I welcome you all to my inspirational blog

...it all started with this inspirational blog that led me to writing my book:

"It’s not about putting your foot behind your ear -Living an Inspired Life/A personal journey of transformation through yoga"

I will on a regular basis post excerpts of my forthcoming book on this blog. Feel free to follow along, enjoy my writing, and give me feedback. Come, be my travel companion on this inspirational journey!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I love Rumi

I have phrases and whole pages memorized, but nothing can be told of love. You must wait until you and I are living together. In the conversation we'll have then...be patient...then. Rumi

Rumi

My worst habit is I get so tired of winter
I become a torture to those I'm with.

If you're not here, nothing grows.
I lack clarity. My words
tangle and knot up.

How to cure bad water? Send it back to the river.
How to cure bad habits? Send me back to you.

When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools,
dig a way out through the bottom
to the ocean. There is a secret medicine
given only to those who hurt so hard
they can't hope.

The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.

Look as long as you can at the friend you love,
no matter whether that friend is moving away from you
or coming back to you. 

- Rumi

Transition

Any life transition gives us the chance to get in touch with our inner selves.
Transition means “change”, most of us are uncomfortable with change, with giving up the familiar, trusted. But what an opportunity to let the fresh, the new in, discovering uncharted territory.

Accepting and embracing change means going with the flow of life, resisting and being fearful means blocking that same flow and with it possibly missing out on some incredible new experiences.

Change is the only constant in life someone once said, so we better get used to it and accept it.

As long as we realize that our true inner self always remains the same, the ebb and flow of life will not affect us negatively and we have the option to embrace the new roles with the knowing that they give us fresh perspective on life and a greater understanding of the lives of others.

Remember the saying “It’s the journey, not the destination that matters”.

Personally I can only say that each time change happened in my life it was scary at first, but looking back I always moved to a better, more exciting place on all levels, physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.

Embrace transition with joyful anticipation, allow change to happen, but stay true to yourself because that is what life is all about!

SSP

An Angel Wrote............

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart. Anger is only one letter short of danger. If someone betrays you once, it's his fault; if he betrays you twice, it's your fault. Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people. God gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into it's nest. He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all. Beautiful young people are acts of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself. The tongue weighs practically nothing, but so few people can hold it. -  Author Unknown

2011: Year of Illumination. A Lee Harris Message

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Limitlessness

I am bathed in an ocean of  gratitude and guidance
As I begin my journey out from the center
I surrender to the next step
Which carries me toward
My natural state of limitlessness,
Inner completeness,
As I now prepare for my dharmic path of learning.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Feelings versus Emotions

Emotions are sensations in the body that can be triggered by memories, thoughts, external stimuli and they can change our physical state. Emotion has a “story” attached to it; there is a physical aspect as well as a psychological aspect; they control our thinking, behavior and actions.
The two basic emotions are love and fear. All other emotions, thoughts and behaviors are variations of these two. Anxiety, anger, control, sadness, depression, inadequacy, confusion, hurt, loneliness, guilt, shame, are all fear-based emotions. Joy, happiness, caring, trust, compassion, truth, contentment, satisfaction, are love-based emotions.
A pure, not self-conscious state is considered a feeling.
We “feel” joy for example when we look at a baby, when we are absorbed in the moment, such as watching a beautiful sunset. A feeling is something more direct, something sensory sometimes. A feeling is something we can identify. SSP

~ Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Power of Blessings

A blessing is a prayer, an accepting, allowing. A blessing raises our vibration by either giving or receiving it.
Blessing a person, a situation, a place means we are putting our attention to it, without judging, wanting or expecting anything; we are  creating space.

When we bless someone, we empower that person to prosper, we accept that person in their wholeness.
A blessing means making peace with the person or the situation and it is a simple way of bringing wellbeing to all involved. 

And lastly and very importantly a blessing can be a tremendous relief in a situation where letting go is the best option, we have the choice to bless and release a thought, unwanted habit, fear, worry, person, grief, hatred,  anything we don’t want in our lives.   SSP

~ The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it. ~ Seneca

The Beautiful short movie and music (see previous post) inspired me to think and write about The Power of Blessings -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BkT6-CDIjw  (you can also find it on my blog  http://www.sophiapaul.blogspot.com/  )

Friday, January 14, 2011

Allowing Blessings into our lifes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BkT6-CDIjw



Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Remembering

When I look into the eyes of my granddaughter when she just woke up, I see joy and excitement;
When my grandson comes running towards me with his arms wide open, with a  big smile I see his innocence, his trusting and allowing.
There is a familiarity in what I see and a longing. I believe it’s parts and portions of what I have given away during my life journey;
the parts and portions that had to be relinquished in order to be “acceptable”, to “fit in”.
What if I could recover these treasures? How would my life change if I invited those forgotten gems back?
What if my childish innocence and belief in miracles and wonders would return?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Perfection

Being a perfectionist can make life a struggle. But there is a solution to it. Once we realize that we have options, that we have a choice space opens up for new approaches.
It’s about acceptance, releasing judgment, and embracing everything in wholeness. Accepting the issue/situation as it is, change it or walk away from it. By starting to accept ourselves from the inside, everything in our outer world will fall into place.
The spiritual journey is not about becoming perfect but to live every moment with awareness, mindfulness and integrity.  SSP

IF you believe that you have come to this world to know yourself in all ways and
IF your experience of extremes allows you to know your balance and
IF you choose each commitment of life carefully, with intent and fully present doing the best that you are capable of in the moment, then
How can you be anything less than perfect in any category? (Gregg Braden, Walking between the worlds)