#IAMChoosingLove – The Birth of a Movement

2015.  Paris was attacked.  In an instant, the world allowed the floodgates of Love, Light and Compassion to open……. and Light overcame the darkness.

As with millions of people, I prayed and sent Love to the people of Paris and all those around the world who suffer this kind of brutality.

While the loving outreach to our worldwide family was appropriate and powerful, I sensed there was more this time – something bigger was desiring to be born. I spent much time in meditation that day.

From this meditation came inspiration for the idea: I am choosing love The energy and ‘download’ surged through me.  I could hardly get the words onto the page fast enough!  The depth!  The potential!  The Joy!  What raced through me: “Everyone, absolutely everyone can be involved on their own level, however they choose!”

#IAmChoosingLove is a simple, life altering, world altering idea.  It is a project, a movement of awareness, intention, ‘being’ and action involving both individual and group – allowing the Creator who IS Love, to create through us and with us.

#IAMChoosingLove in its simplest form asks each of us, “How are you choosing Love”?  How are you loving on purpose?”

In it’s deeper form, #IAMChoosingLove incorporates 5 areas of focus: Awareness, I AM, Choice, Love, IAMChoosingLove. It is an uncovering, then a conscious choice to incorporate these 5 areas into our lives.  It is a never ending, adventurous dance with The Creator and with each other using the energy of Love as the creative tool.

Below, is a highlight of each of the 5 focal areas.  I have included a link which expands each area.

Awareness is the Key to "Come to the Edge Today" living!Awareness:  Learning the skill of awareness is a fabulous, life changing, life enhancing skill; it is a habit that can be created. (Click this link to discover more about awareness – what is it? Why should I care?  How do I create a new habit of being aware? How can I use it to create a fabulous life?)

‘Leaping Exercise’ #1:  How aware are you of being aware?

I am 3I AM:  Connecting with and allowing our true self to shine is the purpose and joy of our life.  Imagine experiencing ‘you’ as:

 

  • I am Enough
  • I am Whole
  • I am healthy and vibrant
  • I am a powerhouse of Joy!
  • I am passionate about life!
  • I am curious and creative!
  • I am a Lover of Life!
  • I am Loved
  • I am Loveable
  • I am the essence of God
  • I am ME….

Click this link to dive into ‘I AM’ – what is it? What does my past have to do with this?  How do I change my ‘I AM’s? How do I discover the power of my ‘I AM’?

‘Leaping Exercise’ #2:  What ‘I Ams’ do you claim as ‘you’ and how do you share them?

bowChoosing:  Allowing ourselves to become aware of the gift of limitless free choice; this is the gift that holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom for those curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Click this link to explore the gift you use (consciously or unconsciously) everyday

LoveLove:  Becoming aware that not only is Love something we yearn for, it IS the stream which carries us.  Love is the blanket surrounding us.  Love is the connection joining us.   It is more than just a comforting phrase or gesture.  Love is the most powerful energy in the universe.  Love IS life.  It is who we are.

Click this link to discover more of what we’re made of and the energy that surrounds us all

‘Leaping Exercise’ # 3: What is your definition of Love.  Can you expand it?  How does Love transform you?

IAMChoosingLove#IAMChoosingLove:  Creatively answering the invitation to be the ‘I AM’ we are –  Consciously using our gift of free choice, beautifully creating from our passions and joys – Allowing Love to flow in us and through us – Developing the habit and the knowing that ‘I always have the choice to Love’

‘Leaping Exercise’ #4:  A. How will you create the habit of choosing love?  B. Our collective consciousness is exponentially powerful. What can we do as a group of like-minded people committed to choosing love?

‘Leaping Exercise #5: How To How to begin using #IAMChoosingLove:

Use the hashtag #IAMChoosingLove to create the awareness in your mind.  Use it in your social media, on notes in your bathroom mirror, in your car, on your fridge, etc.  You are creating a habit, so do whatever will help you remember.  Notice the effect it has on you.  Enjoy what you are discovering!  Commit to it for 30 days and let your intuition guide you as to how to expand on the myriad of ways you can choose love.  Look for the hashtag and engage with others who are also becoming aware of the beauty of the unfolding.  Invite others to join!  This Love energy is the most powerful energy known.  It will lead us to each other and to others who are open to receiving it.  Let the magic begin!

