In Times of Great Chaos: Love Fiercely

When the world seems to be falling all around us, the most courageous thing we can do and be… are people who love fiercely, and fearlessly.

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Love one another fiercely, and tremendously — without condition, judgment, or expectation.   This is the way to bring about true unity.

I know, for many, this is a time of great struggle and dissent.  Many are angry, and fearful. I am not telling you not to feel angry, but to use this anger as a fuel to strive toward uniting all.  Embody the ideals which you wish to see.  If you wish to see equality or justice, show everyone equality and justice.  When it comes down to to our very essence, we all have far more in common than we ever do separating us.

Stand up for what you believe in, have your ideals and virtues, but do not allow your anger to turn into seething hatred and create a larger divide in humanity.

When we stop viewing humanity through the scope of “us” and “them” and see that there is truly on “us”… we then realize that we are all in this together.  Though we may disagree, though we many not like a person actions,  we should send them love.   We should love our neighbor, love our friends, and even love our enemies — for they may be the ones to need it the most.

You do not have to agree with everyone, or even “like” a person, for that matter, to accept them as a human being a send them love.  I have accepted that I cannot control the actions of others. However, I can show compassion, empathy, and love to everyone I encounter.

It is up to each of us to create the changes within ourselves, to be the embodiment of the legacy we wish to create.

When you can look at everyone, with compassion in your heart, and without casting judgment… more so than helping them, we are freeing ourselves of the burden of anger, and the heaviness of hatred.

So, in parting, I send love to each of you… and to all.

I love you!

Amanda

 

 

 

Journeying Through Challenges and Triumphs, ( And Lessons Learned)

Earlier today, I was talking with a dear friend about my life at this moment.  I was discussing some recent challenges, and that I was proud of myself for handling them with more ease and grace than I would have in the past.

She then reminded me that it’s more about the journey, than the destination.  Though I had heard this concept many other times, even perhaps written about it… when she said it to me, it really resonated and got me thinking.

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Many times in our life, especially when something challenging arises, it is easy to put all of our hopes, dreams, and attention on something that is in the future.  A time when our challenges are past, or our goals accomplished; and while it is good to look forward to the path ahead of us.  We must also appreciate the hurdles in our existence.  Don’t let them define you, do not become so adrift in emotion that you cannot appreciate the lessons that life is teaching you.  Even during the more challenging times.

I am most certainly not saying not to feel these emotions, but rather to let them pass through you and to rise above the fear, sadness, etc. to a place of acceptance.  When we accept our circumstances, even if they are not the ones we would have chosen, we free ourselves to react in a much more calm and aware state.  We can find the small joys that may arise during challenging times, reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for, and move forward.

When we do this we triumph over fear, and learn lessons far greater than if we had been crippled by our emotions.

If we look at our life as a journey, like a winding adventure, we navigate our path in such a manner that we find more joy, and happiness.    Choosing love and a positive outlook over fear, is not always the easiest choice… fear can hook you and suck you in at times.  However, it is always the most worthy and rewarding choice.  It is the choice in which we give ourselves the greatest freedom, joy, acceptance, and self love; as well as contributing to the betterment of all those we encounter by sharing our love and positive outlook with them as well.

I hope this has helped you to realize, that we all have rough moments.  It is how we harness and transform the energy of those moments which will help us to rise to greater levels of understanding.   It is all a shift in perception really.

So, as you meander through the many paths that life will place in front of you on your journey… remember — your are loved, you are love, and you are worthy.

Love for me to you,

Amanda

Embracing Your True Essence: Self Love

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When we love ourselves, we blossom.  Our levels of joy, happiness, gratitude, inner-peace, and numerous other aspects begin to flourish; as we grant ourselves a sense of worthiness.  This state of self love acts as a catalyst, which enables us to share our love with others in a much deeper sense.  For when we embrace our true inner-worth, we begin to see the worthiness of all.

Loving oneself can be a struggle at times, especially if we place our value upon another’s opinion of us, or how we compare to another person.  Some individuals create a standard of perfection for themselves, and deny themselves happiness and self love until this standard is met.  In doing so,  this individual never feels good enough, and struggles to find joy and fulfillment in their lives.

Do not box yourself in, or attempt to fit into a mold created by any individual, or society at large.  The aspects of yourself that you cast aside to “fit in”, may in fact be your greatest assets.

I encourage you to take some time and consider yourself, exactly the way you are.  What makes you unique?  What makes you smile?  What do you like about yourself, exactly the way you are now?  Of course, there may be aspects of your life you want to improve upon, and if so, work on that to your best capacity. However, do not put your life on hold until these goals are met.  Embrace yourself wholly, every facet of your being, from the aspects that you pride yourself on to every glorious irregularity that makes you exactly who you are.

Look at yourself, and your life like an ever-evolving work out art.  A masterpiece, where every brushstroke is just as important as the next, all working together to display the brilliance of your soul.

Do not mistake this sense of worthiness for arrogance.  Loving oneself is healthy, and finds the same worthiness in others.  Whereas, arrogance thinks itself superior to others.  Putting oneself on a pedestal, and deeming superiority over  another individual is a unhealthy in every way.  The person who has the sense of superiority many times uses this as a false confidence.  For when you are truly comfortable in your own skin, you have no desire to feel superior to anyone.

The greatest teachers create more teachers, not merely students.  The greatest leaders, create more leaders, not merely followers.  In this same regard, I believe that those who love themselves, help others to cultivate self love in themselves.

 

 

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So much love to each of you!

❤ ❤ ❤

Amanda Goins

 

 

The Sacredness of Simplicity

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The sound of rain on the roof, a glint of sunshine streaming through your window, a smile or hug from a loved one, hearing or saying the words ‘I love you’… these are the things in life to be cherished.  No amount of complexity can surpass the truth found in the simple things and moments that touch our soul.

The things that make us feel the most alive are many times the things that we cannot put a price on, or describe adequately with words.  For some things cannot be described, but must be experienced.

I, like many of us, have a tendency to over-complicate life. In doing so, I at times miss out on the simple treasures all around me.

This is not to say there is not a place for the complex… complex innovations have a great importance.  Complexity is intriguing, and elaborate things can be quite fascinating.

However, when we look at the simplest aspects of our life with a greater sense of love and gratitude, and see the beauty in the pebble as well as the gem, we live life with a greater sense of contentment.  Slow down, take a deep breath, and appreciate the glorious things which surround you.  There is always something to be thankful for when we live our life is this state of wonder and appreciation.   It is then that we open ourselves up to an awareness of the miracles which surround us every day.

Much like unfurling flower that has found it’s way to the sunlight from it’s meager beginnings as a seed buried deep within the dirt, we are every day miracles.   Like the flower in this sense,  we strive to better ourselves in simple ways each day, and draw ourselves more toward the light of love and gratitude.

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I hope that each of you can draw from this a sense of appreciation for the little things that make life wonderful.  They are the building blocks of our happiness, and many times the things we will remember most of all.

Much love to each of you!  ❤

Amanda