Being Patient

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Do you have patience?  Sometimes? All the time?
I recognize the importance of it, however I have to admit, I do not have it all the time.
Lately, I have had several instances where I had to practice more patience and await the outcome. One project has taken almost 5 years!
During the waiting period, I am learning to remain calm and positive – knowing that the result I desire will come to fruition as long as I continue being persistent, communicative, positive and diplomatic in my dealings.
Having been in fast paced retail management for most of my career, I acquired a sense of urgency to take care of things almost immediately.  If one hesitated, or delayed resolving an issue, it easily got worse.
So I have prided myself on getting things done, efficiently and effectively.
Now, having semi-retired, I have a more leisurely pace.  I had a lot of adjusting to do but can now say that I really like the new flow of my days.
However, I was still expecting others to maintain a sense of urgency to my requests.  I was setting myself up for potential disappointment when others response time was slower than what I thought it should be.
So I continue to learn the lesson of being patient.  Just because I do not hear back from you the same day that I sent the email or left a message – doesn’t mean you are not responding.  Perhaps you are waiting for more information from someone else. Maybe you are on vacation.  Took a day off. Out of the office. Perhaps sick. Attending a conference.
Should I send another email, call or text? I may want to – however again, I remind myself to continue learning the lesson of being patient – and waiting a little longer for a reply and the process to work.
Every day offers us situations that can teach us more about ourselves and what we need to work on.
Practicing patience is a key one for me.
How about you?
With Light and Love,
Karen

 

 

 

The Power of Being Balanced

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Have you ever noticed how on certain days you can feel calm, at peace and be able to balance on one leg? You feel ready to take on the world and deal with whatever comes your way!

Then on other days you can hardly even balance on both feet! You are shaky, frustrated and upset. Not feeling 100%.

What makes the difference?

I ask myself that every time I am doing balancing poses in yoga. What am I focusing on? What thoughts are going through my mind?  What did I eat last night or in the morning?  Did I drink enough water?  Did I get enough sleep?  Did I read anything disturbing or watch something which impacted my feeling calm, peaceful and balanced?

All these things and more play a part in how we feel, how we interact, how we are.

How is your balance today? And is it something that is important to you? I find it is key for me to feel my best.

Recently, on my morning runs, I found another way to check in with myself.  I have been stopping at a section of the beach where I find different shape rocks and build a rock sculpture.  Somedays I can easily and almost effortlessly erect a sculpture of 11-13 rocks.  Then on other days, I barely get 5 to stand tall!  Yesterday, I attempted several times and did at one point achieve having 9 up.  But then, they all toppled over!  Was I not being in the moment? Was I being distracted? Was I trying to do it in a hurry?

All those things played into what happened.  I realized in order to keep a perfect balance we need to be calm; we need to be centered; we need to be in the here and now. We need to breathe!

Don’t let distractions put you off your balance.  They will try and sometimes win.  Always come back to here and now, focusing on your breath, your gratitude, your appreciation and thankfulness.

Here’s to a calm, centered, and balanced day.

With Light and Love,

Karen

Lessons from Foggy Days

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I love living at the beach.  Even though I prefer sunny days to foggy ones – I have learned to appreciate the morning and evening marine layer as it is called here in Southern California.  The morning fog keeps the weather cooler and is so much better for the plants, and our skin.  It even helps keep the waves in my hair!
Fog also teaches me about having Faith because in the fog, I can no longer see Catalina island or some of the hillside cliffs that I know are there.
It helps give me the confidence in everything I do, to continue believing, have trust and know that all is working even when it doesn’t seem like it.
Of course, I become doubtful sometimes.  Don’t we all?  We want proof.  We want reassurance. We want a guarantee.
We want to know for sure.  Where is that crystal ball when I need it?????
However, when doubt arises, I go back to my mantra of “Faith, Dream, Believe”.
I can say I am temporarily in the Fog.  And that the fog will lift.  Then I will see clearly.
And even if it does not lift, I know the truth is there.  Hidden behind the fog.
I just have to stay on course, follow my inner guidance, and keep moving forward.
I continue to have the Faith in myself, the confidence to make my Dreams become reality, and through all the ups and downs, the roller coasters, the twists and turns, the detours in life, I continue to Believe in what is possible.
May you continue to see through the fog – realizing your full potential.
Here’s to a Sunshine kind of day even if it is foggy outside!
Light and Love,
Karen

Transitions

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It’s back to school time!  In my opinion, we have transitioned from summer into fall with the Labor Day holiday weekend. (officially Fall begins Sept 22)

I hope you enjoyed your time with family, friends, food, fun, and time to do what makes you happy.

