Connection

It is time to learn and practice presence. It is by presence that awareness may happen. And when you are present to this moment and aware of what is being presented to you in this moment, you can truly live and make the absolute most of this life experience.

It is imperative to know how to receive gifts when they are presented to you. This way, you can take what you need from every experience and situation that happens and use that information to evolve, grow, and change as you need and want to.

In order to receive, you must be aware. Awareness is key. If you are not aware, if you are not cognizant of all that is present around you, you can not live. You can not make informed decisions and choices. You can not create your life for yourself.

Choice is everything. It is by making a choice that your life takes shape. Your choices form the person that you are and become, every moment of every day.

You see, it is all connected. One thing stems form another and creates the present life experience, which turns into years and your overall life story. But it all begins with Love. Everything started with love and that is where it all ends. Find your love. Find and cultivate your self love, and from there your life will take place. Life is created by connection. Life is connection. Your connection to yourself and all that surrounds you is all that you have. Nourish that connection. Take the best care of it as you can. Love and connection are our life lines. – AJ

 

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We’ve grown weary.

Some cold.

Others cynical.

But we must not falter. Not now. Not here.

We’re moving. We’re getting there.

The road is long and filled with much to be experienced and learned from, but all is well.

We have to keep going, keep moving, keep trying, keep living.

This is the way of life.

Humanity has always had issues and always will. This is the way of things and there’s nothing wrong with that.

We must simply endure, and find our courage.

We are making it through. – AJ

Know Who You Are

This fear, This pain, This cage, This prison, This is not you.

This single, one tracked limited mind, is not you.

This desperation and these feelings of separation are not who you are.

You are more, so much more.

We are fertile land, filled with seeds, full of potential, and it is up to each of us to actualize that potential. We must work our lands and grow them.

You are a beautiful and unique being, you have a chance to be great, to do great things, to go great places.

You are a special and wonderful gift who’s touch is ever reaching, whether you notice it or not.

You are a light that can be radiated like all the stars in the sky; because you are the stars in the sky.

Know this. Know who you are. Know what lives inside of you. Know all the incredible things you are capable of. Become them, enjoy them, love them.

Soul Journey

A personal note.

The personal journey is a messy roller coaster that is ever changing. Its hard and it’s crazy, and it can be overwhelming. At the same time, that is also what makes the growth so worth it. That feeling of knowing what you came through, what you survived, and what you overcame to get where you are. That is a beautiful feeling. I’m trying to remember that.

Growth is a gift and so is everything that comes with it. I enjoy the highs and am so grateful for the beauty that is Life in all its infinite, wondrous glory. I am just as grateful for the lows. They aren’t fun while you’re there but they really do so much for us in helping to make this life what it is. That sense of fulfillment through self-care and self-love is truly indescribable. And even more potent when you realize that it was you who made it through. You had help from great guides, teachers, and influences along the way, but it was you who did the work and came out victorious.

I’m going through a phase of self-discovery and the Universe is testing me to see what I’m  really made of. Boy do I have some work to do. But all I can think right now is to be grateful. When you see life that way it really does help and make whatever situation you’re in better. Being in a constant state of gratefulness brings forth the concrete strength that lies within you. You have to work at it and it is a huge trail, but it is vital not to give in.

It is also imperative to make sure, especially this day in time when there is so much out there to absorb, to have positive, kind, goodhearted, humble guides, teachers, and inspirations to look up to and learn from. They are key to your journey. We are in full control of what we give attention to and the energy that we absorb through social media (a great perk!). Use that wisely. You don’t have to absorb bad energy and negativity. It’s always going to be there but you NEVER have to give power to it.

Stay focused on you and your journey. Do everything you can to stay within yourself and not get caught up with things that stifle, and hinder you. Feel what you feel, let whatever comes come, and let go of whatever needs to be released. We all have the innate senses to know what we need and don’t need. Be smart and work smart, not hard. Grind but do not wear yourself out. And whenever you find yourself out of alignment, acknowledge it and come back to your core.

The Source lies within you. Your Source is in your core, it is your core. Remember. Come back to your core, your center. There you will find all you need. In your core lies all the answers. In your core lies your connection to all, to everything within and outside of you. That connection is Life. That is who and what you truly are. You are the Sun, the Moon, the Stars. You are a Milky Way, a Galaxy, the Universe. Your body is temporary but You are Infinite. You everything, everywhere, and everlasting.  Remember. Love. Love yourself, love others, enjoy the journey.

