Watering your Soul

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I enjoy watching our flowers and plants grow and blossom in our gardens.  It is amazing to see what happens when we pay attention and take care of them. What about watering our soul and spirit?   Just think what would happen.

I started reflecting on this after observing our Night Blooming Jasmine growing around our house.  It recently bloomed beautifully!  And the scent was incredible!

Now though, it was beginning to look tired with withered blossoms.  I took off all the dead leaves and branches.  It didn’t appear to be growing any new flowers. We decided to increase how often we were watering as it has been dry and windy.

Amazing results! The water nourished the roots and the jasmine reacted. It started to bloom again. It is thriving and growing new leaves. All because we paid attention and took care of its needs.

Identify your needs! Water your soul! Nourish your spirit! Let your blossoms flourish!

Take the time to tend your garden, your body, mind and spirit.

You will begin to feel and be revived, refreshed, and renewed.

With LOVE and LIGHT,

Karen

Love

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day.  My mind immediately went to my Mom who is now always with me in spirit.  My heart is full of love, respect and gratitude for who she was, is, and will always be. The lessons I learned from her are limitless.  Whether it was in what she said, how she conducted herself, her beliefs, her intuition, her guidance, her laugh, her love of life; I say Thank you!

Celebrating those we love is not only a one day a year occurrence. It is an every day feeling of gratitude and appreciation that one feels.

Open yourself to the joy of giving thanks for those you love – for them being in your life – for their impact on your being.

We learn so much from those around us.  We are born into one family – however we create our own families as we go through life.

Choose wisely. Surround yourself with like minded people who nurture your soul and lift your spirits.  They do not have to always agree with you, however they will always be truthful and honest in stating their beliefs.  We need that openness and honesty to assist us in making better decisions and gaining a richer perspective on life and living.

Let Love and Loving thoughts guide you every day in every way.

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Balance

ZenBoldYellowI often receive what I call “messages from the Universe” while I am out and about. We all do when we are present, in the moment and take the time to reflect.

The other day on my daily run alongside the golf course down to the beach, I came across a golf ball in a bush. I or my husband usually pick them up and offer them to golfers playing that we encounter on our way home. This particular golf ball had a smooth surface, the brand was Zen, and it said on it that it was balanced!

Wow- What a great message!  I often find that during my runs I see, hear and feel things that are exactly what I need to see, hear and feel at that moment.

Being a Libra, I strive to have harmony and balance in my life.  At times, not easy, however at this stage,  I am able to devote more conscious awareness to be in that state.

I realize that not everyone can say that. Life happens.  We get busy with work, school, commitments, obligations, the shoulds, and so many other things.

I would like you to reflect on where you are right now.  How do you feel?  Are you spending time taking care of yourself or are you constantly and continually serving and giving to others? It is important to be of service and help others.  However, one needs to take care of oneself first in order to truly be capable of giving. Taking care of ourselves comes in many forms.  High on my priority list are: Positive self talk, daily affirmations, gratitude, exercising, healthy eating, getting rest, spending time in nature, contributing, accomplishing, nourishing my being with inspiring and uplifting words.

Find your balance!  Be aware of the shifts in how you feel and what you can then accomplish.

Find the messages in your surroundings. Be present and aware. Be open to receiving the exact message you need to hear.

Have a joyfilled and balanced day!

Karen

Time to Refresh!

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What’s in your closet! Amazing what you may find.  When was the last time you took a closer look at your possessions – the clothes, the shoes, the handbags, the never worn items still with price tags, the cosmetics, the jewelry…. The list goes on and on.

Last week my blush & highlighter broke into pieces.  Okay, time for a new one! I searched online for the brand and item – however it must have been discontinued.  Not as easy for me to buy a new one on online as I have found the colors sometimes are different than what appears on my screen.  Did I want to actually go shopping to a real brick & mortar store?  Not really.  So what did I do?  I went shopping in my closet!  My closet? Yes!

