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Premonition Dated 4/21/17

I wish that I had better news. As you know, I like to keep you posted with my premonitions. 

On 4/21/17 I tweeted and posted asking for prayers due to a horrible premonition. Unfortunately, the details recorded in my dream diary match up (literally and symbolically) to the event in Manchester, England, at the Ariana Grande concert. 

Please pray for those who have lost their lives, or have been injured, as well as their family, friends and the community. Thank you for offering to pray following my request on 4/21. 

We have more work to do🙏🏻❤️

In Light Of Darkness

In Light of Darkness 

By Jill Marie Morris

No part of me condones such hostility 
Which segregates 
Alienates
And disintegrates 
Our society
The social anxiety 
A real calamity
Breaking up families
This has to be 
Stopped

Due to color 
There’s no other 
Excuse to use 
Derogatory terms 
Words burn

Please don’t regurgitate the bull
The world’s plate is beyond full 
When will you get it?
It’s not just ‘niggahs’ pulling triggers 
It’s all races 
Come on 
Face it 

And what is queer? 
It’s ignorance and unjustified fear 
Not a name to be shamed 
Just because of the way 
One loves
-One love-
A right given at birth
Bestowed from above

It’s time to stop deflecting 
And start respecting 
Those whose path you cross
Too many lives lost 
Due to bigotry and hatred
A mindset so outdated and
Reciprocated by a follower rather than a
leader
It’s serious

We are but delirious and delusional
Screaming unconstitutional 
What have we done to ourselves?
Random acts of kindness now escape us
Our universal makeup 
A celestial joke
A disgusting facade at how bad 
We have been and will be
Wait and see

We think we’re numb 
There’s only more to come if we continue on such a path
Another bloodbath to remind us
How defiant we tend to be

Lest not forget how sexist tactics begets us 
Exposing unrequited humility that has to be
Addressed and put to rest 
For once and for all
Equality
We must call
All for one
One for all 
Before we completely fall

We choose to forget that we are all human
So consumed as I examine 
How we take for granted the positive capabilities of our species
A spectrum ranging from carefree
To targeted aggression 
Even assassination
All this 
Under what nation?

We have become a continent where babies are born to fight and children fight to survive because of their community 
The hostility 
And challenges so disparaging 
That’s the country we now live in 
Then again 
That’s the human race 
A long winded selfish pace 
Dashing
Thrashing
And slashing our way to the finish line 
One day at a time
What yours is mine

Speaking of time
We make it to accommodate ourselves 
Yet discriminate 
Rather than assimilate
All this demonstrates is another form of hate

When all is said and done
As we are aligned with putting out our own sun
Incredibly dumb of us 
Yet not one of us
Seem to get it
We’ll regret it 
If we don’t start making changes

Perhaps the color of the rainbow will usher in
An awareness that terrorists 
Just don’t come from lands afar 
And sadly live next door
But you see? 
We are too busy 
Grooming ourselves to perfection 
We lack the information to make the connection and take action 
To notice those among us anchored in hatred
Scheming to break us

San Bernardino
Orlando
No!

Yes

Right
Next
Door

In one form or another
You may one day discover
How precious time truly is
Take hold and be bold
Be daring
Be compassionate 
Not uncaring
Forget revenge and unrest

Simply said:
Try 
Please try
To do your best

The moral of this dark chapter’s story is to illustrate that pride IS glory 
The aberration of the human condition is unacceptable 
A mere spectacle of what we can do to our fellow beings
This is what we are now seeing
Though with good reason 
We are left reeling from these feelings 
Our Pulse stopped but only for a moment 
In the saddest of bright seasons

In time It will be revived and kept alive 
By the memories of those who died
Unfairly and unjust
We must
Absolutely must
Vow to stop a repetitive theme 
That only continues to break our hearts 
And crush our childrens’ dreams

There has to be focus on the rainbow
Somehow 
Our hearts will quicken and grow
As we courageously 
Not surreptitiously 
Encourage our family, friends and neighbors To fearlessly march to the beat of their own drum

The hum
The shots
From the night’s gunfire 
We turn to seek the blue sky spires
To guide and inspire us
Don’t let fear terrorize us

