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Camino Gratitude

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As you may have heard me say before: I intended to walk the Camino alone.  I did this, but not really.  And I am grateful for everyone who took the walk with me emotionally, spiritually, and physically.  I would like to acknowledge them here.

My Inspiration

First, I would like to thank Goldie Matthew.  I first learned of the Camino at her Motivational Movie Night, when I saw Walking the Camino: 6 Ways to Santiago for the first time. (The seed was planted!)

Father Don Elias

I also want to thank the priest, Father Don Elias, who revived the Camino and whose yellow arrows guided me so perfectly all the way to Santiago.

My Family

I am also grateful for my family, who supported me immediately from vision through completion to readjusting to normal life!  My fiancee made sure I checked in every day and gave me a perfect welcome home. My dad was immediately excited for me and offered me some travel gear to help me on my journey.  My sister helped take care of our pets while I was gone, supported me financially in some of my travel costs, and helped me download Relaxercise, which saved my feet from tendonitis and any other possible foot ills!  My mom bought me the two guide books that helped me set the perfect foundation for a successful trip, as well as my amazing hiking boots, sleeping gear, and other odds and ends.  It was truly a group effort!

My Grandmothers

Next I would like to thank my grandmothers!  My Ukrainian grandmother prayed the “Little Flower Novena” for me every day, followed my travels on a map from town to town, and told me to watch for roses (which I saw EVERY day!)  My grandmother-in-law encouraged me with her Facebook comments on my trip updates.  My Illinois grandmother sent me off with the most beautiful, loving phone message that touched me and made me cry.

The Pilgrims

I am so grateful for the many people I met along the way, some who I met in passing — some who I’m still connected to!  I met people from Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, many parts of the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Tunisia, South Korea, China, Norway, Sweden, Slovenia, Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand! (And I’m probably missing some!)

Though I needed my solitude, it would have been incredibly challenging for me to have walked the whole way alone.  I am grateful to those who shared dinner with me, albergues with me, part of the Way with me, or even just a “Buen Camino!” with me!

My Home Community

The outpouring of support I received from the community back home was unbelievable, and I was amazed by how powerful and pivotal that encouragement was for me. Some supported me through texts, some through social media.  I posted updates on Facebook maybe 15 times, and the amount of loving, supportive comments I received was staggering.  I am truly grateful to anyone who was a part of this journey, on any level.

My Spiritual Community

I would be remiss if I did not give thanks to those in the spiritual realm who were with me every step of the way.  Of course, I give thanks to Source, the Creator of all (including me, Spain, and the Camino!)  I thank the angels and spirit guides who keep me safe, nudge me with guidance and teachings, and who support and unconditionally love me through every little detail.  (May I learn to love as you do!)

I give thanks again to everyone mentioned here, to anyone I may have missed, and to you readers, who have also been a part of my journey.  Your love and support means more to me than you could ever know.

Love, light, and blessings. ❤

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How Grateful Are You?

I have seen the above video a couple of times, and could watch it much more.  I think this was the inspiration for one of my Einstein shower thoughts about being grateful for every bit of my existence.

What if I remembered that I wasn’t taking any material things with me after this lifetime?  (Even my physical body!)  What if I woke up in the morning, grateful for the opening of my eyes?  Grateful to have this physical body?  Grateful for breath, for heart beats, for working body parts?  What if I were grateful for the carpet, floor, and house when I swung my feet over the side of the bed?  We could go on and on, right?

But, do you see?  I’m beginning to see that there is gratitude, and there is GRATITUDE.  Something I’d like to strive for, for sure.  I hope you enjoy the video. 🙂

Much love, many blessings. ❤

Grateful for Spirit

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I wanted to title this “Grateful for Myself. ” But besides sounding a bit egoic, I realized it really isn’t what I fully meant.  The word “myself” designates separation.  And that is not my intention at all.  I am grateful for my spirit, or maybe just “spirit.”  I am grateful for that which connects all of us.

I’ve decided it’s about time I get “woo woo” here and acknowledge who I really am.  I’m sure you all knew it — and I was not really doing an effective job of skirting it — so, here’s the truth:  I am spiritual being living a physical existence. (I believe we all are!)  I am interested in all things physical, astral, and spirit.  I believe I’m here on a mission, and now even the angels and the Absolute are compelling me to accept this and to share my understandings with others.

