Simply The Best!
That is what she was. That is what she is . That is what she wanted to be. That is what everyone around her thought. Mama was the best and she lived a fabulous life. Judy was a great friend, great companion, superb mom, good human being, and the best team player. Judy was a professional and made strides for women on a daily basis. A mom that loved her family and continuously poured her heart into caring, supporting, and bettering her relationships. A sister that enjoyed companionship and smart ass comments with her beloved Janet. A friend that guided the young, kept up with the young at heart, and cradled the ones ready to lead their best life and enter the final 1/4 of life.
Mama passed away from ovarian cancer. Mama fought until the end. Mama looked glamorous. We held mamas hands as she transitioned. A beautiful soul. My sister and I witnessed the journey that mama took the last 10 months. We are changed. We are in awe of her presence and seek out her essence every day from sunrise to sunset to dark nights to sunny days. We got to see Judy, Mama, Companion, Friend, Sister, and Soul. It was beautiful.
We love you mama. XO
5-1-46 to 7-24-19
Yes mom has transitioned. Yes we are deeply saddened beyond words. Yes she passed too soon. Yes we thought she would be the last to go and she was the first. Just like a true soldier she held true to her team and gave it all she had to be present until she could no longer. She was the essence of team player and the brightest star on the team EVERY TIME. As her children, no we didn't understand her every move... until now. I am humbled. She is STILL making moves. I know she is. Our lives are changed and things are going through contrast then they look even BRIGHTER the next day. It may sound crazy to say but I do feel her wings cradling me every day right now. She is not and has not forgotten. She is not just another human that passed away SHE is the brightest star in the sky tonight that is giving hope and confidence and support to those in need. THAT is the essence of why my mom was on this earth besides giving life to my sister and I. My mom would want us all to push forward and shine. My mom was my biggest fan and I know 100% that she believed in me and my processes and journey through life. She wanted so much to be part of every single minute no matter what. She wanted to see the growth and SHINE in everybody. So that is what we MUST do. Be our BEST so we can then be the most helpful on this earth while we are here! THAT is what she would want so THAT is what we must be. So if you wish to honor the greatness of Judy, just be the best you and let your light shine.
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We are all just a spec on this earth and we are all connected in some capacity. There is something bigger out there besides living here on earth. We are all spirit, not just a human body, and we are all learning how to be the best versions of ourselves while we are here on earth. Forgiving and forgetting is wonderful because what “happened” or what “was” is no longer reality and living in the “now” is what is real. These are my thoughts and beliefs about life today and how we can best get “through it all”.
My mom once told me if you don’t want anyone to know then don’t do it. A prelude to steering “you” in the best direction possible. The whole feel good-feel bad syndrome. Always shoot for what feels good, not what feels bad. If it feels bad, go the other direction! Quickly! If you don’t know what to do then be quiet, go home, meditate or sleep and then get up and do a re-try.
As I journey through the past 4 years of my own personal life I just can’t believe where I am. I can’t believe all the feelings and emotions and excursions and transformations and expansions and “things” that have evolved and shown themselves or I just finally saw them. Not sure. But oh well who cares how they got here I am in a place that is very unfamiliar and strangely beautiful.
I feel kinda 1-track minded as I preach “lead with love”. I can’t say I feel like doing it every moment in time but I often remind myself each day when I encounter a not so good feeling. I guess I became kinda contradictory but life is a learning lesson from start to finish. If I could be in complete peace and bliss 100% of the time I might have some better info for you. But to be honest I am not. I have sad days and confusing days and peaceful days and angry days and annoyed days and happy days and playful days and insecure days and heavy days. This is all part of being human. We are spirit that lives in this body and we have emotions and our brains think constantly! Welcome to life!
All I can say is to live the most peaceful and blissful life is to always “lead with love”. That is my only advice. I don’t have any “right” answer or words of wisdom from all that I have encountered except “lead with love”. Now if you think about this it may seem a bit hard but really all you need to do is start “catching yourself” in the times where you are feeling less than love. Whether it be a a lost job, a fight, a betrayal, a death, a bad decision, a disagreement, a bad relationship, a breakup, just feeling dark, etc, basically anything that doesn’t feel good, idk you can just be quiet and try to draw a blank and get back to yourself and love your self enough to lead with love and get back to your self. THEN possibly a blissful life IS possible and all people on the earth ARE really trying to be good and be good human beings.
The mind is a trickster and we are all in the same ball park just trying to be “here”. I continue watching day after day and observe what everyone does and how they react and what feelings are prompted by certain actions or situations and how they are just getting by right now, what they talk about and how they project themselves. I see it and feel it much more clearly and have come to a conclusion… lead with love… those are my only words right now, the only thoughts and feelings I am having, the best advice or words I can give anybody right now in any situation.
Lead with Love. Lead with Love. Lead with Love. That’s all I can say. I try my best. Sometimes emotions get the best of me, I am human, and the love thoughts go out the door. I get it. If we can get through all the emotions and crap and finally come back to love THEN life can be much fuller and happier and peaceful and fulfilled. When we don’t lead with love we are only hurting ourselves, contrary to what we think might be hurting the other person? Why would we do that? Why would we want to make someone else feel bad or even worse?
Love and roses and sunshine and warm fuzzies are all we deserve and IT IS possible. Of course contrast in life happens but that is how we keep growing and expanding. My personal experience with family is they are there no matter what and they stay no matter what and try to love how they know best. They are who we chose when we came here and I think we all feel and know it subconsciously. Friends are connections we have formed based on what we are vibrating currently and attracting. Lovers are those we want briefly in our life to fulfill a desire Or they are longer term and “here” to help us grow and teach us lessons and grow and expand as a human. Come to think of it really all relationships can be these types of situations so it is just humans in general… I think???? I love my family, I love my friends, I love my exes, I love the humans I get annoyed with, I love all my co-workers, and I love myself when I just can’t seem to find a good feeling, that is how I surpass it all.
So if you are a person who doesn’t understand my reactions, who is my friend but I seem aloof and not there, who is my family but I am unavailable, who is my love and/or lover but I seem gone or not what you want at that time, or I am someone who you don’t know or understand, or i am latching on in some way cuz I feel alone, or i just brain farted and forgot something, just remember that everyone is doing the best that they can at every moment in time. EVERYONE. Even the people that are around you that seem to be in a place that feels sad or mad or frustrated or angry or annoyed, etc. YOU might be in that place as well but it is very dig outable! Guess what? Leading with love works! AND I know this for sure so you should try it! TRUST ME. LOVE U. I don't even know what I am saying right now but I hope maybe it helps in some capacity? If you ignore me I am not offended and I believe you will be out there doing all that you can do and I am happy about that!
Thx for listening!
So I have been taking a yoga & meditation class and a sound healing class. The 4 week excursion has turned into even more learning, aha moments, peace, balance, bumps, and possibly a bit of levitation. The mission is to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. I am going for the happiest and healthiest version of me so this seemed to be the right fit for me now. Most recently in one of our discussions with the teacher she mentioned our “attachments” as human beings. It really got me thinking. Hence, I write a another blog post.
