I am in love

I am in love

with

my imagination.

The relationship I have with it now as an adult with a bank account,

mortgage,

and mutual funds

is more challenging than the one I had in my basement when I was 13.
I would lie in my bedroom with wallpaper-flowers, the Prince record blasting up to the kitchen, letting my mind play pictures and fantasies of what I wanted to experience.
Wishes and real-feeling scenes so far unlike the Iowa town where I lived.

It was ritual – to daydream. Daily.

I called it planning.

As a grown-up

I remember

my imagination is still my best partner, my friend

when I stop making it my enemy.

I understand

I must pause

breathe

and dream the same way I did in my bedroom with flowers.

A daydream, a plan, a mental massage that I truly love.

I hear you. I see you. I thank you.

He brought the GREAT message to me.

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The message of REAL MAGIC that I could tap into by believing and acting as if,

then seeing my so-called impossible stuff turn into possible.

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I thank you Dr. Wayne Dyer for that introduction  – listening to the cassette tapes of your voice reading to me while in my Los Angeles apartment in 1995.  The lessons in REAL MAGIC really turned me into a woman with wings.

I studied every text and podcast you breathed out into publication since then.  

I sat in your audience at the Javitts Center in 2009.

I read Anita Moorjani and Immaculee Ilibagiza.  

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Their stories nourished my humanness, taught me another level to love.

I keep thinking of you, Dr. Wayne.

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This movie has been one of my great teachers, as you have called it yours.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

{ watch the whole movie for the touch at the end }

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Do you question yourself?

Are you a writer?  Artist?  Choreographer?  Entrepreneur?

You know how it feels to come to the page, surface, floor, computer and make art and business happen.

You know how it feels to make money or not.

You know how it feels to question yourself, devalue your worth, need to create, wish for help.

You know how it feels to have a zillion good ideas.

You know how it feels to finish a project or start a bunch of projects that never fully make it to the END.

You know how it feels to never even START to bring a great idea to form because your queue is backed up with emotion and sabotage.

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I’m writing a book [among other creative things].

Why?

Well, the answer is difficult to explain.  I’m writing a book because there’s no space within me that doesn’t want to write it.

But there is doubt, fear, pause, perfection, terror [bigger than fear], wonder – all exhausting me from tapping out the words.

I’m moving like a snail.

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This helped like a gift from GOD[DESS].

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Elizabeth Gilbert keeps helping writers and artists make peace with the creative nature.  

And this {JK Rowling} gave me another perspective.  It gave purpose.  

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You will be gently stirred by these thoughts on the craft.

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We’re always trying to get there, to make it!

So much self help is focused on teaching us how to help ourselves to more.

Get more. Have more.  Earn more.  

 

 

Maybe we could use a bit of help learning how to feel good about what we have.  

Right now.

What we have.

 

And not for any other reason than to feel good right now.

Call it gratitude.

 

Gratitude has become another puffy word, like the words authentic and love.

We toss these words up and fumble to catch them.

Why have they become so hard to hold, gently?  

Could we let them sit within our grasp without squeezing so tight and slipping out of our hands?

 

I invite you to hold gratitude with both hands, with your thoughts, with your BOD and be still. Carry it. See it. Feel it.

Bring it up closer to you.  Take a breath.  

Maybe you’ve missed something.  
Maybe you’ve been out there looking for more when there already exists so much more within you.

Feel grateful not because you’ve learned that doing this will work to bring more to you (though it might), and not because it makes you a good person (though it pretty much could), and not because feeling grateful is a strategy to change your energetic vibration (although it pretty much will).

Don’t feel grateful simply because you wanna ” make something happen”.

Feel grateful because it can illuminate the parts of you and your life that you may have overlooked

(due to all the wanting).

Feel grateful because this moment matters just as much as your next, just as much as 6 months from now, just as much as when you do have the right boyfriend, enough money, perfect abs, a promotion. 

This moment is happening.  It’s your life.

Be in it.  

You and your life are worth Celebrating just as is.

You have made it!  Here.

You are already here.

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We’re a quarter of the way through this glorious year, mate!

Remember your big dreams for 2015?

They are worth your attention and discipline!