I don’t wish to freak anyone out.  I don’t wish to extol “a way.”  Even my coaching is of an evocative model.  This means I believe you know the truth for you.  I wish only to be a guide along your way, for however long our paths may cross.

I looked up my numerology birth number today for a personal refresher. If you’re interested in checking it out, I invite you to do the same for yourself.  (Add up the numbers of all your digits.  July 3rd, 1921 would be 7 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 2 + 1; which is 23, then add 2+3 to get a single digit number: 5.  If you get 11,22, or 33, keep those, as they are Master Numbers.  (Sometimes the other doubles are considered Master Numbers as well.)  Here’s a portion on “11” from Joanne Sacred Scribes:

Master Number 11 is usually called ‘the Illuminator’, ‘the Messenger’ or ‘the Teacher’ and relates to those who are here to be inspirational guiding lights, and their mission is to bring illumination to others and to help raise spiritual awareness.

Angel Number 11 encourages you to contribute your unique perspective and philosophy to instigate a new consciousness. Seek out some form of outlet where there can be active participation, whether it be through one’s own profession, or some charitable organization. Working with others gives the opportunity to be the inspirational leader, setting an example for others to learn from.

Angel Number 11 encourages you to assist and inspire the human race via your natural abilities, relying upon your inner-wisdom and intuition to guide you.

Angel Number 11 encourages you to be an inspirational guiding light to bring illumination to others and help raise spiritual awareness. Trust that the angels  support you in your lightwork.

Please feel free to share your own discoveries about yourselves!  I am grateful for all of you.  One in spirit, one in love.

Much love, many blessings. ❤

Time to Bloom!

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Not only is nature a great healer, it is a wonderful teacher.  In 4th grade, my teacher gave each one of us a small sapling pine tree, and I planted mine in my front yard.  The neighborhood kids stepped on it and nearly bent it in half.  I cried and gave up on the little tree, convinced it wouldn’t survive. Boy, was I wrong!  26 years later it is STILL going strong and is now as tall as the house!

The inspiration for my tall tales story “Harry and Me” is my actual garden.  I do indeed have a row of yellow marigolds, and if you look at the picture above, you can see that each single marigold flower I originally planted has now become a marigold bunch!  The picture on the far left is of a single orange marigold that my mom gave me from the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was a boring single stem when I got it — no bloom at all — and now it’s a plant in itself!  For months I wondered why it didn’t look like the other marigolds!  Most miraculous of all is the middle picture — the infamous purple flowers!  Beautiful when I’d first bought them, they were nothing but stems for MONTHS, even up to a few weeks ago.  I’d debated pulling the ugly bunch up out of the ground, and now I’m so grateful I didn’t!

I become emotional as I experience the process nature takes.  It makes life out of death.  It takes its time.  It germinates, it appears to hibernate, and suddenly iy explodes in delightful colors!

Aren’t we much the same?

Every dream we plant in our mind is a flower ready to bloom.  We can’t see what it’s doing.  Sometimes we give up.  But if we give it a chance, a little water, enough time — we get results beyond our awesomest dreams!

Much love, many blessings. ❤

Value

Hello, everyone!  This is Teri Karl, Life Mastery Consultant.  I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday weekend, and today I would like to talk about value.

So, when you think about value, what first comes into your mind?  What image?  For me the first one is money, which I believe most people would think of — money and things that cost money.  And the other one that’s pretty big is time.  And something that we discuss in our Vision Workshop and our coaching is 4 quadrants, and the big value one I would say is “time and money freedom.”  That’s a bugaboo for a lot of people.

