A Day of Remembrance

I came here to experience life.

I spent the majority of my adolescent years observing. With not much experiencing.

Learning as much as I could about the world I lived in.

I learned a lot.

And then I had to unlearn most of it. To relearn what is actually accurate and benefits my time here instead of hinders it.

That’s when the actual living and experiencing started taking place.

Observing was important. and i continue to do so however this time through new eyes.

i learned there is a lot of hurt in the world we live in. a lot of completely unnecessary hurt.

i lived it.

and then decided i couldn’t do that anymore.

but i am grateful

because now i get to watch the joys of all those i am blessed to help find their own way out of the hurt.


Today, along with many more to come, feels like a day of remembrance, reflection, and embodiment for me, but more so for my grandfather who passed the day after Christmas this year.

Yesterday I was chaotic.

I had a million and one things that had gone unfinished. I completed a lot of them.

Today I want to sit still.

My world feels completely different.

It is more vibrant.

It is peaceful.


You may not be here physically.

But I can feel you

I can hear you

And I can see you.

Don’t Think – F E E L

Always be coming from a place of giving and love.

Our bodies are built on a foundation of Love, Joy, and Compassion. If our actions are not coming from matching intentions, what we try and create will inevitably crumble.

Nature knows what is best and it will consistently return to it’s delicate balance no matter what disrupts it – eliminating that which tried to cause it harm.

This quote has been a mantra of mine for awhile now.

It brings me back into balance and directs me to the people and places that feel like home.


Overthinking – we all do it.

But it creates chaos in our minds and bodies, and then translates out into our lives.

When we are able to master our minds . . . and let the thoughts begin to subside . . . and then learn to watch them from the backseat . . . life suddenly just flows effortlessly. As if we are being guided to exactly what we intuitively desire.

We change our vibration back into a state of abundance and joy.

Never stop learning and exploring your curiosities.

Pay attention to what life keeps putting in front of you.

It’s trying to guide you.

“Don’t think. Just Feel. And if it feels like home, follow its path ”


If you are looking for more guidance

Aligning Energy with Action

Deciding when to take action. 

There is a right and wrong time to make decisions
and take action on them. 


Here’s the not so good time: 
When we are stressed

 Sad
When our mind is running like crazy 
When we feel like there’s not enough time in the day to do everything we need to 
When we aren’t enjoying what we’re doing
When we’re tired 
When we’re angry or frustrated 

Here’s the perfect time: 
When you’re centered 
Grounded
 Balanced 
When life feels like its worth living 
When you’re flooded with amazing ideas of things you want to do 
When your mind is still
When the thought of an outcome brings a smile to your face 
When you feel loved 
When you feel light and joyous
When you feel ambitious

Making sure we wait until we are in a good place to make decisions will help your life flow so much more smoothly. The feeling of regretting a past decision or fretting over whether or not you made the right decision is no longer an issue. 

You will be confident you made the right choice and this right choice opens life up and allows us to live more in the present. 

How to get yourself in the right mindset / the perfect time: 

Do what brings you peace.

What gives you a clear mind? 


Here are some of my own personal things I do to clear my head and de-stress when life gets crazy. 


I go to the beach and either run and stretch, or sit and meditate. Or both. 


I do yoga. (meditation)

Clearing the mind of unnecessary thoughts.
I write. 
I draw. 
I hike. 


Sometimes this is a solo activity. Sometimes I need communication and connection.

Find what works for YOU in your current moment. 

We seem to have come to a place where when someones asks us a question, needs a favor, or a decision needs to be made we feel we have to respond right away. We don’t!

It is perfectly okay, and even better if we take the time we feel we need to respond. Not only will this make you feel more in control and end in a better result, others will appreciate our willingness to take time to make the right choice. Trust and respect will grow. In yourself, and from others.

I hope this finds you on a day when you are needing it the most.

All my best,

Jody

Calming Our Minds – Bringing Positivity into O u r Lives

6 Tips

You can do right now to shift your vibration back into alignment.

