Celebrating 2 Years at ‘The Edge’ – My Gift to You, The Prayer of St. Francis

This month is the celebration of my 2nd year anniversary of Come to the Edge Today“!  THANK YOU  for  sharing this amazing journey with me!   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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The Perfection of a Summer’s Day

Usually, my day is filled with accomplishing the many tasks always in my head or on my “To Do” list.  Today however, my attention was drawn to experiencing the perfection of this Summer’s Day…..

The perfection of the blue sky.

Robins singing joyfully in the distance.

The hum of an insect flying by.

Bees flitting from one flower to another.

A plethora of brown bugs feasting on weeds in the garden.

The smell of compost completing the circle of life.

The grass standing tall, eagerly soaking in the sunshine.

The flowers shining in full bloom.

The weeds also shining in full bloom.

None were anxious or fretting.

All were content just being themselves – moment by moment.

A wellspring of life being lived right before my eyes!  All I had to do was stop and notice.

What happened next made the experience even more rich!  I heard this in my head:  “Consider the lilies of the field.  They neither toil nor spin.”  When I looked up the complete Bible verse, this is what I read:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body what you will wear.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father (the Source of All) feeds them.  Are not you more important than they?  Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?  Why are you anxious about clothes?  Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.  They do not work or spin.  But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of these.” Matthew 6: 25-29

Perfection…..

Today’s “leaping” exercise: Go outside right now (yes, now! 🙂 ).  Spend 5-10 minutes noticing the nature and life that surrounds you.  Think of nothing.  No need to analyze or judge or comment.  Just notice and be open to hearing what loving message is being sent to you.  When complete, just breath and appreciate your experience.  Repeat daily.

When looking through the eyes of Source, All is well.

Inviting you to experience your Summer’s perfection – Joan Kappes

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Filling the Bowl of Your Life – The Choice is Yours

I have a tendency to think that when something “happens to me” especially if it is something  I view as “bad”, I need to dwell on it, or at the very least acknowledge my current state or circumstance, because if I don’t, then I am secretly saying that it’s OK and more of it will come.

What I am realizing now, is that it is all about what I am providing space for. If I think of my life as a vast bowl which I  choose to fill up in a myriad of ways, and on many subjects, this image naturally reveals what I am choosing to focus upon.  My habit has been to fill up my bowl with thoughts about my current state or circumstances…. Because after all, that is “my reality”, right?  Consequently, this (my focus) is what is taking up the space and therefore, what I experience as my reality.

What if I choose to open the space – this “bowl” of my life – to allow new possibilities, some I may not even be aware of yet?  What if I let go and trust that the Universe, who knows my heart’s true desires,  will surprise and delight me?

By choosing not to fill my bowl with my “current struggles or perceived injustices” does not mean  they are not real to me….it’s just a new (and more beneficial) decision to keep the space open for the Universe to deliver and give to me in new ways.

Creating the space IS the process of allowing.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  So much of what we think about is actually unconscious thinking; paying attention to what you think about will change your life! Today’s exercise is an awareness exercise; it focuses on what thoughts you find yourself dwelling upon.

For the next week, commit to developing the habit of noticing what you think about and what you dwell upon.  Choose some kind of cue that, whenever you hear it, will serve as a reminder to stop and notice what thoughts have recently been running through your head.  This could be a bird singing, a blue car on the road, a word that your hear, something you see on your desk – anything that occurs frequently (once per hour or so).  When you are reminded via this cue, or consciously on your own, stop and reflect:  What thoughts have I been dwelling upon?  What have I been thinking?  What feelings did these thoughts bring up?  Have these thoughts served me or hindered me in how I want my life to manifest?  What thoughts would I prefer?

Do this for 7+ days;  Record thoughts, patterns and beliefs.  Ask the above questions.  Use this time to get really clear on what you think about and what you habitually dwell upon and why.

These conscious observations are the opening for new possibilites.  As you empty your bowl, the Universe can fill it up with what you truly desire.

Living or being on “The Edge” is about creating new space – Jan Wikman

Thanks to my twin sister, Jan Wikman for sharing this reflection with all of us! – Joan Kappes

#IAMChoosingLove

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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

Now is my time to let myself be loved… by me

 

Happy Independence Day – Joan Kappes

 

 

 

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10 Ingredients for Experiencing a Fabulous Life

The following has been lovingly gifted to us by my friend, Steve-Garnaas Holmes:

Be grateful for the love that surrounds you, and for the opportunities you have to love.

Be mindful of your place in this world, and your connection to people you care about.

Never doubt that you are loved, though those who love you may be far away.