Join us!  I invited Janet Nestor and Denna Shelton to be pioneers with me on this adventure!  They are wise, fun, inspiring and a joy to know!  Below are their #IAmChoosingLove stories:

Janet Nestor Janet http://mindfulpathways.com/i-am-choosing-love/

DennaDenna Shelton  http://tinyurl.com/jsoswg2 

Joan

Joan Kappes http://bit.ly/1VIkZm2

 

 

We invite you to Tweet with us @Joan_Kappes @JanetNestor @TwentyGems.  Add your wisdom, insight, and humor to the steady flow of inspiration found at the hashtag #IAmChoosinglove.  More inspiration can be found on our Pinterest board:  https://www.pinterest.com/janetnestor/iamchoosinglove/

Also, did you know you can add the hashtag #IAMChoosingLove to your Facebook posts and Instagram?

More to come!  We invite you to share your inspiration with all of us as this inspired movement expands well beyond the hashtag! #IAmChoosingLove – Joan Kappes

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The Ultimate Gift – The Ultimate Freedom

giftThere is a gift.

You received it the day you were born.

You are using it now.

This lifelong gift holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom if you are curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Uncover it.

bowWhat are the ingredients of this gift?

It is always present

It is always available

It is used every hour of every day by every human user (you)

It is employed with or without awareness of the user

It always obeys the instructions of the user

It can bend and change at anytime

It is absolutely unique to each user

It is utilized by the ego/personality and by the heart/soul

It is the creative life-tool of each human user

The more the user develops awareness of its power, the more effective it becomes

It is a free gift – always – with no strings attached

It is the ultimate gift

It is the ultimate Freedom

bowThe Giver

The gift is freely and unconditionally given by the Creator

The Giver gifts with pure Love

There are no conditions placed upon the use of the gift

The user determines what the gift is to be used for – each choice is respectfully acknowledged by the Giver

The Giver and user together dance the dance of co-creation

The Giver provides unlimited inspiration, support and direction if allowed by the user

Because of the unconditional Love of the Giver, regardless of how the user employs the gift, all roads will lead back to the Giver

bowThe User of the gift (You)

Simply by being on this planet, you are an adventurer and have the ability to employ this gift for creating a pleasing, wonderful life experience

You (the user) are made from the divinity of the Giver

You have been given an additional gift – discernment and intuition – to assist in how to most effectively use the gift

You have the Giver with you every step of the way – eager to dance with you as you learn to use the gift

What treasures await those who are curious enough to explore its potential?

It changes the life of the user – not just once but throughout your entire lifetime

ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you can imagine!

What is the gift?

giftFREE CHOICE  Yes!  Free Choice!  The user (YOU) are free to choose your thoughts (all of them).  You are free to choose action or inaction.  You are free to choose your attitude, your perceptions and your beliefs (all of them).  You are free to keep your head in the sand.  You are free to love yourself.  You are free to loathe yourself.  You are free to close your heart.  You are free to open your heart.   You are free to experience beauty.  You are free to choose fear.  You are free to choose Love.  You are free to choose to focus upon what is lacking.  You are free to choose to focus upon abundance.  You are free to focus upon what you do not want.  You are free to focus upon what you do want.

YOU ARE FREE TO CHOOSE!

There is a gift.

You received it the day you were born.

You are using it now.

This lifelong gift holds depth, beauty, presence and power – designed to bring joy and unprecedented freedom if you are curious enough to uncover its treasures and learn to consciously use its power.

Uncover it.

Today’s ‘Leaping’ Exercise:  Reread the above and this time, insert ‘Free Choice’ prior to each entry (Example: Free Choice is a free gift – always – with no strings attached….Free Choice is the ultimate gift….Free Choice is the ultimate Freedom, etc.)  Notice any ‘ahas’ as you reread.  Begin to consciously become aware of this gift.  Next, choose to become aware of this gift in your life:  Decide upon a cue that will remind you that you have this gift, then ask yourself many times throughout each day:  “How am I using my gift of Free Choice?”  Notice what you are discovering and choose to make changes, if desired.  Choose to appreciate this most precious gift!  Enjoy!