I do these all the time when life gets a little crazy.  They keep me balanced, alert and able to make good decisions when they really count.

May they be just as transformative for you as they have been for me

1. Nothing needs your immediate attention right now.

Yes there may be an inbox full of emails, more DMs than you can keep track of, and dishes in the sink . . . but they aren’t going anywhere.

Just you, taking a much needed minute for you.

Because you deserve it.

2.  Become Present in the Current Moment. 

Feel your feet on the floor or feel your weight in the chair.  Become grounded to the earth. Let it support you.

3. Create a feeling of Space in your mind.

Allow it to open and be clear. Expand your awareness outward. Breath deep and imagine sending air to your brain. May sound weird! but it works!!

4. Your thoughts are separate from Y o u.

We are souls that can take a backseat to our overactive minds. View your thoughts like a movie you aren’t really interested in. They can be there in the background, but you don’t actually have to engage with them.

Choose the ones you want to listen to and ignore the ones you don’t.

Most are unnecessary and just background noise.

5. Focus on your Breathing.

Notice how the air is cool on the inhale, and slightly warmer on the exhale. Notice the rise and fall of your chest/belly. Imagine a flow of energy moving through your body and life flourishing throughout your cells.

6. Think of 3 things you are G r a t e f u l for. 

Really grateful for.

And feel the loving and comforting feeling flood your body when thinking about them.

Enjoy this time of peace. You deserve it. After all, being peaceful and full of joy is our birthright. 

You have the ability to return back to this space at any time you need to.

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For more guidance on calming your mind and bringing more positivity into your life

I help you understand a little better how your mind works and how to use it instead of it using you.

For more tips like this that you have access to right now – check out my other blogs posts. I share a lot about the knowledge I have gained from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the many books I am so grateful to have read.

Knowledge should be shared – especially when it so drastically transforms the quality of our lives.

Jody

A Note To Myself

A note to myself… And to those others who find meaning in these words as well.

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Half of you love me.

Half of you hate me.

Some days you’ll love me.

Some days you won’t. 

Just so you know. I will always love you. On the days you hate me, on the days you love me, and the days you aren’t sure what to think of me. 

I might dislike a decision, or action you take…but I will quickly see it’s roots…and return right back to loving you in all of your forms.

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Let your heart break. Let it break completely open.

 And when you find yourself on your hands and knees in a pain deeper than you’ve ever felt… Let this Earth fill it with an abundance of nothing but pure deep love.  Feel the calmness. This deep feeling of peace. Breathe it in deeper than you’ve ever felt before.


And then realize… You are the one who is giving it to yourself. You created this love, and you just remembered how to let yourself once again feel it.

 You are beautiful. 

You are powerful.

You are love.

You are loved. 

Break my heart open, and fill it with love.

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So many layers, meanings, and perspectives.

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We chose the one we want to see. 

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Are you Awake?

“Once we see the light, we can’t unsee it.

What once made sense no longer does.

Seeing new things will always require change, as the lessons seek to shift into our bones.

Many of us avoid the unfamiliar because we doubt we can hold it. We’ve been told for so long that we need a guidebook to tell us what to see. The American dream promises fulfillment while pouring concrete into our legs assuring that we feel as if we can’t stand anywhere but where they say.

We can pretend to build a happy home within the safety of the known, but it’s a facade. There is no promised safety. Just flow or resistance.

We either surrender to the present or we create anxiety, depression, and apathy.

Experiences deliver these lessons like a wheelbarrow of compost, delivering ingredients essential for growth. We can refuse to absorb it, but in doing so we choose a piece of life over the entirety.

We’ve been conditioned to feel weak, but our arms can hold more than we know. If it has arrived on our doorstep it is ours to meet, digest, wrestle with, consume, and then spit out what we no longer need.

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I hope that you take a moment to breathe in, soften your heart, remind yourself that you are capable, and lean into your lessons.

