Choosing Love: More Than Enough, It’s Everything-Part 1

During these crazy times, we want to ‘do’ something, yet often feel powerless. Our hearts yearn for Love and compassion.

These times are inviting us to ‘be’ different. They invite us to look inward – to hear the still, small Voice that says ‘You are More.’ The I AM within each of us calls us to ‘be’ Love and to choose Love. Have you heard the invitation? Listen, for it is there.

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I am Choosing Love plain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#IAMChoosingLove  #IAMChoosingLove  #IAMChoosingLove

Have you seen this hashtag lately? It’s a ‘cute’ phrase, right? Actually, it goes way beyond cuteness or trendiness.

#IAMChoosingLove is life changing. It is world changing. It is all that is required. It is everything.

The details of these 4 power-filled words can be found here.

Today’s reflection is a pragmatic one. ‘If I am hearing that still, small Voice and I want to answer ‘Yes’! to the invitation to Love, how do I choose Love? Really…..how do I choose it?’

  1. The first step is to simply become familiar with the idea that you have a choice! How?

Get familiar with this phrase, ‘I AM Choosing Love’. Plaster it everywhere (so you remember to think this new thought) – on sticky notes, reminders on your phone, your mirrors, on your fridge, in your car….everywhere you go. Get familiar with this phrase

2. The second step is to use the words (silently and when appropriate, outloud): ‘I AM Choosing Love’

Examples:

  • ‘I AM Choosing Love right now’
  • ‘I have a choice in this situation and I AM Choosing Love’
  • ‘This person is driving me crazy right now, and I have a choice as to how I perceive them, so ‘I AM Choosing Love’ instead of (fear, anger, self righteousness, judgement, etc.)
  • ‘I am not feeling very good about myself right now. I could have done this and I should have done that, but instead I AM Choosing Love – I am choosing to Love Me.

Hint: these 2 steps alone will cause significant changes in how you view yourself and the people/situations in your world.  Pay attention and experience the changes! Awareness is key to living a new, expanded, Come to the Edge Today! life.

Steps 3 & 4: Where is your focus? and Loving Action in the next post.

Today’s ‘leaping exercise’: Commit to 21 days of steps 1 & 2 (remember, you are creating a new habit). Pay attention to new ‘aha’s and awareness and feelings within. Listen to your inner Voice! Keep a journal of your experiences (you will be glad you did as these are major ‘shift’ days for you)

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#IAMChoosingLove with you – Joan Kappes

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My Declaration of Freedom

Now is your time to be free!

Now is your time

Now is your time

Now is your time to let go

Now is your time to let go of the habits of fear, insecurity, sameness

Now is your time to let go of it all and release whatever is holding you back

Now is your time to let go of being right, justified, angry, fearful, unworthy

Now is your time to let worthiness overtake you and reshape you

Now is your time to go to the next level – the level you have been anticipating for so long

Now is your time to experience that everything you’ve hoped and dreamed of becoming is already who you are and resides in your heart and soul

Now is your time to change focus from looking outward for validation and worth to inward where Love, Joy, lavish abundance and the real You dwells

Now is your time to become aware, understand and know the Divine Presence that resides in you and through you and as you

Now is your time to allow yourself to be wrapped in the precious blanket of unconditional Love

Now is your time to let yourself be loved… by you

Now is your time to be free!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Find an uninterrupted, relaxing spot.  If you can, go outdoors and find a spot in nature that gives you a sense of joy and peace.  Get comfortable, and take 4-5 deep breaths.  Focus on your breathing.  Allow the events, thoughts and circumstances of the day to drift gently away for a few moments.  Now it is time to claim and revel in your independence.  It is time to “Come to the Edge” and embrace the next level of your life.  Out loud, if you can, read the following:

My Declaration of Freedom

Now is my time to be free

Now is my time

Now is my time

Now is my time to let go

Now is my time to let go of the habits of fear, insecurity, sameness

Now is my time to let go of it all and release whatever is holding me back

Now is my time to let go of being right, justified, angry, fearful, unworthy

Now is my time to let worthiness overtake me and reshape me

Now is my time to go to the next level – the level I have been anticipating for so long

Now is my time to experience that everything I’ve hoped and dreamed of becoming is already who I am and resides in my heart and soul

Now is my time to change focus from looking outward for validation and worth to inward where Love, Joy, lavish abundance and the real Me dwells

Now is my time to claim the glory that is me

Now is my time to become aware, understand and know the Divine Presence that resides in me and through me and as me

Now is my time to allow myself to be wrapped in the precious blanket of unconditional Love

dreamstime_xs_22083187 (1)Now is my time to let myself be loved… by me

 

Happy Independence Day – Joan Kappes

 

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Love IS Love.

I saw this on a young woman’s Twitter feed this week: #LoveIsLove.  Her simple words inspired me to write this reflection (and ‘leaping’ exercise) and share it with you……..

 

Love is Love

No ‘ifs’. No ‘ands’. No ‘buts’.

Love Is Love. (period.)dot

No distinctions made of culture, race, creed, sex, orientation or any other human category.

