Life Has a Message for You – Now!

Life has a message for you!  See leaping exercises below for decoding instructions.

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Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise: Decode your unique message from ‘Life’! deoderringSlowly and consciously read each word above. Be open to receiving the message/invitation it has for you (each person will be given their own unique gift). Spend 10 minutes journaling the message and the gift it has for you. (If you need some prompts, here are a few ideas: Did Life call you to ‘do’ something? Did Life call you to ‘be’? Did Life call you to ‘decide’ or ‘let go’? What did you see, hear, notice, think? How do you feel after receiving this message – judged, obligated, challenged, invigorated, curious, accepted, loved, relieved, etc? How will responding to your unique message/invitation change you and/or the quality of your life? Would it be helpful to spend additional time with this message to more clearly understand the gift?  This is your very own, one-of-a-kind message!  Check it often as the coding and meaning will change!

Here is to your experiencing the gift of your now!! –  moment by moment by moment – Joan Kappes

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Celebrating 4 Years at ‘The Edge!’

This month is a celebration of my 4th year of Come to the Edge Today“!  We have shared many adventures via these reflections, coaching, ’Come to the Edge Today!’ radio show! and contributing author for ‘Dare to be Authentic‘   THANK YOU for partaking in this amazing journey with me where together we leap and remember our joy!   In honor of all of you fellow “leapers”, I’d like to share with you the prayer that has been my life’s inspiration – The Prayer of St. Francis.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

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May we come to know that we are One – When I console you, I am consoled.  When I strive to understand you, I am understood.  When I love you, I am loved.  Thank you for helping me to experience this……….

Thrilled to share life with you at “The Edge” - Joan Kappes

 

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Your Mid Summer Play-Status Update

This is your mid Summer play-status check-in.

dog8This past winter millions of us in one form or another boldly proclaimed, “I CAN’T WAIT for summer!  I am going to enjoy the heat, get outside and do whatever I want”!

We are now past the halfway mark of summer.  How is it going?  Are you playing, relaxing, enjoying the outdoors, embarking on new adventures?  How about that outdoor Sunday nap you dreamed of or that stroll in a beautiful garden or woods?  How many times have you fired up the grill or campfire?  What about camping, boating, golf, baseball, swimming, spending leisure time with family and friends or other summer activities you dreamed about this past winter? What did you promise yourself you would do last January when confronted with more snow, ice and cold?  Have you experienced any of them?

dog8If not, now is the perfect time to make your list (filling in dates on the calendar so you will make time for them).  There is still time!  Come to the Edge Today!, take that summer leap and do it now!

A reminder:  YOU ARE WORTH IT!  Live your life now!

If you need to give yourself permission, below is a handy permission slip for you to use.

Today’s ‘leaping exercise’:  Make your list of what you dream about doing each summer.  Get your calendar out and commit!  Then, go have the time of your life!

Enjoy these ‘Lazy, Hazy, Crazy days of Summer! - Joan Kappes

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Field Trip Permission Form

 

I give myself permission to attend a field trip to: (or other desired activity)

 

Date:                                       Time:

 

Location:

Cost:

Transportation:

Notes:

 

Signed:__________________________________

 

Please sign and display this permission slip in a prominent place in your home:

 

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Your Lens on the World

arztsamui2Imagine you live in a world where everyone must wear eye glasses in order to experience life.  The optometrist does not prescribe the lenses, each person does………through their thoughts.  In this world each thought can instantaneously change the lens to whatever the thought dictates.  The wearer has complete control over which lenses will be used. Each lens provides the means for the thought to come to light.

This is a magical world!  Anything can be created and experienced through this system:  Beauty, unlimited creativity, inventions, adventure, perseverance, passion, joy, love, intimacy, happiness, hope,winnond freedom, oneness as well as despair, hopelessness, confusion, blockages of love, separation, lack, self- hatred, fear.  Anything is possible.  And because it works through the ease of the thought/lens interplay, it can and is changed instantaneously, hundreds of times each day.

In this world, each person has complete control over which lens they will view through.  This control is attained by simply (yet powerfully) becoming aware of where they are focusing their thoughts.  This is a huge piece of information because the lens is the portal and the means for how life will be experienced.  This is why each person’s experience is unique (even if the activity or event is experienced simultaneously with another).

