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Let Go of Forever and Live for Now

Let Go of Forever & LIVE FOR NOW

It is time to make each moment beautiful!

It is time to make each moment beautiful! (Photo credit: GioPhotos)

“The only authentic responsibility is toward your own potential, your own intelligence and awareness-and to act accordingly… if you act according to your past, that is reaction… Response is moment to moment. It has nothing to do with memory, it has something to do with your awareness. You see the situation with clarity; you are clean, silent, serene. Out of this serenity, you act spontaneously. It is not reaction, it is action. You have never done it before. And the beauty of it is that it will suite the situation.” (Osho, 2003, p.32).

How can we give up our conditioned worries, fears and insecurities, while allowing ourselves to be with whatever is happening now? Staying focused more and more on this moment, instead of fretting over the past or worrying about the future, you will begin to notice some significant shifting in your awareness on what is really true. When you are no longer occupied by needless regret over the past or anxious anticipation of the future — you create an opening from your emerging wisdom for your full creativity, gifts, and talents to emerge.

As we continue to peel off the layers of dread and doubt that have kept us from noticing who we truly are, we might meet up with some of our old, outdated belief systems along the way. These will be reminders of how far you have come. And every single awareness that has assisted you in accessing your most expanded potential is permanently recorded. Nothing can change that. Further, once you begin to identify what you truly long for, stop grasping for it and simply allow it to emerge by letting go of any need to control — you will be endowed with treasures beyond your most favorable imaginings.

Love,

Luann

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Be Your Own Fairy Godmother

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You don’t need to wait for a fairy godmother to bestow surprising and wonderful gifts on you. Instead, become one yourself. How? Show up. Bring balance to the masculine and feminine aspects of your nature. Have faith and charity of heart. Follow your insights. Bring forward your passions. Become that which you seek from another. Emanate love and happiness from the core of your being. Herein lies the basic view from which all successful relationships can develop: I do not need you, but rather I choose you, so that I can contribute to your growth, and you to mine. From this lens comes the most stunning opportunity for magical Majesty to unfold in your world. You will continue to discover that the Universe loves you, serves you, and wants you to experience abundance. Unburden yourself. There is enough. Enough men, enough women, enough money, enough of everything. Would God want that which S/He created to lose? The only interruption toward the awakening of your full glory is your own belief that it cannot be so.

I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope for hope

Would be hope for the wrong thing. Wait without love. 

For love would be love of the wrong thing, and there is 

Yet faith. But the faith and the hope and the love are all

In the waiting. Wait without thought for you are not

Ready for thought. For in the darkness shall be the light 

And in the stillness, the dancing.

— T. S. Eliot (1970)

Love,

Luann

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A New Relationship Paradigm

In a relationship model where happiness (not to be confused with immediate gratification or pleasure) is the primary value, the Prince could be seen as a gift that Cinderella had not expected. Had he not shown up, she would have gone on to live her life contentedly. (Naturally, the same would be true for the Prince.) He was a partner with whom she could experience an even grander version of herself. Their combined love and devotion would provide a new opportunity for growth, individually as well as a couple. They would come to know that their relationship was just one of a multitude of choices for developing their personal and collective talents and treasures.

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Cinderella and Prince Charming would have a chance to open to more glorious versions of themselves moment to moment, both as individuals and as partners, by contributing to each other’s strengths. “Happily ever after,” however, is not guaranteed in this new version of the story, where freedom is the foundation of the relationship. In such a paradigm, happiness moment to moment (Happily Ever After… Right Now) is the key. Their love and growth would be a daily process of choice, compassion, truth, and free will, where they would be replicating the divine example “In loving you, I want your will for you (Walsch, 1995).” They might see themselves on a common journey toward growth and expansion on this moment, but later would belong to the mysterious unknown.

Most everyone resists the idea of being alone, which can trigger our primal fears related to abandonment. Yet if Prince Charming and Cinderella could sustain a degree of conscious awareness, they would know on some level that ultimate separation through death or dissolution would be inevitable. If Cinderella happened to be the one alone again, she would likely go through some periods of normal grief and bereavement. And yet, assuming she maintained her autonomy and individuation in the relationship, her transition into becoming “single” could actually be seamless. She doesn’t have to create dramas or go into self-pity and blame, but instead can look upon all that has happened as a foundation for her ongoing growth and continued contributions to the world. As she moves through challenges and changes, she has the opportunity to be directed by new passions and inspirations to which she may have been awakened as a result of this recent experience. She can keep opening her heart and then melt into grander and more glorious ways of being, involving new projects and people. The possibilities are endless.

