I Choose a Joy-Filled Life

Joy feels like love! Joy is about the most amazing energy there is. We fly high, spirit souring, infused with a smile, laughter, and pure delight. Our feet don’t touch the ground, and our heart is the heartbeat of the angels. I choose joy! Don’t you? What are the alternatives? Sadness? Grief? Never ending exasperation? I decided I did not like the heavy thoughts and the even heavier experiences created by negativity. One day when I’d had enough – when I’d healed enough, when I was able to have another vision of life, when I realized I was loved from…

I am Worthy

It is time for honesty. I spent a greater part of my earlier life believing that I was not worthy, and I felt my family would be happier if I did not exist. My mother was 17 years-old and unmarried when I was born in her childhood bed with an old country doctor in attendance. It was a traumatic experience for all, including me. As far as I know, my mother never disclosed the identity of my birth father. And, my great grandmother, who lived across the dirt road, saw my birth as shameful, my mother as immoral, and my…

Love, Trust, Forgive

Love is the beginning of everything; it is the root of all relationships and the foundation of happiness and deep spiritual joy. From love, or lack of love, all other things flow. With love we embrace all the virtues of the heart, including the ability to trust and forgive. Appendix A in Nurturing Wellness through Radical Self-Care has a long list of virtues which are all definitions of love; abundance, honor, excellence, insight, balance, focus, kindness, communication, friendship, gratitude, openness. The above virtues and many others can’t exist within you at the level your mind-body-spirit needs unless you gradually increase…

Choose Happiness

True Happiness is an inside job and a conscious choice. I choose to be happy every day. I prefer to see the bright side, the lessons learned, and the hope for tomorrow. While I recognize life is often a very challenging journey, I choose to focus on the up side of the challenge. How about you? Today, my friend Linda Joy released Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness featuring the soul-inspiring stories of 27 beautiful women who share their intimate stories of transformation. Choosing Happiness includes Reflection Questions after each story which will empower you to integrate the vital lessons of…

Laugh Often

Have you laughed today? Have you doubled over in laughter fighting to get your breath – sides screaming in pain, tears running down your cheeks? Laughing is so good for you. As soon as you engaged in a side-splitting laugh, you changed your body chemistry by downloading a whole lot of feel-good endorphins that caused you feel better emotionally and physically. You reduced your stress and boosted your immune system with nothing other than the pure enjoyment of the moment. “Laugh at every opportunity and when an opportunity does not exist, make one! Laughter lifts our mood, jiggles up our…