In each moment it is yours to choose:

Resistance or Flow”

Written by

Aubrey Renee

@aubreyyrenee

https://www.restoreretreatkentucky.com/


There is a tremendous amount of truth,

in and beyond these words.

Thank you Aubrey, for sharing such a beautiful part of your soul.

The journey you are on feels very similar to my own.

May our words reach many and continue to spread the message we both feel a calling to share.

We are here for the creative journey of experiencing joy and continuously expanding our minds into deeper levels of bliss.

If you are here reading this, your journey has begun.

Step into Growth

And know you will be supported every step of the way.

 

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If you would like to continue diving deeper into this question – ” Are you awake”  here is a podcast that goes into more detail describing some of the things that occur along this process of awakening. 

Podcast: Love Sex & Magic – Melissa Wells – Sept 16 – Are you Waking Up?

 

Consciousness

I am here for a reason.

How long I stay … I do not know … nor do I need to.

But I know I am here for a reason.

To Teach

To Inspire

To Motivate

To Lead

To Reawaken our Souls

Where awareness suddenly kicks back in.

Everything is energy. All in its own unique form.

Including us.

Open your heart

Clear your mind

and you will see.

You too are here for a reason.

Human Compassion

We are born into this world with decades worth of intelligence engrained in our cells.

We are perfect beings.

But I feel we see a newborn as small or innocent and assume this means they know nothing, therefore start imparting our wisdom thinking they have none.

We know a lot more than we realize even before birth.

 When we watch a young child interact with their world around them, we get that glimpse again of what life is supposed to be like.

A child is so filled with joy and compassion for everything around it. It understands and still sees the beauty in everything. Its ability to be present and see the aliveness of everything is effortless.

It’s when we grow up that we learn ( or are taught habits, and develop beliefs ) that actually contradict the natural instincts that we had when we came into this world.

From the moment we are born we naturally want to share. We know it makes us feel good to do so and we know by sharing we end up receiving in return.

We have forgotten what it feels like to give expecting nothing in return.

As we have evolved, somewhere along the line many of us started believing that giving leads to lacking.

Because if we give, we now have less, right?

This is where we have gone way wrong. Giving does not create a lack.

It creates space for more abundance.

Maybe we now have less material belongings, but we certainly gain from giving.

I’ve been learning a lot about giving lately and the importance of it and what we gain from it.

Detaching ourselves from these material items.

Detaching ourselves from the need to save and hoard money.

Letting go of this hold we have over our material things, and letting go of this feeling that giving away means we now will have less.

Lets rethink this…and remember as we knew when we were born…

Letting go reopens the energy flow.

We have cut off this natural flow of give and receive by believing giving leads to lack.

Which is why we continue to loose and feel a sense of lack. It’s not because our efforts aren’t enough. It’s not because we spend too much. It’s not because we don’t make enough, or weren’t born into it.

It’s because some of us have learned to hoard our belongings in the fear we will end up with nothing.

This belief itself is what creates the lack.

Any action taken from a place of fear does not produce good results.

When we start mindfully spending our money, when we remember to share the things we do have, that we start to remember what it feels like and what takes place after the act of giving.

We receive.

and we receive in abundance.

Let money and material things flow naturally and peacefully out of your life with the understanding and true belief it will come back to you in some way or form.

Because it will. Once we relearn.

We do not need anything to be happy.

Or successful.

Or beautiful.

Or to feel fulfilled.

We came into this world so full of love, happiness, beauty, fulfillment, and abundance….and we had ‘nothing’.

It’s not the items that make us who we are. We tend to hoard our belongings because we feel they are part of us, or make us who we are. Lets remember the items are just items. They freely come and go out of our lives. When we choose to let go of this need to hoard them and become comfortable in our skin without them, the items we need and are supposed to have in that moment will suddenly appear. And once they have served their purpose, they will leave, allowing room for new to come in.

Releasing attachment of this hold and fear returns us back to the same knowing and abundance we had when we first came into this world.