As with every rainbow
Comes a pot of gold 
Illuminated
The path to it will unfold 
After the storm 
Despite the harm
And with this raw and deep grief
We pray for relief and
Chant for peace

Our future is uncertain as we ascertain the anguish and pain 
And play the blame game 
I pray – at some point we humans realize hatred can only temporarily paralyze mankind
at the cold hands of no kind man
It has
It can

Move forward despite acts of cowardice 
Hold hope high
It’s all about justice 
Be a mouthpiece
There is no other means or way 
It’s up to you and I

Be mindful of the
legacy as it stands as one of the darkest days in this country’s history
A soliloquy of indecency 
A senseless catastrophe
Considering the magnitude of this situation comes the blinding realization that there is good

Acts of heroism should be recalled in place of the terrorism 
And in cataclysmic proportion
Take time to listen
Look and see
Grasp the opportunity 
To be
A voice 
An example of our preamble
As we now scramble 
Once again
To carry on in the face of adversity
There is undoubtedly a monstrosity 
That has corrupted this nation’s morality

We the people of this nation
Even worldwide
Seek justice 
We must stand together for equality
Tranquility 
Security and liberty 
Despite the tragedy

Derived from a place of sincerity 
Without ambiguity or distortion 
We need to become the positive Pulse of the nation
Unite in celebration of the lives of those lost in the name of hatred

To the Pulse of the people 
And the People of Pulse
After darkness comes light 
After a storm comes a rainbow and
In light of darkness and 

In the shroud of sorrow
Live
Love
Laugh and
Dance
Like there is no tomorrow❤️

Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer

Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer

Sunday, June 26th 2016
9PM EST / 8PM CST / 6PM PST

Duration: 15 minutes+

The purpose of this meditation and prayer session is to raise the energy of the Universe by taking a short period of time out of one evening per month to collectively focus on creating positive energy in our lives, and for the world. The more people that join this session, the higher the level of positive vibration.

An important part of the Universal HEALING Meditation & Prayer session is the acronym for HEALING:

Heal

Energize

Awaken

Love

Inspire

Nurture

Grow

Reflect upon each word; absorb them with your body, mind and soul. Allow these peaceful thoughts to radiate from you, and share them with the world.

It all starts with you! Imagine the change that has resulted from the focus and efforts of one, let alone an army of prayer warriors dedicating time together to make a positive change.

Additional tips on meditation to follow prior to the upcoming session. No special items needed.

Love & Prayer

True peace will never exist upon this planet so long as mankind continues its various ‘subscriptions’ using a higher power as the driving force. Quite simply, it’s not a realistic possibility due to so many conflicting beliefs.

Certainly, we should all strive for peace, and as much as possible. Sadly, thousands of years have proven it is not uniformly attainable.

Yes, peace may be limited to pockets, but friction and change will always try to trump that status. It is the way of the world; an unspoken law of the Universe.

Regardless, the focus should be on what we do know, and can achieve: love and prayer. Using both will illuminate darkness.

Love and prayer work like a ripple effect, starting with yourself as the focal point; ultimately sending out that energy to those around you. They have the ability to reach the farthest, and most dimly lit corners of the Earth.

Flood your Inner Spirit with love and prayer.

Share your love and prayer.

Grow from love and prayer.

Heal with love and prayer.

Light the world with love and prayer❤️🙏🏼

Power of Prayer: Dallas Shooting

At approximately 7:55PM, June 11th, 2015, I was overcome by a very unsettling feeling. Although it was a lucid impression, I recorded that info in my Dream Diary.

At 11:35PM that same night, I took to Facebook and asked for prayers; something I do to try and change the vibration of any negativity that I may be sensing. Here is my date and time stamped post on Facebook:

“7:55PM EST: Overcome by a very strange feeling. Not good. ‪#‎Pray‬”

At approximately 11:21AM, June 13th, 2015, I posted the following (due to being inundated with messages about the events in Texas):

“To answer many of your questions:

Yes, based upon what I had felt two days ago (and had posted – below – asking for prayers), I believe the Dallas shooting is the event. I will not elaborate as to why. I have those details recorded in my journal.