Rejoicing that we always, always have a choice –Joan Kappes

#IAmChoosingLove

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I Am Choosing Love!

This project was inspired a very, very short time ago.  Already, there is much interest on social media!  Stay tuned for how you can easily share the power and good news of Love, right now- right where you are!

We always have a choice to Love

I am choosing love

Best of Times – Worst of Times: There IS Another Way

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – Charles Dickens

These days produce heightened thoughts and actions of fear, protection, ‘us vs them’, circling the wagons, exclusion, anxiety, vulnerability…………..

These days also create intensified thoughts and actions of peace, hope, compassion and a commitment to ending the cycle of fear – releasing into our natural state of ‘Love’.

We have free will to choose which way to go.

Is it easy or comfortable to choose the way of Peace?  Not really.  We have been ‘trained’ for millennia to fear and exclude anyone different from ourselves and to protect ourselves and our loved ones via weapons and violence.

Is there another way?

xedos4Millions upon millions upon millions on this planet Earth do not want this violence, fear and hatred anymore.  We are growing tired of the all-to-frequent, hateful tragedies experienced by all countries; we are coming together, deciding it’s time for Peace.

Is it easy or comfortable to choose the way of Peace?  Not always – especially when the world seems so complex.  BUT, we can choose the way of Peace and Love.  Day by day, minute by minute we can choose the way of Peace and Love.  How?  By realizing there is a choice.  In any circumstance or thought throughout the day, we have a choice:  The fearful thought/action or the Loving thought/action.  Choice by choice we create this new path.  Imagine the impact of millions, even billions of people consciously choosing Love over fear.

These are the best of times and the worst of times……………The choice is ours.

I invite you to watch this short video of a man who chose the path of Peace and Love and the people who, without a spoken word, joined him too.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Situations, news, thoughts & decisions fill our day. Let us use these opportunities to become aware of our thoughts and actions and learn to choose Love.

Walking with you on the path of Peace and Love – Joan Kappes

#IAmChoosingLove

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You & Joy – Strange-Bedfellows? (Not Anymore)

JK - saiIt is fall and stores are brimming with Christmas wares from decorations to bobbles to greeting cards.  Everywhere I see – ‘Wishing you Joy this season!  Joy to the World!  Joy to you this season!’

It would be easy to take the cynical route and complain about the commercialization of Christmas and the holiday season, yada, yada, yada, but today I am walking a different path – one that is to me, much more enlightening.  Will you join me?

These seasonal wishes and greetings have certainly passed the test of time, haven’t they?  They are gifts given throughout the ages that point to something much deeper than words on a Christmas card or a nice, warm feeling during the holidays.

Joy is something we yearn to experience and wish for others, but what is it, really?

At ‘Come to the Edge Today!’ we take advantage of the imagination our hearts so freely offer; the answer lies in a ‘stretch’ of the heart’s imagination called “What if?”

What if… Joy is more than what I see others experiencing

What if… Joy is more than a feeling I experience once in a while

What if… Joy is beyond anything I can think or feel

What if…Joy is not felt because of an outward cause and effect

What if… Joy goes even deeper than the presence of God I feel surrounding me now and then

What if… Joy is much deeper and more intimate that I think

Joy -You Strange Bedfellows - 10-28-15What if… (This is where you allow your heart and its imagination to take over!)………

What if… Because you are made from the Creative Source of All, Joy is part of the essence of you

What if… There was a microscope that could see that Joy is part of the makeup of your DNA

What if…… ”You are Joy looking for a way to express.  It’s not just that your purpose is Joy, it is that you are Joy.  You are love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing.  Energy – frolicking and eager – that’s who you are.” – Abraham

Let this soak in!  Give it your daily attention and you will experience a wonderful unfolding.