Love,

Luann

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I want to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Cindy and all of those on my wonderful “Happily” team who make these posts (as well as the emails and social media) possible, and make them come together in a beautiful way!  Without their dedication and help, I wouldn’t be here “blogging” or sharing information with you electronically!  I would still be writing on my yellow tablets!

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Connection: A Paradox

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As we concentrate on balancing whatever appears to be out of whack in ourselves, at some point we come to understand that our capacity to love, create, and reach our most expanded potential cannot be complete without experiencing human relationships. And the paradox inherent in this realization is that we won’t be truly balanced until we are willing to let go of everything to which we believe we must be connected in order to survive. Often our attachments and addictions are subtle. We can rationalize them, particularly when we don’t want to take a look at what we might be doing to create our own misery. Frequently we feel that it is impossible to detach from our harmful habits, at least until nothing else works. You do not have to wait for that moment. You can start now, even if you begin by just admitting to yourself that there is one little aspect of your life that isn’t working. Dare to stare at that detail, whatever it is, even if only for a moment. What keeps you from changing it?

Now, ask yourself a few more questions. What is it that you most want to hold on to? Is it your identity, your man, your children, your friends, your parents, or your career? Are these “things” or people really yours to possess? What does the word “identity” or “Personality” mean to you? Are you, your job, your car, your house, your role as a partner or a parent? Conversely, if you are not these things, who are you, then?

The truth is, who you really are does not crave happiness, connection, joy, love, peace, health, money, or freedom. Because the real you knows that “it” already is these things. And when you are operating fully from this essential “youness,” you are moved from “That” which moves all things. While in such a state of awareness, you don’t need to evaluate why this is so, or ask questions about what is happening. You don’t allow the voice of fear to manipulate you or to make you doubt who you really are. You are just simply living life. You are not driven by your social and cultural conditioning. Rather, you are effortlessly moved by the ocean of spirit that stirs within you, above you, beside you, and beneath you.

We cannot depend on our partners to generate the breakthroughs that are going to create in us a simple, profound awareness that will set us free from suffering and longing. Only we ourselves are capable of discovering what truly connects us to the heart of our very own soul. And we make this discovery by bravely turning to face all that has kept us from seeing our hidden wholeness. But first, we must connect with our own true Self. When we ignore or defy her, we will suffer. In partnering with our own authentic Essence, then do we prepare the way to partner with another.

I am convinced we are bound for success.

Love,

Luann

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I want to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Cindy and all of those on my wonderful “Happily” team who make these posts (as well as the emails and social media) possible, and make them come together in a beautiful way!  Without their dedication and help, I wouldn’t be here “blogging” or sharing information with you electronically!  I would still be writing on my yellow tablets!

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Have a Little Tenderness

If you choose to have a little tenderness toward yourself, or self-love, it can be the Launch Pad to happiness in life and in love.

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HAVE A LITTLE TENDERNESS WITH SELF-LOVE: THE LAUNCH PAD

The journey of loving and being loved requires making a lifelong commitment to self-love and self-respect. Admit to yourself that you have made mistakes, celebrate your willingness to learn from these errors, and honor your desire to discover and develop your dreams. Be as tender, patient, compassionate, and kind to yourself as you would be to an aging, beloved elder or a tiny, helpless newborn. Learn to love who you are without exceptions. Regard your mistakes as opportunities (I know it sounds cliched, but it really is the only decent way to live). Remember that you have strength and stamina. Don’t allow the pitfalls to throw you off the path. Avoid putting too much emphasis on perceived shortcomings or attributes. If you wallow in either one too long, you will miss the guideposts that have the potential to broaden your exploration. Above all, have a grateful heart for every single event, person, place, or circumstance that has brought you to this very moment.

Love,

Luann

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I’m pleased to be teaching a workshop called Conscious Leadership in Healthcare: How Caring for Others Begins With Emotional Intelligence and Self-Care with my friend and colleague Tara Sheahan,  who co-founded the Conscious Global Leadership Institute with me. You can find details on the class being offered by the Watson Caring Science Institute & International Caring Consortium here, if you’re interested to learn more: http://watsoncaringscience.org/event-registration/?ee=1.

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Excerpts from page 255-256 of my book, “Happily Ever After Right Now… Stop Searching! Start Celebrating!”