My mission now is recognizing my attachments and how to detach if they are not serving me well. I realized that some of my sadness comes from letting go of loved ones and realizing that as independent as I have been my whole life, I was pretty dependent on people close to me as a source of confidence and approval. Yuck. It was a set up for failure and feeling bad and helped harness unhealthy relationships with others and myself. I understand the depths of how it contributed to me not being my authentic self and created a lot of self dislike. Perhaps some hatred.
The brutally honest version would be I have lived in fear of not being enough most of my life and this whole process of transforming myself that was spawned by cancer has been about connecting with myself, being ok with myself, believing in myself, loving myself, and being able to truly do these things by myself. These attachments to peoples, places, things are facades of the truth about ourselves until we can achieve it without anybody or anything but what resides within ourselves. We often to look to these alternative "things" as a means of instant gratification but in the end that's where they remain. Nothing instant in my experience has ever really tasted good or been any kind of "quality". Over the long term these attachments fester into a false sense of self. A not knowing one self. And really not knowing the alternative.
The 2 closest people in my life are no longer “here for me” in the same way and the ugliness of this attachment issue has been exposed! I can’t say it’s a bad thing cuz it is pushing me to address all aspects of me and really dig deep into my mind, body, and soul. This is a push to continue healing from the roots, plant new seeds, and carry on with life in a new way. A healthy way. I never really saw it this way but to me it makes total sense and I now have clarity. I my case, the more I understand the better I seem to progress with my life and as a human. These attachments are just that, nothing else. It is up to me to detach. I get it now. I did not know. My bad, but now my good. Yay for me. Yay so my brain stops having crazy thoughts. And yay to figuring out the puzzle so I can get these emotions out and move on.
I really can’t believe my life the past 4 years. So many twists, turns, opening cans of worms, taking out the trash, so many emotions, so many people, so many magical moments realized, so much more in the moment, more meaningful relationships with people, more fun, more sad, more sunlight, more darkness, so much appreciation, so much love. It’s like a movie when I look back and a movie that I now view in real time. These movies are no longer my reality. Right here, right now is my reality and what comes next is my reality. The universe has done it’s magic and it was all a set up to get here, now, and on to the next. I am thankful.
Thx for listening-
If we can just recognize that the non filtered version is sooooo beautiful! We see our flaws and others see something very different. Why is that? We speak something and someone’s interpretation can be drastically different, why? We listen and can hear our version so clearly yet fail to listen and live through what the other person is expressing or feeling, why? A better question than WHY might be how can I slow down, turn off my own personal thoughts and feelings, just be present, listen to the words, not judge, no criticism or reaction about what the “right “ answer is that is yours, just let the other person be, not take anything personal, not come to any conclusion about what we “think” is what they meant, and just let it be and move forward and leave it in the past like a movie that played and is over? I dunno. It takes practice is all I can say. I hope I got it better this time around. So if I haven’t told you lately, I love you. I hope you all can hear me and I hope we are all kosher and that life CAN be a bowlful of cherries!
I am hoping to be inspired and able to find the courage and the words soon. I am moving towards the real and authentic me so I CAN be me in hopes that I will feel good and be able to express to all what it is that I mean and BE Who I truly am. Life is many journeys. Each journey rich with it's own purpose. Each purpose closer to finding and living the most authentic you. I hope I can say to all what I really mean before we meet again. I hope you can say what you really mean when we meet again. My light is your light and I would gladly bask in the light together until we feel complete bliss cuz that is what we are meant to do. Cheers my friends and cheers to many beams of light.
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I am no psychiatrist BUT my run-in with emotions the past few years has sure taught me a lot. I used to bang around like a pinball machine with my self and my emotions. I was a suppressor of emotions since I can remember. Doesn’t mean I didn’t have emotions, it was just hard for them to get out. I like to explain emotions by using them as a barometer to determine where you are at, your current state of mind, what you are vibrating, and experiencing. In short, they help us realize we are human, let us release, and will likely disappear after you sleep on it.
As I proceed with my self-transformation I have had many run-ins with many crappy emotions. It sucks. They are not fun. BUT, they go away and you can sure learn how to speed up the process with many outlets in your life. My outlets in the past were always exercise, food, and drinking. I have been working on balancing how to release and that includes talking, connecting with people, meditation, sniffing essential oils, any kind of physical exercise, any kind of music or art, positive thoughts, and a lot of deep breathing. These all seem to do the trick for me.
It’s kinda like poop. You eat/absorb food into your body then it has to come out! The perfect S shaped poop is what Dr. Oz says is healthy. In comparison, we soak up life and thoughts and beliefs and perceptions , our body digests and spits out the reaction through emotion. Hopefully most of the time we have that perfect S-emotion which we can think of as happy or joyful feelings instead of negative or sad or angry or depressed emotions. I am finding now that I am actually tuned into my emotions and aware that is half the battle and I just let them come and go as they please cuz you can’t control em. Today however they are more of the S-emotions with some sad ones sprinkled here and there… life continues and we get on board the ships and keep sailing along… waiting to get to the next destination in life. We ride the waves and hopefully can learn how to slow down and enjoy the journey, take the contrast in life and grow from it, steer the ship with ease by becoming our best self, and become brilliant creators and receivers of the life we desire.
Thx for listening once again to my cancer chronicles....
“Everything is ok. Everything is always working out for me. Everything is always working out for you. Everything is always working out for us. We are pure positive energy.
We are love.” - Tami
Words can be supportive and powerful. Action can be fulfilling and transformative. Stillness can be peaceful and rejuvenating. Quiet can be clarifying. When we choose to tell the truth, be kind, and lead with love, only then can we truly be leaders. Being tuned into one’s SELF is the best gift we can give and the most impactful and fulfilling. Through my cancer evolution these past 3 years I have seen, been, and witnessed within myself and many others the power we really have once we “get right” with ourselves. I see the answer clearly and it is always learning to truly love ourself and believe in ourself... no matter what.
#truth is about being your most authentic self. It is about feeling happy and letting all the good stuff in without getting in our own ways. I think everybody is always doing the best they know how at every moment in time. I always wish for everybody to get along. I always wish for everyone to accept one another. I always wish that we all show each other love no matter what. I always wish that we continue to expand ourselves and grow and learn with one another.
#beingkind is something we cannot afford to not do in this lifetime. These acts of kindness include forgiveness of others and self, compassion to all, letting all speak, listening to one another, and creating peace and harmony amongst each other. We are born kind and when life takes over and we get sucked into a dark space it is in our best interest to still be kind and rise to the top by being kind. Then we all rise.
#love is the most precious gift you can give anyone no matter what. It has the most longevity and feels the best on too. It creates worlds of kindness and truth. Love wins hands down every single time even if it doesn’t look like it right away. Feel your way to love and see how life changes. See how you can develop yourself as a human and grow into 100% truth, kindness, and love. Once you care about your feelings and aim for love then life is it’s best and you are on your way to the best life and the best you and will attract it’s alikeness.