Today’s ‘Leaping Exercise’:  Continue using your imagination.  Sit in a quiet place and ponder (before going to bed or rising each morning is a perfect time) what it feels like to have Joy part of my DNA?  How does my body function knowing that Joy entwines with every cell?  Imagining this is true, how do I perceive my day and the people I interact with? How do I think and act?  What impact does this have in my life?  What can this do for my life? Do I accept this as a possibility?  Do I dare take the leap and uncover the Joy within?  Allow your heart to open the door – even just a little.  What have you got to lose?  Or better, what will you be gaining?

Open to the possibility that Joy is part of the fabric of You. You will be delighted at what you find.

“Dear Creator of All – I accept the possibility that I am more than I have been thinking myself to be.  I allow this new truth to take hold and I open my heart to lead me to knowing and experiencing that I AM Joy in all its beauty.  I AM Joy looking for a way to express.  It’s not just that my purpose is Joy, it is that I AM Joy.  I am love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing.  Energy – frolicking and eager – that’s who I AM.”

-You are truly Joy-Full! – Joan Kappes

Want to know more about the Joy that is You? Click these links for more! Joy-Full You! (yes, You!)    Enjoying Your Day – A ‘How-To’ Guide     Where is Joy & How Can I Get Some?    Joy – How to Experience It Everyday   Audio of ‘Come to the Edge Today! – helping you uncover what is holding you back from living your life of Joy  (Inaugural episode is recommended)

 

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Will You Allow Perfection?

It is lovely to receive a message that you know is given ‘just for you’.  Recently, I re-read a section from my meditation journal.  This one grabbed me and I am drawn to share it with you.  Perhaps it too, is written ‘just for you.’

“Everything is wrapped in Love and Light.

Wrapped in Love’s cocoon, everything unfolds beautifully.

It’s ok to experience perfection.

It’s ok to experience perfection.

You fear that it will not turn out.

Holding on in fear or control does not serve you.

It is an illusion of security.

It’s ok to let go.

Focus on the essence of what you want……..

We want you to have perfection –

And perfection is all that is ever created.

Perfection is all that is given.

Perfection is all that is given.View your minutes, days and life as the receiver of perfection.

It is our non-physical standard and it can be yours too.

Decide.

Focus upon it.

You are always receiving it, so allow yourself to experience it.

Allow yourself to let go.

Let Us bring it to you.

It is and always will be….perfect”

Today’s “leaping exercise“:  Find a comfortable spot and gently breathe in and out, in and out.  Release any thoughts that are coming and going.  Read the above 3 times, then choose the  phrase that stands out for you.  Write that phrase 10 times in your journal and allow yourself to receive whatever message is intended for you as you write.  Trust the message and its perfection for you.  Re-read your journal entry at least once each day for 7 days.

Trust the perfection of the Giver – Joan Kappes

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All You Need Is Your Spark

 

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Leaping Exercise: Use the above as a reflection and jumping off place for journaling.

Pretend you are one of the stars in the above photo. Imagine you are a spark of Divinity.

The following are a few journaling ideas for you to engage your imagination and your heart as you connect with who you really are:

  • As a spark of Divinity, what feelings do I feel during my day?  What thoughts do I think about myself, family, co-workers, government officials, etc.?
  • What beliefs do I live by?
  • What is my perception of the people and circumstances in my life?
  • If I do not view myself as a Divine spark, what thoughts do I currently have that do not serve me?
  • What would I be able to do or be or have if I really believed I was a Divine spark connected to Source?
  • How could my life change if I believed this (even if I believed it just a little)?
  • As a spark of Divinity, how and why does trusting myself, my dreams and my intuition fit into all of this?
  • If I am reading this, do I trust that I am reading this for a reason? Could it be that this is no accident? What could this mean for me, now…..

The above are just a few ideas to open up the portal for awareness that you indeed, are a spark of Divinity!  Keep writing and go with the flow of inspiration that you are now receiving! If you are not ‘hearing’ anything at this moment, keep your heart open and you will receive insights in a few hours or a day or two.

Daily affirmation: I AM a spark of Divinity. I am connected with the Divine Creator and because I am connected, I trust my dreams and my intuition.  I am willing and able to let go of thoughts that no longer serve me. I trust my connection with Source.  I have everything I need to live my life in happiness, fulfillment, love and joy.

You sparkle! –Joan Kappes

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