Self Care Sunday – Saying YES and Living In The Flow

Native American Quote

Do you want to know how to unlock the Universal flow positive energy in your life? Say “Yes!” to opportunities that come your way. Saying “Yes” to opportunities is a powerful way to signal the Universe that you are ready for more!

Here’s how it happened to me this week. On Tuesday morning I was asked a question by my boss, “ Linda, do you want to take the action to create an Rotating Exhibit Plan for the Center’s Museum Concept?” The truth is I am pretty busy with standing up my program and really didn’t want to take the action. However, I understand the flow of universally energies enough to know when you say “No” to opportunities, you are signaling the Universe that you aren’t ready or interested. You are more or less telling the Univese “don’t come around here no more; I am not interested!”😂 In other words you are changing the flow of Universal Positive energy and shifting yourself out of alignment. I also understand there is power and opportunity in saying “Yes”. So I said, “Yes”. The next day I got a call from someone asking me to be their Life Coach. While I was planning on taking the summer off from coaching, I knew I couldn’t say “No”. If I said no, I would be telling the Universe “no thank you. I’m not ready”. So I said, “Yes”. The next day I got an email with an offer to attend a free PMP Bootcamp in DC; my boss only has to fund my travel. I said “Yes” knowing he already offered to pay for my PMP. So now I get to spend a whole week in DC in August and take my PMP by the end of the fiscal year. That chain of events may not have happened if i said “No” to the first opportunity.

Do you see what I mean about being in the flow of Universal energies? When you say “yes” to people and opportunities, you open the door to more opportunities. When you say “no”, you are telling the Universe you are not ready or worthy. It will skip you the next time. When you say “no” or hesitate, you shift yourself out of alignment and ultimately make things harder for yourself.

Are you living in alignment? Does your life flow easily? Is your career energizing or depleting? Life and work are not meant to be hard or a struggle. Will life be challenging? YES! Can life be rewarding? Hopefully! Should life or work be depleting or exhausting? Only if you are swimming upstream and living or working out of alignment with the truth of who you are. It is really that simple.

I try to explain this basic Law of Attraction principle to folks who become my clients because I believe it is the key to creating abundance in all areas of life. One must understand how to live in the flow of positive energies and understand you must say “Yes” to people and opportunities that at first glance may not be of interest to you. You never know where one “YES” may lead you. Every time you say “no” you are telling the Universe you are not interested in opportunities.

How did I get to this place and come to understand this stuff? My life got jacked up and I started educating myself. Then my eyes were open! Once the soul awakens and your eyes are opened to the truth in your life, you can no longer live a lie.

Another example of living in flow happened this week. Last week I decided I wanted to learn more about the Native American Culture and my ancestors. I remembered going to Pow-Wow with my family when I was a little girl so I googled local pow-wows. As luck or synchronicity would have it, there was one this weekend in Woodstown, NJ which is about 50 miles from my home. I drove up Saturday. The photos below are from the event. I find the Native American culture, customs and rituals to be spiritually rewarding for me. The only lesson learned was to arrive about a half an hour before the Grand Entrance instead of two hours earlier. By the time the dancing started, I was already hot and tired and didn’t last long. However, it worked out best I left earlier than I planned because I hit a big storm on the way home and got out of the fairgrounds before it hit Woodstown 🙂 Again, I was in the flow. I also made a decision today about my trip in 2019. I am definitely going to a Indian Reservation first than Europe. Most likely Blackfeet Nation in Glacier National Park, Montana because my sister once went there.

Saturday was the 44th Anniversary of my father’s death. Hard to imagine it’s been that long since I seen him. I was only seven years old. Years later I signed up to volunteer for organization that does grief counseling for children. I actually got up to leave mid-way through the training because I was so overwhelmed. One of the counselors followed me out. She asked me to tell her what I was feeling. It was then I learned for the first time that children who experience traumas before the age of 10 often have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the rest of their lives. The trauma becomes part of their DNA. They struggle the rest of their lives with depression, grief and loss. It never completely leaves them. For the first time, I truly understood why I carry that pain of loss in my heart and why I can’t just “get over it” as some would say.  Some losses are so devastating they never leave you. We agreed I couldn’t be a volunteer for organization but that was the beginning of me finally understanding why I sometimes still feel like that seven year old little girl. The seven year old little girl looking out the door waiting for my Daddy to come home only to see my crying mother walk in with his shoes and pants. I do see Mediums who help me connect with my father. I know he is with me and is guiding me. Everything good that has happened in my life, has been because he led me to it. Being honest with myself and others about my past and how it shaped me is part of self care. It is helping me to live authentically and love unconditionally.

Another way I took care of myself this week is I’ve been focusing on comfort and making myself comfortable. My joints and muscles are always sore. My super firm mattress wasn’t helping me. I bought a memory foam mattress topper and put a thick pad over top of that. I can melt in my bed now. It’s super comfy and I don’t feel the pressure points in my hips on the firm mattress anymore. I am also looking forward to my Espresso Brown Leather Recliner arriving soon. I see a lot of naps happening in that chair 🙂

So, how are you taking care of yourself today? Are you in the flow? Have you said “Yes” to anything? Are you interested in going to Indian Reservation? Are you living authentically and being honest about who you are?

