My story matters – Just breathe and “in you must go”

July 28, 2015

“The most difficult part of our stories is often what we bring to them –what we make up about who we are and how we are perceived by others.” Brené Brown

Ever want to make someone feel as bad as they made you feel? Do you numb or stockpile the hurt? Are you a ticking time bomb of unresolved emotions?

Rising StrongI received an advanced copy (available August 25, 2015) of Brené Brown’s book, Rising Strong – The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution, a book that reforms the way we explore consequences of our choices during professional failures and personal heartbreaks that rearrange our lives.

Brown’s powerful book is filled with examples of stories we tend to create when we are faced with challenging moments driven by emotions and an immediate need to self-protect in not well-thought-out ways. You will recognize yourself in many of these stories.

I often use the phrase, “I don’t know what I don’t know,” which is so true of the Rising Strong process. You don’t know what you don’t know until you uncover this knowledge using Brown’s process.

What Brown taught me in Rising Strong is that my stories consist of blaming, tripping over the same issues again and again, shaming myself, stewing in judgement, and creating conspiracy theories. Sound familiar?

WHAT IS THE RISING STRONG PROCESS?

The Rising Strong Process consists of:
– Reckoning; walking into our story
– Rumbling; owning our story
– Revolutionizing; incremental revolutionary change

WHY SHOULD I USE THE RISING STRONG PROCESS?

Brown shares a powerful personal story about how she healed using her own Rising Strong Process after wanting to make someone feel as bad as they made her feel.

Brown’s personal Rising Strong process teaches us how to become aware of all the choices that unfold in front of us during moments of discomfort and hurt.

The Rising Strong Process is a great way to recognize who we really are versus who we think we are intellectually, physically and emotionally.

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE RISING STRONG PROCESS?

The Rising Strong Process is Brown’s way of looking back in order to move forward.

Rising Strong provides specific examples and a script to guide us through great questions to ask ourselves during our introspective journey to Rise Strong.

Not only does Brown’s process work for personal, parenting and business issues, it also provides an avenue for discovery as a creativity process for businesses and entrepreneurs.

Use your “facedown” moments (as Brown calls our upsetting stories) like getting fired, losing a business, team failure, fighting with a friend, finding out about an affair, etc., as a way to face our emotions and transform them for a more whole-hearted life.

As Brown says, “We can’t rise strong when we’re on the run.”

Does your story matter? Just breathe and “in you must go.”

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

A short practice to forgiveness

July 14, 2015

Elisha Goldstein, a writer for Mindful – Taking time for what matters, recently provided a powerful article and meditation called Learn to Forgive Others No Matter What.

Take less than four short minutes and work through the video below … you won’t be sorry!


Spiritual Pilgrimage – Following God’s path

July 11, 2015

“And the priest said to them, “Go in peace. May the presence of the Lord be with you on your way.
            Judges 18:6 – NKJV

Lourdes grotto miracle picIn May 2015, our church sponsored a Diamond Jubilee Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Avignon, Carcassonne, Nice, Assisi, Florence and Rome. My husband and I couldn’t resist the opportunity presented to us to join our fellow parishioners on this spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime.

Being a part of the Papal Audience was by far the most spectacular event!

We sat in the front row so close to Pope Francis that we could have reached out to touch him. His close proximity to me was enough to make my heart skip a beat.

CandlesThe two collages that follow are a few highlights from our trip.

The video at the end, created by my talented husband, is made from pictures he took during the trip and some that we had taken on an earlier trip to Rome.

There is music used with the video, however, due to copyright restrictions, you won’t hear it.

I wanted you to imagine how this video came to life by using the following outstanding musical artists:

How great thou art/Steel & Wood played by Amy Grant and Vince Gill
Pachelbel’s Canon D/The Ultimate Canon by Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra
Time to say goodbye/Romanza by Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

Enjoy!

2015 Pilgrimage Collage

2015 Pilgrimage Collage 2

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God’s most precious commodity – Where does God live?

July 9, 2015

The real house of GodJust like the trust you place in “OnStar” after activating service for your new car, so do you need to activate and place your trust in drawing nearer to God by caring for His temple (you) and continuously reading His word,” says, H. Dele Davies, MD, author of The Real House of God – Unleash the Full Power of God’s Spirit Within You.

Davies reminds us that it is impossible to have complete trust in someone you do not know and who you do not have a strong relationship with. The storms of life can drain all hope from you without a trusting person to rely upon.

Davies uses metaphors comparing our three body parts (body, mind, spirit) to a Jewish temple’s outer courtyard, middle room (Holy Place) and inner room (Most Holy Place).

All these metaphors are wonderful examples (along with comparable scriptures and stories) on how to bring the spirit of God into our world.

Davies spends a lot of time reminding us that we do not need to wait before we can meet God in church – we carry Him everywhere we go in our body. Just like Jesus; everywhere He went He took the temple of God with Him.

At the end of many of the chapters (Davies refers to them as sessions) there is support material in the way of Prayers, Questions to Ponder and Prayer Points. The structure Davies uses is helpful to make this book a daily read, and re-read throughout the year — or, used for an entire lifetime.

