes it that much more wonderful.
This week I encourage you to give some time and thought to being a team. What does that look like for you? How can you incorporate more of it into your life? GO TEAM LOVE!!!
My picture this week came to me at the deli counter of my favorite grocery store…It proves to me that even though things may look one way, if you are willing to rearrange some of your views and see more clearly in a slightly different light you will always find the magic!
“No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main.” – John Donne (English Poet)
Today imagine the most beautiful, most exquisite, most delicious, most magical LOVE you have ever known. Whether it is actually real or not. Just put yourself into that space. What would it feel like to be with your perfect partner? What would it feel like to know that you are truly loved?
Sometimes the outer exterior does not reflect our inner desires however it is our ‘job’ to focus and imagine the beauty of what we do desire. It is important not to get caught up in the details of ‘reality’. Instead turn your attention to the way you want things to look like. We all want ease, love, peace, joy, fun, passion, bliss in our relationships and we can have them, it’s just a matter of where you put your focus.
If you are a visual person it’s easier to imagine in pictures, seeing images of what you want, for others it may not be as specific but more of a feeling that comes over you. Either way it’s important to take time each day to imagine and feel what GREAT LOVE is for you.
An exercise I encourage you to do this week is to imagine and write down a story of a romantic evening you would like. Really get into it. See and feel every detail from beginning to end. Allow it to put a huge smile on your face. Let your mind roam free. See the location, the smells, the colors, what you are wearing, what you are doing, who is there with you and how the evening’s details play out. The most important part is to have fun with it and allow yourself to feel as if you are truly there.
My picture this week showed up when I was at the carwash….I LOVE this saying because sometimes the word LOVE is not enough to describe your depth of feeling for another.
“Love is a Journey. Love Believes. Love Never Ends.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Some people believe that LOVE and relationships are hardwork. I believe that LOVE is easy. It is our thoughts and at times our ego that make it difficult. If we allow our ego to rule our relationships then we are not being guided by Divine Love.
Divine Love surrenders all to a higher power knowing and trusting that GREAT LOVE always find a way through any challenge.
Pure Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. We all know when it exists. We know when it is present. You can feel it. You know it deep down within your heart and soul. However, in order to allow it into your life it takes courage and bravery to choose it for yourself. I think it is much easier to take the route that society says which is to blame others and get angry. It is much more difficult to surrender and remain loving and compassionate in times of stress.
In order to CREATE GREAT LOVE in our lives we must find a way to balance self-care, self-love, making choices about what we want, yet remaining loving and compassionate towards others. It’s a fine line. If we remain true to ourselves and are honest with ourselves to what we know is true, we can create a life of Peace, Harmony, Love, Joy, Fun, Ease and Deliciousness!
My picture this week can be seen in two ways Love Joyously or Live Joyously either way its right on! We are not here to suffer. We are here to Live and Love in Joy!
I encourage you this week to find more Joy in your life, whatever that may mean to you.
JOY TO THE WORLD! This week of Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Winter Solstice.
“Joy to the World, the Love is here, let Earth receive it now, let every heart, prepare the room and Heaven and Nature sing”. (My version of “Joy to the World”) Original Song Written by Peter Korbel & Issac N. Watts
Sometimes we hold on to things so tightly within ourselves, it stops us from having room to breathe and space to grow.
Sometimes it just doesn’t matter.
It’s ok. It’s just the freedom of breathing space and expansion arriving in our life.
For a long time I have wanted things to go a certain way. I have had glimpses of that bliss but never any real consistency to go deeper and experience even more soul filled LOVE that I know resides beneath the next layer.
The miracle of today when I woke up (Literally and figuratively) is that it doesn’t matter. It’s all ok either way. I don’t have to wish and hope so hard for things to be a certain way. I can find peace where I am. I can be ok with myself. I can be ok if it doesn’t show up right now. It’s alright. And that feels like such a huge relief.
I encourage you this week to lesson your grip on the things that matter to you so much and in the process you might just find some peace.
My picture of LOVE this week was right in front of me as I drove home from work on the freeway…
Love Samantha xo
“True Love always finds a way.” – Samantha Rosen