“Choose love in every moment in time. Contrast in life only pushes us all to expand as humans and a human race. Embrace contrast and love it’s gift of expansion. Love in the midst of dark contrast is a sign of #truth, #beingkind, and #truelove. Only then will you know you've got it when you can continue this positive momentum and truly leave a mark that is embraced by all. My greatest gift would be to truly embrace these words I write, believe them, live them, and love them into existence before it is my time to leave this body. Please join me in "getting right " with our selves so we can all feel like winners!“ - Tami xo - thx for listening
Seeing and remembering pictures and moments of being a little girl reminds me of my mother. They are happy memories. They are free memories. They are moments that helped define where I am today as a woman. I see pictures of me as a child and see and feel vividly where and how I got to be a human with a whole bunch of my mothers' characteristics and qualities and thoughts just seemingly pasted on me like an art project that has lots of “character” to it. I am appreciative of all that was passed on to me, I am grateful to all that was drilled into me ever so softly, and I am in awe at how I came to be… really. I like to jokingly tell my mom it’s “all her fault” when something goes awry and we laugh and giggle cuz we know it’s partially true and mostly not true. We both take full responsibility for ourselves and fully understand we bring on everything by ourselves and this is probably why we laugh. We have been frustrated and angry with each other at times and we always enjoy the sunshine together. We are willing to try the same things BUT we like different things. We get it. We get each other.
A mother can guide you, fix your boo boo’s on the spot, prepare you for the real world, show you how to get yourself together on the outside to make a good impression, can show you how to always be ready, she will be there in an instant when no-one else is there, she will jump through hoops to make sure you get to where you want to be, she will give you the LOOK when you are NOT on the right track, she will laugh at all your jokes even when aimed sarcastically at her, she will go get a coffee and talk with you when everyone else is busy, she gets more excited than you when YOU advance in life, she prepares the best gifts for you cuz she’s known you since birth, she walks to her own drummer, she talks when needed and listens fully when it is important, she is ride or die even if she doesn’t know it, AND that is all BEFORE she even starts to think about her own day.
I am not a mother but just letting flow out of this keyboard what seems to be true of my own mother and the mothers I have seen in action. I don’t think I will ever see a natural born motherhood from myself in this lifetime so I take time to understand what that role really encapsulates. I like to consider myself with good intuition, can see the whole picture, and can really empathize with others type of person. I THINK that makes me special?. :) Go ahead and count yourself into this category as well so we can all feel good together. :) (still smiling) … I know perfectly well that everyone is special and we are all here to experience life and be a human and to be creative and have fun, and whatever else you believe! Which brings me to WHAT really provoked this blog… knowing who I am on the inside and rediscovering WHO and WHAT I am and WHERE I want to GO and BE and WHO and WHAT I want to experience, and WHY am I here and HOW do I reach bliss and HOW do I wake up every morning feeling happy? WELL… for me I look at this dance group picture up above that I have posted and remember it ALL!! Just like I never forgot, just like I know the exact path, just like I have all the feel good feelings, just like I am beyond prepared and ready for anything type of look, just like that feeling of ease is expressed and felt so familiarly, just like “i got this “ type of look, just confident , in the front row, smiley and poised, ready for anything type of look. Yep, I got it from my momma and THIS picture sure oozes my mom from what I have become to know of her to date. It also oozes the true essence of WHO I am, WHAT my aura and demeanor say about what is going on inside, and WHAT POSSIBILITIES are in front of me. NOW all I have to do is remember, believe it , go for it, and be happy going through the process, and milking all the goodness out of the actual manifestations of what my desires bring to reality for myself.
The journey continues for our family, for myself, and my mom who is a #truetrooper and we all are rooting for "judy on the loose"
( another story in the making) to make a comeback in her own cancer journey. I don't have all the words to express the past couple months but I CAN see the goodness coming out of this contrast. The 2nd half of life and the last 1/4 of life are ones that were very unfamiliar to me only a handful of years ago. Today seems like a new lifetime and a new outlook on what life is, what life brings, how we navigate ourselves through it, and how we choose to look and be within it..... much love and peace and health and bliss to you all.
Happy Holidays and as always thanks for listening... Tami xo
This is my beautiful mother…..
Over 20 years ago I was magically aligned with a little girl who had cancer. I was her fitness and dance coach. At the time, I had a premonition that this cancer was preparation for something in my future. I don’t know how to explain it better than it was just a thought, nothing more. When my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2015 I thought oh, here we go , this is it. Then when I was diagnosed in September of 2015, I thought , ok this was not planned and this is surprising and in true fashion my sister went first. If you have followed my cancer journey, you know I have thought long and hard about this situation and done lots of self healing. Yes it has worked. I believe so. My breast cancer remains stationary and that is a good enough Victory for me to feel comfortable and solid in my decision and path. I also understand it is not comfortable for everyone else. I am ok with that. We are all doing the best we can. So the journey continues, my mom who has been my most angelic supporter and best friend often time punching board and “Tami believer” has now been diagnosed with ovarian cancer September of 2018…. Yes my sister and I are like WTF!! I sit here at the computer trying to get out my emotions cuz that is what my psychotherapist step mother says I need to do. So that is what I am doing. Expressing myself in a way that is comfortable this week.
Part of me feels like I am at the beginning of my journey again. Part of me feels sad. Part of me feels like I just wanna sit on my couch with my cat and cry. Part of me feels hopeful. Part of me feels a bit fearful. Part of me feels peaceful. Part of me feels this is more contrast to push me even more towards bliss. Part of me feels very deeply connected to my mom and sister. I understand health in a different way than I did 3 years ago and that is helping me grasp this new situation with a bit more peace and confidence. I feel like solitude is much more comforting at this point. It feels more at ease. I am collecting myself and seeking my answers and clarity with meditation and really digging deep again into who I really am and my beliefs and perceptions. Is this a test? To see how far I have come? To see how far WE have come?
When I was in hypnotherapy I imagined and would set my sessions up with “calling in the team”. It became the lighthearted joke, ok Tami “call in the team”. I called upon my mothers, my sisters, my dad, my grandma, my nana, my aunt, and sometimes my girlfriends into each session. The visual was basically me and my team that would march into each situation and I knew that they had my back so I felt much stronger to tackle whatever was needed. It was an extension of universe and source and how we are all connected. How we all can impact each other and magically support each other with just a thought. SO I am calling in team for my mom. The team of people and spirits that can help support my mom on HER journey. The more the merrier because my mom looooves to be social and hang around people. She is the social butterfly in the family… well my sister likes to as well… and I like it to some extent in the right moments. This TEAM I believe is why our family is on this particular leg of what is now our family journey. The belief in humanity and belief in ourselves is in the forefront of my own mind. The beliefs that we need to carry on blissfully and that everything is really ok. The belief that everything is always working out for each of us. That is how I carry on and what I tap into to get through these times. The difference NOW is that I really feel and believe this part of the story. My own personal cancer journey has taught me the infinite belief in myself and the spirt of who I am and why I am here. I know for sure that everything is ok. I travel with the TEAM every day and keep them close to my heart. I keep my angel coin close to remind me that the universe got our backs. I know everything is working out for us no matter what. We don't need to dissect and figure it out but to allow in and receive whatever gifts are arising and being passed to us at each moment in time.