Thoughts

We all have our battles. We have our demons that hide and plot throughout our lives. We each have a journey, in which we control where and how it goes. But we must be strong. Yes, we fall, we break, we make mistakes, we lie, we steal, we cheat, we do things for the wrong reasons.
But we can redeem ourselves.
The truth can hurt, but if you just give it some time and effort, with the help of an open heart and an open mind, there is nothing you can’t overcome.
There is always a chance to tell the truth, to be honest, with others and yourself. Own up to your actions. Take responsibility for your decisions. Trust can be hard to earn back, but it can be and is worth the fight.
We are human. It is in us to mess up and screw things up sometimes. It is in us so that we can learn to be better and help others do the same. We are meant to learn from these struggles.
As hard as it would be to forgive the darkest soul, if they truly mean to be
better, it is within us to help them do so.
We all have our fight.
Do not give up hope, do not lose faith, do not linger in a dark situation or place and fester in the hurt, and pain, and anguish, and sadness, and anger, and darkness, and negativity. It is not worth it and it will help nothing and no one.
Strap your boots up tight and take what’s yours.
Do the right thing.
Create the life you want.
Greatness lives in you.
Find it.
Be great.

                               AJ

Life

Being alive can seem like the greatest burden. Existing is sometimes really hard for me. There is So. Much. evil, hate, and wrong that is done to innocent people who deserve none of the terrible, tragic, hard, bad things that happen to them. I feel ashamed to be human sometimes from the things that I read, see, and hear; and it hurts. It all hurts. Very badly. I don’t want to be a part of something destructive and around people who have absolutely no regard for anyone or anything.

I am not here to judge. That’s not what I’m doing. I’m just stating the simple truth, humanity feels like a heavy burden sometimes. But then, I wake up. I open my eyes and look at a ceiling that men I will never know created and put together. I sit up and look around my room and see all the little material things that were made by men, women, and children far and near, that I appreciate. I go outside and I look up. I realize that even though being here, being alive is hard at times, it is not a burden. It is a blessing to be here and, in fact, quite remarkable that we are here.

I am a human being who gets to wake up, make my own choices, and decide where I’m going in life and what I want to do with my life. I am more privileged than a lot of people and also less privileged than others. I appreciate all that I have and I cherish more the people in my life. I am thankful, grateful, and humbled every single day by everything. I don’t get to choose the situations that I go through, at least not all of them, but I do get to experience and live the beauty and wonder that is life. I get to love, care for, breathe, drink, play, hope, believe in, carry, read, become a part of, and just be. That is truly something. Despite all the bad and evil, there is a light that shines brighter, a connection that binds all of us together, an energy that flows deeply, and there is Love. Love is, in every way, stronger and better than all the evil and bad in this life and world; and all the struggles, obstacles, trials and tribulations are all worth it.

The feeling of sand between your toes, the sound of a baby’s laugh, the vastness of the sky, the beauty of the seemingly endless ocean, the rain drops that slide down the window, the tears that flow while you embark on a journey with the characters in the book you’re reading, the deep, warm feeling in the middle of your stomach when you’re doing something you love with kindred hearts and spirits, that spark of hope when you realize you can make a difference in something you care about, the undescribably incredible feeling of love you feel when you’re with people you love, that’s what life’s all about. It’s about that feeling of triumph when we conquer a fear, that feeling of proudness when you beat the odds, that moment of victory when you do the impossible, and when you see someone else doing the same and feel connected with that person. It’s about working through your fears and hardships. It’s about discovering  and creating yourself, even while you’re going through the storm. It’s about not giving up when giving up seems like the only option. Life is hard and easy, right and wrong, fair and unfair. It takes struggle, hardships, and dark days, figuratively and literally, to truly appreciate and understand the good days, good times, happiness, and love in life.

That is the beauty of life.

My Greatest Fear

My greatest fear is not being good enough. I’m afraid I might not be the best that I can, for myself and for everyone around me. I’m scared that I will have no impact on the world. That I will just be a small piece to a ginormous puzzle that could have been great but failed; why? Because she was too scared.

I fear I will not be a good enough person, because of my fear.

What I’ve learned, is that fear is a choice, an option. And it is useless. It benefits those who seek to oppress me and hinder me and keep me locked in their tiny little box. I give them that power because I am fearful. I am fearful of saying the wrong things, of doing the wrong things, just scared of being wrong. I think humanity as a whole is this way. But I’ve realized that we shouldn’t be.  We’re human. We were made to make mistakes, we were made to make mistakes and learn from them. It is more than okay to mess up, to fail, to stumble, to fall, to quit. Because we’re meant to try again, if that’s the case. In other cases we are meant to do those things because it is time for us to let whatever that situation we were in, go. It just depends.

We’ve been taught to be afraid of our own nature. It is in our nature to get things wrong sometimes. What we have to realize is that it’s okay. We are worthy of happiness and life because we have been given those gifts. We wouldn’t have them if we weren’t meant to have them and utilize them.

It is okay to be afraid and to do the wrong things. Learn from them and move on. Conquer your fears. Grow, be better. It is in you.