Who Am I?

Sunday morning blog time, my friends. Thank you for sitting here with me on this fine long weekend. I’m hyped up on some coffee with a splash of almond milk and cinnamon sprinkles. Life is dandy.

You know about this weeks sensation of “Yanny” vs “Laurel?”

It’s really made me think.

Some people would hear “Yanny” and some people would hear “Laurel.” In fact, I was in the same room as someone who heard Laurel while I heard Yanny.

There are scientific facts about the frequency and the treble and bass of it all, but it started to make me think about how we all experience life at different frequencies.

Some people may go through life and feel like the world is against them. Some people go through life and feel as though the world is cheering for them.

It’s all about your perception.

What I’ve been awaking to is my awareness of my own thoughts and feelings and experiences. The more I become aware that life has fleeting moments and feelings, the less weight and importance I put on them. Sometimes we can feel as though it’s the end of the world and then the next hour we realize that it passes and we are back to being more level.

We perceive a lot from our belief systems from environment and happenstance and upbringing. And everybody has had a different path than our own.

So, life is happening as it is and it’s our perception that experiences it.

Yes, there are very good things and very bad things that happen in our everyday lives but a lot of it has to do with our process of perceiving.

It’s not to say that the big stuff should just be flowed through quickly—there are moments to grieve and to rejoice, absolutely. What I am saying, though, is sometimes we may PERCEIVE something as bad but in all reality, it’s working toward our greater good. (Like that one last squat set at the gym 😉)

Don’t take life so seriously, my friends. It’s going to fly by and my wish for you all as you are into your 90’s and are reflecting on your past, that you experienced a myriad and rich and full adventure. That you let moments affect you and flow through you. That you never carried the weight of the world on your shoulders.

That is my wish for your life.

With love,

Lindsay, Laurel, and Yanny

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Tres Magnifique

Sunday morning blog time, my friends. Please sip on something tasty and replenishing while I write to you. I’m accompanied by a gorgeous mug of camomile tea and I’m ready to go.

You have no idea how magnificent you truly are. You don’t. It’s utterly impossible for you to view yourself from an honest to goodness truthful point of view.

I’ve been observing people in my life as of late. I have fantastic, healthy, beautiful friendships and acquaintances in my life. I admire so many wonderful and unique qualities that each one possesses. I sometimes sit back and watch their intelligence spill out their mouths or their intuition being subtly expressed. I become aware of why they are the way they are and how they seem to carry on in stride even after some incredible hardships. I see the pain, the beauty, the love, the struggle, and the experiences they’ve endured.

That in itself is magnificent.

Because, here you are in this moment. Everything that has ever happened to you and around you has actually happened FOR you to arrive to now. And this is it…for now.

You’re in this game for an allotted amount of time and, yes, it’s excellent to have goals and dreams to look forward to. But this present moment is just as important. It doesn’t always have to be grandiose to be special. Remember that as you see sunbeams. Remember that when you feel dim…

Fill yourself with self realization and positive affirmations. Recognize the sheer magnitude of your attributes and God Given Gifts.

You emit more radiance than you’ll probably ever realize. You are an asset to this world—wherever you are on your journey.

You are magnificent in your own right and especially on those days when you’re just feeling so-so, remember that your perception may be dulled. And that’s ok. You still are you and that’s SO enough.

So…go shake a tail feather. Put a feather in your cap. Call yourself Macaroni. Go be that fabulous little human that you are.

This is your wee life and you’re allowed to have some fun with it, you magnificent creature!

With love and a nudge to get your ball rolling,

Lindsay M.

It’s Gonna be A-OK

Sunday morning blog time, my friends. Please sit with me with your beverage of choice and keep me company while I write these words. I have a cuppa steaming green matcha tea by my side and I’m ready to rock and roll with you.

Do you think that anyone really has their lives totally together? From the outside looking in we are able to see vibrant people who have a multitude of friends, family, health, and charisma. They seem to have it all. And while they do have a lot, they even don’t have their lives together 100%.

It’s just not feasible for one human being to be constantly and consistently operating at 100% awesomeness at all times. Yet we live in this era where we can choose to display what we know others really want to see or the fun and beautiful and extravagant parts of life. We, myself included, can be inclusive in that. Be gentle with yourself and your process.