Davies opens our internal emotional wounds by elaborating on in-depth detail of characteristics that hold us hostage in the world. Here is just the tip of the iceberg:

– Selfishness and self-aggrandizement
– Failure to accept forgiveness
– Holding grudges
– Desecrating God’s bodily temple
– Understanding salvation is a free gift from God
– Holding mainstream media as an honorable standard to be desired
– False sense of superiority over others

Davies exclaims, “God will only set up a temporary presence within us, and contingent on the conditions and hearts of the people who form the body of the church – God’s preferred temple is you.”

Bible on standMore importantly, Davies provides a list of wonderful examples (these are just a few) of “you love Him when you ….”
– Worship and praise Him
– Willing to put aside your own ego
– Forgive and pray for others who have hurt you
– Refuse to keep a record of those who have wronged you

The Real House of God made me think deeply about my current practices getting to know more about God through His word. It stirred my inner temple to action by delving into many of the scriptures he shares to prove his point.

With historical scriptural research and his use of symbolism, Davies would move many people to more easily draw closer to His word.

You are God’s most precious commodity. Now you know where He lives.

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Booklookbloggers, WestBow Press, for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.


Meditation made easy with Dan Harris

June 30, 2015

Recently published in Mindful magazine is a great, fun, animated and simple instruction video by happify and Dan Harris, correspondent (and more), for ABC News.

He’s previously shared his on-air panic attack, watched by over five million viewers, that led him to a practice of meditation. He started meditating to quiet his mind.

The benefits of meditation are to obtain more physical and emotional energy, attain inner peace, increase self-awareness, and it can enhance a spiritual connection for a more fulfilling life. I find it’s a lifeline to problem-solving conflicts and challenges.

Enjoy!


I can, I can, I can – I will, I will, I will

June 17, 2015

You watch them, I know you do. The NBA, NFL, MLB, NCAA, IOC, PGA, LPGA or whatever three or four letter acronym you watch to see who wins your favorite sport.

Competition and goal setting are at historic levels today and most all sports figures use visualization and various other techniques to stay at the top of their game.

Turn Your Dreams into RealityA new book by Gini Graham Scott, PhD, to be released in August 2015 Turn Your Dreams into Reality, Simple Techniques to Get What You Want, shares many of the secret techniques your favorite sports idols use to win.

Turn Your Dreams into Reality is a book about being able to learn or profit from your challenging situations, especially work conflict or anything you want to achieve, maintain, buy, create or change.

I’m sure you know about the Peter Principle – right? Scott spends a lot of time walking you through how to avoid this happening to you.

The Peter Principle is the principle that people get promoted until they reach their level of incompetence – I admit — this happened to me; however, it didn’t have to if I had this book in my repertoire of self-help.

WHAT IS THE REASON I NEED THIS BOOK?

It’s about accessing the inner power of your mind. Discovering how you perceive and receive information leading to improving your chances for success.

WHERE DO I DO THESE EXERCISES?

These techniques and exercises can be done anywhere, that’s what so powerful about Scott’s process. With practice, her techniques become daily automatic exercises.

WHY DO YOU NEED THIS BOOK?

Do you find yourself doing any of this?
– Worrying about looking foolish
– Resisting your fears
– Always thinking “I can’t”
– Walking away from life’s hurdles
– Wanting to improve your social skills
– Doing a 180 to change your personality
– Wishing you could become more assertive or outgoing
– Wanting to be more like a lion than a kitty cat

HOW DO I DO THE EXERCISES?

Draw on images and ideas that are already meaningful and powerful for you. Scott gives great examples, prompts and meditation scenarios to help you use many of her techniques.

This book is full of treasured gems, but be warned — it’s a lot of work! Work that can eventually pay off if you are committed and willing to put the time into practicing winning strategies for any area of your life.

One exercise I love that I used to produce this write-up was called Using the Energies of the Earth and Universe – voilà, it worked!

Before you get this book, affirm every day, “I can, I can, I can, and I will, I will, I will use these techniques daily to produce my desired results!”

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Net Galley, Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.


Against all odds

June 17, 2015

“Life Lesson 47: You may not know what tomorrow holds, but you know who holds tomorrow — God.”

          ~ Tobe Momah

Healing LivesTobe Momah, author of eight books including his newest book, Healing lives – True stories of Encouragement and Achievement in the Midst of Sickness, is also a physician and preacher in Louisiana.

Momah’s book, Healing Lives contains 100 unique stories grouped into the following categories:

– Part l – Personal
– Part ll – Places and Persons
– Part lll – Patients
– Part IV – Personnel
– Part V – Pastors
– Part VI – Parishioners

Each personal story opens with scripture and ends with a Life Lesson and quote. There are 100 stories with 100 Life Lessons.

I found the Life Lessons most meaningful and the meatiest part of this book.

Most of Momah’s stories are very short, simple perspectives of healing, although void of facts from witnesses or testimonies other than his own and the individual patient, personnel, pastor or parishioner, etc.

Why did Momah write this book? He says, “God emphasized that I should publish eyewitness accounts of healings I personally witnessed or verified;” and, based on his criterion, were considered miracles.

I found the book slow and predictable in the beginning. Once I reached Part IV – Personnel, the stories became a bit more spiritually exciting.

Who’s to say whether Momah’s healing beliefs are true, against all odds with help from God?

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Harper Collins Christian Publication BookLook Bloggers for review purposes. Moment to Moment, Inc. is a professional review site that receives commission from the companies whose products we review only if the product is purchased. We review each product thoroughly and give high marks to only the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.


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