Coming up mid-week on Writing Holistically: Blue Love Poetry

ICYMI: Blue Love Haiku #10

https://writingholistically.com/2018/06/06/blue-love-haiku-10/

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Threads – Blue Love Poetry

Threads – Blue Love Poetry
By: Linda A. Long

You are
Part of my story
Woven into
The pages
Of my life
You are
Sewn into the
Fabric of my soul
With threads
Of red and blue

The red thread
Is for my love
And passion for you
The love and passion
Connecting
My heart
To yours
The blue thread
Is for the color
Of your blue eyes
Blue eyes that pierce
My soul
Sparking my creativity
Igniting me
With desire

You are
Part of my story
Etched into
The deepest part
Of my soul
You are my soul’s
Lustful conspirator
Welcomed friend
And stabilizing energy
My soul
Is at home near yours
Our flame burns
Stronger when
We are together

You are
Part of my story
A story
That is still
Being written
Chapter by chapter
One chapter
Moves us
Apart to learn
And grow
Perhaps the next moves
Us together again
Maybe there
Is a plot twist
That brings
Your hand
Into my mine
Could an
Unexpected event
Kiss your lips to mine
Or maybe God
Aligns the Universe
To let our love rule

Our story
Isn’t over
Our threads
Are still entwined
Connecting
Your soul to mine
Holding you
With my red threads
Of passion and love
Holding me
With the blue threads
Of your beautiful eyes
Our story
Continues

It is written
Into my soul
With red and blue threads
You are
Part of my story
The story of
Red and blue love
The story of us
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A Poem for Blue Love on May 27th 💙 I hope he is part of my future.

While I was in DC overnight I visited the “Museum of the American Indian”. Something about it felt very spiritual. Like spirit was leading me there. I remembered my sister, Sandy, went to Montana to visit a Indian Reservation. I also remembered how much I love the Native American culture. Only recently I learned through 23andMe that I am 5% Native American. I am 70% Irish, 15% Spanish, 10% German and 5% Native American which they also had subtitled Mexico. I am not sure if that means my ancestor’s tribe was near Mexico. My grandfather was born in San Antionio and his mother was from Spain also known as Iberia in the 1800. Anyway, this all reminded me that the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana hosts Volunteer vacations. Something about that feels right to me. So that is added to the list with Spain as possible destinations for 2019. Or at least do some work on investigation the Native American roots.

A Raven landed on my balcony yesterday afternoon. I was in the kitchen when I heard it calling me from the balcony. I could not take a photo of it because it landed a foot away from my phone and tablet. I was afraid to go close to it. I wasn’t sure if it would attack and I didn’t want to scare it off. It was gigantic, gorgeous, midnight black and majestic. It squawked for a solid ten minutes as if it was talking to me. I stood in awe as it talked. I said a prayer and made a wish. I then watched it fly off northwest. In Native American culture Ravens signify change and transformation. They are also sent to deliver messages from spirit. It certainly seemed like it was telling me something 😂

This has been an interesting weekend. I think Spirit has been around me a lot. A Midnight Black Raven landed on my balcony and talked to me for 10 minutes. I had a craving for a Coke and went to Wawa. The first one in the line had Blue Love’s last name on it and it was his birthday. That felt like synchonicity. Like I was meant to find that on that day. There is such a strong connection between us! 💙 I learned I do not need bioidentical hormone replacement YET because it appears the Idoine, Maca and Vitamin D protocol is balancing my hormones. The clock starts all over again and back to Peri-Menopause. I guess my Integrative Doc’s theory was right. I had a Iodine Deficiency and because I wasn’t getting enough Iodine my thyroid was storing it in a small goiter. My thyroid most likely was blocking my hormones. By fixing the Idoine deficiency we also started to rebalance my hormones. I feel better and my cycle started again. Lastly, I had a visitation dream from my best friend last night. I told her the last time we talked she was welcomed to visit me in my dreams. When she showed up last night, she apologized for talkng so long to get here. I heard her laugh again. I started crying and told her how much I missed her. Definitely felt like a lot of spiritual activity going on around me this weekend.

Here’s a link to poem I wrote about Seven Ravens..

https://writingholistically.com/2014/03/31/seven-ravens-love-sex-poetry-repost/

Seven Ravens (Long post)

 

March 31, 2014 – I took some online quiz to find out what my Spirit Animal was this morning while I was laying in bed at 4:30am.  It said I was a Raven.  The description said, “In some mythologies, the Raven represents the Creator. It is a dark, mysterious, and highly intelligent animal. Like the Raven, your soul is filled with creative energy. You will make something that others will be in awe of…”.