Perhaps written words will help call in the team. Perhaps just my thoughts are strong enough to call in the team. Perhaps the addition of your thoughts are also enough of an addition to move this situation in a direction that permits mom to stay and enjoy life that feels good. Perhaps it is only my moms thoughts that will call in the team. My mom is lively and joyful and DEFINITELY someone you would want on your team. WE are in a good place because of what the last 3 years have showed us in this family journey. MOM is in a good place because she loves to follow and support and experience EVERYTHING her daughters experience and is always 1 step ahead of us. Of course she is super organized and has everything planned out and organized and scheduled in a lovely fashionable order. I told my mom I was gonna start calling her Judy (her name) so she would concentrate on herself instead of her daughters and grandkids. She bluntly told me she preferred glamma and mom. So that’s what we’re working with! A strong headed german descent healthy livin’ smiley and very direct mother and professional that seems to get through everything with flying colors. So I have no doubt everything is ok. It’s getting through these damn humanistic emotions!!
So cheers to my mommy and cheers to the next glass of wine we will share at one of her house parties! Please grab your drink of choice and cheers my mom, send her even more positive vibes, think shiny and purple visions (her favorite color). Life is good and we are all on Judy’s TEAM!! Love you mom!
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3 years but who’s counting? I am! I wish I wasn’t but it is only natural. I have had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I have felt the most love from individuals and the least of love from individuals. When you change, you see and feel and react to things much differently. I am so thankful for clarity. Even if it’s only my clarity and no-one else believes it, it is my clarity and I am fine with that. It is so true that once you decide to stop caring what everyone else thinks, you can then truly embrace yourself and move forward. It doesn’t mean you don’t listen or care about others, it just means you are tuned in to yourself and value what you want and feel first and foremost. It means you check in with yourself first and see if you are still being true to yourself. The more grounded and clear you are about yourself, the more helpful you can really be to others and the world. If you deplete yourself THEN you don't have the best of you to give. You must have yourself in check with lots of self-love and understand your self- worth so you CAN shine and trust in yourself NOT to look to others for answers or love or approval. We are all human so we all have sought approval and love from others rather than ourselves in some capacity. It's only natural. I did it for many years and it got me nowhere. It got me dysfunction and living life aesthetically instead of really searching inside myself for guidance and answers. So glad that’s over!
3 years seems like a lot but it also seems short. I really can’t believe where I am at in this lifetime and what my possibilities are for the rest of life. I just shake my head in disbelief each day and focus on starting each day with delight RATHER than the pressure and stress and not feeling good that existed in the past. My furry friend Van the cat & some meditation lead me into happy & appreciation each and every day. They say pets are good for us and I agree. Van is the bestest cat ever and I can’t believe he is still here protecting me and keeping me in good spirits. I truly believe that is his purpose. If you know Van, you know he has toxoplasma in his brain, which means he has a parasite in his brain. It has effected his nervous system and he is off balance a lot and has a right arm that is atrophied and has a pee problem. He has remained in good spirits and functional for over 10 years. He is truly a star spirit and has shown me how to just keep going and lead with love. He shows me unconditional love every day and I change his pee pads for him each day because I also love him too.
3 years was not what I was originally thinking. I remember giving myself a year to knock this journey out and get it together. I had no idea this would extend into a lifetime commitment. I did know I had to sift through a bunch of life stuff ,but, I had no idea exactly how to do it or what it would feel like or look like or really what I needed to sift through to be honest. I had no idea that my life needed to break and I needed to have breakthroughs. I had no idea I needed to end certain relationships and start new relationships. I had no idea I would still have crappy days and not feel like anything had changed at all. I had no idea that I would still question myself and my decisions. I had no idea that I would talk to so many people that said they follow my blog. I had no idea I would find new joyful friends and endeavors that think the same way and like some of the same things. I had no idea I could feel such ease and joy and happiness. I had no idea sunshines and rainfalls looked and felt the way they do. I had no idea that coffee or tea in the morning was such a blissful feeling. I had no idea that everything is really not a big deal at all and everything is ok. I had no idea that I could just ignore everything and just be me and go about my day. I had no idea that I could find a way to eat broccoli every day and it doesn’t suck.
3 years is what it took to heal myself. I consider myself a true case of natural healing from cancer. My marker would be thermography. To date nothing has spread and that for me is a victory. I am going to guess that this will never be a way to see IF cancer still exists unless I do another biopsy or have surgery… for what? To prove to everyone that I don’t have cancer? Part of my journey has been to be me, make my own decisions, take in info and be an advocate for myself, do what feels best, believe in my self and my worthiness, trust my self, be ok with what I decide for myself because nobody else is living my life except me, and be ok with me and not let other peoples emotions and opinions and perceptions and beliefs influence what I feel is best for me. It took me a REALLY long time to even understand these ideas and concepts. I have embraced cancer as my friend and it has helped me heal myself. To some I may look like a fool and I am ok with that, better to feel a bit foolish than have death knocking on your door or live a life that does not feel good. To some I may look inspirational, I can’t quite digest that notion, but I am ok with that too if it helps others. To some I have played roulette with my life and I am TOTALLY ok with that one cuz I love challenges and have always been a risk taker. To be totally honest, If I live a long and happy life, then I feel I have done my job at being of service. Even if I die of cancer one day I will still feel that I had the best healing modalities in place. I will feel that I did my best and that I truly was able to not only enhance my life, but to drastically change around what was to what is and attained the abilities to understand myself to an extent that connected me deeply with myself and others in this lifetime. I believe I will pass out of this body and still exist in the energies that float amongst this world and life and I am so happy that I will be able to also connect with people lifetime after lifetime.
3 years has given me the gift of unconditional love and a life that has no rules or regulations and it FEELS SO AWESOME! Just imagine what 3 more years can do for me! So excited for 3 more years! So excited for 3 more years! So excited for 3 more years! THANK YOU 3 YEARS!!!! #watchmefly has been my motto and it has been a pleasure trying to fulfill that motto.
the journey continues....
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I’ve been feeling lighter, kinda floaty feeling, sometimes even light-headed. I wondered if something was wrong. I have some appointments coming up and perhaps I am focused on what the outcome could be. I still feel myself straying a bit from new Tami thoughts and perceptions and beliefs and encountering thoughts of the old but then asking myself why am I going back to those ideas. I guess it’s a part of really growing into your own and standing up tall to what you are and what you beez! I see many pictures that represent growth and change and expansion. I still have to pump myself up each week in some capacity to keep going and keep expanding and keep myself enjoying the journey to the manifestations of what I really want and desire. I think I am feeling the “slow down” and “in the momentness” that was missing all these years. That is my only explanation on how I am FEELING these days.