No boxes of who is deserving and who is not.

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Love is One.

Love IS.

LoveISLove. (period.)

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise: LoveISLove. This little red dot has the power to change your life – in fact, it has the ability to change the world.  It is ready and waiting for your willingness to ponder, notice, listen, then act on inspiration given to you via this exercise.  Yes, more than one day is required, however the benefits of committing are worth it!  Ready to rock your world? Ponder the phrase (say it out loud, if possible) ‘Love Is Love. (period)’ for an entire day.  Let it run through your mind over and over.  Notice and Listen: What, if any limitations or beliefs arise?  Ask yourself: ‘Do I believe this? Do I want to believe this?  What would my life look like if I did not believe these thoughts?’

Next, throughout the day, allow the phrase ‘Love Is Love. (period)’ to travel through your heart.  Notice and listen: How does it feel?  Are there any messages your heart has for you as it travels through your heart/soul center?  Feel the energy.  Are you open to what will happen if you let go of the boxes that confine Love in your life?  Are you open to taking the leap and allowing Love’s pure Light to flow?  Notice the inspiration and guidance that comes to you from this exercise. Act: Follow its path and open yourself to experiencing greater Love!  Notice! Enjoy!

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Love’s pure Light lives in all of us- Joan Kappes

#IAMChoosingLove

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A Memorial Day Letter to My Dad

Dad and TomDearest Dad:

I read the brief story of your WWII experiences in the U.S. Navy (see below).

What were you feeling and thinking as your ship, the USS Mallory was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic that frigid day, February 7, 1943?  You survived that day, yet hundreds of your crew mates did not.  You rarely spoke of it, as that was your way – leaving memories and experiences to remain quietly in your heart.*

Still, I am filled with questions, ponderings and awe.  I wonder:  What was your heart and soul saying to you that day?

As the ship was sinking and you were struggling to survive, I know your thoughts (when you at last could ‘think’) were of Mom and your only son (at the time), Tom.  Love was your motive.

You lived the rest of your life with an intense, yet quiet way of doing your part to make the world a better place – every day.  Your career choice as a fireman explains it all.

You and millions of service men and women like you, no matter the situation were/are motivated by these driving forces:  Your Love of family and your desire/commitment to make the world a better place.  This is the gift given by you and all who serve(d).

Love and the desire/commitment to make the world a better place. What greater legacy could there be?

Thank you for your Love.  Thank you for showing me how to choose Love.

With honoring and thanks, Joan

*I’ve read many excerpts from families whose dads were also on the USS Mallory and most say the same thing:  ‘Dad never shared much of that night’.

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My Military Experience – by Edward L. Ramsay

“Just a word about my military service. Nobody wants to hear war stories – I would just like to mention a few things that impressed me: The Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Pier 92 New York, the one Walter Winchell called ‘the concentration camp’ of the Navy. I stood watch on the Normandy as it laid on its side at Pier 92. As most of you know, the USS Mallory (the ship I was on) was sunk in the North Atlantic February 7, 1943. Incidentally, sometime later Elling (my brother, a Lutheran minister chaplain) was asked to dedicate a picture of the Chaplains that were aboard that fatal ship, the Mallory, not realizing at the time that it was the very same ship I (his brother) was on. We have a picture still up in our basement of Elling at this presentation.

Places in the Atlantic I was at during the war – Londonderry- England, Liverpool-England, Murmansk-Russia. Just a bit about the coast of Norway where the German Pocket battleship, the Von Tirpitz and a cruiser Scharnhorst were tied up in Trondheim, Norway: Watching these ships so they wouldn’t come down and mow the convoys heading for Russia were the English battleships Duke of York, Duke of Kent, our battleships – the North Dakota, Alabama, three destroyers and air craft carrier USS Ranger.

Then, heading for the Pacific, the very impressive Panama Canal, Pearl Harbor and the invasions of the Marshall Islands. Those were the highlightsDad of my Navy career.

Thanks to the Good Lord above for saving me from that North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Pacific, U boats, enemy ships and aircraft.”

 

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Honoring all who Love – Joan Kappes

#IAMChoosingLove

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Opening the Lid of Your Dream Box – It’s Time

 

When we were young, we spent our days dreamingimagining, living a wonder-filled life of “what if”s.  We imagined ourselves to be anything.  Remember?

My imagination came to life through Barbie.  Yes, I was hooked on Barbie, Ken, Skipper – the whole gang.  Life was good at the Barbie and Ken house!  I was very shy when I was young, so Barbie really helped me to live out my adventures. What were some of your vivid dreams and imaginings?

The years pass… and we have ‘grown up’.  How are the dream/imagination adventures going these days?  Do we still use them everyday or have they been put away with the childhood toys?

box SAI imageIt’s time to “Come to the Edge Today!” and open up the “imagination box”.  There are oodles of dreams and imaginings in there!  Even though our adult conscious mind may not have allowed them, the dreamer part of us would not be kept at bay, so it lovingly tucked all of them away for a time when we would be ready to receive.  Our dreams  have exponentially multiplied!  As a matter of fact, there are new dreams you placed there just today!  The box is overflowing!  Can you feel them prodding you to open the lid? 

