L O V E
It's Word of the Week time!
IEverything I offer you today here and now is for Living Well... today. Words matter. The stories that we tell ourselves and others, the words we choose to reflect and represent what we're feeling inside their a compass, they're a litmus test. So the words that you use have power, and they also can be a tool for lifting up how you feel, where your mindset is at for the day, etc. So here's the word of the week... The word of the week is L O V E XOXO
Love. "I love that. Oh, that's lovely. Oh, that's so loving!"
How can you incorporate the word love? You can do it in your work. "I love my work. I love what you've done there. I love your vision for that. I love it!" And feel what it feels like in your body to say the word love. Can you bring more love to the conversation? Can you bring your light? Love is light. Light is love. They're interchangeable. I love that you're here with me. I love it. I love it. I love my home. I love my family for who they are, where they are, where they're at right now. I love it. I love that the world is coming to a more resourceful place of balance. I love how the earth supports me, how she supports my every need. I love my body. I love how my body shows up for me every day. I love the friends and the light and the support and the wisdom that my work brings me in the world. I love it. I love it all.
Tell yourself that story today. Share that story with others and watch how your love lights up your life for living well... today.
Can you believe that we are blessed to walk together for the year 2023? I recently sent the following note of enouragement to clients and colleagues I have the pleasure of co-creating with. Now I'm sharing with you too Friend... if you're landing here to read this, it's meant especially for you as well!
First and foremost, Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your talents, your vision, your forethought, collaboration, friendship, and trust in our partnership in whatever form that may be. I do not take it lightly and am in Appreciation that I get to do what I love every day and be of service. Second, we all know many make a strategic plan, set new resolutions, new goals, as the calendar turns to a new year. May I offer that it's helpful to also set intentions, which are different from goals.
Intentions are more of a state of being, while goals tend to have a quantitative measurement with a deadline. It's easy to miss goals, a definitive outcome, particularly in this world where the shifting landscape keeps most everyone guessing. But intentions are so wonderful in that you can feel and measure the alignment and realization of them every day -- simply by the way you feel, your overall way of being that day, how others are responding to you, and how life and work is either lining up... or not. Ease or angst... you get to CHOOSE isn't that so wonderful?! As a mentor of mine always reminds me, you can get frustrated... or fascinated. Every moment you have an active choice in the words you choose, the attitudes you embrace, the energy you emit, and ultimately, the quality of your day.
2022 had it's particular turns in the road, its' challenges, some bigger than others. As so many of you know, it's in our measure of reacting to them, and our mindset, that ultimately determines how those challenges shape our work and lives. So as new intentions are set for 2023 and all is continually changing, adapting, readjusting, surprising, please remember... Invoke more kindness, more patience, an extra smile, a lending hand, in every situation you can. Both for yourself and for others you encounter along the way. The receiver and you as the giver, are both made bigger and better and more resilient as a result, to weather any storm, and to reap any reward. And your behavior may well inspire the receiver to do the same for another, and another.
A client and friend of many years once said "Success is never a solo act. It requires the talents of many." Actively surround yourself with those who want to see you WIN. Who challenge you to rise up to a fuller version of yourself. Who don't always agree with you and instead, share a truth from their point of view. Choose how you invest your time and energy and BE PRESENT for them. Far too often in the technologies of today, we can easily forget what it looks, sounds, and feels like to simply BE in the presence of another, and offer our devoted attention to them and only them. The difference is felt.
"Be a tuning fork." Whether it's through music, woodworking, photography, gardening, cooking, dancing... find a way to nurture your creative nature. It matters.
Lead with a servant's heart. Offer your time, money or both in service of good work. Doing well by doing good has been a mantra of mine for many decades. Many of you have heard me say it time and again. Because it's as true today as it was in ancient times. Tithe of your time and money, talents and capabilities, and watch it come back to you tenfold. Nature Lastly, a vital component for a vibrant and expanding 2023 is putting yourself out in nature. Again with technology and remote work, it's quite easy now to lock yourself away and hermit in your home. If you're going to be a hermit for a day, do it in the woods. Meet the real you, who you're meant to be anyway, and bring back to the office, to your partner, your kids, your friends and co-workers, an enervated, enlivened, joyous, at ease, YOU. Nature will feed you that way like nothing else, and help shape you into the you your heart desires.
Wishing You and Yours a blessed and bountiful 2023.
All the Best for Living Well Today!
December 28th, 2022
Learning to Receive is Vital for the Divine Feminine
The power of words. Are these blog posts helping you to begin to understand the power of words?
Welcome to Living Well... Today. I'm Angela Moonan. The words we choose matter. Words have the power to transform. And I've talked about this word actually before in other context, but a new word I'd like you to think about if you can, is the word RECEIVE. And this is particularly for women but men I think have their challenges sometimes in this too. RECEIVE... what does that word mean? What does it feel like?
Willingness to Accept, To Be Open to the Gifts
Receive is your willingness to accept, to be open to the gifts, to be gifted. And as women, we have been taught over the last, in my lifetime anyway, support yourself. And yes, that is true. You want to be of your own power, your own support, your own best support. Uh, but there is also this beauty and balance in your willingness to receive. And if you're tendency is to push away, ask yourself this. The next time someone says, "Oh, I can do that for you." Or they present you this beautiful gift, and your response is, "Oh, no, no, no, no, that's okay," or "Oh, you didn't have to." Well, no, they didn't have to, but they wanted to! Allow them to experience the beauty and the energy of exchange.
For Mothers Especially
And so as Moms as well, we tend to give, give, give, give, give. And somewhere in that line, we are last. But you know, if you can consider yourself, half of the time anyway in your life, to be in a position of receivership, there's great beauty and great elegance and great ease waiting for you in that place. And it also gives others around you that care about you or maybe even strangers, the opportunity to give. You know what it feels like when you give, It's a good feeling! You don't give necessarily to get something back. And that's not what I'm talking about. And I'm not, not also talking about taking. There's
a very distinct difference between taking something and receiving something. And you can even feel that difference in your body.
Practice For a World of Cooperation
So as you go about your day, your weekend, your week, practice receivership, be open to the gifts, be open to support. We are living in a world of cooperation. The new world requires it of us more than ever. Cooperation, connection, collaboration. And in order to be in that best place for that to unfold, you need to also walk with your feet in giving, and walk in that world of receiving. So practice, receive... receivership. Receive the light, the love, the beauty, the ease, the joy, the gifts.
I'm wishing you all the best. I'm offering that to you. I'm sending you my love, my ease, my joy, and I hope that you're receiving it.
So all the best. And here's to living well... today.
Angela Moonan, Author
Are you ready to have Harmony in your work and life? To feel and BE well, contented, satisfied, happy... at work and at home? Are you ready to move UP? To be Living Well... Today?
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