The thing that I’m learning from my days here on Earth is this:

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

We are not meant to compare to one another’s lives. What works for someone may not work for you. Just do you. We have no grand manual that’s going to explain your specific life and blueprint it out for you. Sure, we have amazing teachers before us. We have mentors and books and scriptures and friends. But each person is on their own journey coming from their own perceptions and experiences and thought processes.

What you do with your time here is completely up to you. You can waste it, hate it, struggle with it, love it, nurture it, and embrace it. Heck, you can do all of the above at different moments in your life.

The point is is that this is your life which was given to you and it’s yours to design and create and push through. And, in any moment you can do a 180• and change course. You are not a victim or slave to your own mind.

You are all natural born leaders and creatives. Try not to let society or what you see fed to you strip you of that. We need it now more than ever.

Shake it up once in a while. It always does a body good.

With utmost respect toward your journey and growth,

Lindsay M.

Let’s go with Picasso

Sunday morning blog time, my friends. Please grab your Sunday concoction of choice and join me down the rabbit hole. I’m currently sipping on earl grey tea with a splash of cashew milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I may or may not be having a chocolate cupcake while writing this, too.

None of us are immune to life’s circumstances. That counts for both the good and the bad. All of us have been touched in some way or another by beautiful and uplifting experiences and tragic soul crushing moments.

I am no stranger to either. And I doubt that you are as well.

I equate life to be a giant mural. From afar it’s a masterpiece full of rich colours and shading and contrasts and light.

When you look closer, though, you see that each brushstroke has different colours which compliment and contrast the other.

My least favourite colour in the colour wheel is brown. My favourite colours are turquoise, gold, and pale pink. When I look at my great mural, it’s full of all the colours; including brown. And the brown makes the beautiful colours even more vibrant.

You see, our favourite colours (moments) in life are our special and beautiful parts of our great mural. But you need the shading (the brown) moments in your life to really bring them out.

At the end of your life when you’re reflecting upon your great mural, don’t look too closely at how many times your least liked colours are present. Look at the overall beauty of your masterpiece.

It’s a one of a kind. And so are you.

Cheers to your beautiful piece of art,

Lindsay M.

Say no to Bull

Say no to Bull

Sunday morning blog time. Please sip something tasty and read my thoughts on this fine March morning.

I have recently had an “aha” moment that really spoke to me.

So often in life we tend to get stuck working the grind. Life can feel monotonous and can lose the spark of spontaneity. And that sense of repetition can be comforting for us. We can predict how we are going to feel throughout the day and know that there probably won’t be any big surprises. It’s playing safe and I love the quote:

“A ship is safe in the harbour, but that is not the purpose of a ship…”

Do you have gifts to give others? Yes. Do you have talents? Yes. Do you have time to invest in yourself to grow and evolve? Yes…. Until you don’t.

If you’re stuck in a rut, change course. I know that it can be easier said than done but unless you’re really subconsciously enjoying the “misery loves company” disease trap that we can blindly fall into, do something different to get out of it.

Things that you know will help are to eat better, read uplifting stories, move your body, volunteer, become part of a community group, contribute to society, journal gratitude, stop focusing on the doom and gloom, etc…Do something different if you want something different!! I know that it can be hard when you don’t even have that will inside you to do that, but I cannot stress enough just to do a baby step here and there. Something is always better than nothing.

I’m not here to tell you how to reprogram your brain but I do know from personal experience, that what we put our thoughts toward, more of that will be apparent in our lives. (*currently putting my thoughts toward chocolate*).

I have been in deep sadness for bouts of time myself and I understand it, but I also know how vital it is to not dwell.

The mini story that I love is about the wolf of anger and the wolf of love. Which wolf grows bigger in your life? Anger or love? I’ll tell you a secret….it’s the one you feed.

We have all had horrific events in our lives. We have all had beautiful events in our lives. This life is a Great Mural of many colours that contribute to our Life’s Masterpiece.

Everyone has personal thought processes on how they react to events and experiences in their lives. We all are at different places and have different perspectives.

But, if you want joy, you’re going to have to do some work. You’re going to have to face some demons from your past and move through it. But you have to want it more than what you’ve got right now.

Don’t let your mind imprison you. You were created for far much more than that.

Be gentle with your progress.

Tipping my hat to you and your journey,

Lindsay M.

