Showing posts from December, 2013

The Best Gift Of All

The only gift I have to give is the ability to receive. If giving is a gift, and it surely is, then my gift to you is to allow you to give to me.”                                                                                           - Jarod Kintz Love is a recurring theme during the holidays and yet we usually focus on loving others through gift giving. What if, this holiday, we were to give ourselves the gift of truly listening to our own souls and of loving what we find there? There are so many voices we hear inside of our heads, and so many sentences that reverberate in us and influence us. Most of these voices and sentences like: you can’t win, you have to do this, only the strongest survive, you have to give in this way, and so on, are really not ours. Most of them are beliefs we have heard from our families, friends, and associations. They are not truly ours and yet they influence us so profoundly. One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is

Healthy Holiday Gifting

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” -   Mother Theresa If you are on an airplane, the stewardess will remind you to place the mask over your own face before helping someone else place the mask over their face. The same principle applies to how we live.. By taking care of ourselves first we have so much more to give to others. One of the ways in which we can take care of ourselves and also give to others is through health cooking and eating. I love to bake which is a gift I give myself.   And of course, unless I intend to eat it all myself, this gift is joyfully passed along to others. For me, healthy baking means I do a little satisfying of the conventional sweet tooth and a little satisfying of my need for health. Healthy (and even not so healthy) baking makes for wonderful gifts, so let’s get started with a healthy twist on an old favorite recipe. Below you will see how I substitute traditional ingredients with healthier

Gifts Come In Unusual Packages

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”                                                                                                  Kahil Gibran Being thankful is such a beautiful key to have with us as we move into the month of December, and to a month we think of as a time to give. Being thankful is actually a way of sharing. For many of us, the holidays are difficult times. We also often make them more difficult than they need to be. One of the ways we do that is by not recognizing the gifts we receive. In other words, we may receive something in the form of pain, physical or emotional, and it certainly doesn’t feel like a gift. But, when we can shift our perception of what is going on, we might then see the real gift behind the pain. As we begin to do this, especially with events that certainly are not easy, it can change our lives in subtle and not so subtle w

The Twelfth Body Presencing Key: The Power of Giving

“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” - Ben Carson December is upon us. The days are darker and colder. Thanksgiving is past. This time of year can be a difficult one. We have spoken about the power of our dark and shadow sides, and as we bring that power with us, and all the resources of the 11 keys I have spoken of throughout the year, we are resourced as never before to enter the darkest time of the year. We have spent an entire year exploring The Twelve Body Presencing Keys and how they unlock the secrets to wholeness, joy, and vitality.   The power of choice, acceptance, forgiveness, authenticity, joy, creative passion, sensuality, self nurturing, rest and fallowness, shadow work, and gratitude all combine to create a life of wholeness and possibility.   When embodied we become an overflowing chalice from which others can drink and we have more than enough from which to give freely to others.   The Power of Giving is