The Awesomeness of Fear

Everywhere I look today the word “awe” or “awesomeness” pops up! It is driving me a little bit crazy but I know it is reticular activation, but it is still unnerving. And I really do not want to go into the scientific explanation, I just know what is happening, and I love it! Awe shifts us, and I do mean us because it is a universal emotion, it is a collective emotion. It is where there is a shift from me to we. It is huge!

But there is a sad part of awe. Nature is a major provider of awesomeness, and there is a deficit of folks spending time in nature. This is a lack in society, and it is up to me and we to cherish and protect the awe in nature. We are scrambling in the world, and it is no secret. In Brian Swimme’s work on the powers of the Universe, our world is in a cataclysmic state. We do not need to delineate everything that is wrong. Awe may be our hope. It is our childlike wonder that makes us stop and breathe and mentally and verbally whisper “awe”. It is the side of us that is still the child with the open curiosity.

While awe is hard to capture, hard to define, hard to measure, our body responds to awe; it reduces stress! It is up to us to make time for awe. It is time for goosebumps to return to our everyday existence. And it can be so simple, so very simple as taking a walk. Join me in a daily walk with no other goal than to experience awe wherever we might find it. I call it my “awe walk”. Walk with me into the awe that surrounds us…

Money Emotion, Confidence, & Behavior


Most people are looking for peace with their money relationships, and there are many roads on which to travel to get to that peace!  To start with emotion, confidence, and behavior is a good start.  It is the start of mental strength.  It is knowing that you are going to be fine with your money.  And sometimes that feeling of confidence comes not only from mental strength but also from spiritual strength.  More appropriately, spiritual strength comes from faith.  And this is a tricky area to work in when you begin creating a good money relationship; and that is because money is very complicated and tricky.  But to know that you WILL be ok no matter what in whatever part of our life, and especially with money, comes from a deeply instilled confidence of faith.  That touches on every taboo that a person may hold in their hearts, and it is risky to go there before a person signals a readiness to go there.  So the answer is to go slow:  gauge the emotion, feel the confidence, and watch the behavior–the body language–before touching on “faith”.  It will become apparent that someone is open to approaching their faith confidence.  If it is not, then the simple areas of emotion, confidence, and behavior can get you started on the evolution of your money relationship!

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Spending Time with Gratitude!

Enlightened Gratitude

So many folks think that Personal Sustainability is all about the Power of Attraction or Abundance.  While that is a part of Personal Sustainability, it is not what I am focusing on with my Personal Sustainability work.  In fact, the focus is on our relationship with money and how that affects our Personal Sustainability.  The main areas begin with the money relationship and spread out to the energy and the power of the mind, body, and spirit.  But to get there, the money relationship needs to be explored and eventually understood before any significant change in any part of our lives can occur.  

The fundamentals of money — saving and spending– are a part of the money relationship; but, once again, that is not my focus.  My focus with a Personal Sustainability slant is being comfortable with making decisions about money, no matter how much or how little you have.  There could be volumes written about this, but most people only want to get more and how to do that.  Not my thing.  My thing is the energy and the power of money.  And money does have energy, just as you do; and money has power inasmuch as it allows you to become Personally Sustainable in your mind, your body, and your spirit.  

I am often asked how do I decide what to write about daily, and that is an interesting question.  Today, and on many days when I am experiencing positive energy and power from meditation and nature–I have already walked 1.5 miles in nature this morning, I allow the words to flow.  There may be an inspiration as today’s is from a favorite spiritual leader, Michael Bernard Beckwith.  There may be an emotion or feeling that is yelling to be shared.  But the most powerful are when I am hearing the main idea in my head over and over.  That is what I am writing about today:  Gratitude.

Without defining “enlightened” which could be a whole book by itself, I want to talk about “gratitude”.  And gratitude is personal.  I can just wake up feeling grateful.  I can feel grateful when I get home safe at night with a dashboard indicator light popping on during my freeway drive.  I can be thankful seeing a whole yard of the most beautiful golden yellow leaves that have fallen with the windy days we have had .  I can be thankful when Trader Joe’s has the couscous I need for a special dish.  It does not have to be big, and it does not have to be major.  It is the little things that warm my heart and my soul and sometimes bring me to tears.Liam's Candle 10 31 2017

The above photo is of  simple candle given to me by my 3+year old grandson, Liam, after giving me a piece of chocolate cake with this candle lit in it and singing happy birthday to me on my recent birthday!  He told me to take my candle home…Yes, that gives me goosebumps I am so grateful not only for the candle but for the thoughtfulness and love this small child has!  These are small things that are oh so big and so heartwarming.  That candle is on my desk where I work, and I cannot look at it without the feeling of thankfulness for small blessings.

As we continue on the Personal Sustainability path, gratitude and thankfulness will appear frequently.  This is an energizing attitude, emotion, and feeling that is necessary to become Sustainable, Personal and Universally.