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Shake It Off

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.

With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake off the dirt and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

         Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

         1. Free your heart from hatred

         2. Free your mind from worries

         3. Live simply

         4. Give more

         5. Expect less

         Enjoy Your Week!

         SHAKE IT OFF

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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Sadness Is Natural

Many people avoid feeling sad or think that it is wrong or somehow not good to feel sad.  Get this idea out of your head right now.  Without sad you cannot have happy.  The two go hand in hand, meaning one cannot exists without the other. 

When a loss is experienced the natural reaction is sadness.  This goes for any transition, be it a loss, a graduation, moving away, divorce, breaking up, etc.  Allow yourself to feel sad.  It is OK and in fact if you do not allow your feelings to express these emotions become blocked just like trees in a river.  Over time a pond develops or an area of excess emotion which throws the whole system off.  Outlets develop and they do help to relieve the pressure, however they are not complete balance.  Imagine a stream flowing into a pond and a small outlet draining the excess to one side or the other.  Until the blockage is removed that area will not function at full capacity. 

All this because you where afraid of a little pain that comes with feeling sad, or maybe you were avoiding the stigma that comes with sadness.  You don’t want anyone to feel sorry for you.  This too is natural.  It is natural to feel compassion for your fellow man/woman.  To deny them this opportunity is again blocking the flow. 

It is not sympathy that is desired, but empathy.  Sympathy is joining someone at their level, sort of like buying into their drama, this only adds to the situation and does nothing to help remedy it.  Empathy comes from an honest feeling of compassion for the person, not the situation.  Instead of feeding into the drama you are sending Loving energy to the person so they may lift themselves out of the drama.  We all have drama so please do not shy away from feeling the emotions associated with it, no matter what side of the equation you find yourself on. 

One last note on Sadness, being sad is the opposite of happiness so we are either one or the other and can vacillate back and forth fairly quickly.  Do not associate happy with Joy.  It is possible to feel Joy while you are sad or happy.  Joy is a space that always exists just as Peace and Love exists always and in all ways.  These feelings are the presence of God that makes you who you are.  In other words, Joy, Peace and Love are the essence of your being and exist always.  Sadness and Happiness are temporary, so use this knowledge to your benefit.  If you are feeling sad, then allow that feeling to flow through you and it will be gone rather quickly.  Happiness is a choice which you can make at any time.  With practice choosing to be happy in every situation is certainly achievable. 

When a big event comes into your life like the loss of a parent or child, destruction of your home or loss of a job, allow yourself to feel sad, it is the natural thing to do!

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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The next tool our mind offers up is memory.  This can be a double-edged sword, but then so can just about everything in our lives.  One of the main premises to my ministry is “what you focus on grows”.  The power of this can be enhanced though the use of memory. 

Do all your memories need to be happy ones to benefit you?  Absolutely not and here is why, gifts are present in every experience we have and if we suppress those feelings or refuse to process those gifts then they turn into obstacles, so even a horrible thing like getting raped or attacked can be a learning opportunity.  The lesson most often learned in this situation is forgiveness and love.  I will let you work out the how’s, because that is the process of learning! 

Memory can be used in so many beneficial ways and the simplest is the experience of Joy.  We can feel Joy any time we choose simply by remembering the most Joy filled moment in our lives!  The double-edge here is that it is possible to get caught up in these memories and no longer be living our life, but a past life.  Re-member the feelings of Joy, happiness, contentment and once you have that feeling in heart then go about your business, knowing that any time you need a boost all you have to do is re-member!  Once experienced an event becomes memory and the process of joining with that memory/experience is called remembering or joining again. 

Did you know that often times the things we remember never actually happened?  Or at least they did not happen the way we think they did, or did they?  This can get very serious since sometimes people are accused of doing things and in fact did not, even though a witness remembers them doing it.  Our memory can play tricks on us so just be aware of this and use this to everyone’s advantage.  Let go of any memories of anyone being harmed, what was done was done and once you have faced your feelings and processed your emotions, let the whole thing go and move on.   If you are in a difficult situation simply create a memory that will comfort you.  Use the imagination to create an event and then file that in your memory so that the situation is transformed into a pleasant one.  It is perfectly OK to create your life to your liking and in fact I would expect you to.  My motto is to remember that which we desire and forget the rest. 

Memories that are very old often change over time and get “weeded out” leaving only the pleasant aspects and this is fine, because the purpose of memory is to experience an emotion on demand.  Memories can also be used to navigate and to share knowledge, however it is my belief that memories greatest gift is in the feeling of it.  Can you remember your greatest Joy?  How about your greatest adventure?  What about your best gift received? Or your best gift given!  Knowing where you left your socks is only part of the reason we have memories, so go out and use memory to fill your life with Great Feelings and Pleasant Remembrances.  😉 Sequoia Elisabeth

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