GRATITUDE: 

I want to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Cindy and all of those on my wonderful “Happily” team who make these posts (as well as the emails and social media) possible, and make them come together in a beautiful way!  Without their dedication and help, I wouldn’t be here “blogging” or sharing information with you electronically!  I would still be writing on my yellow tablets!

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Peace Is the Way

The way to peace is to notice that peace is the way (Chopra, 2005).

Peace Is the Way

And this way to peace is quite simple, although it can seem otherwise. You do not have to make the experience of accessing peace difficult or tedious. Your consciousness is already ripe for a shift to take place in you — one where (when complete) you will always be operating from this peace of yours, which has heretofore seemed so cleverly to evade you. How do I know about this ripened state that is unfolding in you? Because you would not be attracted to this material if you weren’t ready for change.

Most of us are weary of being chained to the pain and pleasure cycle. Of course we believe our captor to be merciless at times. Actually, we have always had the power to release ourselves from this unfortunate pest. Remember our friend Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz? Three clicks of her ruby red slippers and, poof — she was home! Just like Dorothy, we already have the formula to be taken immediately “home” to peace. We don’t have to go looking for it. It’s just that our fear-based conditioning has made it seem so complicated. So having some version of the Good Witch around to jog our memory can be quite beneficial. If we pay attention, those people, situations, events, and circumstances, replete with their reminders, are showing up. And as they do, it helps to keep remembering that peace is the way — while we are shown the way to peace.

Look for those people, situations and circumstances, and allow them to help you find your way to peace. Oh, and don’t forget to be one of them!

Love,

Luann

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I’m pleased to be teaching a workshop called Conscious Leadership in Healthcare: How Caring for Others Begins With Emotional Intelligence and Self-Care with my friend and colleague Tara Sheahan,  who co-founded the Conscious Global Leadership Institute with me. You can find details on the class being offered by the Watson Caring Science Institute & International Caring Consortium here, if you’re interested to learn more: http://watsoncaringscience.org/event-registration/?ee=1.

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GRATITUDE: 

I want to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Cindy and all of those on my wonderful “Happily” team who make these posts (as well as the emails and social media) possible, and make them come together in a beautiful way!  Without their dedication and help, I wouldn’t be here “blogging” or sharing information with you electronically!  I would still be writing on my yellow tablets!

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Letting Go

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The act of letting go is unequivocally the most effective means to end suffering.

It provides the ultimate relief from all of life’s challenges — although often is the most difficult behavior to put into practice. And yet the process of letting go is absolutely natural. We let go of our mother’s womb when we are born into this world. When we become mothers ourselves, we are definitely ready to let go of our bulging bellies and aching backs at the end of nine months. Our toddlers leap from our laps and go off to pre-school. We heave a sigh of relief in one breath and catch ourselves choking on tears in another. When our children leave home for the first time, we will experience more of the same mixture of anguish and liberation, and when they marry or go off on their own, we will again revisit the paradoxical feeling that is triggered by the anticipation of good-bye. This cycle will occur over and over until one of us lets go of life itself.

There really is no alternative to saying good-bye to our children at some point (and ultimately everyone we come to know and love). When the time for farewell approaches, a part of us knows that we have an opportunity to open the door to other possibilities — even while the dread of departure lurks in the shadows. If we can just be aware that this feeling of doom is connected to a signal conditioned by our ancient past, we may be able to reason with it a little. No, this good-bye does not necessarily signify the end. In fact, it could actually mean the beginning of new adventures and discoveries for everyone involved. And even if it is the final farewell, we will be given the strength to deal with that too.

I believe wholeheartedly in our ability to be strong and rise up, regardless of the good-byes we face.

Love,

Luann

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COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK:
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I’m pleased to be teaching a workshop called Conscious Leadership in Healthcare: How Caring for Others Begins With Emotional Intelligence and Self-Care with my friend and colleague Tara Sheahan,  who co-founded the Conscious Global Leadership Institute with me. You can find details on the class being offered by the Watson Caring Science Institute & International Caring Consortium here, if you’re interested to learn more: http://watsoncaringscience.org/event-registration/?ee=1.

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GRATITUDE: 

I want to extend a very special thanks and gratitude to Cindy and all of those on my wonderful “Happily” team who make these posts (as well as the emails and social media) possible, and make them come together in a beautiful way!  Without their dedication and help, I wouldn’t be here “blogging” or sharing information with you electronically!  I would still be writing on my yellow tablets!

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