Suat EmanThere was a long period of time when the people of this world thought the lenses were supplied by the optometrist.  They even believed that the lenses were supplied by the boss, the spouse, the lover, the neighbor, the economy and even by bad or good luck.  It never arztsamui3occurred to them that they were given the glasses and lenses as a gift of the Creator to be used as tools to play, grow, create and co-create with others AND to re-discover the wonder of who they really are.

One by one, the people began to awaken to this gift of the lens.  They began practicing and playing with the lenses.  They tried them on, experimenting with each one, then deliberately choosing which lenses they preferred.  Viewing through lenses of choice is now making a monumental difference in the quality of their life and the quality of their world.  They are expanding and growing and ‘living’ in ways that were once beyond their wildest dreams!

dan4This world is our world!  These glasses are our glasses.  These lenses are our gift.  Are you ready to play and experiment with some new ones?  Try ‘em on, use them consistently and see what happens!

 

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise: Notice!  Become aware of the lenses that you currently use throughout zirconicussoyour day.  Spend several days noticing and discovering which lenses you use most.  Then, from the list below (or make your own), write the top 10 lenses you intend to use.  Place this list in several locations so you see them often.   Purchase a pair of glasses (any kind will do) and remove the lenses.  Place the frames in a prominent spot (kitchen, auto, work, etc.) as a reminder that you decide which lenses in which to view and experience your world!  Have fun and play!

Partial list of lenses:

Fear, Grief, Depression, Despair, Powerlessness, Insecurity, Guilt, Unworthiness, Jealousy, Hatred, Rage, Revenge, Anger, Discouragement, Blame, Worry, Doubt, Disappointment, Overwhelment, Frustration, Irritation, Impatience, Pessimism, Boredom, Contentment, Hopefulness, Optimism, Positive Expectation, Belief, Enthusiasm, Eagerness, Happiness, Passion, Joy, Appreciation, Empowered, Freedom, Love

Lookin’ good in your rose colored glasses! - Joan Kappes

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Joy-Full You! (yes, You!)

Evgeni Dinev,2Imagine you released all limiting beliefs, regrets or thoughts which caused you to decide that ‘this is just the way it is’.  Imagine you released all sense of lack, fear, worry, doubt, shame, smallness and distrust of yourself.  Imagine you let go of the need to control or the need to hold-on to whatever you believe you must have to be safe or happy.  Imagine you let go of the ‘shoulds’, stress and the need to handle it all by yourself.  Imagine you let go of sadness, fear, disappointment, frustration and insecurity.

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What would be left?

You.

The real You.

What is the real essence of You?Dan 4

“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. You are pure positive energy that translates into the human emotion of joy.”– Abraham

 

Stop.  Notice.   What thoughts are running through your mind right now?  What feelings are you feeling right now?  What do those thoughts tell you about the belief you have regarding how it ‘is’ about who you are?  What are your feelings telling you – “I feel fabulous as I am resonating with the above that proclaims, ‘you are joy, looking for a way to express’” or, ‘I feel sad because I want to believe it, but do not’”, or any other feeling you may be experiencing.

njajNo matter what we thought or felt in the above exercise, the Good News is….because we are made of joy, joy is always with us! Think of it like having your very own path of joy and you walk on it every day.  It is your path and you always walk upon it.

So what happened?

    • Over time, this golden joy path became covered with layers of limiting beliefs and all sorts of resulting negative experiences.  Perhaps in many areas of our lives, there are now so many layers of this heaviness that we’ve lost sight of the golden joy path and we’ve forgotten its wonderful feeling that we once knew so well.
    • Our life’s journey is about unraveling what has gotten in the way and then getting down to the fun of living our life in joy.
    • We always have the free will choice to walk upon the heavy, dusty layers or to explore and uncover the shining path once again!
    • Each of us is given a daily invitation from Life to become aware of our path, to choose it and let go of what holds us back and then to experience the joy of playing on our joy-filled path, living as our true wonder-full selves!

The question is, how to uncover, then release those layers that keep you from experiencing the joyful You?Tina Phillips

  •  Become aware!  This is one of the most important steps living as the real, joy-full You.  Create a new habit of noticing what you think and feel!  Do not judge, just notice.  It is very helpful to keep a journal, recording your observations.  Why?  Because you will discover that most of what you think is a habit of thought.  And habits can be changed!
  • Choose a better feeling thought.  You are not your thoughts and you have a choice.  You are magnificent and you get to choose all of your thoughts.  Choose thoughts that are in alignment with joy (you’ll know this because these thoughts feel better).  Does it take effort?  Yes, AND know that with every deliberate thought that causes you to feel better, you are uncovering your joy path!
  • Let go of thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you.  If you are feeling unsure, ask yourself:  “What would a joy-full Me think or do?”  Trust your answer, then go with it.
  • ALLOW yourself to laugh more, to giggle and play.  Lighten up and don’t take yourself or everything so seriously.  This takes practice and soon you’ll discover that this kind of practice is fun!
  • Practice living from your heart instead of your head.  How to do this?  Be present in the moment.  Focus on ‘now’.  Example:  Pay attention to the food you are eating.  Experience each bite and notice the feeling it gives you.