This morning I gave more thought to the word transition while out running.  We had just made a significant transition. We also though make transitions every day – big and small. We transition from sleep to being awake in the morning.  We then continue to make transitions – from eating breakfast to lunch to dinner (and a few snacks in between), a morning workout, to our commute, our work, our hobby, our errands, our responsibilities, our commitments and so much more.

Life is made up of many transitions.  As we age, we transition from being students to employees, employers, doctors, lawyers, professors, scientists, gardeners, police officers, fireman, entrepreneurs, business owners, chefs, artists, retail clerks, and so many others in the work force.  We go from living at home, to eventually getting our own place if that is what we desire.  We go from crawling to walking to riding a bicycle to driving a car or a motorcycle or to being driven around via metro, Uber, Lyft, taxi, limo, train, or private jet.

We get to choose how we transition as we go through life.  There is no one way for everyone.  We decide what works best for us.  Of course we all are born, live and eventually die.  That is a given.  However, how we choose to sequence and experience life is up to us.

How are you transitioning in your life? Are you satisfied? If not, take the time to identify what you want to change and make the necessary course corrections.

Make your life meaningful, worthwhile, and of significance.  You have a choice.

You make a difference. You have the power.

Live your LIFE your way!

With Light, Love and wishes for successful transitions!

Karen

Cultivate the Root

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Cultivate the root. The leaves and branches will take care of themselves.

Confucius

It all begins with the foundation, the root, the true essence. That is where the magic happens. Spend the time early on digging deep, laying the framework, nourishing and nurturing the root. Then watch your results come to fruition in all their magnificence.

The above quote and affirmation were taken from my book, Reflect Renew Refresh – The 3 R’s for an Inspired Life.

I am a very visual person.  It is very important that I surround myself with a peaceful and calming environment surrounded by nature.  Green plants and shrubs, flowering bushes, the ocean, blue skies, puffy clouds.  In fact, the first thing I usually do when arriving at a hotel is look at my view!  And when we have been buying property, I also place emphasis on the views from the windows, the backyard, the other homes around us.

I have come to realize though, that what I desire to see around me, needs attention to continue to thrive and be all that it wants to be.  It may not always look 100%.  And when the leaves brown, the grass gets eaten up by the rabbits, the flowers die, I need to get my hands dirty (or pay the gardener) to get into the soil and do what is necessary – fertilize, mulch, add nutrients, natural pest control, repot into a larger container, etc.

Our minds and bodies are like the plants.  When we are not feeling or looking our best, we need to identify what is happening internally.  Yes of course I want to look good and will take the time to wear a great outfit, apply my makeup, do my hair.  That can quickly fix the outer appearance. However I also need to attend to my inner self.

What is the cause of my feeling?
What happened to create it?
What do I need to do to feed my being, nourish myself to radiant health, wealth, peace, joy, love, harmony, success and happiness.

Cultivating the root is an ongoing process similar to the 3 R’s.
Take the time to Reflect on what is happening and why.
Renew your commitment to doing what is important for you. Identify what your course of action will be.
Then feel Refreshed, invigorated and inspired to be your Best Self!

Just like your garden. You got your hands dirty, pulled the weeds, cleaned out the debris, added the righ amount of nutrients.
Inside and Out – You are perfect!

May you continue to grow, thrive, and achieve your desires.

Love and Light,

Karen

Mantras

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Om Mani Pädme Hum

This Mantra, seen first on our visit to Tibet years ago, continues to comfort, restore and bring peace to me whenever I recite it.

Do you have a mantra? Do you have a saying that you recite to yourself that brings you joy? That brings you a sense of peace? That surrounds you in Love?

We all can benefit from having one.

Mantras come in many forms, a word, melody, chant, or verse.  At its simplest, the word “Om”serves as a mantra. In more sophisticated forms, mantras are melodic phrases with spiritual interpretations such as a human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and action. Some mantras have no literal meaning, yet are musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful.

“The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum  is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Päd, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
“So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?”
Dilgo Khyentse RinpocheHeart Treasure of the Enlightened

So if you are looking for triggers that can comfort you, I would recommend finding your mantra!

Peace, Love, Light

Karen

Detour?

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For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.   

Mary Kay Ash – Founder Mary Kay Cosmetics.

I love detours! Do you?

Many times in life, I had planned to go one way, and ended up going a different way.
Accident? Or was it truly meant to be? Here a few examples of my detours!

I was running one day and instead of going up a path that I usually go, at the last minute I changed course and ran into someone I hadn’t seen in a long time.