As previously explained, I ask for prayers to (hopefully) change the negative energy that I pick up on with any premonition, or contact. Fortunately, as in this case, the police department employees did not suffer any casualties. This is almost miraculous, given the amount of gunfire that headquarters, as well as the surrounding area, sustained.

As the Chief of Police stated, (paraphrasing):

They consider themselves BLESSED, not lucky. Evidently, one employee decided to get up and get a soda, and moments later, and after gunfire began, a bullet was shot directly where the employee had been sitting. He stated they believe the employee would have been killed if they had not gotten up to get the drink.

Details continue to emerge. This was a very volatile and extremely terrifying situation. Despite the (apparent) death of the gunman, no other lives were lost.

Thanks for your prayers. Good work prayer and chant warriors.”

I am going to continue posting more entries pertaining to my Dream Diary. Some will be positive, while others may not. In cases of negative impressions, please join my PCMW team (Prayer Chant & Meditation Warriors) by helping to send good energy out, and into the Universe.

Thank you,

Jill

Options: Give Up or Get Up

When the going gets tough, you have a choice: Give up, or get up.

One moment life can be wonderful, and the next minute it can stink. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. There is not one person on this planet that has not had at least one “moment that sucketh”.

It’s all about experience and the give and take of nature v. nurture. There is no miracle formula, just guidelines that help us along the way.

I find it very interesting when someone asks me how I’ve managed to overcome some very difficult hardship and my answer is always: why would I want to give up? The choice is always there and whether you want to find blame, or even if there is someone at fault for the crisis, it’s ultimately your decision what to do.

Even when options may seem extremely limited, or the path dimly lit, it all falls onto the shoulders of the individual facing the issues. Support is wonderful, but it only carries you just so far. Think of support during a crisis as training wheels for a bicycle: they keep you from completely flopping onto your face, but let you experience the wobbles until you gain enough confidence to ride without them. Some need training wheels longer than others, while some never take them off.

When your day is dark, or not going the way you had planned, it’s often hard to see the big picture, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. You must call upon your Spiritual Self to lift you beyond that point, to draw hope and realistic optimism. You must also understand that the challenge, or situation is actually helping you grow stronger.

To me, giving up, is not an option. Through change,  adversity or pain, the lesson is stronger than what the immediate emotions are. The choice to ‘give up’ is purely self-defeating, which breeds negativity and lack of confidence in many aspects of life. It is also caused by fear. Fear, will only bring new problems into your life, which will compound the original issue.

When facing fear, you must be honest with yourself and acknowledge that it’s there, but not allow it to control your life. Think of it as a reminder that you have strength, and that you need to call on that strength in order to succeed. Once you grasp it, it will help you ‘get up’. That courage – taking off your training wheels to rely on yourself – is what will make you soar, even in the most trying of times. Remember how scary it was when you began to ride a bike with training wheels? You start with two training wheels, then may go down to one, and soon enough, you’re able to ride without them! You must look at the end results: riding down the road with the wind in your hair and the sun in your face, peddling your heart’s content along the path of life!

Self-pity is extremely damaging to your Spiritual Self. It is a signal you have given up. By taking part in it, you are only showing others that you cannot handle your life, or emotions, and that you lack a sense of spirituality. It is also a strong indicator that you need to nourish your Spiritual Self and examine it with brutal honesty. The more you wallow in self-pity, the longer it will take you to heal, which can drive away a healthy circle of support. I strongly caution those who are in funk of self-pity because sooner or later, someone is going to yank your training wheels off and you are going to find yourself licking more wounds from that action alone, in addition to the problems that initially caused your pity party.

By embracing the fact that one day, you will more than likely find yourself on the receiving end of one of life’s curve balls, you will learn and heal – as well as become a teacher. Learning to heal is something that can only come from deep within your soul, by grasping your personal spirituality and having the confidence to let it (your spirituality) rise to the challenge. The act of self-reliance relative to spirituality is a learning and teaching experience. As time goes on, the more that you rely on your spirituality to get you through the hard times, the more adept you will become to make it a daily part of your life. Through those times you will eventually have the tools to help others.