So, what I’d like you to think about today — and I’m going talk a little bit myself about it — is how is the inflow for you in time and money?  And how is the outflow for you in time and money? What does that look like in your life?  What do you place value on and what kind of value are you willing to receive?  So, for example, take a look at your income.  Income is a reflection of the value that you are receiving and what you are willing to receive.  For me, personally, my first job as a teacher — I realized as I was getting ready to leave that I didn’t think I was worth what I was receiving in money.  And I know it’s sad, but it was a good realization for me.  I started recognizing the thoughts behind how I felt about teaching.  I realized that I had thought that I’d gotten the job because of the connection I had and that maybe I didn’t even deserve it, and I think that was a big reason why I ended up pushing myself out and leaving.  And soon after that I took on tutoring and I took on some part-time jobs, and my amount of income started to match more of how I saw myself and how much value I thought I had, to the point where I actually worked in a warehouse for a year.  And part of the reason I worked in the warehouse was because I just wanted to clear things out and just have a very physical job, but I realized that another part of the reason that I was there is because that’s how much value I had for myself, that’s how much I felt I was worth.  And when I first started in the warehouse, I was making just over minimum wage.  So, that’s how low my self-value was.

And soon after that, when I left, I realized I have a little more value than this!  I took on some entrepreneurial jobs as well as continuing with tutoring. I still was not as successful as I wanted to be.  And I saw that it was still related to value.  I was not allowing myself the value.  And over time I’ve come to see a shift.  In tutoring it’s been very clear for me as I’ve slowly raised my rate.  And I have had people attempt to haggle with me on my rate, and I won’t do it.  Because I’ve seen that there are people who really do value me, and I’ve felt the resentment at imagining taking on that lower rate. I’ve realized it’s just not acceptable to me.  I value my time more than that.  And that’s still something I’m working on.

So, I encourage you to take a look at that and also take a look at your time. What is your time worth to you?  And what are you putting in your calendar?  Because that is a good indication of where your attention is related to your time and what you value.  And if you need to switch things around in your calendar — what’s the first thing to go?  So, for example, for me, a lot of times with my tutoring appointments, that sticks, I don’t move that around.  But if I have something that’s maybe something enjoyable for me, I’m willing to push that out for work or for whatever may come up with my charity organizations or whatever.  So, that’s another indication of how much you value yourself because that’s your time.  That time for yourself you’re moving around.

So, what is really important to you?  And how much are you valuing all those parts of yourself that need the play time and that need the exercise time for your health.  Do you value your health?  Do you value that inner spirit that needs to play?  So, I encourage you to take a look at that as well.  And also take a look at do you even have it on your calendar?  Because I don’t!  I realized I don’t have meditation on my calendar.  I don’t have play time on my calendar.  And when I went to a training just recently for this coaching, for consulting, I remember Mary Morrissey saying it’s important to give yourself one day — a whole day out of the week — just to do whatever you like to do that day.  And that — I couldn’t even conceive of that!  I thought I can’t even imagine giving myself one hour where I allow myself to think and do whatever I want without feeling guilty or thinking I should be working.  And that’s really sad. So, that’s something that I’m working on. Up until now that’s been an issue, and that’s something I’m changing.

So, again, I’d like you to take a look at that.  Take a look at: What do you have on your calendar?  Are you giving to all the parts of yourself, your health, and your play time?  Are you giving yourself the time that you need?  What are you moving around in your calendar?  And what are your boundaries?  What are you not willing to move and what are you willing to accept value-wise as far as your time and your money?  And I encourage you to set up what you would love so that you have the life that you love living.

Again, I hope that you’ve had a wonderful holiday weekend and have a beautiful rest of the week.

Much love.  Many blessings. ❤

Celebration!

Hello, everyone!  This is Teri Karl, Life Mastery Consultant, and today’s topic is “Celebration!”  and what I’d like you to do today is take a moment to give yourself credit for what you’ve accomplished. No matter how big or small you think it is, it’s meaningful for you, and every time you take a look at those accomplishments, you will add to your success consciousness, which is really important to creating the life you love, to building upon that positivity and attracting more of success into your life.

We talked just last time about the importance of giving your subconscious mind positive images.  The more you can put your attention on what you’ve seen as successful in your life and celebrate every action you’ve taken, the more you will be motivated and be attracting those same circumstance for yourself later today, and tomorrow, and so on.

This all really ties into gratitude.  Be grateful for yourself, and be grateful for what you have.  The more positive you see your circumstance, the more positivity you will bring to yourself.