Here’s the daring part:  Begin to listen to them as they want to manifest in your life!   They have been stored, lovingly in your heart and if you are reading this, it’s time to allow them back into your thoughts, then into your experience.

Imaginationdreaming and belief, along with the gift of free choice are the tools we use to shape and form the life we truly desire.  So, dare to imagine!  Dare to dream!  Let them percolate. Begin to use that wonderful gift of dreaming and imagining again!

What comes after daring to allow them back into your life?…..The unfolding of your dreams into manifestation!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Allow yourself 15 minutes to an hour (or as long as you desire).  With paper and pen, begin writing (or voice record) dreams you used to dream with your imagination.  Begin when you were small, then recall dreams as you grew older.  Re-mind yourself of recent dreams, wants and desires – even as recent as today.

Allow yourself to open the box and explore its contents.

When you feel you are complete, read the list slowly.  Acknowledge that these are yours…You created themNotice how full and rich they are.  Gently remind yourself that opening and acknowledging is enough for now.

For the next 30 days, read the list each day.  Dare to imagine them coming true – use all of your senses and savor the experience!  Try not to determine “how” they may manifest in your life – just imagine!  If you’d like, make a vision board with dreams on the list that have a special “pull” for you.  Keep it in a visible spot.

Be patient.  Be open. Be ready.  Life unfolds for you perfectly.  Know that you are supported by a Creator who dares to imagine everything!

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Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God, it is that. God dared to imagine everything.” – Henry Miller

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Imagination (and dreaming)  is the voice of daring…”  You are ready……… Joan Kappes

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Love Will Find You!

colorful-1220747_1280Life is experienced on a whole new level when we come to know that no matter what our life experience is or has been, no matter who we think we are or what we do, no matter where we are going or where we have been, ‘Love Will Find You’ –

If it’s true that ‘Love will find you’, let us listen, opening our hearts to hear Love’s pure intent.  We’ll do this via inspired music and lyrics titled, “Love Will Find You” performed by the very talented duo, Storyhill.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Experiencing “Love Will Find You” (see video heart-1220657_1280and lyrics below).  Allow yourself 15 minutes of uninterrupted time (You’ll want to give yourself this treat!)  Find a comfortable spot.  Take several deep, slow breaths to quiet your mind.   Gently set aside any distracting thoughts or obligations.   Allow yourself to be present to the melody and lyrics.  My suggestion is to close your eyes and just listen to the song. When finished, reflect on:  “How am feeling right now”?  “What inspiration or idea or picture came about from this experience”?  “What is the gift I received by experiencing this?”  Record  these gifts in your journal.  Now, listen again.  Enjoy!  Relish!  Accept the Love given through this gift!  Repeat daily.

As you accept your daily invitation to “Come to the Edge Today!”, may you come to know and experience that Love WILL Find You (Actually, It already has….) –Joan Kappes – #IAMChoosingLove

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Love Will Find You by Storyhill

You may be watching from a safe distance
You may be so close you can taste the blood
You may have headed for higher ground
You may be drowning in the flood

Chorus
No matter what you do
Love will find you

You may have lost what little faith you have
You may believe with all your heart
You may be pulling yourself together again
You may be falling apart

Chorus

One of you sees that love’s a long lost friend
One of you can’t recognize her face
One of you runs to her with open arms
One of you falls down is disgrace

You may see a million different gateways home
You may think there’s only one way through
You may be waiting for the kingdom to come
You may believe it’s in you

Chorus
colorful-1191019_1280No matter what you do
Love will find you
Love will find you
Love will find you

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*Video & lyrics used for educational purposes

Ripples – Are You Having Fun Creating Yours?

jackthummEach of us makes ripples…every day.

Are you having fun creating yours?

We never know the full impact of the ripples we create, however we can become aware that we are creating them and we can have fun with them as we throw those stones of thought, intention and action into our part of the lake.

Yes, Fun!  We adults often think of everything except having fun.  Have you ever considered the role fun plays in your life or how it makes an impact on your everyday interactions with yourself and others?

For me, experiencing the essence of fun and joy in my day is a high priority.  I allow myself to experience them often, however I learned that I have still have a lot to learn about where fun can enter and enrich my life.  For example, prior to meditation recently I was asked:  ‘Will you allow yourself to experience fun in meditation today?’  WHAT? It never occurred to me to experience fun while meditating.  I thought, ‘why not?’ It was amazingly open and new and…..yes, fun!  Where else can you (and I) allow fun in our days as we create ripples of thought, intention and action?

Fun is a high vibrating energy! Consider the value and impact en-joyment and fun play in your life and in the world by way of the ripples you create each day.

Today’s ‘leaping’ exercise:   What do you notice about those who allow fun and joy in their lives? What do you believe about fun? When was the last time you experienced the essence of fun?  What does the gift of fun open up for you as you live your day? Practice allowing fun – everyday!

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Joy and fun are ripples of Love given to you and for you.

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Fun – it’s the stuff of Life at ‘The Edge’ – Joan Kappes

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