Rising for the challenge is always better than being pushed over, or giving up. Life challenges build character and feeds your Spiritual Self but you must first observe all of life’s imperfections and search for both the obvious and hidden messages. That reflection will create an awareness that will help you see the big picture, instead of the little pinhole that you may be looking through.

There is a tremendous amount of truth to the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Pick and choose your battles but never, ever give up. You do have a choice, even if you don’t realize it. It may mean changing things around, changing behaviors, starting over, or pulling your training wheels out of the garage for a little while, but that’s O.K Although you’ve taken a tumble, you can still get up in spirit – which is what is actually helping you steer, ride and drive, your bike 😉

Caring For The Living Spirit

So, how can we take care of our spirit, while living in the physical sense? Below, I have outlined (and would suggest), the following information to assist with cleansing and re-energizing your spirit. These simple tools can make a difference in your life, and help to guide you along a path of a more fulfilled and positive sense of self, and spirit. These steps will also aid in ridding negativity, as well as can help to curb negative behaviors.

Part I: The Basics

Eat Healthy – One of the best ways to cleanse your spirit is to develop healthy, or healthier (for sake of small steps), eating habits. The American Dietetic Association, or ADA, is a great reference tool for nutrition. I would also suggest bookmarking a calorie-counting site on your computer.

Food journals are also beneficial when you are trying to make healthy dietary changes. This tool works wonderfully to help you establish your eating patterns.

The most important thing to remember: Never approach healthy eating as a temporary diet plan, but a life style change. Replace junk food with healthy snacks, drink plenty of water, and eat well-balanced meals. Try not to skip meals and do not eat past 7:00 PM.

A healthy body, leads to a healthier and more energized spirit!

Schedule a Physical – Do yourself a big favor and schedule at least one physical with your family doctor, per calendar year. The older that a person gets, the more concerns they should have. It is recommended that you review family history of illness and disease, as well as any personal health concerns that you may have.

Simple blood tests are critical and can determine if you need to be more vigilant about your health. Your doctor can order blood work to test for High Cholesterol, Blood Glucose (Diabetes), Iron (Anemia), as well as a CMP that will survey your overall chemistry to ensure that your ranges are within normal limits. Potassium, Calcium and other indicators from the CMP are important, as they are critical in regulating and supporting proper cardiac function.

Women should schedule annual appointments with their GYN doctor, as well as have a routine, or baseline mammogram conducted at the age of 40, and repeated every 1 to 2 years. Once a woman reaches the age of 50, it is recommended that they have an annual mammogram, unless directed otherwise by their physician.

Colonoscopy: Colon cancer is often a silent killer. Unless you are having problems before the age of 50, it is recommended that men and women have a routine (baseline) colonoscopy at age 50, and then a follow-up test once every 5 to 10 years. Again, this is dependent upon your current condition, and whether or not you have a family history. Your physician may schedule one sooner, should you be experiencing any concerning symptoms.

Sleep – One of the biggest favors you could do for yourself begins with getting enough sleep. The body becomes practically useless in function with inadequate sleep. Sure, there may come a time when you have to stay up well past your typical bedtime, or get up super early to conduct business, but you must compensate for that lost sleep. Going to bed at a regular time, and getting at least 6 hours sleep, will do your body and mind wonders.

Rest – Just as much as sleep is important, so is the need to rest, especially if you are experiencing high, or unusual levels of stress. Even after a long day at the office, or running around town doing errands, sometimes it is very beneficial to just sit and rest for 30 minutes. You don’t have to sleep, but just take some time to desensitize yourself.

As a parent, (and when much children were young), I would often come home from work and read to the kids on the couch for a half hour, or talk about the day. It’s a great way to communicate with family and give your self a break at the same time! Don’t rush to make dinner, as that will just lead to more unnecessary stress. Instead, you should try eating, or offering a small, but healthy snack during this ‘un-wind time’. Doing so will help stave-off the urgency to make dinner and make the transition home, more positive.

Part II: Adaptations

New Beginnings – Embrace each new day! One of the first things that I do when I wake up is say “Thank you, Lord, for granting me this day and for watching over my family and I while we slept”. Every day is a new beginning that you have been given to enjoy life.