During a  slow period in my consulting business, I decided to reroute and finally write  Take a Moment – my 1st published book of inspirational quotes, travel photos, and affirmations. 

While we were looking to move to Monarch Beach, we hit a roadblock. The perfect right house was not materializing. So we decided to go back to Pasadena.  The morning that we were to go and look at a property, we received a call from the realtor saying the owners were looking for a long escrow! We wanted a short, under 1 month escrow.  So before we left the hotel, I scanned online for Monarch Beach one more time.  I saw a property that looked perfect – I had not seen it before.  I knew every house for sale within the 3 mile radius that I desired.  Was this the one?  I quickly called our realtor there who knew we had decided on Pasadena after searching for 9 months.  She was so accomodating and got right on it!  Interesting – the property should not have been posted, it quickly was removed, however the tenant was moving out that upcoming Monday and the owner was then prepping to sell.  We had our realtor go in on Monday, take videos, and bring 2 offers.  I knew this was the one.
And here we are – 5 years later and love, love, love it!

So you never know.  Stay open.  Do not become frustrated when you have to detour.  There is a reason.

Go for it!

With light, love and excitement for more detours and adventures,
Karen

The Meaning of Finding 2 Nickels

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about finding dimes while out running and their significance.  The other day on my morning run, I came across a shiny nickel.  Then a few paces later, another nickel! I realized the Universe was giving me a message or 2!

As I reflected on the meaning, I realized that by finding 2 nickels, it not only holds the power of 5, but also the power of 10 or dimes. 

Here is what the nickel – number 5 – represents in numerology.

The nickel carries the vibration of the 5, which is a spontaneous, wild and adventurous number! It needs variety and change in which to thrive.  

Although our world is in a constant state of change, it is still something that many of us resist, fearing the unknown and preferring to exist in a state of predictability.

Finding a nickel on the ground can often be a sign to live more freely.

To loosen your grip on what’s stable and safe and take a few risks!  The very presence of the nickel in your path is a divine sign of support: you have nothing to fear.  All will be well.

I loved reading that!

Now, couple that with the meaning of 10 – or the dimes.

The number 10 is the awakening number that asks you to pay attention and in this condition, it means that you should trust your instincts and move forward with your decision. It also means that you have the support of spirits and things will work out for you in the way you like.

WOW!  I felt invigorated and empowered to be more adventurous, spontaneous, and take risks. I felt guided and supported, knowing that the Universe would back my choices.

However I must admit, as much as I love adventure, I also value stability, routines, and comfort. I like my rythms and routines! (I also wrote about that weeks ago!)

As a Libra, I seek balance in my life.  Perhaps this message was a way to tell me that I have been a bit too conservative.  So, here’s to incorporating a little more adventure and spontaneity into my life. – Both professionally and personally.  

Here’s to yours and my exciting adventures!

Have fun,

Karen

Faith Dream Believe

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One never knows when, where or how the Universe will send us messages we need to hear!
That is why it is important to remain alert and aware of all that goes on around and within us.
I’d like to share how these 3 words ( Faith, Dream, Believe) came to be significant guiding principles in my life.
A few years ago while living in San Francisco I would run through the neighborhoods around Nob Hill early in the morning before work.  I would come across the most interesting and strange things!
One morning as I’m running down the hill, a painter had spilled paint on the cement sidewalk. My first reaction was to be upset that they just left it there.  Then I looked more closely at it. Someone spelled the word Faith with a stick while the paint was still wet!
I was wowed! I took note of how much having Faith is key to a better life.
Then, on the way back up the hill I was on the opposite side of the street.  I saw against an apartment building two plaques. One said Dream. One said Believe.
These plaques were the size of a shoebox cover and the writing was in gold lettering against a black background.
In San Francisco people tend to dispose of furniture, books, miscellaneous items by leaving them outside their apartment. Although that is illegal, it continues to happen. Then weekly a truck comes along and picks them up. Most likely to salvage, give to Goodwill or recycle in some way.
That morning these three words; Faith – Dream – Believe – really impacted me.  What a powerful message!
In fact, to this day these three words continue to influence my Life and my Being. I have a reminder 4×7 card with the words on them to remind me of their significance. I also during the day, find myself just saying “Faith! Dream! Believe! to myself as a mantra that inspires, uplifts and brings me joy.
Do you have any guiding principles?
What messages are you picking up from the Universe?
Here’s to a magical day of being open to the messages and meanings around us!
With Love and Light,
Karen

Taking my Own Advice

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Time for me to take my own advice and Reflect – Renew – Refresh myself!!!!!!!!!