This is your journey, your adventure to the real You!  Relax.  You have time.  You do not need to ‘find’ your joy-filled self because you were never lost.  A little uncovering and…….there you are!!!

Dan 5YOU……are fabulous! - Joan Kappes

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How to be Happy – Now

 

 

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No matter where

No matter when

No matter why

No matter how

There is always a focal point for happiness

  Give yourself permission to experience it

You are worth it

Allowing yourself to experience happiness is worth the ‘leap’ - Joan Kappes

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Claim it! Claim it all!

Upon accepting Life’s daily invitation to ‘Come to the Edge Today!’ I continue to discover the beauty and depth of the ‘real’ me.  Recently, a new height for my exploration has been revealed – another level of living that is even better than my current one!

dan1,This new level is found in two simple words: ‘Claim it’.  Yes, ‘Claim it’.   Claim who I am, claim what I want, claim what I am capable of, claim my joy, claim my confidence, claim my talents, claim my ability to love and be loved, claim my passions, claim my heart’s desires, claim my abundance, claim my healing, claim my freedom, claim my interests, claim my magnificence, claim my everything!

To claim something is extremely powerful.  When I lay claim to an aspect of the ‘real’ me, there is feeling of ownership and a ‘clicking in’ with my heart and soul that says, ‘Yes!  This is You!  You go, girl!’.  There is a connection to God/Source who already knows this about me and is revealing these aspects to me and is rooting for me and supporting me.  This connection feels great!

And, when you lay claim to any or all aspects of the ‘real’ you, the same happens for you too.

Claiming something means taking ownership of it.  Imagine you are claiming a monetary Kane Gledhillgrand prize! It is yours – a free gift specifically for you.  Imagine the feeling of winning.  Instantly, you imagine a million ways to use the money.  You are off-the-charts with excitement and anticipation!  It is yours to use in any way you choose.  You drive to the prize headquarters, burst through the doors and proudly declare, “I am ___________ and I am here to claim my prize!”

This gift of ‘claiming’ is the gift Life gives each of us to use in any way we choose.  We can use it every day and every hour for every subject and every aspect of who we are, claiming them all with the same energy we had when winning the grand prize!  What to claim? Claim who you are, claim what you want, claim what you are capable of, claim your joy, claim your confidence, claim your talents, claim your ability to love and be loved, claim your passions, claim your heart’s desires, claim your abundance, claim your healing, claim your freedom, claim your interests, claim the beauty and love and joy that is you, claim your magnificence, claim your everything!

siraphatWhy does this matter?  When you freely proclaim and lay claim to all the amazing aspects of you (including your desires), you open the channel for God/Source via law of attraction to co-create with you in ways that until now may have seemed illusive or perhaps just out of reach.  Life at ‘the edge’ is intentional and bold and new and co-creative; when you let go and leap into who you really are by claiming and taking ownership of you, then the co-creative dance of life really becomes fun!  (And besides, it feels really, really good!)

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:  Imagine the above scenario of winning a monetary grand prize.  Fill in the details – the amount, scenario, location, etc.  Imagine what you will do with all the money.  Feel the feelings as you burst through the doors stating boldly, ‘I am __________and I am here to claim my prize!’.  Next, write at least 10 claims about aspects of you and about what you want for your life.  In BOLD, CAPITAL LETTERS, proclaim on paper (and aloud), ‘I am ____________and I am here to claim_______________(list the 10)!  Feel the feelings of ownership and the clicking in with your heart/soul.  Feel God/Source supporting and rooting for you!  This next step is optional, but Very fun…. Go outside, put your hands in the air and boldly proclaim to the world, ‘I DID IT’ I claimed ME!’).

Create the habit of ‘claiming’ every day and delightfully experience what happens!

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Staking a claim on my life at ‘The Edge’! (The view and experiences up here are great!) – Joan Kappes

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