That's the awareness behind EVERYTHING. Every moment. Every contact. Every thought. Every feeling. It is all one.
When we each come into greater peace, it affects ALL of us. We're connected. We're ONE energy ... each of us is significant and can make a difference.
The breath MOVES our energy, and in that movement there is flow.
What I know now is that my heart is one with all things, my energy is part of that universal wholeness and I can't change that fact. That means that what I DO can't change that fact, what I SAY can't change that fact, and what you think can't change that fact.
Take a leap. Take a step. Take even just a tiny baby "scootch" toward your goal. Every tiny step is still a step forward! Forward is movement. Movement is growth. Growth is relieving and joyful after all!
We were created to LOVE! We were created to expand JOY in the world around us. We were created to appreciate and enjoy the world that is full of beauty and awe inspiring miraculous sights. God, Universe, Existence, the source of all that is IS love. That is the nature of that which created us. And creation is expansion of oneself ... God expanded to create each of us and it was an expansion of love. ... We are each love too. That is OUR nature.
I think I get the "easy" part. I just get to embrace what comes into my experience with love and light in my heart and live according to what fills me with those. I don't have to do the convincing, God does that. I don't have to do the leading, the Universe and the Light does that. I don't even have to worry over anyone or anything ... I trust in faith that God and the Universe has got it under control and when I am needed for some purpose or some part, I will be inspired to do my part and fulfill my purpose.
Do you know how much energy I receive from focusing on feeding my soul and connecting to that energy world? It is MORE than I would receive if I had slept that last hour. I can't specifically quantify it, but I FEEL more able to positively live my life when I've fed my soul in the morning. Filling my energy with divine source energy makes the day easier, it makes my outlook clearer, it makes my step lighter, it allows my perspective to be higher, it gives me what I need to move forward into my divine potential and then to give love and light to everyone in my influence as I am able.
I have NEVER been a runner in the past, but I am shifting into being one. Today as I ran I knew that my thoughts would determine if it was really hard or if it was ok. My last run, 2 days ago, was NOT great ... I was so focused on my knee pain that I was limping the next day, still focusing on the pain, so today, I knew I needed to shift my focus into a different spot. I was sort of planning on a miracle to get me through the run. So as I ran today, I imagined each step I took, each time my foot landed on the ground, I pictured it landing on a cloud or in "Universe" space and as I stepped down on the sidewalk I pictured the enveloping arms of God catching me. It sounds cheesy, but that visualization put me into a mental state of FLOW and the run was awesome. My knees didn't hurt, my lungs didn't burn, my hips carried me easily ... it WAS a miracle.
Each thing I've encountered in my life has taught me and shaped me into the person I am today. Each experience has lifted me higher ... some because the joy that was brought was more than I'd previously known (motherhood is a good example of that ... joyful expansion) and some, because of the depth of pain I experienced and worked through which challenged me to grow (my parent's divorce is a good example of that ... it brought me to a place of extension ... I had to learn from it and grow or I would be swallowed up in it). All things can be for our benefit if we see with those eyes. There is something to learn in every experience.
There is NO limit to what you can accomplish. If you desire to do it and you don't know how, learn how. If you want to accomplish it and it is hard, work through the hard. If you think you can't do something and you keep saying "but I can't do that, that's not me" stop saying that ... tell yourself you CAN do it and it is TOTALLY within the realm of your capability.
I set my alarm for 4:44 am last night. Before I went to bed I told myself that the five and a half hours of sleep I was going to get would be the EXACT amount I needed to feel energized, refreshed, and awake in the morning. I said to myself that getting up would be easy and that I was so grateful for a body that could give me the perfect amount of restful sleep I needed in just 5 hours. I went to sleep. I woke up at 4:30. And I felt good. I sort of just lied there WAITING for my alarm to go off at 4:44. And when it did? I fell into a familiar pattern of thinking ... "I could just lie in bed until I have to wake the 16 year old up. I'm tired, right? More rest is good. I will just lie here awake, quiet, and still ... I can meditate that way." HA! Right. Mmhmm ... that's a GOOD idea. (<<< insert sarcasm there)