Love people, every chance you get.  Spend your love recklessly; it will never be wasted. It is the spending, not the result, that enriches us.

Pay attention to the moment that you’re in. It will pass. It is a transition, not a final destination.

Each moment is a letting go and a beginning.

Love in this moment.

Receive what this moment offers you.

Be lovingly attentive to what is, in the present moment.

What comes next is full of promise, not the least of which is this: that there will always be more love. Trust this, and let God’s delight fill you.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Each hour while you are awake today, stop for a moment and notice the love that surrounds you.  How did it come?  Who offered it?  Where did it come from?  Also, during each hour, find an opportunity to love – it can be anyone, circumstance, thing, yourself!  Be present to the moment of it.  Experience that in the giving, you are receiving even more love.  Repeat each day!

Living this simple recipe is living a “Come to the Edge Today” life – Joan Kappes

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The Two Most Powerful Words: ‘I Choose’

Words have power! They are born from our thoughts and our thoughts have great influence on the quality of our life.

Yes, our thoughts influence our words, but did you know that words can also influence our thoughts, shift our focus and change our underlying beliefs? (It’s like magic, only better!)

Two of the most powerful spoken words I know of that contain massive amounts of freedom and power….

“I CHOOSE”

When used deliberately, these words unlock the freedom and power to l-i-v-e, create and experience your life!

Simple. Powerful. Life changing.

Saying “I choose” (about anything) proclaims to yourself, to God/Source and to everyone that:
• “I” choose: This is my thought, choice, desire – no one elses
• I am aware that I am the creator of my life!
• I am aware of the gift of my free will and I am choosing to use it
• I am worthy to think it (whatever it is), proclaim it and allow it to flow to me
• It is on-purpose and deliberate. (This is a very powerful gift and tool for living the life of your dreams)
• It is a tool that helps me be aware of what I want and what I am thinking
• It is a declaration to God/Source that I am clear, not wishy washy about what I want. (Have you ever asked someone what kind of gift they want and their reply: “I don’t know; anything is fine”. VS a 4 year olds answer: “I want this toy in this color, in this size and this model….” It is more fun and fulfilling for everyone (including you, God/Source and all of your friends if you are clear!)
• It’s putting myself on “the map”. It’s saying, Yes! I am here and I count! I have value!
• It beginning (or continuing) my awareness of the gift of living my life on purpose – my life at “The Edge”, where all the joy and freedom lives!
• It means I am allowing myself to be free to be Me!

Today’s “leaping” exercise: Today’s exercise will create new adventures for you! Intentionally “choose” to think about what you want. Commit to experiencing a minimum of 5 different scenarios throughout the day by declaring out loud: “I choose to……….” Be aware of what this feels like.  (Example:  “I choose to focus and take away one new idea out of today’s meeting,” or “I choose to drink 64 oz of water today”, or “I choose to acknowledge and feel the love of my pet as they greet me today”.)  Record the ‘what’ and the resulting feeling in your notebook. Repeat this exercise for 21 days (the amount of time it takes to form a new habit). Note: If it happens to feel a little awkward at first, it’s ok. Like anything else, with practice, it will become more comfortable.   After 21 days, or 105 declarations (!) it will be second nature for you to declare who you really are!

You have the freedom, the power and the magic already within you.  All you have to do is choose- Joan Kappes

 

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You Can Touch The Snake – A Lesson In Building Confidence

Living a ‘Come to the Edge Today’ life includes seeing ourselves with new, expanded vision. It involves creating new beliefs and declarations of who I am.  It means shedding the skin of the “me” created years or decades ago (the one that doesn’t “fit” anymore).

We may find ourselves asking: “How can I embrace the Me that is inside? Sometimes there seems to be so much baggage and fear and insecurity holding me back…………”

How? Baby steps!; deliberate baby steps will  build new beliefs about who you really are and who you want to become!  With each step, you will grow and expand!

I want to share with you a “TED Talk” which offers a delightful “snake” story and steps for building the confidence to “shed our old skin”.  After viewing, I invite you to complete the “leaping exercise” (below) to help let go of the old and become the new you! Enjoy!

Today’s “leaping” exercise: After viewing the video, spend a few moments thinking of one circumstance in your life that is similar to the snake example in the video. What “stops” you? It can be a circumstance, thing, person….anything that holds you back. Brainstorm 5 or more specific baby steps you can take to ‘ease’ your way into touching your snake. Commit to taking step one TODAY. Begin. Begin. Begin. Resolve to complete all 5 steps. Give yourself these series of small successes as your gift to you! Feel the success! Feel your confidence soar!

 

Congratulations on touching your snake! – Joan Kappes

 

Life happens at “The Edge”!

 

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