The blessing that you have been given to be able to start a new day in itself, is invaluable. You have this opportunity to make wanted changes, finish business, and follow your dreams. Whether you see it as a time to practice self-improvement, or to help family or others in need, or to simply go to work and appreciate your job, celebrate this time. There is not guarantee that you will have a tomorrow, so make the most out of today!

Establish Realistic Goals

Time Management – Although this may take some getting use to, it is perfectly achievable if you are willing to do it – and do it right. Time management involves two critical elements: Learning to prioritize and the willingness to say ‘no’.

Some may say that people may toss out comments such as ‘you’re anal’, or ‘too uptight’, but in a world filled with so much to do, but too little time, time management skills will help alleviate unnecessary stress, as well as keep you on task.

Establishing these skills can definitely help with juggling family and a career. One of the most important bits of advice that my mother has ever given, was to tell me (while pregnant for my first son), “Jill, develop a schedule and stick to it, even if it means saying ‘no’ to people.” Boy – she could not have hit the nail on the head with more precision.

You must prioritize your tasks and access your timetables and stick to it! Sure, you may want to go out after work and catch the latest, greatest feature at the movie theater with your, but you have to consider what will go to the wayside if you do? If it is going to interfere with another task, just say ‘no’. If you explain the predicament, most people will understand your decision. If they try to tempt you, be strong and stick to your guns.

You must learn to schedule ‘wants’ for open time slots and do not fool yourself into thinking that you can move things around to compensate for what you ‘need’ to be doing. You can certainly have fun, providing you are not finding yourself caught in a cycle of want-need juggling.

Tools such as daily planners, notepads, homemade calendars, and smart-phones are efficient ways to develop and stay on schedule. Once you get the hang of it, you can help others who may need some time reinforcement. It’s OK to be a time stickler; it is professional and again, will help avoid unnecessary stress.

Practice Patience – Considering that the former topic is Time Management, there is no irony that patience follows. Even when you are organized or utilizing your time management tools, it is always beneficial to be patient. As for daily tasks, time management will afford ample time for setbacks or mishaps. Rushing and acting in haste only leads to higher stress levels, which equate to more negative, than positive energy.

In situations where you believe that your patience is being tested – well – it more than likely is. I tend to go by what I refer to as ‘fair patience’. Fair patience is a term that I use to determine when I need to stop being patient and either; just let it go, or become more aggressive (AKA: patience has worn out and something needs to give).

Practicing patience, more than aggression, is optimal for good health and promoting positive energy. Practicing fair patience allows for time to be both a buffer, and a way to re-evaluate the situation. There are many times that through patience, or time, knowledge is learned, which can grossly affect the outcome of the situation.

Patience also is conducive for a cool down period and affords more clarity to circumstance. By practicing fair patience, you are not being taken advantage of, nor are making decisions in haste. Establish limits and keep communication lines open when practicing fair patience. This method shows respect, yet creates limitations and boundaries. Use patience to foster positive problem-solving skills and beneficial, meaningful outcomes. This is also a great way to develop and enhance parent/child communication.

Of course there may be situations, which warrant immediate attention. In such cases there may be no room for patience, but just keep in mind that it is best to exercise it, whenever possible. Practicing patience will again, lead to less stress, clarity, and opportunity to obtain and gather pertinent information. In turn, patience will create positive energy. Things will work out just they way there were meant to, and your ability to embrace this, rather than fight it, will help you on your life journey.

Kick The Habit – Admission is the first step. Kicking a bad habit (or two), will work wonders for your body, mind and soul. The key is to assess what those habits are, and tackle them one at a time. Whether the habit is alcohol, drugs, caffeine, soda, over-eating, too much television, shopping, etc., ridding yourself of this nasty baggage will re-energize your spirit and lend to a more productive and overall healthy, life.

Prioritize your habits from ‘terrible’ to ‘not so much’. Pick the top ‘terrible’ habit and write down some strategies that you think would help you overcome the problem. Look at support groups as a positive means of dealing with it, especially if it is an addiction. Also try researching the topic to see which tools are available to you. The next step should be to develop a plan to begin ridding yourself of that habit.