Every Monday I usually write my weekly blog to inspire, motivate and energize others.
However yesterday I stared at my blank laptop screen and continued to enter a few words, then kept hitting the delete or backspace button.
I was wondering what was going on?

Writer’s block?  I usually listen to my inner voice for guidance on the topic.
None came through.  Nothing! What was happening?
I realized that I needed to follow my own advice from my book and Reflect Renew Refresh myself!

At first I felt disappointed that I had not held to my every Monday writing.  I asked myself whether it was more important to just write something to say I did it or to take another day or so and find the right topic to share.
I took the second option.  So today my topic focused on what happened yesterday and how I dealt with it.
If I wasn’t feeling inspired, how could I write something inspiring?

What would the reader feel if I was not authentic, sharing my personal experience?
Isn’t that why we write, take pictures, videos, selfies – to share our experiences with others – relate to others – share what we are going through to better understand and find out that others have or are going through something similar?

So today I am affirming that Yes – I do still want to inspire, motivate and energize others.  Most importantly, I intend to first continue to inspire, motivate and energize myself through daily readings of positive and uplifting writings, daily exercise, healthy nutrition, right thinking, and feeling grateful and thankful for my LIFE. (My health, wealth, peace, love, joy, harmony, prosperity and success)

For it is only then that I can successfully convey to you through my words, thoughts that have meaning, thoughts that cause you to Reflect, thoughts that bring you happiness, joy and peace.

Be true to yourself.
Take the time to restore yourself.

And if you would like to order my book – Reflect Renew Refresh – The 3 R’s for an Inspired Life – it is available at http://www.karenmarielewman.com or on Amazon.

Wishing you an inspired day!

Karen

Finding Calm in the Chaos

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How important is it to have peace and harmony in your life?
I know in mine it is very, very important.
However at times, like now, when the world around us is very chaotic, how do you shield yourself, calm yourself, and maintain inner peace?

I find that music impacts my being.  In our house, we play music all day.  It resonates throughout every room.
Our collection is very eclectic.  It covers so many genres.  However what is a constant is that the vibrations that we feel from the music enliven, inspire, heal and nourish us.

Notice the music that you listen to.  Notice what others listen to.  Notice how you feel when certain songs are played.

Music is magic!  Music has power to bring us together.
And it is okay if what you like is different than what I like.
As long as it resonates with you and brings you a sense of calm in the chaos – Great!

It has done what it was meant to do.
Find your calm in the chaos.

With light, love and music!

Karen

Are you Adaptable and Adjustable?

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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent.  It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”  Charles Darwin

Are you adaptable to change? Are you flexible and adjustable to “Reroute”?

I have found that these qualities and abilities have assisted me more times than I can count throughout my life.  Is it easy?  Not always.  However,  if I wasn’t able to adapt or adjust, I would not be where I am today.

It starts with making the adjustments internally – via your thoughts.  How you interpret what you read, hear or say, matters.

You have a choice!  You can stay your course or you can adapt to lead life to your fullest potential.  First – assess where you are. Then determine if you are happy and at peace with that.  If so – no need to adapt and adjust.  If not – then time to “Reroute”.

Some examples:

Desire to live to be 100 – (I am shooting for at least 105!) – and do what is necessary to get there. Feeding your mind, body and soul with the right nourishment, exercise, rest, relaxation, thoughts and deeds. Make those adjustments to live a healthy and long life or don’t and risk not achieving your goal.

Stay in your current, unfulfilling job or take the leap and do what you really want to do. Fear of the unknown could be keeping you back; or self doubt could be sabotaging your success. Take the time to write out your plan of action.  Go for it! Years from now do not be one that regrets not going after something that you really wanted.

Start the day with inspirational readings to maintain a positive, healthy, optimistic outlook, or just read through the news with its negativity, drama, war, crime, injustice.
I am not saying to ignore what is happening, or to isolate yourself.  I am though recommending you balance your reading to get in the right frame of mind.

Go to bed at a reasonable time to get a quality sleep that nourishes and revitalizes you. Some may need 8 hours, others more, others less.  Find what works best for you.

Yell back at rude, angry, crazy drivers on the road – or choose to remain calm and safe. They are not worth getting mad about – protect yourself.

Push yourself in an exercise class beyond your ability just because you wanted to fit in. When you did – how did you feel the next day? Sore? Hopefully no major injury.  Know your limits – push yourself within a reasonable limit – carefully – listen to your body.  It knows.

I would love to hear about how you have adapted and made adjustments to lead a more fulfilling life for yourself.

Here’s to your long and healthy, happy life!

Karen

 

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