Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

What does giving thanks mean to you? Is it the smell of Turkey baking in the oven? Is it the sound of family gathering and sharing a day of Thanks? Or maybe you bake a ham or go out to dinner with family and friends? This is a special day to give thanks and my hope is that you continue each and everyday from this point forward giving thanks and praise for the many blessings in your life.  Someone out there is suffering or without family and they need our love. Our world has changed so much and in these turbulent times we need to share more love, gratitude and thanks giving.

For all of those who have lost their lives in one of the many fires we have experienced in California. For those who have lost a family member or for those who have lost their homes I pray for a glimmer of light to shine on you and know that love will guide you back.  I can not put myself in your shoes on how you feel with the devastation you have had to face but my hope is that somehow as a community we can show up with love and grace to help out our neighbors near and far.  I am donating to the Red Cross on this day of giving thanks and pray for a new tomorrow filed with love and light.  Can you donate somehow today?  It does not have to be monetary. It could be a smile shared, a hand held to help someone cross the street.  Simple acts of kindness. Please share with me how you contributed to someone in need on this special day of Thanksgiving.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Five Steps to Living Your BEST Life

 If you had the ultimate choice on making a decision for yourself and what you truly want in life what would it be?

Who would be in it?

What would you keep?

What would you change? Would you change anything?

Do you have goals, ambitions; a thought of the best place to live out your days? What would you do to fulfill those days?

Here are some simple guidelines to start living your best life.

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  1. The first is to ALWAYS chose YOU.  See yourself in your true light and love what you see in the mirror everyday.
  2. Be a servant of love. God created you in your authentic self, to be a servant to spread love in the world.  Use your gifts.
  3. KEEP your GRATITUDE, YOUR FAITH, YOUR ABUNDANCE and journal daily on it.
  4. Be a teacher of love. When you chose this; love will follow you. Replace the thoughts of negative behavior in your mind, chose again and replace it with positive affirmations.
  5. Let go of your fears and ego and be still in your day. Set aside 5 or 10 minutes to sit in silence; to meditate or just be still.  You will be surprised at how this can greatly affect your thoughts and how you feel in your day.

Here are some good reads:

Please share your answers, your thoughts or questions with me and always Make YOU #1.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

How to find the Positive out of a Bad Day

We all have them right?  Those days that start off without a restful sleep. You toss and turn and your brain WILL NOT SHUT OFF!  You look at the clock and watch the time roll from 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 (OMG will I ever fall asleep).  You finally are able to shut your brain down around 4:30 and the alarm goes off at 6 am.  UGH UGH UGH!!!

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From this point on you have set the path for your day, wanting to pull the covers over your head and lose yourself in the sleepy slumber you missed the night before. You begin your day planning for the worst possible outcome. A sluggish day, non production and anxiety; where fear and ego take over and nothing seems to go your way because you have allowed yourself to cultivate the worst picture in your mind. Instead of this picture what would you envision as a perfect day?

So yesterday was one of those days for me.  I have had so many different ideas and projects going in my mind that it was hard for me to shut them off.  I continually analyze and over analyze each scenario. I make notes and more notes and spin and spin and spin.  Anyone else do that?  I went to bed feeling ready for sleep and then I woke up around 12:30 to start the whole process of what if’s, trying desperately to go to sleep.  I turned on my meditation app which usually helps.  I did fall asleep for a 1/2 hour but woke again in the tornado of my mind circling around and around a mix of explanations, advantages, disadvantages.  Well you get the picture; a train wreck! This led to a less than productive day filled with anxiety, depression, fears and just a blah day of self doubt and frustrations.  So I told myself “its ok” chalk this off as a day to just re-group and reflect.  So I stopped all my projects for the day.  I read a book.  I took a walk. I watched some programs on Netflix.  I turned off my brain for the day. I went to bed thanking God for allowing this day, knowing I could reflect on it tomorrow and see what the message truly was for me with a clear mind.

I woke up this morning determined to get myself out of my funk and be productive, to see why I had the day I did as they are all lessons to learn if we open up to receive them.  I went to the gym because exercise helps to clear your mind. There I envisioned what a good day looks like , a balance of organization to achieve my goals.

