Journey with Joy

Journey with Joy

As I’m beginning to write, these Sunday school song lyrics are in my mind:
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart!
Down in my heart!
I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart to stay

Joy is defined as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Personally speaking, it is often the simple things that bring me the greatest joy. We have recently had a lot of rain in Oklahoma, and I am always on the lookout to see a rainbow when it rains. Traveling home from Tulsa last week, I was eager and excited to catch a glimpse of one beginning to form.

Subsequently, I was delighted to view an entire one from end to end. Sensing my joy, my husband offered to pull the truck over several times, so I could fully embody the experience rather than whizzing by at 65 mph.

I snapped several images, yet the vibrancy and expansiveness were unable to be captured fully. Nevertheless, here are two of the images from that moment in time.

Of course, this is just one example. I believe that it is essential for each one of us to become aware of how we’re investing our emotional, mental, financial, and physical energy, and then choosing to recognize whether these activities bring us joy, connection, nurturing, rest, and creativity to our lives.

When we focus on bringing love and joy to our life or perhaps just allowing it to happen rather than bringing, it will have a ripple effect throughout our life. A simple affirmation can assist us with this process.

Affirm ~ My heart overflows with gratitude and joy. I am conscious of being present in this moment. I recognize that I am love and I am loved. I am allowing myself to simply breathe.

What makes you happy? How do you journey with joy?

About the Author
Shelly Wilson is an author, intuitive medium and conscious creator who is passionate about helping people wake up to their greatness. She supports others as they navigate their own journey into consciousness to experience aliveness.

Honor Your Well-Being During the Holiday Season

christmas2This time of year and the holiday season can be a very stressful time for a lot of people. This stress may involve shopping for gifts and the associated financial aspects as well as the interaction with family during get-togethers.

If you feel anxious and tend to dread the holiday season, take a moment to breathe in deeply and let go of the lower vibration emotions of fear, worry, doubt, regret, guilt, shame, anger, frustration, etc. and breathe in the higher vibration of love. Allow yourself to acknowledge those individuals and situations that are triggers for you as well as those people, places and things that push your buttons, so that you can clear those triggers from affecting you anymore.

Recognize that it is necessary for you to honor yourself and what YOU are feeling, especially during this holiday season. Consciously choose to acknowledge any emotions you are feeling and then release them. You are in control of your thoughts, words, actions, emotions and reactions. You choose how you wish to perceive an experience and how you wish to respond to it. Remember, each individual is having their own unique human life experience.

Balancing the aspects of mind, body, and spirit is an integral part of our overall well-being. One’s physical health, mental/emotional health and spiritual health should all be considered. It is important to cultivate the spirit, yet equally important to honor the mind and body.

Here are a few tips to energetically assist you in having a stress-free holiday season:
Tip #1 – Be Present
Focus your energy on being present and in the NOW at this very moment. Allow yourself to become fully aware and completely present right here, right now. Being present involves living in the moment rather than focusing on the future or dwelling in the past. Focus on living, be-ing and breathing in the moment.

Tip #2 – Breathe
Take a moment to breathe in deeply and exhale anyone and anything that no longer serves you. Be mindful of your inhalations and your exhalations. Two to three times a day for 2-3 minutes, take a moment to pause in order to clear your mind and open your heart. Visualize yourself breathing in emerald green healing energy and exhaling the pain, hurt, fear, frustration, worry and doubt. Release it and let it go.

Tip #3 – Ground Your Energy
Grounding your energy keeps you present and in the moment. It completes the energy circuit and anchors your energy to the earth below. Keeping firmly planted energetically helps prevent feelings of fuzziness or spacey-ness that can often disperse your personal energy.

Tip #4 – Center Your Energy
Centering your energy involves finding that calm spot deep inside yourself that is eternal being-ness. Take a few deep breaths and bring awareness inward to the central essence – that place that is peaceful and serene no matter what the external circumstance. Think of the phrase, “Calm, cool and collected” as you exhale and smile.

Tip #5 – Release and Receive
Release feeling obligated to reciprocate when someone gives you a gift. Allow yourself the ability to receive without giving. Honor yourself and what you are feeling, but there is no need to hold onto the feel bad or guilt energy. Simply receive and sincerely say, “Thank you!” If you are the giver, release the expectation that a gift will be reciprocated. Be mindful of the intention behind giving.

Tip #6 – Give the Gift of You
If you typically exchange gifts with a friend, family member or co-worker, you may be guided to do something different this year. Many individuals do purchase what they need when they need it, so you may choose to forgo giving a material gift and instead give the gift of you. Plan an excursion or get together and spend time with someone you love. You may also want to volunteer your time or donate to a favorite charity. Perhaps, you may bake a special treat or create a handmade gift. These thoughtful gifts as well as the gift of your presence is immeasurable and greatly appreciated.

Tip #7 – Express your Gratitude
Gratitude is an expression of thankfulness. The simple words, “thank you,” extend far beyond their utterance. They are an acknowledgement of appreciation. Acknowledging and expressing gratitude for all you are thankful for radiates this energy to the Universe and returns in more blessings.

Honoring yourself during this holiday season will create a ripple effect throughout your life. Rather than isolating yourself, consciously choose to honor yourself. Remember, your mental/emotional well-being is an essential aspect of your physical health.

About the Author
Shelly Wilson is an author, intuitive medium and conscious creator who is passionate about helping people wake up to their greatness. She supports others as they navigate their own journey into consciousness to experience aliveness.

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

bookmark4It is often your unconscious mind, which is far more powerful than your conscious mind, that tells and teaches people how to treat you and how to interact with you. ~ Debbie Ford

Each one of us is a spiritual being having a human life experience incarnated into a physical body for this incarnation. Recognizing that you are a spark of the Divine and that you are a beautiful, unique and miraculous creation, it is essential that you love you for who you are.

Doing so isn’t self-ish; it is self-love. When you open your heart to loving you, you allow the love you have inside of you to expand outwards to attract this same love back into your life. How do you view yourself? What does your self-talk sound like? Is it negative/critical or positive/life-affirming?

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. ~ Sonya Friedman

Take a moment to tune in and write down any self-perceived imperfections or negative thoughts that come into your awareness. Then, allow yourself to read what you have written. How does it feel when you read what you have written?

Now, let us shift the energy and move into the vibration of loving you. Take a moment to tune in and write down positive thoughts about yourself as well as compliments you have received from others that come into your awareness. Then, allow yourself to read what you have written. How do you feel when reading these words? 

Allow yourself the opportunity to become mindful of the energy you are putting out into the Universe with your thoughts, words and actions as you are attracting this same energy back into your life. Your self-talk and the other thoughts running through your mind are similar to radio signals or energetic emissions. Word modification may be necessary as you practice being cognizant of your thoughts, words and actions. Can you say the same thing in another, more positive, life-affirming way?

Consciously choose to be your own kind of beautiful and embrace the you that is you! Yes, this means all of you, including any perceived imperfections you may have as well. Recognize that there is no one else in the Universe exactly like you. Make the choice to love yourself for who you are – fully and completely. Accept your uniqueness and dismiss any perceived flaws or imperfections because you are perfect just the way you are.

As each one of us becomes more aware of our energetic emission as well as the importance of shining our Light bright, we offer others the comfort-ability to do so for themselves as well. As we change ourselves (and our thought processes), we change the world.

Intuitive Medium, Reiki Master and Spiritual Growth Coach Shelly Wilson would love to assist you on your spiritual journey. She is the author of 28 Days to a New YOU, Connect to the YOU Within and Journey into Consciousness. In addition, Shelly is a featured columnist and an Executive Editor for OMTimes Magazine.