I love coffee! There is nothing more enticing or invigorating than a delicious, hot cup of java in the morning. I’ve learned that as much as I may want to drink an entire pot by noon, it is so not healthy therefore I limit myself to one steaming cup per day. On rare occasions, there may come a day that warrants that second mug. I refer to this as a ‘two-cupper coffee kind of day’, and will indulge for an extra round however I have made a promise to myself and do not drink any more than two within a 24-hour period of time.

Again, set realistic goals and actually tell yourself that YOU CAN – AND WILL – SUCCEED! Do not put yourself down. Stay positive and focused, and surround your self with positive, supportive people who will help you.

If you find that your habit is actually a serious addiction, please seek proper, professional help. I have incorporated a list below that may get you going in the right direction:

Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Over Eaters

Develop or Enhance A Creative Outlet or Hobby – Believe it or not, a hobby is very valuable for your spirit. Sports, creative venues such as art, music and dance, reading, collections, are all wonderful ways to enhance your spirituality.

Dedicate time each week, even for just 30 minutes time, to develop or enhance a hobby or creative endeavor. It will both restore and boost your positive energy, and is an excellent way to communicate your personal feelings. Hobbies are also useful for deterring and helping to stop bad habits.

Hobbies and activities tend to relax the body and mind, which in turn, are nurturing to the soul. Whether you are doing the activity alone, or in a group, the benefits will outweigh any issues that you may have scheduling the activity itself.

Children can also benefit from developing a talent or hobby. Encourage them by including them in your own activities, and then help them explore their own unique potential. This will help them develop a sense of self, and also assist them with their skills, education and socialization.

Part III: Emotional Enrichment

Purge The Past – Accept your past as part of life learning. Acknowledge your failures, appreciate your success – move on. Dealing with the past can be painful, but is part of spiritual growth.

Think about the experiences in which you were a teacher, and other times when you were the student. Incorporate those lessons into the future without dwelling on the past to the point that you stagnate yourself or stunt progress. With time comes change, and part of dealing with change involves letting go of what went before.

Embrace the future with excitement and do not let mistakes or old habits, burden you. Purging the past will allow for you to travel the road of life with a much lighter mind and soul, ultimately making for a much more positive journey.

Live Without Regret – Part of spiritual cleansing involves accepting regret and learning to let it go. Although you cannot change the past, you must ‘own’ it. Everyone makes mistakes but you have to come to terms with remorse and move on. You will never be able to make progress if you continue to dwell on misfortune and regret, be it due to something you have done, or something that was done to you. Think of the experiences as an opportunity to grow and become a better, wiser, more spiritually healthy individual.

Do Something Good For Someone In Need – As discussed in prior posts, nothing can be more gratifying than helping someone in need. By volunteering within your community, offering to assist a neighbor, or helping family members in need, you are sharing positive energy with others, as well as enhancing your spirituality. You would be surprised how much your actions mean. Lending a hand is an exquisite healing tool that will revitalize your sense of purpose and energize your soul.

Here is a site that may give you a starting point as to donating your time and energy to a cause:

VOLUNTEER SITE

Think Positive & Be Hopeful Minded – Positive, realistic thinking and remaining hopeful can be put through quite a test. So many life experiences are always trying even the most positive thinking individuals, and has the ability to extinguish an innate sense of hope.

Positive, realistic thinking is something that most anyone can do with effort. Once you become acquainted with positive thinking and positive living, it will come as a natural response to the trials and tribulations that life may toss into your path. The realistic aspect of positive thinking means having the ability to use your reasoning skills in a practical and/or realistic sense relative to the experiences and situations in your life.

Positive, realistic thinking means paying careful attention to not fool yourself about these experiences and/or situations and understanding limitations. One must take into consideration that positive, unrealistic thinking can actually lead to denial and in turn, be counter-productive and self-destructive. Denial can lead to a negative thought pattern which only sabotages your progress and loads down the self (physically, mentally and emotionally).

Hope will also help promote a more positive mindset. Draw upon hope when you begin to feel stressed from the force of negativity. Do your best and cherish what you have; think of hope as an eternal spring that feeds the soul and helps to deflect impurities, or negative energy that enters life. Although hope can be diminished, it finds ways to replenish the spiritual self, even in times of extreme pain and desperation. Hope evolves, and teaches not only on a personal level, but globally.

Let Yourself Love and Be Loved: You Are Worthy – In order to love, and to be loved, you must love your self. As cliché as this may sound, it is without a doubt, one of the most significant concepts needed to live a life filled with purpose and joy. After all, love is one of the most basic human needs, and you are worthy!

Every individual on this planet has imperfection and weakness; some seen, and others unseen. You must learn to understand and embrace this powerful concept as a foundation of your Being, from which your spirituality will grow.

Once you have come to understand this notion, it is important to work on individual strengths, or positive attributes, in addition to working on any weaknesses, or negative attributes. Honesty is crucial. With true self-evaluation, you will be able to identify poignant barriers which may be deterring you, or blocking you from enjoying love on some, or all relationship levels. Upon this identification, you can break down these internal/external barriers, and begin to enjoy life more fully.

Slowly, with time and through accepting and dealing with painful internal conflict, you will learn to rebuild your spiritual foundation. This will help you launch healthier relationships, and develop a greater sense of purpose and love of Self.

Seek Goodness – This is a virtue by which your day and your life journey, should be guided. By holding firm to this way of living, you are going to surround your self with more positive people, and create more optimism. It will also create a more accurate sense of intuition, which can assist in problem solving, and in dealing with many of life’s hardships.

Helping others, ‘righting’ a wrong, creating win-win solutions and doing the right thing, are just a few examples of seeking goodness in life. This mindset will assist in deflecting and managing negativity. Staying mindful of who you are in respect to your family, friends, the community, the Universe and your Creator will powerfully impact your actions/reactions to life experience.

Reaping good will sow good. If you practice this with intent, you will find that your environment, and your Being, will be more harmonious, in turn creating a higher level of spiritual contentment. Let good be the guide, and pay attention to your intuition. If you sense you are not doing the right thing, chances are, you are not. Try to find a more positive solution, or situation that will benefit not only you, but also the world around you.

Reminisce – Memories can be very influential relative to the healing process. Reminisce about times that lent great joy and peace in your life. Allow your self to feel and re-experience the vast emotions that are associated with those special times: the laughter, the love – the nostalgia. This can be a valuable tool when you are facing times of stress and despair. These flickering remembrances of love and happiness truly have the power to recharge the spirit and restore your faith.

Get In Touch With Your Inner Child – Just as much as reminiscing can be beneficial, so can channeling your Inner Child. The innocence, laughter, joy, and sense of discovery that occurs in childhood can promote healing, and create a healthier life. Part take in activities with your friends, family, even your own children, that lend a sense of silliness and abandon. Listening, singing and dancing to music, playing games, watching television shows and movies, can help you merrily regress. Allocate time to experience the sensations and emotions of your younger years; it will rejuvenate your soul. Bit of advice: Of course you should practice responsibility when channeling your Inner Child, as well as avoid doing so too frequently. Remember, it’s all about balance and after all, you are an adult!

Part IV: Spiritual Enrichment

Reflect Upon Life & Death – Reflecting upon life and death is something that helps to evaluate and also guide you along your life journey. Discussions, research and support groups are a valuable resource to help fill in the gaps as you draw life experience. Acknowledging that death is a part of life, can help you make defining decisions as to how you want to live, as well as prepare you for death. When you reflect upon life and death, dig deep into your own thoughts and feelings and incorporate those of family and close friends. Through these actions, you will better be able to enjoy life NOW, and again, live with more peace and purpose.

Appreciate Nature – Nature is such a personal experience. Spending time outdoors, or even looking through a window into nature, is relaxing, peaceful and inspiring. The sights, sounds and emotions can feed your soul as you quietly watch the natural cycle of life.

Consider a long walk in a natural setting, or just sit and absorb its beauty and wonderment. I highly recommend meditating in an undisturbed location by the sea, in a field, in the woods, on a rock next to a tranquil stream, or outdoors underneath the night sky, or any other comfortable, quiet location. Absorb the smells, the sounds and feel the air against your body as you let go of stress and recharge your spirit.