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Once you can see past the issue and understand why your day unfolded as it did, to  receive the resolution, then it all becomes clear. There is a reason for everything that happens in our lives.  There are many different paths to take. If we slow down and breath we can see the possibilities. We can reach the highest good for ourselves, but we have to listen and let go of our ego based fears and adjust because it is life. We have one to live so lets make it GREAT!

So when you find yourself in those sleepless nights that make for a not so productive day know this:  We all have them. Every successful person has good and bad days.  The difference is you can either focus on the bad day or listen and learn from your inner thoughts; to see why or what triggered those thoughts. To do whatever you need to to re-ground yourself, to re-center your mind to trust in yourself, but to also trust in the universe and God; whoever your higher power. They have your back.  You just need to ask, your never alone.  Let yourself off the hook to ask for help to reach your goals.  Choose again, infinite possibilities await you, change your thought.  Wishing you slumber and infinite possibilities.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

Sunday Reflections

I woke up this morning feeling tired and dragging, so had my morning cup of coffee to wake myself up.  Walked my pooch and came back and decided to watch Super Soul Sunday with Oprah.  I used to watch faithfully every Sunday, always getting a sign or message from whoever she had on as her guest. So I decided to look at some of the episodes I had taped. Today her guest was Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, author and scholar,  who talked about the true source of lasting joy. (season 8, episode 13)  He grew up in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to the United States to become a monk. Today he is 91 years old.  There are several things he talked about; happiness, joy, gratitude and seeing them in the everyday.  He said this statement which really stuck with me.  “Trust in life, it may just surprise you”.

I think we all go through times in our lives where we question our life, our path, our goals and ambitions. What we have done and the decisions we have made in the past which sometimes keep us stuck in that past and not able to move on into today or the future.  So today give yourself credit for your past, knowing that your life has a purpose and those decisions made in the past are what brought you to today.  Honor that, see that there is always a reason for what our life is about.  Trust in your heart and soul and intuition because you are being guided by a higher power than yourself.  Thats where your path leads you when you listen.

After watching the show I decided to take a bike ride to the beach.  My little scruffy loves to ride in the basket and watch life unfold in her eyes.

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I rode to the Wedge to watch the body surfers and reflected on life.  With gratitude in my heart I listened to the sounds the waves make when they crash on the shore.  I watched and felt the joy  when someone hits the perfect wave at the right time and rides it in.  Watching the way the water moves as it heightens into a wave and crashes back down changing colors as the sun reflects off of it.
20180819_115600.jpg We have so many blessings in our lives if we want to see them.  Hope your Sunday is filled with sunshine, reflections, joy and happiness in your heart.

Love and Light,

Jeanine on the Scene

G-O-D Easter Blessings

Happy Easter!

Easter is celebrated many ways for many people.  Some gather their children on their lawns to have a traditional Easter egg hunt.  Others cram into the pews for their once a year visit to church to give thanks and pray.  Some may take a walk in nature and thank God for giving us his only son and granting that we can walk his path.

I grew up Catholic, going to mass EVERY Sunday and always wondered why so many people who were not at regular mass throughout the year would show up on this Sunday to give thanks and Praise.  When I got married and had my children, we would go to mass on Sunday and then take them to Catechism and walk to breakfast while they were there.  We had friends who we shared this with and that was our weekend gathering to talk about life and pray.  Our children were baptized when they were born, had their First Holy Communion and Confirmation just as I had done when I was a child; and two out of my three children were alter servers.

My life has changed from those days as my children have grown up and I am now single.  I stopped going to church around 4 years ago when the divorce started.  I did not stop going because of my divorce;  I stopped going because I did not feel whole when I left mass.  I was losing something in the sermons; not totally feeling I understood the reason for going now because in the eyes of the church I can no longer take communion.  So I turned to nature for my church.  I may go back to church one day but today is not the day.  I instead go to church every day.  I take a walk on the beach, or sit at a park, or maybe take a hike or a run and sit and meditate with God and Jesus.  I GO OUT DOORS G-O-D everyday and praise and thank God for his blessings. I promise to try to walk in his footsteps and pass his glory onto others. I give thanks and praise for all the abundance that I have and I humble myself to not judge others; to do unto others as you would have them do to yourself.

May God Bless You All,

Love and Light,

Jeanineonthescene 💕