 

For many of our goals, we need to assemble with groups of like-minded, focused, tenacious souls who simply recognize our greatness and cheer us on.

You and I, we can do that for each other… right here!

 

Here are a few of my beLoved goals for the year:

✘ Publish my book for sale on Amazon

✘ Submit articles to my favorite online magazines like Rebelle Society, The Phoenix Soul, Blackberry A Magazine

✘ Use my TRX once a week

✘ Do scorpion pose

✘ Get THE WANDERING PEBBLE up and filled with art

✘ Make a fitness/wellness video every month!

Expect to see a new VID here every month!

 

So please, join me in fulfilling your passions.

 

What do you want to see come from your vastness of possibility?

 

Tell me.

Then come back through and show me your realized goal!

 

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Don’t miss it

It’s happening.

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Don’t miss it.

The rising.

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yet enlivening.

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Color. Growth. Expansion.

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Take a breath.

Slow the moment down a bit.

Don’t look back.  

What’s back there,

is back there.

Your life is ahead of you.

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Look forward.

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And re-JOY (ce).

Joy. Say it with me. “Joy.”

In all that you do, find it.

Yep, when you’re eating real, natural foods, and sweating + dancing up to 6 days a week, and flopping out

your $50 yoga mat for some good ole stretching’,

do it with JOY.

Joy soothes the mind, balances the body, and gives life a purpose.

Choosing to live with JOY is the healthiest of ALL your choices.

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Besides eatin’ good and exercising often, what else are you doing that gives you JOY?

Save my knees, PLEASE!

When I first started my daily workout program,

which began as dance performances in Japan!!,

my knees hurt just about everyday.

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In my case, I simply did not have any muscle development

in my legs or abs.

My weak leg muscles and heavier BODyweight contributed to lots of pressure on my knees.

People (kinda carelessly) told me I needed to lose some weight and my knees wouldn’t hurt so much.

Yeah, well, it sounded like a catch 22.

How was I to lose the weight so I could exercise without pain, if the exercise was in itself the cause of my pain?

There’s a way, though.   I found it.

First, be well informed whenever you have joint pain it is best that you consult a professional physical therapist to rule out a major structural issue that requires rehab.

However, if you are cleared to exercise, by all means – superstar, get to movin’ – mindfully!

Tips for ya

3 things for healthy knees

1. Don’t run or jump — instead — use the elliptical, ride the bicycle, strength train, and opt for a low-impact aerobics class.
If the class you want to take is built around fast direction changes, abrupt starts and stops, or stomping — chill. You need to modify all that stuff until your quads and hamstrings get strong enough to support your knees.  

Remember, pain in a joint, ain’t good!

 

2. Do yoga.           I’m not a Pilates hater.   In fact there are leg strengthening exercises in Pilates that you can benefit from.  

Do Pilates, too!

I just recommend Yoga classes because they implement balancing poses and core building that uses the whole body.

Isometric training for legs (holding poses without moving) and holding the body in alignment with core strength will help you become more conscious of how to position yourself properly – they improve stabilization and increase muscle awareness.

Isometric training for the legs is essential to strengthening your knees!

 

3. Roll out with the foam roller! then stretch — The foam roller is your miracle tool.

It will release all of the tight areas around your gluteus, back, and legs. Use the foam roller to massage the knots and adhesions in these areas for about 2 minutes in each location. Only roll out till you notice the muscle feels better. A little each time is better than rolling till your legs turn to jelly, which can actually be damaging to the tissues.

After you roll out, stretch. You’ll be amazed by how much more flexible you are after using the foam roller.

{visit mE to get the foam roller}


And here’s a morsel of Extra credit
Your knees might hurt because of your shoes.

Especially when the seasons change, we tend to changes our shoes(consider the heel difference of summer sandals to cold weather boots).

Your physical alignment shifts when the heel height and support from your shoe changes. Your body has to readjust itself from the heel to knee to hip to back.

With the proper modifications and a load of patience (it might take months for you to feel stronger), you can keep movin’ toward your goals.

Listen, BODyLOvers, protect your knees.

Adore your knees.

Focus on keeping them healthy.

Whatever we focus on gets stronger.


healthy spirit to healthy spirit,

michelle bernard

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com