Not only does nature help you heal, observation can generate a deeper awareness of the life and death cycle. A great exercise in this even through gardening. Think about planting a small herb garden or selective vegetable garden, should you not have adequate space or the environment for a large outdoor garden. From planting, to harvest, the experience can be very fulfilling, and enriches the soul!

Acknowledge Your Creator – Being thankful for your blessings, understanding that you are loved in the eyes of your Creator, and having awareness that you are one human being in a world of many, will bring strength and renew your spirit. Whether you make the time to go to church, commune with nature, or sit and quietly reflect upon the Universe and your Creator, this connection will help you when it comes time to make life altering choices, or in facing setback or sorrow. Additionally, your bond with your Creator will enhance your happiness and is a fortifying experience when celebrating your life journey.

Let Go & Let God: Of Any Internal struggling whether it is in your family life, personal relationships, or career, there often comes a time when one must accept that they need to ‘let go and let God’. Even after a most commendable attempt at problem solving, or even when ‘fair patience’ has been utilized and stretched to its limits, you must hand over the issue and give it to God.

The maternal side of my family has always practiced this and it was not until I reached my mid-twenties, that I was able to fully realize the power of this advice. I recall quite a few times whereas I would be at wit’s end about a matter and enveloped in worry. My grandmother, aunt and mother would always tell me to ask God to lift the trouble from shoulders and to put my trust in Him to help direct me. Admittedly feeling a bit strange when initially doing so, I came to realize that this was a way to restore my strength and alleviate worry about pressing matters.

When you are feeling overwhelmed, indecisive, or are in need of direction, let go of the problem(s) and ask God, or your Creator, to take over. Releasing the burdens that weigh heavy upon your shoulders will make you feel lighter physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually. Simply ask for direction and strength – and accept that His will, be done. In due time, you will have a restored sense of energy and be able to more clearly deal future issues.

Prayer – One of the most wonderful things about prayer is that you can do it wherever you want, whenever you want. There have been many times that I have sat at work, at a family event, and countless other places, and have discretely bowed my head and quietly prayed.

Prayer releases, and attracts positive energy. Prayer is also part of the defining traits of hope. It heals, it cleanses, it revitalizes, it emanates through time and space. Regardless of ‘religion’, prayer is a way of communicating with your Creator, as well as the Universe. It reinforces the bond between the physical aspects of life, as well as the spiritual.

I cannot count the number of times that I have had prayer answered, as well as have sat for days – even years – wondering if God was listening, but I have never given up, or ceased doing so. Prayer is a form of love and compassion that knows no boundaries and will heal, regardless of the results. Understanding the prior (letting go, and letting God), will help you appreciate the fact that what will be, will be and at times, although we may want one outcome, the lesson will come from another, less desirable.

Embracing this communication and exchanging positive energy will nourish the body, mind and soul. Do not feel as though that your only outlet for prayer is in your house of worship, but recognize that you can talk to God, or your Creator, wherever and whenever you want to, for whomever you would like to help – including your self.

Think Globally – Times are without a doubt, most troubling in this day and age. From issues involving the economy, health care, and other issues, it is often difficult to see the ‘bigger picture’ when thinking about life.

The fact is that millions of people around the world face similar, sometimes far worse conditions and situations than the average person does. Consider thinking about your personal impact on society and how you can better conditions not only for your self, but also for those in your community, your country, and the entire world.

Instead of breeding contempt in the world, and harboring negative energy, make it a point to be positive and share compassion. Even small gestures can have a huge impact. Whether you choose to help someone privately, or on a community level, that act of kindness will double and touch the lives on many.

Practicing tolerance and educating your self on issues that have become a sore spot in society will help to create awareness of differences. Instead of choosing sides ‘just because’ you are this, or that, instead of truly evaluating the issue or problem, is only going to cause more friction and spread negative energy. Make it a point to seek resolve, peace or understanding, rather than anger, hatred or discontent. By thinking globally, you will better recognize how the energies of the world will benefit from even one considerate action, and in turn, will energize your spirit and create a more positive, tolerant environment.

Take care of your self; take care of your spirit. Today is a gift that will unfold a thousand treasures. Open this precious gift and learn to take steps that provide nourishment for a better body, mind – and soul.

Jill