Emotions and Feelings are new discoveries and new ways of being and experiencing life for me. If you are just catching up with my #cancerjourney then please note that the mind-body-soul connection was a real struggle for me all these years and contributed to my poor health. This has been the bulk of my transformation and self healing. I am winds beyond where I was and winds just out there floating around now. It’s amazing how time, choices, retraining the brain, and directing your energies can make such a huge impact on ones life. On my worst days I find myself meditating and sleeping more. On my best days I have the best interactions with people and displays of who I really am from the inside out. I can walk outside and sometimes almost feel levitational and just more or less a spec on this earth floating around. I can be on stage and feel like a beam of light that is just bouncing around enjoying the atmosphere. I can be at home and feel comforted and sometimes alone and yet feel all encompassed by the universe. I grab my angel coin and remember that the universe got my back. I remember that we are all connected and part of the same energy source and realize I am in the comforts of a home I bought and essentially built for myself based on what I need and want to keep me expanding in this lifetime. I remember that this is my reality and I can create whatever I want.
I have always enjoyed being outside BUT this is more like I just enjoy seeing mother nature and it’s beauty. I feel appreciative, grateful, in awe, like a tiny spec, at ease, love, and special all in the same moment. I travel through each day wondering what I will encounter. I think about what I want and what feels good and hope that I am vibrating that same notion and hope that is what I am attracting and vibrating all in the same note. When I encounter certain moments before I meet with a person at the gym or have to be on stage I find myself visualizing and asking and dreaming and creating a fast forward moment that feels good and will be positive and light bearing and easy and free. I hear myself saying the best words and the best pitch and energy that encapsulates what I think is best in that moment in time. THEN I think in that moment right before it’s “to happen” that the universe got my back and everything is okay and whatever happens is ok and is meant to be for now. I actually can see the situation ahead of time and to date if I am having an extra connected day it actually turns out to be what I projected ahead of time. It’s amazing. I think this is part of law of attraction and HOW we can create our own life. I might be getting to whacky for some, but this is what is going on these days OR I am just going crazy. Not sure. I guess both options are possibilities. Either way, if I am crazy, I like being crazy more than what life was before cancer. Thanks Life. Thanks Universe. Thanks Source. Thanks Friends. Thanks Family. Thanks Mother Nature. Thanks to who I have the possibility and capability of being.
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My hopes is you can envision yourself asking these same questions to yourself. It took me a while to really get these questions and to really see them and feel them and believe them and trust them and not stray. My quest in self-healing started years ago and I was entrusting only in words to “get it”. I lived life by reading positive quotes and self-help books and yes they were helpful in re-training my brain and planted positive seeds for myself BUT really putting yourself out there in “life” and participating and interacting and experiencing and feeling your way around, the PRESENT MOMENTNESS in every capacity, the rise the fall and in between moments, the goodness, the contrast, the journey of the manifestation, the laughter and joy, making yourself vulnerable, and everything else in between is REALLY what I am discovering helps lead us to bliss. When you can embrace the dark and realize it is NOT a bad thing BUT is something that contributes to helping build the best versions of ourselves and complete happiness and helps us fulfill all our desires. By dark I mean contrast in life, negative thoughts or habits, sad times in life, depression, poor health, anything basically that does NOT feel good. It can be short snippets of dark or longer periods of dark. It’s there to help us get ALL THE WAY UP. :)
My basic barometer in getting ALL THE WAY UP is shooting for the GOOD feeling at every moment in time. Yes some may think selfish, but that is perception, your own personal reality and NOT what soul/spirit is thinking about it. We are all soul/spirit and connected and all part of each other and when one is ALL THE WAY UP everyone else around them can also have that potential to BE ALL THE WAY UP too! When you feel good you are connected to soul/spirit and you are living the truest version of life. When you feel NOT good you are likely encountering ego action and reaction and getting sucked into thought that does not benefit you that has been looming around like the grim reaper forever and ever and it just won’t go away. Time to meditate and reel it in and get connected again people. :) It IS doable and it IS possible and life has so many possibilities that WHY would we not try to get and stay connected. May I remind you I am speaking from experience, not from something I read, and I totally realize that life kicks in now and then and all craziness enters our heads and this all goes out the door. IT’s that point in time that you should feel so FUCKING AWESOME when you realize it and realize what is happening and feel so blessed that you now know how to manage yourself back into the bliss that we all came here for… really. You then have experienced the ALL THE WAY UPness I am writing about.
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If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, its yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never meant to be.
My best friend was a guitar player and is a great musician. I am an entertainer and have not fully embraced musicianship. I love and loved my friend. He has and had many great qualities and we often could smile and understand a feeling or thought perhaps we had about a person or situation. We were together for many years and I love and loved him so. He was my love. This was a chapter in my life. A long chapter. We are human and often had times not fully understanding each other. We are souls to the core of course and I believe we loved each other so and did the best we could and this chapter was just meant to end. Relationships can be confusing and when we are in transitional states I think it is even more confusing. My confusion was not being clear about myself. Letting go seemed impossible.
My letting go process also involved people from my past that brought much pain and it is not meant for me to think about this anymore in this lifetime. Holding onto guilt, shame, and fear can feel very stoic and a bit grave. I chose to hold on to this for years. Thankfully, the more we expand ourselves we can do good and be good and feel good. I believe. A shitload of meditation, self-work, conscious living, living in the moment, and leading with love all the time started a snow ball effect of positivity. The grim reapers slowly dissipated and are essentially erased from my mind. Reiki and Shamans and Therapists and some recordings of Abraham Hicks about the law of attraction also did wonders! Thx!
Saying and mottos keep me even-keeled , and this is one....
If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, its yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never meant to be.
In a frenzy state of mind this seems like a dream thought , I was this for many years. In a state of clarity, it seems totally logical. In a state of clarity you can just chill and let go and let things be. You will surprise your self on how you feel and start to navigate through life. Those clingy and needy affection reactions seem to dissipate and you seek love and affection from yourself WITHIN which is even more rewarding and long lasting. You can not attract love from another until you truly accept and love yourself. I know this seems simple and we have said it forever. If you REALLY explore your self and what YOU really are then I think life will feel really good. I am a fine example. I may not have my life and love from the past but the past is not reality and NOW is what matters. I love my life, all my friends and family and acquaintances and look forward to our intertwining ways from this moment on… thank you for being in my life.
Painful relationships from a young age seemed hard to conquer. I think you become accustomed to how you feel and it ends up being the norm. You don't know any better and don't know how to make it better when you realize something doesn't feel good or right for you. You mature in a way that is dysfunctional and that is the norm. I suppose that is why we have therapists. In my case , Cancer, to help turn things around. Along with all the protocols and things I have done over the past 3 years, THIS is a big part of my healing and that is why I am sharing. These self-inflicted stresses of not knowing how to do any better were confusing but I guess that is what pushes us towards what we want to be and how he want to feel. Contrast is a part of life and I am thankful for contrast.
Nowadays, life seems more complete, more feel good, easier, peaceful, and overall joyful. I think our humanness trips us up on how to exist and we hold on to egotistical ways. I have been sad, hurt and confused. I was another person. I was a soul that also continued and continues to love no matter what. Love is now top priority. I didn't know loving myself was priority and did not understand how to truly love myself first. I believe leading with love is also what leads us to serenity and a life that is good for each individual. Letting go a love of any capacity feels hard and terse and torturous. I have learned to let go in a more peaceful manner and move towards what feels good. It was hard to say goodbye. Goodbye my love. Goodbye my loves. Goodbye my past. Goodbye.