For those of you that do not know, I have worked in the cosmetics industry for many years.  Therefore I have received samples, gratis, trial sizes, full products, palettes, etc. More than I could use.  I have gifted many friends through the years with baskets full of goodies and donated more to charities.  However, I definitely have kept some for me. Especially items I know I will eventually need to replenish.  The biggest challenge has been using it before an expiration date.

I was so excited to find several blushes and highlighters in my stash! Mission accomplished! And I even had a bonus result. I was able to toss the expired items, recyle some, and REFRESH my current products with some newness.  I even felt refreshed – happy to have found what I was looking for, and pleased that I was able to clean out the old – things that no longer served me. Some of which I didn’t even remember I had.

REFRESH is the 3rd R in my book Reflect Renew Refresh – The 3R’s for an Inspired Life. It is a weekly journal filled with photos, quotes and affirmations to motivate, encourage, support you in your life’s journey.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my website http://www.karenmarielewman.com

Wishing you peace, joy and love,

Karen

Earth Day – Every Day

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It was truly wonderful to see people celebrating Earth Day yesterday and over the weekend. Increasing awareness and focusing attention are really the first steps to making a difference and implementing change.
And yes, a change in thinking and acting is necessary.
Let’s celebrate Earth Day every day.
Let’s consciously make decisions and take actions that do not negatively impact the earth.
We can all do our part in preserving the beauty and significance of this incredible planet.
Do not litter.
Bring your reusable bags for marketing and shopping.
Recycle.
Use less plastic anything.
Walk or bike – leave the car home.  Or take public transportation.
One change by everyone adds up!
Living in a beach community is very special.
I get to feel the energy of the ocean, the waves, the sand, the high and low tides, the seagulls, pelicans, whales, dolphins, seals.
I feel enriched and enlivened.  And blessed.
However,  I also see the neglect, the trash, the plastic that the tides deposit on the beaches.
Let’s do our part and help heal the planet, preserving it for many generations to come.
We are all connected. We all can make a difference.
To your radiant health and that of our planet.
Karen

 

 

Reflect to Renew and Refresh

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As the seasons change and signs of Spring appear, it seems the perfect time for Reflection.

Taking the time to reflect is the 1st R in my book – “Reflect Renew Refresh” – the 3 R’s for an Inspired Life!

Before we can move forward, we need to assess where we are, what has transpired, and where we want to go.

For the last few days, I have been more quiet, more reflective, and somewhat staying to myself.  I am looking at my routines and rituals, my likes and dislikes, my preferences and desires.  I am reviewing what I would like to change up and what I definitely want to continue.

I am looking at what is working (right thoughts, words and actions, exercise, healthy eating, rest, spending time with my husband, being out in nature, pacing myself).

I am also looking at what needs to shift (spending more time reading, meditating, pursuing new and contributing to existing consulting clients, marketing my books, identifying charities and support groups to work with).

Take the time to reflect and jump start your Spring!

By taking care of yourself first, then you will be able to be your best self and can help others.

You may think that is selfish!

And that is okay – because It’s important to take care of yourself first.  Many years ago, when I was in my teens, a dear friend said to me ‘If you do not take care of yourself, who will?”.  That statement startled me, however has stayed with me and helped me to this day.

I give thanks for this incredible journey of Life! I do not want to take anything for granted.

So after my Reflecting, I can confidently move forward to Renew my commitments and to Refresh my spirit.

Happy Spring Rebirth everyone.

With Light and Love,

Karen

How are you showing up in Life?

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We do have a choice!
Every morning, before I even get out of bed,  I say my affirmations.  I go into the day with a positive outlook, visualizing what the day is going to be like.  I am grateful that I am alive. 

How are you going to start the day?

How are you choosing to show up at work?

How are you engaging with others – those you encounter at the coffee shop, market, yoga studio, park, beach, while traveling?

What can you do differently that will impact your day in a positive way?

We all do have a choice!

Regardless of the things that are not under our control, we have a choice how we’re going to respond.

Make it beneficial for yourself.

Make it beneficial for those around you. 

That energy will translate and transform your life everyday.

Choose correctly.

Have the right attitude. 

Desire the right outcome.

Have your actions and intentions in alignment and it will come to be. 

With love and light,

Karen. 

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