She Let Go

She let go.

Without a thought or a word,

she let go.  She let go of the fear.

She let go of the judgments.  She

let go of the confluence of

opinions swarming around her

head.  She let go of the committee

of  indecision within her.  She let

go of all the ‘right’ reasons.

Wholly and completely, without

hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to

let go.  She didn’t search the

scriptures.  She just let go.  She let

go of all the memories that held

her back.  She let go of all the

anxiety that kept her from moving

forward.  She let go of the

planning and all of the

calculations about how to

do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.  She

didn’t journal about it.  She didn’t

write the projected date in her

Day-Timer.  She made no public

announcement and put no ad in

the paper.  She didn’t check the

weather report or read her daily

horoscope.  She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she

should let go.  She didn’t call her

friends to discuss the matter.  She

didn’t do a five-step Spiritual

Mind Treatment.  She didn’t call

the prayer line.  She didn’t utter

one word.  She just let go.

No one was around when it

happened.  There was no applause

or congratulations.  No

one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.  Like a

leaf falling from a tree, she just

let go.  There was no effort.  There

was no struggle.  It wasn’t good

and it wasn’t bad.  It was what it

was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let

it all be.  A small smile came over

her face.  A light breeze blew through her.  And the sun and the

moon shone forevermore…

 

(Attributed to Reverend Safire Rose)

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Today’s “leaping exercise”:  Allow yourself 15+ minutes of uninterrupted time.  Surround yourself with items that help you feel comfortable (a blanket, pillow, candle).  Quietly breathe in and out, in and out.  Allow your mind to become quiet. Slowly and quietly, read it imagining that this is your story.  Read it out loud and experience it as ‘you’.  When finished, close your eyes and let yourself ‘go’ in whatever way your are inspired.  Experience the feeling.  Experience the well-being.  Experience….you.

Flying and letting go with you at “The Edge” – Joan Kappes

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Spice It Up!

As you know,  life at “Come to the Edge Today” is a journey, a quest where we claim and create the life of our dreams.  It’s exciting to take those perceived “big leaps”, yet just as exhilarating to take small ones.  Trying something new each day whether in action or thought is what spices up our life and gives our dreams the opportunity to grow.

Today, I thought it would be fun to share with you one of my little leaps:

I grew up in a delightful Scandinavian home complete with German and Norwegian dishes (including the famed lutefisk and lefse).  Spices used in cooking ranged from salt to paprika.  Chili powder?  Garlic?  Unheard of!  This year, I decided to venture forth and try new foods and new food combinations.  Yes, new adventures into the world of chard, kale, leeks, cilantro, collard, chili powder and even garlic!

Today I made turkey chili and am proud to announce that I diced my first bunch of cilantro!  What a taste sensation!  Such a leap for spicing up my life!

Will this venture to the grocery store or the experience of cilantro make front page news?  Perhaps not; what matters is this experience brought me joy.  It expanded me and my life.  And, as I’ve always said to my kids, “Just try it, because one thing always leads to another!”

Where will cilantro take me?  I have no idea.  But, what I do know is I took the leap, I grew, and I experienced “life” in a new way.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  What is your small “leap” you can take today to spice up your life?  What can you do that is new to give you joy?  Be open to it and remember:  “One thing leads to another”!  Have fun with this!  Decide that you will try one new experience each day.  Your dreams are inviting you to “spice it up”!

See you in the spice aisle! – 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

Love Will Find You- You Tube*

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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Because It’s Christmas – A Time For Love

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the children in us all!


Because It’s Christmas – Barry Manilow

Tonight the stars shine for the children
And light the way for dreams to fly
Tonight our love comes wrapped in ribbons
The world is right
And hopes are high
And from a dark
And frosted window
A child appears
To search the sky

Because it’s Christmas
Because it’s Christmas
Tonight belongs to all the children
Tonight their joy rings through the air
And so we send our tender blessings
To all the children everywhere
To see the smiles and hear the laughter
A time to give
A time to share

Because it’s Christmas
For now and forever
For all of the children
And for the children in us all
Tonight belongs to all the children
Tonight their joy rings through the air
And so we send our tender blessings
To all the children everywhere
To see the smiles and hear the laughter
A time to give
A time to share

Because it’s Christmas
For now and forever
For all of the children
And for the children in us all

Sending you tender blessings today and always – Joan Kappes

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The Night Before Christmas

 

The MAGIC of  this Christmas Eve  is more than memories, more than celebrating the Christmas story,  more than gifts and preparations – oh, SO much more!