For all that have been following my cancer journey...
To date this letting go process and loving myself have been difficult and scary for me to share. It has been many layers I peeled back so I could understand myself better and start being compassionate towards myself and forgive. I feel like I turned into Tami the Explorer. I did not know that I have complete power over myself and that letting go could create such a sense of freedom. We are all human, we are all souls, we all have minds and egos and emotions and I believe in my heart that sharing all parts of my journey will be helpful in some capacity. There are no hidden agendas or messages, just truth about my own person.
Thanks for following and caring about my journey. You are all in my thoughts. I am thankful to have family and friends and professionals to help mend my humanness. I truly am finally in love with life and have a clear vision of myself and what I mean to this world. I believe everything is always working out for all of us. I know we are ok. I have much love in my heart.
I now realize that my contemplations in life, my “not taking sides” , my non-reactions, my lack of verbal or physical expression, my silences, my expressions of "seeing all sides”, are reflections of how I have lived my life independent of the perceptions and beliefs of most people and these are ways in which I was able to hold on to some sense of who I am throughout the years. These ways of mine were also used as a protective barrier from all that is out there that seems to coerse us in certain directions or ways and deviate us from where we really want to be.
Instead of beating myself up or stressing myself out on “what was”, “what I said”, “what I did”, “what I was”, “what they did”, “what they said”, “how I was treated”, etc, I focus on what I am and what I have been all along. What “I am” is now being released in a more prevalent manner and is easier for some to see and feel and receive, i think. :) Our minds and our ego's are like friends that we need to manage. I have heard that the human race is prone to think negative. If this is true, we got some big time management to do so our brains can think more positive. Collectively, if we all think about the messages we are sending when we act, react, put things in motion, or put things out there in the universe, then maybe together we can all start to help everyone feel and act their best. Just an idea. Food for thought. We stress ourselves out because of our thoughts and then react to our own realities. Everyone has a different reality. This is sure to be extra confusing to people and this mixed with lack of communication is a recipe for disaster. BUT! The good news is we can use this contrast! Contrast happens so we can be pushed towards where we really want to be. So we can choose to keep the negative ball rolling or stop and reverse it to the positive side and start rolling the other way. Then poof! Stress be gone!
I have also learned we all bring stress to ourselves. It's really true. I didn't think it was at first. I thought things, people, and situations were stressing me out. Then I realized once I started transforming my own personal self a lot of this "stress" evaporated. We process and internalize in our own ways and often that leads to getting sucked into what we think other people think about us. We start to define ourselves based on all the chit chatter we pick up from the years from everything. If we are not yet strong in our "self" we develop unhealthy ways to cope. I think I have always had a strong urge to “be heard” and an instinct to “prove myself” and now I think i used them in really unhealthy ways “to be”. They were reactions to all the beliefs and perceptions I had about myself that had stacked up over the years. I know that not feeling love and not loving myself was the root cause of this human “disease”. I have my own theories and thoughts about “how I got this way” and it really encapsulates the time before we were born, mom and dad's own thoughts-perceptions-beliefs, what was passed on since conception, the years of other peoples thoughts-perceptions-beliefs and our environments marinated in our brains. All “the life happenings” we experience, and all the physical and environmental things we encounter along the way in this thing called life that is different for every human being. They all get marinated in our bodies and brains and then we have to gradually choose some bits and pieces based on what is really best for us and what feels good for us and move forward. Sometimes it just takes 1 person to break the cycles and start spreading the love. I think the moment we gain full strength and peace and confidence and worth within ourselves, the world around us changes and adapts.
We are all different but all the same in one breath. We are all connected but all have our own journeys. We all shine, can shine, and I believe shine best together. When we are sad, hurt, depressed, confused, angry, jealous, feeling unbalanced or unsure, and start to act in ways that don’t feel good I take time to think of all these thoughts and just want it all to make more sense in my head.I want to be in tune enough to say something that can make everyone feel good and come to their deep connection with soul and just be love. I realize I can’t change things and can't control things and all I can do is be the love that I can be at each moment in time. That allows me to shine and also gives others the capacity to shine as well.
This is what I know and believe to date. This is what I have learned. I don't know if it is the best way but it seems to be working. At times I get distracted and feel pulled in directions but am able to maintain these ideas in my self. I love my friends, my family, the human race, the animals, and all the souls, and just want this life to feel good for everyone. My hope is we all move towards these notions in this lifetime. This is what cancer has taught me to date.
Peace and love.
Meaning where you at in life? What’s going on with you? How are you seeing things? What’s your perspective? What do you believe about yourself and others and life and the world? How do you fill your days and nights? Do you wake up and start the day negatively or positively? Do you create or react to your days? I think the human I love so much that answers these questions so explicitly in my brain, will be the next man in my life. It’s no longer love connection questions but really soul depth questions and finding out how deep another really is and how connected to soul they are and what they believe about people, themselves, and the world. Wooooow! THAT was OLD sounding but I will take it as OLD SOUL sound healing. It’s nice to see my sassy side reappear, But in a way that is much gentler to my soul. Sassy Tami has always been here and believe it or not she has been transforming and expanding too. SHE is still HERE and you know SHE is my LOVE who will remain FUN and the PARTY girl that I have grown to know and love. Loving your SELF means loving everything about you. The past, present , and future, the decisions, the reactions, the ways of being, the attitudes, the sassy sayings and thoughtful ways ALL encompass WHO you are and WHAT you embody as a human to get to where you want to be.
Nowadays, the Monday morning and every morning ritual is no longer what should I be, I need to be more successful, I need to make more money, I need to do more for others, I need to , I need to , I need to, everything a yucky feeling inside. INSTEAD, it’s how can I start my day off great and create the best feeling day ever! Often, I wake up 1 hr earlier than I need to start my actual schedule of a day , I meditate, listen to some affirmations or positive thinking videos, hang out with the cat, drink my 3 glasses of water, shower, put on my body oils, brush my hair , then check my email before leaving the door. Its’ a pretty good AM shift every day. Day by day and week by week my brain shifts more quickly into positive mode and what I am appreciative of rather than what was wrong and feeling not so good. My cancer journey lit a fire under my ass to figure out how the hell to feel better each day and you know what? I did it! That letting go process proved to be tough but well worth it.
It also came down to relationships AND letting which go has been the hardest task for me this lifetime to date. It has always been hard for me to look at a situation and say out loud and admit to myself that it just was not the best feeling for me. Especially when other people are involved and I love them. My communication skills have slowly improved and hopefully the future holds soul to soul compassionate conversations that are loving and involved around doing what is best for the self and all parties involved. My non-confrontational attitude seemed to hinder me and really did not protect me from what was best. Now I know. Thx 45 years of relationship stuff. Glad to know the 2nd half will be more easy peasy. Taking things personal and being non-reactive proved to be very detrimental and not what was best.
