No Fear

Isn’t it interesting how fearful we get the minute we attract exactly the experience we say we want? We start to doubt it, question it, wonder why we’re actually experiencing what we’re experiencing and how on earth we’re going to keep it experiencing it.

Or … is that just me? Okay… deep breaths…

Let us realize that engagement and detachment aren’t opposite-the more engaged we become, the more detached we will have to be…” ~ Deepak Chopra

Inhale Vulnerability, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Risk, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Engagement, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

#JustBreath

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Seen

I’ve noticed that when I am being myself, fully and completely (which means I’m probably laughing), I attract those who can recognize and appreciate the authentic me. So when I’m attracting inauthenticity or experiences I don’t want, I have to ask myself…”Who am I being?”

The life you live is a reflection of what’s going on inside of you.” Oprah Winfrey

Inhale Presence, Exhale Suppression…
Inhale Authenticity, Exhale Pretense…
Inhale Engagement, Exhale Disconnection…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
#Authenticity

Precious Present

Every anxious thought we have about what might happen … every moment we spend replaying and regretting an action we took or something we didn’t say … every time we give into anger over something done to us that we perceive as negative, we stray away from the precious present.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34, NIV

Inhale Present, Exhale Past…
Inhale Now, Exhale Future…
Inhale Peace, Exhale Frustration…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

Unstuck

I recently had a really clear instance of being triggered by the memory of a bad experience. And because our bodies can’t always tell the difference between a thought and reality, my body reacted as if it was happening in real time. In an instant, joy and hope were temporarily replaced by despair and fear.

Temporary because I recognized what was happening and quickly took action so I wouldn’t get stuck where I was. After some prayer and deep, deep breathing, I was able to get to a state of equilibrium and peace. For that, I’m so grateful.

Life is a creative process and our thoughts, beliefs, assumptions, choices, actions, and words are the tools that we use to invent our experiences and our circumstances.” ~ Katherine Woodward Thomas

Inhale Responding, Exhale Reacting…
Inhale Action, Exhale Stuck…
Inhale Creation, Exhale Victimization…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

Protected

This week, between traveling in traffic and sleeping in a hotel, I experienced insomnia. I felt like I was in a thick fog and found myself moving like the walking dead. And because I was physically tired and mentally drained, I became emotionally exhausted. With my emotional energy depleted, I started to feel sad.

It was a personal manifestation of all I know to be true about holistic health; that a glitch in one system impacts all other systems. So I thank God for spiritual protection and for guiding me to the tools and the pathway to wholeness.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:13-18 MSG

Inhale Protection, Exhale Illusion…
Inhale Peace, Exhale Chaos…
Inhale Prayer, Exhale Uncertainty…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

True Self

I’ve seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are. It reveals who you are.” ~ Michelle Obama, FLOTUS.

It’s so interesting to me that people continue to be surprised by #45’s actions. I mean … it’s not like he appeared out of nowhere or just started demonstrating the behavior we see now. He’s been living in the public eye since the early 1980s, being his authentically racist, sexist, elitist, boorish, etc. self. He’s just being who he has always been…

When people show you who they are, believe them.” ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

Inhale Knowing, Exhale Unconsciousness…
Inhale Reception, Exhale Rejection…
Inhale Insight, Exhale Ignoring…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

Perfect Peace

We try so hard to understand what is beyond our comprehension, to explain what we don’t fully understand. What if we just rested in the flow and trusted in the All-Knowing…

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” ~ Isaiah 26:3 NIV

Inhale Ease, Exhale Strain…
Inhale Rest, Exhale Fatigue…
Inhale Trust, Exhale Weariness…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Peace

Space for Faith

I didn’t really become an Oprah Winfrey fan until I retired and started working from home. At the time, I was surprised at how spiritual she was because I recalled people questioning her beliefs, her faith, her Christianity.

Since she launched her OWN network, I have come to realize the questioning was and is because her worship looks different, because she honors others’ beliefs … because she lives authentically and offers space and grace for others to do the same.

It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” ~ John 4: 23-24, MSG

Inhale Faith, Exhale Suspicion…
Inhale Grace, Exhale Separation…
Inhale Space, Exhale Segregation…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Faith

Compelled to Purpose

Our purpose is sometimes revealed in unexpected, sometimes sad, even violent ways … like when we experience something personally or something happens to someone close to us and we feel compelled to act.

Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving after a drunk driver with a history of arrests for intoxication, hit and killed her daughter.

Whose life will be saved by the protection you put into place while serving your purpose?

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inhale Purpose, Exhale Despair…
Inhale Focus, Exhale Discouragement…
Inhale Action, Exhale Distraction…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

Dream Purpose

We all have a purpose…our reason for being here. Our dreams can ignite a passion for a cause that reveals our purpose. And when we don’t fulfill our purpose, things come undone or don’t get done.

Who is waiting on you to fulfill your purpose?

At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.” ~ Christopher Reeve

Inhale Dreams, Exhale Impossibility…
Inhale Discovery, Exhale Improbability…
Inhale Inevitability, Exhale Futility…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita