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.  

Your Inner Voice is Talking…

Live Your Purpose

Many years ago following the release of the book and movie “The Secret”, I learned all about the Power of Attraction, I believed what it talked about, I understood the concept, but I really had not connected it to what I do with money relationships.  I was very wrong!  It is all about this.  But more than that, I am at a different trail marker on my life path.  I am now ready to embrace the Power of Attraction, but there is so much more to it than what The Secret shared.  I understand spirituality, Source, manifestation, and so much more at a deeper level than a number of years ago.

And the beauty of it all is that I have traveled with many teachers and students along this path who have taught me so much formally and informally.  One of those teachers has been in my life since 2008.  He really does not like notoriety, but he would recognize that it is he if he read this.  He is a spiritual intuitive who is also a medical intuitive.  I have learned so much form him, and several years ago he wrote a book called “The Practice” and began informal group sessions in various forms since then.  I have been a fairly active participant, and, when I am in Oberlin, a group following “The Practice” will begin there.  It is spirituality without a religious component.  Religion may play a part in many lives; but, in this situation, religion is there but it is not a part of “The Practice” groups.  “The Practice” is about spirituality.  

Combining my spirituality with my knowledge of manifestation and more, my life has become a wondrous flow, and I am so happy with it.  In recent months, my curiosity brought me back to “Abraham” and Esther and Jerry Hicks, the authors of many books channeled through Esther from Abraham.  It took a while for me to wrap my arms around the channeling part, but now “Abraham”/Hicks u-tube sessions are a major part of my life.  They are inspiring, they are spiritual without preaching spirituality.  Bringing Abraham and Esther into my personal mix has been quite powerful.

In the last 24 hours, the reality on all counts of my moving from the typical Northeastern Ohio suburb of Westlake to a very nontraditional college town named Oberlin, a longtime dream and intention, really hit hard:  emotionally, spiritually, socially, financially, and more.  Any major move, and this one comes after 12 year s in Westlake, is an emotional marker.  I am fine with it.  Sleep always helps, and after 5 hours of sleep, I awoke to my routine in the early morning hours.  That routine includes Abraham, and this morning was provided by Source inasmuch as there were 3 sessions I listened to, and they all applied to exactly where I am and where I am going.  So much so that I shared them on my Facebook pages.  They made a major impact as I continue moving forward.  

All I have learned before this move, and that includes decades of living, has prepared me for this move.  I am a spiritual, social entrepreneur who is involved with the community, with the political scene (after 16 years in government and politics)in a very distant way, and I have a great core family.  But this move is for me…to continue to grow Empower Excellence, my company, into The Empower Excellence Experience, a comprehensive, loosely woven approach to being well in all respects including wellness with the money relationship, wellness in spirituality, wellness with nutrition and local food, and aging wellness naturally.  All blend with my core concepts of personal sustainability.  It is the rebirth of Janice Marie, and my Inner Voice is alive and well and talking….


May 1: May the Butterflies Bloom in Your Life!

Butterflies in Blue

It is no secret that the butterfly is  symbol of transformation.  Believe it or not, but find the time today to ponder the power of transformation and the power of the butterfly!  The butterfly transforms nature after it experiences one of the greatest transformations nature displays.  From a caterpillar to a chrysalis to a beautiful work of art.  The butterfly has as many differences as anyone you may see in human form.  And their whole existence is a transformation.  They may go through a self confidence journey as the caterpillar; but then they really go through a “who am I” journey as the chrysalis to become a wonderful work of art.  But they were always totally together from the moment of their birth.  Yes, they had to go through a lot to realize that they had wings and could fly.

And you, too, have been transforming since birth.

Much gets in your way of realizing your beauty along the way, but trust me, you have wings, and like the butterfly you may not see them.  Come with me on a journey that starts today.  Learn to believe you have power and excellence and beauty and JOY.

I am only with you for a part of your total transformation:  I am here to help you find JOY in your MONEY, which may help you find more JOY in your LIFE…

This is not a materialistic journey.  It is a journey to show you that money is only a tool to help you find JOY.  It has nothing to do with the Power of Attraction; but you have everything to do with the Power of Attraction.  If you find your JOY, you attract more JOY!  It has nothing to do with gaining POWER; but it has everything to do with finding your POWER with MONEY.  This is not a woo-woo journey; but it helps to understand what woo-woo is all about!  This is not an MBA to Finance; but it includes an education of basic finance in your life.

This is about JOY!  This is about YOU!  Ready…just pay attention today to the beauty n your life, and, maybe, just maybe, a butterfly will cross your path…JOY!