Negative thoughts about myself gathered from people, places, situations, things, environments seemed to also be vibrating and causing much angst for myself. Glad it’s over. Figured it out. On to the next thing. Tami really is kinda pretty and smart and fun and adventurous and playful and ambitious and creative. I think I kinda like her and I am hopeful most see the new shine in my stride. That old vibration is kicked to the side and has delayed years of happy, BUT maybe I needed it to grow fully into who I am now becoming. So excited for the future and what it holds and what I choose to do with it! My vibrations are getting higher and I am including every day “time” to really connect with myself and vibrate to the highest level so I have the best version of me to give away then refuel for the next day.
As the days and weeks and months and years go by, my personal self-healing, self-expansion, and transformation has hit a climax! You know when you are in “the middle of going through something” and you just don’t see it clearly, you are merely re-acting? I WAS re-acting for years instead of claiming a life full of goodness and creativity and fun. I was hung up on who I thought I should be, what i thought i should be doing, making things perfect, and holding onto ideas that did not match who I was on the inside. I created a lot of stress and inner turmoil for myself, but I didn’t know any better. That is what I was taught and what marinated into my brain over the years. Today I am “past the chaos” and the issues at hand and have a much different view and vision and perception and reality of what was and what is. I am so thankful for sticking out my cancer healing process and continue to work at myself daily so I don’t fall back to what once was. My decision to heal naturally was THE BEST DECISION I ever made and it was needed in order for me to move myself to such a place of clarity, freedom, ease and happiness and state of pure love. I am feeling SO different on the inside and it is starting to reflect on the outside. My outlook is how to spend my energy on the future and how I want to build the 2nd half of my life. I lean into the good feeling things each day and have successfully been retraining my brain and my perception of life in general.
The ONE true magical key to my journey has been LOVE. It might sound so basic and obvious and perhaps cheesy, but, I think we learn all the definitions of love as we grow up and then we have to finally start making our own decisions on what that embodies for us as individuals. Love feels good, not like a struggle or control or people pleasing or being a martyr or not expressing your true self without feeling guilt or shame . When you are lacking love you are not in alignment with your self which is your soul/spirit which always leads with love. Each day I am learning daily how to love better, be love, receive love, and attract love. It is so true that where you are in life is what you vibrate and THAT is ultimately what you attract into your life. I was continually in a state of fear and that was driving my life into a state of chaos and unhappiness. New definitions of love and realizing love has gradually moved my life in a different direction. The tool of LOVE is magical and life changing. LOVE is in every aspect of our life… most importantly our relationship with ourself. Learning to really love myself and everything about myself and accept where I am has made all the difference. Sounds so easy but for many layers of reasons and life stuff it was hard for me to understand and lead with love. OR I just had the wrong perceptions and definitions and it really messed stuff up! Lack of love delayed all the goodness that continues to come my way nowadays. I did not know how to open up and receive and be and give love easily. I essentially was in my own way. Well at least I am starting to feel it and figure it out and apply! So happy! Now love feels good!
As I coach clients and talk to people about health and being the best versions of ourself, this always come up! I know I am not alone and can now find ways to express and communicate the ideas behind self love and how to start chipping away at really loving ourself and others. I guess it’s a state of being that society is experiencing and we all just need a little nudge and guidance and support and love to move more towards complete love at every moment in time. It makes all the difference and it feels really fricking good! Why do we beat ourselves up and critique ourself endlessly and how do we learn to do all this bogus stuff to ourself? I know some of the answers and also know part of the key is just to focus forward and not dwell and go back to the past too long cuz the past is the past and its not reality. We are the creators of our life and love is the leading force that can help us live happily. So the next time you wanna bitch and moan about what is going on or the weather or what happened yesterday or who did what to you, remember this is not love and not helping you be happy and full of love. I am not saying be fake and cheery and happy when you don’t feel like it, I am saying think about what you bring to the table each and every moment and how that can make a difference when you lead with love. Surround your self with love and let LOVE be in the air at all times, then you will always be love! If it’s not in the air, get away quickly and go to where love is! Just my 2cents on love here and now! Thanks for reading and listening.
I am finding great joy in traveling, new experiences, connecting with family and friends, and just chatting with people. It’s strange, I feel like I am getting a re-do for my life and I am in the exploring stage on where to go, what to do, how to be, and just live in the moment. I find myself observing most the time and have found great joy in observing my friends and family. I like to people watch but this is more like tagging along with some of your favorite people in different experiences. I enjoy to see them happy and laughing and smiling. I enjoy seeing them interact with one another and I am learning that life is just about diving in or dipping your toes in the water or simply put just “get all up in it” whatever experience it might be. I am admittedly socially awkward at times and feel uncomfortable in many situations but I am pushing through and excited to get to the next chapter of life. So In the meantime I will be soaking up the sunshine this summer in chi-town awaiting to see what the fall season might bring this way.
It will be on to the next one, then on to the next one, then on to the next one, experiencing life, moving on , moving forward, and letting all my desires unfold before my eyes. It will be expansion and growth and learning my "self" better so I know how to keep the positive outlook and the feel good stuff in tact. I feel kinda like a newborn and kinda infantile at times right now. It is humbling and vulnerable and a bit uncomfortable at times but well worth the journey. I value my friends and family and look forward to the new people that might vibrate right into my life based on the new me! I am excited to continue this journey and feel lucky that I am still here and present and functioning and smiling and vibrant. So I definitely recommend for everyone to " get all up in it ". Enjoy rather than worry, laugh instead of being critical, smile instead of having grumpy thoughts, move around and enjoy being in your body, be still and feel the high of being connected with soul, and love everybody no matter what. These actions have truly enhanced my life. Being one means being with everyone else because we all come from the same and are the same and breathe the same. Being one means letting yourself stay connected with everybody and everything. Being one means getting all up in it no matter what!
Thx for reading! xo Tami
Some may say it’s impossible. Some may say be realistic Tami. Some may say you are crazy. Some may shut you down with opposing comments and ideas. Some may talk abruptly and react out of fear in response to you. Some may say you are completely wrong. Some may say get a plan B and C and D. Some may say you are taking too big of a risk. Some may say you are reckless. Some may join your happy train. Some may smile and laugh with you then move on. Some may feel you and resonate with all that you are. Some may not even know of you or any of your ideas. None of it matters. All that matters is that you resonate with you and you believe in your self and feel worthy of this life.
What matters is that you feel good and lean into all the feel good things of life. We are here in our bodies for a limited time and we are here to create a life that is fun and feels good. We are all connected and are all equal. We have different ideals and different thoughts and different perceptions and different ways to do things. BUT we can still all get along and maintain awesome lives. There is no time for hate and no time for resentment and no time for blame and guilt and no time for taking sides and no time to live by rules and regulations and conditions or to be angry with anyone.
We have to let go of our past, live in the present, and bask in the desires for our future. We have to get creative and brave and try anything and everything. We need to be number one with ourselves and sometimes number one when people need us as a means to help keep lifting all our souls to bliss. We have the right to be happy and not struggle for what we desire. We have the means to be happy and let go of the reigns and let be what will be and trust in the laws of the universe. We have the courage and passion to push ourselves to the leading edge. The edge of more and abundance and prosperity and goodness and happiness and bliss and wonder and awe and even more desire.