THIS Christmas is for celebrating  who we are,  just as we  are (!) –  reaching out – giving and receiving Love to those who are in our life TODAY.  We don’t have to be an angel, a wise one or even a child to feel the mystery and magic of the Love enveloping us today.

Enjoy this beautiful song,  by Amy Grant The Night Before Christmas (click link to listen)

If sorrow has “kept you company and the dance has passed you by”, rather than being a spectator,  reach out to someone today  who can help “lift you up and blaze with you across a moonlit sky”.  If you are already dancing and celebrating, lift another who would like to fly but at this time, cannot.  The point is,  today is the day to allow Love – no matter its form.  Be surprised by who and how it will touch you.  Know that Love is here for you…..Now.

“The heart of this Christmas is in you and me” – Joan Kappes

YouTube – The Night Before Christmas, Amy Grant

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My Favorite Things

favorite things2Christmas is a time for allowing our favorite things: Joy, Delight, Laughter and Smiles!  The ingredients for joy surround us – the question is whether we 1. see them 2. allow them to touch us.

So, to get things started, I thought I’d share a few of my “favorite things”.  I hope you enjoy these simple delights of the season and I invite you to experience your own “favorite things”!


“Silent Monks Singing Halleluia” (over 5 million views on YouTube!) 

This is our Yorkie Poo, Stuart on YouTube singing with the “Barking Jingle Bell” Dogs!

 

1.4 million Christmas lights – Delightful!

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Today, find at least one opportunity to laugh, giggle and “lighten up’!  (For those of you more experienced at this, find 100 opportunities!)  Then, let-go and laugh!

Here’s to joy and delight – the “stuff” of life at Come to the Edge Today – Joan Kappes

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Top 20 Reasons Why Gratitude is the Best Christmas Gift

 

Thankfulness –  Gratitude – Appreciation

3 words that shape lives.  We use them frequently during this Christmas/Holiday season:  “Thanks for the gift”, “I appreciate your help”, “I am grateful for your presence here tonight”.  These words and ways of “being” are exceptional tools for creating a “Come to the Edge Today” life, so how can we fully experience their power and their depth?

Following are 20 reasons why and how to live each day with gratitude, thanksgiving and appreciation*:

  1. Living a thank-full life just feels good!
  2. Gratitude is the “magic pill” – when feeling bad, physically or emotionally, give thanks!  You are guaranteed to feel better!
  3. Living in a spirit of appreciation, there is a natural expectation that good things are always coming my way
  4. Gratitude opens a pathway for receiving love
  5. Thankful living opens your heart to new solutions and new ideas
  6. Thanksgiving takes you out of your mind thoughts and moves you to your “heart thoughts”
  7. Because the mind can only hold one thought at a time,  it is impossible to be grateful and feel sorry for yourself at the same time (try it!).  Therefore, gratitude is the perfect tool for getting you “unstuck” from negative/self pitying thoughts
  8. Appreciation calls forth all the senses.  For example, stopping to appreciate what you are seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling and feeling allows the moment to become exceptionally “alive” and rich
  9. Gratitude slows down a busy day because you are pausing to be aware of what is before you
  10. Gratitude instantly provides a new and bigger perspective about the topic
  11. Being thank-full is fun (life is supposed to be fun, remember?)
  12. You get what you think about
  13. Living in a spirit of appreciation, you are living in the present moment.  Even if you are appreciating past or future events, the grateful moment is “now”.
  14. Because of quantum physics, it is now known that the cells of your body respond favorably to positive thoughts
  15. Appreciation opens new paths for receiving
  16. Gratitude tells the Universe you want more
  17. Thankfulness creates positive habits which shapes your behavior
  18. Gratitude grows – you can start small and expand
  19. You will enjoy yourself (and others) more
  20. But mostly, feeling grateful just feels good!

*The words gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness are used interchangeably for this conversation).

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Prior to gathering for your Christmas/New Year celebrations, spend 15 minutes alone with the intention of thinking ONLY thoughts of gratitude for the people you will be spending time with.   Then, pause your thoughts for a few minutes and try to “feel” appreciation, “feel” gratitude.  Remember to use all of your senses.   Repeat daily and enjoy!

Grateful that together,  we  have “Come to the Edge Today”  –  Joan Kappes

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