Mantra: I am love

Focus on the things you want in life, not the things you do not won’t. Why? Because thoughts become things. When we practice mindfulness we begin to recognize our thought patterns. One of the transformative truths that I learned, is that when I practice mindfulness I am paying attention or taking note of what I am thinking,…

Worship Wednesday: Living in Gratitude

In my twenties, I began seeking guidance not only in prayer, but also through the word of God, which I believe has transformed my perspective on life and guided the way I live now. We all know it can take Catholics a little while before they truly read and meditate on the Bible. Through reading…

Mantra: I am faithful

According to Brother David Steindl-Rast in Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, faith is trust and courage. When we think of faith, most of us are familiar with definition found in Hebrews 11, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” But, do we know how to apply this truth to our…

Mantra: I am grateful

I am grateful. Three words that have significant power and meaning. “I am grateful,” is my mantra for this month. After reflecting on my life and noticing that I complain more than I should, I felt that I should acknowledge the numerous reasons to be grateful. The most prominent reason to be grateful, is that we are human beings. As human beings, we have the ability to make choices, to use language, to feel, to eat – oh, how I enjoy eating good food – and many more unique qualities of being a human.

As Mark Nepo so eloquently states in The Book of Awakening, we are precious human beings, we are rare, and we are awake. Our consciousness could be inside an ant instead of inside a human body. Imagine how difficult that experience would be. Instead, we are conscious living souls inside a human body, and we must recognize this experience as a gift. Our lives are a gift, so why not live now? Nepo encourages us to ask what we need to know now, say what we feel now, and love what we love now. Life is short, we all know that. But, we do not always act as if we know the truth about our existence.

Mantra: I am hopeful

  Happy New Year! As I embrace a new year, I was thinking about motivation, specifically motivation to leave a warm and comfortable bed in the morning. Anyone who knows me, knows that I enjoy sleeping and love getting extra minutes of sleep. As I continue on the journey towards living out my dreams, I sometimes find myself…

South Africa Travel Journal: Traveling is Important for Our Evolution

Through life experiences, I have learned that our lives are meant for growth and development. Upon this realization, I decided to take personal responsibility for my continuous growth into the best version of myself. Now, I embrace every opportunity for an adventure, and I have learned that it is imperative that I surrender when I…

Mantra: I am evolving

A mantra is an instrument of the mind, that is commonly used during mediation to enter a deep state of meditation. I started using mantras during meditation to transport an intention I have in my mind and soul into my everyday life. I like to use “I am” statements for intentions that I want to…

Worship Wednesday: No Stress

No stress. I recently started practicing yoga five to six times a week, because I decided that I wanted to experience more peace. Every time I get on the mat I calm my mind and declare a mantra for the practice. A few months ago I had a difficult time finding a mantra at the…

Worship Wednesday: Go to Scriptures – Living Soul

Soul noun. The principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical. —  Dictionary by Farlex What you identify with consciously and unconsciously determines how you perceive your life experiences. If you recognize yourself as someone who…