We knew how to share. And we knew this because it is what provides us with the effortless ability to feel joyous and alive.


To go along with this I’d like to talk a briefly about the ‘homelessness’ we are experiencing an increase of in our world today.

Every obstacle provides a lesson.

I feel we are missing the main point of this lesson.

What is the lesson it is trying to teach us?

To share.

Expecting nothing in return.

I have a few books in me about this topic which in the right time I might write, but I’m going to leave it here today.

I encourage you to take this new viewpoint. This new way of looking and try it out even just once. And see for yourself.

Give to someone. In a way that makes you feel joyous. And expect absolutely nothing in return.

And see it for yourself.

I’ve been doing this a lot lately. For me, after once, I don’t plan to stop.

Today in particular is what inspired me to write.

I was in town getting gifts for loved ones for Valentine’s day. I was done and getting back into my car when someone behind me asked if I had change to spare. My subconscious knew there was someone there, but I hadn’t taken the time to actually acknowledge their presence. Being the person I have chosen to become and wanting to create more authentic connections in my own life, I remembered I had just moved a handful of loose change from my cupholder to the hidden console wishing I didn’t have it anymore. I had also just bought two superfood bars ( Shanti Bars ), one was half eaten and I was already full. So along with this spare change, and my desire to give in a way that I feel good about ( sharing real whole foods), I gave him my other bar.

I gave, expecting nothing in return.

But I got abundance.

I got a smile full of gratitude on a face that was warm and friendly.

I got a conversation on a topic I had been pondering myself, and it brought immense relief as well as inspiration to continue on the desire I have.

I got more trust and faith in the caring we human beings have deep down for each other.

I got a feeling of deep peace.

I got authentic connection.

and really so much more.


We have gone through a lot of natural disasters in our world lately.

I personally had a close experience with one myself.

It brings a lot of sorrow and fear…but from it we also have been seeing so much giving from a place of expecting nothing in return.

I feel there is a lesson in this too. It is the same.

The world is trying to teach us.

Lets listen.

If this type of thinking and living is something you want in your life, contact me here and I will work with you so you can incorporate these practices into your life.

Lifes Guidance System

Resistance. Stress. Anxiety. Struggle. Anger. Sorrow. Frustration. Hurt. Worry.

These are our signs to stop – and pay attention.

Just like the stop signs we see every day while driving…. it, along with these emotions, are there for our protection.

They come from our intuition. That gut feeling we get, but usually don’t follow. Our intuition guides us to the path with least resistance. Aka…less struggle, more flow and joy.

So, I encourage you the next time you are trying to do something and for whatever reason it is just not happening at all and it is an incredible struggle to do what it is you are wanting to do…see it as your sign, and stop. Completely stop and either go do something else…or just sit. And wait. And watch.

Watch your mind go from crazy to more relaxed.

And watch the solution present itself. Sometimes right away. Sometimes later in the day or the following day.

Resistance of what is creates more resistance. The more we try and force something…the farther away we push it. Let go, and let it be. Even forget about it for awhile. This allows the energy from yourself and whatever it is you’re trying to do flow freely again and the solution will be able to fix itself with utter ease.

I feel we all kind of really wish there was an easy button for life or a written out step by step guide on how to live an incredibly fulfilled joyful life.

Well….there kind of is.

It’s our intuition.

It literally guides us moment by moment. Letting us know if we are going in the wrong direction or if what we are doing is aligned.

The only problem is we have gotten really good at ignoring it and instead, doing what we think we should be doing or what society tells us to do.

We’ve become stuck on ‘thinking’ instead of feeling.

Thinking usually leads us in the opposite direction. Feeling tells us exactly what we need to live joyously.

But wait!…it’s too vulnerable and feminine to feel.

No.

That’s society and your ‘thinking mind’ talking. It is actually extremely powerful to be able to understand the connection between feeling and doing. And those times you come across someone who has figured this completely out, they are actually kind of intimidating. Not in a threatened way, but in a wow, they seem to have a really good grasp on this living thing.