Big Love

Big Love

Sunday morning blog time. Please grab whatever beverage of choice you need to sit with my thoughts for the next while. I’m sipping on earl grey tea while relishing that I have a glorious day off.

We all emit a certain vibe about us. Some of us operate from a place of love and some of us operate from a place of fear.

People who operate from a place of love are delighted when others around them are succeeding. They are innately aware that they have inner joy within and blessings and abundance surrounding them and they can flow freely their support and encouragement because they understand that there’s enough for everyone. And, in turn, their lives usually have extra richness to them because they’re not wallowing in their own….fear.

People who operate from fear ( and I’m not talking about phobia fears but, rather, a place of negativity and self unawareness), are nervous when others around them start succeeding and they deem themselves not to be. They can become angry and judgemental because they want to pull those people down to the “prison” that they’re in. They focus too much energy on not having and we have lived here long enough to inherit the knowledge that what we focus on, we see that or attract that more in our lives.

I believe that what I write today is something you probably have heard before. But, let’s get to the root of it:

Why do some people operate mostly from a fear based place—no matter their upbringing, spiritual beliefs, and environment?

Why do some people operate mostly from a love based place—no matter their upbringing, spiritual beliefs, and environment?

A lot of it is what your relationship to yourself is and where you focus your attention.

Yes, we have all been hurt before. We have all been kicked when we are down. We have all not coped very well at times. In turn, we have all had encouragement, loved ones, affirmations, and joy before.

Sometimes the scales aren’t balanced. And sometimes the scales feel unbalanced for too long in a way that you don’t agree with.

My encouragement for you this week is to look within and ask yourself where you feel you are mostly coming from with your intentions toward life, people, and yourself?

If the answer comes up and it’s from mostly fear base, be gentle on yourself and know that you can make small steps in a direction that leans more toward a place of love and self love. Your world as you know it will start to change and bloom.

This is your journey through life and you may as well have all the beauty that is there for the offering. You are so worthy to have it and share it with others.

You are a gift to this world, no matter how big or small your reach is.

I challenge you to love.

With love(that word keeps popping up a lot, doesn’t it? 😉),

Lindsay M.

It has to Hurt if it’s Going to Heal

It has to Hurt if it’s Going to Heal

Sunday morning blog time, my friends. Please grab your morning “pick me up” and glimpse into my thoughts for a few minutes. I’m sipping on a green matcha tea surrounded by boxes,bins, and bags awaiting in anticipation for my upcoming move.

I think a change will do you good.

Are you freaking out by that statement? Even just a little?

Good.

You need to be shaken up every once in a while. Otherwise, you’ll become complacent and comfortable and coast. The dreaded three C’s.

Complacency is being ok with being ok; staying stagnant and not evolving. That goes against everything in nature as everything in nature is constantly evolving and growing and going through cycles.

Comfort is a cousin of complacency. Comfort will lure you in to a flat line of “everything is fine….neither good nor bad” kind of state. Where do you grow from that? It almost blinds you and stunts you.

Coasting is a Great Aunt of complacency and comfort. She’s been around a looonnng time and she’s been surviving off of comfort and complacency–watching the years and opportunities she wishes she participated in pass her by. Coasting is like dipping your baby toe in the water when the rest of your spirit is screaming to jump in.

Well, the beautiful thing about this little life of ours is our “Wake up Calls”… the little nudges that prods and pokes us to come to a level of awareness that we can no longer ignore. In any moment we can change our thoughts and put action toward them.

You are not your shortcomings. You are not your past mistakes. You are not your (what you deem to be) failures.

You are a work in progress. And progress you shall. You are interesting and intricate and useful and quirky at times. You have value. You have awareness.

Now, what I gently (and firmly because I’m in duality like that) suggest is that you pause for a moment and check in to see where you’re at. Are you partaking in the “Dreaded Three C’s” play or are you creating, collaborating, and collecting new adventures?

I cannot stress enough how much your 92 year old self does not want you to fall into the trap of monotony. He/She is begging you to seek life, beauty, vastness, growth, and change on a constant basis. Even if it’s just little things. It will make a huge impact on your today and on your future.

I think you’re swell. And I think you’ve got it in you.

It’s in the back of your mind. Yes, that little thing that’s niggling to come out…that’s YOU trying to break out and change course. Make you a priority. Make that little voice a bloomed and magnificent flower.

I always believe in you.

With total certainty,

Lindsay M.