It reminded me of the the “Seven Ravens” poem I wrote a couple years ago and it also reminded of the post I wrote last year at a time of reflection.  The last three years of my life have been nothing short of unbelievable. These three years of my life were filled with complete honesty and authenticity. I stripped everything away and truly saw myself.  I learned to love everything I saw in myself even the things that aren’t pretty. I survived, overcame and blossomed in spite of opposition, naysayers and negative forces.  I rode out the highs and lows. I made changes and choices. I found the courage to let go of anything and anyone who held me back, wasn’t good for me, spoke negatively about me, didn’t wish me well and wasn’t healthy for me in body and spirit. None of it was easy. But, I did it.  I choose it every day. If I could chose between my life ten years ago and my life today, I choose today.

I am grateful that God gave me the choice.  Many in life do not get choices. I got them and I feel I took responsibility and owned my life and my actions.  I grateful that I am not afraid to show my vulnerability on this blog or to the people I care about.  I recognize a good soul when I see one and to them I will show all of me. I will NOT hold back or hide from those who I know belong in my life. I live in gratitude everyday for the life I am living now.  It didn’t happen by chance. It happened by choice. 

I choose today!
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May 1, 2013 – I originally wrote the poem, Seven Ravens, in October 2o11.  At that time, I was sick, I was depressed and I was overwhelmed. And, a relationship abruptly ended after a horrible incident. It almost broke me that it all was happening at the same time. Sensing that the only way I was going to survive the storm my life was in was to relax in to it and just let go. I felt like if I didn’t stop resisting everything or if I kept trying to hold on, then I was truly was going to die.  I tried to do it my way. I tried to force my path. But, nothing was working.  I was filled with anxiety.  But, I was so afraid to let go of everything I knew. I was so afraid to change. I was afraid I would lose my friendships and my social life. I didn’t think I was strong enough to do what life was calling me to do. I was ready to give up rather than change.

Everywhere I went I was receiving little messages of comfort and reassurance from unusual places.  People out of the blue telling me it was going to be ok. Phone calls from people I lost contact with saying they had dreams about me. And, I was having recurring dreams of my decease sister and father holding my hand.  Talk about spiritual experiences!  

On one particular day I was exceptionally anxious. When I am feeling anxious I chant and visualize my lucky number seven. While doing this, I take deep breaths. This practice seems to work like magic at calming me down and returning me to peace. So, one day after I was chanting and visualizing the number seven I logged into Facebook. I started reading status updates and then I saw “Seven, a journey” posted on a friend’s status. It was so unbelievable that as I was chanting and visualizing the number seven to relieve anxiety as she posting the number seven as a journey.

I called her and told her about the synchronicity of our actions. She told me Seven Ravens landed on her window ledge at the same moment I was chanting and visualizing the number. Incredible! She told me about the Native American meaning of Seven Ravens. Seven Ravens is a Native American symbol of a journey. The Seven Ravens come to you to provide you direction and safe passage in your journey.  As the Ravens sat on her window ledge, she prayed. Then one by one she watched as each flew off carrying her prayers into the wind. She said the Ravens gave her great peace and comfort. They were a confirmation that the choices she has been making are good for her. And, now she knew for sure I was on the right path as well. In traditional Medicine cards, Ravens symbolize strength and healing.

That was 19 months ago.  If I only knew how my life would be changed. If I only knew how much healthier I would be. If I only knew my broken heart would mend. If I only knew I would find peace and happiness within my own soul. If I only knew those Seven Ravens were providing me a safe passage on this incredible journey. Would I have continued on knowing everything I would eventually change and give up? I don’t know. All I know is the friends that really mattered are still in my life even though I don’t go out drinking with them. They support me now in what I am doing. What I do know is that Yoga has been a refuge and safe haven for me and has provide me relief and sanity on some hard days. What I do know is that my world has opened up and new powerful spirits and come in and refreshed my spirit with hope. What I do know is that I am healed and back to living. I am changed forever and that was supposed to be my journey all along. I was jus too afraid and stubborn to give in. But, oh what magic happened once I finally let go…

To those seven beautiful ravens, thank you for providing me safe passage. I am eternally grateful.

Seven Ravens – Love, Sex & Poetry
By: Linda A. Long

Did you hear that?
It was a voice
Gently calling your name
If I close my eyes
I can play its melody
In my mind
Calling to you
The sound calms my spirit
And nourishes my soul
Softly drifting
It carries me to sleep
The sound of your name
Carried by the wind
Nestled gingerly
On a leaf
Floating miles
To my window
As if to heal me
And bring My weary heart Peace
In its presence
I say your name
As low as a whisper
I place it carefully
On the backs of
seven ravens
And ask the ravens
To protect your journey
And to keep you safe from harm
They leave my window
And take flight
Saying your name
With a message of love
Seven Ravens journey
From me to you
They wait
to softly kiss
your ear
Preached on the ledge
They sit
with the melody
of my name
On their backs
to sing to you
Their song
Of love and peace
Seven Ravens
A journey
Follow the raven
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