I am an observant person by nature. I just am. I just love watching people. I find them so interesting. It is no wonder my major was Sociology. One of my Divine gifts is to be able to cut through the bull and really "see" what's going on around me. I am aware that not everyone has this "gift". It used to absolutely boggle my mind how distracted and seemingly unaware other people are. Some people just move through their day in their own little world, never really conscious of what if going on around them. It is like the parent who can hold a conversation with someone without even noticing that their child is running around and screaming. Now part of that is just being so used to the noise of a child that they are able to tune them out, but the other part is just being distracted or occupied by their own thoughts.
The thing about being so distracted is that you are not in the present moment. You are thinking about the past (woulda, shoulda, coulda) or you are worrying about the future (the what ifs). Being in the present moment is where all the magic happens. You cannot change the past, and if you continually worry about the future you can attract the very thing you are worrying about. Just be. Take a deep breath, and just be (even if it is only for a moment). Be. Here. Now. Allowing thoughts and feelings to distract you from the present moment is really just your mind playing Ego tricks with you. Tell your Ego to take a nap, and just give yourself permission to just be who you are, a Divine soul in a physical body.
Being distracted all the time also keeps us from manifesting what we say we want. If you are busy, being busy and distracted, there is no room for the new, awesome stuff to come in. Do yourself a favor and be. When you are driving, just drive. When you are cleaning, just clean. When you are cooking, focus on that. Multitasking is all well and good, but does it really serve our Higher self? It keeps us super busy and distracted. Practice taking some time each day just being in the present moment and see what happens. You might enjoy it! Until next time...
Today I made a few observations while driving my kids to school. I would like to share them with you. As I was pulling in to my kid's school, I saw our "crossing guard" aka an administrative staff member, who truly is a lovely person. But what gave me pause for thought was that he was checking his phone. Now, let me be clear that there were no kids waiting to cross the street. He was just standing there looking down at his phone as a few of us drove by for drop off. I didn't give it too much thought until I pulled up to the curb where all the little kiddos get out of the cars and begin their day of learning, and I saw yet another administrative employee also looking at her phone.
In the grand scheme of life, this isn't really a big deal, but what I thought when I saw yet another adult checking out their phone was why? I mean is it absolutely vital to check your phone at that moment in time? Are you waiting on news that is earth shattering and life changing, or are you just checking out Facebook posts? One of my first thoughts when I saw these two very nice people was what kind of example are you teaching to all these kids getting out of their cars? Maybe no one notices. We do tend to be busy, being busy.
But this morning I noticed. I started thinking about how distracted we truly are. If you are at a stoplight and you just have to check your emails at that moment, are you doing that because you just can't stand NOT doing something? This is not a judgement. I have been known to check my phone at stoplights. I suppose we truly become aware of the silliness of things, when we see others doing the same things we do. So my point here is not really to rant about the evils of cellphones, but it is an invitation to be aware if you are doing "busy-work" instead of just being. Being with your thoughts, feelings, inspirations, just plain old being with your Divine self is enough. If you don't like being with your own company, how can you expect others to like you? Until we meet again.
It is Friday. Friday is usually the day I head to the grocery store to buy enough food for at least a couple of days. As my kids grow, I seem to be at the store more and more, but that is another story. I don't mind grocery shopping. I actually find it enjoyable to go up and down the isles looking for inspiration. You see, I have two children, and as wonderful as these little divine beings are, they eat the exact opposite of each other. Seriously. So lately I have not really enjoyed my weekly grocery trip. I often feel an internal struggle as what to buy and cook (or not cook) for my family.
There is another reason I have been dreading my weekly visit to the store. There is so much junk in our food these days, like really bad crap. Stuff that is hidden in the food we eat on a daily basis. I am really having a hard time looking at labels. The "food" industry (I use this term lightly) is slowly trying to kill us. There are ingredients in our food that are shocking to say the least, and what is worse it seems that food prices have just skyrocketed.
The point of my little rant is that the more and more I am becoming aligned in my own Divinity, the less I am able to put "junk" into my body. Truly. I have really been thinking a lot about this whole situation. Food is faster and faster, less and less healthy and it feels more challenging to feed my body and my family in a truly healthy, divine way. Even though I enjoy cooking, I have just been in a food funk lately. Ever feel that way? It's like I am so inundated with information on how I "should" eat. I look at so many cookbooks, websites and Facebook pages for ideas. I have given way too much energy to this whole eating thing. Superfoods, organic, free range, raw food, all natural, BPA free this and that, coconut oil, sugar, flour, gluten free this and that. It's just too much for me.
I have decided that I am going to go on an information free fast this week (maybe even longer)! I am going to just stop looking out in the world for what I "should" eat and ask myself what would nourish me the best. You see when we ignore our own wise and divine self, we are not truly living in our power and Divinity. We are giving our power away to someone else. No one knows me, like me. Just as no one knows you, like you. So I invite you to go within and ask yourself what you want to eat, to do, to be. This philosophy applies to all areas of our lives. Go forth my friends, and inquire within. Let me know what happens. Until next time...
Hello everyone. I had some thoughts this morning, and I would like to share. I was thinking about how I get up each morning, feed my dog and my fish, I make coffee and then I grab my i-pad after I go to the bathroom of course. Every morning is the same. It is my routine. While I feel it is important to have some daily routines, like eating, showering, going to work, etc, I feel it is equally important to be flexible in your routines. Flexibility allows for flow in your day. Magic can happen when we are open to it.
I have noticed that I drive the same route day after day when taking my kids to school. I've noticed that I shower a certain way (shampoo, conditioner, wash my body then the face), I put on my make-up the same each day (left eye, then right eye). It is amazing how we have so many routines.
Which shoe do you put on first? Do you wear your hair the same way day after day? Do you drive the same route every single day? Do you eat at the same restaurants, order the same coffee drink? There is no judgement here. I've just been noticing all the various routines I employ day after day.
Sometimes I look at my kids and think they have too many routines. My son gets antsy if something "pops" up in his daily schedule. I find this interesting. I do believe that children really benefit from a schedule, but am I over scheduling my kids? I think that mixing things up can be very good for us all. Doing something completely "crazy" and out of character is good for the Soul.
This week, notice your routines; then have a good laugh. Try changing how you do one thing, just one and see how it feels. Does it feel weird? I did this the other day with my eye make-up. It was such an odd feeling doing it differently. Have fun with this and see how it goes. Until next time...
Caroline Nixon is
an intuitive healer and teacher who wrote two books about what she knows.