One day….this will be taught in schools. Maybe it does in some already.

I know statistics and complex chemical equations come into play in the lives of many…but understanding the basic foundation of how to live in the bodies we are in…and in a way that helps us thrive and live out life the best way possible….I feel that should come first.

Understanding we have a built in guide that lets us know the direction of most joy, most peace, most ease….man, I wish I would have known that earlier!

– Struggle becomes almost non-existent. ( Almost because everything has an opposite. We can’t have peace without chaos)

– Joy and ease of living become the normal way of being. Not just an occasional awesome day or anticipation build up for a vacation.

We have forgotten the importance of listening to our intuition. It’s been put on the back burner.

Let’s remember what it feels like to follow it. To follow the joy.

The joy that this life is really all about.

Letting Go

There is an incredible degree of peace that can be found in letting go when it is done properly. 
If all I am ever able to give to the world is the ability to find peace from letting go, I think I will feel accomplished.  


I hope my words drop you into the same state of peaceful being I currently reside, as well as give you the tools to practice letting go yourself to reap the benefits in your own life.


A couple years ago I made the decision to live a life of constant improvement. Where I am forever learning, growing, and sharing my journey. A journey of living as peacefully as possible.  I felt called to do so by my environment consistently giving me signals to ‘wake up’. These words were spray painted on a post I drove by almost daily, along with countless other signals conveying the same message. I ignored it for a few years thinking it was crazy to be even thinking anything of it. 

I have now learned our environment is constantly providing us information to improve our current state of being. 

These signs to ‘wake up’ were there for my benefit.

I was certainly intrigued, and became more comfortable with their presence over time. It wasn’t until my own physical health took a plummet when I chose to do whatever it would take to get well.  In turn, I was agreeing to waking up.  


It has been the best decision I have ever made. While not a smooth path, it is one that has brought the most peace and joy into my life.


I tell you this, to tell you the importance of learning how to let go.   We are energy, as is everything around us. Constantly changing and evolving, ebbing and flowing. It’s when we block this natural ability for life to flow, that problems start to arise.   Holding on tight to anything blocks anything else from coming into our reality.  It severely disrupts our natural balance causing a disturbance in our mental and physical realities. The formation of anxiety being what I feel is the most common.  Our intuition can tell there is an imbalance and it tries to communicate this to us. One way being creating an over active mind. 


I recently had to learn how to allow myself to surrender into letting go of something that had been, and still was, so important to me. Leading up to this point there have been a handful of emotional moments where I had to stop and allow myself to release the build up of energy and let it pass through me. 

I have been going through my belongings lately to give away items I no longer need, and in turn coming across a few I was still emotionally and energetically attached to.  While I thought I had already let go, seeing them showed me I hadn’t fully yet.  So each item I came across I sat with it. Literally. Allowing any emotions to arise and my mind to scramble, I then deliberately brought it back. Back to my original intentions of aligning to this path I have chosen. Remembering and reminding myself why Ive been making the decisions I have. And then choosing again to let go to bring forth a more aligned and joyful self.  

Physically holding on to something in your being for so long, and then choosing to let it go, can bring a lot of emotion to the surface as you choose to not only physically let it go, but energetically and emotionally as well. This is emotional / mental cleansing.  Once you’ve gone through this process a few times, you learn it’s sequence, it’s progression quickens, and it’s wonderful release intensifies.  Physically and mentally letting go of things that you have a large attachment to opens up an incredible opportunity to feel completely at peace. 

The mind becomes very quiet.

Time slows way down.

A feeling of immense peace, wholeness, and oneness with everything around you comes into being.

You’ve allowed yourself to open for new energy to come into your being.

You’ve allowed life back into your life. 

You’ve allowed the natural flow of energy back into your reality.


And suddenly living takes on a whole new meaning. 


May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be at peace. May you be free. May your life flow with ease.