So, I’m just going to take a moment to celebrate my actions today. I finally went to Hip Hop Fit class, and I enjoyed it.  I already put it into my schedule for next week.  I’ve had it on my 10 Most Wanted (or Desired) list for a long time, so that’s huge.  I’ve made some important phone calls in my business and set up some coaching in my business.  And I’m really excited about it.  I’ve had a really good experience, and I can see the ball rolling and things happening from there.  So, I encourage you to — if you’d like — share in the comments below your successes for today or maybe this week, and really give yourself credit for what you’ve done.  Love yourself, give yourself a little attention, a little pat on the back.

I hope you have a wonderful day.  Many blessings.  Much love.

A Beautiful Beginning . . . And a Few Other Thoughts

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I’m starting a new life.  I never imagined this, but my real self has been wanting this.  I’ve gone from a girl who followed the crowd to a girl who is making some waves.  I always felt like I was meant for something “bigger.”  I’ve finally found it.  The universe brought me to it (with a little help from family)!  2 years ago I started my first business (Early Education Enrichment with Cindy Venckus).  At this time next week I will have launched my second business” a Life Mastery Consultant with Mary Morrissey.

It’s funny how things turn out, work out.  Being a teacher and tutor — besides having some wonderfully fulfilling moments — has prepared me for this.  Becoming a student of the School of Metaphysics has prepared me for this.  These days I’m noticing that I sometimes have trouble seeing the whole big picture.  I have trouble imagining what can be.  I have an inkling, and then the universe fills in the rest.  Would things be even bigger, grander if I could imagine them first?  Perhaps.  Or maybe the universe knows best?

I don’t know what’s going to happen from one day to the next. My friend Jorge says: “Welcome to the life of an entrepreneur!”  If that’s the case, I welcome it!  I am done with safe and stable.  I welcome change (within reason, be patient!)  I am bursting out of my shell, and I’m going to take as many people as I can with me (who are willing!).  I’m becoming a believer. I also want others to also know the truth.

In other news, I have a lot of attention on the Law of Prosperity.  I’ve been experimenting with tithing (time, money, and talent), and so far it has been going pretty well.  And I’m also finding that I’m being given more and more chances to give!  “That’s great, universe!” I say.  “How about I receive some, too?”  And I am.  Part of it is timing.  Part of it is visualization.  Part of it is attention.  It has started coming, and I see more flowing soon.

I’m also facing my old kharma — insecurity and a dependence on feedback for others.  (Funny how that spiral circles back. . .)  I think something opened up for me in class last night.  My teacher said something like he says: “I don’t give a care” as an example for me to follow.  “But I do care!” I exclaimed.  However, I was tired of where I was.  I was tired of feeling insecure and also like a tantrumy child.  There is no love there.  How can I elevate others in that way?  So, I tried it on.  I imaged release.  I imaged disconnection.  I did think: “I don’t give a care.” And it worked.  I felt a release.  I felt a relaxation.  I felt some freedom.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love everyone very much.  I just don’t care want to care about what others think about me anymore.  And I love myself very much, too.  I want to grow up.  (But still be young-at-heart, of course!)  It’s time to mature, and it’s time to do my work here and let go of these energy sappers like doubt and worry.

It’s working.  I’m changing. I’m believing.  I’m growing.

Last thought: Some people are so nice.  I don’t understand it, and I want to.  It completely overwhelms me how absolutely giving and loving people can be.  I want to be that for others.  I intend to accomplish that this lifetime.  My latest example is one of my tutoring parents.  She hasn’t needed me for a while, but she called me again today.  She welcomed me into her house last minute.  (Today was the only day I could fit the lesson in!)  She gave me some slippers for my feet.  She shared some of her very expensive tea with me (a gift from her brother!)  And then she walked ahead of me from her door to my car to make sure I didn’t slip.  (I’m getting choked up just reading this last one!)  I can’t understand such kindness, such consideration.  The ease in selflessness boggles my mind.  But I want to understand.  My intuitive report says that my creative mind opens through emulating others.  I want to be just like her.

Here’s to growth!  Here’s to the new me!  ❤  I’ll see you again when I get back. 🙂  Much love and blessings to you all now and always. ❤

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