We are on the edge of greatness and this is a good time to be alive. This is a time of contrast and expansion and change and creation. We all as individuals have the power to be and feel greatness. We have done nothing wrong and we are all on our own paths and everything is working out as it should and everything is ok! So let’s all continue to push ourselves and others to the leading edge…
Under the Influence… was the catch phrase at the seminar I attended this weekend. Meaning… what is your mind and body under the influence of at every moment in time. For me this is pretty impactful and makes total sense on my self-healing journey. It explains many things that I was thinking but did not fully understand it’s connection. I give you an example… you watch reality TV… you go to bed and see what you dream or have nightmares about and how you feel when you wake up the next morning. Another example… you meditate or listen to affirmations before you go to bed and see what kind of dreams you have… wake up the next morning and see how you feel different?! Another example… you go to a family party and socialize and feel connected and loved and supported and fulfilled… see how you feel later that day. And another example… you stay at home dwelling about what you were mad about earlier that day… see how everything spirals into mishaps and undesirable things and circumstances and the car in your way and your lateness to your next appointment and your stressed out feeling and your anxiety. Or a more inner-look at your self Example could be… you drink excessively one night and wake up the next morning feeling depressed OR you partied and had a couple drinks and spent most of the time getting to know about people better and you woke up feeling great and refreshed and fulfilled. Another inner-look Example could be… you had an argument with a special someone and you feel bad about it and never talk about it again…. Or you had an argument with a special someone and end up talking it out in a more reasonable manner and feel good about everything again.
Perhaps it doesn’t make too much sense and perhaps I am not saying it in a way that resonates with you yet. I think the main thought is behind what feels good and what feels bad and going with what feels good majority of the time. Basically giving a shit about your feelings and trying to lean into what feels good and push your self to get there with yourself. If that involves apologizing or talking things out or removing yourself from a certain environment or changing jobs or adjusting your own beliefs and perceptions… why not do it? A little shift in the way you maneuver yourself through life could be the exact game changer you need to be that much happier or to get yourself out of what feels not so good. It almost always goes back to YOU and how YOU choose to handle YOU. It rarely and almost NEVER is about the other person, place, or thing. You have lived how many years? That means those years of life have marinated into your brain and body BUT your soul is REALLY looking out for you and looking at everything with love and THAT is the real YOU! We are under the influence at all times and if we put ourselves under the influence of our soul which is pure positive energy life changes. It is easier. It is more fulfilling. It is happy. There is something to be said about being disconnected or connected from yourself. Even as I type this my mouse battery keeps going out and says “connection lost”. A purrfect example of what happens to us in general. We get disconnected or “out of alignment” from our soul and life doesn’t feel good. We have connection and are in alignment and we feel good. The question is how to be connected and stay in alignment….
I don’t have a magic pill answer But I do know that the combination of meditation, letting go of past, letting go of past beliefs and perceptions, starting each day with positive words or positive thoughts and ideas, going with the flow and creating a great day rather than reacting to everything, seeing the good in people rather than dislikes or mistakes, talking to people in general rather than texting or emailing, trying anything that is new, approaching situations with love, and taking time to enjoy the day and myself and some company, all together have made a world of difference. I am now under the influence of love and it feels really great. I am connected and turned on. Life is good. Life is about being a creator. Life is expanding.
Under the influence of love at all times doesn’t not eliminate contrast. The contrast that still exists is there for a reason and I have accepted that because it is what pushes us to what we really desire and what feels good. It is a part of life. I like to educate and learn and listen and it has been a big part of my “under the influence” BUT I am also learning that is part of the PAST and that is also what letting go encapsulates. So to focus on the past is to be under the influence of the past and is not reality because we are in the here and now. We CAN now be under the influence of a new day and a new thought or we can CHOOSE to go back to yesterday. I choose today and right now. I choose to be under the influence of my right now, not the past.
We can also be under the influence of what others think. If I choose to care about what others think about me or what I think they think about me then I am not living authentically. I am not being my true self and expressing or creating in the ways that feel good. This subject was a bit tricky for me to grasp and I am still working out the kinks BUT it is very true. Remember letting go? Well this is a part of it. Think about what you have been taught, what your parents said, what teachers told you, how the loves of your life impacted your thoughts about yourself, how people in general have words that get stuck in our brains and then we dictate our selves based on these ideas? When does just thinking for ourselves come in to play? Why do we hang on to words people say? In fact, when reading this right now I challenge you to just take it in THEN come up with your own ideas on how it is applicable to you and take from it what could potentially feel good on you. You know yourself best and what is good for you might not be good for me. So you decide. Be your own best friend and an advocate for yourself.
Also as I write this my cat is incessantly pawing at me and running around the house and trying to get my attention. He does this often . I think he is my lesson in depending on another person for love and attention. Under the influence of “dependency” leads to not believing in yourself and it is NOT very helpful. In fact it also causes resentment because that other person is eventually gonna do something that displeases you. Looking to a person for love and approval can be a dangerous route unless you already love your self immensely and are not depending on them to bring you up, you are simply enjoying their love. Notes taken. I believe it is the greatest gift to get “right” with your self and love your self first and foremost so you THEN have “good stuff” to give other people. Aha! Notes taken again. You mean be happy with your self and love your self first then you might attract others who also do the same thing? Yes! Good stuff. Looking for love in all the wrong places was a familiar song that rang through my brain BUT I finally get it.. love your self first then you won’t even be singing this song. This does not mean to scrap all the people in your life it means that even person is doing the best they can at every moment in time. It means that this is all part of the journey. The journey to be under the influence of your self in love with yourself. How conceited and selfish is that? But it’s ok. You MUST! If you don’t love your self then nobody else truly can love you either because you are not being your true authentic self. So let’s stay connected and under the influence of love, which is SELF, which is SOUL, which is SPIRIT, which is GOD, which is Pure Positive Energy, which is Source, whatever you call it, it’s all the same. We are all one, under the influence.
here are some of the things i have been "under the influence" of the past couple years! thanks to all! i love my life!
I have all kinds of visions of Love… I know it feels good, it feels comforting, it feels easy and breezy, it feels gentle and kind, it feels like sunshine on my face, it feels like my cat purring, it feels like a boost when you don’t feel so good, it feels like a smile on someones face, it feels like the smell of lilacs in the summer, it feels like holding someones hand you like, it feels like laughing with someone, it feels like looking in the eyes of someone and just feeling connected somehow -someway, it feels like listening to music and feeling strong emotion, it feels like admiring someone from afar, it feels like hugs and kisses as a greeting, it feels like glances at the ones you have a past-present-future with, it feels like hot soup in the winter, it feels like whispers from someone special, it feels like when you witness someone growing and expanding in life, it feels like peace and quiet is friendly and familiar, it feels like stillness, it feels like flow and motion, and it feels like your body and breathe is one moving simultaneously with another.
All the other stuff is just stuff of the ego and a reality we have created in our own minds. All our differences and feelings and contrast and beliefs and perceptions should be welcomed by each other. Every person is doing the best they can at every moment in time. If I were to die today I want to feel love to and between and from everything and everyone and within and from myself. I want open arms and welcome everyone and everything with open arms. I want to live a life full of love. That is what is important to me.
Tami Herbst xo